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First National Survey of Consumer Health Information Services

Friday, April 19th, 2013

I am attempting to conduct the first national survey of consumer health information services. The study is called CHISS (Consumer Health Information Services Survey). I want as many institutions to provide data so I can put together a picture/roadmap of a way for librarians to create new connections within their community and organizations.

I would appreciate if you could share the IRB approved blurb below with your listserv/announcement list. I am trying to get as many people who are providing these services to contribute. Also I would like to make sure that your organization as a supplier of consumer health resources fills out the survey.

Take part in the Consumer Health Information Services Survey (CHISS). Researchers from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA are conducting a 15-20 minute survey to identify consumer health information services. The researchers hope to receive responses from public libraries, academic institutions, hospitals and not-for-profit organizations involved in consumer health information services. The goal is to identify what services are currently offered, who is offering them and how often. The data may be able to assist other organizations in implementing new consumer health information services. Organizations that participate will be entered for a drawing to win one of two $300 checks. After the survey period, 53 randomly chosen hospital librarians that complete the follow-up survey will receive $10 for their time and effort. This research is possible through financial support from the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association. The survey will be open from April 15, 2013 to April 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm Pacific time. If you are willing to participate, please go to

Julia M. Esparza, MLS, AHIP

Clinical Medical Librarian

LSUHSC – Shreveport, LA


Excellent Free Upcoming Webinars

Friday, April 19th, 2013

From the Association for Research Libraries (ARL):

RRLC Academic Library of the Year

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Congratulations to MetroCenter, College at Brockport

The 2013 RRLC Academic Library of the Year

“Without the assistance of the MetroCenter Library and the Librarian, Linda Hacker, I would not be in the Master’s Program now.”

That statement alone was enough to convince the judges that the MetroCenter Library, College at Brockport should be the RRLC 2013 Academic Library of the Year.

We arrived in mid-afternoon the day we visited and it was quiet until 4 pm and then suddenly the library was filled with students, and more importantly, laughter and friendship. This library may be small, but the help it offers is huge. The students we spoke to had high praise for the library and especially for the librarian, Linda Hacker.

“She’s more than a librarian. She’s a mentor, a friend, a coach, a sister. This is my home.”

Congratulations to Linda Hacker and the MetroCenter, College at Brockport for being selected the RRLC 2013 Academic Library of the Year!

Visit the RRLC homepage <> to take a photo tour, read the nominating entries, and watch the video of our visit to the MetroCenter Library. Come back tomorrow as we announce the RRLC 2013 School Library of the Year!

Rochester Regional Library Council
390 Packett’s Landing
Fairport, N.Y. 14450
(585) 223-7570 – phone
(585) 223-7712 – fax

Deadline Extended for Group Licensing Offer, Open to All Middle Atlantic Hospital Libraries

Friday, April 19th, 2013

PRINCETON, NJ (April 15, 2013)—The April 15 deadline has been extended to April 26, for participation in the Group Licensing Initiative formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ). The organization’s spring 2013 offer features more than 446 resources from 10 vendors, at a cost savings of 15-60% off regular pricing.

Participation, open to all hospital librarians throughout the Mid-Atlantic region (DE, NJ, NY and PA), has grown from 75 to more than 100 Mid-Atlantic hospital libraries during the past year. Known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation, the non-profit Group Licensing Initiative strives to provide  access to the highest-quality, current electronic resources in the form of medical journals, books and databases, and at the most cost-effective pricing available thanks to the organization’s leverage of group purchasing strategy.

To receive a copy of the offer, please contact Project Manager Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, at 570-856-5952 or Deadline for participation has been extended to April 26 due to high interest.

For more information, on the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, including FAQs and testimonials, see

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

NLM e-Clips

Friday, April 19th, 2013


Job opportunities at NLM, NIH

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice PIE-J: Presentation & Identification of E-Journals

NLM-Funded Study Offers New Insight into Statin Discontinuation

NLM Mourns Loss of Sheldon G. Cohen, MD

NLM Releases Extensible Markup Language (XML) for IndexCat™ Data

NLM Value Set Authority Center Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Hospital Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets


Aspirin Associated with Reduced Melanoma Risk

Folic Acid Reduces Autistic Disorder?

Promising Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) Diagnostic Tool


Apps from Uncle Sam to Keep You Healthy

AT YOUR LIBRARY: World Health Day

Bethesda resource speaks volumes on health and healing

Careers that Combine Biology and Mathematics

‘Could you poison your child?’: images from a century of medical propaganda

Download a Free Copy of Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine

Genomics Pioneers: Mardis and Church Welcome Apps that Impact Patients

Glossary of Genomics Terms

Henkel Physicians

Mutating Gonorrhea and ‘Superbugs’ Coming Soon to a Town Near You?

National Library of Medicine: A valuable outing, and not just for MDs

Objects of Our Affliction

Objects of our afflictions

Spring allergies could hit hard

Stopping a Statin May Not Be a Forever Thing

Top 10 Weirdest Prescription Drug Side Effects

Understanding Statin Discontinuation

University of Saint Mary [Leavenworth, Kansas] hosts traveling exhibit on Civil War medicine

Wealth of medical information can be found—for free—at PlaneTree

What We Learn From Clinical Trials



Blood Sugar




Job Ad: Librarian for Nursing Research, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Job Overview:

The Librarian for Nursing Research has primary responsibility for conceptualizing, planning and delivering high quality research consulting and reference services in the disciplines of nursing and health professions at Drexel University.  Additional responsibilities include collection development and instructional responsibilities in support of the curricular and research agendas of the College of Nursing & Health Professions.

