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December 21, 2009

From the GMR: EBM for Librarians class in Champaign, IL in March 2010

EBM for Librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity.

This 3 day class will be offered in Champaign, IL (I-Hotel and Conference Center) on March 17, 18, and 19, 2010

Introduction to EBM: Research Design and Searching Tools - Day 1
Critically Appraising the Medical Literature for Validity;
Diagnosis and Therapy - Days 2 & 3


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; Sandra De Groote, MLIS; Cleo Papas, MLIS, Peg Burnette, MLIS

Doctor Hupert is 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:

Sandy De Groote, MLIS, AHIP
Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor
University Library
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S Morgan St. M/C 234
Chicago, Il 60607 312-413-9494; sgroote@uic.edu

From the GMR: Changes in NLM Cuttering Practices

Please see the following message from the NLM:

December 21, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) wishes to announce that it will cease providing cutter numbers in LocatorPlus for most of the classification numbers assigned to print monographs that the Library catalogs. Cutter assignment will cease on June 21, 2010, with the exception of material being shelved in the NLM Reference collection or titles cataloged for the NLM History of Medicine Division.

As the library looks to increase efficiencies in its cataloging practices, the time spent cuttering stood out as an inefficient activity. For the past 15 years, NLM has been shelving print monographs by accession number, rather than by call numbers, but has continued to provide fully shelflisted call numbers for the convenience of other libraries using NLM records. NLM is still committed to providing a classification number that reflects the subject of a book, in recognition that this information can be used widely by others. Cutter numbers, on the other hand, are unique to a particular collection. Libraries that use cutters to arrange their material on the shelf will not have identical collections to NLM, so cutters provided by NLM often need adjustments to arrange material properly on any particular library's shelves.

Because NLM recognizes this may have an impact on the workflow in some libraries, we hope that the six month notice of this change will provide ample time for these libraries to make needed adjustments.

Diane Boehr
Head of Cataloging
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Room 1N11
Bethesda, MD 20894

December 15, 2009

From the GMR: ONC Announces Two New Funding Opportunities

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is pleased to announce the following two funding opportunities:

Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals

Objective: This program makes available $70 million in grants to help develop and strengthen the health information technology (health IT) community by rapidly creating health IT education and training programs at community colleges or expand existing programs. Community colleges funded under this initiative will establish intensive, non-degree training programs that can be completed in six months or less.
Application Deadline: January 22, 2010

Curriculum Development Centers

Objective: This grant opportunity will provide $10 million in grants to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to support health information technology curriculum development. Up to 5 grant awards will support curriculum development to enhance programs of workforce training primarily at the community college level.
Application Deadline: January 14, 2010

For more information, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/fundingopportunities

From the GMR: NLM Position Posting: Head, Index Section

Position Announcement: Head, Index Section, National Library of Medicine

Join the management team at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland. We're part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and located just outside Washington, D.C.

We are looking for an experienced manager to lead NLM's Index Section (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/indexhome.html) in the creation and maintenance of the MEDLINE database, the major source of data for NLM's Web resource PubMed. A part of the Bibliographic Services Division (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/bsdhome.html) at NLM, the Index Section is responsible for:

1) Managing the overall data creation and indexing of the biomedical journal literature for inclusion in MEDLINE
2) Managing current online systems and implementing improvements for further
development of automated processes to assist in the indexing process
3) Ensuring quality assurance review and testing of the MEDLINE bibliographic data/metadata
4) Providing ongoing development and documentation of the NLM indexing policies and procedures
5) Providing support for end-user and publisher questions concerning indexing policy
and procedures

The Head of Index Section directs a staff of 45 professionals and support staff, as well as additional contract staff. The position responsibilities include supervising a senior team of unit supervisors and overseeing the supervision of the in-house indexers, support staff, and contract indexers; overseeing the indexing and data creation/data assurance processes for the MEDLINE database, including the development and application of indexing policies and procedures; leading the development of software applications to assist indexers in their work; overseeing the annual planning and budget process; serving as the NLM expert on indexing policy and procedures for inquiries from NLM management, other government agencies, publishers, and end-users.

Join the federal government and receive great benefits (http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp) while contributing to NLM's mission, to provide biomedical information to users throughout the United States and the world.

If you have never worked for the U.S. government, follow the instructions and use USAJobs (http://www.usajobs.gov/) to apply to announcement number HHS/NIH-2010-0352. If you currently or have previously worked for the government, you can apply to announcement number HHS/NIH-2010-0549. Salary range is 102,721-$133,543 USD per year and you must be a US citizen to apply. Posting closes at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, January 6, 2010.

Questions? Contact Keyonna Butler at butlerke@mail.nih.gov or 301-594-2792.

December 11, 2009

From the GMR: Celebration of the life of Mary Klatt

The Loyola Health Sciences Library staff and Mary Klatt's family are planning a celebration of Marys life on January 6, 2010 in the Faculty Dining Room, Stritch School of Medicine at 2:30 pm.

As part of the celebration, we are putting together a memory book with contributions from Marys friends, co-workers, students, and fellow librarians. We would like to invite you to share your memories of Mary to be included in the book.

If planning to attend on January 6th, please RSVP by December 23, 2009

RSVPs and memories (letters, cards, emails) to:
Regina Zarilla, Administrative Assistant.
Loyola Health Sciences Library
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 216-5301

December 4, 2009

ACRL Science & Technology Section Opportunities


As Vice-Chair of the ACRL Science & Technology Section (STS) it is my responsibility this year to ensure that this continues to be a vibrant and relevant organization, which requires engaged and enthusiastic participation from the community.

I am writing to invite you all to help out and join an STS committee or discussion group! Opportunities are available in every possible area of interest from assessment to information literacy to research.

Committee terms begin immediately following the ALA Annual Conference in June 2010. The first step is to fill out a volunteer form, which is available (along with descriptions of committees and discussion groups) at

The deadline for volunteering is February 15, 2010 but don't wait - sign up today!

To serve on a committee, you must:

· Be a member of ALA, ACRL, and the STS for the duration of the appointment

· Submit an electronic appointment acceptance form

Most appointment offers will be made before April 30, 2010, and all appointments will be confirmed by June 1, 2010. If you have any questions about the STS or about appointments please feel free to contact me directly. If you have questions regarding the volunteer form or process, please contact ACRL Program Coordinator Adam Burling at aburling@ala.org or 312-280-2521.

The next few years are going to be exciting for the section, especially as we approach the 50th Anniversary of the STS to be celebrated in New Orleans in June 2011.

Please join us!

Linda Eells

University of Minnesota
Forestry Library
Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife Library
370 Hodson Hall
1980 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
612-624-4799 EFW
612-624-5333 FOR

December 2, 2009

From the GMR: NLM Announcement of Pre-solicitation

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

The NN/LM synopsis (pre-solicitation for the 2011-2016 NN/LM Proposals) has been posted at FedBizOpps. Below is a direct link to the posting. The Solicitation Number is NLM-10-031. The anticipated Solicitation release date is end of January 2010.