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Call for MLA ’14 CE Course and Symposia Ideas

Friday, October 19th, 2012

MLA is now accepting ideas for thought provoking and innovative courses and symposia to offer at MLA ’14 in Chicago, IL.  Courses and symposia will be held on Friday, May 16, Saturday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  Suggestions must be submitted by Friday, December 14, 2012, for consideration by the MLA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) at its midwinter meeting in January 2013.

If you have a course idea, even if you think someone else should teach it or already is teaching it, please nominate the course by filling out the form:

Detailed information on courses and symposia is below and on the MLA web site.


MLA’s CEC would like to present a variety of courses, covering the seven Professional Competencies for Health Sciences Librarians described in MLA’s Educational Policy Statement, Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success <>. MLA CE courses are four, six, or eight hours in length.  Active participant involvement must be built into the course to qualify.  For ideas, look at MLA’s Education Clearinghouse or offerings at other meetings.

What new topics or courses have caught your eye?  Who is teaching a class or has expertise you would like to tap into?  What classes from past meetings would you like to see offered again?  The MLA CEC wants to hear from you!  Are you currently a course instructor or would you like to create a new course?  You may nominate yourself.

For more information check out the MLA annual meeting course selection process or contact Debra Cavanaugh, continuing education coordinator, at or 312.419.9094 x32.


Sections, chapters, or other MLA groups may choose to cosponsor (with MLA) a symposium at the annual meeting.

MLA defines a symposium as a “learning opportunity organized for the purpose of providing a forum for discussion of a well-defined topic.”  Typically, it consists of a series of presentations by experts, followed by an exchange of opinions among participants.  Active involvement of the attendees must be built into the symposium schedule to qualify as an educational opportunity.

If your idea is chosen by the CEC, you will be asked to submit a proposal, using the official MLA Symposium Guidelines for final consideration at its May 2013 meeting.

Send in Your Ideas

Ideas for courses or symposia must be submitted by Friday, December 14, 2012, to ensure consideration.  For more information and submission forms go to:

Send your submission form to: Joey Nicholson, CEC Liaison, 2014 National Program Committee, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York University Langone Medical Center, 550 First Ave., New York, NY  10016; email:

Questions?  Contact Joey Nicholson, at the contact information listed above or contact Debra Cavanaugh, continuing education coordinator, MLA, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60601-7246; 312.419.9094 x32; fax, 312.419.8950; email,

2012 ACIOP Awardees and Project Summaries

Friday, October 19th, 2012

2012 AIDS Community Information Outreach Project

AIDS Educational Global Education System (AEGiS)

“AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS)”

San Juan Capistrano, CA

For nearly 20 years, AEGiS has been at the forefront of chronicling the social and clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS. AEGiS’s main goal is to provide access to a comprehensive scope of current and post-dated HIV/AIDS related resource materials through an online living library. The online library database offers authoritative information as well as services for people living with HIV, caregivers, and the affected community. Funding from the NLM will be applied towards the database’s continuous content development in order to keep pace with the large amount of data produced on and about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. AEGiS:


Comunidades Unidas / Communities United

“Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information”

West Valley, UT

Comunidades Unidas / Communities United is the lead organization that will partner with other local community groups and the Spencer Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City to deliver NLMs HIV/AIDS information to the Latino population.  Latinos in this area have a high HIV rate and the burden of not having access to quality prevention and treatment information. The project will focus on information retrieval skills development for health outreach workers (promotoras) and staff of local community based organizations; increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS information resources both online and mobile in the Latino community and establishment of computer labs at strategic locations within the Salt Lake City Latino community.  Comunidades Unidas / Communities United:


Hispanic Communications Network, LLC (HCN)

“Public Relations/Communication Support for the National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS Community Information Project”

Washington, DC

Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) is a small business social marketing agency that focuses on disseminating health information to the Hispanic community as well the producer of Spanish language health information for Spanish radio in the U.S.  HCN seeks to leverage its national media network, online resources and partnerships with Hispanic–serving HIV/AIDS organizations in producing and syndicating culturally and linguistically appropriate messages to increase awareness and access to NLMs HIV/AIDS information resources.  HCN:


Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (ISIS)

“ISIS Youth ::Tech HIV Prevention Program”

Oakland, CA

Founded in 2001 ISIS works with community stakeholders to improve the quality and availability of HIV/AIDS and STD prevention information, education and services for underserved minority and high-risk youth.   Through the “ISIS Youth ::Tech HIV Prevention Program,” ISIS seeks to create a mobile compatible version of their popular website; connecting the website to their ISIS Just/US Facebook page for young adults of color, their direct to youth Twitter account and mobile SMS HIV testing locator. The goal is to increase access to critical information for at risk youth using a multimedia hub-spoke model of online, social media and mobile platforms.  ISIS:


Metro TeenAIDS

“Best Youth Health Information for DC Community”

Washington, D.C.

