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Everyday Leadership for Special and Solo Librarians

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The SLA Solo Librarians Division and the SLA New York Chapter have teamed up to present a webinar series with veteran library trainer Pat Wagner of SIERA (

The first webinar is now open for registration, please see the webinar details and registration URL below.

Everyday Leadership for Special and Solo Librarians
Tuesday, March 11, 2014  5 to 6 pm ET

Regardless of your position in your workplace, you can be a leader: someone with vision, character, and influence who is comfortable with risk, even if you don’t have a team or staff reporting to you. Do you have a big-picture view of your library workplace? Do you think about the future and talk about your vision for better technology, improved customer service, and superior information products? Do people want to follow your lead? Do they listen to your ideas and take you seriously?

– Introduction: How Is Leadership Different from Management for a Special Librarian?
– The Key Idea: Anyone Can Inspire Innovation, Including Solos
– How Do Special Library Leaders Manage Risk Within Their Institutions?
– What Is The New Destination You Are Working Toward?
– How Do You Influence Change When You Are Not In Charge?
– Character Counts: What Are The Virtues Of Leadership?
– What Can You Do, Every Day Regardless of Your Position

– Focus on future outcomes, not just today.
– Become a positive influence for change in your workplace.
– Attract and build an ad hoc team for achieving big goals, even if you are a solo.

Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978. She is a frequent speaker at national library conferences and SLA, AALL, and MLA chapter meetings around the US and Canada. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

Webinar Fees

$5 – Members of Solo Division, SLA NY and Co-sponsoring Chapters

$10 – SLA Members

$20 – Non-members


Register in two easy steps:

1.  Pay the webinar fee using the SLA NY website and PayPal at:

2.  Register for the webinar using the URL sent to you in your confirmation message.

*Paid registrants may access a recording of the webinar so sign up even if you can’t attend in person.

Questions?  Contact Solo Division Past Chair Tom Nielsen at:

Mark your calendar for three other webinars in the series:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

The Tools of Influence for Special and Solo Librarians

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

Fifteen Reasons to Quit Your Special or Solo Library Job (or Ask Someone Else to Leave)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

Solo Project Management:  When You are the Whole Team

MLA 2014 Symposium

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Consider Attending the Patient Experience and Engagement Symposium at MLA 2014

The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient Centered Care One Person at a Time Symposium is designed for librarians and other information professionals working with patients, case managers, consumers and librarians on clinical care and health education teams.


Job Ad: Two Head Positions, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Head, Library Technology Services Section

Head, Serials Acquisitions Unit, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section

These two new positions reflect the Technical Services Division’s (TSD) strategic planning and reorganization that is effective as of today, January 26, 2014. Information about the reorganization can be found at: Public information about TSD is on the revised TSD Fact Sheet:

1- Head, Library Technology Services Section, Technical Services Division, National Library of Medicine

This position will be listed as Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-14, with a salary range from $106,263 to $138,136 including locality pay per annum.

The head of the Library Technology Services Section is responsible for a staff of ten professional librarians and technical information specialists whose grades range from GS 9 to GS 13 level and one library technical support staff whose grade ranges from GS 7 to GS 8 level. The staff collectively manage bibliographic and digital library systems to support the Division’s collection development, acquisitions, licensing and cataloging operations. These systems also support a broad range of LO and NLM services. Major activities of the Section include managing the maintenance, development, testing, training and documentation for the Voyager Integrated Library System; the NLM Digital Collections repository; locally developed systems to support NLM indexing and PubMed citation creation activities; online public access catalogs to provide discovery and delivery of the NLM collection; electronic resources management systems including an OpenURL Link Resolver; a Library Operations-wide documentation system; report writing software for providing statistical reports and data analyses; Web collecting and archiving software; and numerous other software utilized by staff to carry out Division functions. The Section provides first level desktop hardware and software support for the Division, maintains the Division’s technology, computers and equipment budget, and, in collaboration with the Office of Computer and Communication Systems, is responsible for ensuring computer equipment is properly deployed throughout the Division.

