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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for September, 2012

New NNLM-SE/A Technology Training Needs Assessment Open

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The NNLM-SE/A Regional Advisory Committee for Technology has recently developed a needs assessment to assist the RML in identifying appropriate and relevant technology training & instruction for the Southeastern/Atlantic Region. We invite librarians and staff from all resource libraries, medical libraries, and health science information centers within the region to participate in the assessment.

The survey can be accessed at:, and the deadline to submit responses will be October 5, 2012.

Questions regarding the survey can be directed to: Andrew Youngkin, NNLM-SE/A Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator at or Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia and current chair of the NNLM-SE/A Technology Regional Advisory Committee at:

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate and provide the NNLM-SE/A staff with valuable feedback.

Inspiring People in our Region: Sandy Oelschlegel, Director - Preston Medical Library

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP
Director, Preston Medical Li
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

How long have you been a librarian?
I have worked in a library since 1988, but got my MLIS degree in 1995 from University of Rhode Island.

How long have you been at your current library/in your current position?
I moved to Tennessee in 2003 and started as Director at Preston Medical Library in June of that year.

What made you decide to become a librarian?
I have always loved libraries and constantly sought information – even as a kid – I checked books out of Oxford Public Library (MA) on topics ranging from taxidermy, to hypnotism, to “the Black Stallion,” and many other topics. But the thing that brought me to work in the library at Tufts (now Cummings) Veterinary School in 1988 was the intersection of the library environment and the veterinary medical content. Although I am now a medical librarian, my background and undergraduate degree are in animal science. I loved (and still love) the aspect of medical librarians having an impact on patient care, whether the patients are animal or human.  

What do you consider your biggest work related challenge?
Because a big part of my job is as an administrator, I find the biggest challenge to be balancing the budget constraints against the increasing cost of and demand for the resources our users need. The trend is simply not sustainable.

What do you consider to be the most fulfilling part of your job?
We are fortunate at Preston Medical Library to be on the same campus as the UT School of Information Science, and we are able to mentor budding library students as employees and practicum students. I love to see them progress and work on research projects with them that culminate in SC/MLA presentations and published papers. Sharing my knowledge and experience with them is very gratifying. Some have gone on to be medical librarians!

What do you see as the biggest concerns in health sciences librarianship?
This field, in particular, is challenged by the need to continuously show the value of the services we provide with our human capitol. For example, publishers will increasingly be targeting health care systems, hospitals, and electronic medical records companies with resources that integrate information into the EMR, independent of libraries and librarians. Medical schools are expanding to include regional medical center locations for clinical years of medical school that do not provide for physical libraries, but instead offer only access to resources. So, the biggest challenge for our profession is to establish the value of our knowledge and skills as well as to keep identifying new roles for ourselves within our institutions.

How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?
I was familiar with the concept of NN/LM from New England. I volunteered to exhibit at the American Veterinary Medical Association in Boston and helped to teach people GratefulMed (yes, that was a long time ago!), and I participated in a 5 state outreach program funded by NN/LM NER. Knowing I wanted to move to Tennessee, I asked Tony Yancey of NN/LM SE/A if I could come volunteer at the AVMA meeting at Opryland in 2001. That was my first contact NN/LM SE/A . Thus, it was natural for me to contact NN/LM SE/A for funding for exhibit and outreach awards when I moved to Tennessee.

Has the NN/LM SE/A been of help to you?
The NN/LM SE/A has been a wonderful asset to Preston Medical Library and to Tennessee. We have received numerous exhibit awards and technology fair support. Additionally, we led a statewide assessment of health information across the state of Tennessee and, working with other leaders in Tennessee Health Sciences Library Association (THeSLA), we have hosted many education programs from the trainers, as well as statewide disaster planning. NN/LM plays an important role in health sciences librarianship in our region.

Will you share a success story about your library?
Our entire team is committed to our mission and has been working hard at “showing our value.” This means becoming an essential partner with the Graduate School, hospital administrators, nursing, and the community by being proactive, and adding services and events that make us relevant to more people.

Some examples include volunteering to serve as committee members for the shared governance nursing councils, hosting week long technology events (with NN/LM SE/A Funding), developing an active liaison program, naming a talented poet to be our Poet in Residence and holding monthly “Literary Rounds,” and bringing in a service dog regularly to help reduce the stress of our patrons. This list is so long – and it is a lot of work, but this has paid off with increased door count and, importantly, perception of our value to many more people.

What advice would you give others who are interested in being a health sciences librarian?

Stay curious, show your value, and remember your work will make a difference in the care patients receive.

If you have an inspiring story of your own, or would like more information, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft @

Inspiring People in our Region: Gloria Sanders, Service Coordinator - St. Luke’s Housing Authority

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

“I think much can be gained by each generation if seniors are held in the high esteem that they deserve.”

Gloria Sanders
Service Coordinator, St. Luke’s Housing Authority
Nashville, TN

What is your position?
My position is Service Coordinator for (2) senior housing complexes. My position is immensely gratifying in that I get to help seniors solve problems and enhance the quality of life by preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and nursing home placements.

Is there something in your own personal story that led you to do the work you do?
I always enjoyed my grandmother and her friends, and I have always liked the company of my elders. I never get tired of hearing about the history they have witnessed and experienced. I think much can be gained by each generation if seniors are held in the high esteem that they deserve.

