CE Classes at Merge & Converge in Des Moines

What are you doing on Saturday, October 22nd?
Why not Merge & Converge in Des Moines, Iowa for a CE class (or two)?
The Joint Meeting of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of MLA is going to Merge & Converge in Des Moines on October 22-24, 2016.
The Continuing Education Committee has lined up six classes, with nine great instructors, on six topics requested by you!

Research by Design: Proposing, Planning, and Carrying Out a Research Project for the Practicing Librarian
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Cost: $150
MLA CE credit: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian for Planning and Community Relations at Concordia University in Montreal.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE Credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Tony Nguyen, NN/LM SE/A, University of Maryland, Medical Library, Baltimore, MD

Beyond the list: Unpacking the Predatory Publisher
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Catherine Arnott Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies

Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Gwen Wilson, Washburn University, Mabee Library, Topeka, KS and Kristen DeSanto, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Library, Aurora CO

Financial Advocacy: Turning Your Data into Ammunition!
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00
Cost: Free
MLA CE credits: Approved for 3 Contact Hours
Instructors: Betsy Kelly, NN/LM-MCR and Barb Jones, NN/LM-MCR

Innovative Instruction
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Amy Blevins, Indiana University Ruth Lilly Medical Library and Xiaomei Gu, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Full class descriptions are available on the conference website:
http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/continuing-education/
View complete conference information here: http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/

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Call for Submissions to the Merge & Converge Tech Forum: Partnering with Technology Champions

Would you like to share your success story for collaborating with technology champions outside of the library?

The Merge & Converge Tech Forum Planning Group is looking for panelists who want to share their IT collaboration success stories as either a “technology therapy” for those of us struggling with new technology initiatives in our institutions or an inspiration to those of us looking for new and exciting ventures. Have you participated in your college’s Learning Management System (LMS), integrated library resources in your hospital’s Electronic Health Record (EHR), collaborated on 3D printing/imaging, Big Data projects, instructional technologies, or other exciting tech projects?

If so, we want to hear from you and (if possible) your non-library technology collaborators! [NOTE: Some funding may be available to defray the cost of attendance for non-library personnel]

The Tech Forum will be taking place on Monday, October 24 from 3:30-5pm central time. The full conference schedule is available at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/schedule/

If you are interested in serving on this panel, please fill out the following form http://goo.gl/forms/QAtfslKYgSoDK34L2 by Monday, August 1, 2016. Submissions should be around 250 words or less. Panelists will be notified of acceptance by September 1, 2016.

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Register now! Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ‘16!

Registration is open as of Friday, June 17! The Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association will be held Friday, October 21 through Monday, October 24. Meeting and registration information can be found at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/. Be sure to check out the list of continuing education classes, which will be held on Saturday, October 22.

While you’re registering for the meeting, don’t forget to book your hotel room. The conference hotel is the Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. A block of rooms has been reserved for meeting attendees at the rate of $144 per night, single or double. The last day to book at this rate is September 30. Wireless high-speed internet will be available in guest rooms for $1/night. You can find information about room reservations at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/hotel-and-travel/accommodations/.

It’s not too late to submit a paper or poster abstract! The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to July 8. Notifications of acceptance will be made by August 19. More information and abstract submission instructions can be found at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/papers-and-posters/.

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New paper and poster submission deadline!

Check out the new deadline for paper and poster submissions for 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting. 

The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

The meeting will take place from October 21-25 at the Des Moines Marriott, with paper sessions held on Sunday, October 23rd and the poster session on Monday, October 24th. Abstracts that have been accepted for CHLA/MLA Mosaic 2016 will also be considered.

Deadline for abstract submission

July 8, 2016

Notifications of acceptance will be made by

August 19, 2016

Please contact Holly Henderson, holly.henderson@mercy.net or 417-820-3253, with questions.

Instructions:

  • Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.
  • Submissions should be sent to Holly Henderson via this online form.
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Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts – 2016 Annual Meeting

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2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapters/MLA Annual Meeting

Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts 

The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences topic for the 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The meeting will take place from October 21-25 at the Des Moines Marriott, with paper sessions held on Sunday, October 23rd and the poster session on Monday, October 24th. Abstracts that have been accepted for CHLA/MLA Mosaic 2016 will also be considered.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 17, 2016.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by June 29,2016.

Please contact Holly Henderson, holly.henderson@mercy.net or 417-820-3253, with questions.

Instructions:

Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.

Submissions should be sent to Holly Henderson via this online form.

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Posters Winners

The results of the judging of this year’s papers and posters:

Research Posters
1st Place
Information Access and State Public Health: Missed Opportunity or Miscommunication
Robert M. Shapiro II, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Teresa McGinley, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Matthew N. Noe, University of Kentucky Medical Center

2nd Place
Determining the Credibility of Health Information: The Perspective of Disability Counselors
Rachel Williams, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Catherine Arnott Smilth, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madision & Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Research Papers

There weren’t any papers awarded this year.

