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February 27, 2013

Job Posting -- Manager, E-Resources Management

Manager/Librarian, Electronic Resources Management

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Manager, E-Resources Management unit. The successful candidate will be an innovative manager who monitors trends and technologies in the e-resource management arena, develops operational strategy, and leads collaborative initiatives with other departments in the Libraries and beyond to enhance discovery and delivery of electronic resources to Libraries' users.

The E-Resource Management unit (ERM), consisting of 8 FTE, is one of four units in the Acquisitions and E-Resource Management (ARM) department within the newly-constituted Content & Collections Division.

Required qualifications include a Master's degree from an American Library Association accredited library school or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience, management/supervisory experience, and experience with e-resource management.

The Libraries provide a highly collaborative environment, distinguished by new models for teaching/learning, research support and scholarly communication; innovative web development, significant collaborative digital library development, programs of process improvement and organizational development, and a record of innovative partnerships.
For complete requirements and description, and to apply, go to


The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Katherine Chew
Associate Director
Research, Collections & Access Services
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota
325A Diehl Hall
505 Essex Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

February 25, 2013

From the GMR: Announcing Awards and Subcontracts for Option Year 2 (May 2013 - April 2014)

Network colleagues,

The GMR is announcing the availability of subcontracts and awards for the next contract year (May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014). The link to our funding page is: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/

We will again be offering one Major Outreach subcontract for $25,000 and three Target Outreach subcontracts for $15,000 each. The submission deadline for these subcontracts is March 22, 2013.

In addition, we are again offering a variety of awards for smaller amounts and the first submission deadline for these awards is April 5, 2013. The smaller awards include:

Community Preparedness ($2,000)
Exhibit ($1,500)
Outreach Express ($4,500)
Planning and Assessment ($2,500)
Technology Awareness ($4,500)

If you have questions about these funding opportunities, you may contact the GMR Program Coordinator assigned to the award (see the Call For Applications to find this information) or for the subcontracts, you may contact me directly.

We look forward to working with many of you over the next year as you implement projects that assist us with carrying out the mission of the NN/LM.


Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
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

February 21, 2013

Survey on LGBTQ Health Professionals & Medical Librarians

Martin Morris is a health sciences librarian at McGill University in Montreal who is currently undertaking a study into the information needs and information seeking behaviour of LGBTQ health professionals and their interaction with medical librarians.

The study is a follow-up study to previous work undertaken in 2003 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=14762463[pmid]), with additional questions to assess the impact of internet resources and changes in library services.

The survey itself can be completed by following this link:


The survey is completely confidential and anonymity of participants will be retained. Please contact Mr. Morris directly with any questions.

Martin Morris, MSc
Liaison Librarian, Life Sciences Library
McGill University, Montréal
514-398-4475 ext. 09880

REMINDER: Registration for the MLA Webcast: "Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track" Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Just a friendly reminder to register for this webcast by Monday, March 10th, using the form below, and indicate if you will be joining us for lunch. There is no fee for this event.

The University of Minnesota’s Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, “Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track” on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., central time. As part of this programming, the University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Libraries and the Health Science Libraries of Minnesota will be sponsoring a lunch before the webcast.

Click here for the registration form.

Or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEFKaktibEo0Z0lRWjlHOTJ0bTVQcFE6MQ#gid=0

If you have any questions, please feel fee to contact Anne Beschnett (besch015@umn.edu) or Amy Claussen (akla0002@umn.edu). Details on the webcast goals and objectives can be found below.

Agenda- Lunch begins at noon

Wraparound discussion session I 12:30 p.m., central time

Webcast 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., central time

Potential issues to be addressed include: Part I: Diagnostic Error a. Introduction to the problem b. Why it is different that patient safety c. Core issues: bias, human factors, blunt end, etc.

