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Emergency Preparedness Summit at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Friday November 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 8th, 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.


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.


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.


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 with any questions

Chapter proposals for The Small Library Manager’s Handbook

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Do you know how to manage a small public, special, or academic library well?  Would you be willing to share your expertise in one or more management areas with other librarians?

If so, you are invited to submit proposals for The Small Library Manager’s Handbook  to be co-published by the Medical Library Association and Rowman & Littlefield  in 2014.

I am editing this guide and am looking for concise, how-to chapters by practicing librarians in all types of libraries about your experiences managing a small library. This is a how-to book by librarians for librarians and LIS students.


In particular, we are looking for chapters that cover:


Administration (possible sub topics):

o   Managing time effectively

·         Generating realistic job descriptions

·         Developing effective staff

·         Creating annual reports

·         Determining strengths and weaknesses

·         Distinguishing library issues from institutional issues

·         Building partnerships and cooperative organizations


Marketing and Outreach (possible sub topics):

·         Building relationships with key members of the larger institution

·         Promoting the library within the organization and to the public

·         Programming

·         Creating community support

·         Recruiting and retaining volunteers

·         Creating a library website


 Finance and Fundraising (Possible topics are):

·         Establishing a budget

·         Locating funding sources for libraries

·         Writing successful grant proposals

·         Raising funds through events and Friends groups

·         Tracking purchases and expenditures


Collection Development, Management and Access (possible topics include):

·         Reconciling your library’s mission with the collection

·         Writing a collection development policy

·         Building a collection

·         Knowing when and what to weed

·         Cataloging tips for the non-cataloger

·         Accessing the collection

·         Building a collection of electronic resources

·         Choosing your ILS

·         Joining a library cooperative


Our target reader is the librarian in a small public, academic, or special library who either works by themselves or has a very small staff or volunteer group helping them.


Chapters should be self-contained, assume very little or no prior expertise in the area and make the reader’s work life easier.


Your chapter should:


(A) Begin by describing the nature of the function or task being covered, including its purpose and place in the day-to-day operation of the library;

(B)  Detail, in step-by-step fashion the best way(s) to go about the work, focusing on the time, staff, equipment, and financial resources (if any) involved or needed;

(C)  You may want to include a checklist or other handy tool to help readers visualize the work;

(D) Helpful tips, especially do’s and don’ts that will help readers avoid common problems or mistakes in the area; and

(E)  A very brief annotated list of recommended resources for further information, particularly those aimed at small libraries;

Contributions should be 3,000 to 4,000 words (about 10-15 pages, double-spaced, pages in New Times Roman 12 point type).  Chapters should be by a single author or at most two authors and should be original contributions.


Step One: Send a description of your topic in about 50 words, along with brief biographical information to by October 25, 2013. The Subject line should state the general topic/subtopic/your name, e.g. “Administration/Managing Time Effectively/Graves”


Step Two: When you are given the “go-ahead” you will have two months to submit your finished piece as a Word doc attached to an email. I will give you the format to use.


Payment will be one complimentary copy of the book for each author and a publication credit on your CV!

If you have any questions or need clarification, please email me at the address above.

Alice Graves, MLIS 

Become a Champion for Coverage

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Today, October 1, 2013,  is the first day of open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace. For 2014, the Open Enrollment Period is October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014.  Uninsured citizens not enrolled by the end of March 2014 have to pay a fee and pay for all of their care. Coverage starts as early as January 1, 2014.  For 2015 and later years, the open enrollment period is October 15 to December 7 of the previous year.

In New England, some states participate in the federally facilitated marketplace, and others have state marketplaces. The Health Insurance Marketplace helps the public learn how to get insurance in each state. Maine and New Hampshire will use the site to enroll, compare coverage and apply for plans. New England states with their own marketplaces include:

Become a Champion for Coverage.

Libraries have the opportunity to become a Champion for Coverage.   Many libraries have already volunteered to be a Champion for Coverage.  There are many ways your organization can be a Champion for Coverage.  These include:

1) Send your patrons to the official consumer sources to learn about the Marketplace and get coverage ( and, 24/7 Consumer Call Center (800) 318-2596)

2) Send an email to your patrons regarding the Marketplace.

3) Post the and/or widget on your website.

4) Hang posters and/or give our factsheets and brochures about the Marketplace. (Libraries can order print materials at:

5) Host a conference call, webinar, or another education event about the Marketplace.

6) Include a story about the Marketplace in your organizational newsletter or other publication.

7) Record and send out a public service announcement about the Marketplace.

8) Have your staff/members learn about the Marketplace in educational sessions.

9) Connect with your partners/members/customers through official Marketplace social media channels to share their stories. (;; @HealthCareGov; @CuidadoDeSalud)

10) Provide space for enrollment sessions or fairs (ideally, with computers so people can check out the Marketplace online).

To be publicly recognized as a Champion for Coverage, complete this online form:


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