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January 28, 2008

Job Posting -- Closes 2/4/08

A job posting for a Medical Librarian position will be on www.opm.gov under Jobs USA beginning January 29. The applications will close on February 4.

The position is full-time with a salary range of $45,878.00 - $72,164.00. You must be a USA citizen to apply. Full details about the position and the application process are available on the website. You are encouraged to apply online.

If you are interested in the position and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dorothy Sinha, Chief, Library Service at (612) 467-4218.

January 24, 2008

Training Opportunity: EBM For Librarians, March 26-28 in Chicago

This notice is being sent to several lists; please excuse the duplication.

EBM for librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity.

This 3 day class will be offered in Chicago on March 26, 27, and 28, 2008
Day 1- Introduction to EBM: Research Design and Searching Tools
Days 2 and 3 - Critically Appraising the Medical Literature for Validity; Diagnosis and Therapy

Cost: $375 (includes 21 MLA CEs, Lunch (all 3 days), Workbook and Materials, Coffee, Snacks)


Day 1 places an emphasis on the first two steps of the EBM process: formulating a searchable clinical question and efficiently searching the literature. Tools available to facilitate the EBM process will be introduced. These tools include PubMed Clinical Queries, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Practice Guidelines and other electronic resources available. The course will provide an overview of levels of evidence, research design, and bias in publication. Librarians will have the opportunity to work as teams, each sharing his/her unique perspective and knowledge.

Days 2 and 3 provide an in-depth exploration of the third step of the EBM process - critically appraising the medical literature for validity. This class is intended for health sciences librarians who wish to learn the evidence based medicine process of critically appraising articles for validity and analysis of results. This class will provide an in-depth understanding of the statistical concepts used in the medical literature. This will be done in the context of analyzing journal articles and answering case-based clinical questions with an emphasis on therapy and diagnosis. A focus will be placed on the epidemiological concepts fundamental to understanding the clinical literature such as number needed to treat, absolute risk reduction, likelihood ratio, confidence interval and intention to treat.

COST: $375 (includes 21 MLA CEs, Lunch (all 3 days), Workbook and Materials, Coffee, Snacks)

CE HOURS: The two-day course has been approved for 14 MLA CE hours; the one-day course has been approved for 7 MLA CE hours.

FACULTY: Jordan Hupert, MD; Leo Niederman, MD; Alan Schwartz, Ph.D. and Sandra De Groote, MLIS; Cleo Papas, MLIS

Doctors Hupert, Niederman and Schwartz are actively involved in UIC's EBM initiative and have worked closely with UIC librarians in strengthening librarians' EBM skills and in developing an evidence-based service in pediatrics.

For more information and to register - visit http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/lhs/temp/ebm/ebmclass.shtml

From the GMR: Back Issues of American Journal of Diseases of Children Wanted

To All GMR Libraries,

The American Medical Association (AMA) is currently engaged in a digitization project of JAMA and the 9 Archives journals. Our publishing area has requested that I ask for a donation of 26 volumes (see extended entry) of American Journal of Diseases of Children (currently entitled Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) to be destructively scanned.

In exchange for the missing volumes, the AMA is offering online access to all 9 of the Archives journals in perpetuity. For those of you struggling with space shortages, this may be an offer you may want to consider.
Please respond to me at your earliest convenience.

Sandra R. Schefris, MLIS
James S. Todd Memorial Library
American Medical Association
Tele: 312-464-4860
FAX: 312-464-5226

American Journal of Diseases of Children: Missing Volumes Needed for Digitization Project
Vol. 1 -1911
Vol. 2 -1911
Vol. 3 -1912
Vol. 4 -1912
Vol. 5 -1913
Vol. 6 -1913
Vol. 7 -1914
Vol. 9 -1915
Vol. 10 -1911
Vol. 11 -1911
Vol. 12 -1912
Vol. 15 -1918
Vol. 17 -1919
Vol. 18 -1919
Vol. 22 -1921
Vol. 24 -1922
Vol. 26 -1923
Vol. 28 -1924
Vol. 29 -1925
Vol. 31 -1926
Vol. 32 -1926
Vol. 33 -1927
Vol. 34 -1927
Vol. 52 -1936
Vol. 53 -1937

January 23, 2008

From the GMR: AHIP Points for Go Local Participation

MLA has recently announced that contributors to MedlinePlus Go Local will be eligible to earn AHIP points. If working on Go Local is part of your job, as it is for the Go Local coordinators and a few others, you are not eligible for these points. Others of you may be eligible, and volunteers definitely are.

According to Lori Klein, of the MedlinePlus Go Local team at NLM, contributors will be "eligible for five points per year under Section II Part 1 B (Editing: Web Sites, Mailing Lists, Listservs) of the Point Index. The online version of the Point Index will be updated to include this activity in the spring."

For more about the Academy of Health Information Professionals and the points, please see the MLA Web site at http://www.mlanet.org/academy/pointindex.html and http://www.mlanet.org/academy/acadfaq2.html

January 11, 2008

From the GMR: Fuding Available!

The GMR still has funding available for Public Health subcontracts and several smaller awards. These are listed at http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/current.html. The deadline for the Public Health subcontracts has been set at February 15, 2008.

As we get closer to April 30, 2008, the end of the current GMR contract year, we may have unexpended funds available for a few additional projects. Please contact Ruth Holst at rholst@uic.edu if you have a project idea that does not fit into one of the available funding categories. The GMR staff is available to assist you with proposal development.