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SCR Regional Highlight: Arkansas Offers Abundance of Healthy Outdoor Activities

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

“The Old Mill – North Little Rock, AR” by
Richard Walker is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

The Old Mill - North Little Rock, AR

As many people know, every state within the U.S. has a nickname. California is the Golden State, Texas is the Lone Star State, and Florida is the Sunshine State. But what is Arkansas? Arkansas has been nicknamed the Natural State. Does it seem odd? It shouldn’t.

Arkansas was nicknamed the Natural State because it is famous for its natural scenic beauties. Arkansas is home to 52 state parks, three national forests, five national parks, 250 parks and recreation trails, and the U.S.’s first national river. Arkansas is just as good a place as any, if not the perfect place, to get active and remain healthy while also enjoying the outdoors.

If you live in central Arkansas, be sure to check out the Arkansas River Trail, which spans an 88-mile loop through Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, and Conway. With a primarily flat terrain, it’s an easy trail for people of all ages and fitness levels. Not only is it great for getting some physical activity, but the trail connects 38 parks and six museums, so if you’re hiking, biking, skating or walking, you can make a stop along the way for another activity.

Residents of the eastern side of the state have quick access to the Bayou De View, which flows across the Arkansas Delta and eventually makes its way to the Mississippi River. The Bayou De View is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the nature around you. You may even be able to spot the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, often called “The Lord God Bird” because of its size, beauty and majesty.

In the western part of the state, Eureka Springs is nestled in the northwest corner in the Ozark valley, and is nicknamed “Little Switzerland of the Ozarks” for its Victorian-esque architecture.  The Ozarks are a perfect place for hiking and Eureka Springs has many parks and trails for the active recreationist.  It is also home of the basin springs, rumored to have healing powers for those in need of a little rejuvenation.

No matter where you are, there are always recreational activities to keep you healthy and active. Visit Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH to learn more on how to fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.

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Written by Sara Goodwin, NN/LM SCR

Arkansas Mumps Outbreak Growing

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

“Photo” from jaytaix
is licensed under CC0.

Preparing a Shot

Northwest Arkansas has seen an increasing number of mumps cases in the last month. As of Oct. 12, there were 492 individuals involved. The majority of the individuals involved are children, and more than 30 schools in Arkansas have reported one ore more of these cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps is a very contagious disease best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Symptoms typically don’t appear until more than two weeks after infection. Many people who contract the disease show few to no symptoms and often aren’t even aware they have the disease. There is no treatment, but most people will recover completely within a few weeks.

The CDC recommends that everyone born after 1957 receive the mumps vaccine. Two doses of the MMR vaccine (vaccinating against mumps, measles and rubella) is 88 percent effective in preventing mumps. Adults born before 1957 are considered immune.

For more information regarding the Arkansas mumps outbreak, please visit the Arkansas Department of Health.

For more information regarding general mumps information, please visit the CDC’s website.

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Job Ad: Outreach Coordinator in Little Rock, Arkansas

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library seeks an outgoing, knowledgeable librarian for the position of Outreach Coordinator. 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 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, NN/LM and NLM with the utmost professionalism.

CAMPUS SETTING

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 http://www.littlerock.com/.

EDUCATION & REFERENCE SERVICES (E&RS)

The E&RS faculty is a team of five librarians directly reporting to the Head of Education and Reference Services. This faculty 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.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

All reference librarians hold faculty status and are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities in a manner of their choosing. Activities may include service to local, regional or national professional associations. Contributions to the profession’s knowledge base via original research, presentations at conferences, consultations as a topic expert, creation of and teaching continuing education courses and/or original publications are included. The pursuit of expertise and improvement of skills via continuing education are encouraged for all reference librarians.

