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Blog posts from March 2004 through October 27, 2010, may still be viewed at http://healthline.blogspot.com/. This site includes all posts since October 29, 2010.

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  • February 01, 2017 1:52 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    The Health Innovation Institute at TCU is offering:  Hinari Training: Access to Global Health Resources on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00am-4:00pm located at TCU Annie Richardson Bass Building, Room 1001. The physical address is 2800 West Bowie Street Fort Worth, Texas 76109.

     

    This free workshop is to train global health workers (nurses, researchers, and librarians), who collaborate with Hinari eligible countries, to utilize the resources of the Hinari databases proficiently. Seating is limited. Learn more about Hinari at  http://www.who.int/hinari/en/

     

    After the training, users will:

     

    • ·         Become a Certified Trainer
    • ·         Promote Awareness and Usage of Hinari
    • ·         Provide access to high-quality biomedical and health literature for low and middle income countries
    • ·         Promote global Evidence Based Practice and Inclusion of Knowledge from developing countries into global medical literature

     

    Instructor: Lenny Rhine, PhD, Librarians Without Boarders/Medical Library Association

     

    Reservation Required; Register at : https://tcu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_54SwkeHV2Qswb8F

     

    Questions: Contact: Alysha Sapp at alysha.sapp@tcu.edu

     

    Cost is free and lunch is included.

     

    Sponsored by: Health Innovation Institute at TCU

    Travel Grant Opportunity

    Hinari Access to Research for Health Programme

     

    Funding Opportunity Description: This award will provide funding for a Health Sciences Librarian to receive training in the Hinari Programme at Texas Christian University on May 4, 2017 – May 5, 2017. The Hinari Programme, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables low- and middle- income countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Up to 15,000 journals (in 30 different languages), up to 47,000 e-books, up to 100 other information resources are now available to health institutions in more than 100 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improve world health.

     

    Eligibility:

    • ·         The applicant must hold a graduate degree in library or information science.
    • ·         Applicant must be currently employed as a health sciences or medical librarian and have an interest in nursing, community health, consumer health, or international librarianship.
    • ·         In exceptional cases, consideration will be given to an outstanding candidate not meeting eligibility criteria outlined above.
    • ·         Preference will be given to applicants from low-to-middle income countries or those in countries with whom the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences maintains current connections with through our global endeavors.

     

    Funding Details: This award will cover airline, hotel, and registration costs for one individual, up to a maximum of $5,000 (USD).

     

    Application Requirements: Submit (1) Letter of intent indicating how this training will benefit you and those you serve. This letter should address the following question “What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the HINARI Programme”? (2) current resume / vita, (3) names and contact information of three professional references.

     

    Important Dates: Applications are due by February 28, 2017.

     

    Contact and Application Submission Information:

    Christopher R. Watts, Ph.D.

    Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives

    Texas Christian University

    TCU Box 297450

    Fort Worth, TX 76129

    c.watts@tcu.edu

    817-257-6878


  • October 12, 2016 10:31 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Do you know someone who is a dynamic and exceptional hospital librarian?  Someone who is a visionary who deserves to be recognized for his or her outstanding service in hospital librarianship?   Now is the time to nominate them for MLA’s Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.   Self-nominations are welcome.  Nominations are due no later than November 1, 2016.   For details and a nomination form, see http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=241

    Questions can be directed to Janna Lawrence, Jury Chair, at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu.

     

  • October 07, 2016 3:01 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    In order to enable more librarians to attend Medical Library Association (MLA) annual meetings, EBSCO Information Services has generously donated money to the MLA Scholarship Endowment to provide stipends up to $1,000.00 each to four (4) librarians for travel and conference-related expenses, to be known as the EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant. If you need funding to attend the annual meeting, please consider applying.  