The incumbent will be a member of the Technical Services Division senior management team, reporting directly to the Chief of the Division, and serves on working groups within NLM and represents NLM to various professional and government organizations.

Please contact Jennifer Marill, Chief, Technical Services Division at 301.435.7072 or with questions about this position.

2- Head, Serials Acquisitions Unit, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division, National Library of Medicine

This position will be listed as Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-13, with a salary range from $89,924 to $116,901 including locality pay per annum.

The Serials Acquisitions Unit Head in the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section serves as the head of one of four units and directly supervises a staff of three professional acquisitions librarians whose grades range from GS 9 to GS 12 level and five library technical support staff whose grades range from GS 7 to GS 8 level.  The incumbent is responsible for managing operations of the Unit which acquires approximately 18,000 print and electronic biomedical and related serials, including providing preliminary bibliographic control for serial titles; managing accounts and communication with commercial subscription vendors worldwide; physical processing of print serial issues; creating and maintaining purchase order, receiving, payment and holdings records in an integrated library system; monitoring expenditures on the serials budget; and preparing reports to support analysis of the NLM collection.

The incumbent will be a member of the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section management team, reporting directly to the Section Head, and serves on working groups within NLM and represents NLM to various professional and government organizations.

Please contact Patricia Bosma, Head, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division at 301.496.3830 with questions about this position.
The Technical Services Division contributes to the National Library of Medicine’s mission of providing biomedical research and health information worldwide through a variety of programs and activities, including:

Formulating, implementing, and evaluating NLM collection development policies;
Selecting, acquiring, and processing the modern NLM collection of biomedical literature, including print and electronic resources;
Producing and maintaining cataloging records and the official catalog for the NLM collection;
Providing original cataloging and other metadata services; and
Managing bibliographic and digital library systems and software to support the Division’s collection development, acquisitions, licensing and cataloging operations as well as support a broad range of LO and NLM services.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.

Job Ad: Two Head Positions, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), located on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, in Bethesda, Maryland is recruiting recent library science graduates for paid internships to fill entry level librarian or information science positions. The positions offer a unique opportunity to work at the world’s largest biomedical library, with a mission of acquiring, organizing, and disseminating the biomedical knowledge for the benefit of the public’s health.

Positions are available in:

Health Services Research, Public Health and Health Information Technology

  • Engage with the public health and health services research communities in order to create and manage health information resources that serve their needs
  • Support development of knowledge and information resources to promote interoperable exchange of data and information using standardized vocabularies and codesets, standardized survey tools and assessment instruments,  and common data elements and measures

Technical Services

  • Assist with acquisition of materials for the NLM collection and management of licensed electronic resources
  • Apply medical subject headings and supplemental metadata to citations from specialized scientific and technical materials

Preservation; Digital Preservation; Rare Book Cataloging

  • Provide proper management, preservation and care of historical and non-historical collections, including monographs, serials, archives, manuscripts, oral histories, prints, photographs, posters, ephemera, motion pictures, video recordings, sound recordings, and other materials
  • Participate in digital technology, digital imaging and preservation of analog and digital formats
  • Cataloging of rare books in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division

Consumer Health

  • Organize consumer health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness, in both English and Spanish through MedlinePlus, the NLM consumer health web site

Web Site Development and Social Media

  • Support site development, or new responsive web design for MedlinePlus
  • Contribute to social media initiatives of NLM

Data and Literature Management

  • Design qualitative and quantitative assessments of tools and processes used in the indexing of biomedical literature
  • Provide technical and research support for automated (machine-assisted) indexing initiatives involving biomedical literature
  • Assist with data content review and editing of bibliographic citations, including HTML or XML tagging and metadata application, to ensure data quality and consistency
  • Test and evaluate NLM search systems, including the content in the systems and the interfaces used to access the systems.

Communication & Outreach

  • Research and write articles for internal and external publications
  • Assist with tours, digital signage and other outreach activities
  • Assist in developing social media strategies and content

Pay: GS-9 level with a pay rate of $52,146

Benefits: health insurance, and other benefits

Eligibility: Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; must have graduated on or after 12/27/10

Apply through USAJobs at:

NLM is participating in the NIH Pathways Recent Graduates Program. NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.


