Summer 2008 Issue, Number 112
Get in the game! Share your reactions and ideas with your fellow Midwest Chapter members. Just click on the "Comments" link below an article to submit your comment. Please join the conversation!
Get in the game! Share your reactions and ideas with your fellow Midwest Chapter members. Just click on the "Comments" link below an article to submit your comment. Please join the conversation!
From Mary Markland, 2008 Midwest Chapter President
Library of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Fargo, ND
Summer is flying by and MLA '08 seems a long time ago but I wanted to share a few of my notes and thoughts with you...
First of all, I want to say thank you to the planners for having a "greener" meeting. I really appreciated the chance to recycle the paper I accumulated! I also loved the mini conference program. As a poster presenter, I was so happy to not have to bring hundreds of handouts! Having all the posters online made it much more convenient to participate.
Mary Ryan is the current president of MLA and her theme for the year is "iFusions: Addressing Information Issues Locally, Nationally and Globally." For her, the "i" represents individuals, interrelationships, integration of information and efforts, interworking, etc. Her new initiatives include a focus on the recruitment and retention of health information professionals. This includes the work being done by the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee and the survey results from the Hay Group/MLA 2008 Salary Survey. Another focus will be advocacy for the profession and issues of importance to it. Scholarly communication topics have been addressed by the MLA Scholarly Publishing Task Force. This task force is being converted to the Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication. New issues the committee will address include the NIH Public Access Policy and the NIH data sharing policy, peer review, citation analysis/impact factors, etc. Emergency management/disaster preparedness is another area of current interest. MLA units will continue addressing these issues in conjunction with NLM and the NN/LM.
On the organizational housekeeping side, it is time for MLA's review and revision of the strategic plan. Also results for the MLA Member Survey and AHIP survey will be addressed. There is a new task for to review the Ethics Code and Disclosure Policy and MLA's business model.
Here in the Midwest Chapter, we are reviewing our bylaws (yes, again!) and you will see some changes coming that will require a vote by the membership. Sheryl Stevens is leading this process and doing a super job.
I know all of our conference planners are busy and I'm looking forward to the meeting in Troy. If you haven't registered, do so soon while early registration prices are in effect! One new feature at the meeting is a short workshop on Saturday afternoon for any members interested in learning more about our website and blogs. If you are a new board member, look for your invitation to a board orientation too.
Remember the board meeting on Friday, October 17 is open to the membership and the annual business meeting is at lunch on Monday, October 20. Make sure to attend to see who our award winners are! Please let me know if you have any issues or topics you would like to see discussed! See you in October...
Your vote counts!
Click on this link for a copy of the official Midwest Chapter Ballot which includes biographical information for each candidate!
Ballots must be received by Friday, September 5, 2008.
You can fax, mail, or e-mail (with attachment) your ballot to Immediate Past President Chris Shaffer:
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.-LIB
Portland, OR 97239-3098
e-mail: shafferc AT ohsu.edu
Submitted by Marlene Porter, Midwest Chapter Treasurer
Mulford Health Science Library, University of Toledo Health Science Campus,
The Financial Statement of August 28, 2008 shows a beginning balance of $52,530.74
and an ending balance of $52,608.67, for a net increase of $77.93. This "break even" is due in part to the profit from the 2007 joint annual meeting ($6,843.20) and expenses beyond the $1,500.00 grant for the 2008 annual meeting ($5,645.75). See the updated 2008 account link.
Come join us for the 2008 Midwest MLA/MHSLA Conference "Vital Signs: Keeping You and Your Library Vibrant and Healthy" October 17-21 at the Detroit Marriott Troy in Troy, Michigan. The September 1st early bird registration date is quickly approaching, so make sure you register soon to get the discounted registration rate! Obtain valuable information from our keynote speakers Deena Ebbert regarding the FISH! Leadership Philosophy and hear Eugenie Prime discuss ways to keep your library vibrant and healthy.
This conference has much to offer attendees from paper and poster presentations to unique continuing education courses, concurrent sessions, and a forum where emerging technologies will be highlighted. Continuing education classes will be available for those interested in topics such as survey design, information mastery, screencasting, community assessment, patient safety, time management, adult learning, health disparities, and PubMed. For continuing education classes held off-site (Screencasting and PubMed), transportation will be provided for participants at no additional cost.
