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Archive for March, 2013

Important Copyright News: Big Win for Libraries in Supreme Court

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Washington Post:  Supreme Court says copyright law does not protect publishers in discount re-sales

Excerpts: “The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be re-sold online and in discount stores without violating U.S. copyright law.” “Had the court come out the other way, it would have crimped the sale of many goods sold online and in discount stores, and it would have complicated the tasks of museums and libraries that contain works produced outside the United States, Breyer said.”

The case: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, 11-697. “John Wiley & Sons v Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices.”
The Opinion:
Supreme Court blog:

Open that iPad Before You Buy It

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Applications for Disaster Assistance from FEMA Due March 29, 2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Many libraries and organizations in our region were impacted by Hurricane Sandy:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency issues a press release last week detailing the deadline for applications for disaster assistance. From the press release:

“Survivors of Hurricane Sandy have two weeks to register for possible disaster assistance and to return applications for low-interest disaster loans to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The deadline for both is March 29, 2013.

FEMA urges everyone who sustained losses from Hurricane Sandy to register, including those who have insurance. Insurance may not cover all losses.

The 13 designated counties are: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.”

More information can be found on FEMA’s website.

Job Ad: Associate Director for Data Science, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

The Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, is recruiting for the position of Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS).  A description of the position, qualification requirements, and application procedures are outlined in the vacancy announcement available on the NIH Executive Careers website at:  Please share the vacancy announcement with individuals whom you feel could provide the leadership and professional excellence required for this position.

The vacancy is open nationwide to all qualified candidates.  Applications for the ADDS will be reviewed starting May 13, 2013, and accepted until the position is filled.  If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, please contact me on 301-402-1130.

Job Ad: Instruction Coordinator/Undergraduate Life Sciences Librarian, Cornell University

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Link for external applicants:

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Albert R. Mann Library, part of the Cornell University Library (CUL), is looking for a service oriented, creative, technically skilled professional who thrives in an innovative work environment and is energized by the opportunity to lead the library’s information literacy program.  Candidates should also have a strong background and interest in the life sciences in order to develop and implement highly effective services in support of Cornell’s talented and ambitious undergraduate life sciences students.  Working on a team of 15 colleagues who make up the Mann Library Services and Collections librarians, the Instruction Coordinator/Undergraduate Life Sciences Librarian will have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the overall public services program at Mann Library. The librarian in this position will also play a key role on the campus-wide information literacy team, which is embarking on a new initiative to build the CUL campus-wide information literacy program as part of the implementation of the Cornell University Library 2011-2015 strategic plan.


Instruction Coordinator/Undergraduate Life Sciences Librarian will:

*   Provide leadership and planning for the Mann Library instruction/information literacy program in response to College learning outcomes and evolving needs.
*   Work with Mann Learning Technologies and Assessment Librarian to develop pedagogically rich tools and learning experiences to enhance information literacy programs.
*   Serve as lead instructor for undergraduate life sciences information literacy programs, including partnering with faculty to integrate information literacy competencies into the undergraduate biology, agriculture and environmental sciences curricula.
*   Develop and provide innovative information services for the undergraduate life sciences community.
*   Serve as part of the team at Mann delivering general information services to the Cornell community, including reference and consulting services and instruction in information management.

The position will be open through April 12, 2013



*   Subject degree or work experience in the life sciences.
*   ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library, Information Science, Education, or equivalent graduate degree.
*   Strong interest in working with undergraduates.
*   Outstanding teaching skills.
*   Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
*   Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, and ability to work independently and collaboratively.
*   Commitment to professional development.


*   Interest or experience in information sciences and/or social media.
*   Work experience in an academic setting, and/or instructional experience, especially in the area of information literacy or e-learning approaches.

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York’s land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

