104 | Summer 2006|
Newsletter of the Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association
In This Issue
Midwest Chapter News and Activities
By Eileen H. Stanley, Midwest Chapter President
As we move into the dog days of summer things may be lazy and hazy, but they are not sleeping. Great progress and reports on the annual conference are coming your way in this issue. I can’t wait to see you all in Louisville! The Bylaws Committee continues their work toward the ratification of our new bylaws. And most recently, the Technology Committee has begun the search for a new host for our website that will allow us to redesign our newsletter and delivery mechanisms to all our members.
Our awards application deadlines have just passed and I hope you seriously considered and submitted a colleague or yourself for an award. I was inspired to submit two nominations this year and I hope the committee has a BUNCH to choose from. This committee is one of the most rewarding to be on because you get to see how much achievement there is in our chapter and you get to be a part of the recognition and celebration that goes with knowing who’s doing great work. If you are interested in committee service, please let me know.
On a separate note, I’m going to conduct an informal survey and ask that any of you who are involved in any way with an electronic medical record system for library purposes to please let me know. There are lots of calls these days to find out what’s going on and who’s doing what and I’d like to share some of that information in a broader forum. So PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL WITH “EMR Collaboration” in the subject field and let me know what you’re doing and contact information to follow up with you.
Thanks and see you soon!
Going Far with
My Health Minnesota → Go Local
Submitted by Karla Block
Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
My Health Minnesota → Go Local is currently under development as Minnesota’s MedlinePlus Go Local project. This project is coordinated by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries and includes the Mayo Clinic Libraries and the MINITEX Library and Information Network as the main project partners. Our project team includes Linda Watson, Vicki Glasgow, Karla Block, and Carolyn Wahrman from the Health Sciences Libraries, Dottie Hawthorne and Dawn Littleton from the Mayo Clinic Libraries, and Mary Parker from MINITEX. We will also work with health sciences libraries, hospitals, educational institutions, organizations, community agencies, public libraries, AHEC’s, health care providers, and other “stakeholder” groups around the state to develop and promote our project. We have received financial support from Health Science Libraries of Minnesota and the Library Services and Technology Act through the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services.
Once completed, our Go Local database will work in conjunction with MedlinePlus to link people to hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, support groups, pharmacists, libraries, rehabilitation providers, and other health providers, programs, and services throughout the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Our Go Local project was approved by the National Library of Medicine in late April 2006 and we plan to go live with My Health Minnesota → Go Local in January 2007.For additional information about Go Local, see the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus Go Local Resources page at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/golocalresources.html. For more information about My Health Minnesota → Go Local, see our project page at http://hsl.lib.umn.edu/golocal or contact Linda Watson (email@example.com), Vicki Glasgow (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Karla Block (email@example.com). We also invite you to read more about our project in an article available at http://www1.umn.edu/umnnews/Feature_Stories/Going_Far_by_Going_Local.html.
Rose Guerrieri, Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, Warren, OH (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Denise Cardon, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH
Greg Ricker, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH
Google is the most widely used search engine on the Web. We have all used it, but you may not be aware of some of its advanced features. What follows is a quick review of Google basics, then information about advanced feature that have proven to be helpful to us.
A QUICK REVIEW OF THE BASICS
Google is a full-text search engine at http://www.google.com/. Google has computer programs called Googlebots (or generically, “crawlers” or “spiders”) that “crawl” from website to website and index the information on the web pages.
Google orders search results by PageRank, which is determined by a patented mathematic algorithm. One of the characteristics used to score a page is its “popularity” in terms of how many other “good” websites point to it. See http://www.google.com/librariancenter/articles/0512_01.html for more detailed information.
The following chart briefly summarizes some Google basics:
Default Boolean operator
mount sinai hospital
+ or AND, - or NOT, OR (must capitalize)
use quotation marks
“acute tubular necrosis”
"coronary * stent"
Maximum number of words in query
10 (doesn’t include wildcard)
Note that Google has a link at the bottom of each search results page, “Search within results”, which allows you to further refine your search results.
In addition to the simple search at google.com, Google has advanced searching
which can be done by using the fill-in form at http://www.google.com/advanced_search.
There is also a link to this from the Google homepage.
