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Education Coordinator Position for the NPHCO

Friday, June 10th, 2016

National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO)


The National Public Health Coordination Office has the important role of providing information resources to public health departments that monitor outbreaks, design interventions, and inform health care utilization.  The NPHCO manages all facets of the Public Health Digital Library including supporting continuous access to resources, providing distance-based training and education to users across the country, partnering with local health sciences libraries for instruction and interlibrary loan, working with vendors, and maintaining contact with public health departments. The Public Health Digital Library provides access to electronic resources to participating state public health departments.  While offering licensed information resources, the digital library uses PubMed and other National Library of Medicine information delivery tools.

The Education Coordinator designs and implements an instructional program to train users on the best use of information resources available. The ideal candidate:  has an interest in working in a non-traditional information environment; has knowledge of or can work with public health topics and its audience’s information needs; can develop instruction across a variety of formats and platforms; and can work in a highly collaborative environment with a small core team, that interacts with a variety of collaborators and constituents across the country.

The NPHCO is located at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England with the support and resources of the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The region offers a central location with convenient access to all of New England in a city with world-class museums, concert halls, theatres, and restaurants.


Under the general direction of the NPHCO Manager or designee, the Education Coordinator provides public health instruction and reference services to public health departments participating in the Public Health Digital Library. The Coordinator will work in concert with the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the NN/LM National Training Center (NTC) to design, develop and implement instructional content in support of public health evidence based curriculum. The Coordinator will also respond to reference questions including assistance with DOCLINE, LinkOut, and questions related to searches on public health topics using digital library resources.


  • Coordinate training activities related to resources provided by the digital library
  • Design, develop and implement a curriculum for the public health workforce
  • Offer training and on-boarding programs to new public health departments
  • Offer distance based learning sessions based on public health digital library resources
  • Respond to reference questions for information search and information management
  • Respond to ILL, DOCLINE and LinkOut questions
  • Perform other duties as required.

     Master’s degree in library information science, instructional design, or equivalent degree

    • 3 years’ experience in an academic, research, health sciences or hospital library or special library or equivalent
    • Hands-on teaching experience
    • Experience developing curriculum including syllabi, learning objectives, and lectures
    • Ability to lead complex project teams
    • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication in teaching, publishing, networking, reporting, and outreach efforts
    • Demonstrated communication in networking and outreach, listening, negotiation, diplomacy, teamwork, professional writing, planning, management, and implementation skills
    • Demonstrated ability to engage successfully in outreach and networking
    • Ability to travel to off-site locations

    Job Title: Reference & Education Coordinator

    Job Number:2016-26773
    Salary Grade:45
    Union Code:Non Union Position-W60-Non Unit Professional

    Contact:  Javier Crespo:; 508/856.7633

    See this job announcement and apply at

     UMass Medical School is committed to being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and recognizes the power of a diverse community. We encourage applications from protected veterans, individuals with disabilities and those with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to consider UMass Medical School as their employer of choice

    HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

    Friday, March 25th, 2016

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

    Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

    • Information retrieval;
    • Skills development;
    • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
    • Equipment Acquisition.

    Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

    • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
    • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
    • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
    • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
    • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

    Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

    Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

    The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site:

    Primary Point of Contact

    Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist
    Office of Acquisitions (OA)
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
    Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
    Fax: 301-402-0642

    Secondary Point of Contact 

    Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
    Office of Acquisitions (OA)
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105
    Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
    Office Phone: 301-496-6546
    Fax: 301-402-0642

    Resource Guides on Public Health Incidents

    Thursday, January 28th, 2016

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page.

    Please share these resources freely!

    These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:

    • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
    • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
    • Social media resources for situational awareness

    To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for our email updates:

    Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS
    Health Sciences Librarian
    Specialized Information Services Division
    Disaster Information Management Research Center
    6707 Democracy Blvd.  Suite 510
    Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
    301-496-2742, phone
    301-480-3537, fax
    “Support for librarians providing disaster information outreach to their communities.”

    New Hampshire Focused Outreach Final Report

    Monday, December 21st, 2015

    From May 2014- April 2015, the Focused Outreach Project connected underserved communities in New Hampshire with the resources and services of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and the National Library of Medicine.  NER identified project partners following key informant interviews.  NER staff worked with project partners to guide them through the funding process, provide initial training on National Library of Medicine resources, and ensure the projects fulfilled goals and objectives as identified in their proposals.

    Project partners included:

    • City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services
    • City of Nashua, Office of Emergency Management
    • Concord Public Library
    • New Hampshire Area Health Education Centers
    • New Hampshire Community College Librarians and Nursing Educators
    • New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
    • New Hampshire State Library

    NER conducted a state-wide membership drive.  NER provided the New Hampshire State Library with membership packets to mail to libraries in New Hampshire that were not already NN/LM Network Members.  As a result of the membership drive, 29 libraries joined the network.

    NER developed relationships with seven new project partners.  Each project partner used their own evaluation methods.   Several project partners shared the value of their experience partnering with NN/LM NER in their reports and publications:

    “These activities served to significantly increase awareness of the multitude of reliable NN/LM resources and tools available that can help guide the development of evidence-based strategies for those developing Health Plans, provide information for professionals about clinical trials, improve knowledge of how to conduct PubMed searches, refer patients and families to MedlinePlus, and learn about the resources that will ultimately provide better outcomes for patients.”  –Judy Proctor, New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Plan, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Final Report

    “Janet Eklund, administrator of library operations at New Hampshire State Library, says the most important outcome to emerge from the project is the education of librarians and their confidence providing consumer health information. “Now, of course, they’re not going to be providing medical advice, but they’re comfortable in using the resource so that they can help educate their patrons to use it themselves,” Eklund says. “I think an increase in comfort level, knowledge, and skill is an excellent outcome for a program like this.” – By Lea Radick, American Libraries Magazine, Nov/Dec 2015

    “Our partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine began before our Focused Outreach project through participation in an Extreme Weather Summit hosted by their team.  At the summit they convinced my Office of the importance of partnering with libraries to promote health and emergency preparedness initiatives.  With the support of NN/LM, we were successfully able to conduct an outreach project to promote preparedness to at-risk populations within our region with excellent technical assistance provided by our library.”  – Justin Kates, Director of Emergency Management, City of Nashua

    The New Hampshire Focused Outreach Final report is available at:

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