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HALS biz meeting at MLA 2015

HALS members: Our business meeting will take place bright and early Sunday morning, May 17th. If you will be at MLA this year, please join us from 7-8:55 in Hilton Austin, Sixth Floor, Room 617. Hope to see you there!

Job posting: Manager of AWHONN Library Services (Part Time)

After 6 years with AWHONN I have retired. This position is a wonderful opportunity to work part time with a terrific staff , make a difference in the lives of women and newborns, and receive generous benefits. AWHONN was named one of the Great Places to Work by Washingtonian magazine in 2013.

Manager of Library Services (Part Time)

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), an innovative, dynamic, professional nursing membership organization, seeks an experienced seasoned health sciences librarian to manage the association’s library, archives and to provide AWHONN staff, members, and the public with research services and resources that support AWHONN’s mission and goals. Strong knowledge and research skills in health sciences or related sector, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and a Master’s degree in library science are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Utilize best practices to proactively provide staff up-to-date information on AWHONN’s key initiatives and current projects.
• Maintain and provide access to the archives of the organization, including digitization.
• Manage and upkeep the day-to-day tasks of the library (i.e., journal subscriptions, book purchases, cataloging and budgeting).

Qualification Requirements:

• Master’s degree in library science; health sciences background desirable.
• Minimum of 3 years of related experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge in various aspects of library management.
• Proficiency in use of online information resources, computers and library software.
• Ability to manage multiple assignments, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Contact with peer organizations and special interest groups for networking and information exchange desirable.

This is a permanent part-time position. Must be able to work 21 hours during the workweek
(Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). The association business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Excellent benefits package with flexible work schedules, and much more. Please submit resume indicating SALARY REQUIREMENTS to: Human Resources Department, 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036 or fax to (202) 728-1864 or email

Please reference “Librarian (PT)” in the subject line.

To learn more about AWHONN, please go to our website

MLA identifies new goals for its transformation

MLA has recently posted exciting news about new goals that its executive board has set based on input from its MLA Futures Task Force:

1. Rationalize MLA programs and services and streamline and clarify organizational structure
2. Align MLA programs, services, and governance with new professional members’ needs and expectations
3. Strengthen MLA’s educational curriculum and offerings
4. Rationalize and transform MLA information and communication systems

What do you think about these new goals as applied to health association libraries?

Read more on MLA Prez Linda Walton’s post The Time for Change is Now

HALS sessions at MLA 2015

On Tuesday, May 19th from 3-4:25 for the 2015 MLA meeting, HALS will be the lead on a session titled: Librarians, Evidence and Systematic Reviews: Limitless Possibilities

Librarians play a critical role in gathering, filtering, appraising and managing evidence to improve the delivery of health care, including health systems improvement and library effectiveness. Not only are librarians engaged in the development of clinical guidelines, they also play a pivotal role on the systematic review team as the expert searcher and information manager. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine released guidelines. Standard 3.1.1 states, “Work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan search strategy,” and standard 3.1.3 states, “Use an independent librarian or other information specialist to peer review the search strategy.” These standards emphasize the value information professionals deliver. This session will focus on librarians as team contributors in all aspects of the systematic review process, with particular focus on how librarians navigated challenges throughout the process.

We are also co-sponsoring a History of the Health Sciences session on: Artifacts of Earlier Ages: Keeping the History of the Health Sciences Weird. This session will transpire Monday, May 18th from 3-4:25.

We’ll post more information here as it becomes available. Hope to see you there at MLA 2015!

Redesigned HALS website

We hope you find what you need on our updated HALS website, which offers more timely information than the earlier site and allows all HALS members the opportunity to post news relevant to their libraries.

MLA 2014

HALS met at MLA 2014, held in Chicago, IL from May 16-21. Find our most recent minutes from the business meeting which transpired there and a list of our current officers here. Sessions HALS co-sponsored included:

  • Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles
  • Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past