When using the advanced search fill-in form, you can:
- search only on a specific website, if desired
- limit search results to certain file types; you can also choose, instead, to exclude a file type
- limit results to web pages indexed on a certain date or within a date range; note that this is not the date the page was created
- limit search to pages in a desired language
- limit search to certain sections of a web page, e.g. title, URL
- exclude adult sites (SafeSearch feature)
- limit search to documents with specific usage rights, such as free to use, share, or modify, even commercially.
- search for images of a specific size, i.e., as small, medium or large
- search for a specific image file type, such as .JPG, .GIF, .PNG
- search for black & white or color images, only
- exclude adult sites (SafeSearch feature).
Many of the features of the advanced search fill-in form can also be accessed through the use of advanced syntax/operators in the simple search. Often these syntax/operators allow for more flexibility than the fill-in form.
The table below gives examples and brief descriptions of some of the advanced operators. You can read more about them at www.google.com/help/operators.html.
Search web page titles for a single word
Search web page titles for multiple words
allintitle: cardiogenic shock
Search only the body of a web page
Search only link anchors in HTML code
Search only on a given website
Search URLs for a single word
Search URLs for multiple words
Produces list of web pages linked to a given URL
Search for web pages of a specific file type
Note that the special syntax is followed by a colon : and that there is no space between the colon and the search term.
Google can also search a range of numbers. To search for 2000 to 2006, use 2000..2006 (2 periods between the first and last number). Another example of searching for a number range is hemoglobin of 0..10.
Another useful feature of Google is the built-in calculator, which is available by typing the equation into the simple search box. It does addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), division (/), powers (^), percent (%) and square roots (sqrt). If Google is interpreting an equation as a phone number, such as 777 minus 4000 or 777-4000, you can force it to solve the equation, by typing an equal sign (=) at the end: 777-4000= .
Google calculator also has an “in” operator. For example, to convert 88 kg. to pounds, enter pounds in 88 kg into the simple search box. To learn more about Google calculator, visit www.google.com/help/calculator.html.
- Google directory (somewhat similar to Yahoo directory) is at directory.google.com. You can also find it by selecting “More” on the main Google page. Sites included in the directory are selected and rated by real human beings: volunteers from the Open Directory project (dmoz.org). Google displays the PageRank rating of each site listed in the directory by displaying a green bar next to each. The size of the green bar indicates its rank.
- Google Books Search, found at http://books.google.com/, can search the full text of all the books indexed by Google, or only those that are fully viewable to you. Read more about Google Book Search at http://books.google.com/intl/en/googlebooks/about.html. Google indexes books from the libraries of Harvard, University of Michigan, New York Public Library, Oxford University, and Stanford University. Those that are in the public domain are freely available full text, those that are still under copyright display only a small section of the text containing the search term. Google has also partnered with publishers to make small book excerpts available. You can also learn more about the Google book indexing project at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/making-books-easier-to-find.html.
- Google can translate web pages, or sections of text into another language at http://www.google.com/language_tools. Google can translate to and from ten different languages. There is also a link to Google Language Tools from the main Google page.
- New features and add-ons in beta testing are available from Google Labs, at http://labs.google.com/. Current projects include Google Web Accelerator; Google Reader for RSS; Google Related for your webpage; and Google Spreadsheets, to create and display spreadsheets for the Web. Other features that are graduates of Google Labs include:
- Google Video, which searches TV programs and videos
- Google Personalize Your Homepage which allows you to select what you see on the Google homepage
- Google Maps offers users maps and driving directions
- Google Scholar searches journal articles, abstracts and other scholarly literature; many reviews of it have been written, including http://www.gale.com/reference/archive/200506/google.html and http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1324783
- Google SMS (Short Message Service) which enables the user to search the web for names, addresses, and phone numbers of businesses in any zip code across the US. from a mobile phone
- Google Desktop a downloadable tool to search the web and your personal computer
Google News is available from the Google homepage or news.google.com. Refreshing the page will update the headlines. Google News is searchable. Results are sorted and displayed by relevance, but you can select to have them sorted by date. Google calculates an article’s relevance by looking at the number of new sites covering the story and its position on those sites, among other criteria. Each result entry is followed by a “related” link.
In addition to searching Google News, you can also sign up for Google
News Alerts on specific stories, which are emailed to you.
Google also offers Web Alerts, which runs predefined searches at given intervals and emails you the results.
More information on both alerts is available at http://www.google.com/alerts.
Google Answers, at http://answers.google.com/answers/, has “more than 500 carefully screened researchers … ready to answer your question for as little as $2.50 -- usually within 24 hours. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.” While you may not wish to post questions, you can browse and search previously asked questions to see their answers.
