Want more training and the chance to work at the NLM?

Are you a new librarian or working towards your degree?  Know someone who is?  Every year, the NLM Associate Fellowship program offers an amazing opportunity to train and work as a medical librarian at the national level.  Learn from the pros!  Apply today or share with someone!

[The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its
Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS
graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to
library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural
research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services
and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special
populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the
year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on
real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians
and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have
led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular
part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development
and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that
may include:

·         Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often
including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American
Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

·         Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning
opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus

·         Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the
National Library of Medicine

·         Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff

·         Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health
sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

·         A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9
level ($51,630 in 2012)

·         Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance

·         Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent
degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by
August 2013.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are
welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at
www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/.  Application deadline is February
1, 2013.   Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator
at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov]

Advocacy Forum at Annual Meeting

The Professional Practice Committee took advantage of the Annual meeting attendees to do an “open forum” during breakfast on Sunday, October 7th.  The main purpose was to get input on what types of activities the chapter should initiate to help members  to advocate for the value of their libraries or for the value of the profession.  The following are some of the ideas generated during this half-hour session:

– gather stories/testimonials about the value of library services and make them available for sharing

– compose generic support letters that could be used as templates by members

– use listservs to gather good ideas and best practices to share

– consider creating an advocacy toolkit

– send librarians to exhibit at state meetings of health professionals or hospital administrators

– create an exhibit targeted to healthcare administrators that could be shared across the chapter

– teach members how to relate library data to the strategic goals of the institution

– get a physician to do a joint poster with a librarian for presentation at meetings of librarians and physicians

– remind members about MLA resources, such as the Vital Pathways webpage


By Ruth Holst