AHSLC/GHSLA Merger

Effective January 1, 2018, the Atlanta Health Science Library Consortium (AHSLC) will merge with the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA).

The Executive leadership of GHSLA proposed the merger in 2016 as an opportunity to ensure continued success for each group.  By merging duplicate functions and structures, while respecting the history of each group, it is anticipated that the alliance will broaden the organization’s impact and create a stronger future for its members.

The GHSLA bylaws have been updated to incorporate AHSLC priorities and meeting schedule and were approved by the membership in April, 2017. GHSLA meetings will now be four times a year with the May meeting being considered the State Conference.

In November, GHSLA and AHSLC members will be sent 2018 GHSLA membership applications. AHSLC history and archives will be transferred to the www.GHSLA.org website and www.AHSLC.org will no longer be active after January 2018.

Job Posting: Health Informationist, Georgia State University, Atlanta

Georgia State University is seeking applicants for a Health Informationist. Ranked as the #4 Most Innovative University by U.S. News and World Report, Georgia State University has one of the fastest growing research profiles in the country and a proven commitment to the success of students from all backgrounds. Georgia State University Library seeks an innovative, collegial, and highly-engaged information specialist to support research and teaching within the School of Public Health and health-related disciplines at Georgia State University. This position works to enhance collaborative research and team science in critical areas of public health, including biostatistics and epidemiology, health promotion and behavior, health management and policy, environmental health, and urban and global health.

The Health Informationist provides regular consultations, research assistance, instruction in information and data use, and has a strong commitment to student learning and success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Based within the downtown Library’s Research Data Services Team, this position serves as liaison librarian and content specialist for the School of Public Health and other areas as assigned. The Health Informationist is a new type of embedded specialist who works to link library resources and expertise with grant-funded research projects. Granting agencies such as the NIH/National Library of Medicine provide administrative supplements for informationists in order to enhance storage, organization, management, and use of digital research data, and the successful candidate is expected to explore opportunities in these areas.

Qualifications – ALA-accredited Master’s in Library/Information Science and/or relevant graduate degree in a related field.

See the full Vacancy Announcement (pdf) for more details.  More about the Georgia State University Library at http://library.gsu.edu.

MLA Poster Sessions – Georgia Librarians Represent

Medical Library Association
117th Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
May 26–31, 2017

Heading to Seattle for MLA 2017?
Please support your colleagues by visiting these poster sessions. Congratulations to the presenting Georgia librarians!

Poster Session 1         Sunday, May 28, 2017           2:00 PM – 2:55 PM
Presenter:  Christine Willis
Poster Number: 125
Poster Title: Library Resources Role in Specialty Rehabilitation Services at Model System Center

Poster Session 2         Monday, May 29, 2017         2:30 PM – 3:25 PM
Presenters: Patricia Anderson, Skye Bickett, Joanne Doucette, Pamela Herring, Andrea Kepsel, Tierney Lyons, Scott McLachlan, Carol Shannon, Lin Wu
Poster Number: 46
Poster Title:  Text-Mining PubMed Search Results to Identify Emerging Technologies Relevant to Medical Librarians

Presenters: Connie Machado, Tara Douglas-Williams, Elizabeth Hinton
Poster Number: 106
Poster Title:  DARE to CHANGE: One MLA Chapter’s Dream of Evolution

Poster Session 3         Tuesday, May 30, 2017          1:00 PM – 1:55 PM
Presenter: Hannah Rutledge
Poster Number: 75
Poster Title: Patient Family and Hospital Staff Information Needs at a Pediatric Hospital: An (abbreviated) Analysis of Information Requests Received by the Family Resource Libraries

Presenters:  Shenita Peterson, Amy Allison
Poster Number: 131
Poster Title: Capturing Data to Explore the Use of a Library’s Public Spaces

Presenter: Kim Powell
Poster Number: 51
Poster Title: Searching by Grant Number: Analysis of Web of Sciences and PubMed Search Results