Google Calendar, located at www.google.com/calendar, enables the user to maintain his calendar online, and permit others to view it, if desired.
Librarians may subscribe to Google Librarian Newsletter and receive the issues via email. The newsletter looks at education, professional and technical aspects of Google. You can sign up for it at http://www.google.com/librariancenter. The newsletter archive is at http://www.google.com/librariancenter/index.html.
Google has a bare-bones interface, which returns search results with only page titles at www.google.com/ie. Google also has a stripped down page for PDA access at http://www.google.com/pda.
Google also has created http://www.blogger.com/, which allows user to create and maintain a blog fairly painlessly.
GooFresh provides a Google search interface that offers a greater range of date limits than Advanced Google. GooFresh is not affiliated with Google. It is at http://www.researchbuzz.org/2003/09/goofresh.shtml.
Also unaffiliated with Google, but interesting nonetheless, is TouchGraph which displays Google search results graphically at www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html.
Note sheets and tip sheets about using Google can be found at:
READ MORE ABOUT GOOGLE
The Google Guide, http://www.googleguide.com/, has both a novice and advanced tutorial.
Google Watch looks at some negative Google issues at www.google-watch.org.
Submitted by Elizabeth Smigielski, Chair, 2006 Annual Conference Publicity
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Y’all come on down to the southern reaches of the chapter and join us in friendly Louisville, a city that is sure to please everyone. You may even consider adding a few days to your trip for sightseeing, both within the city and beyond, in the state. Kentucky, famed for its rolling bluegrass hills, horse farms, distilleries, historic homes, and scenic charms makes for a lovely short trip. Read on for suggestions of activities, but first business.
This is an overview of the conference, so please go to the conference website for full details: http://library.louisville.edu/kornhauser/midwest.
Standiford Field (SDF) is Louisville’s International Airport. American, Continental, Delta, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, United, and US Airways all serve Louisville. While bigger than Fargo’s airport, Standiford Field is still small and easy to navigate.
It takes about 15 minutes to get from the airport to downtown. The hotel does not provide shuttle service. Cabs are available at the traffic island to the left of the taxi stand. Ask at the taxi stand about Share-a-Ride. Cab fare from the airport to the hotel is $17. Alas, there is no longer rail service to Louisville.
The Greyhound terminal is located downtown, about eight city blocks from the hotel. There are usually cabs at the terminal if you opt to ride.
The conference hotel is the new, state-of-the art Louisville Downtown Marriott, conveniently located within walking distance of the downtown attractions. A block of rooms is reserved for us at a special conference rate of $132 per night plus 13.95% state and local taxes (see details below). Please remember that our conference meeting rooms will be free to us as long as we meet our room commitment to the hotel, so please register at the conference hotel. We thank you for your support.
Other Marriott Hotels with Special Rates:
Within walking distance is a Courtyard by Marriott and a Marriott Residence Inn which are also giving us a reduced rate of $139/night. The Residence Inn offers suites. Attention smokers: Marriott just announced that all Marriott hotels are now smoke-free nationwide.
Make hotel reservations by calling Marriott toll free at 1-800-533-0127 or going online at http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/SDFLM. Please make your hotel reservation by September 8th, to get the discount, and be sure to identify yourself as attending the meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, group code MLAMLAA.
Other Nearby Hotels:
A Hyatt Regency is just up the block from the Marriott. 21C Hotel and Museum is our newest attraction, an ultra-hip museum and boutique hotel combination. If historic charm beckons, The Brown (Camberely) and the Seelbach (Hilton) are the grand dames of Louisville’s accommodations, both dating from the 1920’s, but fully updated and renovated. Both are about four blocks from the Marriott. The Brown is home of the famous Kentucky sandwich “the hot brown” (more on food later). The Seelbach is the backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding in The Great Gatsby.
Getting Around Town:
Louisville enjoys regular, reliable bus service via TARC, the city’s bus line. Adult fares are $1.00 with free transfers. For downtown or nearby exploring the bus is a safe bet. If you want to see sights further afield, such as historic homes or the casinos, a cab is a better option. Check the registration desk for schedules and more details.
Getting Around Downtown:
Most major attractions are located within walking distance of the conference hotel; however, if you’d like, there are downtown trolleys, actually, buses dressed up as trolleys, which will take you throughout the downtown area including the medical center district. Likewise, there is a downtown/medical center circulator city bus, #52. Both are 25 cents per ride. Stop at the registration desk for bus schedules and more information.