SPECIFIC OUTREACH  RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plans and coordinates UAMS Library’s outreach programs throughout Arkansas (exhibits and classes) to meet designated outreach responsibilities as a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine;
  • Manages National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) subcontract awards;
  • Compiles, writes and completes all reports and invoices (written and online), for the subcontract, quarterly reports and outreach activity reporting system;
  • Prepares RFP proposals annually for NN/LM SCR Outreach Subcontract Award;
  • Coordinates with Library’s Administrative office to ensure timely submission of RFP & grant paperwork and all travel requests;
  • Leads the Library’s Outreach Team and coordinates meetings, communication and training;
  • Organizes, arranges, conducts and/or coordinates volunteers for exhibits at
  • professional conferences of health professionals and librarians;
  • health fairs for the general public;
  • Organizes, arranges,  teaches and/or coordinates volunteers to teach classes for non-affiliated health professionals, librarians, and any target groups identified in the NN/LM subcontract;
  • Travels within Arkansas, as needed, (via a rental vehicle outside of Little Rock) to conduct or promote NN/LM Outreach activities and UAMS Library resources and services;
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge of all NLM databases, websites and resources in order to teach and promote them effectively;
  • Represents the UAMS Library at NN/LM SCR Outreach Committee meetings;
  • Coordinates and assists with any special projects related to outreach activities.

QUALIFICATIONS – REQUIRED

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program

o   Recent graduates and upcoming spring graduates are encouraged to apply

  • Experience providing reference services in an academic or health sciences setting
  • Experience providing outreach services in an academic or health sciences setting
  • Experience with biomedical resources and databases (including MEDLINE)
  • Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and as the leader of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) with physicians, hospital administrators, researchers and other health professionals at the colleague level
  • Ability to make high quality, professional presentations
  • Excellent program planning skills
  • Ability to build collegial, partnership level relationships both on and off campus
  • Experience utilizing social media applications, innovative communication technologies and mobile technologies
  • Commitment to providing high-quality customer service
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and participation in professional activities
  • Valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, and ability to lift/move equipment, and exhibiting materials.

 QUALIFICATIONS – PREFERRED

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or additional training in a biomedical science field
  • Experience with evaluation and assessment of library resources and services
  • Demonstrated ability to create successful outreach plans and to oversee the design of promotional materials, coordinate work flows, and implement projects
  • Experience teaching and/or making public presentations at the academic health sciences level
  • Experience providing NN/LM-funded outreach services  (at Resource Library or Regional Medical Library level)
  • Experience as a NN/LM grant writer/reviewer OR experience writing grant proposals at the academic, NN/LM or NIH level
  • Experience using the NLM Outreach Application & Online Contract Reports System
  • Significant experience searching and teaching MEDLINE, other biomedical/health-related databases and consumer health resources
  • Experience in an academic medical center and/or life sciences background
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Fluency in any other non-English languages

POSITION BENEFITS & APPLICATION INFORMATION

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 vacation, 11 holidays, and 12 days sick leave annually, and retirement plan options including TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. UAMS will contribute an amount equal to 5% of your salary to your retirement account; your contributions over 5% are matched by UAMS up to 10%.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  Priority will be given to applications received by February 12, 2016.  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

SteelmanSusanC@uams.edu

Electronic submissions are required.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

Arkansas Resource Library-UAMS: Mid-year Highlights

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library has been working hard during the 2015-2016 contract year!

Some of their exhibition activities include:

In addition, Jessie Casella presented Reliable Resources for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Reference Questions at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and taught at the Arkansas Library Association on Free Health Information Resources: Free Print & Electronic Materials for Your Collection.

Great job everyone!!!

Arkansas River Valley

MLA Data Visualization Webinar October 28

Monday, October 19th, 2015

NIH Library Research Data Informationist Lisa Federer, MLIS, MA, AHIP, will give a presentation on data visualization skills and tools for librarians Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00-1:30pm Mountain, 1:00-2:30pm, Central Time. See full webinar description at http://www.mlanet.org/p/bl/et/blogid=61&blogaid=643.

Because the National Library of Medicine sees this as a strategic growth area for health sciences libraries, the NN/LM SCR Administrative Office is funding several sites throughout the South Central Region including:

See a recent blog post from Lisa Federer’s blog titled, “See One, Do One, Teach One: Data Science Instruction Edition.”

