Winter 2016 Issue, Number 139

Submitted by Abby Thorne, MIDLINE Editor

Welcome to the Winter 2016 Issue of MIDLINE! I hope this issue finds everyone inching out of winter and closer to spring.

In this issue you will find a message from our President and lots of news from our members and region, as well as information about the Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ’16 Annual Meeting coming up in October in Des Moines, Iowa. Please consider submitting a proposal to present a paper or poster at the meeting – the deadline is April 17!

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President’s Message

Submitted by Chris Childs, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2016

The number of websites on the Internet is staggering.  According to one source there are over 990,829,105 websites currently online with a new website added per second.  Not surprisingly, the country with the most domains is the United States.  Some of the websites on the Internet contain information useful to us and necessary to our work while others do not.

I am happy to announce the recent addition of a website to the Internet that I think you will all find very useful, especially as it gets closer to October.  The website is the 2016 Annual Conference website that can be accessed directly at or by clicking on the link found on the homepage of the Chapter’s website at  I encourage all of you to take some time in the next couple of months and look at all of the information contained in this website.  Everything you need to know about the upcoming joint meeting between the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters can be found here.   If you go to the website now you can find information on available hotels and Des Moines, view the schedule and the call for papers and posters (the deadline for abstract submission is April 17).  As it gets closer to October, you’ll be able to register for the conference, find information on the speakers and continuing education classes.

So, whether you add this new website to you favorites list, bookmark it, or any of the other alternatives that are available to you, remember to consult this resource periodically between now and October. We look forward to seeing you in Des Moines.

Chris Childs at Tri-State Peak

Chris Childs at Tri-State Peak

The above photo was taken on the Kentucky side of Tri-State Peak.  The following photo was taken at Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park located just outside of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park

Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND

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Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ‘16

By Amy Blevins, Chair of the Publicity Committee for Merge & Converge

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This year, two MLA Chapters spanning sixteen states will be having one spectacular meeting in beautiful Des Moines, IA.  Originally a fort on the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers, Iowa’s state capital is now a metropolitan and commerce hub. A fun fact is that Fort Des Moines was almost named Fort Raccoon. We’ll never know if that would have affected the future name of this lovely city.

This meeting will take place from Friday October 21-Tuesday October 25 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown which is located in the center of the downtown business district.  This beautiful hotel is walking distance to shopping, art, food, breweries.  Below are just a few of the fun places you can visit that are less than a mile from the hotel.

  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park ( : 0.4 miles from the hotel. Admission: Free. This sculpture park is an extension of the Des Moines Art Center Museum and School and sits on 4.4 acres of land. It features artwork by 22 of the world’s most celebrated artists. Guided tours are available with three or more weeks’ notice.
  • Zombie Burger + Drink Lab ( 0.7 miles from the hotel. Merge & Converge is taking place in October just days before Halloween! Famous for inventive flavor combos in a “post apocalyptic chic” setting, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab serves fast food with a culinary edge in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Visit the quick-service counter for a bite on-the-go, or step into the Drink Lab for a full service meal, cocktails and Zombie Burger’s popular spiked milk shakes. Who doesn’t want to try burgers with names like “The Walking Ched,” “George Romero’s Pittsburger,” or “They’re Coming to Get You Barbara!”
  • Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge ( 0.7 miles from the hotel. Admission: Free. A focal point of the Principal Riverwalk, this iconic bridge spans the Des Moines River, linking the east and west sides of the city at the northern edge of the riverwalk loop. The bridge features two separate pathways — one for walkers/joggers and one for bicyclists.

If you’re a fan of the arts and theater, Des Moines is also known for the Des Moines Performing Arts (  which routinely hosts Broadway shows and professional live theater. Ballet Des Moines ( is presenting Ovation: A Triple Bill, from October 23-25, and the Des Moines Symphony ( offers shows throughout the year.

Being a joint chapter meeting means that Merge & Converge will have fabulous posters and papers from double the chapters! Don’t forget to submit an abstract by April 17, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be made by June 19, so you will have plenty of time to perfect your poster or paper presentation.

To find out more, please check out the conference website at and keep up with the latest news and information via the Twitter and Facebook links located on the top right of the page.

We can’t wait to Merge & Converge with all of you in Des Moines!


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Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts: 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapters/MLA Annual Meeting  

Submitted by Xiaomei Gu, Conference Program Committee

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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, or 417-820-3253, with questions.



  • Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.

