Proposed MLA SIG: Interprofessional Education

Share your opinion by Tues. July 1!  Contact Nandita Mani (nanditam at umich dot edu) & Deborah Lauseng (dlauseng at umich dot edu).

MLA Interprofessional Education (IPE) SIG Proposal June 24, 2014
IPE Statement of Purpose: Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when “two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care”* The IPE SIG will facilitate communication and increase awareness of how MLA affiliated information professionals integrate and build partnerships with health/social science schools and divisions that foster IPE. The IPE SIG will aim to explore trends and implications for those engaged with IPE in their respective role(s).

● To provide a venue where information professionals can share knowledge and
experience related to IPE activities and engagement.
● To facilitate use of best practices when coordinating or participating in IPE initiatives.
● To provide opportunities for IPE SIG members to learn more about integration and
participation in IPE curricula and its place in the accreditation structure of many licensing

Rationale: The very nature of IPE conveys the interconnected nature of the health and social sciences and how curricula and research opportunities can be built to foster collaboration. The IPE SIG is unique and requires its own venue for discussion as it includes discussion around a multitude of components; and not one specific area of focus such as expert searching, systematic reviews, or library curriculum. IPE encompasses a holistic perspective in how information professionals can participate in a collaborative process that includes teaching, learning, research, informatics, and much more. IPE includes a variety of needs, opportunities, and requires expertise from Library information professionals from a variety of environments and who hold many different roles.

Anticipated Membership: It is anticipated that membership in the IPE SIG would include
MLA affiliated information professionals from academic, hospital, and special libraries. In
addition, those with a role in education, research, and informatics will find this SIG relevant to their work.

Nandita Mani, PhD, AHIP, and Deborah Lauseng, AMLS
University of Michigan, Taubman Health Sciences Library
*Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. IPE Definition. Retrieved from:

W. Oct 16- FREE Online Conference- The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries

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The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal | School Library Journal Online Event
October 16, 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ETOur 4th annual online event is back with a dynamic new format, featuring programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs.The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries will offer thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community, and helping students and patrons learn. The program will feature insights on managing new technologies and services; the latest developments in ebooks and streaming media; optimizing discovery; and much more!

Our expert speakers and panelists will present innovative ideas and actionable solutions for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public.

Program tracks will focus on three key areas:

 Community: Programming, Support, and Resource Sharing

 Instruction: Helping Students and Patrons Learn

 New Collections, New Content: Beyond the Container

This free, full-day online event will feature an inspiring cheap cialis super active keynote on“Libraries and Connected Learning” from professor, anthropologist, and author Mimi Ito; a forward-looking panel of thought leaders from the DPLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gates Library Foundation, IMLS, and ALA; and a Who’s Who of library professionals from across the US and Canada.

Sessions include:

 Learning 2.0 Meets MOOC: Professional Development Evolves

 Flipped School Libraries

 The Community Joins In: Library Maker Spaces

 eCollections: Beyond Novelty – Focusing in on Collection
Development, Self-Publishing, and eMagazines

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) brings a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, complete with:

 The Exhibit Hall: learn about the latest products and innovations
from our sponsors

 The Librarians’ Lounge: network with library professionals from
across the globe

 A Tote Bag: Download all of the presentations, handouts, and
promotional information you want

Registration for the live event is FREE and includes 3 months of access to the event archives on demand, including the presentations, information and handouts from the show, so sign up today!

Call for Submissions: Ethics Issue of JMLA

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) announces a special issue on ethics to be guest edited by Deborah Halsted, Senior Associate Director, Operations of Texas Medical Center Library.  The articles in this issue will consist of full length papers, systematic reviews, case studies or research reports and/or brief communications. For guidelines and descriptions of the types of  articles including full-length papers, brief communications and case studies, please see the Information for Authors. Be advised, that these will be research papers, not opinion pieces.
Some suggested topics include (but this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Research
  • Personnel (HR)
  • Collection Development
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Publishing
  • Licensing
  • Copyright
  • Retractions
  • Consumer Health

If you are interested, please contact Deborah Halsted at deborah.halsted at by June 30 with your proposed topic. If selected for consideration, authors will be required to submit a 200 word abstract to  by August 30, 2013.  Completed manuscripts should be submitted by February 1, 2014 and will go through the regular peer review process.   The publication date for this issue is October 2014.

