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Archive for April, 2013

Job Ad: Systems Librarian, New York, NY

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Systems Librarian (The New York Academy of Medicine, New York)

Division Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health.

The Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health is NYAM’s newest Center and is made up of the main Library, Rare Book and Historical Collections and Conservation Laboratory. Summary and Description We are looking for an energetic and creative librarian to implement and manage our e-resources, Integrated Library System (ILS), and web 2.0 based projects. We are looking for an individual up to date with the rapidly changing digital environment with excellent teamwork and communication skills.   For more information and to apply, please visit the career section of our website:

The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Presenters:     PJ Grier and Dean Karavite

The MLA Philadelphia Regional Chapter is very excited to present Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion taught by PJ Grier and Dean Karavite, the program’s creators.

PJ Grier is the Outreach and Access Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.  In addition to being a medical librarian and workshop instructor, Mr. Grier recently earned a graduate certificate in Clinical Informatics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dean Karavite, Lead Human Computer Interaction Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, works creating healthcare information technology solutions by developing clinical decision support tools for electronic health records.

This workshop will demonstrate that clinical informatics is the “intersection of computer science, health sciences and information science.”  Participants will learn about the “front-facing” skills that librarians bring to the field of clinical informatics and healthcare information technology as well as get a broad overview of the informatics field.  Because of federal healthcare reform initiatives, the demand for skilled informatics staff is expected to outstrip supply by 2015. As part of the course workforce development programs available to librarians will be reviewed. MLA CE credit will be available.

See for a more complete description

The course will be presented at Eastern University ( in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  Eastern is easily accessible by car or public transit.

Registration information will be published shortly.

Important Articles Related to the Boston Bombings

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Why Boston’s Hospitals Were Ready:

The heroic work of physicians, nurses and other health professionals in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings has been highlighted in several news stories on the tragedy. Some of the articles highlighted the value of coordinated disaster planning exercises in preparing for the tragedy.  The Boston Globe reported that all eight Boston hospitals were involved in treating the injured.

Visit NLM at MLA 2013

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 3-8, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Attendees are invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth #226 (May 4-7) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics.

Check out all the events that include presentations/posters by your friends from MAR, as well as NLM:

Classes at Albany Medical College

Friday, April 19th, 2013

PubMed for Experts

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, MAR

Location:         Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Date:                 April 26, 2013



Beyond an Apple a Day:  Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, MAR

Location:         Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Date:                 April 26, 2013


Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

Friday, April 19th, 2013

When:  Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time:    1:30 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Who:     Disaster Information Management Research Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine

There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters. However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late. Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely-used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their Web site many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. In this webinar, representatives from NLM will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities.

This presentation was originally prepared for a training session at the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit. Travel restrictions forced a cancellation of the presentation and we are now offering this session as a free, live webinar.

This session will be recorded and posted at a few days after the meeting.

No registration is necessary.

To connect to the webinar:

  • Click on
  • Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
  • A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
  • Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
  • If you cannot use the call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

Pass-Code: 745907

Test your connection:

Foundations of Grant Writing

Friday, April 19th, 2013

From the Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Interested in learning the basics of federal grants and federal grant writing? Join The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) on April 25, 2013 for the Capacity Building Webinar, Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing. Organizations will learn how to write a strong federal grant proposal during this webinar, led by Michelle Loosli, Director, and Margaret Korto, Capacity Building Senior Program Analyst, of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify key steps to apply for federal grants
  • Review the critical elements of proposals
  • Provide guidance for internal evaluations of proposals

Title: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Preservation Week Webinar

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Digital Memories: Preserving personal digital photos, documents, and videos

Sponsored by

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)

National Network Office

National Library of Medicine

April 23, 2013 from 3-4 PM ET

As part of National Preservation Week, the National Library of Medicine will sponsor a one- hour webinar for NN/LM members on preserving personal digital photos, documents and videos.  A panel of NLM staff including Walter Cybulski from the Preservation and Collection Management Section and Stephen Greenberg, Christie Moffatt, and Ginny Roth from the History of Medicine Division will discuss how to preserve personal digital information.

NLM staff will discuss how to preserve personal digital photos, documents, videos, and review storage, and conversion options to celebrate Preservation Week 2013.  To view the webinar use the following URL

Presenters’ Biographical Information

Walter Cybulski is a Preservation Librarian in NLM’s Preservation and Collection Management Section.  He supervises a digitization lab, serves as collections disaster response chief and has taught preservation classes at the University of Maryland and Catholic University.

Stephen Greenberg earned his PhD from Fordham University and his library degree from Columbia.  For over twenty years he has provided collection access and public services in the History of Medicine Division here at NLM.

Christie Moffatt, MSLS, is an archivist in the History of Medicine Division and manager of the Digital Manuscripts Program.  Her primary focus is on the development of NLM’s Profiles in Science Web site at, which provides access to the digitized manuscript collections of leading innovators in science, medicine, and public health.