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

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Developing a Librarian Presence in the Active Learning Curriculum

By Dawn Hackman, M.S., Research & Education Librarian, University of North Dakota Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND

In January 2015, the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota (UND) hosted a workshop called “The Librarian and Active Learning Models.” The primary goals for this project were to 1) educate librarians on ways that they can use active learning principles in library instruction and to 2) identify faculty partners for incorporating librarians into active learning activities in the curriculum. Active learning is gaining interest in UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), partly due to the school’s new building (estimated to be completed in July 2016), which was designed around the concept of active learning spaces. Just as faculty are investigating ways to adapt their content to take advantage of these innovative new spaces, so too are the librarians. These considerations led me to look for professional development that would help me and my fellow librarians incorporate active learning principles into our instruction, as well as give us the background and confidence to advocate for the librarian’s role within the curriculum. It was important to me that the professional development opportunity be brought to our campus, so that multiple people could benefit from it.

With the help of the SMHS’s new Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning, I searched for continuing education opportunities that could be brought to UND and that would be relevant to faculty and librarians alike. I found “The Librarian and Active Learning Models: Team-Based Learning, Problem-Based Learning, and Case-Based Learning” through the Medical Library Association’s Educational Clearinghouse. (Incidentally, this CE course is being offered at MLA ’16 in Toronto and I would highly recommend it!) This workshop covered three common active learning models, all which are relevant to UND’s current medical curriculum. In addition to covering how librarians can incorporate active learning principles in information literacy instruction, the workshop highlighted how librarian expertise can be useful in the classroom. Fortunately the instructors were willing to bring their class to us. Unfortunately it’s always expensive to fly to North Dakota! That’s when I noticed the call for applications for the professional development grant offered by the Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM. I applied for (and received) a generous grant, which partially covered the costs of holding the workshop.* Additional financial support was provided by my institution.

The workshop was attended by 11 librarians, 13 teaching faculty, 2 instructional designers, and the medical school’s AD for Teaching & Learning. Faculty participation was crucial for the success of this workshop, as they are the frontline of instruction and curriculum decisions at any academic institution. The best way for librarians to become involved in the classroom is to have faculty who can advocate for their value. Also key was the participation of the Associate Dean. He was already an enthusiastic supporter of involving librarians in the curriculum prior to the workshop. However, attending the workshop seems to have inspired him on practical ways in which librarians can be involved. Just a few weeks after attending the workshop, he started suggesting that faculty members contact a librarian for help implementing an active learning exercise in their lectures. As for librarian participation, originally only medical librarians were going to be targeted by this workshop. However, the error of that strategy soon became obvious. The three major libraries on campus (a general academic library, a medical library, and a law library) are collaborating with instruction more than ever before. Classes may be cross-listed between departments or could involve multiple information specialists (e.g. a class on health law and policies). Taking that into consideration, all teaching librarians at UND were invited to the workshop. Additionally, two of our off-site medical librarians were able to attend the workshop remotely via videoconference.

The workshop has led to several significant breakthroughs already. Immediately following the workshop, one faculty member reached out to two subject liaisons and informed them that she would be reworking her entire syllabus later that evening to add active learning exercises that utilized the librarians’ presence and expertise. Two other librarians have already added active learning principles to their bibliographic instruction. One of those librarians noted that adding active learning strategies “takes time and effort” and led her to reevaluate and restructure everything in her original presentation.

The workshop proved to be a great networking opportunity too, as it brought together faculty and librarians from multiple disciplines. Some of the faculty were already involved with active learning, whereas some were unfamiliar with the concept. Faculty were able to swap ideas and, perhaps most importantly, were able to see what their librarians had to offer through the activities that the workshop instructors had planned. UND’s librarians have discussed plans to continue building off of these breakthroughs. The Active Learning Task Force has indicated its interest in including liaison librarians in their own future faculty training plans. The medical librarians have also discussed conducting customized workshops for faculty later to highlight the unique instructional roles librarians can play in an active learning curriculum. Another opportunity for faculty outreach might be through collaboration with the instructional designers who attended the workshop. This workshop has definitely helped lay the foundation for greater librarian involvement in active learning at the University of North Dakota and can, for that reason, be deemed a success!

*This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No.HHSN‐276‐2011‐00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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Member News – Native Voices Coming to North Dakota

Submitted by Marcia Francis, University of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND

Four locations in North Dakota have been selected to host the Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness traveling exhibition in North Dakota. Midwest Chapter librarians, Merete Christianson, Mark Holman, and Marcia Francis worked with other librarians and organizations to submit the successful applications.

Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates will be hosting the exhibit during the spring of 2017, and North Dakota State University in Fargo will host in the fall of that year. The Heritage Center in Bismarck, part of the State Historical Society of North Dakota and location for the Midwest Chapter’s 2014 meeting social event, will host the exhibit during the summer of 2018. Last but not least, the Grand Forks Public Library in Grand Forks receives the exhibit in the spring of 2019.

