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Archive for August 30th, 2013

The Metadata Revolution: Transformative Opportunities

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Upcoming OCLC event at Johns Hopkins/Online

It is a free event and open to all. We are also streaming it live online, too. Great speakers and interesting topics.

DOCLINE Internet Explorer Support

Friday, August 30th, 2013

**Support Added for Internet Explorer 10

NLM now supports Internet Explorer 10 for DOCLINE and Loansome Doc. Browser settings for Internet Explorer 10 are similar to previous versions of IE – see

**Support Ending for Internet Explorer 7

Microsoft has announced the end of support for Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7 as of April 2014.  Due to our development schedule and limited resources for testing, DOCLINE will be ending support for Internet Explorer 7 as of November 30, 2013.  We understand the challenges of different browser version requirements from multiple systems in library environments but NLM must move forward with current browser standards.

DOCLINE may continue to work with IE7, however, NLM staff will not test new versions of DOCLINE or Loansome Doc with Internet Explorer 7, nor will we fix any future issues that are identified as being present only in IE7.  Libraries should begin talking to their local IT departments about upgrading their browsers to at least Internet Explorer 9.

Users upgrading their browsers or using a new PC should modify their browser settings for use with DOCLINE.  See

September is National Preparedness Month

Friday, August 30th, 2013

National Preparedness Month starts on Sunday. Below are some ideas for you to participate in and share with others in your community.


***National Preparedness Month Community and Toolkit***

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has created a website with resources for members, groups, and communities of practice to use to share information on preparedness. Take a look at the Toolkit for ideas you can use at your workplace to spread the word.


***Share some Tweets on National Library of Medicine Health Information***

* September is National Preparedness Month, what kind of disasters are you concerned about? #NatlPrep #NPM

* Its National Prep Month! Do you have an emergency plan for your pets or livestock? Find info at: #NatlPrep

* Is your family prepared for an emergency? Find out steps you can take for National Prep Month: #NatlPrep #NPM

* Libraries should be prepared! Learn how to develop an emergency prep plan for your library: #NatlPrep #NPM


***Take Part in the CDC Twitter Chat on Preparedness***

Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC)

September 27, 2013, 1:00 pm ET

To help promote National Preparedness Month, Dr. Frieden, CDC Director, will host a Twitter Chat to share important preparedness information and take your questions. Dr. Frieden will be joined by CDC experts Dr. Ali Khan, Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response; Dr. Chris Portier, Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances; and Dr. Georgina Peacock, a developmental pediatrician and medical officer at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. You can participate by following Dr. Frieden on Twitter (@DrFriedenCDC) and using the hashtag #CDCchat during the chat.

Job Ad: Outreach/Communication Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A, Baltimore, MD

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (SE/A), housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), seeks an experienced librarian to ensure an organized approach to the SE/A outreach services and communications by coordinating and facilitating outreach and promotional activities.  This librarian coordinates and facilitates the SE/A’s exhibit program, regional outreach projects, subcontracts targeting health professionals, and SE/A communication program; performs library advocacy; and delivers consultation and training to health professionals and their associations. The Coordinator assesses and responds to the information and educational needs of health care and health information professionals and the public.  S/he markets and publicizes the services and products of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM).

This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position, reporting to the Executive Director of the Regional Medical Library.  The incumbent may be appointed at a rank of Librarian II or higher in accordance with the University’s policy on the appointment of faculty librarians (USM/UM Policy II 1.00(F)).


