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October 15, 2008

From the GMR: Letter for Hospital Administrators

As you know from the message sent out by Denise Rumschlag earlier this month, we are again offering to send an advocacy letter to your hospital administrator signed by RML Director Kate Carpenter.

Instructions for how to request an administrator letter are found on the GMR "Promoting Your Library" Web page at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member/advocacy/index.html

Please use "Hospital Administrator Letter" in the subject line of your email request to GMR4U@uic.edu. Also let us know if the administrator should be addressed as "Dr" if appropriate. We personalize the letters.

If we get your request by October 29th, we can get the letter out during National Medical Librarians Month.
Thank you for working with us on the important advocacy effort.


Ruth Holst
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
UIC Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226

October 14, 2008

Job posting: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences


Position Vacancy

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Position Description: Reporting to the Assistant Director of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Coordinator of Education and Research is responsible for all aspects of reference including clinical and research support services and oversight of the Library’s liaison program. The incumbent:
* Supervises six librarians and one library assistant
* Establishes policies, procedures, priorities and goals for the Education and Research unit;
* Oversees Education and Research unit activities, work assignments, and special projects;
* Plans, develops and assesses programs, services and policies designed for users;
* Coordinates, develops, promotes and assesses the library liaison program;
* Oversees consultations, reference and research assistance including staff training;
* Monitors and stays abreast of reference trends and practices in health sciences libraries;
* Monitors and stays abreast of education (information literacy) trends and practices;
* Serves on committees at the five health colleges and the affiliated hospital;
* Serves on University Libraries’ committees; and
* Contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.


* ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science or foreign equivalent;
* Three years post-Masters experience in a health sciences or life sciences library;
* Supervisory experience;
* Knowledge of trends and practices in instruction, reference services and information access;
* Experience providing advanced information services, including searching biomedical literature and full-text databases;
* Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;
* Excellent oral and written communication skills;
* Strong customer service and public services orientation;
* Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team; and
* Demonstrated involvement in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community.

* Three or more years of supervisory experience;
* Experience managing professional staff;
* Experience implementing a library liaison program and/or working as a library liaison;
* Experience with a “single service desk?;
* Experience with and/or knowledge of the Informationist or embedded library professional concept;
* Knowledge of and interest in integrating emerging technologies into instructional and/or research services;
* Knowledge of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and EBM resources;
* Experience developing instructional sessions and employing effective teaching technique.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian II or III level with a salary range of $44,000 to $59,400. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, and dental insurance, childcare credit, and additional options.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at http://jobs.uiowa.edu. To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number – 56232. Applications must be received by November 14, 2008.

For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and community, please see
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/ and http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/about/employment/recruiting.html

For more information about the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, please see

October 10, 2008

From the GMR: Advocacy Working Group Resources

October rolls around faster every year. Let’s not let it roll past without taking time to Celebrate Our Good Works!

The Advocacy Working Group for GMR Regional Advisory Council has been working with the GMR to help you bring awareness about the worth of libraries and librarians within your organization. Several initiatives are underway and your input and participation are needed to make this a success!

Advocacy in the Elevator
Visit The Cornflower (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/2008/10/07/advocacy-in-an-elevator/#more-485) for a blog posting on using Elevator Speeches to quickly and concisely convey your message to busy administrators. Do you have a speech you already use? Do you have ideas for one you’d like to try? Share it will your colleagues by adding a comment to the existing post. Help us as we all learn to better advocate for our libraries. You can write-in your speech in a form online, or send your digital .mp3 recording to Jacqueline Leskovec (leskovec@uic.edu) at the GMR.

GMR Letters to your Administration
Back by popular demand, hospital librarians can once again request that GMR send a letter to your designated administrator(s). The intent of the letter is to inform hospital administrators the invaluable services medical librarians provide to their institutions and community. The letter will be signed by Kathryn Carpenter, Director of the NN/LM GRM office. You can see a sample of the letter by following this link: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member/advocacy/letter08.pdf . Request a letter for your hospital administration by emailing the recipient address to GMR4U@UIC.edu. Watch for more information about this letter from Ruth Holst, Associate Director at the GMR.

Promoting Your Library
The GMR has updated links and add information on the “Promoting Your Library? web page: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member/advocacy/. Visit this site to order promotional materials, find links to information and resources from a variety of library sites.

Best Wishes with Your Advocacy & Celebration!
The Advocacy Working Group of the GMR Regional Advisory Council
Denise Rumschlag MLS AHIP– working group chair
St.Vincent Hospital Library
Indianapolis, IN

October 8, 2008

Job Posting: Reference Librarian position at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Reference Librarian I / Online Search Services & Outreach Coordinator
Library, Rush University, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

The Library of Rush University Medical Center is seeking an innovative, friendly, and enthusiastic professional in its Public Services area for a Reference Librarian / Online Search Services and Outreach Coordinator to continue and expand our service of excellence to the Rush community. Located just west of the Loop in downtown Chicago, Rush offers an ideal atmosphere for professionals to fulfill their career goals.

The job responsibilities are as follows:

? Provide expert level mediated database searches and facilitate end-user searched in response to specific information request from Library users on the National Library of Medicine, EBSCO, OVID, Dialog, and other vendor systems. Coordinate the mediated online search service of the reference section.

? Coordinate the communication outreach program of the Library, and prepare print and online material which promote Library activities.

? As a member of the Reference staff, provide general biomedical reference service to faculty, staff, and students, perform mediated literature searches on DIALOG, OVID, EBSCO, NLM, and other platforms. Teach workshops and attend clinical meetings as Library liaison.

Required: Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program. Excellent interpersonal, oral / written communication skills.

Preferred: Experience with teaching and experience in a health care setting. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, familiarity with MS Publisher. Degree life sciences a plus.

Salary Range: $45,000 - $49,000 annually. Rush had a comprehensive benefits package including tuition reimbursement. Apply online at https://rush.igreentree.com/CSS_External/CSSPage_Welcome.asp for job number 2008-1599. Please include letter of application, resume and the names of three (3) professional references.

The library maintains an up-to-date clinical collection of books and journals, including e-books and e-journals and a number of other electronic resources and serves the entire University and Medical Center. There are 30 FT Library Staff.

Rush University is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center. Founded in 1972, the University currently has over 1,500 students in Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, and the Graduate College.

Rush University Medical Center is committed to hiring and employing without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, ancestry, age, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Christine Frank, M.L.S., A.H.I.P.
Director, Library of Rush University Medical Center
600 South Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60612
312-942-8735 (voice)
312-942-3143 (fax)

October 6, 2008

NLM Associate Fellows Program

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

· Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
· One week Spring Practicum at a health sciences library in the contiguous United States
· Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
· Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
· Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
· Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:
· A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($48,108.00 in 2008)
· Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
· Some relocation funding
· Assistance in finding housing

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2009. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 6, 2009.
Feel free to contact me for further information. I can be reached at 301-435-4083 or dunnk@mail.nih.gov.

Kathel Dunn
Associate Fellowship Coordinator
National Library of Medicine
Bldg 38, Rm 2N-19
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894

October 1, 2008

MLA webcast sponsored sites - last chance to apply!

Last call, folks - I still haven't heard from anyone in MN who would like to host the MLA webcast on November 12th. The deadline is Friday, so if you were thinking about applying, now is the time! The GMR will cover the registration costs of two sites in MN. Information is here!