Ginny Roth is Curator for the Prints & Photographs collection in the History of Medicine Division.  Her areas of specialization include collection management, visual resource cataloging, and photography.

Roxanne Beatty is the webinar moderator.  She is the Web Program Specialist in the History of Medicine Division and earned a MLIS from The Catholic University of America in May 2011.

Preservation Week Contact:

Holly Herro

Meet the Instructors of Our New Webinar: Running Your Hospital Library Like a Business

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Meet the instructors who will lend their professional knowledge and experience to the 4 sessions of this class.  Each presenter has written a very brief bio about who they are.

May 31, Session 1 / Michelle Burda

A Paradigm Shift:  Asking “Why” Before Saying “Yes”

As the NN/LM Network and Advocacy Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region, Michelle’s position allows her the opportunity to see first-hand the challenges that hospital librarians face  in the current healthcare market.  Michelle has worked in small community hospitals and in a large academic urban hospital in both clinical services and consumer health, as well as a faculty medical reference librarian.  With more than 30 years of experience in the hospital environment, she has seen the many changes in healthcare.

June 7, Session 2 / Joy Harriman

Writing a Business Plan

Joy has worked for over 20 years in the health care industry as a medical librarian as well as in marketing, training, and research.  She is currently the Medical Librarian at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT.  She was formerly the Director of the Medical Library at the Mobile Infirmary, in Mobile, AL, and a consultant with Right Management Consultants, Inc.  Harriman’s book, Creating Your Library’s Business Plan:  A How-To-Do-It Manual was published March 2008.  A second book, Health Care in Mobile:  An Oral History of the 1940s was published in September 2011.

June 14, Session 3 / Barbara Epstein

The Art of Negotiation

Barbara is Director of the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System and of the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region.  Previous positions included Director of a psychiatric hospital library, and high school librarian in an urban school district.  Her career has depended on successful negotiation with administrators, staff, students, vendors and peers.  Barbara is an experienced instructor and presenter and has held offices in several organizations, including MLA and AAHSL

June 21, Session 4 / Helen-Ann Brown and Claire Joseph

Proving Your Worth / Adding to Your Value

Helen-Ann is a champion for hospital librarians.  Her clinical librarianship brings the hospital library to the bedside directly contributing to improving health.  Her professorship at the Pratt School of Library and Information Science in the Health Information Concentration inspires future hospital librarians that they can make a difference in patient care, educating the healthcare team and research.

Claire Joseph is a solo librarian at a 435-bed teaching community hospital on Long Island’s south shore.  Claire is committed to working for the survival of hospital librarians.  As Chair of MLA’s Hospital Libraries Section (2012-2013), Claire’s mission is to work with HLS to create a plan to aggressively support its membership in its ongoing fight to survive.  Claire will offer real-life strategies, based on her over 30 years of experience, that hospital librarians can use to proactively prove their worth to their administrators.

Beginning May 31 running four successive Fridays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (ET)

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

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

**Registration: Register <> No cost
Deadline: May 28, 2013 **

Sponsored by   Middle Atlantic Region

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

Joint MLA/AAHSL Statement Urging Publishers to Support Author Compliance

Friday, April 19th, 2013

MLA and AAHSL are issuing the following statement encouraging publishers to support authors in complying with NIH Public Access Policy:

NIH Policy Support Statement

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the Medical Library Association urge journal publishers to fully support authors who are federally mandated to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.  Many authors are confused by the varied approaches and policies of different journals for submitting articles to PubMed Central. This issue will become even more pressing beginning July 1, 2013, when NIH will delay processing an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the Policy.  Additionally, authors and their institutions need publisher support to address prior lapses in compliance, dating back to 2008, as failure to do so will adversely affect future grant funding.

On behalf of academic health centers, health sciences schools, libraries and more importantly, journal authors, we ask that:

  • Publishers allow authors to submit to PubMed Central the final published versions of their articles published after April 7, 2008, related to awards that will have an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013.  We ask that this permission be communicated to authors via the journal website and other relevant communication mechanisms between now and July 1, 2013.
  • Going forward, publishers consider entering into an NIH Portfolio agreement with PubMed Central, wherein the journal commits to depositing all articles funded by the NIH (as defined by the NIH Public Access Policy), starting with a specified volume/issue or publication date.

Authors in academic health centers are increasingly aware of the importance of selecting journals that simplify compliance.  Publisher assistance with the compliance process would strengthen ties with their authors, an important market, and establish a strong pipeline for future cutting-edge research articles.   Also, it would avoid the potential problem of researchers inadvertently violating publisher agreements when attempting to bring older publications into compliance.  Finally, having a standard, easy solution for all authors would reduce publisher workload in consulting with individual authors to bring older articles into compliance.

Any delay in grant awards will have an adverse effect on major research institutions that thrive on competitive NIH funding.   Publishers have a major role in the compliance process.  We strongly encourage them to streamline the process and offer all possible assistance to authors mandated to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.


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