January 24, 2017

Scholarships Available for the 2017 Health Literacy Summit

Interested in attending the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit in June in Knoxville, TN? 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.

January 23, 2017

Job Opportunities at Augusta University: Clinical Information Librarian AND Nursing Information Librarian

The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, invites applications for TWO positions: Clinical Information Librarian, and Nursing Information Librarian.

The primary focus of the Clinical Information Librarian (non-tenure track faculty) position is to support Augusta University’s clinical and educational mission through planning, development, delivery and evaluation of quality health information and instruction. The Clinical Information
Librarian serves as liaison to various Augusta University and Augusta University Health educational, accrediting, faculty and other committees to fulfill responsibilities as a member of the Corps of Instruction.  For more information, please see the full job posting at http://www.augusta.edu/hr/jobs/faculty (Job ID: 12278).

The primary focus of the Nursing Information Librarian (non-tenure track faculty) position is to
provide health information literacy instruction and research assistance for College of Nursing faculty, students and staff. The Nursing Information Librarian will be the embedded liaison for College of Nursing educational and accrediting committees, and serve on library and institutional committees as a faculty member. For more information, please see the full job posting at http://www.augusta.edu/hr/jobs/faculty (Job ID: 12288).

January 19, 2017

Upcoming Learning Opportunities!

Did your New Year's resolutions include acquiring knowledge and learning new skills? If so, you are in luck because, so far, 2017 is full of valuable educational opportunities intended to make you a better librarian, teacher, and leader. Below is a selected list of offerings, but please share other learning opportunities in the comments section!

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster
Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), South Central Region
Format: Webinar series
Date: 1st Thursday of every month from February - July 2017
Time: 10-11am CT / 11-12pm ET
More details, and registration:

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
Format: 3 week self-paced, asynchronous
Date: January 23 – February 10, 2017
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/beyond-our-borders-providing-multilingual-and-multicultural-health-information/6741

Modern Pathfinders: easy techniques to make better research guides
Sponsor: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
Format: Webinar
Date: February 2, 2017
Time: 1-2pm CT / 2-3pm ET
More details, and registration: http://www.ala.org/acrl/modernpathfinders

5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017
Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR)
Format: Webinar
Date: February 15, 2017
Time: 11-12pm CT / 12-1pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/5-healthcare-trends-watch-2017/6791

Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly
Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Training Office
Format: Webinar
Date: February 15, 2017
Time: 12-1pm CT / 1-2pm ET
More details, and registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/teaching-topics-classroom-assessment-fly/6654

Happy Learning!

January 12, 2017

Save the Date! Second Annual Health Literacy Summit, June 2-3, 2017

Are you interested in learning more about health literacy? The University of Tennessee Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine invite you to attend the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3, 2017 in Knoxville, TN!

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.

The Summit is for anyone interested in health literacy and how the health care system can be changed to accommodate low health literacy patients. There is a scholarship sponsored by NNLM/SEA available for medical librarians who wish to attend. Please see here for more information.
The full agenda, featured speakers, and registration can be found here. We hope to see you there!

January 11, 2017

Member Spotlight: J. Michael Lindsay

Every month (with the exception of December, because holiday festivities kept us from our keyboards), we would like to take a moment to learn more about a fellow librarian and SC/MLA member. For January, we interviewed Michael Lindsay, first author of Rethinking Library Education Programs? Ask Users First!, the research poster awarded first place at the 2016 SC/MLA Annual Meeting.

Name: J. Michael Lindsay

SC/MLA Member Since: I first joined in 2003.

Officer/Committee Positions (or if you aren’t involved with committees, let us know what might interest you!):
I’m currently Research Committee Chair.  Although I didn’t seek it out, it has been a very rewarding way to recognize and promote all the amazing projects that Southern Chapter Members are involved in.  It keeps me very busy at the conference!

First Professional Position:
Electronic Resources/Collection Development Librarian at the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library in Mobile. 

Current Position:
Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian at Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. 

Education (Include all Degrees):
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 
  • Master of Science in Information Sciences, also from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.