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Archive for December, 2012

Webinar: Changes to NIH Public Access Policy

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Starting in Spring 2013 changes in the NIH Public Access Policy can affect current and future funding. The NIH is offering this webinar to help grantee institutions better understand these changes. It will:

  • Describe the policy change
  • Provide an overview of My NCBI, a tool investigators use to track and report compliance
  • Describe the Public Access Compliance Monitor, a web based tool institutions can use to track public access compliance
  • Advise participants on where to find additional resources and training materials

Date:  Thursday, January 15, 2013 – Live Broadcast
Time: 10:30-12:00 MT,  11:30-1:00 CT
No Charge but Registration Required <> /ch

Disaster Summit-Save the Date

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

NN/LM Communicating During a Disaster Summit

When: March 7th and 8th, 2013

Where: University of Illinois at Chicago

Sponsors: MidContinental and Greater Midwest regions of NN/LM

Funding: Eligible NN/LM MCR members can apply for Professional Development Award funding (


  • Speakers from libraries and the emergency planning community on roles libraries/librarians can play before, during, and after a disaster, focusing on communication strategies
  • Networking opportunities with NN/LM, DIMRC (NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center), and the  emergency planning community
  • Take-away tools for improving your library’s readiness (including a one-page service continuity plan)
  • Disaster Information Specialization training: U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
  • And more to be announced …



Job Posting: Deputy Associate Director, NLM

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Forwarded from NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) welcomes applications for Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations (LO) through the USAJobs online application system starting January 2, 2013 for 10 days. The announcement will be available in USAJobs and from “Jobs at NLM” on the home page  <>.

The Deputy Associate Director assists the Associate Director in managing Library Operations, a Division of the National Library of Medicine with nearly 300 staff members.  The Deputy Associate Director is responsible for establishing and interpreting policies, assessing resource requirements, and formulating long-range plans.  This position also oversees the NLM Associate Fellows program and the $80 million LO budget, and represents NLM to various national and international organizations. Library Operations is responsible for programs contributing to biomedical research and health worldwide including selecting and indexing MEDLINE journals,  providing quality consumer health information through MedlinePlus, managing the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, collecting and acquiring published literature, cataloging modern and historic materials, maintaining DOCLINE, delivering interlibrary loan, managing and delivering biomedical vocabularies such as the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), SNOMED and RxNorm, and coordinating information in health services and health care technology.  LO is an innovative organization constantly looking for ways to better serve the biomedical community in today’s changing world.  Consider joining us.

As a supervisory librarian position at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $123,758-$155,500, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.  Email questions to /ch

PubReader enhances article viewing in PubMed Central

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

In order to keep pace with the continuing advances in web technology, PubMed Central has launched PubReader, an alternative web presentation that offers another, more reader-friendly view of the articles in the PMC archive. Designed particularly for enhancing the readability of PMC journal articles on tablet and other small screen devices, PubReader can also be used on desktops and laptops and from multiple web browsers. For more information visit [da]

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

NN/LM offices will be closed December 24 -25. We will also be closed December 31 and January 1.

We wish you all the best this holiday season.


Applications Now Accepted for Leonard Doak Memorial Scholarship in Health Literacy

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Applications Now Accepted for Leonard Doak Memorial Scholarship in Health Literacy

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), in collaboration with Cecilia Doak, has posted an application form for the Leonard Doak Memorial Scholarship in Health Literacy. Click here to apply.

The Leonard Doak Memorial Scholarship in Health Literacy was established by Len’s wife and longtime collaborator in health literacy studies, Cecilia Doak. The Scholarship was funded to honor Leonard Doak’s memory and contributions to the field of health literacy. Len passed away on July 15, 2012.

