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Archive for October, 2013

National Academy BRDI Open Challenge on Research Data and Information

Monday, October 28th, 2013

As a way of raising awareness and stimulating thinking about the potential for new uses of research data and information, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (which I currently co-chair), has issued an open challenge for exemplary projects. The announcement is below. I hope that there will be some great submissions from members of the CNI community.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; announces an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, searchability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value and reproducibility.

A Letter of Intent is requested by December 1, 2013 and the deadline for final entries is May 15, 2014.

Awardees will be invited to present their projects at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC as part of a symposium of the regularly scheduled Board of Research Data and Information meeting in the latter half of 2014.

More information is available at Please contact Cheryl Levey (<>) with any questions.

Fall Offer Released from HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Monday, October 28th, 2013

First, the Fall Offer is now available thanks to the negotiating of the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative. All medical librarians in the MAR region are invited to participate, whether this is your first or your 12th year of participation. Group purchasing benefits all! Details and links to the offer are below.

Second, our circle of participation is ever-widening. Beginning with the Spring 2014 offer, all medical librarians in the Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) region will also be invited to participate. Feel free to reach out to your colleagues in this region and let them know how the GLI has benefitted your library. This is a huge step for the GLI!

Third, the HSLANJ organization is nearing completion of a newly-designed website, including a section devoted to the Group Licensing Initiative. Click here to visit the new website!

Details of the Fall 2013 Offer:
More than 100 medical facilities throughout the Middle Atlantic Region regularly participate in the GLI. We appreciate your support and feedback in presenting an extensive, Fall 2013 Offer, with the following features:

  • More than 845 resources
  • A cost savings of 12-75% off regular pricing
  • NEW: resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Also, please note that while the Fall 2013 Offer is open to all hospital librarians in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DE, NJ, NY and PA), please double-check the upper left-hand corner of each sheet for resource availability in your state. The New England Journal of Medicine is only available to librarians in NJ and DE. All other resources are available in all states.

Deadline for participation: Friday, November 1

  1. Download the Cover Letter, including helpful guidelines, through this link.
  2. Click here to download the Fall 2013 Offer.
  3. Please complete all forms as thoroughly as possible, even if you have submitted previous offers.
  4. Contact Project Manager Robb Mackes with any questions: or (570) 856-5952.
  5. Email your completed offer to Robb Mackes by the deadline of Friday, November 1.

Please Note – Two Options for Completing Your Offer!

The Fall 2013 Offer is an interactive, “working PDF,” meaning you can type directly into the PDF.

  • You still need to print and sign the first page of each worksheet, but hopefully this new format will save you from hand writing everything.
  • The totals from each worksheet transfer to the order summary sheet, and fields such as hospital name, contact name and bed count auto populate throughout the document.
  • Please check your numbers on the summary sheet to make sure they transferred properly. You can input correct numbers in those fields if they didn’t transfer properly.

Or use a NEW 2nd option:  Online order entry!  Key your orders online to save paper, time and energy.  Upon completion, you’ll be presented with an order summary that must be signed and emailed to Robb Mackes to complete the order.  Please contact Robb today for more details and to activate your online account.

Learn More About the GLI:

Whether you are new to the GLI or have questions about the GLI, you’re invited to visit with Robert T. Mackes, GLI Project Manager at any of the following conferences:

  • Wednesday, October 9: New York New Jersey Chapter Annual Meeting, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • Saturday, October 12 through Tuesday October 15: MAC Annual Meeting, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Wednesday, October 16 through Friday, October 18: UNYOC Annual Meeting, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Fairport, NY – GLI Committee Member Cathy Boss is representing the GLI at this meeting
  • Thursday, October 17 through Friday, October 18: Southern Chapter Annual Meeting, Embassy Suites, Ridgeland, MS

Chapter members are welcome to contact Robert now and schedule an appointment–or simply stop by during the conferences.

Email: / Phone: (570) 856-5952

Job Ad: Associate Fellowship Program, NLM, Bethesda, MD

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) located in Bethesda, MD is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips, attendance at a Pow-Wow and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2013)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2014.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at  Application deadline is February 4, 2014.   Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or

Affordable Care Act: Hear from the Experts! (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Date/Time:                      October 24, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Info:                                   Online / No registration required

Description: Assistors, Navigators and Marketplace Guides are certified and trained to educate and provide enrollment assistance to individuals and small businesses about health insurance options available through the Marketplace.  We have invited a representative from DE, NJ, NY and PA to participate on a panel discussion and answer questions about assisting consumers with the Marketplace.  Questions for this panel are being solicited in advance.  If you haven’t already asked your question, do so now:

Qualified representatives participating on this panel include:

  • Robin Stockton / Center for Family Services, Navigator Program, Camden, NJ
  • Rebecca Cashman / Resources for Human Development, Inc., Navigator Program, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lauren Pendergast / Program Coordinator for the Marketplace Guides at Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
  • Kathy Cannatelli / Director, Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Christiana Care Health System,  Wilmington, DE
  • Catherine C. LaMay / Program Manager, Saratoga Hospital Health Insurance Navigation Program, Saratoga Springs, NY

Award Recipient Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, October 19th, 2013


Date / Time:                    October 31, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm

Where:                              Online / No registration required

Awardee: Deborah Magnan, Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center
Project: Hackensack UMC PC Upgrade Project
Description: The Samuel & Sandra Hekemian Medical Library and its Community Health Library (CHL) were in need of new computers for library staff members and CHL end‐users. Current computers were outdated and inefficient in providing access to health and other needed information.