Getting Around Beyond Downtown:
If you’d like to venture a little there are several bus lines that originate downtown. Again, stop by the registration desk for schedules and details. Keep in mind that bus schedules are reduced on the weekends.
We have four exceptional speakers who will share their wise points of view. Don’t miss them! For more details and speaker bios see the conference website: http://library.louisville.edu/kornhauser/midwest.
Alane Wilson, Senior Library Market Consultant, OCLC
Their Perceptions, Our Reality: Libraries, Information Resources and Cognitive Dissonance
Alane Wilson will present findings from OCLC's latest report, Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, which provides a different perspective on many of the trends and issues identified by presenting a survey of 3,348 "information consumers" in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. She will emphasize the implications of changing user behaviors and expectations, especially among young people, and ways in which we might consider transforming and further enhancing our existing library services.
Linda Watson, Director of the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota
Scholarly Communication: What’s Next?
The challenges of a changing scholarly communications landscape are felt by librarians and their users alike, as well as by publishers. What are the latest “flash points” and what progress has been made in understanding and addressing the challenges? And what roles are librarians playing in the process?
Betsy L. Humphreys, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine
Double Exposure: NLM and Health Sciences Libraries in the 21st Century
Learn about the new NLM Long Range Plan, scheduled to be released this fall and which will inevitably have an impact on health sciences libraries in general. Find out how NLM intends to respond to the threats and opportunities presented to 21st century health sciences libraries.
Jean Shipman, Director of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences and Associate University Librarian, VCU Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University
This is just a highlight of the events we have planned, for full details see the conference website: http://library.louisville.edu/kornhauser/midwest
Gala Reception at Kentucky Derby Museum: How could we not do something at Churchill Downs? Jim McKay won’t be there as emcee, but he’ll wish he had been.
Career Clinic: Talk to a veteran on topics such as job hunting, publication, staff supervision professional activity and more. Geared to all, not just those new to the profession.
Fitness Breaks: shake off that meeting fogginess and move.
Historic Stroll: Join Tom Owen, Louisville’s unofficial historian and master story teller, in a stroll about the hotel area and learn about the development and redevelopment of this interesting and important area of our city.
GMR Technology Forum 2006: We’re going back to the Forum roots. Discuss new technologies with the panel.
Technology Petting Zoo: Touch and play with some of the latest technologies.
With seven courses available, you can’t lose. Don’t miss this chance to expand your skills at low prices.
Instructional Design for Distance Learning/Web-Based Teaching
This hands-on workshop will provide experience in designing and constructing several forms of distance education/web-based teaching. You will be introduced to web-based teaching techniques and materials using standard web pages and free or low-cost communications tools. Students will be guided through the process of designing their own web-based teaching unit.
Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation to Demonstrate Value
Ruth Holst & Jacqueline Leskovec
A repeat of last year's sellout class. Show the value of your library's service within your organization. Become familiar with the evaluation process and take away methods and tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection, data analysis, and reporting
Proactive Librarianship: Knowledge, Innovation, & Leadership for Newer Librarians
La Ventra E. Danquah
Explore the dynamics of the library profession, its relevance to personal leadership and professional development, and the active promotion of library services and programs. Review and discuss key strategies of library leaders for maintaining a competitive edge, explore and assess personal leadership attributes, discuss tips and techniques for professional development and image management, and share useful methods for promoting library services.
The Best Medicine: Government Information in the Health Sciences
Carol Krueger & Marianne Ryan
Locate and evaluate the range of health information and related scientific resources produced by or made available through the Federal government, including general, consumer, and statistical information. Find out how to get medical research, patents, and grant-related information as well as unique materials available through depository libraries and medical collections
Presenting With Passion
Rev. Daniel M. Newman, Ph.D., D.D., C.T.
Don't fear public speaking! This workshop is an interactive no nonsense approach to the art of public speaking and the backstage secrets of professional showmanship.
Getting Started with Information Outreach in Minority Communities
Learn concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with minority communities. Topics to be covered include the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, the importance of cultural competency, and issues surrounding health literacy.
Keeping Up with NLM's PubMed
Holly Ann Burt
It’s ever-changing. Are you keeping up?
