March 17, 2017

Upcoming Learning Opportunities!

Spring has sprung so dust off your winter blues and learn something new! Below is a selected list of professional development offerings, but please share other learning opportunities in the comments. 
 
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence Based Public Health
Sponsor: National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NN/LM)
Format: Webinar
Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 12:00pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/problem-prevention-evidence-based-public-health/6771

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, & Health

Sponsor: National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NN/LM)
Format: Webinar
Date: March 27, 2017
Time: 2:00p-3:00pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/augmented-reality-virtual-reality-health/7105

The Pieces of Systematic Review: What happens after the search?
Sponsor: Medical Library Association
Format: Webinar series
Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/scr/professional-development/systematic-review-series#

Over Diagnosis - Why Too Many Lab Tests are Bad for Your Health
Sponsor: SCR CONNECTions, presented by National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), South Central Region
Format: Webinar
Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/over-diagnosis-why-too-many-lab-tests-are-bad-your-health/7209

PubMed® for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features
Sponsor: National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NN/LM)
Format: Webinar
Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 1:00-2:30pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/PML-EBM/7047

Beyond the SEA: Drab to Fab: Making Conference Posters Pop!
Sponsor: National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region
Format: Webinar
Date: April 19, 2017
Time: 12:00pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/april-beyond-sea-monthly-web-seminar/6505

Navigating Without a Chart: Perspectives on the Basics of Acquisitions
Sponsor: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
Format: Webinar
Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
More details, and registration: http://www.ala.org/acrl/basicsofacquisitions

Happy Learning!

March 8, 2017

Member Spotlight: Elena Azadbakht

Every month, we would like to take a moment to learn more about a fellow librarian and SC/MLA member.  For March, we talked to Elena Azadbakhat, who is the first librarian from Mississippi to step into the member spotlight and the second place winner of the SC/MLA 2016 Paper Research Awards for her presentation on humor in library instruction.

Name: Elena Azadbakht

SC/MLA Member Since: 2012

Officer/Committee Positions:
  • Public Relations Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Communications Committee
    • Southern Salutations Subcommittee
  • MLA Scholarship Jury
First Professional Position:
Library-wise, that would be my current position (although I did have several student jobs and internships).

Current Position:
Health and Nursing Librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Education (Include all Degrees):
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English literature with minors in German and International Studies and a Master of Science in Information with a specialization in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Favorite website, blog, or twitter feed:
This a tough question for me! I’m a big fan of Ask a Manager, and I’ve really gotten into podcasts lately – my current favorite is the Myth and Legends podcast, and I follow the show on social media.

How did you become interested in medical librarianship?
When I was in graduate school, I worked at the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library. I mostly did reference but got to help out with other projects as well.

March 1, 2017

Reminder: 2017 Health Literacy Summit and Scholarships!

The 2017 Health Literacy Summit is for anyone interested in health literacy and how the health care system can be changed to accommodate low health literacy patients. Speakers include: Dr. Cynthia Baur, Co-Author of the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations and Dr. Rima Rudd, Co-Author of Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers. The Summit will also look at how we used the Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers to assess the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s health literacy attributes.

Are you interested in attending, but worried about cost? Scholarships are available! 

Scholarships to the 2017 Health Literacy Summit will be awarded to up to 5 librarians to cover the cost of registration (will not cover travel or housing). Preference will be given to:
  • Librarians in a hospital setting.
  • Librarians who are engaged in improving health literacy.
  • Librarians who are serving the public through consumer & patient health information services.
To apply, submit a short 500 word essay describing the impact of low health literacy on patients and the role of medical librarian in reducing barriers to health information for people with low health literacy. Please send completed essays to Sandy Oelschlegel at SOelschl@utmck.edu by March 14, 2017.

Each recipient will be required to complete a short survey about their experience and what they learned from the Summit.

Developed resources reported in this resource are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

February 22, 2017

“Small Teaching” and Library Instruction

By Elena Azadbakht, MSI, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.