Want to dine out with your colleagues and try the local cuisine? The scheduled Dine-Arounds just might be the perfect option for you! Don't forget to check your e-mail at the Internet café, mingle with vendors, and network with colleagues, while attending the opening reception, a Motown Review. A conference highlight will be dinner and a reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the featured conference special event.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2008 Midwest MLA/MHSLA Conference in October. To register, navigate to http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?459908 and avail yourself of the early bird conference registration rate by September 1st. Check out the conference blog at http://midwestmla2008.blogspot.com/ for complete conference information.
We look forward to seeing you in the Motor City!
2008 Midwest MLA/MHSLA Conference Planning Committee
Submitted by Clare Leibfarth, Midwest Chapter Editor
Affinity Medical Center Medical Library, Massillon, OH
Consider this YOUR invitation to join the Midwest Chapter blogging team!
It's easy to post to our chapter blog, ConnectMidwest. You can learn how at this year's Midwest MLA/MHSLA Conference. Your intrepid blog editor (that's me) will be presenting a blogging workshop on Saturday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. Any and all interested chapter members are invited. We'll learn all about posting stories and photos using Movable Type and you will be assigned your personal login. You can even start blogging right away at the conference!
Join us on ConnectMidwest, where people and ideas mix and mingle!
Report compiled by Janna Lawrence
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
For many of us in the Midwest, the answer to the question, "How was your summer?" is "Well, except for the floods, it wasn't so bad!" According to information collected by the GMR, most health sciences libraries in the region came through the flooding with little damage, even if their institutions suffered greater injury.
At the University of Iowa, the entire campus, including the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, shut down beginning Friday, June 13, due to Iowa River flooding. Although the UI Hospital and Clinics remained open for essential services, most appointments and elective surgery were rescheduled. When campus reopened on Monday, June 23, Main Library, which had been the focus of sandbagging and evacuation, remained closed, as did more than a dozen other buildings. Main Library's damage was minor, consisting of a few inches of water in part of the basement, but it forced the library to be closed for two weeks. During that time, about fifty staff members from the Central Technical Services department made Hardin their home away from home. Information on flooding at the University of Iowa, including photos and a list of currently closed buildings, can be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/floodrecovery/.
According to Chris Kiess, librarian at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, IN, her hospital sustained "a tremendous amount of damage to both the lower level and the first floor" but the library was undamaged. The hospital was evacuated on June 7 and began re-opening on June 13. Although departments in the hospital did not begin to re-open until August, many outpatient services were provided at other locations. The hospital was committed to keep as many people employed as possible during the recovery, although employees frequently performed duties outside of their normal jobs. Chris says that because of this, she became a librarian-in-hardhat! More information on Columbus Regional's continued recovery, including many photos, can be found at http://www.crhrecovery.org/.
Randi Thon, Library Director at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, sent along this first person report:
Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids switched to emergency backup power at approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday June 12 but emergency preparedness meetings had been held the day before with the projected worst case scenarios eventually being far surpassed. At approximately 1:00 a.m. Friday June 13, the evacuation of 183 patients commenced due to the uncertainties brought by the unprecedented flooding that plagued much of the Midwest earlier this summer. While some staff assisted with patient evacuation efforts, others sandbagged and still others scrambled to save equipment, supplies and files from the basement and ground floors. Many of the departments heavily impacted by the flood are those that are integral to patient care: radiology, laboratory, catheterization lab, pharmacy, emergency, and central sterile. Mercy's administrative team set an ambitious goal of being fully operational by June 29. That goal was met with the exception of the emergency department, which opened on July 2. Though displaced, all of Mercy's services are now fully operational and are looking to return to permanent spaces in the next few weeks. More than five miles of dry wall have been laid to accomplish this!
The Watts Medical Library & Patient Resource Center, located on the 1st floor, was not affected by water, but by the flood of equipment, supplies, files and staff of displaced departments. The library doors remained open as the space was used for temporary storage space until Mercy resumed admitting patients. As the hospital slowly returned to normal operations, so did the library. Equipment and supplies disappeared as departments were moved to their temporary locations. The transition from the library being open 24/7 to the regular M-F 8-4:30 did take weeks for some staff to adjust to. Eventually, during 'off' hours, locked doors remained locked, computers stayed off and respect for the staff area returned. While there were moments of frustration, I am thankful for the opportunity and ability to offer the library's space, equipment and supplies for those departments that needed it the most.
For more information about this summer's flooding, plus resources for dealing with disaster information management, check out Emergency Preparedness section of The Cornflower, the NNLM/GMR's blog, at http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/general/emergency-preparedness/.
Submitted by Brooke Billman
Hardin Library of the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Ah copyright. How we all have a love-hate relationship with you. We love you when we can use fair use; we hate you when the laws are so obtuse or vague that the answers we give to patrons develop looks of confusion (possibly pain?) on their faces as well as ours.