     

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Applicant must be a member of MLA.
    • Applicant must be currently employed as a medical librarian.
    • Applicant must have between two and five years experience as a health sciences librarian at the time of the annual meeting.
    • Applicant must complete an application form including a 200-word statement answering the question, "What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the MLA annual meeting?"
    • No more than one awardee from any given institution will be awarded the grant in a single year.
    • Visit MLANET - Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships – EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant for details and the application form.
    • Applications are due to MLA by Monday, December 1, 2016. Please email Jeanne Sadlik, Jury Chair at mailto:jsadlik@luc.edu if you have questions.

     

  • September 09, 2016 2:39 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    The University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center will host the MLA webinar – Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians – on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  HealthLINE members are invited to join us.

    All attendees are eligible to earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours, and the participant’s manual will be distributed by email to registered attendees prior to the event.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know by email (jon.crossno@utsouthwestern.edu).

    DESCRIPTION

    If you work with researchers or stay up-to-date on “big data” or data science, you have probably heard of R. But what exactly is it, and why should librarians learn it? This webinar will help demystify this popular programming language and provide some real-world examples of how it can help librarians in their daily work. Whether it’s for assisting patrons with their research data or working with your own library data, R can be a useful skill to add to your librarian toolboxes. This webinar will provide an introduction to R, including how it can be used for data processing, visualization, and analysis of a variety of different types of data. We will also discuss some key terminology and concepts to get you started and provide you with resources for learning more about R.

    Attendees will learn:

    • what the R programming language is and some of its key features
    • some key terminology and a basic understanding of how R works
    • some uses for that R may be a good solution for your data needs, including data processing and management, visualization, and statistical analysis
    • how R can be useful for working with research data, as well as with library data, including bibliometric data, library statistics, or budget data
    • where to find free resources for learning R

    Presenter

    Lisa Federer, AHIP, currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, sharing, and reuse of biomedical research data. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and the editor of the forthcoming Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians. An active member of MLA, she currently chairs the Medical Informatics Section and the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award Jury. She holds a master’s of library and information science from the University of California–Los Angeles and graduate certificates in data science (Georgetown University) and data visualization (New York University), and she is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland.

    LOCATION DETAILS

    Directions and parking information: http://library.utsouthwestern.edu/about/directions.cfm

    Location: Library Admin Conference Room (E3.314E)

    While the Library is badge-access only, you are able to get to the conference room without a badge; you just need to walk a little more.  Instead of entering the Library’s front entrance, turn to the left (stay inside the building!) and follow the corridor (past the UTSW Nobel Laureate portraits!) until you get to the Building E elevator lobby (to the left of the University seals).  Take the elevators up one level (to the 3rd floor) and then follow the signs to the Library Admin Office Suite.

     

  • September 09, 2016 11:09 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Message from Joyce McFadden:

     

    As chair of the HealthLINE 2016 Travel Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the recipients of this year's HealthLINE travel awards.  Each award totals $300, to be used for SCC/MLA Conference expenses.

    Member recipients:  Hema Sawhney, Ashley Brock

    Student recipient:  Shelby Tallent

     

    Please join me in congratulating all of them!

    Thank you to those who applied this year, and special thanks to the Travel Awards Committee members – LeAnn Boyce, Dena Hanson, Jean Hillyer, Shae Martinez, Erica Owusu, Joy Russell and Peace Ossom Williamson.

     

  • August 18, 2016 1:53 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)
    The Rittenhouse Medical Bookstore in Philadelphia, PA, originally established the award in 1967. Now, Rittenhouse Book Distributors continues the tradition. The Rittenhouse Award, is presented annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) for the best unpublished paper or web-based project on health sciences librarianship or medical informatics, submitted by a student in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program of library and information studies or by a trainee in an internship in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics. The author of the winning essay or project receives complimentary student registration to MLA’s annual meeting, a certificate at the meeting, and a cash award of $500 after the meeting.

