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Archive for October, 2011

Increasing the Library’s Value: Be a Team Player

Monday, October 31st, 2011


Share Your Story: The Importance of  Being a Team Player

At a previous job, I was not funded to go to MLA for many years until one year when my boss administrative assistant left. In the VA it often takes a while for positions to be filled and this was one of those times. My boss was the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and as such had responsibility for paying residents, determining who was going to be paid for travel, etc. He asked me if I would consider doing the most important things that needed to be done. Because I had a technician who could handle the day to day work of the library I agreed. I still did the searches, and all the administrative things but I spent several hours a day in my boss’ office. I learned a lot about what he did and even learned how to use Excel – my first time to really use it. He saw that I was a team player. As a reward (though it was not put that way), when I requested funding for MLA, I was given it. Because I had gotten funding that year, I usually received at least partial funding for the remainder of the years that I was at that facility.

Submitted by Mary Virginia Taylor

LSUHSC-S: The Value of The Library

Monday, October 31st, 2011

LSUHSC Shreveport Library Logo

Share Your Story: LSU Shreveport Health Sciences Library

What’s the value of the LSU Health Shreveport (LSUHS) Health Sciences Library? It’s priceless! Our librarians always find new ways to serve the institution and the community.  Through a NNLM funded award, our librarians designed a program to educate children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, reaching about 1,500 children so far. The program consisted of:

  • A website with health information, games, and activities for children selected by LSUHS librarians.
  • Story hours at local libraries and an area science museum that have so far focused on nutrition, exercise, germ prevention, heart health, and sun safety. Librarians select and read the stories, and develop companion activities and support materials.
  • Regular promotional displays (“Wellness Wednesday”) at local libraries to raise awareness about and other sources of reliable online consumer health information.

The Clinical Medical Librarian (CML) at LSUHS rounds with Internal Medicine in the hospital five days a week. Every day, the CML:

  • Reviews cases in the electronic medical record system for unusual microbiology, pathology, or radiology reports in an attempt to preempt faculty and resident information needs;
  • Provides literature for use at the point of care and provides literature reviews for follow-up questions;
  • Finds consumer health information for patients.

Her work at LSUHS was the topic of the study “The Effect of a Clinical Medical Librarian on Internal Medicine Care at LSUHSC-S.” The study tracked her efforts from June 2008 to November 2009, when her team saw 2200 patients, and she answered 334 questions, 58 of which directly changed the physician’s care of a patient (unpublished data), on 258 unique patients.

Whether it is treatment changing information provided by the CML or teaching children about healthy food and exercise, the LSUHS librarians provide a variety of valuable services to the institution and community.

Submitted by John Cyrus

UNTHSC Library: Working with Public Libraries

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Logo for the UNTHSC Library

Share Your Story: UNTHSC Library

Public libraries are struggling, not just financially but also to maintain relevancy in the digital age.  With that in mind, the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library Deputy Director Lisa M. Smith began collaborating with the North Texas Regional Library Partners in 2010.

The goal: Deliver in-person classes on online health literacy to patrpons and librarians within our 24-county NN/LM SCR outreach region.  The classes would not only help public libraries in rural and urban areas offer programming to their patrons but they would also offer staff training on how to resond to queries involving health. The classes also would help market public libraries as digital hubs that the public can turn to when looking for reliable health information. North Texas Regional Library Partners and library staff members, and 31 members of the general public at 18 public libraries spread over nine North Texas counties in March contacted the libraries and set up the class dates and times.  Lisa Smith and Outreach Librarian Jessie Milligan taught  81 public librarians in April, 2011.

Classes for patrons showed them how to evaluate websites as well as how to find reliable health information online through NLM/NIH websites.  The separate classes for librarians served as guides on why to turn to NLM/NIH websites when answering reference questions about health.

Submitted by Jessie Milligan

NLM Awardees: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

2011 project sites

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is funding seven Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects in a new program which began September 2011. The program supports efforts of libraries and other organizations to work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by agencies working in any phase of all-hazards management.

Congratulations to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM!

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will partner with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and  Informatics Center and University of New Mexico Center for Disaster Medicine. The project will develop a framework for extending the role of librarians and informationists in providing access to the resources of the National Library of Medicine and other federal and state sources to the National Disaster Medical System and other federal response entities. The project will also develop and implement processes for improving local emergency responders’ ready access to quality disaster management information at time of need.

More information about the award and other recipients is available at: .


NLM Associate Fellows Program Recruiting

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

2011-2012 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2011)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2012. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the web at  Application deadline is February 3, 2012.   Between four and seven fellows will be selected for the program.

New Clinical Alert

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Commonly used three-drug regimen for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis found harmful. National Institutes of Health stops one treatment arm of trial; other two treatments to continue.

New NLM Exhibition Banner Traveling Exhibit

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Henkel Physicians Banner

A new National Library of Medicine (NLM) Traveling Exhibition, The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters, is now available for institutions to borrow. The exhibit features a collection of correspondence from a family of physicians in 19th Century Virginia. The letters document the working lives of the Henkel physicians as they share medical cases, professional rivalries and the experience of the Civil War.

Information on all of the traveling exhibitions can be found on the NLM Exhibition Program website.

Regional Symposium Award Recipient Announced

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

someone's arms stretching above their cubicle.

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that the Year 1 Regional Symposium Award is awarded to:

The School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Dr. Loriene Roy
Symposium Title: Workplace Wellness @ Your Library

This symposium will share the background and strategies for promoting healthy workplaces and lifestyles among library workers. The symposium will present tailored resources (a Workplace Wellness Inventory, a Wellness Passport, and a document, Know Before You Go: Tips For Healthy Conference Travel); customized training on using MedlinePlus and other National Library of Medicine products/services; practice with seated exercise routines; and an opportunity to share news about grassroots efforts in libraries.

Congratulations to Dr. Roy and the UT School of Information!

SCC Library Student Presentation Schedule

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Booth Demonstration

Interested in learning about the Topic Specific Queries in PubMed?  Do you want to support future librarians?

If so, while you’re wandering around the exhibit hall at SCC, take a few minutes and stop by the NN/LM SCR’s exhibit booth to learn more.  Every year, the ten recipients of the NN/LM SCR’s Library Student Outreach Award conduct presentations in the SCR’s exhibit booth.  While they have the knowledge, they need audience members to attend the presentations.

A fabulous prize will be raffled off after every presentation!

Schedule of presentations:

9:00 am – Electronic Health Records Query

9:15 am – Healthy People 2020 Query

9:30 am – Complementary Medicine Query

10:00 am – Health Disparities Query

10:15 am – Health Literacy Query

2:30 pm – Electronic Health Records Query

2:45 pm – Healthy People 2020 Query

3:00 pm – Complementary Medicine Query

3:15 pm – Health Disparities Query

3:30 pm – Health Literacy Query

Professional Development Award Recipients

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Professional Development Award:

Cindy Caton, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock, AR
Activity: ILLiad International Conference, Virginia Beach, VA

Kathy Kerdolff, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Activity: Southern Group on Educational Affairs, Lexington, KY

Jennifer Lloyd, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Activity: Innovative Users Group, Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Strother, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Activity: National Museum of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD

Luke Rosenberger, University of Texas Health Science Center Library-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Activity: Group on Information Resources of the Association of American Medical Colleges, La Jolla, CA

Sheryl Widdoes, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Library, Houston, TX
Activity: Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC

Kay Chapa, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library, Dallas, TX
Activity: Association for the Prevention Teaching and Research, Washington, DC

Kelly Gonzalez, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library, Dallas, TX
Activity: Association of American Medical colleges, Denver, CO