Criteria for award judging:

  • Work with populations challenged by health disparities
  • Work in an underserved, underrepresented area
  • Serve in a capacity of writing and reviewing health literature
  • Be a provider of health education
  • Be interested in creating new health literacy materials
  • Be committed to elevating and improving the field of health literacy

One winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2013 Health Literacy Institute in Freeport, Maine, June 2-5, 2013. The winner will be presented at the 12th Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference, May 8-10, 2013, in Irvine, California. The winner will work for the year under the mentorship of a health literacy professional. Cecilia Doak has graciously agreed to serve in this capacity for the first year.

Our Call for Applications is open until Friday, February 1, 2013.

Donations to the fund are also being accepted. Please make checks payable to IHA/Doak Memorial Fund for Health Literacy and mail to same, 501 S. Idaho St., Suite 300, La Habra, CA 90631. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Questions? We’re here to help! Call us toll free (800) 434-4633 or email

IHA Health Literacy Conference 2013

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The 12th Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference, “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy,” is scheduled for May 8-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Irvine, California.

Our Call for Poster Abstracts will open next week. We will accept poster abstract submissions until February 28, 2013. Instructions will be posted next week about how to submit your abstract on your research project or a program you have implemented. This is a great venue for you to share information with your peers about your hard work and successes!

Folks who have attended our conference tell us what really sets the IHA Health Literacy Conference apart is that you can attend four, 1.5-hour skill-building sessions. Roll up your sleeves and learn specific skills to help you function more efficiently and better understand and meet your clients’ and patients’ needs.

These sessions provide a wide selection of choices, from tools you can use and programs you can replicate to practicing new skill sets, and more.

Here are your breakout session topics for 2013:

  • Cultural Competency Training
  • Creating Unbiased, Understandable Shared Decision Materials
  • Methods for Evaluating Teaching and Training
  • Numeracy: How to Convey Quantity, Time and Risk
  • Enhancing Health Literacy Across a Health System
  • Challenging Legal Communication: A Toolkit for Non-Lawyers
  • Tools to Teach Child Health Skills to Low Basic Literacy Patients
  • Designing Health Information: What You Need to Know
  • How to Get your Health Literacy Program Funded
  • Identifying the Drivers of Language Access


Send in Your Application to Participate in a New Bioinformatics Training Course: “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI”

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Health sciences librarians in the US are invited to apply for  a new bioinformatics training course: “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.” Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS. Applications will be accepted from librarians currently providing bioinformatics services as well as from those desiring to implement services. The application deadline is January 25, 2013. There are two parts to the course, the first part is  online and the second part is in-person. Applicants must take both parts. For more information and to apply see the Nov-Dec issue of the  NLM Technical Bulletin. <> /ch

Save the Dates: Pat Wagner webinars/classes in January and February 2013

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Pat Wagner will be presenting a series of three classes  on marketing for the NN/LM MidContinental Region in January and February. Registration is not yet open, but will be available next week.  There is no charge for these classes.   More details to follow.    Save the dates!  (mm)

  • Class 1 – Improving the Effectiveness of Print Media – Webinar 1 on Jan. 8,  Webinar 2 on Jan. 22
  • Class 2 – Institutional Politics –  Webinar 1 on Jan. 29, Webinar 2 on Feb. 12
  • Class 3 – What do Customers Want? – Webinar 1 on Feb. 19 , Webinar 2 on March 12

EDUCATION: Reprise of Licensing Electronic Resources? – Communication is the Cool Tool

Monday, December 10th, 2012

This is a reprise of a webinar offered last April.  We’ll examine the communication fundamentals between the librarian and the vendor. Both seek to successfully negotiate a license agreement for electronic resources in a library so that users can find the information they need.

Learn more about the roles of the librarian and vendor and how they can both benefit from the process.  The class is designed for those who have little, if any experience with communicating with vendors but those familiar with the process are also welcome to share their insights.

When:  Friday, December 14, 2012 , 10 am, Mountain Time, 11 am Central Time


How: Log in to meeting room as a “Guest” and the system will provide prompts for audio. Equipment needed: phone, computer and Internet connection.

Questions: Jim Honour –    [jh]