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The HealthLINE blog serves as a means to facilitate communication to HealthLINE members beyond the capabilities of the HealthLINE listserv and provides information about HealthLINE meetings, CE classes, news, website suggestions, and more. It was originally launched in March 2004.

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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  • 01/20/2022 11:09 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Cathy Nakashima was awarded the 2021 HealthLINE Librarian of the Year (LOTY) during the January 20, 2022 meeting held virtually.  I was honored that in my first act as the HealthLINE Chair, to present the LOTY plaque and read her nomination form.  Cathy provides outstanding service at the UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center and I will thrilled to present the award to such a worthy colleague and friend.

  • 01/28/2019 10:48 AM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    Cathy Schack was awarded the 2018 HealthLINE Librarian of the Year (LOTY) during the January 24, 2019 meeting held at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.  I was honored that in my first act as the HealthLINE Chair, to present the LOTY plaque and read a few excerpts from the nomination form.  Based on the outstanding service that Cathy provides at the Charles C. Tandy Learning Resource Center for the Methodist Health System, she is very worthy recipient of the award.

    Brian D. Lewin, MLS, LDI Class of 2018
    Chief, Library Service
    VA North Texas Health Care System
    4500 South Lancaster Road, Mail Code 142D
    Dallas, TX 75216
    (214) 857-1250

  • 08/01/2018 3:26 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    HealthLINE invites HealthLINE members and students to apply for the 2018 SCC/MLA Conference Travel Awards. Applications are due Monday, September 3, and awards will be announced on Friday, September 7.

    The 2018 Travel Awards Flyer includes instructions and explanations, and the 2018 Travel Awards Application is available for both members and students, as well as for faculty recommendations for student applications.

  • 09/07/2017 6:04 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    The 2017 HealthLINE Travel Award winners have been selected.

    Member recipients:  

    • Jean Hillyer, Baylor University School of Nursing
    • Emily Johnson, University of North Texas Health Science Center

    Student recipient:  

    • RaeAnna Jeffers, University of North Texas


  • 08/01/2017 10:19 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    HealthLINE invites applications for its 2017 SCC/MLA Conference travel awards. Applications are due by Friday, August 18, and awards will be announced on Tuesday, August 22.

  • 07/19/2017 12:56 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    On the night of July 29, 2017 between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. the next morning, our HealthLINE Internet list will be moved to a new server running different software (the GNU Mailman list software).  You do not need to do anything to be moved to the new software; it will happen automatically.  When the conversion happens, you will receive a "Welcome to the HealthLINE mailing list" message.  The message makes it look like you just subscribed, but it really means that you have been moved to the new software.  Your welcome message will include a temporary password to your account and instructions on how to manage your account on this new software.

     Please consult Mike's email for information about the new address and contact information for any questions.

  • 02/01/2017 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.



    • ·         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



  • 10/12/2016 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.


  • 10/07/2016 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.  



    • 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.


  • 09/09/2016 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).


    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


    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.


    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.


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