I’m a big fan of books on the science of learning and developing effective study skills. Currently, I’m reading James M. Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Some of the ideas he explores in the book appeared in a series of articles Lang wrote for The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2016. Small Teaching focuses on modest strategies instructors can easily put into practice to improve student learning in big ways. Lang’s suggestions are all supported by research on cognition, memory, and learning. Of course, much of what’s in the book wouldn’t work in a one-shot instruction context, which – if you’re like me – is what your library instruction program chiefly consists of. A few of the ideas, however, have made me consider ways in which I might tweak my workshops.

February 20, 2017

Honorary Membership Award

It’s Honors and Awards season again and here’s another great award to consider nominating someone for! A couple of weeks ago, a call went out for applications/nominations for the T. Mark Hodges Award. Please consider applying or nominating someone for this award! The next award to consider is Honorary Membership, which recognizes a retired member.

Honorary Membership is for any member who, upon retirement from active service, has made significant and consistent contributions to SC/MLA or the profession. They must hold a current membership in the Chapter at the time of retirement. Significant contributions can include serving in elected or appointed offices, on chapter committees, or developing chapter meetings. They can also include publications, presentations, mentoring, and more. For more information, please see here.

Applications or nominations are due April 10.

Please submit the completed nomination/application with supporting documentation to Justin Robertson, Chair Honor & Awards Committee. 

February 15, 2017

Upcoming Learning Opportunities!

Block off a little time in your schedule to learn something new! Below is a selected list of offerings, but please share other learning opportunities in the comments.

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles
Sponsor: National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) and Mid-Continental Region (MCR) Regions
Format: Self-paced, asynchronous course
Date: February 27 – April 28, 2017
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/big-data-healthcare-exploring-emerging-roles/7070

MedlinePlus vs. PubMed
Sponsor: National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM), Greater Midwest Region
Format: Webinar
Date: February 17, 2017
Time: 10-11am Central / 11-12pm Eastern
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/medlineplus-vs-pubmed-february-2017/6744

Show me the money: Growing grants-related services in the library
Sponsor: Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Format: Webinar
Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 10-11am Central / 11-12pm Eastern
More details, and registration: http://www.ala.org/rusa/onlinece/grants-related-services

Health Disparities: You Know There’s a Need, Now Prove It!
Sponsor: National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM), Middle Atlantic Region
Format: Webinar
Date: February 24, 2017
Time: 11-12pm Central / 12-1pm Eastern
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/health-disparities-you-know-theres-need-now-prove-it/7049

Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries
Sponsor: WebJunction
Format: Webinar
Date: February 28, 2017
Time: 2-3pm Central / 3-4pm Eastern
More details, and registration: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/visualizing-and-finding-funding-for-libraries.html

Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides
Sponsor: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
Format: Webinar
Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 1-2pm Central / 2-3pm Eastern
More details, and registration: http://www.ala.org/acrl/essentials-usability-design-library-research-guides
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Happy Learning!

February 13, 2017

Job Opportunity: Research and Education Services Librarian/Informationist (two positions available)

The Medical University of South Carolina Libraries invites applications for the position of Research and Education Services Librarian/Informationist (two positions available). Applicants are encouraged to apply for both positions if interested. Did you know that Charleston was recently voted best city in the world?!?

The Libraries seeks an energetic and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Research and Education Informationist. The Research and Education Informationist will provide research and knowledge management services to teaching, clinical, and research faculty and health professions students. This position reports to the Associate Director of Libraries and will work in a flexible, team-oriented, highly collaborative environment. A broad scope of work and activities are within this position, including expert search services, teaching and education, research consultations, and community engagement to MUSC students, faculty, and staff in the health sciences. An ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science or equivalent degree is required. New Librarians are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Preferred qualifications, application procedures, and other information are available in the complete position description on the MUSC Jobs website. 

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.