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Archive for April, 2013

What in the World is 508 Compliance and Why Should I Care? (Boost Box session)

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                May 14, 2013


Description:  Have you received funding from MAR?  Are you publishing web pages and/or materials created as a result of federal funding?  If so, then you need to know about Section 508 Compliance to ensure you’re meeting the Federal requirements that will be enforced beginning May 2013.  Join us to learn tips and to help reduce your stress so you’ll be able to apply 508 compliance features to your website and materials.

Disaster Planning: 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                June 3, 4 and 6, 2013

Details / Registration

Time is Running Out to Register for Running Your Hospital Library Like a Business

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Due to the high demand for this class, we are closing registration May 3rd.  MAR members are being given one last chance to register before we open the waitlist to those registered from outside our region.

Deadline to Register:  May 3rd, 2013

Members of NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region will be given first priority.  Those outside of NJ, NY, DE and PA are placed on a waitlist.

Details / Register

MAR will be offering free four successive Fridays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (ET)

Participants in this series of programs will further develop their library business skills.

May 31/ Session 1:          A Paradigm Shift:  Asking “Why” Before Saying “Yes”

June 7 / Session 2:            Writing a Business Plan

June 14 / Session 3:          The Art of Negotiation

June 21 / Session 4:          Proving Your Worth / Adding to Your Value

Sponsored by   Middle Atlantic Region

Additional questions: Michelle Burda /  (412) 624-1589

Better Health: Evaluating Health Communication

Friday, April 26th, 2013

NLM’s spring lecture series continues. The fourth lecture is coming up on Monday, April 29th from 3:30-5:00 pm.  Dr. Brad Hesse, Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute, will be joining us on the NIH campus in the Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B.  The title of his talk is: “Quantifying the Health Information Revolution: Triangulation in an Era of Big Data.”

More information about Dr. Hesse can be found at:

This event will be videocast live and archived at:

Thank you to Dr. Andrew Pleasant for the exciting lecture he gave on April 10th.  If you missed any of the first three lectures, they are available under “Past Events” on  Past lectures are listed by date (starting with the most recent).


There are more and increasingly diverse ways for health information to reach the public. The interest among Americans to receive health information also remains high compared to most other topics. To maximize the impact of health information on the nation’s well-being and empower consumers, communicators need to know whether their messages are reaching the right audience, whether the information is understood, and whether the materials make a difference in decision-making and health outcomes. As a result, evaluation is an integral and crucial part of health communication.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will host a spring lecture series to highlight innovative approaches and best practices in evaluating health communication. As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NLM diversify their use of mass communication channels to dispatch health information, a fresh consideration of evaluation’s cutting edge is timely and important.

NLM and NIH employees are encouraged to attend this series, as are members of the public, other governmental agencies, as well as faculty and students from area universities. The lectures will feature discussion and participation by audience members.

Lecture 4 – April 29th, 3:30-5:00 pm, Balcony B, Natcher Building 45, National Institutes of Health

“Quantifying the Health Information Revolution: Triangulation in an Era of Big Data.”

Brad Hesse, Ph.D., Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Hesse directs several of NCI’s cancer communication research initiatives, including the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) and the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication (CECCR).

Gary Kreps, Ph.D., discussant

Project OPAL (One Page, All Libraries): Free 15-Week Library Readiness Plan

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Attention MAR Libraries:  sign-up for a free 15-Week Library Readiness Plan.   At the conclusion of the 15 weeks, your library will have a one-page service continuity plan, and will be guided through other elements of library readiness, including the importance of designating shelter locations, securing partnerships with disaster recovery companies, creating a response station, and tips for integrating your library/librarians into your community’s emergency planning.
To sign-up, send email to  (Dan is the Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative.)  In the Subject field, type PROJECTOPALMAR.  You will then receive 9 weekly emails guiding you on how to fill out a one-page service continuity plan, followed by 6 weekly emails designed to further improve your library’s readiness.

This is a nationwide initiative.  Once you complete the 15 weeks, your library will be registered as a member of the Project OPAL (One Page, All Libraries) Class of 2013.  You will then receive email reminders of when to review your one-page plan and recommendations for when to perform table-top exercises and drills.

Please contact Dan if you have any questions. Registration ends June 3, so please act quickly.

Genetics Home Reference Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched the Genetics Home Reference (GHR) Web site on April 25, 2003 as a new consumer health information resource focused on human genetics. The creation of GHR coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome:

My Bibliography: Public Access Compliance YouTube Video

Friday, April 26th, 2013

This video helps NIH-funded scientists link funding to their citations and manage compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy:

Repost of Job Ad: Education and Liaison Librarian, Long Island, NY

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine located on Long Island, NY seeks a qualified candidate for an Education and Liaison Librarian who will have primary responsibility for our information literacy program, expert literature searches, web content development, and support for medical education research.

