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Archive for April, 2014

Stewardship at Scale: New Talks by Cliff Lynch

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Recent talks on stewardship at scale by CNI director Clifford Lynch are now available online:

Challenges of Stewardship at Scale in the Digital Age

Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing Distinguished Speaker Series, Jan. 30, 2014

“Over the centuries, we have developed a very complex system for managing and preserving our intellectual and cultural record. This system is now under enormous strain and trying to respond and adapt to changes in how we communicate and the ways in which technology can represent various modes of communication. We are recognizing that, particularly for digital materials, much more active stewardship is required; this has given rise to a major focus on data curation in the scholarly world. In addition, many stewardship institutions are no longer economically sustainable or stable, and for a number of reasons we are entering an era where I believe transitions of stewardship responsibility from one organization to another will become increasingly commonplace. My talk will examine all of these developments in contexts that range from management of research data to art collections, and will consider social, economic and technological forces reshaping the landscape.”

Keynote Address: Sharing and Preserving Scholarship: Challenges of Coherence and Scale

CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) 2014 Annual Conference, March 10, 2014×360.mp4

“Scholarly practice in all disciplines — humanities, sciences, and social sciences — increasingly relies upon high performance computing, novel and advanced distributed sensor systems, high-speed networking and massive data resources. Our cultural and intellectual record broadly, not just the record of scholarship, is taking on new dimensions and characteristics and now exists largely in digital form; this record is essential evidence for future scholarship as well as a memory for our society. We are also seeing a series of societal changes that are placing a much greater emphasis on public access, transparency and reproducibility in these large scale records of scholarship and society. A central challenge facing the higher education, research and cultural memory sectors is how to develop the necessary strategies and supporting infrastructure to deal with these demands effectively, affordably, and at the requisite scale. In my presentation, I will explore the specifics of these challenges and briefly outline some of the responses that are emerging.”

IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Library broadband takes center stage at IMLS hearing (District Dispatch):

Recording of the hearing:

Resource Sharing SIG at MLA in Chicago

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The MLA Resource Sharing Special Interest Group will convene at the upcoming MLA annual meeting in Chicago. This SIG provides an informal venue for MLA members to discuss interlibrary loan, document delivery, and related issues.

This year’s agenda will include a presentation on the impact of the open access movement by Sandy Degroote, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

This SIG has no formal membership structure, so anyone interested in resource sharing is welcome to attend.

Resource Sharing SIG Meeting at MLA 2014 Building Our Information Future

Monday, May 19

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hong Kong Room

Resource Sharing SIG

UPDATE: Deadline is Being Extended for HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Thanks to positive, overwhelming interest, the deadline for participation in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative’s Spring 2014 Offer is being extended from its original date (Friday, April 25) to Friday, May 9.

This allows an extra two weeks for all participants in the MAR and SE/A to contact Robb with additional questions and then complete and submit their Offers.

This is likely to be a record-breaking Offer in terms of the number of participants as well as resources being licensed. Many thanks for being a part of it–and grateful “thank you’s” to all participants who have already submitted their Offers.

Those still considering participation are encouraged to contact Project Manager Robert T. Mackes with any questions. ( 856-5952)

Job Ad: Biomedical and Translational Research Librarian, Stony Brook, NY

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Campus Description: Stony Brook University has established itself as one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and a leader in health education, patient care and research. Listed among the top 1 percent of all universities in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Stony Brook is home to more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center and teaching hospital. With 603 beds, Stony Brook Hospital is the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Descriptive Title: Biomedical and Translational Research Librarian REF#: F-8602-14-04
Budget Title: Senior Assistant Librarian/Associate Librarian Faculty Position
Department: Library Campus: Stony Brook West Campus/HSC
Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Required Qualifications: ALA accredited Master degree of Library/Information sciences. Master’s Degree in a science or health sciences related field. Three or more years of experience as a full-time science or health science librarian in a higher education institution.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with evidence-based practice instruction, journal club or grand rounds. Evidence of grant and publication ability. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team environment.

