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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for June, 2012

Funding Notice: Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund Awards

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Public Health is an increasingly important subject area for health science librarians and the American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting is the primary association in the field. The award announcement below represents a great opportunity for interested librarians to attend the annual APHA meeting. Please examine the links in the announcement to find additional information about APHA, the Sewell Fund, and the award. For more specific questions, please feel free to contact Barbara Folb at the address below.


Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 11 librarians in 2012.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in San Francisco, CA from October 27 – 31, 2012. Its theme is Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is Friday July 27, 2012, 5pm EST.  For more information and an application form, go to

For more information on the 2012 APHA meeting see .

For more information on the Sewell Fund, see .

The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

“Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)

“Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)

“Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)

“The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)

“As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)

“I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)

We look forward to reading your application!


Barbara Folb, MM, MLS, MPH

Public Health Informationist

University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System

Chair, Client Relations Committee Public Health/ Health Administration Section Medical Library Association<>


PubMed Update: Two New Ads Boxes

Monday, June 18th, 2012

NLM has announced that two new ad boxes will appear in the results display. The “Results by Year” bar graph will provide a graphic view of the publication years, and the “PMC images search” will display images associated with the search from articles in PubMed Central. Please check the link below for additional information.

Reminder - June 20, 2012 - Beyond the SEA: Centers for Disease Control’s Public Access and Digital Repository Project

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Date:  June 20, 2012

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (ET)

Presenter: LT Robert Swain is the Senior Knowledge Management Officer, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of Science Quality at the CDC in Atlanta, GA. He was previously the Knowledge Management Program Manager at the National Center for Public Health Informatics at the CDC and has been a Clinical Informationist at Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, served as a Public Health Informationist Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and received his MLIS from the University of Alabama.

Presentation: Centers for Disease Control’s Public Access and Digital Repository Project

To better serve the information needs associated with public health the CDC has developed the CDC repository system known as CDC Stacks. Since information needs are so varied in public heath the documents housed in the repository must be equally broad. Digital collections were brought in from across the CDC so that they can be searched and discovered from one user interface. This webinar will focus on the development of the repository platform, working with groups at CDC to identify collections, and future plans for the repository.

How to get connected:

What do you need to join these conferences?

*   A computer (with Flash installed)

*   A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL:

Enter as a Guest

Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.

Employment Opportunity: Program Coordinator: Technology – National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) is seeking a knowledgeable, outgoing, energetic librarian to fill the Technology Coordinator position. The GMR is located in the Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Technology Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing the technology program for the ten-state Greater Midwest Region (GMR). This position serves as a consultant to network members, identifying strategies for promoting awareness and use of new technologies to support improved access to electronic health information for librarians, health professionals, and the public. The Technology Coordinator collaborates with staff from the other NN/LM regions to develop and maintain the NN/LM Intranet and public web site. Other responsibilities include the development of classes and presentations on emerging technologies; exhibiting at meetings of librarians and health professionals; supporting recipients of technology awards; and contributing information about new technologies to the GMR blog and other regional and state publications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s degree in Library/Information Sciences. Two to five years’ experience working with or in libraries, preferably health sciences libraries.  Experience with NLM databases and services. Demonstrated knowledge of web design. Working knowledge of Drupal, HTML, and CSS.  Experience with a variety of operating and network systems. Teaching and curriculum development experience, including distance education instruction. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Willingness to travel. Ability to transport and set up exhibit materials.

SALARY/CONTRACT: Professional academic staff appointments in the UIC Library begin at $55,000, but the salary is commensurate with experience; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; paid medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration apply by Friday, July 6, 2012. All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click on the following link:


Comparative Effectiveness Research: Trends and Issues at MLA 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

By Katherine Downton, Liaison & Outreach Services Librarian, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

With the advent of the Affordable Care Act an emphasis on quality improvement and lowering costs in health care, comparative effectiveness research (CER) is becoming increasingly important and visible in the health care community.  The AHRQ defines CER as research designed to “…inform health-care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options.”  The final plenary session of MLA 2012, moderated by Barbara Epstein from the University of Pittsburgh, explored CER from policy and clinical practice perspectives and suggested ways that librarians can support research and dissemination of information.

Dr. Kate Goodrich, senior technical advisor in the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, addressed the policy issues that surround comparative effectiveness research. She began her presentation by emphasizing the importance of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) in improving quality and lowering cost in health care.  Dr. Goodrich did an excellent job defining CER and distinguishing between comparative effectiveness research, evidence-based practice (EBP), health technology assessment (HTA), and randomized controlled trials.

Unlike randomized controlled trials, CER focuses on real-world, clinical environments.  Dr. Michael Parchman, Director of the MacColl Center for Healthcare Innovation, described his experience working with a research network of primary care physicians in Texas who were conducting clinically-based research on prevalence of type 2 diabetes.  Similar research is being conducted by Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) throughout the United States with networks of physicians conducting research and collecting data through their work with patients.  More information about PRNS can be found at

Joyce Backus, Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations NLM, concluded the program with a discussion of what information professionals can bring to CER and what resources are available for research.  She suggested that librarians become involved by researching our own search methods to standardized strategies, disseminating information about tools, and exploring the best ways to work with clinical and patient information systems.  She discussed tools familiar to all of us, such as, and newer resources that will be useful for CER, including PubMed Health and HSRProj.  She recommended NLM Resources for Informing Comparative Effectiveness as a good place to get started.

This final plenary of the MLA 2012 conference in Seattle was an excellent overview for those of us who are learning about CER, promoting it to our users, and trying to improve access to research tools.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

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