Monday, February 04, 2013

Call for Virtual Projects for New JMLA Column (Journal of the Medical Library Association)

Call for Virtual Projects for New JMLA Column (Journal of the Medical Library Association)

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) is devoting a new annual column to describing innovative and notable virtual projects in health sciences libraries. This column will complement the annual Building Projects column, which was launched in July 2012, but will focus on library virtual spaces. In an increasingly digital world, the library’s virtual space can be as much of a hub as the library’s physical space. Digital content and technology-rich library services are moving the library “presence” outside the physical building to support users in their digital spaces wherever and whenever needed.

The JMLA welcomes submissions of recent virtual projects for the Virtual Projects column that will be published in October 2013. To be considered for this column, please submit a 200-word abstract of your virtual project or a link to a project web page that describes the project and why it is innovative/notable. Send your submissions to Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA, by March 15, 2013. Examples of health sciences library projects that could be submitted include:
  • projects that improve the quality of the library’s virtual presence through web pages or its catalog
  • development of technologies that facilitate information discovery and content delivery (e.g., federated searching products and portals)
  • mobile-friendly resource and service initiatives
  • development of web 2.0/Library 2.0 initiatives (e.g., social networking applications)
  • hosting and preserving digital content activities
  • projects that demonstrate the use of library resources and services through the institution’s electronic health record (EHR)
  • collaborative ventures with campus or other partners to develop new digital resources and services