Dump the bag and nametag and go! Here are some temptations:
Louisville is a city of parks, and only one of five cities in the U.S. to feature a series of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park. Waterfront Park is downtown along the river – don’t miss it. Captivating Cave Hill Cemetery, a short bus-ride from downtown, also an Olmsted work, doubles as an arboretum. Stop by and see Colonel Harlan Sander’s grave, father of KFC, amongst others.
There are several downtown museums within walking distance of the hotel. Take a tour and get a bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum. (Note: you can’t carry your bat on an airplane. It will be confiscated and join the many other souvenir bats on display at the security gates.) The Frazier International History Museum features historic arms and weaponry. Check out an IMAX film at the Science Center or check out Muhammad Ali’s message for peace at the new center devoted to his life and inspiration. A new museum of African American History and Culture is due to open this summer. We’ll keep you posted.
Take in a Broadway show or the Louisville Orchestra, see a play at the internationally-acclaimed Actor’s Theatre, or spend an evening with the Louisville Ballet. See the glass-blowing demonstrations and gallery at Glassworks, walk along the East Market Street gallery district, or slip away to the Speed Art Museum which is comprehensive, but just the right size to leave you inspired, not overwhelmed.
History and Architecture:
Go back a few million years to when Louisville was undersea with a visit to the Falls of the Ohio Museum, housed on a massive fossilized coral reef, and featuring more fossils than you can throw a rock at. It is also home to the Lewis & Clark Cabin; we like to claim that the Corps of Discovery Expedition actually started in Louisville, where Lewis and Clark met and assembled their team. Learn about the other Clark – George Rogers Clark, William’s big brother and Revolutionary War hero – at the family federal-style estate, Locust Grove. Go to Farmington, designed by Thomas Jefferson and home to the Speed family, life-long friends of Abraham Lincoln, a frequent visitor.
Louisville was spared urban renewal, fortunately, and our city is rich in architectural diversity and preserved neighborhoods. Walk the downtown streets, and see the remarkable range of architectural styles, including one of Michael Grave’s landmark post-modern works, the Humana Building. Note the busts on the old City Hall – not figures of past greats, but horses, mules and pigs reflecting Louisville’s agricultural history, particularly with respect to stockyards, perhaps, less appreciated by the livestock than the architect. Stick a magnet on the cast-iron facades of West Main, the largest extant collection outside of Soho. Keep a look-out for the shotgun house; Louisville now probably has the greatest concentration of shotguns, after so many were lost in New Orleans.
Fourth Street Live is the place to be at night when you are downtown. It is an entertainment district featuring nightclubs, restaurants, a bowling alley and more. Maker’s Mark restaurant will satisfy your yen for bourbon, Hard Rock Café for a T-shirt. Less touristy is Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue, full of shops, restaurants, and boutiques in the midst of thriving neighborhoods, and both easily available by bus. If a round of poker puts the ace in your heart, head to Indiana and the casinos. Unfortunately, Churchill Downs is not running during our meeting, so your gambling won’t be on horses.
While Louisville is home to no national sports team, our college teams fill in aptly, as well as the RiverBats, the Cincinnati Reds farm team. Louisville is also home to one of the country’s only extreme parks to which skateboarders and stunt-bikers flock from as far away as Tennessee and Illinois. Since Churchill Downs isn’t running, these kids will have to suffice for thoroughbreds.
Perhaps the best diversion of all. You will find a huge range of restaurants from little corner ethnic dives to hip coffee shops to four-star splurges at the downtown hotels. The restaurant guide will give you details; let’s talk about the local specialties. The cooking of Kentucky and the south reflects a robust cultural tradition, explore it, have fun and enrich yourself.
Try a hot brown. A funny name for a great sandwich: an open-faced turkey sandwich topped with béarnaise sauce, cheese, bacon and tomato and broiled until crisp. Go to the original source, the Brown Hotel for the real thing. Country ham is a salty tidbit to savor, particularly with beaten biscuits or with benedictine, a cucumber sandwich spread. If the sandwich inside is green, it’s benedictine. Southern specialties are on every menu: fried green tomatoes, grits (the cheesier the better), corn pudding, corn cakes, cucumber salad, cooked greens with vinegar, soup beans, and green beans cooked for hours with fatback, potatoes and onions until they don’t count as vegetables anymore. As in Cincinnati, our chili comes with spaghetti. For dessert have chess or Derby pie, red velvet cake, spoonbread, or simply a Modjeska or bourbon ball.
