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December 14, 2011

From the GMR: NLM 175th Anniversary Lecture: Dec. 16 at 10 am ET

As the National Library of Medicine's 175th anniversary draws to a close, we invite you to hear an interesting perspective on the future.

Biomedical Libraries in the Next Decades: Open, Diffuse, and Very Personal

Clifford Lynch, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
National Library of Medicine
Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A

December 16, 2011
10:00-11:30 am

Link for videocast

Abstract: This talk will look at some of the forces that are reshaping both biomedical informatics and biomedical libraries, and the complex convergence occurring between the two on intellectual and institutional levels as scientific data, traditional publications, and even business and regulatory records are linked together and become the subject of large scale computation. I will also examine radical changes building up in the scholarly publishing system that serves this discipline as a result of these developments. Finally, I'll briefly discuss ways in which the current unstable consensus about privacy, the advancement of science, database creation and data reuse might shift in the context of broader social developments in health care and citizen science and what that might mean for the knowledge base that supports biomedicine.

Dr. Lynch is Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), with about 200 member organizations (including NLM) concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship. CNI's agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, he spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. He serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees, including the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress and Microsoft Corporation's Technical Computing Science Advisory Board. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association's Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education's Homer Bernhardt Award.

From the GMR: Job Posting at Western Illinois University

Health Sciences/Sciences Librarian -Assistant Professor
Search Opens December 1, 2011

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2012, negotiable

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: American Library Association-accredited master's degree and an additional advanced/professional degree. Demonstrated experience in the sciences (e.g. health, life, and/or physical).

• Knowledge of trends and issues in health science libraries.
• Public Service Experience
• Experience searching and providing instruction in health and science databases.
• Experience in creating multi-media teaching tools, and web-based instruction applications
• Participation in grant writing and/or grant management.
• Strong and effective interpersonal communication skills.
• Membership in related professional organizations.
• Demonstrated supervisory experience.

• Serve as liaison to School of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences, and/or other science departments, as appropriate.
• Provide library instruction to groups in a classroom or other learning spaces.
• Collaborate with the Instructional Unit Coordinator to develop digital instructional tools and materials.
• Provide general reference and research services, including virtual methods, e.g. IM, Chat and e-mail to the campus community.
• Work with the Dean and faculty to identify and coordinate relevant library services and resources to enhance the libraries' mission.
• Participate in grant writing and/or grant management.
• Oversee the Physical Sciences Library and staff.
• Complete research and service activities to achieve tenure and promotion.

RANK & SALARY: 12 month, tenure track faculty position, with a minimum annual salary of $71,628 as an Assistant Professor. New graduates are encouraged to apply. For departmental criteria for tenure and promotion visit http://www.wiu.edu/libraries/faculty/approvedfinaldepartmentcriteriax_2007-11.pdf. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit http://www.wiu.edu/hr/benefits.shtml. WIU Faculty are members of an AFT-affiliated collective bargaining campus. To see the 2010-2015 agreement visit http://www.wiu.edu/provost/upi_agreement/.

THE DEPARTMENT: WIU Libraries continues to evaluate its services and digital resources to increase the university's effectiveness for the purpose of continuous improvement. The Libraries engage with the campus and the west central Illinois region, through multiple strategies in order to advocate, educate and promote the value of our libraries. Tutoring is provided in the Malpass Library. WIU Libraries (http://www.wiu.edu/libraries) includes the Malpass Library, 3 on-campus branch libraries and one at the WIU-Quad Cities campus, employs 16 faculty and 39 civil service employees, and has an annual budget over $5 million.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as one of the "Best in the Midwest Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of only 20 public universities ranked a "Tier 1 Midwestern Masters Institution" by U.S. News and World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 13,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential, four-year campus in Macomb and its upper-division urban commuter location in Moline, Illinois.

Western's campuses are dedicated to providing a high quality, accessible and affordable education. The WIU-Macomb and Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. The four core values at the heart of the University are academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility. WIU's GradTrac and Cost Guarantee programs ensure that students can achieve their degrees within four years while paying a fixed rate for tuition, fees, plus room and board. WIU remains the only university in Illinois to guarantee the cost for tuition, fees and room and board over a four-year period at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

WIU is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, the University's 762 full-time faculty members teach 93 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to eight pre-professional degree programs and 18 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region, with 12 major theatrical and dance productions and more than 12 studio shows presented annually in Western's three theatres. The Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the University Union Board present outstanding concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films, and dance attractions.

University Libraries provide research assistance; instruction in library use; group study space; lectures and special events; regional archives; and is a federal and state depository program participant. The libraries house an extensive print collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic journals and publications. The Leslie F. Malpass Library in Macomb is the main library and provides an inviting environment for research and study. The Macomb campus also has three specialized branch libraries, one each for music, K-12 curriculum, and physical sciences. The WIU-Quad Cities library in Moline provides access to the same materials as the Macomb libraries.

Western Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

APPLICATION: Send a curriculum vita, cover letter, complete contact information for three professional references, and copies of graduate transcripts. Apply to: Mary Day, Human Resources Coordinator, University Libraries, Western Illinois University; 1 University Circle; Macomb, IL 61455-1390. Direct questions about the position to Dr. Jeff Hancks, Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair, by email (preferred) at jlh112@wiu.edu or by telephone at (309) 298-2717.

