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Archive for 2012

NYU Langone Medical Center and Area Emergency Rooms

Friday, December 14th, 2012

NYU Langone Medical Center announced that it “plans a phased re-opening of its main clinical facility, Tisch Hospital, prior to the end of December and a return of nearly all services to the medical center by the end of January. Additionally, despite significant damage to the Emergency Department, NYU Langone continues to work towards re-opening portions of this function as soon as possible.”  An article in the NY Times discussed how emergency rooms across the area have been affected by the Sandy-related ER closures.

Ask a Librarian / December 2012

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Caroline Spellman from Aquilent, Inc., working onsite at NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, teamed up to write this month’s Ask a Librarian column in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Learn about resources for emergency preparedness for healthcare facilities in JAAPA:

The High Return on Investment for Publicly Funded Research

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The Center for American Progress has issued a report, “The High Return on Investment for Publicly Funded Research.” The repot highlights a number of breakthrough innovations that were generated from the federal investment in research. The report concludes, “While we have seen huge and tangible results from our research investments in the past, we are not making the level of investments we need to cultivate innovation in the 21st century.

Our national investments in research and development as a percentage of discretionary public spending have fallen from a 17 percent high at the height of the space race in 1962 to about 9 percent today, reflecting a shift in priorities of our government. The biggest decline has taken place in civilian research and development, which has dropped significantly as a proportion of both GDP and federal spending…To ensure that the United States remains a leader in the 21st-century innovation economy, we need to double down on our investments in technology, the enabler of long-term efficiency gains and economic growth, and also change the way we think about the converging fields of science, technology, and business.”

Job Ad: Content Management Librarian, Valhalla, NY

Friday, December 14th, 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.

To apply, contact Alicia Parrish, Human Resources Manager, at (914) 594 4564 or
New York Medical College, 40 Sunshine Cottage Road, Valhalla, NY 10595

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.

Ø  Purchase all collection development titles for the Health Sciences Library, working through the administration and collection development committee;
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 of 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).

MAR Announces Our Fall Newsletter, The MAReport

Friday, December 7th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the 2nd issue of our quarterly newsletter.  Our goal is…

  • to spotlight various aspects of our services and NLM resources
  • to highlight a Network member
  • to announce classes and training for the next quarter, and
  • to touch on any number of possible topics in future issues

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Appointment of the NLM Associate Director for Library Operations

Friday, December 7th, 2012

I am very pleased to announce that effective Sunday, December 16, 2012, Joyce Backus will become the National Library of Medicine’s Associate Director for Library Operations and a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Joyce has been at the NLM since 1985 when she joined us as an Associate in the NLM Associate Fellows Program.  Since that time she has served in a number of key positions of increasing importance and responsibility, culminating most recently with her appointment as the Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations in June 2011.  With every new challenge she demonstrated extraordinary qualities of leadership, analytical ability, and management skill that have contributed immeasurably to the successes of NLM and Library Operations.   Among many other achievements, Joyce was a key player in the development of MedlinePlus and led the creation and implementation of MedlinePlus Connect.   She has been a highly effective representative of NLM and NIH in many contexts and in collaborations with other federal agencies, libraries, and professional associations.  Joyce holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Library Science from Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and English from Duke University.

Please join me in congratulating Joyce on this well-deserved appointment.

Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD


Announcing a New Course at the National Library of Medicine: A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Details provided:

Compliance of the NIH Public Access Policy

Friday, December 7th, 2012

NIH is going to being enforcing the compliance of the NIH Public Access policy to new grant applications.  If publications are not in compliance, awards for new grants will be held up:

New NLM Resources for Toxicologists and Laboratory Safety

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released Especially for Toxicologists, a guide to NLM resources on environmental health, toxicology, and chemical information for toxicologists:

December NIH News in Health

Friday, December 7th, 2012

In this edition:

Don’t Just Sit There! Move for Your Health
If you’re like most people nationwide, you’ve spent more than half of your waking hours sitting or inactive for long stretches of time—at work, at school, in the car or watching TV. Here’s why you should try standing up instead of putting your feet up.

Counting Carbs? Understanding Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load
Have you ever heard about glycemic index and glycemic load? They’re related to carbohydrates, one of the main types of nutrients in our diets. Here’s what you need to know.

Health Capsules:

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