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Archive for February, 2015

ARL Data Visualization Webcasts

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Association of Research Libraries has scheduled four free webinars showing participants how to more effectively analyze and report library activities using Tableau data visualization software.

Details and registration

Part 1 with Sarah Murphy, Ohio State University
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

Part 2 with Jeremy Buhler, University of British Columbia
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

Part 3 with Rachel Lewellen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

Part 4, Discussion with Murphy, Buhler, and Lewellen
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

MRSA The Movie: It’s Not a Spider Bite!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Back in 2013 the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio Briscoe Library received a CTSA Pilot Project Award that funded a wonderful 12 minute video educating the public on MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Enjoy!

Job Ad: LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport Instructor/Assistant Librarian

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Please note application instructions at the end of the posting.

Web posting:

Instructor/Assistant Librarian, Medical Library
Posted Date: 2/18/2015
Position Number: 29108
Salary Range: Negotiable
Location: LSU Health Shreveport
Posting Open until Filled

Minimum Qualifications:

ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; an understanding of general library procedures; organizational ability. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to contribute to a team-oriented, collaborative environment as well as to work independently; problem solving ability; working knowledge of office productivity software; and ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, faculty and staff.

Preferred: Health sciences reference experience, including database searching; familiarity with medical vocabulary and evidence-based practice as it relates to the literature; membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Job Summary: This is a faculty position which can be at the rank of instructor or it can be tenure-track with the rank of assistant librarian/assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include:

  • Provision of timely and accurate reference assistance to faculty, staff, students and other patrons
  • Searching of databases in support of research, patient care, and other inquiries
  • Developing and teaching library-initiated classes, as well as teaching curriculum classes
  • Collection of reference statistics from all service points
  • Liaison duties for assigned departments
  • Participation in morning report
  • Creation and maintenance of LibGuides in assigned subject areas
  • Activities expected of faculty members (committee service, publishing, pursuit of grants, research, teaching)

To Apply: Applicants should submit CV and three letters of reference to the Faculty Staffing Office at LSUHSC-Shreveport via email to: or by mail to the address below:

LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
Department of Human Resource Management
Attn: Faculty Recruitment
1501 Kings Highway, P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Public Invited to Attend NLM Director’s Retirement Reception

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine is holding a special program and reception to recognize NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Monday, March 30, 2015. It will be held in the Natcher Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

3:30-4:30 – NIH Tribute and Program
4:45-6:30 – Reception

NN/LM South Central Region Director L. Maximilian Buja and Associate Director Jon Goodell will addend. For complete details and to RSVP please see the NLM’s press release.

SRA Toolkit Webinar

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data: Using NCBI’s SRA Toolkit to Access Data from dbGaP and SRA

Next Wednesday, February 25, NCBI staff will present a webinar on the SRA Toolkit (Sequence Read Archive), a system for accessing the approximately 3.4 Petabases of next-generation genomic and expressed sequence data housed in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA). As data sets become larger, mining information and performing comparisons directly from structured databases becomes increasingly necessary. The SRA Toolkit is not only capable of dumping the data out as a fastq or sam file, but also provides direct analysis and comparison from specific genomics regions across hundreds or thousands of samples.

In the webinar, we will show examples of configuration and use of the Toolkit for both public SRA and controlled access data associated with studies in the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP).

To register for this webinar, please go here:

Request for Feedback

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Reposted from, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public health:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently assessing and redesigning the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce ( website. Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. ASPPH is a proud participating partner organization.

To better serve and understand the needs of its audiences, NLM is conducting surveys and usability testing. Public health graduate students, public health undergraduate students, and public health researchers are currently being recruited to participate in seven 15-30 minute sessions spread over a 12-16 month period. Each participant is not required to participate in all seven sessions.

Feedback is invaluable as NLM works to improve the website. Participation by volunteers will help create a successful user experience and help make this an essential resource for the public health workforce.

Public health graduate students, public health undergraduate students, and/or public health researchers that are interested in participating in NLM’s survey and usability testing of should complete an online form at by Friday, November 21.

Thank you, web team

School Library Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, February 20th, 2015

We were delighted to host six school librarians from around the five state region in Houston, Texas today. This was our School Library Advisory Committee. Our Advisory Committee program is a way for us to learn more about the information needs of other professions so that we can create outreach programs to suit those needs.

NN/LM SCR Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Consumer Health Coordinator Adela Justice, and Associate Director Jon Goodell met with them and discussed a range of topics, from NLM K-12 website resources to school library frontline advocacy. Some of the unexpected favorites were Haz-Map, the Exhibition Program, and Visible Proofs.

We hope they learned as much from us as we did from them!

In addition to our Outreach Committee, we have four advisory committees: the Public Health Advisory Committee, the Public Library Advisory Committee, the School Library Advisory Committee, and the Hospital Library Advisory Committee. To learn more about our Advisory Committee program, please see our Advisory Committee page.

School Library Advisory Committee

School Library Advisory Committee Meeting

2015-2016 Funding Opportunities

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

We were very happy to share details about funding opportunities in the five state region in today’s SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Archive recording:

For the coming year we are able to provide four funding opportunities for individuals, and nine for Network Member organizations. Our most popular awards are the Professional Development and Express Outreach awards. See the full list. If you viewed the webinar, you may notice that the Community College Professional Development Award and Resource Library Outreach Subcontract are not on the full list. Please contact me if you are interested in either opportunity and do not already have an application.

