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National Library Week

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Photo by Lisa Smith, NNLM SCR

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This week is National Library Week, which we are proud to celebrate since we are a branch of the National Library of Medicine, and our program office is housed within the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library in Fort Worth, Texas.

This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” The theme is perfect, particularly for Lewis Library, because the library profession has been trying to transform the public’s perception that not all libraries are filled with tons and tons of books anymore now that we have moved into the digital age. In fact, in the Lewis Library there is only one small room that now has hard copies of books!

There are plenty of ways to get involved in this year’s National Library Week. See below for a couple of ideas.

  • Participate in the #expertinthelibrary campaign. Share what your expertise is!
  • Share your story through the 2017 video challenge. If you’re interested in learning about some of the librarians in the SCR region, check out our Meet Me Monday series.
  • For those who aren’t a librarian, simply visit a library! Some provide makerspaces where people can design and print 3-D creations. Many have begun to borrow out ukuleles to their patrons!

For more details about this week-long event, please visit the American Library Association’s website and the Libraries Transform Campaign website.

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The Libraries of the Future – Strategic Planning

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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Over the last year, MIT has had a task force working on defining the future of their libraries. The past couple of months have seen conversation swirling around the preliminary report that came out of that task force.

One of their recommendations is a focus on four pillars: community and relationships, discovery and use, stewardship and sustainability, and research and development. This report calls for open collaboration both between and within institutions. For those in libraries, this re-visioning and goal process is familiar. In fact, the four pillars mentioned in this report can be found threaded throughout the NN/LM SCR’s Program Objectives of assessment, education, increased access, and advocacy.

Currently the NLM is accepting input for its own strategic planning to create the NLM of the future. If you are interested in providing input to NLM, please see the full request for information. Responses must be submitted by January 9, 2017.

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–Written by Bethany Livingston, Research Administrator, NN/LM SCR

 

Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

young female librarianAre you an early career librarian (less than 5 years experience) OR a student in an ML(I)S program and would like $1,500 to attend a library conference? Apply now for the Wiley Scholarship.

Wiley will award three (3) $1,500 reimbursement grants to attend one of the following of your choice:

View the official contest rules.

Applications are due by November 20, 2015.

Why is it important to attend conferences? Here’s one article that gives some good reasons.

NLM Associate Fellowship Program for Librarians

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine is now accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship Program. The program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. 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.

During the program, Associates will:

  • Learn about the collections, databases, terminologies, research and development, training, outreach, and exhibits that comprise the work and achievements of the National Library of Medicine
  • Understand strategic planning and development at a national level
  • Work on real-life projects that affect libraries and users throughout the country
  • Join a dynamic and successful cohort of alumni
  • Attend professional development conferences and seminars

Call for Applications: Library Student Outreach Award

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Do you know a library student who is interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship and health information outreach? Why not encourage them to apply for our Library Student Outreach Award? This award provides travel and registration money for South Central Region library students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR, October 2-7, 2015. We plan to sponsor eight students this year.

Applying is easy but the deadline is September 15. Please contact Marcus Spann, a former Library Student Outreach Award recipient and current NN/LM Community Health Coordinator, at 713-799-7164 if you have any questions.