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Archive for November, 2012

Students with Access to Full-Time Librarians Do Better

Friday, November 30th, 2012

See a study reporting that students in schools with full-time librarians do better on state tests in reading and writing:

The full report is at

Recent Articles about NY/NJ Hospitals and Sandy

Friday, November 30th, 2012

You may find these stories interesting shared by Jenny Pierce from MLA-Phil.  Both are available in HTML fulltext in Academic Premiere…

Kutscher, B. (2012). A storm of rumors. Modern Healthcare, 42(45), 7.

The article discusses how to counter false reports spread on social media networks during natural calamities like the Superstorm Sandy that hit the U.S. in late 2012. According to social media experts, the best way to manage rumors is to participate in the conversation. The opinion of Ed Bennett, social media expert at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, on the subject is also cited.

Evans, M., Carlson, J., Ban, P., Kutscher, B., & Zigmond, J. (2012). Left in the dark. (Cover story). Modern Healthcare, 42(45), 6-13.

The article discusses the challenges that confronted hospitals in the U.S. during natural disasters like the Superstorm Sandy in late 2012. It claims that four hospitals in New Jersey and New York that were forced to shut down their operations as floodwaters damaged their backup generators. The opinion of New Jersey-based Jersey Shore University Medical Center president Steven Littleson on the challenges is also cited.

As Sandy Pounded NYC, Fire Department Worker was a Twitter Lifeline

Friday, November 30th, 2012

This is a great example of how first responders get information through social media.  No one wants Twitter to replace people calling 911 but in some cases, they turn to Twitter and other social media channels out of desperation.

This is an example of just one of many roles that information specialists and librarians can take on during emergencies.

Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Friday, November 30th, 2012

New in the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

New Handle for National Library of Medicine Twitter Feed

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Effective Monday, December 3, 2012, NLM’s general Twitter feed will be changed from @nlm_newsroom to @nlm_news. The new name will give us a few extra characters for our tweets and also captures more accurately this feed which, although created to serve the needs of the media, has evolved to serve a wider audience, including librarians, historians, patient advocates, health organizations and the public at large.

There should be no perceptible changes in the operation and content of the new feed.  The “nlm_newsroom” handle will continue operating in parallel to the new “nlm_news”, so current followers will not need to resubscribe, however web pages listing @nlm_newsroom should be updated to @nlm_news.

Update: HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Update from Robb Mackes:

  • The deadline for submitting orders for the Fall Offer has been extended to Friday, December 7th
  • If you would like to place an order, but are unable to make this deadline, please contact Robb ASAP

The Fall offering for the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative has just been released!  The offer is open to all hospital libraries in the Middle Atlantic Region:  DE, NJ, NY and PA.  If you are considering participating in the GLI and would like to see the offer, please send me an email or give me a call.  My contact information follows.

More information about the Group Licensing Initiative itself can be found on our web page at

Robert T. Mackes, MLS AHIP
Project Manager, HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative
PO Box 7908
Princeton, NJ 08543-7908
465 Stonebridge Blvd
New Castle, DE 19720-6714

Phone: (570) 856-5952
Fax: (888) 619-4432
Skype: robbmackes

Collaborative Data Management Services Webinar

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group is pleased to announce the following webinar, to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 3 PM Eastern / 2 PM Central / 12 PM Pacific:

Presentation: Collaborative Data Management Services at the University of California


• Joan Starr, EZID Service Manager and Manager, Strategic and Project Planning (California Digital Library)
• Perry Willet (Digital Preservation Service Manager (University of California Curation Center [UC3], California Digital Library)
• Claudia Horning, Head, Metadata Team (UCLA Library and Cataloging Metadata Center)
• Lisa Federer, Health and Life Sciences Librarian (UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library)

Abstract: Researchers are required by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies to include data management plans with new grant proposals. Faced with this requirement, researchers are looking to libraries for help with various aspects of research data management and curation, from creating data management plans to archiving and providing access to their research data. The University of California Libraries deliver a growing range of services and tools such as theDMPTool <>,EZID <>, Merritt <>, Web Archiving Service <> and campus-based data management programs. In this webinar, we will introduce these services and tools and then highlight the approach that one UC campus, UCLA, is taking toward campus engagement and faculty outreach and the opportunities and challenges in developing library data services.

URL for webinar:

Recommendations for webinar connection

• Firefox is the preferred browser
• Make certain you have an updated version of Flash

We hope you’ll join us for what will be an informative presentation, with time allotted for questions and discussion!

De-Identification of Protected Health Information

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The HHS Office for Civil Rights issued its ARRA-required guidance on methods for the de-identification of protected health information:

Job Ad: Library Manager, Morristown, NJ

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Morristown Medical Center …..(A tertiary medical center rated in the top 100 hospitals for cardiac and gynecology by US World an News Report)…180 residents, 15 fellows.  Magnet designated 3 consecutive times. Fortune 100 Best Places to Work for the 4th year in row … seeks candidates for the position of library manager.   This dynamic, highly-motivated individual will supervise all operations of the Shinn-Lathrop Health Sciences Library.   The ideal candidate will be responsible for managing and directing library operations including establishing goals, monitoring statistics, developing work plans, managing financial resources, developing and administering the budget, representing the library on medical center committees, supervising the library’s personnel, overseeing maintenance of the library website and will demonstrate experience with collection development, cataloging, classification and document delivery systems.  This candidate will possess extensive knowledge of print and electronic health sciences reference materials, extensive experience in expert searching of MEDLINE and other health-related databases, and facility with Microsoft products. Excellent communication, written, and interpersonal skills as well as demonstrated individual and team leadership skills are required.

Master’s Degree in Information or Library Science from an ALA accredited institution required, Academy of Health information Professionals certification preferred and at least five years progressively responsible leadership experience in a health sciences library environment required.

Apply online:

Click on “Careers” on top of page; go down to “Search Career Openings” and search for Medical Library under Department.

Lunch with the RML: Award Recipient Project Reports

Friday, November 23rd, 2012


Mary Evans, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley: Medical Libraries at Benedictine, Kingston, and Margaretville Hospitals

Beth A. Lewis, Fox Chase Cancer Center / Talbot Research Library

Debra Rand, Hofstra North Shore – LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University

Mary Jo Russell, Vassar Brothers Medical Center / Health Quest

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                November 29, 2012