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Job Ad: Content Management Librarian, Valhalla, NY

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

The Health Sciences Library of New York Medical College seeks a Content Management Librarian.  New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System, is located in Valhalla, in beautiful Westchester County, New York, 450 square-miles of diverse living, with tiny river towns, suburban villages and urban centers. One of the best things about NYMC’s location is its proximity to New York City, with bus, train or car options to get you there in as little as 30 minutes.  The Health Sciences Library serves more than 4500 faculty, employees, students, residents and fellows on a vibrant and growing campus now serving the Schools of Medicine, Health Sciences and Practice, and Basic Medical Sciences.  Please consider this opportunity and/or pass along to your colleagues.

To apply, contact Alicia Parrish, Human Resources Manager, at (914) 594 4564 or

Content Management Librarian 

Purpose:         Performs duties and responsibilities related to the selection and purchase of library materials in all formats at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) of New York Medical College (NYMC).  Responsible for the resources budget for books, educational media and relevant serials resource expenditures.  Works closely with the director, administrator, associate director, vendors, and colleagues!


Ø  Purchases collections and titles for the Health Sciences Library;

Ø  Manages the acquisitions/serials ledger module of the Ex Libris Voyager system including budgeting and expenditures for all collection types and locations;

Ø  Communicates externally at all levels with relevant vendors, obtaining price quotes and licensing;

Ø  Communicates internally regularly with faculty, employees and students to ensure necessary input relating to collection needs and strengths;

Ø  Coordinating the trials and purchasing of new or current products, including access resolution for system problems;

Ø  Analyzes and reviews subject needs of the collection and monitors collection usage statistics;

Ø  Assists with the management of the technical services division, which includes acquisitions, cataloging and serials/systems;

Ø  Contributes to the profession through publication or service, may represent the HSL;

Ø  Maintains both bibliographic and holdings records (SERHOLD and OCLC);

Ø  Serves as a member of the reference/information services team;

Ø  Performs other duties as assigned


  • ALA-accredited Master’s in Library Science (MLS);
  • Minimum 2 years experience in an academic or health sciences library and in an integrated library system environment;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and demonstrated initiative;
  • Excellent basic computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Excel);
  • Commitment to service and ability to work effectively as part of a team;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic, team-based environment;


  • Knowledge of SERHOLD, OCLC, and Ex Libris Voyager system;
  • Membership in the MLA Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Reports to:     Associate Director, Resources Management Division and Associate Dean and Director

Job Ad: Medical Librarian, Langhorne, PA

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Medical Librarian, Saint Mary Medical Center, Langhorne PA

The primary objective of this position is to improve quality. To administer and provide leadership for the development, organization and operation of the Health Sciences Library at St. Mary Medical Center. To provide integrated knowledge-based information services and instruction to support the clinical, educational, administrative and research programs at SMMC; and to promote the development of a healthier community. Library Services designed to further support and advance the mission and strategic plans of SMMC.

Master’s degree and Medical Librarian Association Certification (MLA) required. 5+ years of similar experience preferred.

Job Ad: Content Librarian, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Content Librarian, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Philadelphia PA

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 year applicable experience
  •  Intermediate Enterprise Content Management Systems knowledge

Preferred qualifications:

  • Degree in Library or Information Science
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to appropriately apply cataloging and metadata standards
  • Advanced ability to set up, use and improve cataloging systems and tools
  • Experience with brand/customer marketing and knowledge of marketing principles in the pharmaceutical industry a plus
  • Skilled in image processing and file conversion
  • Thorough knowledge of the creative development and production (online/offline) processes
  • General understanding of media formats and digital encoding
  • Knowledge of current and evolving technologies across all media production. Including but not limited to Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Studio
  • Excellent organizational skills with close attention to detail and time management
  • Strong service orientation and highly proactive working style
  • Strong analytical & problem solving skill
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


  • Maintains an understanding of the company’s strategy and how CMS capabilities including taxonomy, metadata, templates, content and components, support that strategy.
  • Understands and interprets company and brand business priorities in order to ensure CMS is most effectively utilized.
  • Provide expertise in content management and helps to ensure promotional compliance, which aligns with the organization’s commitment to customer value (GSK and FDA guidance and policy).
  • Appropriately escalates issues and potential deviations from SOPs and works with others to ensure governance and successful resolution.
  • Serves as go-to resource for content, reporting and to assist with re-use and re-purpose analysis, which aligns with the organization’s goals of efficiency and process improvement.
  • Educates the internal/external user population to ensure compliance to SOPs and understanding of the system.
  • Maintains integrity of CMS and works to proactively develops and implements action plans to improve performance and utility.
  • Implements Business Improvement techniques to improve data integrity, maintain metadata standards, and streamline workflows.
  • Analyzes usage patterns and user-search trends on a routine basis. Regularly reports on asset usage. Recommends strategies to improve performance and utility.
  • Acts independently and makes decisions to ensure progression of projects.
  • Anticipates needs and problems to avoid crisis management.
  • Provides clear and concise communications to all levels across the organization and with external stakeholders/suppliers.
  • Communicates complex technical information in an understandable and accessible way to a variety of audiences (stakeholders, end users, key personnel).
  • Strong collaboration skills and comfortable working in environments with constant change and ambiguity.