  • Oversees outreach activities for the SE/A’s unaffiliated and minority health professionals.
  • Coordinates communication and promotional programs including national and regional exhibits, regional webinars, presentations at association meetings and exhibits, librarian advocacy, featured articles for SEA Currents, and contact with health professionals’ associations.
  • Develops strategies and materials to promote use of NLM and NN/LM products and services to SE/A target populations such as health professionals, librarians, and the general public.
  • Oversees the design of the traveling exhibit, outreach publicity, and promotional materials for use in SE/A outreach activities.
  • Staffs and recruits others to staff the national and regional exhibits.
  • Assists the Outreach/Access Coordinator with hospital library advocacy programs.
  • Identifies and develops programs that focus on health professionals, especially those serving specific populations or in subject disciplines identified by NLM as high priorities such as unaffiliated health professionals, inner city health professionals, minority health professionals, and public health professionals.
  • Provides demonstrations, training sessions, and exhibits featuring NLM databases and resources such as PubMed and MedlinePlus.  Consults on questions concerning NLM resources.
  • Works with the NLM National Training Center to schedule and publicize classes in the SE/A region.
  • Works with health professional associations to award continuing medical education credits for SE/A courses as needed.
  • Promotes NLM and NN/LM SE/A funding opportunities and assists potential applicants with applications and proposals; identifies other grant and funding opportunities for health professionals’ associations, health professionals, and others.
  • Develops and implements outreach programs and training sessions that address the information needs of health professionals and health sciences librarians in the sub-region of Maryland, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina.
  • Presents information about NN/LM programs in training sessions, at NLM resource demonstrations, association meetings, exhibits, and other events as required. Contributes articles to the regional electronic newsletter.
  • With other outreach coordinators, develops needs assessment tools and coordinates their use in the region.
  • Participates in the development, evaluation and testing of NN/LM and NLM products and services.
  • With the Executive Director and other SE/A staff, represents the SE/A throughout the region.
  • Promotes communication throughout the region by providing feedback and evaluations on products and services and projects, participating in teleconferences, and attending scheduled meetings.


  • ALA-accredited MLS degree
  • Minimum of 3 years’ health sciences library experience
  • Demonstrated experience with searching NLM databases, especially MEDLINE and MedlinePlus
  • Teaching and training experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Recent experience with library technology
  • Ability to set up computers and exhibits
  • Ability and desire to travel; a driver’s license and the ability to rent a car are essential


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of or experience with public health resources
  • Instructional design and course development experience, including evaluation
  • Experience conducting research in information science or instructional design
  • Project management experience
  • Knowledge of NLM and NN/LM programs, resources, and services

SALARY:   Starting at $55,000 commensurate with experience

Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, prescription and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave, 15 days of sick leave, 3 personal days, and 14 holidays per year. Regular status employees, as well as their eligible dependents, may receive tuition remission at many of the USM campuses.


Interested, qualified candidates may send a cover letter, CV or resume, and three references to Rachel Gleiberman at  or by fax to 410-706-3101, or via mail to UMB-HS/HSL, 601 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. For best consideration please forward all required application materials by September 20, 2013.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Maryland is an AA/EOE/ADA Employer.  The University supports diversity initiatives and women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

The NN/LM SE/A is part of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. One of eight regional medical libraries, SE/A serves the biomedical information needs of Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia. The mission of the SE/A is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through access to health information.  SE/A achieves this goal by providing funding, training, and network support to librarians, health professionals, and consumer groups in the region.  For more information please visit:

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

The HS/HSL is the second largest health sciences library on the East Coast, providing access to over 374,000 bound volumes, 8400 unique electronic and print periodicals, 96 databases and an array of progressive services, products and programs. Sixty-five FTEs and 25 faculty librarians staff the library. Our attractive facility, which opened in 1998, provides over 900 seats, 40 group study rooms, 130 individual study carrels, 60 public-access computers, wireless Internet access, 3 computer classrooms, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple meeting spaces.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7500 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 60-acre research and technology complex consisting of 58 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.   For more information about UMB please visit

Job Ad: Director, Weill Cornell Medical Library, New York, NY

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The Samuel J. Wood Library and the C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center is the information hub of the Weill Cornell Medical Center.  The Director of the Library is responsible for the strategic planning, management, budgeting, marketing, and administration of library resources and services as well as the Archives of the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Director will also be critical in leading the Library through its transformation to a next generation facility. Reporting directly to the Chief Information Officer, the Director of the Library will partner with other informatics thought leaders at WCMC in imagining, creating, and managing a dynamic, modern information research facility to support education, research, and clinical care for the next generation and beyond.

A Masters or PhD in Library Science is expected but candidates with non-traditional backgrounds will be considered if their experience is consistent with the vision for a modern, digital medical library.

Candidates must have the ability to meet WCMC requirements for appointment at the academic rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian, including a record of professional achievement, research/scholarship and service.

A grasp of modern medical education, research, and clinical care and the information resources needed to support them is critical. Most important, we are seeking a strong leader with a mature sense of priorities and solid practical experience who can plan and execute within the framework of organizational resources and show the way beyond apparent limitations. Such a leader is politically savvy, a strong systems thinker, flexible, and has a strong sense of mission and a good sense of humor.

A complete job description can be found at or by writing Dr. Curtis Cole at . Interested parties are encouraged to send a cover letter and CV by early October though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.