What do you love most about your outreach work?
I love being around my residents, listening to their stories, and finding resources that will improve the quality of their lives. My motto is “make it happen.” When I see a potential resource for my residents, I investigate and talk to the “powers that be.”  Then, I figure out what can be done to “make this happen” in my community.

What is the biggest challenge in what you do?
The biggest challenge I face on a daily basis is helping seniors overcome obstacles based on resistance to learning new things.

What has been the most fulfilling part of your work in terms of health outreach to your community’s underserved populations?
It is always fulfilling to me to empower a senior with information, and to witness them share that information with another senior.

What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the communities you serve?

The biggest health concerns in my community are lack of health education. My seniors need to learn the warning signs of various life-threatening events. Too often they endure unnecessary pain and other adverse symptoms because they do not seek routine medical care in a timely manner.

How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?
While browsing the Internet for health-related informational resources, I found NN/LM SE/A and contacted Nancy Patterson. She has been a great source of information and inspiration.

In what ways has NN/LM SE/A been of help to you?
NN/LM SE/A has been a great asset to me and the residents I serve because the health information available is very necessary. Nancy came to speak to my residents and provided timely information that made my residents feel special. The attendance was high because the residents need and want health information. They felt valued because Nancy flew from Maryland to Tennessee to deliver information to them.

Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?
Health outreach in my community begins with one person sharing information with another. This form of communication has been largely word of mouth, but I would like to spread this information in a more formal setting. A success story is the award that my property is to receive from NN/LM SE/A to establish a formal learning environment complete with computers to teach seniors various health topics. This information will empower the seniors to become confident about recognizing symptoms that require immediate medical attention. This knowledge will also lessen the need for emergent care and ambulance transportation. My residents will learn how to ask pertinent questions during medical visits.

What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?
Know your target audience and be patient. Sometimes a fear of failure will immobilize people, so be VERY encouraging. Because I work with seniors, it was very helpful for me to understand their mindset. This includes the reluctance to try new things. Some may be considered computer phobic, or “set in their ways.”  I have had seniors tell me that their best days were behind them. I try to encourage and motivate my residents to try new experiences and go to places they have never visited. Once you have overcome the initial obstacles and gained the trust of your seniors, it gets easier for them to try new things.

If you would like to share your story or suggest another person for our “Inspiring People” feature, please email Nancy Patterson:

Job Announcement: Journal Publisher Liaison (NLM)

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine invites applications for the position of Journal Publisher Liaison. This new position will serve as a liaison to journal publishers and the principal point of contact for publishers and editors on matters of review, selection and indexing for MEDLINE, the premier biomedical database in the world.

Position responsibilities include interpreting and communicating NLM policies to high-level publishers’ representatives, organizations, and information centers in the U.S. and worldwide; providing technical consultation and support as needed to facilitate the provision of biomedical information through NLM’s indexing and other services; coordinating meetings of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC), NLM’s Scientific Review Committees, responsible for selecting journals for MEDLINE; serving as technical expert on journal publishing trends and scholarly communication issues to the Scientific Review Administrator for LSTRC.

Other duties include representing the library and outside national and international publishing and scholarly communication groups; serving as a senior member of the LO management team in areas relating to the acquisition, organization, access, and preservation of the biomedical literature; advising and consulting with senior staff at NLM on MEDLINE/PubMed content and development; and staying informed about national and international trends, legislation and pending changes in intellectual property rights, research and publishing. Prepares written correspondence, reports, and news announcements to explain and publicize NLM’s policies related to the biomedical literature in MEDLINE/PubMed.

This position is located in the Office of the Associate Director, Division of Library Operations (LO), National Library of Medicine (NLM, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). LO:  (1) selects, acquires, catalogs, and preserves biomedical publications; (2) indexes and provides access to the material; (3) furnishes reference and document delivery services; (4) prepares and publishes indexes, catalogs, and other publications for the use of the biomedical community; (5) administers national on-line biomedical information retrieval services; and (6) coordinates the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Complete vacancy announcement information and application instructions will be posted soon on the NLM vacancy announcement website<> at, or can be searched on<>.


Job Announcement (NLM) - Technical Information Specialist GS12

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Job Announcement Number: NIH-NLM-DE-12-725752

Job Announcement Number: NIH-NLM-MP-12-727087

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health, is now recruiting for the position of Technical Information Specialist. The position will be filled at the GS12 with promotion potential to GS13 and is open to all US citizens.

The NLM is the world’s largest medical library and a major organizational component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the dissemination of information important to the progress of medicine and public health, both nationally and internationally.  The History of Medicine Division, a major component of Library Operations, NLM, collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences the world’s richest collections of historical material related to human health and disease.

Serving in the Office of the Chief of the History of Medicine Division, the Technical Information Specialist will be a leader in evaluating databases and systems, defining modifications and specifications to interface designs and system functionalities, planning data management and system maintenance cycles, implementing data quality assurance measures, writing technical material for internal and external audiences, and developing and implementing social media programs that will raise greater awareness of, access to, and usage of the collections and programs of the division.

The integrative and collaborative nature of this position requires demonstrated initiative, dedication to teamwork, and a strong mission focus. The successful candidate will serve as a member of diverse teams working to accomplish a wide variety of tasks in support of the vision and mission of the History of Medicine Division as the unit supports the strategic plans of Library Operations, NLM, as well as the vision and mission of the NLM as a whole.

Complete vacancy announcement information and application instructions are posted on the NLM vacancy announcement website at:, and they can be found on


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