For 24 years, Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) has been recognized for fighting adolescent HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing education and training to DC professionals, youth serving organizations, and local government agencies. Through the “Best Youth Health Information for DC Community,” MTA seeks to increase awareness and usage of NLM resources to youth service professionals, educators, and government officials who work directly with youth impacted by HIV/AIDS. It involves a multi-faced approach that includes technological resources; capacity-building training for youth serving professionals; and peer-to-peer education, to raise awareness and encourage use of NLM resources among youth-serving professionals, youth-serving organizations, youth clients, and HIV-positive youth.  Metro TeenAIDS:


Morgan State University

“iHelp: Internet-based HIV/AIDS Education: Linking the Public to Science”

Baltimore, MD

iHelp (Internet-based HIV/AIDS education: linking the public to science) is an IT-based project aimed to promote and improve access to HIV/AIDS information in a user friendly way. The scope is to increase awareness, access to and utilization of the science-based health resources compiled by the NLM and other health organizations.  Based on feedback from the target populations’ iHelp will develop of a mobile application using NLM HIV/AIDS resources. The target populations consist of Morgan State Peer Educators (young adults), HIV/AIDS infected adults over 25 years and HIV/AIDS infected women 50 and older.  Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy:


Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, LLC (PCOM)

“HIV/AIDS Education, Information Awareness and Social Media”

San Diego, CA

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library has partnered with 10 major San Diego community organizations to provide training access to HIV/AIDS information by patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. PCOM seeks to improve delivery of HIV/AIDS health care education awareness and access to NLMs online and mobile information resources and to promote effective use of social media and mobile phones to increase utilization in a large and diverse population of San Diego, CA. Training classes and workshops will train users on NLMs internet, mobile resources and social media sites.  PCOM:


Philadelphia FIGHT’s AIDS Library and Critical Path Project

“Applify Your Health: Accessing HIV/AIDS Info Anywhere Anytime”

Philadelphia, PA

The AIDS Library and Critical Path Project of Philadelphia FIGHT have been providing HIV/AIDS services for over 25 years.  Through the current project Philadelphia FIGHT seeks to increase the use of mobile devices for finding HIV/AIDS information by providing hands-on workshops to persons living with HIV/AIDS, those at high risk, and community outreach workers; develop mobile versions of their websites and HIV/AIDS comprehensive resource guide.  Also distributing ready reference guides to those living with and at high risk for HIV/AIDS.  Philadelphia FIGHT:, Critical Path:, Critical Path:


Red Ribbon Project (RRP)

“Youth Skills Building Program”

Avon, CO

The Red Ribbon Projects” Youth Skills Building program offers HIV/AIDS education to 6th – 12th grade students in Eagle County, CO.  The health educators using NLM’s HIV/AIDS resources offer a culturally competent and age appropriate information in English and Spanish. The program emphasizes prevention, risk reduction and skills building.  Red Ribbon Project:

SisterLove, Incorporated

“Positive Connection Cyber Center”

Atlanta, GA

SisterLove through its Positive Connection Cyber Center seeks to increase the number of men and women who use the center in the Atlanta, GA area through social marketing techniques; train new HIV positive peer educators/counselors as online instructors and facilitate new training classes featuring health literacy.  These classes will cover such topics as evaluation of online health information, NLMNM online health resources and social networking for advocacy as well as other information technology skills building sessions.  SisterLove:


The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC)

“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”

El Paso, TX

ABC seeks to expand its Promovision outreach project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, their care givers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLNs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, TX will be achieved through skills development by training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.  ABC:


The George Washington University

“Health Information Partners (HIPS 7)”

Washington, DC

HIPS 7 aims to advance peoples’ knowledge of science based HIV and health information, critical appraisal skills and engagement in reducing the HIV epidemic in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.  To achieve these goals HIP 7 will conduct hand-on computer trainings for local community based health and education centers, as well as libraries and high schools. HIP 7 will also conduct on the street based-outreach in neighborhoods highly affected by HIV/AIDS. HIP 7 will focus trainings on health information literacy including NLM’s HIV/AIDS resources.  The George Washington University:


University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

“AIDS InfoNet”

Albuquerque, NM

The AIDS InfoNet is an internationally recognized online HIV/AIDS information resource to facilitate access to factsheets on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related information written in nontechnical language and translated into several languages. The web site enables users to easily download and print regularly updated factsheets at no cost. In addition, the web site also contains hyperlinks to authoritative HIV/AIDS resources to facilitate individual research. Based on the continued high utilization of the fact sheets, awarded funds from the NLM will be used for ongoing maintenance of existing fact sheets and the development of additional topics based on user suggestions.  AIDS InfoNet:

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

The Medical Library Association (MLA) invites applications for its Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant.  The MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant is awarded annually to support projects that will promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences.  Grants will not be given to support an activity that is operational in nature or has only local usefulness.  Grants range up to $1,000, and more than 1 grant may be awarded in a year.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2012, and the application form is available at  For questions, please contact Kathleen Amos, Jury Chair, at

New NEH Grant Opportunity

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The Division of Public Programs at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities funds humanities projects that are intended for broad public audiences at museums, libraries, historic sites and other historical and cultural organizations.