We are proud of our bourbon. It adds flavor to many dishes, not just ice cubes in a tumbler. You’ll find it in desserts, with fruits, and savories. Several bars and restaurants specialize in bourbons, so you connoisseurs will have the makings for a long, indulgent evening or studious sampling. Enjoy the ultimate in regional food, with a meal at the Brown Hotel, which specializes in regional cooking.
Hit Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue to hit the shops. Both are lined with consignment, vintage, antique, specialty and craft boutiques as well as galleries. Of course, there are great big malls too, but those look just like the ones you have at home.
Quirky Stuff – A Different Point of View:
In keeping with our theme, we can’t forget the Little Loom House, museum of weaving, or the National Embroiderer’s Guild headquarters, library and museum, located downtown in the Brown Hotel. The American Printing House for the Blind offers tours so you can learn how they earn their claim as largest and oldest printing house for the visually impaired. The Steamboat Museum and Schimpff’s Confectionery are across the river in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Family-owned since 1891 Schimpff’s features a soda fountain, candy museum and demonstration kitchen. Mustn’t forget Tattoo Charlie’s Museum; I haven’t been there, but, like all good librarians, I know where to get more information.
On Beyond Louisville:
We don’t want you to be gone from our great programming that long, so add a couple days before or after the conference and don’t miss the opportunities Kentucky offers. Travel the scenic highways and spot log cabins and horse farms amongst the rolling hills of the Bluegrass. Take a distillery tour in rural Kentucky, or get crafty in Berea, world-famous as an Appalachian arts and cultural center. Head to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a preserved 19th century Shaker community where you can spend the night, dine on Shaker specialties and walk on acres of land as it once was. (It’s Louisville-native Diane Sawyer’s favorite getaway spot, but you can afford it on a librarian’s salary, too.) Go rock-climbing, hiking, or canoeing in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Check out the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Learn a little at Perryville Civil War battlefield, or the George Patton Museum of Cavalry at Fort Knox, complete with a gold bar. Finally, get some real southern exposure and explore Eastern Kentucky, off the beaten track, but rich in beauty and culture, and we don’t just mean Loretta Lynn.
Submitted by Lora Gault, Chair, Midwest Chapter Archives Committee
Kennedy King College Library, Chicago, IL
Midwest Chapter members who wish to submit materials for inclusion in the chapter archives should send them to:
University of Illinois at Chicago
Special Collections Department
Attn: Midwest Chapter Archives Committee
1750 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Submitted by Mary K. Taylor, Midwest Chapter Member
Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Tara Boyer is a library assistant at the reference desk and the U.S. government publications section of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library (WHS) in Madison, WI. Her duties include assisting patrons with reference questions as well as researching topics of interest, assisting the Federal Documents Librarian with collection management, and working the microforms area of the WHS. She also volunteers at the University of Wisconsin’s Digital Collection Center, and is interested in volunteering at a medical library. Tara became interested in health sciences librarianship as a career after a talk with a librarian at the Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin caused her to realize that medical librarianship doesn't necessarily require a science background as long as a person "has a deep interest in helping others find accurate medical information.” Her professional interests include consumer health issues, heart-related health issues, fitness and health issues, U.S. and international politics in relation to health issues, U.S. government documents pertaining to health, and historical medical collections. Tara also is interested in the interconnections and relationships between U.S. and international politics, U.S. government information policies, library and information issues, historical events, and cultural and social issues. She is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies and plans on graduating in 2007. She majored in history and minored in political science as an undergraduate at the College of Saint Benedict/ St. John's University in Minnesota, and is a native of Albert Lea, MN. She likes to read, knit, paint, draw, and go to baseball games.
Kimberley Helm is the Instructional Media Coordinator/Trainer at the Katie Murrell Library at Lindsey Wilson College in her home town of Columbia, KY. Her main responsibilities include instructing faculty about media and AV products, and serving as the Angel Learning Coordinator. She is a student at the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Science and hopes to graduate in 2008. Kimberley has an undergraduate degree in history and mathematics and a Master’s in history and secondary education from Western Kentucky University. She states she is a “professional student, avid reader, and cat lover.”
Nicole Theis-Mahon is Head of Technical Services at the University of Minnesota's Bio-Medical Library. In addition to overseeing the daily operations in the technical services department, she works with the online journal collections (cataloging and troubleshooting online access), and works weekly reference shifts. Her professional interests include reference, instruction, and keeping abreast of current issues/topics in technical services. Nicole graduated in 2005 from Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Nicole, a native of Roseville, MN, has an undergraduate degree in American history with a focus on twentieth century social history (“I studied the history of the average person”) from the University of Minnesota. Her hobbies include “gardening (I have a nice shade garden), cooking when I have time, and going to the occasional concert.”