Screening will begin February 1, 2012.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

December 8, 2011

From the GMR: Free webinar, Adding Value: A Call to Action - Dec 15th

Hi Folks, just a reminder for our next GMR Lake Effects:

Adding Value: A Call to Action

Join us for a very exciting Lake Effects on Thursday, December 15, 2011, from 1-2 pm CT. Hospital librarians Denise Rumschlag, Melinda Orebaugh, and Barbara Platts will be sharing how librarians can become advocates for change in their institutions. We will examine ways of reducing waste and the cost of care, addressing services lines, and increasing the visibility of the library. Learn about collaborating to create tools for advocacy and participating in business performance reviews and LEAN projects. Hear about successful activities revealing that library expertise can have a powerful impact on the larger organization. Discover how you can add value to your library and library services. This is one webinar you won't want to miss, so Register today at http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration.

December 5, 2011

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through November, 2011

Hello, Network Members,

Here is a list of the latest posts to the GMR's blog, The Cornflower:

Aligning Forces for Quality

Grand Forks Women's Show Exhibit

Free webcast: Biomedical Publishing 101

Announcing GMR Sponsored Webinar Sites

Do you have an item of interest to share on the blog? Let us know!

Editor, The Cornflower

December 1, 2011

From the GMR: Job posting--Director for the Illinois College of Optometry Library

The Illinois College of Optometry is seeking a new director for the Carl Shepard Library at the Illinois College of Optometry. The job description is posted at http://www.ico.edu/images/stories/Library_Director_11-11.pdf. The Library's website is at http://library.ico.edu. Please apply by December 16, 2011 if interested.


Job Description
LEVEL: Exempt
SALARY: $65,000 - $72,000

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean


  • Administers library services in accordance with the policies and objectives of the Illinois College of Optometry

  • Provides library selection, acquisition, circulation, reference, and technical services to faculty, students, and to the college administration, especially in the area of vision science

  • Provides instruction both to groups and individuals on research methods and on how to evaluate and access information resources and literature, especially related to optometry

  • Develops and supervises operational policies and procedures; initiates planning processes; and implements plans as approved and funded

  • Develops annual budget recommendations for the library

  • Administers the approved budgets of the library

  • Interviews, supervises and evaluates employees of the library

  • Works with computers, programs, and programmers to support library services to faculty, students, and to the college administration

  • Provides leadership in developing library programs, services and activities which meet instructional needs

  • Supports the administration in providing information resources needed for the College's mission

  • Assesses utilization of the library and its programs to improve use of facilities and services and conducts research on how to more effectively provide library services

  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships for faculty and students with other libraries

  • Serves as webmaster for the library and for VisionCite.com

  • Promotes the library to the Illinois College of Optometry community, including the students, faculty and alumni via the websites, social media, newsletters, attendance at events and meetings, and other forms of communication

  • As a member of the faculty, serves on College committees, and fulfills other faculty responsibilities such as contributing to scholarship, and in service to the profession, community and the College

  • Negotiates with publishers, consortia, and other providers of library resources to purchase needed materials and services


  • Reports the activities and needs of the library to appropriate personnel
  • Ability to do essential functions of the employees of the library
  • Supports the College's use of the Turning Point response system
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean
  • Represent the Illinois College of Optometry to library consortia and organizations
  • Markets and sells access to VisionCite to other institutions and individual users


  • MA or MS degree in Library Science, Information Science, or Instructional Technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability within a library or learning resources program
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Three to five years of increasing responsibility in supervision and management positions
  • Good analytical skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Effective human relations skills
  • Knowledge of Library Science
  • Ability to work with committees and in administrative teams
  • Utilization of library information systems; some systems knowledge preferred
  • Experience with basic web design and maintenance
  • Knowledge of medical library resources
  • Ability to use microcomputers and install programs and upgrades
  • Knowledge of teaching skills

Please submit your cover letter referencing this position along with your resume to:
E-Mail: human_resources8@ico.edu

Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute
Human Resources Department
3241 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

No phone calls, please.

From the GMR: Free Webcast: Biomedical Publishing 101

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Greater Midwest Region (GMR) invite you to join a free 90 minute webcast, Biomedical Publishing 101, to be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 beginning at 9:30 am Pacific/11:30 am Central/12:30 pm Eastern time. It was created by the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors.

This 90-minute webcast provides an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online. The complexities of publishing in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.

The presenter is John Tagler of the Association of American Publishers, Inc., with moderation by Jean Shipman, Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the NN/LM MidContinental Region and Training Center.

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication. All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters. Key topics to be covered include:

• The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
• The Publishing Process
• Publication Ethics
• Production & Delivery
• Practical Considerations
• The Road Ahead

Please register for the webcast at http://nnlm.gov/pnr/training/register.html?schedule_id=1475 There is a limit of 120 connections and site registrations (one connection for a conference room) are encouraged. Priority will be given to participants in the states served by the Pacific Northwest Region (AK, ID, MT, OR and WA) and the Greater Midwest Region (IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, WI). You will receive confirmation of your registration or notification of placement on a waitlist within several days. Webcast connection instructions will be provided upon confirmation of your registration.

If you have additional questions about the webcast, please contact Holly Burt in the GMR (haburt@uic.edu). We look forward to seeing you there!

Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Past-President, Medical Library Association
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226