Presenter:  Peter Shipman
Poster Number: 159
Poster Title:  Combining Research Results and Dental Accreditation Requirements to Create Instructional Opportunities

Poster Session 4         Tuesday, May 30, 2017          2:00 PM – 2:55 PM
Presenters:  Amy Allison, Sandra Franklin, Lisa Macklin
Poster Number: 211
Poster Title: Dare to Change: Moving from IP Authentication

Presenters:  Tara Douglas-Williams, Carolann Curry, Skye Bickett and Christine Willis
Poster Number: 68
Poster Title: Pilot Project to Teach Current and Future Health Care Professionals How to Address Patients with Health Literacy in Mind

Congratulations to the New GHSLA Board Members

Thank you to our members for participating in the 2017 elections. 

Our new President – Elect and Program Committee Chair is Lori Graham, Medical Librarian and CME Coordinator at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Georgia.

Continuing officers are:
Immediate Past President – Skye Bickett
President – Christine Willis
Secretary – Anna Krampl
Treasurer – Amy Allison
Web Communication Coordinator –  Sharon Leslie

Committee Chairs:
Membership Committee – Mia White
Continuing Education Committee – Carolann Curry
Nominating Committee – vacant
Strategic Planning Committee – vacant
Outreach Committee – Shannon Glover
Scholarship Committee – Kimberly Powell

We are looking forward to a fantastic year for GHSLA, with the AHSLC merger and the MLA annual meeting being in Atlanta in 2018!

If you are interested in any serving in any of these committee chair roles or have any questions please contact president Christine Willis or any of the officers.

 

Congratulations to Recipients of the Legacy Scholarship and Member Travel Stipend

Terri Hatfield and Erin Reardon are the recipients of the 2017 Legacy Scholarship.  Both are students in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Valdosta State University.

Terri currently works in an academic department at the University of Georgia.  Having a “nearly lifelong, personal curiosity in evidence-based medicine and complementary and integrative medicine,” Terri has focused many of her course projects on health sciences librarianship, and she looks forward to working in an environment where she can impact patients, family members, and clinicians by meeting their information needs.

Erin is currently doing fieldwork at Mercer University’s Monroe F. Swilley, Jr., Library.  Through her research and work in an academic health sciences library setting, Erin has developed an interest in “educating future clinicians in the use of the resources available to them” and looks forward to learning more about partnering with faculty and clinicians in the CE course “Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders.”

Established to provide assistance to a student enrolled in a library and information studies program or paraprofessional interested in the health sciences, the Legacy Scholarship honors individuals who made significant contributions to health sciences librarianship in Georgia and beyond:

Jeanette Blalock, Henry Medical Center

Nicholas Davies, MD, Piedmont Hospital

Carole Dean, CDC

Fay E. Evatt, Atlanta Medical Center

Fran Golding, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Mildred M. Jordan, Emory University

Miriam Hawkins Libbey, Emory University

Mary Alice Mills, CDC

Jocelyn Rankin, PhD, CDC

Aurelia Spence, Central State Hospital, Milledgeville

Mary S. Waddell, CDC

Martha Watkins, Mercer University School of Medicine

Barnaby Camp, Carolann Curry, and Sharon Leslie have each been awarded a member travel stipend to attend the annual meeting.  Barnaby works at Emory University and Shepherd Center as a library assistant.  Carolann is Reference & Outreach Librarian at Mercer University’s Skelton Medical Library.  Sharon is Public Health and Health Sciences Librarian at Georgia State University Library.

The Scholarship Committee would like to acknowledge additional funding for this year’s scholarship and stipends provided by a grant from the National Library of Medicine.

The 2017 Scholarship Committee
Amy Allison, Chair, Emory University
Carolyn Brown, Emory University
Betsy Clark, Georgia Highlands College
Kimberly Powell, Emory University