Despite this fact I do have an interest in copyright and jumped at the chance to join the copyright group as a facilitator!
The discussion was a whirlwind of questions-asking, attempts at question answering, sharing mutual struggles, and going over helpful resources. Although all of the fantastic questions that were posed couldn't be answered, it was rewarding and comforting to discuss concerns with fellow information professionals. The mix of academic, corporate, and hospital libraries that we serve made for an especially interesting conversation when we kept in mind the differing patron needs and budgets (CCC) that we deal with.
In the end, I was so glad to be able to sit down in a friendly setting to discuss this topic with colleagues from across the country and across work environments. There were many things I learned but overall the conversation reaffirmed something I already knew - copyright is a wily beast that can be confusing, scary, and sometimes just annoying! Sometimes it's best to attack it in packs to understand its ways and I'm so glad I was able to do this with other MLA members. Thank you for the opportunity to facilitate such a great group!
Submitted by Jim Bulger
Allina Health Systems, Minneapolis, MN
I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a recipient of a "Free Lunch" for the Chapter Council Sharing Roundtables at MLA. The food was good; the conversation even better. I'd also volunteered to be an official recorder for the session, which was a great way to jump in.
Before getting into "issues" (i.e. challenges) facing hospital libraries, we spent some time talking about "what's good." Most of us feel very appreciated by our users and have full certainty that we make a difference to our institutions.
When it came to issues, we covered the gamut, from how to serve nurses better (if only we could give them more time), to problems with our IT departments (must you block this website?), to financial issues (no, it's not all free). In spite of differences in size, staffing, and geography (including a librarian from Saudi Arabia), we discovered much in common. So it was great to dive into the issues, though time permitted only something like a shallow Olympic swimmer's dive.
Want to learn more? All of the Roundtables Summary Reports can be found on MLAnet:
This was a great way to connect with other hospital librarians. Thanks, Midwest Chapter, for making it possible.
Submitted by Pam Rees, Midwest ChapterRepresentative to the MLA Chapter Council
State Library of Iowa, Medical Library, Des Moines, IA
Karen Hanus, Midwest Chapter Alternate Representative to the MLA Chapter Council
Medical College of Wisconsin, MCW Libraries, Milwaukee, WI
MLA's Chapter Council met on Saturday, May 17, 2008 in Chicago for their annual meeting. Most of the chapters were represented at this meeting. Karen Hanus and Pam Rees, your Midwest Chapter representatives, attended. Following are some highlights from the meeting.
Chapter Council representatives reported on social networking activities taking place in their chapters. It was suggested that Chapter Council start a wiki that would include pictures of each of the representatives. A wiki could also be used for chapter discussions on topics of interest. For example, chapters could ask questions about meeting planning or policies and procedures. A task force was appointed to look into this suggestion. It was also recommended that MLA News highlight a chapter's activities in every other issue. Chapter Council is allowed to run 6 columns a year.
There was a report from the Benchmarking Network Editorial Board Liaison noting that 307 libraries participated in the benchmarking survey last fall. The final results are not out yet.
Pam Rees chairs the Majors/MLA Chapter Project jury. The jury received three applications this year. The New York-New Jersey Project received the award for their digitization project. It was pointed out that chapters must follow all the instructions on the application in order to be considered. A chapter may reapply for an award the next year if they don't win the first time.
The Pittsburgh Chapter announced that is considering merging with another chapter because they have very few members. They could join the Philadelphia Regional Chapter or the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Many issues have to be worked out if an MLA Chapter decides to either disband or merge with another chapter.
Section Council is in the process of reorganization. Section Council includes representatives elected from each MLA section for three year terms. Under the new structure, there will be two year terms. The representatives will be the section chair and vice chair from each section serving as representative and alternate representative respectively. A new section for paraprofessionals is in the process of being approved.
It was reported that 1,727 attendees, not counting exhibitors, attended the 2007 MLA meeting in Philadelphia. There were 99 students in attendance.
The MLA annual meeting schedule for the next several years was announced:
2009 - Honolulu, Hawaii
2010 - Washington, D.C.
2011 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
2012 - Seattle, Washington
2013 - Baltimore, Maryland
2014 - Chicago, Illinois.
The Hawaii Chapter will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Honolulu and the room rates will not be more expensive than they are in the 48 states. For more information, go to http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2009/.
Representatives talked about the positive aspects of joint chapter meetings. Meeting expenses are shared and usually end up in the black. Exhibitors like them because they see more people in one place and they don't have to do so much traveling.
