November 30, 2016

Job Opportunity: Education Librarian at UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library seeks an energetic and collaborative professional to serve as Education Librarian. As the technology lead for the Education Services department, this individual will lead development of subject guides and interactive, online tutorials and promote and provide consultation services in an online environment. The successful candidate has a passion for leveraging emerging technologies to provide user-centered services and for teaching and learning. They will be a technology evangelist and identify, assess, and model examples for adoption of technologies that will enhance education and consultation services. Salary: $60,000 minimum.

Please visit the UCSF recruitment website for a full description and to apply. Apply by December 8th, 2016 to to ensure full consideration by the search committee.

November 22, 2016

Member Spotlight: Tara Douglas-Williams

Every month (you know, except for those months we missed, but we do try), we would like to take a moment to learn more about a fellow librarian and SC/MLA member. For November, we interviewed the new Chair of Southern Chapter, Tara Douglas-Williams.

Name: Tara Douglas-Williams

SC/MLA Member Since: 1999

Officer/Committee Positions:
  • Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association (SC/MLA), member, 1999 – present
  • Chair, 2016-2017
  • Program Chair, 2015 - 2016
  • Program Chair-Elect, 2014-2015, Paper Session Moderator
  • Professional Development, Chair, 2012-2013, Co-Chair 2011 –2012, Member, 2011
  • Program Committee 2013- 2016
  • Nominating Committee, 2006
  • Hospital Libraries Committee, 2004

First Professional Position: Systems Librarian, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, GA

November 15, 2016

Deadline Quickly Approaching for Garfield Research Fellowship!

The deadline for the Medical Library Association's Garfield Research Fellowship is just over two weeks away! This $5,000 award goes to supporting research in the history of information science in the medical or health sciences. It will be used to increase the underlying knowledgebase in this area and enhance the current and future practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship. The funding from this award may be disbursed over a period of up to 2 years and research can also lead to a publishable manuscript.

Applications are due December 1 and applicants must be a member of MLA. More information can be found on MLA's website.

November 7, 2016

Experiences of a First Time Attendee Scholarship Winner

Ansley Stuart, was awarded SC/MLA’s First Time Attendee Scholarship, and shares her conference experiences.

The 2016 Southern Chapter Annual Meeting was a refreshing view of the future that health science librarians are helping to create.

As part of the scholarship I received, I was fortunate enough to attend the continuing education course on Open Access Publishing Models and Predatory Journals: PubMed and Beyond. From start to finish, this class was a wealth of information about open access journals. The instructors provided
their students with the basic knowledge of how open access journals are supposed to work and then let everyone know about the multitudes of ways that publishing model can be abused. The students also learned what red flags to look out for when investigating whether a journal is predatory or not.

The Annual Meeting’s paper and poster presentations offered a wide variety of original and reported information that truly focused on this year’s theme of “Re-Think IT”. There were many new and creative ideas on how to get better feedback from library users, how to make online content more accessible, different ways to reach distance users, and how to better organize library content. Not only were the presenters thorough researchers, but many were engaging public speakers as well.

November 3, 2016

Research Paper and Poster Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the papers and posters research awards from the 2016 SC/MLA Annual Meeting! Please contact the paper/poster authors for more information about their presentations. The winning results are as follows:

First Place:
Assessing the Impact of Remote Library Instruction on Distance Nursing Students
Elizabeth G. Hinton (
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Second Place:
Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Humor in Library Instruction
Elena Azadbakht (
University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

Third Place:  
Educational Backgrounds of Medical and Health Science Librarians
Ansley Stuart (
Augusta University

First Place:
J. Michael Lindsay, Sandra Oelschlegel, and Martha Earl, Rethinking Library Education Programs? Ask Users First!
J. Michael Lindsay (
University of Tennessee, Preston Medical Library

Second Place:
Nakia J. Woodward, Kelly R. Loyd, Emily C. Weyant, Rick  Wallace, and Rachel R. Walden, Reexamining Campus Research:  An Analysis of Study Methodologies
Nakia J. Woodward (
East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine Lib

Third Place: 
Francisco J. Fajardo, Hector R. Perez-Gilbe, and Jorge E. Perez, Reaching Out to the “T”:  A Medical Library’s Experience Providing Outreach and Consumer Health Resources to the Transgender Community
Francisco J. Fajardo (
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical Library

November 2, 2016

Job Opportunity: MUSC Director of Information Resources and Collection Services

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Director for Information Resources and Collection Services.

The Libraries seeks an experienced, innovative, service-oriented, and collaborative Director of Information Resources and Collection Services to join our leadership team. Reporting to the Director of Libraries, the Director of Information Resources and Collection Services will assume leadership and oversight for the development and management of the Libraries’ collections and will work collaboratively with all stakeholders in building relevant collections. The ideal candidate will bring substantial knowledge of academic library operation and experience in acquisitions and collection management to the position.