New application guidelines are now posted on the NEH Web site ( for our America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations:  Planning and Implementation grants.  The next two deadlines are January 9, 2013, and August 14, 2013.

Grants support interpretive exhibitions, reading or film discussion series, historic site interpretation, lecture series and symposia, and digital projects.  NEH especially encourages projects that offer multiple formats and make creative use of new technology to deliver humanities content.

Program officers in the Division of Public Programs are available to assist you, whether it is to discuss project ideas or to read a draft of a proposal.  Please call the NEH Division of Public Programs (202-606-8269) or contact a program officer directly.  Below are the names and contact information for the Division’s program officers:

Barbara Bays, 202-606-8290,

Chrissy Cortina, 202-606-8305,

Jeff Hardwick, 202-606-8287,

Karen Kenton, 202-606-8307,

Marc Ruppel, 202-606-8288,

Danielle Shapiro, 202-606-8241,

David Weinstein, 202-606-8308,

MAR Hopes to See You at MLA Quad in Baltimore

Friday, October 12th, 2012
  • Several MAR staff members will be attending and exhibiting at MLA Quad in Baltimore.
  • Please drop by Booth #12. We’d very much like to say hello!

Online Resources for Public Health Professionals: Find What You Need When You Need It!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

MAR’s Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling will be offering this class.

Location:  New Jersey Public Health Training Center

Date:  October 16, 2012 from 9:30 am – 1 pm.

MAR members may register for the live-stream of the course for free:

Review of New Book on Health Care Costs

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The New York Times featured an article on a new book concerning health care costs. The essay was titled, “The Case for Calm Over Rising Health Costs” and focused on the book, “The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn’t,” authored by business professor William J. Baumol. As the essay notes, Professor Baumol discusses escalating health care costs, but asserts, “The critical point here is that because politicians do not understand the mechanism and nature of the cost disease, and because they face political pressures from a similarly uninformed electorate, they do not realize that we can indeed afford these services without forcing society to undergo unnecessary cuts, restrictions and other forms of deprivation.” His argument focuses on the impact of productivity increases.

Diagnostic Error: Team Up and Tackle It!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Diagnostic error is a significant factor in patient harm and increased medical costs ( A free class on how multidisciplinary teams contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error.   Class focus is on evidence-based processes and the impact of librarians.  The class will be held on November 15, 2012 in Room LL05 at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland Baltimore.  Class time is from 9 am – 4 pm.

Session content will cover:

·      Team-oriented approaches to understanding the role of information and evidence in the diagnostic process.

·      Case analysis and discussion of bias.

·      Partnering of librarians/informationists with clinical staff to strategize improvements

·      Application of failure analysis techniques to explore system and process improvement.

·      Design of evidence sharing innovations to reduce diagnostic error.

·      Strategies for implementation of proposed projects.[l1]

Multi-disciplinary teams from organizations are encouraged to attend.  MLA CE credits will be provided.

Register for this class at

Job Ad: Emerging Technologies Librarian, Rowan University Library, Camden, NJ

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The primary focus of this position will be on the changing technology needs of the library, faculty, staff and students. The librarian will both identify needs and develop programs to meet those needs. Included is the responsibility to follow emerging technologies as well as social media and analyze their potential; to recommend new technologies that will improve the library’s current services for information resource discovery and retrieval; to lead technological planning and implementation. The librarian will also evaluate, select and support library resources on mobile devices.In addition, the person in this position will work closely with the university library web master to maintain CMSRU library web content; conduct training in the use of information technologies; and promote appropriate technologies and media through both marketing and training.The Librarian will also perform literature searches and provide research assistance to students, faculty, hospital staff and administration to support education, clinical care and research. Included is the responsibility for training library clients to become efficient and effective users of available information resources and tools. Duties may also include CMSRU curricular instruction.This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Library.



ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science

Expertise in the use of new technologies in the library setting with the ability to acquire new skills and resolve problems quickly

Ability to provide technical support in the use of hardware and software

Familiarity with web site design and maintenance

Familiarity with integrated library systems

Familiarity with social media and its use in the library setting

Excellent verbal and written communication and collaboration skills

Excellent customer service skills with a commitment to customer service

Strong analytical and organizational skills

Ability to work independently

Commitment to continuing professional development and participation in professional activities


Experience working in a health sciences library or other medical setting

Familiarity with health sciences databases, resources and literature

Knowledge of medical terminology

Familiarity with content management products for web design and maintenance

Ability to make technology accessible to a variety of users

Ability to plan, co-ordinate workflows, and implement projects

Starting Date: January 2013

Salary: Competitive

Contact:  Send resume and supportive material by November 16 to:

Marita Malone

Chair, Librarian Search Committee

Medical Library

Cooper University Hospital

One Cooper Plaza

Camden, NJ 08103


Job Ad: Geisinger Community Health Librarian, Danville, PA

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Geisinger Health Sciences Libraries is seeking applicants for Community Health Librarian.   See the below link for full job description and a link to apply.  If you have questions please contact Susan Robishaw at or 570-271-8198.