Karen Hanus was on the Chapter Council Presents Chapter Sharing Roundtables committee in 2007-2008 and will co-chair for 2008-2009. The Chapter Council Presents Chapter Sharing Roundtables is a popular event at every MLA meeting. Attendees register for a topic and are seated with others who have a common interest. The discussions are recorded and notes are posted on the chapter council's website at http://www.chaptercouncil.mlanet.org/. In 2008, there were Midwest Chapter and MLA scholarships available for this event. The MLA scholarships are given out to the first people who apply no matter what area of the country you are from. The Midwest Chapter asks applicants to write a short essay on why they want to attend. There are always questions asking why this is a ticketed event because participants have to pay extra to attend. It was pointed out that people have to eat anyway and if you make it a free event, it is too easy to decide not to go. Also, it would be difficult to take registrations if it were not a ticketed event. There have been some roundtable discussions sponsored by the sections that were free in the afternoon, but the attendance at these was very low.
Carla Funk, Executive Director of MLA, reported on an MLA membership survey that was taken. According to the survey, 83% of MLA members belong to a chapter. 43% plan to attend their chapter meetings in 2008 and 20% don't know yet. She said that it is encouraging to see a larger 30-39 age group coming into the association especially because there is a smaller number in the 40-49 age group. Over 50% of the organization is over the age of 50. A retiree special interest group (SIG) is under consideration because we don't want to lose the expertise and leadership abilities of those nearing or in retirement. They are good mentors for our newer members.
If you have questions about Chapter Council, please contact Karen Hanus (khanus AT mcw.edu) or Pam Rees (pam.rees AT lib.state.ia.us).
Submitted by Ann L. Schaap
Norton Healthcare Medical Library, Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Medical Library Association held its summer meeting on Tuesday, August 12 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. The meeting featured a luncheon sponsored by Ebsco, a short business meeting, a Nursing Reference Center presentation by Matt Martin, and an Ebsco CINAHL Full-Text training course by Ellen Westling.
The State of Kentucky offers Ebsco's CINAHL Full-Text as one of many state-funded packages in the Kentucky Virtual Library. Ellen gave members an excellent, in-depth overview of the Ebsco's new interface. She explained all the new features, showed what items could be changed by administrators, and answered many questions from KMLA's members. All those attending greatly appreciated Ms. Westling's expertise and insights into using the software.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) is happy to announce that Max Anderson has joined the GMR as Technology Coordinator and Samanthi Hewakapuge is the new Consumer Health Coordinator.
Max is the GMR's state contact librarian for Wisconsin and Indiana. He coordinates the technology program for the GMR's membership and develops instructional materials to teach librarians about technology trends and their application in the health sciences. He also oversees the technology improvement awards. Prior to joining the GMR, he was a Educational Services Librarian at SOLINET in Atlanta, GA, and a Public Access Computer Trainer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Max is originally from Marinette, WI, and has a strong work ethic like his forefathers. This also means he likes a good fish fry.
Samanthi is responsible for coordinating the consumer health program within the GMR's 10 states. This work includes developing instructional materials, training librarians to provide consumer health information services, and promoting NLM's consumer health resources. She also oversees consumer health subcontracts awarded to libraries and community-based organizations. She is the state contact librarian for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Prior to joining the GMR, she was a Health Sciences Librarian at Ohio University and the Outreach Information Specialist for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona. Samanthi is a native from Sri Lanka and enjoys sharing her culture through dance and food. If you ever feel like having spicy Sri Lankan food, you are welcome to visit her in Chicago!
The class Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast is scheduled for September 23, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Class will be held in room 303 of LHS - University of Illinois at Chicago.
Is there a broadcaster, announcer, or speaker inside you, just itching to get out? Think of this class as one way to unleash your inner podcaster. Promoting your services is challenging today with media and advertising coming from all sides. Perhaps podcasting can help you out! Want to learn how podcasts can help and how to make your own? This hands-on class is designed to provide a fun yet informative introduction to podcasting and how you can utilize this technology in your library services, to enable your users to access the information whenever they want, wherever they want and however they want it. Basic steps and suggestions on how to make a podcast will be covered and students will be able to enjoy hands-on practice on popular audio recording and editing software and make their first personal podcast. This course has been approved for 3 hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. For more details, please visit http://nnlm.gov/training/podcast/. Contact Max Anderson at max AT uic.edu to register for this class.
There will be two, free, hands-on, online database classes offered in Minneapolis at the Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall, 505 Essex Street SE, University of Minnesota. Classes are available to all U.S. residents. The local contact is Martha Hardy, (612) 624-3128, hardy017 AT umn.edu. To register for this class, please go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html.
The NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov class (3.5 MLA CE Hours) will be on Monday, September 15, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The NLM Gateway & Clinical Trails database are of particular interest to public and consumer health librarians and all health information consumers.
The PubMed (7.5 MLA CE Hours) class will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Spencer Foreman, MD, in First Person: an Oral History is the newest addition to the oral history series of the Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History. When interviewed in 2007, Dr. Foreman was preparing to retire after two decades as the president of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. In his oral history, he tells of childhood experiences working at a summer camp for boys in the Pocono Mountains and at his uncle's store in Philadelphia. After medical school, these early management experiences contributed to a meteoric rise in leadership positions in the U.S. Public Health Service, at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, and ultimately at Montefiore, an academic medical center and integrated delivery system located in an underprivileged part of New York City. At Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Foreman was committed to serving the needs of the local community while at the same time returning the institution to a sound fiscal position. In recognition of his contributions to health care delivery and financing, Dr. Foreman was awarded the American Hospital Association's Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award in 2006.
The full text of Spencer Foreman, MD, in First Person: An Oral History is available on the Center web site at http://www.aha.org/chhah. The Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History was established by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives and is coordinated by the AHA Resource Center in collaboration with the Health Research & Educational Trust. For more information about the Center and its programs, visit the website or contact Jeanette Harlow, director, at (312) 422-2050.
Margaret (Peggy) Richwine, MS, MLS, AHIP, will retire September 30, 2008 as Outreach Services Director at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) Libraries. Ms. Richwine has over twenty years at IUSM Libraries serving in Reference, Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, and Outreach Services. With grants from the National Library of Medicine she created SHELSI. She was also awarded a series of contracts to manage a team of Indiana librarians that assisted the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in the development and maintenance of MedlinePlus. As a capstone to a long and productive career, Ms. Richwine led the Indiana team to establish InHealthConnect.
Midwest Chapter Immediate Past President Chris Shaffer became the new University Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University on August 1, 2008. For information about his new appointment, read the press release. We'll miss you in the Midwest!
Pam Kress-Dunn is the new Librarian at Pfohl Health Science Library of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.
Submitted by Mary K. Taylor
Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Christopher Childs is the Education & Outreach Librarian at the Hardin Library of the University of Iowa. He is the library liaison to the College of Public Health, does consumer outreach, and is in charge of implementing all promotional activities for Iowa Go Local. His professional interests include consumer health, public health, health literacy, and outreach. Chris is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Texas library school, and received an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Purdue University. He was born in Long Branch, NJ but doesn't consider any place to be his home town. He has "a passion for traveling," and also enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking and most water sports.
Nicholas Dombrowski is a student at Wayne State University's library school, and anticipates graduating in 2009. He volunteers at the Helen L. DeRoy Medical Library at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. Nicholas is originally from Berkley, MI. He has an undergraduate degree in history with a minor in English from Northern Michigan University.
Robert Shapiro is a student at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science and is a research assistant at the University of Kentucky Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research. His responsibilities consist of taking courses, assisting with projects at the Center, data input and maintenance of the PHSSR topic subset of the Health Services and Sciences Research Resources database produced by the National Library of Medicine, and developing search strategies for data mining the field of PHSSR that results in retrieval and dissemination of information. He is also involved in independent projects including a bibliometric analysis of the PHSSR literature. He received an undergraduate degree in philosophy and religion from Appalachian State University. Robert's home town is Lexington, KY. His professional interests include information/health literacy, open access, and intellectual freedom.
Zachary Young is a Library Technician at the Chandler Medical Center Library at the University of Kentucky. His responsibilities include stack management, student worker training, and circulation. He is interested in clinical medical librarianship and medical informatics. This Lexington, KY native has a bachelor's degree in political science, and will receive his MLIS from the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science in 2010. He enjoys music, travel, and soccer.
MIDLINE is published in electronic format four times a year by the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association. The newsletter archives are available at http://midwestmla.org/midline-archive/. Statements and positions expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the official positions of the chapter, the chapter executive board, or the editor. Contributions from all chapter members are welcomed and encouraged.
Copy deadlines for future issues are as follows:
Fall 2008: October 15, 2008
Winter 2009: January 15, 2009
Spring 2009: April 15, 2009
Summer 2009: July 15, 2009
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. Photos should be submitted as .jpeg files.
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The Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association website is located at http://midwestmla.org.
Clare Leibfarth, Editor
Libraries and Media Services
Kent State University