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Applications Now Open for Spring and Fall 2017 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Courses

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Augusta University and The National Library of Medicine (NLM) are pleased to announce that the application period for the NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course for 2017 is now open. The Biomedical Informatics course offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field.  The course guides participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth.

There is one application for both the Spring (April 2 – 8) and Fall (Sept. 10  – 16) courses. The application period opens October 14, 2016 and will close on December 5, 2016 at 8:00am (note: NOT pm).

Use the following link to apply:

If you have any questions, please email

Job Opportunity: NN/LM SE/A Network & Evaluation Coordinator

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Description: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region’s (SE/A) Medical Library, housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), seeks a librarian to serve as Network and Evaluation Coordinator.  The Coordinator oversees the development on the professional health information topic areas and leads the SE/A in conducting assessment and evaluation of the regional medical library program. The Coordinator develops outreach projects (including educational objects, award types, and consulting) to improve information access for health professionals and their proxies in the region. S/he manages the SE/A exhibits program. S/he coordinates an overall outreach plan that takes into consideration the health care and health information needs of providers and information professionals. S/he coordinates evaluation of SE/A programs, including needs analysis, subaward evaluation, and program improvement.

This is a full-time, grant-funded faculty position reporting to the Executive Director of the Regional Medical Library.  The incumbent will be appointed at a rank of Librarian I or higher in accordance with the University’s policy on the appointment of faculty librarians (USM/UM Policy II 1.00(F)).  Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.


  • Oversee the membership program for the region including recruitment of SE/A members to ensure basic level of information access and service in the region and the development of accurate and up-to-date institutional records for all SE/A members
  • Serve as regional needs assessment and evaluation liaison for outreach initiatives
  • Coordinate the SE/A exhibits program including SE/A and funded exhibits
  • Develop educational materials for inclusion on the NN/LM and SE/A web sites particularly in the areas of effective evaluation techniques and access to quality health information for health professionals
  • Accept accountability for NLM deliverables, including workshops, exhibiting, presentations, newsletter contributions, web and social media content
  • Lead projects, task forces, and workgroups as needed to accomplish projects
  • Contribute articles on evaluation and information for health professionals to the regional electronic newsletter
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of regional programs including identification of historical and unique collections, print retention, emergency preparedness and preservation to ensure information access for health professionals and the public
  • Collaborate with the NN/LM DOCLINE office to ensure compliance with national document delivery policies and ensure adherence by Network members.
  • Serve on NN/LM DOCLINE Working Group, an NNLM DOCLINE Office (NDCO) advisory group
  • Promote and solicit resource sharing incentive awards; monitors progress and follow-up for awards in progress
  • Plan and coordinate library network enhancement and cooperative library programs
  • Provide support and training to Network members using the NLM Outreach Applications and Online Contract Reports Portal–Plans and coordinates library network enhancement and cooperative library programs
  • Attend NLM teleconferences and provide regular feedback to NLM on problems or concerns of SE/A members
  • Participate in the development, evaluation and testing of NN/LM and NLM products and services
  • Promote communication throughout the region by providing feedback and evaluation on products/services and products

Required Qualifications:

  • MLS from ALA-accredited institution or equivalent advanced degree
  • Project management, strategic planning, and team leadership skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods
  • Knowledge of PubMed and other NLM resources
  • Experience with health information education and the ability to develop, plan, and conduct workshops and training, interacting confidently with audiences
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities
  • Experience with Moodle and WebEx
  • Familiarity with the MLA CE program and processes for obtaining MLA CE approval
  • Ability to communicate vision and motivate others; willingness to assume leadership roles as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain results from initiating and participating in team efforts
  • Effectiveness in promoting ideas while exhibiting tact and sensitivity; initiating interaction with others; and soliciting feedback from partners
  • Comfort with change, flexibility and the ability to react quickly to program alterations and task modifications

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is based on qualifications and experience.  Benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, their spouses and dependent children may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.


Interested, qualified candidates may email your CV/resume; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized) to:  For more information, visit our website at or email   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 31, 2016.

The University of Maryland is an AA/EOE/ADA Employer.  The University supports diversity initiatives and encourages minorities to apply.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras.  The city has accessible public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Sixty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space , a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (,) the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7500 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 60-acre research and technology complex consisting of 58 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at

NLM responds to Hurricane Matthew with Health Related Resources Guide

Friday, October 7th, 2016

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Health is responding to recent events with a Hurricane Matthew Health Related Resources Guide   

It includes links to:

  • Federal and state-specific resources
  • Social media for situational awareness
  • Situation reports
  • Maps
  • Public health info
  • General hurricane information and more

If you are active on social media:

a) Follow our Hurricane Matthew Twitter list of reliable sources:

b) Share the information guide with your social media followers. Here is a suggested tweet:

New! #Hurricane #Matthew Health Information Guide w/ overview, maps, public health info and more #HurricaneMatthew

We will update the guide as new information becomes available.  Please share freely!

National Health Observances – October 2016

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of October. 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.

NIH featured toolkit: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

News: Health Hotlines to be Retired

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Health Hotlines was developed by NLM as a community service to help the public locate health-related information from organizations with toll free numbers. NLM has decided it will no longer update the Health Hotlines database because most of the information is now readily available through web search engines and because many of the organizations no longer have toll free numbers. Health Hotlines will remain online until the end of January, 2017, at which time it will be retired.

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.