Call for Late Breaking Lightning Talks

The 2016 MLA/CHLA/ABSC/ICLC Joint Planning Committee invites submissions for Late Breaking Lightning Talks that support the theme, “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture.” Submit using MLA’s online abstract submission site<> <> starting on Monday February 15, 2016 and ending at 6:00 p.m., central time, on Monday February 29, 2016.
Keep in mind that Lightning Talks are brief, focus on one main point, and are verbally oriented. They will be strictly limited to no more than 5 minutes of presentation time. All Late Breaking Lightning Talks will be presented during the 9-10:25 am session on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
Plan to submit your structured abstract for your research project or program description using the structured abstract guidelines<>. When submitting structured abstracts, authors will decide whether their abstract is a research abstract or program description abstract:

* Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
* Program Description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.
Authors should select carefully, as different criteria are used to assess research and program description abstracts. All criteria for both kinds of abstracts are available in the Papers and Posters FAQ.<>
Late Breaking Lightning Talks acceptance or decline letters will be sent by Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
For more information, contact: Carrie Iwema, AHIP<> (<>).
Download the full Call for Submissions<> (includes both English and French).

Moderators needed for Mosaic 2016

The Mosaic 2016 planners are seeking moderators for paper and lightning talk sessions during Mosaic 2016, a joint meeting of MLA, CHLA/ABSC, and ICLC. Please, consider volunteering as a moderator, and share this message with others throughout the Canadian Health Sciences Libraries community.

Ready to apply to be a moderator? Fill out the application form at  by February 16th at noon, eastern time.

Need more details? Read on!

Papers, lightning talks, and Special Content Sessions will be presented during 5 Program Session times; during each Program Session, eight rooms will simultaneously include programming. Mosaic 2016 will include 24 paper sessions and 3 lightning talk sessions.

We will select 27 moderators who will introduce presenters, help presenters follow time limits, and ensure questions from the audience are gathered and responded to by presenters. Moderators receive a point applicable to the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) credentialing program. Moderators must register for the Mosaic 2016 conference.

Moderators do NOT receive any compensation, registration discounts, or assistance with travel costs; however, we can provide you a letter indicating your duties at Mosaic 2016 which may aid with obtaining visas or travel funding from your institution.

Detailed guidelines on moderator duties will be given to all selected moderators in March 2016.

The application form, one more time:

Mentors Needed

The University of North Texas Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) is now taking applications for the Spring 2016 LISSA Mentor Program-and we need more mentors!

LIS professionals of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, but we especially need mentors with experience in:

*         Health Informatics

*         Information Systems

*         Information Organization

*         Public Libraries/Youth Librarianship

*         Archives/Digital Imaging

Apply online at

This is your chance to influence the next generation of your profession. Mentoring helps you exercise your leadership and communication skills-not to mention the satisfaction you’ll gain from positively impacting a student’s life.

It’s easy!

*         Meet with your mentor/mentee periodically over the semester.

*         Participate in online discussions.

*         Submit an end-of-program evaluation.

Applications and additional information can be found at Like us on Facebook at<>.

For more info contact<> or e-mail the program coordinator directly at<>.

Reference Services Librarian in RTP

VISTA Technology Services (VISTA) has an opening for a Reference Services Librarian (full-time) in Research Triangle Park, NC.

The Reference Services Librarian works in a collegial team environment and provides proactive and responsive services addressing the biomedical information needs of the library clientele, including scientists, administrators, program and support staff, and to the general public.

Among the types of reference requests are quick reference, comprehensive literature searches, citation verification, creating and implementing research alerts, designing search strategies, and assisting with information management, including using and developing SharePoint sites and LibGuides.

The Reference Services Librarian also is responsible for teaching classes on biomedical databases and assists with library marketing and outreach activities, including keeping several sections of the library’s intranet and internet sites current.

The incumbent must have an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Experience using PubMed and other scientific and medical databases are required. Staff shall embody the professional competencies outlined by FEDLINK and the Special Libraries Association. Three years of library experience required. Experience in a scientific or medical field or work in scientific / biomedical libraries a plus. Excellent customer service skills are a must.

Applicant selected for this position will be subject to a government security investigation.

VISTA is an equal employment employer and offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. For more information on VISTA please visit:


Apply online at

Apply Now! HLS – Professional Development Award 2016

The Professional Development Committee of the Hospital Library Section invites HLS members to apply for a Professional Development Award. If a HLS member has had an abstract or poster accepted by MLA for the 2016 meeting, that member would qualify. The funding could possibly enable a recipient to offset expenditures in order to attend and present during the annual Medical Library Association meeting.

The purpose of the HLS Professional Development Award is to recognize those papers and/or posters at the MLA Annual Meeting that best represent hospital librarianship. A jury made up of section members will rank each submission and decide the award recipients based on the blinded abstracts of the papers/posters.

To be eligible, the applicant must have a poster or paper accepted at the MLA Annual Meeting of the year in which the Award will be given; and the applicant must be a current HLS member.

The application must be received by March 15th of the year of the Annual Meeting which will be attended. Only one $500.00 will be given to each applicant per year. The applicant must provide the title and blinded abstract of the paper or poster with the application. Up to four awards may be given per year.

To apply, please email the chair of the Professional Development Committee:  Ene Belleh, A signed application form with the title and blinded abstract of the paper or poster to be presented must be received no later than March 15th, 2016.

If you have had a paper or poster accepted by MLA for the 2016 annual meeting and are a HLS member, please consider applying or forwarding this e-mail to other colleagues.

Opportunity to write a review for JERML


As the new editor for the eBookshelf column for the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (JERML), I would like to extend an invitation to write for the column.

The eBookshelf column reviews e-resources platforms commonly used in medical libraries. So you would have to evaluate and write a review on a particular platform.

I have openings for authors for the summer, fall and winter issues this year.

Please email me at if you are interested or would like more information. I can share reviews written in the past for eBookshelf if you would like to see a sample before committing.

Digital & Information Services Librarian, LSU Health Shreveport, Louisiana

Digital and Information Services Librarian, Medical Library

Posted Date: 1/28/2016
Position Number: 28235
Salary Range: Negotiable
Location: LSU Health Shreveport
Posting open until filled

Minimum Qualifications:
Required: Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited institution. Experience in searching health sciences information databases. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment, problem solving ability, excellent computer skills, and ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, faculty, and staff.

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