The American Library Association, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), made the announcement in December. A list of all 104 selected organizations hosting the exhibit from 2016 to 2020 is available.

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Member News – News from UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria

Submitted by Carmen Howard, UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria

Deborah Lauseng, Assistant Professor and Regional Head Librarian at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) in Peoria

Deborah Lauseng, Assistant Professor and Regional Head Librarian at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) in Peoria

Deborah Lauseng now part of UIC – Peoria

Deborah Lauseng, AMLS, began her new role as Assistant Professor and Regional Head Librarian at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) in Peoria on January 4th.  Her responsibilities include managing all aspects of a user-centered academic health sciences library and serving on UIC administrative and curriculum committees on the Peoria campus.  Deborah is a member of the LHS leadership team and contributes to strategic direction and planning for the four sites of the Library of the Health Sciences. Building on her previous experiences at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the existing strengths and expertise of LHS in Peoria, Deborah is looking forward to many exciting and innovative opportunities for the Library through integration and outreach.

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The Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence (NExT) project is happy to announce the availability of its free online course.  The NExT team, composed of nurses and librarians affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Western Illinois University, has been providing in-person workshops to public health professionals since 2014 and has now launched the online version of the workshop.  The course teaches evidence-based public health practice concepts and introduces free, high-quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other sources.

The NExT project’s evidence based public health information portal can be accessed at  The online course is available from the NExT portal, from the phPartners Education & Training page, or directly accessible at

Nurses taking the course, either as an in-person workshop or online, are eligible for 3 free CEUs (issued by the Western Illinois University – School of Nursing).  Many public health professionals (home health aides, dieticians, administrators, etc.) have attended the NExT workshop, and they have stated that the content was valuable and their time was well spent.

We ask that you share this information with your public health patrons and anyone interested in evidence based practice.

Coming Soon: Our new mobile website which helps with accessing critical public health information on the go and in the field!

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN‐276‐2011‐ 00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Regional News – Ohio

Submitted by Mary Pat Harnegie, AHIP, South Pointe Medical Library, Warrensville Hts., Ohio

The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) will be holding its 2016 Spring meeting at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Library on April 29, 2016 from 9:00-3:30 pm.  Our program includes a 3 hour MLA CE on Grey Literature for Clinical Evidence by  Gaelen Adams, Brown University.  Cost of the meeting includes lunch and is $45/members and $55/non-members.  All are welcome.  For further information, please see the OHSLA website at


The Cleveland Clinic Floyd D. Loop Alumni Library has added 3 new members to its staff:

  • Matt  Weaver, Systems Librarian, comes from Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH where he was the IT manager.  He recently presented at the National ASIST meeting.
  • Theresa Kline, Reference and Outreach Librarian, comes from Aultman College and Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH.
  • Cindy Avallone, Reference Librarian, returns from a year off.  Cindy is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and maintains the Consumer Health Information Professional Level 2 certification.
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Regional News – Wisconsin

Submitted by Dora Davis, ProCareHealth

Karen Hanus, Interim Library Director, and Elizabeth Suelzer, User Education and Reference Librarian, of Medical College of Wisconsin published an article in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship titled “Evaluating the Impact of an Institution’s Research.”  The article describes the analysis that we perform on the articles published by all MCW authors annually; the results of the analysis are shown at the Research Day event hosted by MCW’s Office of Research.

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Ramblings from the Representative-at-Large

Submitted by Patty Lunsford, Midwest Chapter Board Representative-at-Large, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Lafayette, Indiana

“The State Liaisons Committee shall serve as a conduit for communication between the chapter and state health sciences library associations, local library groups and library science educational programs. It shall serve as a mechanism for chapter officers and committees to distribute information and receive feedback at the state and local level.”

In the last issue of Midline, I mused about aspirations which I hold for professional development and enhancement – not merely personally, but for all our libraries. There are so many services, resources, ideas, perspectives, and challenges which we all share across our diverse types of libraries and the populations and communities we serve.

In resorting back to my hopes of initiating a “buddy system” with public and school libraries, a wonderful venture has also been presented in Indiana, which was reported and expounded upon this week on our State’s Public Library listserv.

One of our public libraries (Rushville IN) announced that instead of conducting the traditional collaborative summer reading program in which most of Indiana’s public libraries participate, Rushville is creating Hoosier Quest in conjunction with Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration. As Rushville’s Director Sue Prifogle wrote with humor and enthusiasm, “Not only is our Hoosier Quest reading, it’s also (ta da) a QUEST!” She went on to explain how she divided the State of Indiana into five geographic regions.