Time = Money

Hopefully by now we’ve all seen the great Time=Money poster created and made available to us by the lovely folk at the GMR (check out the “Promoting Your Library” page for more!).  It was love at first sight for me at the Midwest Chapter Conference…

The reason I bring this up is that the concept that time is valuable has popped up in a couple places on my internet reading, and in places that could be important for us (as medical librarians trying to save our users’ time) to know about!

The first, a note in InsideHigherEd that briefly discussed “Peer Review by Twitter“, was sent to me by our current president and former ConnectMidwest Editor Clare Leibfarth (thanks, Clare!).  The article it discusses is available from NatureNews: “Peer Review: Trial by Twitter“.  Although it seems to conclude that changes to pre- and post-publication peer review aren’t happening that rapidly yet, it does imply that within the more closed world of biological research (as opposed to math & physics, where open communication has been taking place for decades on, faster communication channels might be changing the game.

The folks over at PubGet, the “search engine for life sciences PDFs”, also had some interesting thoughts to share on time, specifically  “Musings from the CEO: Why fast search is my mission“.  He talks about the time PubGet saves, but the general gist is that creating a tool that increases efficiency can have enormous value.  And nearly instant access to whatever it is that you need is therefore a Very Big Deal!  I’m thinking that’s probably not new or exciting information for us librarians (we know time=money, and that we can help our users save it!), but it bears repeating.

So, two other places talking about saving *our* users’ time.   Have you seen or heard anything else lately in this realm?  Because one of the ways we can keep making sure we are saving time is by staying on top of the tools and changes that can help us do so! 🙂

We need your help!

Greetings Midwest Folk!

One of the goals for the communications committee is to update the Midwest Chapter Website and this is where I need the help of our amazing readers! Please take a few minutes and let us know what information is out-of-date or seems obsolete on the website. We want to create a website that can be frequently visited for the most current information. And if you are able to provide the current data, we will toast your name with our cups of coffee/tea

You can either email me at or else comment to this blog (must have an account).

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Always wanted to be a star? Now you’ve got 2 chances!

The year is still young and already the YouTube opportunities abound. With promises of prizes!

MLA “Revitalizing Your Message”

Submissions Due: February 11

This “contest” invites you to be part of the Cancer Section’s MLA 2011 program (co-sponsored by Public Health/Health Administration Section, Leadership and Management Section, Library Marketing SIG, Medical Library Education Section, Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG, New Members SIG).  But you don’t have to be coming to the conference to participate!

From the official announcement: “Have you ever found yourself on the elevator with major players at your institution and wanted to communicate how the services your library provides can benefit them? How do you tell your family and friends what you do  What about a stranger on a plane? This session will showcase some tried-and-true examples of descriptions of the different roles of medical librarians, including directors, reference, instruction, genomics, consumer health, technical services, and more.

To encourage participation of those librarians who may or may not be able to attend MLA ’11, the program will include video submissions.  While public services, reference, clinical medical librarians, informationists, library directors/managers, and other frontline people may be those who might normally use an “elevator speech,” think about ways you might send out a consistent message when answering questions on budgets, access issues, and anything else. Let those viewing the submissions know how well your message works!”

For more information, check out the website.

NLM & You: the video…

There’s not a lot of information out yet about this one, but start thinking about how you can make a movie out of how NLM’s resources and services have helped your library.  What’s the occasion?  NLM’s 175th birthday, of course!

NLM plans to launch the contest with a posting on its website of entry
instructions, contest rules, and other information.  Stay tuned, the
contest will be announced soon.  Questions should be directed to:

(who wants to host the Midwest viewings?  I’ll bring the cheesy popcorn…)

MLA Election Results: The Midwest Represents!

After this year’s MLA Election, we have very outstanding people serving in positions of national leadership.  And a good number come from our very own chapter!  Please join me in congratulating our fellow Midwest Chapter Members!

President Elect:

  • Jane L. Blumenthal, AHIP, Director, Taubman Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

MLA Board of Directors (2011-2014):

  • Michelle Kraft, AHIP, Senior Medical Librarian, Alumni Library, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Nominating Committee:

  • Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP
  • (as well as Peg Allen, good friend of the Midwest Chapter!)

