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Archive for October, 2013

Call for book Chapters: The New Librarianship

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This is a call for book chapters for The New Librarianship, a book that will focus on new roles and responsibilities for librarians in the digital environment, as well as new skill sets, new partnerships, and other exciting endeavors.  The book will be published by Scarecrow Press.

Topical areas suggested include:

  • information stewardship
  • research evaluation metrics
  • new skills and new roles
  • open access
  • scholarly publishing
  • the library as publisher
  • involvement, engagement, connection with patrons/customers
  • training
  • embedded librarianship
  • research data management and services
  • grant writing
  • virtual reference, instruction, etc.
  • e-science
  • innovative uses of technology
  • library mobile apps
  • information visualization
  • ILMS redefined
  • data literacy, media literacy, multi-literacy
  • institutional repositories
  • sustainable and effective assessment
  • exciting and innovative partnerships outside of and within the library
  • user-generated content
  • data curation
  • innovative uses of metadata standards and interoperability
  • new models for library services
  • mega-collaborations (shared print, shared services, etc.)
  • marketing/outreach services
  • “green” libraries
  • creating/reinventing new spaces in libraries
  • web-scale discovery tools
  • folksonomies

These are only a few of the topics that will be explored in this        book.  The editor is looking for case studies, thoughtful and        insightful opinions, and innovative new services and models for moving libraries forward.

 To submit book chapter proposals, please submit an abstract of approximately 100 words and a title for the chapter to Dr. Brad Eden at Deadline for proposals is November 25, 2013.  Deadline for accepted chapters to be submitted to the editor would be May 1, 2014.


Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D

Dean of Library Services

Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana


NN/LM – FREE Extreme Weather Disaster Summit

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region will be hosting a half-day Emergency Preparedness Summit at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Friday November 22, 2013 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

The theme is Extreme Weather.  With a large percentage of New England being located along the northeastern seaboard the potential for floods, hurricanes, blizzards and other weather related events that occur in our communities.  This event is for librarians, public health workers and emergency management personnel or anyone else who is interested in attending and participating.

The current speaker line up is:

  •  David Clemons: Director, Worcester Emergency Management
  • Liz Foley, Medical Reserve Corps
  • Cindy Hahn, American Red Cross

This event is free.   A light breakfast and validated parking will be available. Lunch is on your own (two onsite cafeterias to choose from).

You will also have a choice of two different CE courses to register for:

  • Going to Extremes: Health Information Resources for Severe Weather Conditions
  • Improving Library Disaster Readiness workshop 

Registration for the Summit and CE classes is available at


Contact Meredith Solomon,; 508-856-5964

MLA Estelle Brodman Award

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The MLA Estelle Brodman Award annually recognizes a mid-career academic medical librarian who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence.  Recipients receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.  The nominations are due to MLA by November 1.

Complete information and nomination forms can be found at  

If you have questions, please contact me.


Lin Wu

Chair, MLA Estelle Brodman Award Jury
Reference Librarian
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Library
877 Madison Avenue, Room 216
Memphis, TN 38163
Tel: (901) 448-1667
Fax: (901) 448-7235
Toll-free: 877-747-0004 

Vive la différence: New England Libraries & ACA Resources

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian, Baystate Medical Center and NN/LM NER Healthy Communities COI Leader

The launch of health insurance marketplaces highlights the differences among our six New England states.  One of the most notable differences is the number of insurers that offer qualifying plans.  New Hampshire offers just one insurance carrier through the federally designed website.  Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont residents may choose between two insurance carriers.  Maine residents use the federal website; Rhode Island and Vermont have new state websites.  Connecticut offers three insurance carriers through a state website.  Massachusetts, the forerunner of health care reform, has nine insurance carriers participating in the state-run program.  In 2014, Massachusetts residents may chose from ten carriers.

Below are links to resources for librarians across the six New England states.  According to this Boston Globe article , New Hampshire legislature prohibited accepting federal funds to promote ACA.  This may explain why there is no one, definitive webpage for NH librarians on ACA resources.

If anyone tries to tell you that all New Englanders are the same, here’s an example to disprove that!

Connecticut State Library,

Maine State Library,

Massachusetts Library System,

New Hampshire State Library,

Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services,

Vermont Department of Libraries,

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