Kathel Dunn

Associate Fellowship Coordinator

National Library of Medicine


Job Ad: Access Services/Instruction Librarian, Hershey, PA

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State Hershey  seeks an early career Access Services and Instruction Librarian. The  incumbent will report to the Associate Director /Coordinator for Education & Instruction.   This is a faculty position, may be multi-year  contract or tenure track based on qualifications, experience, and  preference.

Position Summary:

The Access Services/ Instruction Librarian will provide general  reference service, research support, and participate in user-centered  library instruction.  Under the direction of the Associate Director,  he/she will be responsible for managing and coordinating Access  Services, including managing the circulation and reference desks;  supervising staff; developing and documenting policies and procedures; collecting statistics; oversight of marketing and exhibit space,  including the Lions Eye electronic display; scheduling reference desk  coverage and responding to patron questions.  He/she will supervise library cash handling policies and procedures at the circulation desk, oversee building and collection accessibility and security, and participate in collection development activities.  The Librarian will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments, participate in the maintenance and support of the Harrell Library Webpage, will contribute as a member of the Library Administrative Team, and will participate in strategic planning and evaluation of library programs, services, and resources. Critical skills include the ability to function effectively in a team environment, flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a dynamic and evolving organization, and a facility for cross-departmental communications.  He/she will contribute to the profession through librarianship, teaching & learning, service, research and involvement in professional organizations.

.    MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.
.    Reference experience or education in academic library reference.
.    Some experience with HTML or Web development software and Web 2.0 tools and services.
.    Demonstrated familiarity with current technologies.
.    Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, service oriented, rapidly changing environment to accomplish mutual goals.
.    Excellent oral and written communication skills; and a strong public service orientation.
.    Demonstrated commitment to professional development and potential for promotion.
.    Two years of experience in an Academic Health Sciences or Hospital library.
.    Teaching experience
.    Experience with database searching with an emphasis on medicine and health related resources.
.    Supervisory experience University Libraries:

Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the CIC (Big 10) academic consortium.  The Penn State University Libraries currently rank 8th in North America among private and public research universities, based on Association for Research Libraries Investment Index.  The University Libraries are located at University Park and 23 other campuses throughout Pennsylvania. Collections exceed 6.5 million volumes, including more than 68,000 current serial subscriptions. Penn State Hershey, located approximately 100 miles from University Park, is the medical campus of Penn State University.

Penn State Hershey:

Penn State College of Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center confers the doctor of medicine degree and, in conjunction with Penn State’s Graduate School, offers doctor of philosophy degrees in anatomy, biochemistry, and molecular biology, bioengineering, bioinformatics and genomics, cell and molecular biology, chemical biology, genetics, immunology and infectious diseases, integrative biosciences, microbiology and immunology, molecular medicine, molecular toxicology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology. The College of Medicine offers Master of Science degrees in anatomy, laboratory animal medicine, public health sciences, homeland security, neuroscience, and physiology.

The Penn State Hershey campus is located in Hershey, PA a suburban community approximately twelve miles from Harrisburg, the state capital.  The fourth largest employer in Central Pennsylvania, Penn
State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center provides jobs for more than 6,950 area residents.  Hershey Foods Corporation, also headquartered in Hershey, is Central Pennsylvania’s second largest industry. Hershey is within a 3 hour drive of New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

Salary and rank commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.

Application Instructions:
Send a letter of application, resume or vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to Search Committee, The Pennsylvania State University, Box HYIL-MEDL, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802, or to Please reference Box HYIL-MEDL in the email subject line.  Review of candidates will begin on March 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with
University policies.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Is the Weather Getting to You?: Make Sure You’re Prepared for the Next Storm!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Class:                10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

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


Date / Time:  Wednesday, January 29  / 9:30 – 11 am (ET)

Thursday, January 30  /  9:30 – 11 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Summary:  The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness and response planning, and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness for libraries. You will learn how to conduct a risk assessment for your library, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and through the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure.  5 MLA CEs.