Responsibilities & Requirements: The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Develop educational and research-related aids for researchers in areas such as Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Neurobiology, the Cancer Center; Center for Molecular Medicine and Cardiology; Center for Cancer Genetics.
  • Promote the ongoing development of the clinical medicine and biomedical sciences collections.
  • Explore and develop new methods for supporting biomedical research at Stony Brook University and to create and support collaborative departments within the University.
  • Provide research support through consultation, training, current awareness, and service development. Build relationships with bench researchers and clinicians through effective participation in clinical librarian and other informational programs.
  • Serves as the liaison to programs in biomedical research, bioinformatics, neurobiology, clinical medicine, bioengineering, and medical translational sciences.
  • Work directly with faculty on systematic reviews, grant applications, and special projects/presentations.
  • Assist research faculty in developing interdisciplinary collections, promote collaborative research for the Health Science and Life Science departments, assist faculty with curation of data sets for the Stony Brook research enterprise and Institutional Repository.

Special Notes: This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously. **Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to guarantee consideration, please apply by May 20th, 2014. Anticipated start date: as soon as possible.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

Application Procedure: Those interested in this position should submit a State employment application, cover letter and resume/CV to:

Pamela DiPasquale Senior Staff Assistant Library Director’s Office
Melville Library, Room W-1511
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300
Fax# 631-632-7116

Applications for this position must be received, as specified in the Application Procedure Section, no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on 05/20/2014**, unless specifically noted otherwise in the Special Notes Section.


LinkOut for Libraries

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Date / Time:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / 2 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:            Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  New to LinkOut or have questions about this service?  Veronica Robinson Garrett will be our guest speaker. She is a member of the LinkOut team at the National Library of Medicine.  She will define LinkOut and discuss its services, the Library Submission Utility and localizing PubMed.  We will also share the training and educational resources available for libraries.

To learn more about LinkOut before this session:


Michelle Burda (, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Drug Information Portal (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Friday, April 18th, 2014

MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:          Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date / Time:      Thursday, May 8 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:               Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  The Drug Information Portal gives users a gateway to selected drug information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other key U.S. government agencies.  Resources include consumer health and clinical NLM research resources; resources organized by audience and class; and other NIH and government resources such as the FDA, DEA, and CDC.  This session will provide an overview of the Portal, describe resources linked from the Portal, and demonstrate sample searches.

Join Us for MLA Presentations on the Value Study

Friday, April 18th, 2014

  • Marshall JG and Sollenberger J. The Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy. May 19 /  10:54-11:13 am (Contributed paper session on “Leading the Way”)
  • Marshall JG. The Value Study as an Example of Community Based Collaborative Research, May 19 / 2:55-3:30 pm (Invited panel session on “Research Survey Design for Librarians”)
  • Marshall JG. The Value Study: Key Results and Implications for Hospital Librarians, May 20 / 2:00-3:25 pm (Invited panel session on “Soaring from a Solid Base: Accreditation, Competencies, Standards and Value”)

Our Network Members Continue to Make Us Proud

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Mark Vrabel received the SLA Pittsburgh Chapter 2013 Publication-Author Award shown at for the article he wrote on pages 11-12 at  Don’t forget that Mark offered one of our Boost Box sessions New Roles for Librarians at

Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Academic Libraries and Community Engagement (4/23)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement,” on Wednesday, April 23 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).

Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole. Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice issues in many ways. During this interactive webcast, learn how the speakers shape and bring to the forefront these issues via their teaching, scholarship, and work in local communities. Areas addressed include: community informatics, information literacy-focused service learning, and community outreach.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how academic librarians influence our profession via their social justice-related work.
  • Develop an increased awareness of leadership and other roles for librarians in diverse communities.
  • Take away concrete ideas for high impact, collaborative social projects within the realm of library and information science.

Presenter(s): Maureen Barry, First Year Experience Librarian, Wright State University; Martin Wolske, Senior Research Scientist, University of Illinois; Lizz Zitron, Instruction and Reference Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website, and group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.