    Eligibility
    • Author must be a member of MLA.
    •  Have recently graduated from an ALA-accredited program of library and information studies during the last eighteen months OR be enrolled as a trainee in an internship program in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics.​
    Criteria for Papers/Web-based Projects
    • Papers must have been written or web-based project completed during the 18 months preceding the deadline and during the student’s course work toward a graduate degree in library and information studies or medical informatics.
    • Papers or web-based projects must treat some aspect of health sciences librarianship or medical informatics and may be bibliographical, address a health sciences issue or topic, or report the results of research.
    • Papers which have been published publicly in any print or electronic format or are under consideration for publication are not eligible.
    • Authors of web-based projects should submit a needs assessment, information on development of the website, evaluation of the website, and a summary outlining the project plan and evaluation results.
    • Papers or projects must be received by November 1, 2016.
    Standards for Review
    • Importance of topic that would warrant a bibliographic treatment or web-based project, or the quality of the experimental design or arguments developed to support a particular hypothesis or question;
    • Originality of the argument, positions taken, methodological rigor, or website solution;
    • Impact on the field of health sciences librarianship or medical informatics; and
    • Style (clarity, appearance, conciseness, organization, structure).

     

    Winning entries will be submitted to the Journal of the Medical Library Association for consideration.


    The recipient will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made. The recipient assumes all costs of attending the meeting and the ceremony at which the presentation is made. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to make the award in a given year.

     

    Ready to Submit an Application?

     

    Choose the 2017 Rittenhouse Award online nomination form. The completed online form (http://www.mlanet.org/e/sx/tk/eid=24) and all uploaded documents must be received by November 1, 2016. Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

  • August 18, 2016 1:50 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Hello everyone!

     

    The mentoring committee is looking for volunteers for mentors as well as committee members. We already have a few HealthLINE members seeking mentors and we'd like to pair them with a mentor as soon as possible but need your help. We need mentors at all levels and are currently trying to place someone with a librarian possessing managerial and director level experience.

     

    Our community of librarians has so much knowledge and experience to share with each other. Mentoring is a rewarding venture and I ask that each of you consider volunteering to become a one. Typically mentorship is associated with new librarians, however, there will also be situations in which seasoned librarians will be looking for guidance. Participation as a mentor may also be a benefit to those members that need MLA AHIP points.  

     

    Current Mentoring Committee Members

    Brook Amen - Chair

    Jean Hillyer - member 

    Mary Anne Fernandez - member

     

    Please contact me if you have an interest in this great opportunity.

     

    Sincerely, 

     

    Brook Amen, MLS

  • August 08, 2016 11:16 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    HealthLINE invites applications for its 2016 SCC/MLA Annual Conference Travel Awards.  Applications are due by Wednesday, August 31, and awards will be announced by Wednesday, September 7.

     

  • February 22, 2016 9:38 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    HealthLINE is excited to announce that Mary Peters from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has been named HealthLINE Librarian of the Year for 2015.

    The LOTY Award is the highest honor HealthLINE can bestow on a member.  The purpose of this award is to recognize the contributions of a member of HealthLINE who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in medical librarianship.  Special consideration is given to accomplishments either in the recipient’s home library or that directly benefit HealthLINE and its members.

    Mary Peters was nominated by three different members this year and each described her dedication to HealthLINE and her work.  A co-worker describes Mary as the “consummate professional” and said that other staff members have commented on her kindness, attention to detail, and thoughtfulness.  During inclement weather, Mary often spends the night at the hospital in order to keep the library and family resource center open.  She is involved in SCC/MLA and MLA in addition to her years of service to HealthLINE.  Mary has been a member of HealthLINE since the first meeting in 1989 and served our organization as Secretary twice, Treasurer twice, and Chair three times. She has also served on and/or chaired at least six committees.

    Mary is truly a source of encouragement and supportive mentor to new HealthLINE members.  Please join me in congratulating Mary on being named our Librarian of the Year!

    Michele

    HealthLINE Chair

     

  • November 20, 2015 2:40 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    The Nomination Form for 2015 Librarian of the Year (docx format) is now available.  Nomination forms are due Dec. 22, 2015 at 5 pm.

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