SC/MLA Research Grant Deadline Approaching

Are you planning a research project?  Could you use support to pay for all or parts of the costs of your study? If so, please consider applying for the Southern Chapter Research Grant!

Research Grant  (see ):
The Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association provides grant support for research projects in order to promote and stimulate excellence in the field of health science librarianship and the information sciences. Grants may be used to support all or part of the costs of a study, up to a maximum of $1000.

The SC/MLA Research Project Grants are awarded at the Annual Meeting. Before submitting a full application for a research grant, applicants must submit, by May 15th , a letter of intent . ByJune 15, if the letter of intent is accepted, applicants will be assigned a volunteer research mentor and invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal is due by August 1.

For specifics about the Letter of Intent, due May 15, please  see:  Please contact Lee Vucovich, Southern Chapter Research Committee Chair, directly with further questions at  (205-934-2230)

AHSLC featured in SC/MLA Southern Expressions

We have a short feature in the Spring 2015 edition of Southern Expressions.  Check out page 9.

Also featured is new member Gregg Stevens on page 11.

Meeting Minutes posted

Thank you to everyone who attended our April Meeting on Friday.  The minutes from the business meeting are now available for review here. (member login required)

April Meeting at Gwinnett Medical Center Friday 4/17

We will be OTP at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA.  Here are Directions to GMC – Graduate Medical Education Center2 with specifics for parking as well as a Map of Gwinnett Medical Center – Lawrencville to get everyone to the meeting place. The Consortium meeting will be held in the Graduate Medical Education Center located on the Ground Floor of GMC-Lawrenceville.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 14th using this link:

We will have a full day of information sharing and learning.  Lunch will be provided by our Rittenhouse vendor.

9:30-10 – Arrive @ GMC
10-11 – SEAside webinar – Tech Talk – How to Speak IT Panel Discussion
11-11:15 – 15 minute break
11:15-12:15 – Amy Allison & John Nemeth from Emory University will present on their Clinical Librarian program experience
12:15-1:30 – lunch & Rittenhouse presentation
1:30 – 1:40 – 10 minute break
1:40 – 3 – Business meeting & Roundtable talks

NNLM CE Courses at the MSM Library

Morehouse School of Medicine Library will be hosting three NNLM Continuing Education Courses in the Summer of 2015.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!  We will send out registration information as the dates draw closer.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
#1 Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy (approved for 6 Medical Library Association contact hours<>)
In this workshop, participants will be able to show the value of their library’s services and will become familiar with tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection and reporting.
Instructor: Andrew Youngkin  - NNLM/SEA

Friday, July 17, 2015
# 2 Answering the Right Questions: Data Collection for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours<>)
In this workshop, participants will learn to apply good principles of data collection to assure that data – both qualitative and quantitative – will be useful in making project decisions. Topics for this workshop include:
*   Using evaluation questions to focus data collection
*   Conducting short, to-the-point interviews to collect outcome data
*   Using a “contact sheet” to organize interview notes and communicate findings with other team members
*   Using participatory methods to get information from a large number of community members
*   Using standard “counts” (attendance rates; drop-out rates) as evaluation data
*   Designing and administering short questionnaires

Friday, July 17, 2015
# 3 Finding Information in Numbers and Words: Data Analysis for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours<>)
Participants will learn basic methods for compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data to maximize their usefulness in project improvement and decision-making. Topics for this workshop include:
*   Analyzing qualitative data (e.g., developing and using codes, summarizing, interpreting)
*   Compiling and graphing descriptive statistics
*   Exploring the validity of evaluation findings
Instructor: Andrew Youngkin NNLM/SEA

Marcus Autism Center Job Opportunity

Family Library Coordinator- Marcus Autism Center.


A Library Coordinator coordinates and oversees the provision of library services in the Marcus Autism Center Norman Shutters Resource Center to ensure that the information needs of the patients, staff and families are met. Maintain a comprehensive, timely, appropriate medical and health information resource pool to serve customer needs.  Provide written and audio-video resources to support access to needed resources and information.


  1. Coordinates day-to-day operations of the Resource Center.
  2. Conducts and oversees information searches for families and staff.
  3. Manages all library resources, equipment, and databases ordering and processing new materials.
  4. Works with the Research Communication Team to develop materials and strategies to present latest research findings to patient families
  5. Demonstrates fiscal responsibility and accountability, including accurate statistical reports as requested:
  6. Pursue and promote continuous improvement of Family Library services.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of health or related field required or equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient in Excel and Access and other computer applications required.
  • Required proficiency in library policies and procedures, on-line medical and non-medical database searching, and basic administration skills required.
  • Knowledge of community resources for autism and related developmental disabilities preferred
  • Individual must reflect a service orientation, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a proactive approach to library collection management.
  • Experience with newsletter writing and program development preferred.
  • Experience with training and working with parents and volunteers preferred.
  • Spanish as a second language preferred.

Location: Marcus Autism Center
Schedule: Full-time
Hours Per Week: 40
Weekend Requirements: None
Shift: Day Job


Meeting RSVP & Agenda

2 weeks until our first meeting of 2015!

We will be at Shepherd Center in the Board Room.  (Parking is free. If you take MARTA, the Peach bus 110 stops at Shepherd.)  Directions can be found here:

Please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 10th using this link:

We will have a journal club so please come prepared by having read at least one of the articles linked here.

The agenda will be as follows:
10:15 Arrive at Shepherd
10:30 – 11 – Lesley Hudson’s presentation
11-12 – Break & Journal club discussion
12-1 – Lunch break & EBSCO presentation
1- 1:30- Business Meeting

1:30 – however long you can to stay – Archives project

About our speaker:  Lesley Hudson is the Executive Director of the American Spinal Injury Association (housed at Shepherd Center). She has worked at Shepherd Center for 35+ years and started our research department with our first medical director, Dr. David Apple, Jr. Lesley was integral in helping Shepherd Center to obtain a Model System grant in 1982 and we have continued to be awarded the grant each cycle since.

Membership applications are still being accepted! Forms are available here.