Jaime Blanck is a Health Sciences Librarian and Liaison to the College of Nursing at the Michigan State University Libraries. Her duties include reference, collection development, and instruction. She received her MLIS in 2004 from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dorothy R. Taylor is a student in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M) and will graduate in 2008. Her undergraduate degree is in English Literature from UW-M. Dorothy originally went to school to be a pharmacist and has been a pharmacy technician for seven years. She says that while she decided she didn’t want to make a career of it, the job provided the flexibility she needs for her school schedule. She adds, “The classes I took during that time, combined with exposure to health topics at work, have helped shape my interests as I get closer to being a librarian.” She is originally from Sardinia, OH, but now calls Milwaukee home. Dorothy has loves animals. She has two dogs and one cat and plans on raising African cichlids.
Submitted by Carol Powell, Midwest Chapter Member
Prior Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Each year, the Medical Library Association honors individuals who have rendered distinguished service to health sciences libraries and furthered the purposes of health sciences librarianship.
The Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award, established in 1998 in honor of one of MLA's most respected members, honors outstanding practicing librarians or library educators in the field of health sciences librarianship and informatics who demonstrate skills in one or more of the following areas: teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, or leadership in education at local, regional, or national levels. The recipient receives a certificate at the annual meeting and a cash award of $500 after the annual meeting.
Please take this opportunity to nominate an outstanding colleague for MLA's
Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education. Complete information and application
forms for all MLA awards and honors may be found at:
Please e-mail Carol Powell, Jury Chair, at Powell.email@example.com if you have any questions.
NOMINATIONS FOR MLA FELLOWS ARE DUE NOVEMBER 1
Please consider nominating an outstanding colleague for fellowship in MLA. The basic criteria for MLA Fellowship are (a) current regular membership in MLA, (b) membership for at least ten continuous years prior to nomination, and (c) at least ten years of professional experience in health information sciences. Specific criteria include five or more years of notable leadership in MLA, outstanding achievement, significant scholarship, and professional reputation.
NOMINATIONS FOR HONORARY MEMBERSHIP IN MLA ALSO DUE NOVEMBER 1
Please also consider nominating persons who have never been MLA members but have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the goals of the association. Past recipients include public officials, leaders in health sciences institutions, and others.
The criteria and nomination form can be found at: www.mlanet.org/awards/honors/
You may also contact Lisa Fried at MLA headquarters: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Mary Riordan, Chair of the Fellows and Honorary Members Jury: email@example.com for additional information.
Midwest Chapter President Eileen Stanley has been named to the Medical Library Association Hospital Library Section’s 2006 Scroll of Exemplary Service. She will be the Keynote speaker for the 2006 Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois Annual Meeting in November: http://hsli.org/Conference/index_files/Page375.html.
Jim Bulger, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, joined the Doody Enterprises Library Board of Advisors in May.
MIDLINE is published in electronic format four times a year by the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association. The newsletter and archives are available at http://midwestmla.org/MIDLINE/. Statements and positions expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the official positions of the chapter, the chapter board, or the editor. Contributions from all chapter members are welcomed and encouraged. Copy deadlines for coming issues are as follows:
|Issue||Copy Deadline||Posting Date|
|Fall 2006||October 15, 2006||November 15, 2006|
|Winter 2007||January 15, 2007||February 15, 2007|
|Spring 2007||April 15, 2007||May 15, 2007|
|Summer 2007||July 15, 2007||August 15, 2007|
Contributions may be edited for brevity, clarity, or conformance to style. The Medical Library Association Style Manual, available at http://mlanet.org/publications/style, provides guidelines for MIDLINE contributors. All copy should be submitted in electronic format to the editor, Clare Leibfarth (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Photos should be submitted as .jpeg files.
Mailing address changes should be reported to: Bette Sydelko, Membership Secretary, Midwest Chapter/MLA, Fordham Health Sciences Library, 125D Medical Sciences Bldg., Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435 (e-mail: email@example.com).
The Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association website is located at http://midwestmla.org.
Clare Leibfarth, Editor
Affinity Hospital Medical Center
400 Austin Avenue N.W.
Massillon, OH 44646