Job Ad: Outreach & Marketing Coordinator

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES LIBRARY
www.library.uams.edu

POSITION DESCRIPTION – OUTREACH & MARKETING  COORDINATOR
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library seeks an outgoing, knowledgeable librarian for the position of Outreach and Marketing Coordinator. 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 multi-department outreach and marketing teams. Knowledge of marketing practices and experience utilizing professional design techniques is expected. 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, NN/LM and NLM with the utmost professionalism.

CAMPUS SETTING

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 http://www.littlerock.com.
EDUCATION & REFERENCE SERVICES (E&RS)
The E&RS faculty is a team of five librarians directly reporting to the Head of Education and Reference Services. This faculty 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 and marketing 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.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
All reference librarians hold faculty status and are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities in a manner of their choosing. Activities may include service to local, regional or national professional associations. Contributions to the profession’s knowledge base via original research, presentations at conferences, consultations as a topic expert, creation of and teaching continuing education courses and/or original publications are included. The pursuit of expertise and improvement of skills via continuing education are encouraged for all reference librarians.

SPECIFIC OUTREACH  RESPONSIBILITIES

•  Plans and coordinates UAMS Library’s outreach programs throughout Arkansas (exhibits and classes) to meet designated outreach responsibilities as a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine;
•  Manages National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) subcontract awards;
•  Compiles, writes and completes all reports and invoices (written and online), for the subcontract, quarterly reports and outreach activity reporting system;
•  Prepares RFP proposals annually for NN/LM SCR Outreach Subcontract Award;
•  Coordinates with Library’s Administrative office to ensure timely submission of RFP & grant paperwork and all travel requests;
•  Leads the Library’s Outreach Team and coordinates meetings, communication and training;
•  Organizes, arranges, conducts and/or coordinates volunteers for exhibits at
o   professional conferences of health professionals and librarians;
o   health fairs for the general public;
•  Organizes, arranges,  teaches and/or coordinates volunteers to teach classes for non-affiliated health professionals, librarians, and any target groups identified in the NN/LM subcontract;
•  Travels within Arkansas, as needed, (via a rental vehicle outside of Little Rock) to conduct or promote NN/LM Outreach activities and UAMS Library resources and services;
•  Maintains a high level of knowledge of all NLM databases, websites and resources in order to teach and promote them effectively;
•  Represents the UAMS Library at NN/LM SCR Outreach Committee meetings;
•  Coordinates and assists with any special projects related to outreach activities.

SPECIFIC MARKETING  RESPONSIBILITIES
•  Meets with Management Team and Library departments regarding PR and marketing needs;
•  Creates and maintains the Library’s Marketing Plan based on individual department needs;
•  Creates and maintains displays on Library’s 1st floor monitor and future electronic marketing equipment;
•  Serves as co-administrator of the Library’s website, our main marketing tool. Utilizes social media tools to promote library programs and services;
•  Evaluates library marketing and promotion endeavors for success, possible improvements, expansion etc.;
•  Stays informed of trends in library, academic and commercial marketing areas
•  Leads and coordinates the Library’s Marketing Team and assigns marketing events, tasks and programs to appropriate team members;
•  Acts as Library Liaison to UAMS’ Communications & Marketing Dept.;
•  Coordinates and assists with any special projects related to marketing activities.