The research enterprise within Drexel University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions is experiencing tremendous growth along with enrollment in the College’s graduate programs.  The Librarian for Nursing Research will develop and implement an integrated program of consulting, instruction and other interventions to support the expanding research programs of faculty and graduate students.

In addition, the Librarian for Nursing Research will participate in the work of the Health Sciences Partnerships group to provide instruction and reference services, and will participate in collection development for the disciplines within nursing and the health professions.  The Librarian for Nursing Research will report to the Associate Director for Health Sciences Partnerships.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent in library or information science
  • Degree or demonstrated scholarship or work-experience in nursing or a health-related field or profession
  • Minimum three-years academic  library experience, including research experience
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that enable communication of  issues of research process & theory to a diverse community

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional masters’ degree in a health sciences related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) process
  • Demonstrated participation in health sciences research within an academic setting

Essential Functions:

  • Design and implement a program of research consulting and support programs for the faculty in nursing and health professions
  • Participate in provision of reference services to health sciences students and faculty in-person and electronically
  • Participate in development and delivery of instruction to students in health sciences disciplines
  • Assist the Associate Director for Health Science Partnerships in collection development and management of health sciences resources
  • The Librarian for Nursing Research will be a member of the Libraries Liaison Program, a dynamic and collaborative program of librarians who act as communications conduits between the University Libraries and academic programs within their discipline.
  • The Libraries professional staff is expected to contribute to the ongoing operations of the Libraries through participation in divisional planning and decision-making, and in implementation of library policies and to participate in university activities and initiatives.
  • Librarians are expected to contribute to the profession through professional memberships, participation in professional development activities, research and publication.  Regular reporting of activities and appropriate statistics are required.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

To apply for this position, please apply online at: or visit and search for Librarian for Nursing Research. The requisition number is 5291.

For more information about Drexel University, please visit

Linda M.G. Katz, MS, AHIP
Associate Director
Health Sciences Partnerships
Drexel University Libraries
245 N. 15th Street, MS 449
Hahnemann Library, Rm. 2221
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215.762.7632 | Fax: 215.762.8180 sciences

Job Ad: Education and Liaison Librarian, Hempstead, NY

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Library seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Education and Liaison Librarian.  Please share this information with interested staff and colleagues.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Library Services, the Education and Liaison Librarian will have primary responsibility for the information literacy skills program of the medical school including curriculum sessions, online tutorials, and consultation services.  The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty and other staff to assess information literacy skills, design Clinical Epidemiology/EBM content, and ensure seamless access to readings via the learning management system.  S/he will provide reference and liaison services, conduct expert literature searches, develop content for the library website using LibGuides, support medical education research projects, liaison with health related programs on the Hofstra campus as well as targeted departments at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and evaluate the collection and electronic resources.   S/he will participate in scholarly activities and grant funded library projects.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Graduate library/information science degree from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent, and a minimum of two years of library experience.  Demonstrated expertise in searching the biomedical literature and resources for evidence based practice.  Demonstrated expertise in development of online instructional materials and providing instruction. Expertise with web content tools for enhancing information literacy and library outreach.  Flexibility and interest in working collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff in a customer focused environment.  Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as presentation skills.

For consideration, please send a letter of application and resume to:<>

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Hofstra offers a competitive salary ($60,000 minimum) and excellent benefits.  This is a non-tenured faculty position.

For the full job description please see the Hofstra University website at:

For more details about the library and Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine visit our website at:<>

Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff, and student body.

Debra Rand, M.S., AHIP
Associate Dean for Library Services
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
North Shore-LIJ Health System
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
516-463-7537<> or<>

Job Ad: Associate Director, Research Engagement & Health Sciences Partnerships, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Associate Director, Research Engagement & Health Sciences Partnerships develops and implements a program of research support for the University’s faculty and graduate students and leads the Libraries’ partnership program in health sciences.

The Libraries’ program of Research Engagement will enhance and strengthen the University’s research activities through partnerships between librarians and researchers to discover, manage, analyze, and use information and avenues of scholarly communication.

The Associate Director will develop and lead libraries staff in building the program of Research Engagement.

The Health Sciences Partnership program builds and maintains relationships and partnerships with key faculty and staff of the Drexel College of Medicine, the College of Nursing & Health Professions, and the School of Public Health. The Associate Director leads a group of health sciences liaison librarians to embed information literacy and skill development into the curricula of health sciences and provide reference and research consulting. The Associate Director is the primary selector and collections manager for the health sciences resources.  Read more of this post

Job Ad: Stacks Management Project Manager, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Drexel University Libraries are recruiting  an experienced Project Manager with an MLS degree to lead/coordinate collection review and weeding prep at the Hagerty Library and its storage facility, One Drexel Plaza.

This is a temporary position through June 30 and perhaps beyond, part-time to full-time work.

Job Ad: Public Services Reference Librarian, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Reports To:  Director of Education

Hours Weekly: 40. This is an exempt position.

Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive AIDS service organization providing state of the art, culturally competent, HIV primary care, and opportunities for clinical research, social services, consumer education, and outreach to people living with HIV and those at high risk. Our goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of people living with HIV now. The AIDS Library is a small medical library located within Philadelphia FIGHT. It serves the general population including people living with HIV, their friends, family members, and caregivers, health care providers, teenagers, activists, ex-offenders and those working in social service fields. The Public Services Reference Librarian position requires someone who can work with a team of HIV professionals (case managers, providers, care outreach workers, and educators) to provide information and referral services and instruction to our patrons.  Read more of this post