Part II: Roles That Can Drive Improvement a. Medical Doctors b. Front line informationist c. Question and answer session/panel discussion

Part III: Marketing: The New Role for the Librarian in this Work a. Solo b. Administrative/strategic c. Stories from the front line d. Question and answer session/panel discussion

Part IV: Conclusion Wraparound discussion session II 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. central time (earn up to 3 MLA CE contact hours for including wrap-around)

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

February 6, 2013

Seeking Chair-Elect Nominations

It's that time of year to nominate yourself or a fellow HSLM member to be HSLM's next Chair-Elect for the 2013-2014 term. The Chair-Elect will serve as Chair of HSLM for 2014-2015 and Chair-Emeritus in 2015-2016.

Details of duties can be found on the HSLM blog under About HSLM, HSLM Bylaws, at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lmcguire/hslm/about_hslm/ Serve on the HSLM board and attend, either in-person or via phone/webinar, quarterly (or almost quarterly) meetings.

Send nominations to Chair-Emeritus Nicole Theis-Mahon, (612-625-5410 or theis025@umn.edu) by April 1, 2013. Elections will be held using Survey Monkey prior to the HSLM Annual Meeting. Watch for that announcement.


February 5, 2013

From the GMR: Position posting - Biosciences Librarian at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Biosciences Librarian
Assistant or Associate Professor of University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:
Position available immediately. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Position Description:
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks an innovative and service-oriented individual to provide subject expertise to support undergraduate and graduate-level instruction and research in biological sciences, biotechnology, and bioengineering fields. The Biosciences Librarian will serve as part of a team of librarians providing research support to the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS); Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES); and Engineering. The incumbent will work with researchers in several departments and research centers including the Beckman Institute, the Institute for Genomic Biology, the School of Integrative Biology, the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the Department of Bioengineering, Illinois Natural History Survey, and others engaged in biological research or instruction. The incumbent will report to the head of the Funk (ACES) Library and have office space in both the Funk and Grainger Engineering Libraries. The successful candidate will establish collection priorities, provide information and instructional services, engage in data and research services, and develop expanded library services related to bioscience subject areas.

Responsibilities and Duties:
The Biosciences Librarian will contribute to the University Library's service activities, collections, and expertise in the biological sciences. Specific responsibilities include:


  • Initiate liaison and outreach relationships with relevant bioscience programs;

  • Provide information and instructional services, both in person and online;

  • Develop and manage library collections in all formats in areas of subject responsibility;

  • Develop and maintain robust Internet sites and related digital resources;

  • Develop data stewardship and research support services;

  • Contribute to Library-wide information, instruction, collection development, and research support services;

  • Participate in the provision of general reference services through scheduled reference desk hours and on-call reference service;

  • Monitor trends in bioscience scholarly publishing and inform researchers about scholarly communications services and related library collection development;

  • Conduct research in science and technology librarianship;

  • Perform other duties as they arise.

The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University's mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 100 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit . The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and "embedded librarians".

The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center opened in 1994 and serves as a laboratory for enhanced information services and emerging information technologies. The Funk Library is located in a new, state-of-the art building built in 2001. Together the Grainger and Funk libraries are composed of 7.5 FTE faculty librarians and 4.25 FTE library graduate assistants. The Grainger Library serves the College of Engineering, including the Department of Bioengineering and a large biomedical group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Funk Library is the primary facility serving students and researchers in the areas of agriculture, biology, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The two libraries contain on-site computer instructional classrooms.

Required: ALA-accredited Master's degree or equivalent; degree in a biosciences discipline or 1-2 years of experience providing professional services to one or more bioscience disciplines in an academic, corporate, or research library; experience with online information resources and information management tools; commitment to provision of public services; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment; evidence of flexibility and ability to thrive in a complex and fluid organizational environment; evidence of excellent communication and analytical skills.

Preferred: Advanced degree in a biosciences discipline; experience providing information and instructional services in an academic or research library; experience providing scholar support services such as scholarly communications services, bioinformatics, and/or e-science activities; experience building and sustaining library collections; experience creating and maintaining web pages for library users; ability to work cooperatively and effectively with all elements of an academically and culturally diverse community; evidence of research, publication, and service consonant with university standards for promotion and tenure.

Salary and Rank:
Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. For more information, see http://www.library.illinois.edu/committee/promo/lpta.htm.

