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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.

  • 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.

  • 05/21/2015 1:43 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

    The Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas is accepting applications for its Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grant program. Each grant will provide up to $1,000 of digitization services to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other groups that house historical materials. All of the materials will be scanned at UNT Libraries and hosted on The Portal to Texas History. Both newspapers and archival collections will be considered for digitization. Deadline for receipt of applications is July 31, 2015.


    Since 2006, the UNT Libraries have awarded over 140 mini-grants, enabling organizations and individuals to provide online access to their historic collections through The Portal to Texas History. Over the last few years, The Portal to Texas History has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America, which brings together digital collections from across the United States. This collaboration between the DPLA and the Portal to Texas History has brought with it an even larger user base to discover Portal Partners’ items.


    Through seven years of projects funded with Rescuing Texas History, the combined results enabled free public access to 37,901 historic items, comprising 106,142 individual files, which have to date received over 4.1 million uses. We want to work with you, please join us.


    For more information and to download the application:


  • 04/24/2015 6:01 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

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    EBSCO’s Collection Development team has put together a list of 200 of the top selling Elsevier STEM titles and is currently offering a 40% discount off these titles if 50 or more are purchased at one time.

    Click here to download the title list and request pricing. Offer expires June 30, 2015.

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