We are grateful for the support of the NN/LM program and NN/LM National Network Office (and staff) for making these opportunities possible!

If you have questions or would like to talk through an idea, please call me personally at 713-799-7803.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

Third Quarter Reports Due

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

We have been enjoying reading third quarter reports for NN/LM SCR funded projects. Reports and invoices were due February 15 for the three month period covering November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.

Please contact us when you have questions and feedback.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

Job Ad: Reference and Outreach Librarian at UAMS

Monday, February 16th, 2015



Priority will be given to applications received by March 15, 2015.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library seeks an outgoing librarian for the position of Reference and Outreach Librarian. The University and the Library have strong commitments to outreach and service to the state of Arkansas, with an increasing emphasis on outreach as a hallmark of these institutions. We are looking for a flexible team player capable of leading a multi-department outreach team. This librarian must have a positive attitude toward service and a strong ability to connect with people in a genuine manner. It is also imperative that this librarian be able to represent UAMS with the utmost professionalism.


Founded in 1879, UAMS is the only academic health sciences center in Arkansas. The UAMS Library supports the education, clinical, research, and outreach activities of six colleges (Graduate School, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), a comprehensive medical center, and several institutes of excellence. The UAMS Library serves the health information needs of the citizens in Pulaski County and provides support to the rest of the state through a nationally renowned network of Regional Center Libraries (formerly AHECs). This Library also serves as the only resource library in the state for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Faculty, staff, and students work and study in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Information on the beautiful, vibrant city of Little Rock can be found at

The E&RS faculty is a team of five librarians directly reporting to the Head of Education and Reference Services. This faculty reference position participates in coverage of daily reference activities including providing one-on-one end user education, teaching classes, answering reference questions, and providing assistance with basic literature searching. This librarian coordinates the off-campus outreach activities of the Library and works closely with other members of reference to support the educational, research, and clinical information needs of an academic health sciences center.

All reference librarians participate as active members of the Library’s Liaison Team acting as liaison to departments, programs or colleges as assigned. They also serve on library, university, professional and/or public service committees and contribute to the departmental and the Library’s strategic planning processes.


Leads the Library’s Outreach Team and coordinates regular meetings as needed;
§ Coordinates outreach activities off campus, including the development and implementation of programs to serve the health information needs of Arkansas health professionals, librarians and citizens;
§ Develops outreach goals with the Director of Library Operations and Head of Education & Reference Services;
§ Prepares proposals for NN/LM SCR Request for Proposals for each outreach contract period;
§ Coordinates outreach activities to meet all NN/LM SCR outreach subcontract requirements including:
o Providing instruction in NLM and UAMS Library resources to citizens of Arkansas;
o Teaching classes, as requested, for target groups identified in the NN/LM
Subcontract which include but are not limited to searching PubMed, use of
Loansome Doc and other National Library of Medicine databases and resources;
o Exhibiting at professional conferences and health fairs locally and throughout
o Completing NN/LM reports for outreach activities (quarterly and as needed);
o Attending outreach sessions at regional and national meetings whenever possible;
§ Contributes to the professional network of health sciences librarians in Arkansas through awareness activities, sharing of information and consultations as needed;
§ Identifies additional outreach-related funding for collaborative projects with health-related organizations and public libraries in Arkansas;
§ Travels, as needed, within the state of Arkansas to conduct outreach activities;Tracks and prepares outreach and individual reference statistics;
§ Maintains current information for the Outreach-related webpages in collaboration with the Marketing Librarian and the Library Web Services Manager;
§ Provides technical expertise and instruction on web tools and software to library staff;
§ Stays informed regarding trends in library outreach, reference, web and mobile technologies;

Assists with any special projects related to outreach activities as requested by the Director of Library Operations and/or the Head of Education and Reference Services.

Provides coverage of reference services to UAMS faculty, students, and staff via traditional and emerging technologies including providing one-on-one end user education and other classes, answering reference questions, providing assistance with database usage, and performing minor troubleshooting of public computer problems.


§ Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
§ A minimum of two years of professional experience in public services in an academic health sciences or academic library or significant work within an NN/LM Regional Medical Library as a Coordinator or grant writer/reviewer.
§ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with physicians, hospital administrators, researchers and other health professionals at the colleague level· Ability to make outstanding, professional presentations
§ Significant experience searching and teaching MEDLINE, and other biomedical/health-related databases
§ Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and as the leader of a team
§ Excellent program planning skills
§ Ability to build collegial, partnership level relationships both on and off campus
§ Strong computer skills and experience with various online environments including mobile technologies
§ Commitment to professional development and participation in professional activities
§ Commitment to providing high-quality customer service
§ Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
§ Willingness and ability to lift and move equipment, exhibiting materials etc.


§ Two or more years providing NN/LM-funded outreach services
§ Experience in an academic medical center and/or life sciences background
§ Extensive multi-year experience teaching biomedical databases and consumer health resources
§ Experience writing grants and proposals at the academic or NN/LM level


Minimum salary is $45,000, commensurate with education and experience. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track faculty appointment with a competitive benefits package with 22 days of vacation,
11 holidays, and 12 days sick leave annually, and retirement plan options including TIAA/CREF and Fidelity.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Priority will be given to applications received by March 15, 2015. Please email a letter of application, curriculum vita, and names of 3 professional references (with full contact information) to:

Susan Steelman, MLIS
Head of Education & Reference Services
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library