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November 21, 2007

From the GMR: Special Librarian Job Announcement, Madison, WI


Position Description: Serve as librarian for the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center (ASC). The Center administers the Sea Grant Institute (SGI) and the Water Resources Institute (WRI), two statewide federally funded programs, together with other funding activities compatible with the ASC mission.

The ASC Wisconsin’s Water Library is a UW-Madison special purpose library with a particular emphasis on outreach to those who want to learn more about our state’s water resources. A description of past and ongoing library projects can be viewed at http://aqua.wisc.edu/waterlibrary/background.pdf. The services of the Water Library are available to UW-Madison faculty, staff, students and all state residents. The library maintains a strong Web presence with water-related information available to all.

Basic duties and responsibilities are to work with the Assistant Director and staff to:

* Manage and direct the program development, operation and personnel activities of Wisconsin’s Water Library, a collection of almost 30,000 volumes of water-related information, including journals and newsletters, a curriculum collection, children’s collection and dozens of educational videos. This includes supervising one half-time graduate student and occasional student employees and a budget of $12,500 for acquisitions and related supplies.

* Actively participate in developing Center program policy and guidelines as related to the dissemination of water-related information to faculty, staff, students, interested individuals, and organizations at the campus,
state, regional and national levels. Develop library-related sections for annual Water Resources and biennial Sea Grant project proposals and work plans and other required documents. Document and evaluate library services, their impacts and results, through annual and other required reports.

* Develop, provide content for and maintain Wisconsin’s Water Library Web site (www.aqua.wisc.edu/waterlibrary).

* Develop and implement library public outreach projects in partnership with UW-Madison Libraries, schools, departments, institutes and centers, public libraries, environmental organizations and other organizations.

* Represent UW ASC program at regional and statewide meetings. Coordinate, advise, and work with SGI and WRI staff at other state universities on joint projects as well as serve on national committees.

* Work on special library projects as they develop. Such projects may include, but are not limited to, working with ASC scientists, outreach specialists, and staff on outreach/educational events, training programs and project proposals for extramural funding.

Qualifications Required: Master's Degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program. Knowledge of the library environment, bibliographic and full-text databases, collection development, cataloging,
information standards and protocols. Excellent written, oral, and editing skills. Excellent problem solving, multi-tasking and organizational skills. Eligibility for a Wisconsin driver license.

Demonstrated ability to: (1) work independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment, (2) initiate and complete projects with minimal supervision, and (3) communicate and work effectively with diverse audiences.

Qualifications Preferred: At least two years of special or academic library experience. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a science-related subject area. Experience providing liaison, reference, and instructional services in an academic setting. Aptitude for evaluating new and emerging media in related subject areas.

Salary and Status: This position is a renewable appointment to the University of Wisconsin-Madison academic staff. Salary is commensurate with professional qualifications and experience. Minimum: $41,000 on a full-time basis.

Percentage of time of Appointment: 50 to 100 percent.

To Apply, Please Submit:
* A letter describing your interest in the position.
* A resume, including post-high school education, and a chronological list of relevant work and volunteer experience.
* Contact information for at least three references we may contact for a recommendation.

Send or E-mail your Application to: Linda Campbell (linda@aqua.wisc.edu), University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1177.

Deadline for Applications: December 11, 2007
Anticipated Start Date: January 14, 2008

Selection Process: A search and screen committee will review all applications and recommend a selection of candidates to the Director of the Aquatic Sciences Center. Those recommended will be invited to Madison for an interview.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

From the GMR: Volunteers needed to staff the NLM booth in Minneapolis in March

Wanted: Librarians who Enjoy Exhibiting (even if you've never tried it before!) - AHIP points available.

The GMR is looking for volunteers to staff the NLM booth at the upcoming Public Library Association conference:
PLA's 12th National Conference and Exposition at the Minneapolis Convention Center, March 26-28, 2008

We need volunteers for the following time slots (half-day volunteers are welcome!):

Wednesday, March 26 - 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 27 - 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 28 - 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The GMR will reimburse volunteers for transportation (mileage, tolls, parking, bus, taxi, etc.).

If you are interested, please respond to haburt@uic.edu. Thank you so much and I look forward to working with you in March.

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Education and Outreach Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60312-4330
phone: 1-800-338-7657 or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226

November 19, 2007

From the GMR: Computer Grants Program for Community Based Organizations

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) and the National Institutes of Health, Office of AIDS Research are pleased to announce the 2008 Equal Access Initiative (EAI) Computer Grants Program. Qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the United States are invited to submit an application to participate in this program.

The program helps organizations build their technological capacity and augment the ability to improve prevention and treatment education for clients. One hundred CBOs will be selected to participate in the EAI Computer Grants Program this year. For an application and more information, see http://www.nmac.org/programs___services/computer_grants_program/875.cfm.

Each participating CBO will receive a desktop computer system for clients and staff to use to access treatment and prevention information on the Internet. Each CBO will also receive a scholarship package to send one representative to participate in the Equal Access Initiative: HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine training, sponsored by NLM. The 2008 training will take place September 18-19, at USCA, which will be held September 18-21, at the Fontainebleau Hotel, in Miami Beach, FL. (For more information about USCA, visit www.2008usca.org.).

November 14, 2007

From the GMR: Current Awareness Tool for NIH Research Developments

Are you interested in the latest medical research by NIH and NIH-funded scientists? Check out NIH Research Matters.

NIH Research Matters, at http://www.nih.gov/news/research_matters, is an eColumn highlighting NIH research developments. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed or the Listserv on the NIH Research Matters site.

From the GMR: Professional Development & Instruction Awards Available

The new deadline for the Professional Development Award is December 10, 2007.

The Professional Development Award is intended to enable individuals to expand their professional knowledge and experience to better manage their libraries and to provide improved health information access to health care professionals and consumers. Money is available to fund three awards for up to $1000 each. Eligibility is targeted to individuals working in Primary Access Libraries that are "Full" network members. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/profdev/individual/profdevrfp.html for more information.

We also offer Professional Instruction Awards for up to $1500 to Full members. The purpose of this award is to support a network member in the sponsorship of a workshop, technology fair or forum, or other professional educational activity that will assist network members in developing their skills and knowledge, and enhance their abilities as participants in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). There is no specific deadline for the Professional Instruction Award. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/profdev/institution/profinstrrfp.html for more information.

November 13, 2007

Linda Watson begins tenure as AAHSL President

Linda Watson, Director of Health Sciences Libraries, became President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) at their annual meeting November 4th . AAHSL comprises the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Congratulations Linda!

November 6, 2007

From the GMR: MLA CE Courses available online

There are several MLA CE courses available in an online format, where you can work at your own pace on your own schedule. Follow the links below for more information or to register.

1. "Finding Medical Information on the Internet": http://www.kovacs.com/mlace.html - 15 CE from the Medical Library Association. Tuition $125

2. "How to Find Good Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Information on the Web": http://www.kovacs.com/mlacealt.html - 15 CE from the Medical Library Association. Tuition $125 (Will be taught in-person for MLA National Meeting 2008 - http://mlanet.org/am/am2008/ce/)

3. "Electronic Collection Development for Health and Medicine E-libraries": http://www.kovacs.com/mlacecolldev.html - 15 CE from the Medical Library Association. Tuition $125 (Will be taught in-person for MLA National Meeting 2008- http://mlanet.org/am/am2008/ce/)