QUALIFICATIONS – REQUIRED
•  Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
[Candidates with the required experience and graduating with an MLS (or equivalent) in
December 2015 are encouraged to apply.]
•  Experience providing reference services in an academic or health sciences setting
•  Experience providing outreach and/or marketing services in an academic or health sciences setting
*   Experience with biomedical resources and databases (including MEDLINE)
•  Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and as the leader of a team
•  Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) with physicians, hospital administrators, researchers and other health professionals at the colleague level
•  Ability to make high quality, professional presentations
•  Excellent program planning skills
•  Ability to build collegial, partnership level relationships both on and off campus
•  Experience utilizing social media applications, innovative communication technologies and mobile technologies
*   Commitment to providing high-quality customer service
•  Demonstrated commitment to professional development and participation in professional activities
•  Valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, and ability to lift/move equipment, and exhibiting materials
QUALIFICATIONS  –  PREFERRED
•  Undergraduate or graduate degree or additional training in marketing/communications/graphics-related fields
•  Undergraduate or graduate degree or additional training in a biomedical science field
•  Experience providing marketing services in an academic library setting including promotion of library programs on extended campuses or to the community
•  Experience with evaluation and assessment of library resources and services
•  Demonstrated ability to create successful marketing plans and to design promotional materials, coordinate work flows, and implement projects
•  Experience teaching and/or making public presentations at the academic health sciences level
•  Experience using image-editing software, graphics programs and desktop publishing
•  Experience providing NN/LM-funded outreach services  (at Resource Library or Regional Medical Library level)
•  Experience as a NN/LM grant writer/reviewer OR experience writing grant proposals at the academic, NN/LM  or NIH level
•  Experience using the NLM Outreach Application & Online Contract Reports System
*   Significant experience searching and teaching MEDLINE, other biomedical/health-related databases and consumer health resources
*   Experience in an academic medical center and/or life sciences background
*   Fluency in Spanish
*   Fluency in any other non-English languagesPROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
All reference librarians hold faculty status and are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities in a manner of their choosing. Activities may include service to local, regional or national professional associations. Contributions to the profession’s knowledge base via original research, presentations at conferences, consultations as a topic expert, creation of and teaching continuing education courses and/or original publications are included. The pursuit of expertise and improvement of skills via continuing education are encouraged for all reference librarians.

POSITION BENEFITS & APPLICATION INFORMATION

Minimum salary is $46,500, commensurate with education and experience. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track faculty appointment with a competitive benefits package with 22 days vacation, 11 holidays, and 12 days sick leave annually, and retirement plan options including TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. UAMS will contribute an amount equal to 5% of your salary to your retirement account; your contributions over 5% are matched by UAMS up to 10%.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  Priority will be given to applications received by October 19, 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
SteelmanSusanC@uams.edu

Electronic submissions are required.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals
with disabilities and protected veterans.

NN/LM SCR Staff Attend and Present at SCC/MLA 2015

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Adela, Marcus, Michele, and Jon attended SCC/MLA 2015 in Little Rock this week (#SCCMLA2015 on Twitter, Photos on Facebook). It was a great conference with several NN/LM SCR activities:

Saturday, October 3

  • NN/LM SCR Outreach Committee Meeting
  • NN/LM SCR Hospital Advisory Committee Meeting (Dual Solo Hospital Library Chat Web Meeting)
  • NN/LM SCR Technology Advisory Committee Meeting
  • NN/LM SCR Library Student Outreach Award Recipients Meeting

Monday, October 5

  • NLM Exhibit
  • “Developing a Systematic Review Service in Six Months.” Beatriz Varman, Ashlynn Kogut, Adela Justice (NN/LM SCR), Kate Krause, Marianne Galati, The Texas Medical Center Library (Poster Presentation)
  • “Creating a Multi-Institutional Library Liaison Program.” Beatriz Varman, Emily Couvillon, Adela Justice (NN/LM SCR), Kate Krause, Ashlynn Kogut, Marianne Galati, The Texas Medical Center Library (Poster)
  • “A Review of the First Three Years of a Novel Leadership Development Program.” Katherine A. Prentice, Schusterman Library, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa; Jon Goodell, NN/LM SCR; Michele L. Whitehead, Lewis Library, UNT Health Science Center Fort Worth (Poster)
  • “The Texas Medical Center Library’s Centennial: A Year of Celebration.” Adela Justice (Lightning Talk)
  • “What Does Law Have to do with it?” A Sampling of Laws, Cases, Regulations Every Medical Librarian and Public Health Worker Needs to Know.” Michele Woods (Lightning Talk)
  • “Outreach for Information Professionals.” Marcus Spann (Lightning Talk)

Tuesday, October 6

  • NLM Update by Associate Director Jon Goodell during the SCC/MLA Business Meeting

We can’t wait to see everyone again next year at SCC/MLA 2016 in Galveston October 21-26!