And a special thank you to Bette Sydelko and Deb Werner for their assistance with the judging process.

Congratulations to all awardees and thank you to everyone who contributed a poster and paper this year.

– Chris Childs, the new president of the Midwest Chapter

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Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

For those who missed the exciting announcement at the Chapter’s annual business meeting, this year we are launching a pilot program on a relatively small scale to assist our student and new graduate members as they prepare CVs/resumes and get ready for interviews. This is a great opportunity for those of us in positions where we chair search committees or hire librarians to help these members be well prepared. It’s a wonderful way for our membership to build each other up and does not require attending the annual meeting. The details are below.

Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

Midwest Chapter is piloting a resume/interview practice program for students and new graduates of library science/information science programs. We are opening the program to up to 10 students or new graduates and recruiting up to 10 mentors to work with them.

Eligibility
Students and new graduates must be active members of Midwest Chapter in good standing. Students are eligible for two years of free, student membership. After that time, regular membership is expected, and is renewed on a calendar year basis (due at the first of the year). “New graduate” will be defined as anyone who has graduated from a library/information science program within the last 5 years but has not yet found a professional position, or a position at the desired professional level, in a health sciences/biomedical library.
Mentors should have approximately 5 years of experience in libraries, with specific experience chairing search committees and/or hiring librarians. Potential mentors with fewer than 5 years’ experience but who have this type of hiring experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Expectations

Students and new graduates will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Submit a current CV/resume
  • Initiate contact with mentor within 30 days of receiving mentor’s contact information
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with mentors by February 15, 2016.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

Mentors will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with students/new graduates by February 15, 2016.
  • Use sample interview questions for practice purposes. Supplementing questions with others mentors typically use is also acceptable. It is also acceptable to discuss cover letter composition.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

This program is not designed to pair students and new graduates with long-term mentors. It is a voluntary short-term partnership to support new library professionals from our chapter. As a voluntary program, Midwest Chapter of MLA can make no guarantees to the quality of the interaction that may take place, but will do our part to insure a pleasant experience. There is no implication or expectation that students or new graduates will receive special consideration for hiring purposes.

Please use the following link to complete an online application: http://go.osu.edu/MCMLAPilot. Students/new graduates: please have an updated CV/resume ready, as the application asks you to upload it.

– Stephanie Schulte, Membership Secretary

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Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian

I made my MCHSL colleagues get up early Saturday morning so I could make it on time to Gabe Rios’ and Melissa De Santis’ continuing education course at noon. Despite a little grumbling, my colleagues consented and felt much better after a stop at Chick-Fil-A in Cincy. (Stevo had never been there before!)

Anyway, I had taken the 2013 version of this class in East Peoria and was looking forward to drinking from the fire hose once again, and this dynamic duo did not disappoint! If you can imagine spending four hours in a class without getting bored then I highly recommend this course the next time it’s offered.

To begin with, I think one of the best raisons d’être for the library I’ve heard recently was in this class: “Libraries democratize access to technology.” This set the tone for why we as librarians even need to stay up to date in our technology knowledge. OK, I’m on board with that, bring on the 3D printing!

So what did Gabe and Melissa cover? Much more than would be appropriate for a blog post, but here are the highlights from my perspective:

NCState as a trending library to watch.

I had liked their “Browse by Call Number” search before, but in this class we talked about their policies for technology lending. I will keep the experience and knowhow of NCState in mind as we develop policies to lend out our Chromebooks and any newer technologies that might come along.

3D Printing and Makerspaces.

MIT 3D printed hearts from actual MRI data.

3D printed hearts from actual MRI data.

I have been kind of skeptical of the whole idea of having 3D printers in libraries. As we were discussing this in class, my contrarian side came up and I asked “What would medical libraries be allowed to print anyway – just models for instruction?” However Gabe and Melissa mentioned Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 3D printed heart models direct from a patient’s MRI scan. Now that is something that could be really useful for a library to offer! This article in the MIT News mentions how surgeons “see with their hands,” and find 3D models invaluable for familiarizing themselves with a unique cardiac structure before a difficult surgery.

New Trends in Cloud/Client Architecture.

The term Device Agnostic refers to “web sites that are as readable in mobile devices as they are on desktop computers” (PC Magazine) An example of this is the new Medical Library Association website which is running on the Socious platform. I plan on reading more about what MLA has learned from implementing Socious.

Security and Beacons.