The quest would challenge participants (she stressed hopefully as families, not simply as individuals) to complete at least three out of five tasks for each region of the state. Included in those tasks will be obtaining a bookmark or pamphlet or unique item, from a diverse place (not necessarily a public library) which had been contacted, either by mail, phone, email, or a visit. Whenever feasible, families would earn additional points for actually visiting a library or place and having a photo taken with a flat version of one of Rushville’s own library mascots or with the personnel at the library or place they visit.

This seemed like a perfect and fun way to integrate medical libraries into this public library venture. I inquired as to including my medical and School of Nursing libraries as prospective destinations for my region of the State of Indiana (Northwest). While this likely seems a small venture, especially for those of you whose academic and medical libraries are already collaborating visibly and actively in your communities, for me/us, it also seems like a user-friendly way for folks to overcome their aversion to hospitals.

I would also like to ask—not only for my libraries, but for all of yours as well, several questions regarding services and events you offer in these areas: do you have, or plan to create, special collections for veterans suffering from PTSD, or special-interest groups (Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups, cardiac health, any special areas)? Do you have museums or special shelving for  antiquated medical equipment, historic objects, classic books, unique collections? Do you actively promote your libraries and welcome the public to explore your resources?   All of these aspirations and recommendations from colleagues of my four hospitals’ medical, nursing, and allied staffs have crossed my desks and been posted in my emails.

I am anxious to learn how you folks creatively and enthusiastically develop these, or similar, resources and collections, and serve your patrons.

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For the Record

Submitted by Abby Thorne, MIDLINE Editor


Briney K, Goben A, Zilinski L. Do You Have an Institutional Data Policy? A Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies. J Schol Comm Lib. 2015 Sep;3(2):eP1232. doi:

Dexter, N. & Lorbeer E.R. (2016). “Born Digital”: A Tale of New and Developing Health Sciences Libraries.  MLA News. 56(1), 12.

Dixon BE, Whipple EC, Lajiness JM, Murray MD. Three decades of utilizing an integrated information infrastructure for outcomes research: A systematic review, Health Information & Libraries Journal. 2015; Dec. 7 doi: 10.1111/hir.12127 PMID: 26639793

Goben A, Raszewski R. Policies and Background Literature for Self-Education on Research Data Management: An Annotated Bibliography. ISTL. 2015;82(Fall 2015). doi:

Goben A, Raszewski R. Research Data Management Self-Education for Librarians: A Webliography. ISTL. 2015;82(Fall 2015). doi:

Lim JY, Deo SV, Rababa’h A, Altarabsheh SE, Cho YH, Hang D, McGraw M, Avery EG, Markowitz AH, Park SJ. Levosimendan Reduces Mortality in Adults with Left Ventricular Dysfunction Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Card Surg. 2015 Jul;30(7):547-54. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12562.

Liu GC, Odell JD, Whipple EC, Ralston RK, Carroll AE, Downs SM. Data visualization for truth maintenance in clinical decision support systems, International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2015;2(2):64-9.



Donahue, A. Identifying Pleiotropic Variants Using ClinVar & National EHR Data. Poster session presented at: American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting; 2015 October; Baltimore, MD.

Wilson AB, Taylor MA, Klein BA, Sugrue MK, Whipple EC, Brokaw JJ. The effects of virtual microscopy on learner performance: a meta-analysis. Poster session presented at: American Association of Anatomists Regional Meeting; 3 October 2015; Milwaukee, WI.


Newsletters and Blogs

Burt, HA. NLM E-Minute: Education for Everyone: Never-ending Resources for all Ages.

Lorbeer, E. (2015, July 31). Print vs. digital textbooks and the challenge of meeting student needs.  Exchanges. [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Lorbeer, E. (2015, November 13).  Positivity and progress: a report from this year’s Charleston Conference.  Exchanges. [Blog post]. Retrieved from

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New Member Profiles

Submitted by Mary Taylor, AHIP, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Jenny Taylor is Instructor & Regional Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana in Urbana, Illinois. She is responsible for reference, instruction, and technology issues for the UIC’s Nursing and Medical schools at the Urbana campus. Her professional interests include the library user experience and public services technologies. Jenny earned a MS in Information Science from the University of North Carolina in 2004. She has an undergraduate degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. This Williamsburg, VA native enjoys “Spending time with my family, corralling my toddler, reading, traveling, gardening, and eating.” She adds, “I’ve worked in several types of libraries, mostly related to reference and technology.  I worked in a health sciences library as a graduate student and loved the experience, so I’m eager to get back in that area.”

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