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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.

  • 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.


  • 09/09/2016 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.


  • 08/18/2016 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.

    • 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.

  • 08/18/2016 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.




    Brook Amen, MLS

  • 08/08/2016 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.


  • 02/22/2016 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!


    HealthLINE Chair


  • 11/20/2015 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.

  • 11/17/2015 11:49 AM | Deleted user

    Nominations for 2015 Librarian of the Year are due Dec. 22, 2015 at 5 pm.  The nomination form will be available at the Nov. 19, 2015 HealthLINE meeting.  Details:

    • Nominee must be a current HealthLINE member.
      Describe the nature and quality of the nominee’s medical library work, noting special achievements, innovation, and initiative.
      Describe the effect of the nominee’s work on the institution and the extent of its influence beyond the institution.
      Describe the nominee’s service to professional groups, including – but not limited to – HealthLINE.
      Describe the extent to which colleagues, administration, and library users recognize the nominee’s accomplishments.
      Describe work and other activities in which the nominee is currently engaged that indicate career growth and demonstrate significant potential.
    • Special consideration will be given to accomplishments either in the nominee's home library or that directly benefit HealthLINE and its members.

    Please submit nomination forms to Jon Crossno (jon.crossno@utsouthwestern.edu) by Dec. 22! 

  • 10/13/2015 5:34 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    The Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians application period is officially underway!

    If you’re not an early career librarian or ML(I)S student, help someone who is! Conferences can be career-boosting events for networking and learning about the latest industry developments. Please pass this on to someone who could benefit from the opportunity.


    To learn more and apply, please visit the Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians webpage.


    Mary Kate Stopa
    Library Marketing Manager

  • 09/16/2015 12:26 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Texas Scottish Rite Medical Library has the following to offer for the cost of postage (reimbursing in stamps is ok, prefer check for large amounts – but EFTS is even better!).

    They will be available through Oct. 2, 2015. Ask if you don’t see the issue you want of one of these titles!

    Mary Peters, Medical Library Manager
    Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
    2222 Welborn St.
    Dallas, TX 75219-3993

    Journals – loose issues (scattered issues for all journals unless specific issues noted)


    ·         American Journal of Managed Care, v14, #8 (August 2008)

    ·         American Journal On Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities v.114, no.1,2,3,4, January 2009

    ·         American Journal On Mental Retardation v.109, no.1,6,4, November 2004; v. 110, no.2,3,6, May 2005; v.111, no.1,4,5,6, January 2006; v. 112, no.6, 401-476, November 2007; v. 113, no. 1,3,4, July 2008

    ·         Archives of Neurology: v69, #1-2, 2012, January-February

    ·         Arthritis Care & Research, v 1, 8, 11, 12, 13, (scattered issues)

    ·         Children’s Health Care v.17, #1, 1996 Summer,v.23, #1 1994 Winter,

    ·         Clinical Biomechanics v.4-21; May,1989 – 2006 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, v473, #1 (2015 January)

    ·         Clinical Pediatrics v.41 no.2-4, & 6-8;v.42 no. 7,8;v.44 no.3,5,7 March 2001-44, 73-203;369-549, September 2005 (Scattered Issues)

    ·         Clinical Symposia:, scattered issues

    ·         Computers in Nursing, v 17, #6 (1999), v18, #1-2 (2000)

    ·         Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, v13 #2 (April 2007)

    ·         Current Opinion in Genetics and Development, v1 (1991) – v18 (2008) (scattered issues)

    ·         Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology v.42,2000-56,2014 (Scattered Issues)

    ·         Foot & Ankle, v35 (2014)

    ·         Frontiers of Health Services Management: v 15-18 (scattered issues)

    ·         Healthcare Leadership Review v.32, 2013; v.33, no. 1-7, Jan-Jul 2014

    ·         Hospital Pediatrics, v2, #3, 2012, July

    ·         Infants and Young Children, v13 #4 (2001) and v14, #3 (2002)

    ·         Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities v.45,2007-47,2009 (Scattered Issues)

    ·         Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities v. 45, no.4-6, 227-365, August 2007; v.46, no.2-4, 93-267, April 2008; v.47, no. 1,2,6, February 2009

    ·         Imagine the Developmental Disabled And Mentally Retarded v.9, no.1; 1-60, February, 2003

    ·         JAMA: v311, #1-7, 2014

    ·         Journal Of The American Academy Of Orthopedic Surgeons v.11,14,16,22; December 2003-14 (Scattered Issues )

    ·         Journal Of Biomechanics v.33,35,37-39; April,2000 – 2005 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Journal Of Bone and Joint Surgery v. 3,11,83,88-93, 95-96 ; March 1995-December 2014 (Scattered Issues )

    ·         Journal of Child Neurology: v 29, 2014

    ·         Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics: v. 4-5, 2010-2011

    ·         Journal Of Medicine and Philosophy v.28, no.4,5,6, 399-682, December 2003; v.29, no.3,5,6, December 2004

    ·         Journal Of Transcultural Nursing v.13-19; January 2002-October 2008 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         LPN: Journal for Excellence in Practical Nursing , v1 (2005) – v5 (2009), scattered issues

    ·         Making the Rounds in Health, Faith and Ethics , v1 (1996)

    ·         Medical Genetics Review v3 (2004) – v7 (2008)

    ·         Medicine on the Net: v20, #4, 2014, April

    ·         Mental Retardation v.39, no.2,4, August 2001; v.40, no.2, April 2002; v.42, no.4,6, August 2004; v.43, no. 2,3,5, April 2005

    ·         Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews v.1, no. 3,4; v.2, no.1,3,4; v.3, no.1,3; v.4, no.2-4; v.5, no.2,3,4; v.6, no 2-4; v.7, no.1,2,4; 1995-2005 ( Scattered Issues ),

    ·         Modern Healthcare, v44, 2014 (scattered issues)

    ·         MRDD Research Reviews: Rett Syndrome v.8, no. 2; 59-112, Summer 2002

    ·         MRDD Research Reviews: Prematurity v.8, no. 3,4; 113-310, Summer 2002

    ·         MRDD An Update on Autism Research v.10, no. 4, 2004

    ·         MRDD Neurodevelopmental Assessment of the Fetus and Young Infant v.11, no. 1, 2005

    ·         Nature Genetics v.8-10,12-25,29,31-34,36; 1994-2004 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Nature Medicine v.1-13; January 1995 – January 2007 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Nature Insight ( Reprinted from v.400-432 ); 2000-2001 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Nature Neuroscience v.2,4,8,9; 1999 – 2006 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Neurology, v43,#4,  supplement 2, 1993 April

    ·         Neuron v.45-49; March, 2005 – February 2006 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, v23, #5, v25, #3 & #7, v27, #6

    ·         Nursing & Economics, v33 #1 2015 January/February

    ·         Pediatric Neurosurgery, v39 #4, October 2003

    ·         Pediatric Physical Therapy v. 21, no. 1-4, Spring 2009-21,Winter 2009

    ·         Pediatrics v.107, 2001 – v.126, 2010 (scattered issues)  

    ·         Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, v24:2, 1994 October

    ·         Seminars in Pediatric Neurology v.2-v.11; 1995 – 2004 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Spine v.25,35,38-40; March, 2000 - January, 2014 ( Scattered Issues )

    ·         Spine Journal: v 14, #10-12,

    ·         Spine Deformity, v1 (2013) – v2 , #2 (2014, March)


    Journals – bound volumes

    ·         American Journal of Diseases of Children v.143, 1989.

    ·         Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, v 131 (1978), v139 (1979), v181 (1983), v219(1987)

    ·         Current Orthopaedics, v1-12 (bound)

    ·         Instructional Course Lectures v.XLI,XXXII,48,51,55; 1992-2006

    ·         Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery v.77B-79B,80B,81B; 1995-1999

    ·         Journal Of The American Academy Of Orthopedic Surgeons v.9; 2001

    ·         Journal of Rheumatology (lots of older volumes, let me know what you need)

    ·         Nature Neuroscience v.1-7,1998-2004

    ·         Rheumatic Disease Clinics v.35: 1-4; 2009

    ·         Spine, V 39, Jan-June 2014


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