Job Ad: Science & Engineering Librarian, Temple University

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

The Temple University Libraries seek an engaged, creative, and enthusiastic librarian / instruction coordinator for our Science & Engineering Library (SEL). SEL is located on the main campus of Temple, a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit The Science & Engineering Library supports research and instruction in biology, chemistry, computer & information science, earth & environmental science, engineering, the mathematical sciences, and physics. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Under the general supervision of the Head of the Science and Engineering Library, the incumbent: Plans, coordinates, and assesses SEL’s instruction and information literacy initiatives in consultation with other librarian educators; works collaboratively with faculty to integrate information literacy into the curriculum; teaches general and subject-specific classes; creates learning materials and research guides. Serves as liaison to multiple science and engineering departments; provides a full range of multi-disciplinary reference, research, and consultative services for students and faculty; engages in the academic and intellectual life of the departments to appropriately direct, develop, and promote library services and collections; integrates current and emerging technologies, as appropriate, in the design and delivery of SEL instruction, outreach, and information services; develops collections for liaison subject areas. The incumbent will participate in library-wide activities and committees and is expected to be active professionally. S/he also will be expected to meet requirements for contract renewals, promotion, and regular appointment and will perform other duties as assigned. Participates as scheduled in shared evening and weekend service hours. May supervise student assistants or other staff. Required Education and Experience: ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS. Required Skills and Abilities: Substantial course work, library experience, or practical lab experience in engineering or science fields, such as biology, physics, chemistry, geology, etc. Well-developed analytical, organizational, management, and communication skills. Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and flexibility. Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment. Preferred Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated experience in a science or engineering academic setting providing reference, consultation, or liaison services. Demonstrated experience providing instruction and applying information literacy concepts, such as developing learning outcomes and employing assessment techniques, to practice.  Demonstrated facility with instruction and information technologies and creative use of technology to enhance learning. Demonstrated experience developing and managing science or engineering-related collections in all formats. Knowledge of the information needs of relevant disciplines and an understanding of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing. Science or engineering degree. Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers@Temple, and reference TU-16402. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

Job Ad: Delaware County Community College, Marple, PA

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Job posting active from: Thu, 2013-03-14 – Fri, 2013-04-05
ID: 001497
Campus: Marple
Job Type: Faculty
Hour Type: Full-Time
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Monday – Friday) and one evening per week and one Saturday per month
Exemption: Exempt
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Libraries
Application Materials: The College strongly encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. Interested candidates should apply online at or send electronic only (in MS Word or .PDF format), a cover letter, complete and current resume, unofficial transcripts and a list of three references (including current immediate supervisor) to Connie L. McCalla, Vice President, Human Resources, Delaware County Community College, 901 South Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063, Application materials must be submitted only as a completed packet and received no later than April 5, 2013.

Salary: A minimum starting salary of $58,314 and a comprehensive and competitive fringe benefit package are provided.


The ideal candidate must have a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school; minimum of two years’ experience in an academic library is required. A background in health services, strong knowledge of technology, ability to work well with a diverse library staff and community college constituency, and strong teaching skills are desired. The successful candidate will be service-oriented, exhibit a positive attitude, and good communication and interpersonal skills; must be team-oriented and committed to professional development.

PCOM provides email capability to all students, faculty, staff, and administration.  All emails and attached files transmitted between and among the foregoing are considered confidential. The emails and attached files are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed and reading, disclosing, disseminating, distributing or copying by a recipient other than that named therein is strictly prohibited. Any email described herein that is received by an entity or individual to which it is not specifically addressed should be immediately deleted by the unnamed recipient.

Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Presenter:      Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:         Online

Date:                 March 29 and April 5, 2013


MAR Announces Our First TechTime Webinar

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Earlier this year, we announced that MAR would begin offering a quarterly technology webinar series called TechTime.  Here was the announcement in our newsletter:

You’re all invited to join us for the first session:

What:          iPads, Androids, Kindles, Oh My!  An Introduction to Mobile Devices
:         Thursday, March 21, 2013 / 11 am – Noon

Presenter:  Mark Puterbaugh, Information Services Librarian, Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University
Mark’s LibGuides and Blog

Description:  Thinking about taking the plunge and buying a tablet?  Received one as a gift?  Join Mark to learn more about the various tablets available on the market and how to get the most from them.

1.    Beforehand, test your connection to ensure Adobe Connect will run on your computer:  (NOTE: Only use Firefox or Internet Explorer)
2.    Log-in at and allow Adobe Connect to call your phone.
3.    If you’re unable to connect online, then join us by phone:  1-888-450-5996, Participant Code:  888072.
4.    If you cannot connect online or by phone, please notify us immediately at

Missy Harvey
Technology & Communication Coordinator
NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15261

MAR has Reorganized Our Website

Friday, March 15th, 2013

As a result of focus groups and usability testing, MAR has restructured our website ( to provide entry points for the populations we serve:  libraries, unaffiliated health professionals, K-12 professionals, and organizations providing consumer health information.  We’ve heard your voices and have redesigned our site to focus on you!

New Subject Categories

We added 4 new tabs/categories directing you to content designed specifically to meet your needs:

  • Libraries arranged by type of library:
  • Health Professionals

For health professionals unaffiliated with a medical library, public health professionals, mental health professionals, minority health professionals, and those working at Critical Access Hospitals:

  • K-12 Professionals

For K-12 health and science educators, as well as those providing after-school programming in a K-12 school, community-based or faith-Based Organization:

  • Consumer Health

For libraries, community-based and faith-based organizations providing consumer health information:

More Highlights

  • We added selected NLM resources to each page to get you started with resources to meet your needs
  • We added your primary MAR contact person on each page—so you’ll know who can answer your questions or concerns

So visit our redesigned website and let us know what you think!