Required:  ALA- accredited master’s degree in library or information science, and a minimum of two years’ library experience. Demonstrated expertise in searching and teaching of the biomedical literature.

Salary:  Minimum of $60,000.  For full description and to apply please visit:

Job Ad: Research & Knowledge Management Liaison Librarian, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Research & Knowledge Management Liaison Librarian – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seek a dynamic, service-oriented librarian to proactively provide outreach services to Penn’s biomedical research community. The position will be instrumental in assessing research needs and creating a set of services in support of the research life cycle at Penn, ranging from development of a guide to data management resources to implementing tools to enhance research collaboration (VIVO and Symplectic Elements). The broad goals of the position are to integrate the Biomedical Library into the arena of the overlapping fields of e-science, data storage and curation, bibliometrics (citation tracking and analysis), scholarly communication and research collaboration, as well as genomic and biological data, and to establish the Libraries as a clearinghouse for research resources.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Biomedical Library. The position will be a member of the Biomedical Library Information Services Team. It is based in the Biomedical Library while working closely with colleagues throughout the Penn Libraries.


An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a minimum of 2 years of professional library experience in an academic library or research center or equivalent combination of education and experience; and a demonstrated interest and expertise in informatics and/or relevant scientific field.

Coursework in or equivalent knowledge and experience with metrics and statistics. Ability to work independently as well as operate within a collegial framework of faculty, staff, students and administrators to deliver desired outcomes. A self-starter with relationship building skills a must.

Apply by 05-31-2013

Christine Davidian, MS

Electronic Resources Librarian
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-871-6432 | 215-871-6478 fax

Job Ad: Government Documents and Data Librarian, Upper Montclair, NJ

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Position Title

Government Documents and Data Librarian/ Librarian I – Tenure Track

Vacancy #



Library Technical Services/Government Documents


Academic Affairs

Job Description

Manages and administers all aspects of the Library’s Government Documents Department as a selective federal repository and as a participant in the New Jersey State documents repository program. Provides leadership and expertise in developing library services related to the discovery, use, storage, preservation, and management of locally and externally available datasets particularly in the social sciences and sciences. Establishes policies and procedures in compliance with the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the New Jersey State Library Depository Program; Manages a Library Assistant, who is responsible for coordinating and processing the physical Government Documents collections in all formats and conducts performance assessment reviews; Prepares the budget for the Government Documents Departments in consultation with the Library administration and monitors expenditures;

Provides in-depth reference service and consultations for all government information with an emphasis on U.S. federal government information sources; Serves as the MSU liaison to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and participates in the discussion of policy; Collects and prepares appropriate statistics and assessment reports; Provides assistance to researchers who are writing grant-required data management plans; Participates in library user outreach and information literacy programs and in library staff training with special emphasis on promoting government information in a digital environment;

Coordinates with Collection Management/Acquisitions and Cataloging, Metadata & Archives Services departments on policy issues related to the processing of government documents in all formats; Establishes and maintains good communication and cordial work relationships with Library colleagues as well as with the University administration, faculty, students and the general public to achieve Library objectives; Actively pursues partnerships with departments and external institutions that enhance the Library’s Government Documents holdings and services;

Serves as the Library Liaison to one or more departments or units; Serves as Library representative to appropriate campus committees; Participates in Library, University, and other professional activities; Keeps informed of trends and issues in higher education, research, librarianship, and technology; and Performs other duties as assigned.The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Qualifications & Requirements


o BA/BS from an accredited college or university.
o Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library program.
o Second master’s degree in another subject area or 6th year certificate.
o Five (5) years’ evidence of successful maintaining, preserving, and weeding government information;
o Excellent leadership abilities; verbal and written communication skills; and interpersonal skills;
o Initiative, flexibility and creativity;
o Experience with statistical information software, such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and numeric data resources, such as Roper datasets and the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) datasets and tools.
o Strong service orientation background.
o Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
o Grant writing experience is desirable.
o Knowledge of general and discipline-specific research resources and participation in information literacy instruction is desirable.
o Reading competence in one foreign language is desirable.
Professional Activities
o Record of disseminating professional expertise through such activities as having an article appear in a nationally recognized professional journal; publishing a book; serving on a panel; presenting a paper or a poster session at a professional conference; reviewing books and other literature and/or media; grant
Activity; providing service as an expert or member of a team of experts; and commitment to future professional development.
o Record of contributing to the advancement of the profession by holding office in a professional organization at the local, regional or national level and/or serving as chair or otherwise demonstrating leadership on library and/or professional initiatives and commitment to future professional development.

Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.

Salary Range

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Anticipated Start Date

July 1, 2013

Send cover letter and resume to
(include vacancy # V-763)

Dr. Judith Lin Hunt, Dean of Library Services
Harry A. Sprague Library
Box C316-V-763
Montclair, New Jersey 07043

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