December’s a Good Month for Weather Preparedness!

I hope you all had great Thanksgivings and are having a wonderful start to your holiday seasons!

I recently took advantage of the opportunity to attend the Wisconsin “Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)” conference, which was a great experience for someone interested in learning about how libraries & librarians can be involved in the information needs surround disasters.  And there’s a lot of opportunities.

I won’t put all the details of that conference in here (but feel free to comment, which should be open to everyone right now, or e-mail me at adonahue[at]!).  What actually gave me the inspiration for this post was the fact that we were hurried out of the conference because of impending snow.  I got home safely ahead of the weather, but later that evening Madison got around 4 inches in the first snow of the season.  And I know Minnesota’s had their fair share already!

So I thought now would be a good time to share some weather preparedness resources, tips, and thoughts; this is the Midwest, after all (there are actually some good tips in that link…)!

  • Does your library have a plan for weather emergencies?  What happens if you and your staff can’t make it in (or just you, for the many solo librarians)?  Now might be a good time to check your continuity of service plans if you have one, or to check out some of the great resources that the GMR provides on emergency preparedness and response. Making sure you’re able to provide something as simple as a default message to display on your inter/intranet page with your library’s status and maybe an emergency contact can go a long way.
  • Along with having a plan, and maybe this should actually come first: do you have a policy for your buy cialis tablets online staff?  Is it clear when they should stay home and when to try to come in if possible?  Maybe certain positions have priority, or certain positions can work from home.  A phone chain for making sure everyone knows who is where can also be extremely helpful.
  • Does your library have necessary supplies for helping out with snowy weather?  Salt & shovels to help clear a path to entrances and to help staff & clients get in and out?  A service set up to do the clearing for you (or confirmation from your institution’s facilities management that they won’t forget you)?  Plastic sheeting and other emergency library supplies for burst pipes, if that could be an issue?  Know your physical space, and prepare for possible situations and (you know the rule) they’ll hopefully never happen!
  • If appropriate, perhaps your library could become a source of weather information (hey, information!  that’s up our alley!).  For instance, I know that the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library has current weather info regularly shown on their information displays, right next to announcements of upcoming library classes.
  • And, of course, as health sciences librarians, we can be sure we know all the best resources for weather-related health issues!  MedlinePlus has great information on hypothermia; the CDC has a whole page for winter weather-related emergencies as well as a guide devoted to health in extreme cold; and PubMed has a MeSH term for “Snow“.
  • And of course, the most important thing: keep yourself healthy!  Take care of yourself and drive safely.

All common sense, perhaps.  🙂  Happy December!

And for a final chuckle:

Cat with Invisible Snow Shovel!
Okay, this one's pretty good, too:

November is…

Quite a lot of things, actually. From

On a lighter note, from Wikipedia, it’s also:

  • National Pomegranate Month (no links better than the eHow site were popping up, but you get the idea!)

    Pomegranate with seeds
    photo by JOE MARINARO, available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
  • Movember (perhaps of interest to health sciences librarians: it is a month where men grow moustaches as a promotional and fundraising activity for men’s health issues!)

So what do all these causes have in common?  The same thing any cause that picks a month/week/day to celebrate and raise awareness: they’re promoting and advocating for their issues.  Unfortunately, National Medical Librarians’ Month in October had to give way to all these other important groups, but November is worth calling out for one BIG reason: elections!

Here in the Midwest, the midterm election brought a lot of change, and what that means for us in both our professional and personal lives is for the pundits to discuss.  I would just like to point out that with the changing of the guard, there are going to be a lot of new people who need to hear about the issues close to our hearts in the medical and health sciences information arena!  Consider this my call for us all to use the wonderful resources below to contact our state and national government representatives, or to write letters to local newspapers (you could also promote some of the causes above, maybe earning some brownie points…):

You can write a letter at any time of the year, but November, with its important disease awareness raising, pomegranates and moustaches, not to mention its election, seems like a particularly opportune time, don’t you think?

If you do write a letter or otherwise forward the medical librarian cause, we’d love to hear about it in the comments!

(and one last thing: MLA’s elections are happening right now!  be part of the process, and vote!  –note, this is the electronic ballot link and requires your login credentials.)