Thursday, February 27, 2020

Collection Development Best Practices (Version 1.0, 2019)

Collection Development Best Practices (Version 1.0, 2019) was developed by members of the Medical Library Association Collection Development Caucus (previously known as The Collection Development Section) to assist health sciences librarians with collection development.  

View the document on the Collection Development Caucus web page, available in 3 versions: 

1) web page   

The document is available to anyone, even non-MLA members, so feel free to share it with colleagues.

If you've been around for a while like me, a lot has changed over the years in the world of health science library collection development.   We've absorbed the changes as they've come.  This document captures the current best practices covering:

  • Collection Development Policies
  • Collection Assessment
  • New Resource Evaluation
  • Licensing
  • Budget & Planning
  • Coops and Consortia
  • ILLs
  • Open Access
  • Current Awareness Tools
  • Publicity & Promotion
It's not just for academic HSLs, either.  The document includes sections specific to hospitals, health care associations, and special libraries.  

* This tidbit was found on the Midline Newsletter of the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association.  

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Looking for volunteer copyeditors for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP)

Call for Applications: Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Copyeditors

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) is looking for two new copyeditors to join our copyediting team. Ideally, candidates will be in place by May 2020, in time to begin work on the June issue.

The role of Copyeditors is to:
  • Accept or reject copyediting requests in a timely manner
  • Utilize EBLIP copyediting guidelines alongside APA style guidelines
  • Ensure that proper grammar and spelling conventions are addressed
  • Verify citations and references to the extent possible with available bibliographic resources and advise Editor of any not checked
  • Meet copyediting deadlines set by Editors
  • Identify inconsistencies or changes in format/style as necessary
  • Communicate with the Lead Copyeditor regarding circumstances that might require temporary absences from editing availability  

The ideal candidate will have copyediting or other detail-oriented editing experience, possess working knowledge of APA style, and have an interest in evidence based practice. The position requires dedicated time to ensure EBLIP publishing deadlines are met, and it is therefore essential that interested persons ensure available time to devote to this position prior to applying. It is estimated that the workload is approximately 5 to 10 hours per issue, and much of this work falls over a one-month period, on a quarterly basis, prior to the publication of each issue.

Interested persons should send a cover letter, indicating areas of strength they would bring to the role, and resume/cv as a single PDF file to Heather Healy, Lead Copyeditor, at by April 4, 2020. 

**Please note that Evidence Based Library and Information Practice is a non-profit, open access journal and all positions are voluntary and unpaid. The positions are an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development and gaining experience in reviewing or critically appraising library-related research.

**Only those applicants who are selected or shortlisted will be contacted.

About the journal:

Published quarterly, and hosted by the University of Alberta, this peer-reviewed, open access journal is targeted at all library and information professionals interested in an evidence based model of practice. By facilitating access to librarianship research via original research articles and evidence summaries of relevant research from the library literature, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice will enable librarians to practice their profession in an evidence based manner.

Please visit the Evidence Based Library and Information Practice web site ( for further information about the journal.

Thank you,
Lorie Kloda

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February is National Library Lovers' Month

In addition to being Black History Month, American Heart Month, and a bunch of other things, apparently February is National Library Lovers' Month!  Did you know that?  I feel like I haven't heard of this one before, which is a little embarrassing.  But even the National Day Calendar said they couldn't find anything on the history of this event, so maybe I'm not alone in not knowing about it.  

If you're reading this, you're very likely a librarian and good at finding things.  If you're the first one to find and tell me the origin of Library Lovers' Month, I'll send you a fabulous* prize!

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*Fabulous is a subjective term.  Actual prize will probably just be something small and weird.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Unusual book bindings at Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians

While browsing the Jan/Feb issue of American Libraries, I ran across a short article featuring some unusual artifacts at the Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. Check out page 76 to lean about a very unusual book binding...