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National Digital Stewardship Residency Opportunity at Windsor Castle

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program has a very special opportunity. The Library of Congress, the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Windsor Castle, and their partners seek an individual resident to lead the Georgian Paper Programme project. Time will be split between Washington DC and the United Kingdom.

The Georgian Paper Programme is an international digital and research enterprise based upon substantial unpublished collections for the period 1714-1837 in the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Windsor Castle, in partnership with King’s College London, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, William and Mary College and the Omohundro Institute.

The NDSR program is a field experience opportunity open to recent masters and doctoral graduates interested in digital stewardship, who have graduated from an accredited degree-granting program between summer 2013 and summer 2016. Doctoral candidates with graduation beyond summer 2016 are also encouraged to apply. The individual selected for this position will begin the program on September 28, 2016.

The Library and its partners will select one resident to begin a one-year full-time paid residency to develop, apply, and advance their digital stewardship knowledge and skills in this unique setting.

This is a highly visible position, working with staff of the Royal Trust, so it is essential that the resident demonstrate superlative social, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills. The selected candidate will be presented at a formal dinner at the British Embassy in Washington DC, in mid to late October.

Applications should be emailed as soon as possible directly to:

George Coulbourne
Chief, Internship and Fellowship Programs
National and International Outreach

Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC 20540-3000
(o) 202-707-7856 (iP) 202-258-2969

Rick Wallace and Nakia Woodward Receives Honorable Mention for MLA Poster Presentation

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Congratulations to Rick Wallace, Assistant Director and Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Librarian at Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Both received an Honorable Mention for their Poster Presentation “Piecing Together the Mosaic of Rural Clinical Information Practices over a Twenty Year Period” by the MLA Research Section. Their poster was presented at Mosaic ’16. If you registered for the meeting, you’ll be able to access meeting content online using your e-mail and badge number.

To learn more about the selection process, visit the Research Section website.

Rick and Nakia have previously contributed to our SEA Currents Newsletter in the Inspiring People in Our Region series.

Please take a moment to congratulate both Rick and Nakia!

Announcing Exciting Plans at the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Exciting plans are underway, to enhance the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative and make your experience as a librarian easier, more streamlined, and better focused on your needs.

We have been meeting, working, and negotiating with vendors this summer, many of whom would like to talk directly with you. Thanks to greater participation among the HSLANJ GLI, and our collective group purchasing power, we are commanding the attention of vendors like never before!

Over the next several weeks, you will likely be receiving numerous emails inviting you to participate in surveys by vendors such as Ovid, BMJ, McGraw Hill, Springer, SAGE and others.

We understand how busy you are as a librarian, but we also encourage you to take time for each of these surveys. They are vital. Your answers will help shape future vendor offers through the HSLANJ GLI. Please answer all of the surveys that are sent your way if possible, regardless of how many times you have or haven’t participated in the GLI. All opinions are needed!

A little food-for-thought…

Questions to consider as a preview to the surveys:

  • How can participation in the GLI be enhanced for your benefit?
  • Do you have content needs that are not being met through the GLI?

Thank you—we greatly appreciate your time and insights! And we look forward to sharing more exciting plans about the GLI very soon!


Robb Mackes

Executive Director, HSLANJ

Project Manager, GLI


The HSLANJ GLI is endorsed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), MAR and SE/A, as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources. 

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  

Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016.

“This program has been an unqualified success since its launch in 2002,” observed NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys. “We are so pleased to be a partner in it, and to witness its positive impact on the participants — both fellows and mentors — and on the management of libraries across the nation.”

AAHSL President Ruth Riley said: “The Leadership Fellows Program has an outstanding record of fulfilling AAHSL’s goal to produce the next generation of excellent executive leaders of academic health sciences libraries. In partnership with the National Library of Medicine, the Program serves as an exemplar of leadership development in library science, information technology, and academic medicine, helping to ensure that the future of academic health sciences libraries is very bright.”

The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

What Participants Are Saying

Fellow 2002-03: As a member of the first cohort I’ve continued to be amazed at the quality retained and further refined as the Leadership Fellows Program has evolved. The perspective it provided has continued to sustain me in the decade plus since my fellowship year.

Mentor 2011-12: The program has given me the opportunity of mentoring a talented and visionary librarian. I’ve learned at least as much as I’ve given. I now have a fresh perspective on my own leadership role at my institution and insights into other libraries. I’m looking forward to following my fellow’s career. Our profession is in good hands.

Mentor 2014-15: I found the program energizing. It gave me time and reason to focus on the big picture, instead of the miscellany of day-to-day operations, and reconnected me to some of the passion that infuses librarianship as a profession.

Fellow 2014-15: It has given me ideas and confidence to seek positions of greater leadership in the mid term. In the present, I’ve gotten some practical skills that are already useful in my current position.

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a year-long fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to:

• Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
• Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
• Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
• Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
• Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
• Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
• Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
• Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the July 22, 2016 deadline for potential fellows for the 2016-2017 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting Carol Jenkins at the address below by July 22nd.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

National Health Observances – May 2016

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of May. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.