Terms of Appointment:
Twelve-month appointment; 24 work days' vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative up to a maximum of 240 days) plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary. Health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System is required upon appointment (8% of member's salary is withheld and is tax exempt until retirement); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community:
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a major comprehensive major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public engagement to the state and the nation. It employs 2,300 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receive campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu. The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.htm or http://www.ccchamber.org.

To Apply:
To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by 2/19/2013. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.

New issue of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries available

Dear Colleagues: A new issue of Liblog, the newsletter of the Mayo Libraries, is now available. Cheers - Michael Homan

Feature Articles

Most Popular New Items of 2012
"MayoSearch" 20th Anniversary 1993-2013
iPad Mania
Boerhaave Society
Mayo Brothers Photographic Images and Other Documents Preserved

February 4, 2013

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through January, 2013

Hello, Network Members,

Here is the latest from the GMR blog, The Cornflower:

GMR will Sponsor Sites for March 13th MLA Educational Webcast

Check the GMR website for more educational opportunities:

Editor, The Cornflower


Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330

312.996-2464 Phone
312.996-2226 FAX

February 1, 2013

From the GMR: GMR Research for Better Patient Outcomes Symposium Now Online

FYI - I attended this seminar when I was in Chicago for the GMR RAC meeting in November. The content was excellent and I highly recommend it! -Liz

Network Colleagues,

Are you curious about how librarians can be involved in "Comparative Effectiveness Research?" Do you know what an "Evidence-Based Practice Center" is for? Are you working with colleagues who are involved in "Community-Based" or "Practice-Based" research?

It's not too late to hear more about how health care research has moved into the real world during the past decade and how these methods have become part of the health care reform movement in the U.S. The slides and audio recording of the Symposium that was held in Chicago in November on this topic is now available online, include 3 hours of MLA CE contact hours.

To register for the online version, go to: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration
The period of availability for obtaining MLA CE credit is January 31 - April 30, 2013. After that the materials will be available on a view only basis until April 30, 2014.

The speakers and topics are listed below. Ruth

Research for Better Patient Outcomes: What Librarians Should Know

Comparative Effectiveness Research
Glen T. Schumock, PharmD, MBA, FCCP
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is defined as "the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions in 'real world' settings." Glen Schumock will describe the different types of CER and provide some background on why it has gained popularity in recent years. He will also compare CER to "patient-centered outcomes research", and discuss the relevance of both to librarians.

Practice-Based Research Networks
Rienne Johnson, MLIS
Practice-based research networks (PBRN's) ask and research clinical questions that are of relevance to community-based clinical medicine. Results from PBRN research can make a more immediate impact on clinical practice. While PBRN research can be highly clinical in nature, librarians can be a highly valued member of a practice-based research network and can uniquely contribute to a PBRN's success. During this presentation, participants will learn what PBRN's are, how PBRN's work, and discover how librarians can contribute to the success of PBRN research.

Community-Based Participatory Research: A Perspective from Indian Country
Corey B. Smith, PhD, MA
Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an approach for conducting research in partnership with communities. The primary aim of CBPR is to reduce health inequities and improve community health and well-being. The historical antecedents of CBPR will be reviewed. Participants will become familiar with the distinguishing features of CBPR by comparison with other research paradigms. Finally, the challenges and benefits of CBPR will be illustrated using recent examples from research with tribal communities in the Northern Plains.

NLM Resources to Support Research
Ruth Holst, MSLS, FMLA
The National Library of Medicine provides a web page with Resources for Informing Comparative Effectiveness. Participants will learn about specialized searches in PubMed as well as sources to find research still in progress, such as HSRProj and ClinicalTrial.gov.

Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
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

From the GMR: Data Management Planning Survey results from U Iowa

Dear Colleagues,

Attached is a report on the University of Iowa Data Management Needs Survey. Our survey was funded by the GMR-we are very grateful. We will be conducting focus groups in the near future with researchers to drill a bit deeper into what their needs are for data management. We will share that data with you when it's available. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Download report (PDF): Data Management at U Iowa Survey Report

Linda Walton
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences