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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.

  • 09/08/2015 3:05 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center's Education Program Coordinator Claudia DeShay, Ph.D will be honored on September 16, 2015 at the annual The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Awards Gala Dinner in Washington, DC as this year’s recipient of the Michael E. De Bakey Library Services Outreach Award for Outstanding Service to Rural or Underserved Communities. The award was established in the early 1990s to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. and to honor a practicing health sciences librarian who serves in such a community.


    Congratulations Claudia! 

  • 09/02/2015 3:32 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Greetings, colleagues~

    At the HealthLINE meeting in Plano, the Nominating Committee was activated.  The duty of this committee is to prepare a slate of candidates for each open office.   The open offices are Chair-Elect and Secretary.  

    The Chair-Elect position is a 3 year term/commitment.  The successful candidate serves as chair-elect in Jan. 2016, chair in 2017, and past-chair in 2018.  The Secretary position is a two year term (e.g. Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2018).  Please click on this link for a more thorough description of the 2 open offices and the nominating committee. Self nominations are encouraged and accepted. The deadline to submit nominations is this Friday, Sept. 04. 

    Running for office is a wonderful way to become active in HealthLINE; you'll learn all the ins and outs of the organization.  It's a great opportunity to make an impact!  It also counts for AHIP points.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me:

    • if you are nominating someone or yourself for the chair-elect and/or secretary position;                                     
    • if you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee
    • if you have any questions.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.  

    Lisa Huang
    Chair, Nominating Committee

  • 08/27/2015 4:58 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    As chair of the HealthLINE 2015 Travel Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the recipients of this year's HealthLINE travel awards.  We had a good number of applications, and we have 3 awardees:


    Member recipients:  Erica Owusu, Joy Russell

    Student recipient:  LeAnn Boyce


    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 – Dena Hanson, Jean Hillyer, Shae Martinez, and Peace Ossom Williamson.


    Joyce McFadden

  • 07/28/2015 10:12 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Nominations are accepted for the HealthLINE positions of Chair-Elect and Secretary.  Please contact Lisa Huang (LHuang@collin.edu) if you have any questions or to make a nomination.  Self-nominations are accepted.  

  • 07/27/2015 3:35 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our own HealthLINE President Mary Ann Huslig, who has co-authored the article, "ClinicalKey 2.0: Upgrades in a Point-of-Care Search Engine" for Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 34(3):343-352, 2015

    The article may be reviewed in full text at: 

  • 07/23/2015 4:56 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    2015 Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Annual Conference

    The CTLC conference is a great way to learn about and participate in library activities in the greater Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma region.

    The keynote speaker will be Bill O'Neal, Texas State Historian.

    Friday, August 07, 2015 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Texas A&M University - Commerce Rayburn Student Center, Commerce TX

    Librarians, library staff members, interested faculty, students, and members of the public are all welcome. 

    2015 CTLC Conference Registration
    2015 CTLC Conference Schedule
  • 07/23/2015 10:55 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    HealthLINE invites applications for its 2015 HealthLINE Annual SCC/MLA Conference Travel Awards.  Applications are due by Monday, August 17, and awards will be announced by Monday, August 24.



    Member Application



    Student Member Application



    Faculty Recommendation for Student


  • 07/20/2015 2:29 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Library Marketing and Communications Conference

    Nov 3–4, 2015

    Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria–Addison, TX

    • Organized by the Library Marketing and Communications Group
    • Sponsored by Amigos Library Services

    *Registration:   $275 - Early Bird before July 31st

                               $299 - Regular Registration

    * This conference is subject to cancellation if they do not meet their minimum number of attendees. Please do not book, make, or pay for any transportation reservations until after August 1, 2015.

    About the Conference

    This conference is designed for library employees of any level who are involved in marketing, communication, public relations, social media, and outreach in academic, public, and special libraries. The sessions will explore issues that are important for this niche of library work, and the conference will include time for attendees to network and to discuss mutual challenges.

    This new event is an outgrowth of four previous meetings. Kieserman Media began the Association of Library Communications and Outreach Professionals (ALCOP) and ran conferences of the same name near Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012. That group ran the same basic show, renamed the Library Communications Conference (LCC), near Philly in 2013 and in New Jersey in 2014. When its leader, Bob Kieserman, decided to stop organizing the conferences, a group of former attendees decided to reboot and relaunch them.

    Those of us in the budding Library Marketing and Communications (LMC) group believe that library workers deserve a small event that’s geared specifically toward the necessary work of marketing communication (MarCom), which includes public relations, social media, branding, and related topics. We feel that, if more library employees improved these skills, then all types of libraries would be in better positions to have their messages heard and to have their services well-used and appreciated.

    The Program Committee of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) is interested in receiving proposals for presentations that apply the latest trends, best practices, and research in the field while providing practical tips that can be immediately applied to any library’s communication and marketing program.

  • 06/10/2015 11:02 AM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    Professional Grant Development Workshop

    Taking place at the University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX
    June 25-26, 2015
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


    This interactive workshop is perfect for:

    • Those who want to strengthen their grant writing skills
    • Beginners who want to acquire the proven techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals

    You will learn how to:

    • Write proposals that reach the top of competitions
    • Present a compelling Need Statement
    • Navigate the world of grant procurement
    • Understand proposal writing guidelines
    • Prepare for the evaluation process
    • Search for foundation and corporate giving opportunities

    During this workshop, you will design an abstract, grant design, and budget for your next project. Upon completion, you will be fully prepared for the entire grant application process and have a head start toward success.


    Space is limited and this course will fill up quickly!
    See More Details and Register Here

    Course Fee - $535*
    There is a $45/person discount available for registering two or more individuals from the same organization


    For more information on future workshops, visit our website or contact us at 1.866.704.7268.

    You may also be interested in our Three-Week Online Course

    Can't make it? We also have:
    An Online Version of this Workshop


    *Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee includes materials, a certificate of completion, and a continental breakfast.


    The University of Texas at Austin is neither endorsing nor sponsoring the activities conducted by the Grant Training Center.

  • 05/29/2015 3:14 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    HealthLINE is sponsoring a free CE class on Thursday, July 16, 2015, following the July HealthLINE meeting. The class will be taught by staff from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR).

    Class: "¿No Comprende? Online Health Resources for English Speakers Serving Spanish Speaking Communities"
    Instructor: Adela Justice, MLS, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM SCR, The Texas Medical Center Library
    Date/Time: Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 1 - 5 p.m.
    Location: Speese Conference Center at the Specialty Clinical Pavilion, Children's Medical Center at Legacy, 7601 Preston Road, Plano, TX 75024

    For more information about the class and/or to register, please go to http://dfwhealthline.org/event-1940748. [Note: This class is a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) event, and each attendee is responsible for bringing a technology device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) for use during the class.]

    This course has been approved for four (4) hours of Medical Library Association Continuing Education Units, as well as Level I or II of the Consumer Health Information Specialist Program.

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