Award Recipient Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Presenters / Projects:

Awardee: Nancy R. Glassman, D. Samuel Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Project: Mac Books for the D. Samuel Gottesman Library Training Room

Awardee: Irina Meyman, Health Sciences Library, Lutheran Medical Center
Project: It is All about the Apps

Awardee: Christina Rivera, Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC)
Project: mHealth: Exploring Mobile Health with iPads

Awardee: Jean D. Winstead, Health Sciences Library, Beebe Medical Center
Project: Technology Upgrades to Improve Access to Library Resources at Beebe Medical Center

Date / Time:  Thursday, January 30  / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Awardees will discuss details of what their institutions have done with funding received from NN/LM MAR.

  • Beforehand, test your connection to ensure Adobe Connect will run on your computer:
  • Log-in at (ONLY use Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Allow Adobe Connect to call your phone.   Choose the DIAL-OUT option.  HOWEVER, if the system has to dial an extension to reach you, then skip to the next step.
  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

Proposal Writing for Outreach Projects for Public Libraries

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Presenter:       Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date / Time:  Wednesday, February 5, 2014 / 11 am – 12:30 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Summary:  This session designed specifically for public library staff will provide an overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.  Registration priority will be given to NN/LM members in NY, NJ, PA and DE.

MORE Details: Join Us for Our Data Management Symposium

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Doing It Your Way:  Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

When:   April 28-29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

NN/LM MAR is planning a 2-day symposium to help your library take a  “Frank Sinatra” approach to research data management.

Day One Keynote Speakers

  • Paul Harris / Director, Office of Research Informatics, Vanderbilt University
  • Jared Lyle / Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) , University of Michigan
  • Keith Webster / Dean of Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University

Day One Breakout Session Speakers

  • Heather Coates / Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian, IUPUI University Library
  • Barrie Hayes / Bioinformatics & Translational Science Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina
  • Lisa Johnston / Research Data Management/Curation Lead, Science/Engineering Library, University of Minnesota
  • Wendy Kozlowski / Scientific Data Curation Specialist, Olin Library, Cornell University
  • Stephen Morales / Director, Digital Preservation Network, University of Virginia
  • Alisa Surkis / Translational Science Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, New York University
  • Ryan Womack / Data Librarian, Alexander Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Day Two Workshop Speakers

  • Andrea Horne Denton / Research and Data Services Manager, University of Virginia
  • Sherry Lake / Senior Data Consultant, University of Virginia

We will provide more details about the symposium in coming weeks.  So start spreading the news!

New Online TOXNET Class

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Join the NLM Training Center for a New Online TOXNET Class

Would you like to learn more about the environmental health resources available from the National Library of Medicine?  Join the NLM Training Center (NTC) from March 3-25 for Module 2 of the new online class, called “Discovering TOXNET:  From Paracelsus to Nanotechnology.”

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Module 2 covers the following resources:  Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Household Products Database (HPDB), Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), LiverTOX, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), TOXMAP®, and Haz-Map. Note:  modules are independent of each other; you do NOT need to complete Module 1 before taking Module 2.  (Module 1 will be offered again at a later date).  You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, discovery exercises, and solving real-life reference questions

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in the following resources:  Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Household Products Database (HPDB), Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), LiverTOX, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), TOXMAP®, and Haz-Map.

How much time?

Plan for nine hours of work over three weeks (3 hours per week) on your own time followed by a 1.5 hour synchronous session using Adobe Connect.  Participants who complete the class requirements are eligible for 10.5 MLA Continuing Education credits.


Asynchronous work on your own (total of 9 hours, allow 3 hours per week):  March 3 – 20, 2014

Synchronous Adobe Connect session:  March 25, 2014; choose one of two times:  Noon – 1:30 pm Eastern Time; OR 3 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time.  You will be asked to choose a time after the class opens on March 3.

How to Register?

Enrollment is limited, so register soon!  Visit: