May 30, 2016

Honors and Awards Deadline: Only Two Days Away!

There are only two days left to apply for the Martha C. Watkins Memorial Scholarship, First Time Attendee Scholarship, and Academic Librarian of the Year. For all honors and awards, please submit nominations/applications to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee.

No one has applied as of yet for The Martha C. Watkins Memorial Scholarship and time is running out! This award, established in 1996, is a great way to take a course or workshop at the next Southern Chapter annual meeting. It will cover any necessary expenses for that course. More information can be found on the website. Please consider applying for this award.

May 27, 2016

Job Opportunity: STEM Librarian at Duquesne University

The Gumberg Library at Duquesne University invites applications for a STEM Librarian position. This is a 12-month non-tenure track library faculty appointment available July 1, 2016. Starting salary is in the low to mid-$50s. Find out more details and apply!

May 25, 2016

IHA's 15th Annual Health Literacy Conference: Reflections

By Kelsey Leonard, MSIS, Preston Medical Library 

As a medical librarian, there are many different options when it comes to conferences. This year, I was fortunate enough to attend the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s Health Literacy Conference in Anaheim, CA. It was a very busy three days, through which I greatly enjoyed myself and further expanded my knowledge of health literacy.

The first day, which consisted of pre-conference sessions, provided a great introduction. I really enjoyed the session “How to Explain Health Insurance to the Newly Insured.” It focused on how to make it easier to explain insurance. Also, I learned that the word deductible is the term most commonly misunderstood! I knew it was a difficult term, but I would not have picked that as the most misunderstood. One of the takeaways from the class was these really great videos in which kids explain insurance. The videos can be found on GetInsured’s YouTube Channel.

The next day, I was in full conference mode. It was jam-packed of sessions, networking, breakout groups, and more networking. I was lucky enough to meet Rima Rudd, whose work in the health literacy field I greatly admire. My favorite session was the opening keynote panel titled “Deeper Dive: Signposts on the Road to Health Literacy’s Future.”

May 24, 2016

Job Posting: Population Health Librarian at NYU

Have you been a librarian for a few years, love trying new things, and prefer the hustle and bustle of a big city? Then this Population Health Librarian position would be perfect for you! The NYU Health Sciences Library welcomes applications from collaborative, energetic, and creative candidates for the position of Population Health Librarian, a faculty appointment in the NYU School of Medicine. The library can offer a competitive salary (yes, even for New York City!) and there are great opportunities to grow and develop. See the full job listing for more details, and an application. Please direct questions to Joey Nicholson, MLIS, MPH, CPH at

May 11, 2016

SC/MLA Members Presenting at MLA Annual Meeting

Between presenting papers and posters to serving on committees, SC/MLA members will have quite the presence at Mosaic ’16, the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association, Canadian Health Libraries Association, and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC). As you are developing your meeting schedule, please take the time to support your fellow chapter members by attending their paper presentations and visiting them at their posters. Check out the list of SC/MLA member papers and posters below. If your paper/poster is not listed, please include it in the comments section. Good luck everyone, and have fun!


Ansell, M., Reazer, J., Norton, H., Kuntz, G. Increasing Access, Reducing Stigma: Improving HIV/AIDS Information Communication in North Florida.

Bandy, S., Sharrock, R. Creating a Mosaic of History Lectures for the Health Sciences.

Blake, L. Evaluating an Embedded Program: Increasing Awareness, Expanding Services, and Fulfilling Patron Needs.

Bullers, K., Howard, A., Orriola, J., Polo, R., Sakmar, K. How Long Does It Take to Paint Your Part of the Big Picture: The Time Librarians Spend on Systematic Review Tasks.

Gillum, S., Walton, D., Herring, P., Williams, N., Dexter, N. Librarians as Part of the Big Picture: Collaborating with Faculty and Instructional Designers to Create a Rubric for Students on How to Use Evidence-Based Medicine Resources.

Hinton, E., Norris, M., Clark, S. Student Perceptions of Librarian-Facilitated IPE Sessions.

May 6, 2016

Insights from the GHSLA / AHSLC Joint Meeting

By Carolann Curry, MLIS, Mercer University School of Medicine 

The Georgia Health Science Library Association (GHSLA) and the Atlanta Health Sciences Library Consortium (AHSLC) held a joint annual meeting in Decatur, Georgia on April 7-8, 2016. The theme of the meeting was “Health Science Librarians: Keys to Healthy Communities.”

Roundtables were given to represent topics of interest to both groups, including:
  • institutional research assistantships and partnerships
  • consumer health education
  • forging partnerships with other organizations and institutions
embedded medical librarians and librarians working in the community

A presentation entitled “Remembering Miriam Libbey” was delivered to showcase Miriam Libbey’s contributions to health science librarianship and to discuss her importance to Georgia librarians as well as to GHSLA. The presentation was followed by the Miriam Libbey Panel, which was titled “The importance of increasing the health knowledge of your community.”

May 4, 2016

Member Spotlight: Jan Orick

Every month, we would like to take a moment to learn more about a fellow librarian and SC/MLA member. For May, we would like you to meet Jan, someone you have likely already met or at least heard of (I'll give you a hint: she's the current Chapter Chair) but who you may not know all that well. If you have secretly always wanted to know more about her earliest, earliest days as a librarian or what she does on her days off, this is your chance! 

Jan and her gardening sidekick, Savannah
Name: Jan Orick

SC/MLA Member Since: 1995

Officer/Committee Positions: I have served as member and then Chair of the SC Hospital Libraries Committee; Member and then Chair of Professional Development, AHIP Liaison; Member of the Nominating Committee, Local Arrangements Committee (twice!) Program Chair/Chair Elect; and this year I am serving as the Chapter Chair

First Professional Position: Reference Librarian Lafayette Public Library, Lafayette, LA

Current Position: Director, Biomedical Library St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Education: BA (University of Memphis) MLIS (Louisiana State University)

Favorite website, blog, or twitter feed: About the only thing I follow regularly is Retraction Watch. I am very interested in scholarly publication process.

May 2, 2016

Reminder: Honors and Awards Deadlines Approaching

There is only one month left to apply for the Martha C. Watkins Memorial Scholarship, First Time Attendee Scholarship, and Academic Librarian of the Year. For all honors and awards, please submit nominations/applications to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee.

The Martha C. Watkins Memorial Scholarship, established in 1996, is a great way to take a course or workshop at the next Southern Chapter annual meeting. It will cover any necessary expenses for that course. Please remember applicants must be a current member of SC/MLA and work in a hospital library. More information can be found on the website.

If you have never attended a Southern Chapter annual meeting and would like to with funding, apply for the First Time Attendee Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to pay for registration, travel, accommodation, meal, and one CE course. Applicants must answer, “What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the SC/MLA annual meeting?” Please see the website for more information.

The Academic Librarian of the Year Award is a great way to recognize someone for their hard work and dedication. Further information for nominating can be found here.

The deadline for these honors and awards are June 1.