The phrase to remember here is “If you want more customization you have to give up some privacy.” Gabe and Melissa talked about beacons which are “small wireless sensors that you can attach to any location or object which broadcast tiny radio signals which your smartphone can receive and interpret.” (Estimote) This is a marketing or informational tool which lets your customers or patrons “know about things that would probably interest them because of where they are standing.” (Bluubeam) Beacon technology from companies like Estimote and Bluubeam has been in use in retail locations for awhile, but is now being brought to libraries with products from companies like Capira.

If all this makes you worry about your security, well, there is Skycure, which has been featured on the Today Show and promises to protect your mobile device from “free” wifi network threats and hackers. The best advice regarding the use of “free” wifi in public areas is “don’t shake hands with sick people!”

Virtual Reality.

Gabe and Melissa demonstrate Google Cardboard

Gabe and Melissa demonstrate Google Cardboard

Finally, one of the neatest emerging technologies covered in this class was “Google Cardboard,” a simple, fun, and affordable virtual reality technology. As Gabe is showing in this picture, you simply get (or make) an inexpensive viewer (which reminded me of a Viewmaster, which has also gotten into the cheap VR act!) and download an app for your smartphone, and you are set up for Virtual Reality!

How to drink from the firehose of emerging technology?

Although I’ve only written about five of the four dozen topics that Gabe and Melissa covered in four hours, I’d like to leave you with some ways to keep up with all this innovation:

  • The 2015 Horizon Report by Educase which “describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years.” (Educase Learning Initiative)
  • The ALA’s Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) division blog at http://litablog.org/ which contains posts on technologies and trends relevant to librarians.
  • App Reviews: For general trends in mobile device applications, AppAnnie features a Billboard Top 40 chart for various devices, while iMedical Apps also has a specifically medical top-of-the-charts list.

There are many other ways to keep up, such as conferences (SXSWTED talks) or websites (MashableTechcrunchReadWriteGizmodo or Engadget). Check them out and book mark your favorites!

Finally Gabe and Melissa gave us a set of “Questions to ask about new tools” which include:

  1. How will this help my users?
  2. What risk is associated with this tool?
  3. Could I implement this without it being perfect?
  4. Does it help me get where my users are?
  5. What is the cost?
  6. What are the consequences if I try this? If I don’t?

Attending classes like this at meetings can help librarians be prepared to navigate the digital divide that can separate even our otherwise highly educated clients and make our libraries havens of democratic access to technology.

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Happy Birthday to Us!

During our chapter meeting this week, MLA President Michelle Kraft shared a Birthday Message from the Medical Library Association. Bet you didn’t know that the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association was 65 years old!

MLA PresidentResolution Honoring the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Section

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Inc. has been in existence for 65 years;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter stimulates and fosters interest in health sciences libraries and librarianship;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter provides educational and professional development opportunities for its members through its annual meeting and promotes MLA continuing education offerings to chapter members;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter facilitates communication and the exchange of ideas and information among its members through the MIDLINE Newsletter, chapter blogs, and the Midwest Email Discussion Group;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter promotes resource sharing and cooperation among libraries and library groups in the Chapter;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter furthers MLA’s Research Agenda through its Research Awards program and the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter supports attendance for two Chapter members to attend the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables Luncheon at the MLA Annual meeting each year;

Whereas, members of the Midwest Chapter have furthered MLA’s mission by serving as MLA presidents, board members, committee chairs and members; be it therefore

Resolved, that the Medical Library Association commends the Midwest Chapter for 65 years of excellent service and accomplishment in support of the profession of health sciences librarianship.

Adopted by the MLA Board of Directors, August 2015

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Meet Student Attendee: Sam Watson

I had a mentor at my first Midwest conference: Clare Leibfarth at Kent State University. Five years later, I became a mentor, too. So I’m excited to introduce my mentee, Samuel Watson. Sam is a library school student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a GMR Student Awardee. I missed the official mentor-mentee meetup on Saturday evening, but Sam and I got to chat on several occasions later. I’m happy to learn that he is very interested in health sciences librarianship especially in Pharmacy because of his experience of working as a pharmacy technician.
Going along with my theme of 3-2-1 questions, I asked Sam these questions via emails. Below are his responses. Thank you, Sam, for sharing your thoughts!

Three things I learned from this conference:
1) I learned about the existence of Embase. An important resource to know about considering my pharmacy interest.
2) I learned that poster publishing isn’t all that intimidating. I’ll have to participate in one myself soon.
3) I learned the many concepts and issues important in medical librarianship coincide with my current SLIS education, which is highly reassuring as I near graduation.
Things that surprised me:
1) It would appear that everyone in the medical librarianship field in the Midwest knows everyone else. There were no strangers at this conference.
2) I was surprised by the variety of career paths that revolve around the medical librarianship field.
One thing I’ll never forget is that Bourbon isn’t that bad. In small doses.

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