Requisition Number: 79545

Job Ad: Senior Assistant Librarian/Clinical Informationist, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Salary Range:
Commensurate with experience
& qualifications
Line Number: 20102
Additional Position Information: Interested candidates may email their cover letters and CVs to

Brief Description of Duties:
The Clinical Informationist performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria. Provide reference and expert searching services to support transitional research, clinical practice and medical education. Prepare subject bibliographies and maintains Internet resource pages.
Keep abreast of the best reference and research resources related to integrative and clinical research and evidenced-based medicine.
Facilitate the integration of information resources to support diagnosis and treatment decisions through participation in patient rounds, clinical discussions, hospital information system design, and grand rounds as assigned.
Provide point of need database miniclinics and other information resources instruction for clinicians, nurses, researchers, residents and students. Consult with colleagues in the Evidence in Practice Information Center regarding evidence-based instruction for health science students.
Provide research assistance to investigators preparing clinical research protocols/IRB submissions and searching for grant opportunities.
Select and evaluate subject based materials related to transitional research/medicine and evidence based practice.
Participate in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making relating to health science services, collections and new technologies.
Participate in supporting the library in creating and providing clinical information resources to the curriculum.
Participate and work with all personnel involved in Consumer Health.
Perform scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.

All successful candidates must undergo various background checks, maintain credentials required for continued employment and adhere to the SUNY-DMC UHB Principles of Behavior. Clinical Faculty and Allied Health professionals must receive and maintain Medical Board authorization.

REQUIRED: MLS Degree from an ALA accredited library school or equivalent advanced degree in a life or health science field and at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience serving a similar client population including working in an academic health science library, or performing research, searching grant-related databases, web-based instructional tools and mobile applications relevant to health sciences or information sciences. Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written (samples required).

Posting ID: 9329 Ref #: FAC/20102-12
Persons interested in the above position should
submit a resume along with a cover letter to:
Donald Lemke
Library Administrator
Medical Research Library of Brooklyn Box# 14
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Interested candidates may email their cover letters and CVs to

November Ask a Librarian in JAAPA

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

In the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, this month’s Ask a Librarian column includes sources for information about genetic disorders from the National Library of Medicine, and how to find blogs written by physician assistants:

Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Sally Rockey’s blog post on this is at:

Dear Colleagues,

NIH’s public access policy is central to our mission. It ensures that the results of NIH-funded research are accessible to everyone, so that, collectively, we can advance science and improve human health. On a typical weekday, over 700,000 users retrieve more than 1.5 million papers on PubMed Central, the host archive for the public access policy.

When we put the policy into place in 2008, it was an adjustment for all of us. Since that time, we have focused much of our attention on outreach to the grantee community. This strategy, along with the research community’s shared commitment to making public the results of NIH-supported research, has resulted in a high level of compliance with the policy. However, public access is a statutory requirement and we still need to improve compliance.

Tomorrow, we will be releasing the attached guide notice (NOT-OD-12-160) announcing that in spring 2013, at the earliest, we will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  Once publications are in compliance, awards will go forward.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).

What to Do Now

We are announcing this change months in advance of implementation to give awardees as much time as possible to comply with the policy. The more compliant Type 5s we receive, the fewer awards we will need to delay. Please encourage your awardees to come into compliance with the public access policy now. They can use My NCBI to associate papers with their awards, and track public access compliance today.

Staff Training and Resources

Changes to our workflow and the program checklist will be explained in a staff training webinar this winter. You and your grantees can find a variety of resources at Additionally, we are providing a short FAQ for staff and drop-in slides discussing this policy change for use in your own presentations. These are available at

The Value of Medical Libraries

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have just published an excellent report entitled “Questions of life and death, describing the value of health library and information services in Australia Based on a survey done in September 2012, the report shows how people use health library and information services in the country, and the impact usage has on clinical care and education. This is the type of report we need to conduct in Canada to answer to those who want to close health and medical libraries.

Library and information service users were asked how they believed their use of the service over the last year had helped them.

*   95% said it helped them discover new information
*   86% said it helped keep them current with the latest clinical developments
*   83% said it helped them improve health outcomes for patients
*   82% said it helped them progress their research
*   76% said it improved their diagnosis or treatment plan for a patient
*   76% said it helped them achieve higher marks in exams
*   65% said it helped confirm their diagnosis or treatment plan

HLI and ALIA are using the report to advocate for renewed investment in health libraries in Australia. The survey shows that despite significant increases in users, budgets for books, staffing levels and floor areas have declined with no prospect of improvement in 2013.

Key issues included:

*   Reduction in staff hours having a detrimental effect on the delivery of services
*   Lack of budget for essential print and e-resources
*   Visibility of the service in the digital environment
*   Continuing need for print collections
*   Uncertainty about the future
*   Lack of understanding about the value of libraries at a senior level

The full report can be downloaded here:

Other studies of the value of health libraries

Harrison J, Creaser C, Greenwood H. Irish health libraries: new directions. Report of the status of health librarianship and libraries in Ireland (SHELLI). Dublin. Library Association of Ireland, Health Sciences Library Group, 2011.<>

Marshall JG. The impact of the hospital library on clinical decision making: the Rochester study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1992;80(2):169-78.<>

See also Hospital library standards & their value<>

Connie Schardt
Associate Director for Research & Education Medical Center Library Duke University DUMC 3702
10 Searle Center Drive
Durham, NC 27710

NN/LM Call to Action

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

From Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit:

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts?: Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                 February 4 – March 15, 2013

Details / Registration

MedlinePlus and More

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                 January 15 – February 5, 2013

Three required webinars:
Jan. 15:  10 – 11 am ET
Jan. 22:  10 – 11 am ET
Feb. 5:  10 – 11 am ET

Details / Registration