November 10, 2017

Job Opportunities: UNC Chapel Hill (2 Positions)

The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting for two positions that will strategically expand and enhance services to the campus community, to North Carolina citizens, and to UNC-CH faculty working at global sites world-wide.  The Health Sciences
Librarian for Collections and Instruction is a revamped position that now includes developing and providing effective and innovative client-centered education in client settings, in the library, and virtually.  The Community Outreach and Global Health Librarian is a new position that brings consumer health resources and health literacy training to rural and underserved communities in North Carolina, and partners with UNC global health projects to support global health research, teaching, and service.

To learn more about these exciting opportunities, please visit these position postings:



November 7, 2017

Reflections on the SC/MLA CE Course, "Systematic Reviews: The Role of the Librarian"

By Christine Willis, MLIS, AHIP, Noble Learning Resource Center, Shepherd Center

Systematic reviews have been daunting to me in theory and practice, so for a challenge and an opportunity to expand my understanding of them I signed up for the SC/MLA CE class, Systematic Reviews: The Role of the Librarian. The instructor, Margaret Foster, MS, MPH, AHIP, from Texas A&M University provided many pointers from her 500+ systematic reviews she has participated in with students, faculty, and staff. Defining the question to be answered with the proposed systematic review was key. It didn’t hurt that in her slides she presented many of the phrases that people think are systematic reviews along with an image from The Princess Bride. She shared how to conduct the reference interview for a review article. She provided tools to help establish that the project framework is well designed before jumping into searching databases. Reminders on the recognized protocols was helpful as well.

There were several resources for organization and writing that were intriguing to me and I have added them to my own toolbox to share. They include: PRISMA Flow Diagram Generator, Rayyan, and a book titled, An Introduction to Systematic Reviews by David Gough, Sandy Oliver, and James Thomas. The course was well organized and the time flew by with activities and lecture. I can say with confidence that I am no longer daunted by the thought of working on a systematic review. After this course, I feel much more equipped in knowledge and resources for such a project.

November 3, 2017

MIA/MLA Career Development Grant: Apply by December 1

The MLA Medical Informatics Section (MIS) awards up to $1,500 to support a career development
activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics.  If you’ve been wanting to take a course or attend a conference related to medical informatics but haven’t had the funds, then this is an opportunity worth exploring! MIS membership is a preferred qualification, so as a member you already have a step up on the competition!

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. For further information or to apply, please visit the MIS/MLA grant information page.

October 12, 2017

Job Opportunity: Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian at the Mississippi University for Women

The Mississippi University for Women's Fant Memorial Library, located in Columbus, MS, is currently looking for a Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian. 


Title: Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian / Assistant Professor 

Job Description: This position will work closely with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, with responsibilities for in-person and online information literacy, reference service, research consultations, subject guides, outreach, and collection development in the relevant disciplines, as well as in support of the general library program. 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science
  • Professional experience in an academic library, health sciences library, or relevant clinical setting
  • Demonstrated teaching ability and strong commitment to student learning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Additional degree in a relevant field
  • Experience with systematic reviews and evidence-based practice protocols
  • Demonstrated understanding of relevant research processes, including experience searching relevant medical databases such as CINAHL and Medline
  • Experience with online instruction
  • Interest in promoting the adoption of technologies to enhance research support in the health sciences

The full posting can be viewed here.

September 29, 2017

Students: Apply for the MLA Scholarship!

A scholarship of up to $5,000 will be granted to a student entering an ALA-accredited library school or with at least one-half of the requirements of the program to finish when the scholarship is awarded in March. The award will be given to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship. The scholarship is announced at the annual meeting of the association, where the recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in the Medical Library Association and free inclusive student registration at the association’s annual meeting.

The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Please see the MLA website for details on how to apply.

September 18, 2017

67th SC/MLA Annual Meeting: Change is in the Air: Passion, Purpose, Possibilities

It is exciting to see everything coming together for our meeting!

Take a look at our CEs! Systematic Reviews: The Role of the Librarian (MLA), Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization, Leadership Considered: Refining and Defining Your Skills for Today and Tomorrow, and Measuring what Matters to Stakeholders.  Please see the conference website for more details.

Local attractions: Knoxville is only a about an hour drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg – it’s definitely worth taking some extra time to drive through Cades Cove and experience the beauty of an historic frontier settlement. Plus, don’t forget about all the mini golf courses and Dollywood!

The Hilton is easy walking distance to some of Knoxville’s finest restaurants and shopping, as well as right across the street from the main branch of the Knox County Public Library. Go ahead and look up menus for Yassin’s Falafel House (also across the street from the Hilton), Tupelo Honey CafĂ©, Nama Sushi, Tomato Head, Not Watson’s, Downtown Grill and Brewery, and Babalu Tacos and Tapas. Also, enjoy the Market Square Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 21!

Our banquet will be held at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: experience history, maybe shoot some hoops, and get ready to dance!  Our DJ is booked and ready to go, so send your requests to Michael jmlindsay@utmck.edu or Cynthia cvaughn@utmck.edu

Make your reservations TODAY!

See you in Knoxville!

Your Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs, J. Michael Lindsay and Cynthia Beeler

August 31, 2017

MOOCs for Librarians

Many of us are planning on taking advantage of the CE offerings at this year's SC/MLA meeting. Even more of us enjoy the training opportunities provided by the NN/LM. But how many of us make use of another (mostly free) form of professional development: Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs?


While fitting a MOOC into our busy schedules may not be an easy task, most of the major MOOC providers (Coursera, edX, Udacity, etc.) allow learners to "audit" courses free of charge and at their own pace. There a several MOOCs currently on offer that relate to the work that we do. Perhaps you're interested in learning more about data science or, more specifically, research data management? Or maybe you wish you were more familiar with  open education or bioinformatics? Or perhaps you're interested in how people learn and would enjoy taking one of the most popular MOOCs around?

Have you taken any MOOCs? Did you have a good learning experience?