Awardee: Mark D. Puterbaugh, Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University
Project: Mobile Instructional and Design Lab
Description: Eastern University developed a Mobile Instructional and Design Lab (MIDL) to develop and use new technologies to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and growing mobile population.  MIDL partnered with Eastern University faculty to incorporate health information literacy into mobile formats.

Awardee: Shelly Warwick, Touro-Harlem Medical Library, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine/Touro College of Pharmacy
Project: Enhancement of Student Learning and Community Outreach through the Use of Portable Devices
Description: This was a proposal to purchase 15 iPad tablets, plus accessories to: improve assistance in the library, show students how portable devices can be used to provide better patient care during clerkships and practice experiences, and enable enhanced teaching possibilities to small groups of students and community residents in non-computer classroom settings both through instruction by library personnel and by lending some or all of the iPads to others who wish to teach in non-computer classroom settings.

Translational Medicine and Roles of Health Sciences Librarians (Boost Box session)

Saturday, October 19th, 2013


Date / Time:                    November 4, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm

Where:                              Online / No registration required

Description: Translational medicine is a popular term used among researchers in the biomedical community.  But what does it mean?  This session will describe what translational medicine is, clarify confusing terminology, and examine the field over the last several years.  We will also discuss the roles librarians play in this area.  Insight into translational medicine will help librarians understand their current and/or future contributions in this field.  This presentation is designed for people who work with biomedical researchers or anyone who desires to learn about translational medicine.

Sharing a Library Profile and ACA Profile

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Here’s a profile that WebJunction recently shared on its homepage and project site about the efforts of Atlantic City Free Public Library to prepare for the Affordable Care Act:

New Resources Focus on Health Coverage and Access to Care for Kids

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents.  The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents. The knowledge path aims to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers learn more about the topic, to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve health coverage and access to care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. The knowledge path is available at

A separate brief presents resources to help families learn more about and locate health insurance and health care for their children. The brief is available at

Also see Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Professionals ( and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Families ( to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your colleagues via your website or e-news services.

New “Medical” Collection on New York Heritage: Nickell Snake Oil Collection

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Nickell Snake Oil Collection, a digital collection from Western New York Library Resources Council member institution Center for Inquiry Libraries, processed by University at Buffalo’s Digital Libraries Spring 2012 class, is now available on New York Heritage:

Although snake oil has become synonymous with medical quackery in today’s parlance, not many are aware of how it came to be so. This digital collection from the Center for Inquiry Libraries’ Dr. Joe Nickell Collection features 27 items relating to the sale of these “patent medicines,” including bottles of snake oil, other cure-all liniments, various advertisements, and even a taxidermic rattlesnake.

Explore Center for Inquiry Libraries and their collections on New York Heritage:

New York Heritage is a collaborative project among New York State’s nine Reference and Research Library Resources Councils (NY3Rs): Capital District Library Council; Central New York Library Resources Council; Long Island Library Resources Council; METRO-Metropolitan New York Library Council; Northern New York Library Network; Rochester Regional Library Council; South Central Regional Library Council; Southeastern New York Library Resources Council; and Western New York Library Resources Council.

The NY3Rs, funded by New York State, work with their member institutions (libraries, archives, museums and historical societies) to digitize original research materials and make those materials available for free on the Internet.  The Councils are continually adding new collections to and actively seek collections to expand the site.

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Job Ad: Assistant Director for Customer Services, Syracuse, NY

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

The Health Sciences Library at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Customer Services. We seek an innovative and dynamic individual with demonstrated personnel and project management leadership abilities. This position emphasizes a commitment to the HSL team, superior customer service, and to meeting the current and emerging health information needs of the Upstate community.

The successful candidate will be forward thinking, motivated, flexible, and excited to work in a collaborative, rapidly evolving team environment. S/he will exhibit the capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a regional medical system and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

This position reports to the HSL Director and serves as a member of the administrative team providing leadership and direction for the HSL. The Assistant Director fosters a creative, team-oriented work environment; leads the departments of access services, reference and Family Resource Center (12 FTE); provides reference services to HSL clients, contributes to evening and weekend coverage; participates in strategic planning and assessment; evaluates existing programs and develops new programs; determines and interprets library policies; and contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.

Required: ALA accredited Master’s degree in library or information sciences or commensurate degree with relevant experience; 6 or more years of library experience with evidence of personnel and project leadership successes; 3 or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity; reference or liaison services experience; evidence of recent and relevant successful experience in supervising library staff and student workers; experience with orienting and training staff and students and reviewing work; ability to evaluate and assess library programs, services and policies; excellent organizational, time and project management skills; demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility, ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork amongst colleagues; evidence of interpersonal and team building skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.  Preferred: Experience in a health sciences or hospital library; online reference services and AHIP membership.

The HSL’s current interests include developing new collaborations with local, regional and SUNY libraries; further developing our Family Resource Center; developing services for the soon to open Cancer Center; promoting a culture of evidence-based practice, delivering HSL services to geographically dispersed locations and to the patients and families in our 25 counties service area.

The SUNY Upstate Medical University is Central New York’s only academic medical center and the region’s largest employer. Our community includes colleges of medicine, nursing, allied health, & graduate studies; University Hospital, a 400 bed tertiary care hospital; Upstate University Hospital at Community, a 306 bed hospital; and the Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. For more information about us, please visit, , and .

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Initial appointment will be at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.  Salary is dependent on qualifications.  Excellent benefits package including TIAA-CREF and other retirement options.  12 month, tenure track position with faculty status.  Priority review of applicants begins November 15, 2013 and continues until filled.

TO APPLY:  To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line at to job #037145.