EBOLA: Get the Facts

October 15, 2014

ebolaEverywhere you go, there’s talk of the ebola outbreak and you only have to check your newsfeed or turn on the radio or television for media input on the subject. Learn the facts and keep up to date with reliable information from the following sites:

Norris Medical Library Seeks Associate Dean

October 15, 2014


Job Announcement:
Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries

University of Southern California
Requisition ID: 2000876


The University of Southern California (USC) seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to provide outstanding leadership for the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) of the University of Southern California.  Reporting to the Dean of USC Libraries, this position oversees the management of the Health Sciences Libraries, comprised of the Norris Medical Library and the Wilson Dental Library, and also serves as the Director of the Norris Medical Library.

The Norris Medical Library is an academic medical research library serving the Schools and Departments of Medicine, Pharmacy, Occupational Science and Biokinesiology/Physical Therapy.  It also provides information support to USC’s Keck Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The library is strongly user focused and committed to providing faculty, students and staff with access to a wide variety of electronic information resources, including books, journals, bioinformatics tools, databases, evidence-based resources and mobile resources. The library contains 147,000 volumes and receives 3,055 current electronic journals.  The staff of 37 FTE includes 12 librarians. For additional information, see the library’s web pages http://www.usc.edu/nml.

The Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library and Learning Center, located on the University Park Campus in downtown Los Angeles, provides information resources and support for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC and selectively for the general oral healthcare community and the public.  The staff of 8 FTE includes 2 librarians.  For additional information, see the library’s web pages wdl.usc.edu.

•    Develop and articulate a compelling vision for the USC Health Sciences Libraries in the 21st century.
•    Ensure the libraries’ resources and services fully support the educational, research, and clinical missions of the university’s health sciences schools and departments.
•    Facilitate library-wide collaborative arrangements among library staff and faculty, students, and other University departments to improve the utilization and delivery of health information resources.
•    Establish fiscal, resource, and programmatic priorities.
•    Innovate new programs in response to emerging needs.
•    Inspire and supervise HSL human resources, provide staff development opportunities, empower and evaluate personnel.
•    Maintain an organizational culture of mutual respect, collaborative teamwork, and a high standard of excellence.
•    Develop HSL budget requests, specialized reports, and surveys.
•    Stay current on academic medical library trends, emerging technologies, and best practices.
•    Seek out opportunities for innovative applications of information technology to meet the changing campus needs.
•    Serve as liaison to USC Libraries.
•    Participate in university governance, committees and task forces.
•    Professional involvement.  Assume leadership positions in local and national library organizations and contribute to publications and conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS MLS from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of seven years’ experience, preferably in an academic health sciences library. Demonstrated successful leadership and management skills.  Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with culturally diverse personnel and library users. Demonstrated creativity and initiative.  Proven ability to articulate a vision and motivate staff.


This position is in a continuing-appointment track, the USC Libraries’ equivalent to tenure. Rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


37½ hour week; 22 vacation days; paid sick leave; disability plan; retirement plan (TIAA/CREF and other options); tuition assistance; paid medical, dental and life insurance; credit union; group auto and homeowner’s insurance available.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted via USC’s online faculty application website:     http://jobs.usc.edu:80/postings/31340

As part of the application, candidates must upload in Word or PDF a cover letter and curriculum vitae.

For more information about this position, contact Leslie Jones, USC Norris Medical Library, (323) 442 1130, email lesliecj@usc.edu.

USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

October is National Medical Librarians Month

October 15, 2014

OctoberMedicalLibrariansMonthThis month the Medical Library Association is honoring the expert assistance that medical librarians provide to faculty, students, health care providers and the general public.  How do your Norris medical librarians help you? Let me count the ways:

  1. Provide resources for teaching and learning
  2. Develop curricula and provide instruction
  3. Act as expert consultants on searching the knowledge-based literature
  4. Provide information support for research proposal development
  5. Find and integrate the best evidence for clinical decision-making
  6. Improve patient care and outcomes by locating studies that result in changes in patient care
  7. Support innovation, research and quality improvement in affiliated hospitals by assisting with integration of evidence-based resources into electronic medical record systems
  8. Manage electronic resources, selecting the best databases and negotiating licensing agreements

Stop by the Norris reference desk October 1-3 for a treat to celebrate and start the month sweetly.

Faculty Author's Book Added to NML

October 15, 2014

Cardiac CT & MR bookCardiac CT and MR for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (WG 220 C2672 2014) has been add to Norris Library’s book collection. Edited by Farhood Saremi, MD, Clinical Professor of radiology at the Keck School of Medicine, “This is the first major textbook to address both computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) cardiac imaging of adults for the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD). Read the rest of this entry »

ClinicalKey Launches Platform Upgrade

October 15, 2014

ClinicalKeyClinicalKey, the large collection of medical resources, upgraded its platform upgrade September 23rd.

Among the new enhancements are:

  • A cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go
  • 1,400+ new Topic Pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments and more
  • A new browse feature with a searchable, filterable list of sources that highlights new books and journals
  • A new search history feature enabling you to view and refresh recent queries

Users should register and log into ClinicalKey to take advantage of the database’s personalization features.  A detailed user guide  is available for further information.

Tutorial on Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed

September 16, 2014

NLM Technical Bulletin


If you’ve ever tried to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed, you know how difficult it can be. The National Library of Medicine has created a tutorial offering “…tips on effectively and efficiently searching PubMed for drugs and chemicals. Nine brief modules with video demonstrations include guidance on substance-related Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), using the MeSH Database, effective searching with pharmacological action terms, converting special characters in systematic names, and using tags in searching.” This tutorial and many other tutorials, webinars and classes are accessible by clicking the PubMed Tutorials link on the PubMed homepage, as shown below.*

NLM Technical Bulletin-Pubmed Screenshot



*New Tutorial: Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed. NLM Tech Bull. 2014 Jul-Aug;(399):b7 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/brief/ja14_pm_tutorial_drugs.html. Retrieved September 3, 2014.

NIH Public Access Policy Webpage

September 3, 2014

NIHlogoThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts funded by NIH to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. The Public Access Policy webpage http://publicaccess.nih.gov/provides step-by-step instructions for complying with the policy. Instructions for preparing a manuscript, what to do after it has been accepted for publication and reporting to NIH are included. Links to a training video as well as to specific instructions for authors’ own publications are also included. Norris librarians have also created a NIH Public Access Policy subject guide and informative videos to guide you through the process.



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