Spring 2021 Issue 158

SPRING is in the air! And our long experience with COVID is happily receding a bit. We have a boatload of news in this issue of MIDLINE!

We have new NNLM contracts effective May 1. See details in this issue.

Take some time to read about the new Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee.

Midwest Chapter will join with the Mid-Continental Chapter for our annual conference October 13-15. Be sure to check out the joint call for submissions. 

The Wisconsin Health Science Library Association is having a conference in June. SLA Midwest will also have a symposium in June. The NCBI Midwest Workshops will be offered in June. The Health Science Librarians of Illinois will meet in October. So many meetings!

And see all kinds of announcements from the University of Toledo, the Indiana School of Medicine, and the University of Iowa libraries!

Happy reading –

Liz Lyman and Joyce McFadden, MIDLINE co-editors

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President’s Message

Hello Midwest Chapter/MLA! 

Spring is in the air

I am writing this message from my living room where I can see the trees and plants blooming outside. Like many of you, I am still working from home and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. So much is up in the air concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and when things will become fully open again. In the meantime, spring is here and that means that it’s time to start thinking about conferences!

Once again, we will have a joint, virtual conference with the Midcontinental Chapter, October 13-15, 2021. We experienced our chapter’s first virtual conference last year and the planning committee really pulled it off. I am looking forward to this year’s conference, especially now that I’m getting used to the online format. I get more and more comfortable with each conference. Thank you to Carol Shannon and Krista Jacobson for taking on the roles of Conference Co-Chairs for the Midwest Chapter. They are joined by Emily Glenn and Brenda Linares from the Midcontinental Chapter.

NNLM Regional Medical Libraries: Spring is a time of change

On May 1, 2021, the Network of the National Library of Medicine transitioned into the new Regional Medical Libraries (RML) structure, going from 8 regions to 7. Most of the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) transitioned into Region 6, but some states shifted to other regions: Kentucky moved into Region 1 and North Dakota joined Region 4.  Learn more about NNLM Region 6.  

Please note that the NNLM changes do not affect the set up of our chapter. We will continue to be a nine-state strong chapter of the MLA. Kentucky and North Dakota members – you will continue to be part of our chapter and we don’t plan on letting you go. 😊

Midwest Chapter/MLA Strategic Plan: Spring is a time for planning

In between planning my garden, planning what to do with my kids this summer, and planning for summer library orientations, I also want to add in planning for the future of the chapter. 

At our last executive board meeting in April, I talked with the board about setting up a special committee to generate a strategic plan for our chapter. The board was wholly on board and we are planning to meet in a few weeks to start a SWOT analysis. I am also inviting anyone in the chapter to join in on June 14, 2021 for a casual, lunch-time discussion to talk about our chapter’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Register here. In addition to the virtual meeting, The SWOT analysis will be made available online so that you can contribute without having to attend a meeting.  

Sometime in July or August, the board will meet again to review the SWOT analysis and to come up with 3-year goals for the chapter. Members will be able to provide input and feedback on the goals before they are officially unveiled at the Midwest Chapter/MLA Business Meeting during the 2021 annual conference. I believe that it is integral to have input from all chapter members throughout the strategic plan process. If you want to join the special committee, please send me an email – esuelzer@mcw.edu. Also, stay tuned to the chapter listserv to stay updated on the process.

Submitted by Liz Suelzer, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2021.

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New NNLM contract (2021-2026) effective May 1

The NLM has awarded new 5-year cooperative agreements as Regional Medical Libraries (regions including Midwest Chapter states included in this list) to the following institutions:

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements (nih.gov)

Region 1:  Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and District of Columbia
University of Maryland at Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
University of Iowa
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
Iowa City, IA

National Coordinating Office:

NNLM Evaluation Center (NEC)
Northwestern University
Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center
Chicago, IL

Submitted by Ramune Kubilius

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Call for Submission– MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting

The Joint Research Program Committee invites poster, paper, and lightning talk abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2021 MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting. The meeting will take place virtually from October 13-15, 2021.
Submission to present at the MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting is open to members and non-members of MCMLA and the Midwest Chapter. Papers will have 20-30 minutes for their presentation, while lightning talks will have 5-10 minutes. Posters will be available in an online tool with optional audio narration. For accepted submissions, at least one author should be in attendance at the virtual conference.
Submission of work that has previously been presented at MLA but not at MCMLA/Midwest Chapter is welcomed and encouraged for this year’s joint meeting. Both program descriptions and research projects are encouraged. Feel free to forward this announcement to potentially interested parties that may not have received this email.
Deadline for submissions is June 4th. Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by July 30th

Never before submitted a structured abstract for a conference? Join us for an informal Structured Abstract Brown Bag on May 21, 1pm CT (12pm MT, 2pm ET). We’ll talk about requirements for conference abstracts, types of presentations, and answer any questions you may have. Session will be recorded. Link to join the Zoom meeting: https://umn.zoom.us/j/93414540324?pwd=Zi9jWWpxcHA2ak9LTTJEcmZuMVlKZz09
Please contact Research Program Committee co-chairs Emily Vardell (evardell@emporia.edu) or Jolene Miller (Jolene.Miller@utoledo.edu) with questions. 

Submitted by Jolene M. Miller, MLS, AHIP

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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Survey coming out soon!

In 2020, the Midwest Chapter/MLA created an Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee. We have spent the last few months discussing our mission and our chapter’s needs. In the next few weeks, we will be distributing a survey that will ask for input on what you would like to see from the IDEAC and to help us get a better understanding of our membership. We will use the responses to guide our next steps as a committee. The survey will take about five minutes to complete and is anonymous. Filling out the survey is completely voluntary, and you may feel free to skip any questions you feel uncomfortable answering. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, you may contact the IDEA Committee Chair, Caroline Allen, at Caroline-Allen@uiowa.edu. Thank you to the JMLA Equity Task Force for allowing us to use questions from their demographic survey.

Submitted by Caroline Allen 

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Upcoming NCBI Midwest Workshops

Registration is now open for the virtual NCBI Midwest Workshops hosted by the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library on June 7, 8, 14, 15, 2021. 

The workshop schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 7th, 9am-12noon ET: NCBI Resources for Genetic Disease Discovery and Clinical Support. This online, interactive workshop is designed for those involved in clinical practice and/or translational research.

Register here: http://bit.ly/Midwest_GeneticDiseaseDiscoveryRegistration 

Tuesday, June 8th, 9am-12noon ET: NCBI Genome Resources for Animal Model Organism Research. This online, interactive workshop focuses on NCBI’s web-based resources for accessing and analyzing genome assembles and annotation data, with an emphasis on non-human organisms.

Register here: http://bit.ly/Midwest_AnimalGenomeResourcesRegistration 

Monday, June 14th, 9am-12noon ET: An Update on NCBI BLAST and Other Sequence Analysis Tools. This virtual workshop highlights new displays and features and introduces best practices for use of NCBI BLAST services.

Register here: http://bit.ly/Midwest_BLASTUpdateRegistration 

Tuesday, June 15th 9am-12noon ET: Getting Started with NCBI Data in Python. Learn how to tackle bigger biomolecular datasets more reliably with the power of Python programming. This workshop is designed for biologists without programming experience

NOTE: Due to its technical nature the enrollment for this workshop is limited to 50. If you are interested in applying, please fill out the form linked below by May 24th. We will let you know about your status by May 26th and ask you to RSVP by May 28th.


Submitted by Merle Rosenzweig

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2021 SLA Midwest Symposium June 4!

Find out why the Midwest is home to some of the most innovative thinking in information services and specialized libraries! Learn from your colleagues’ lightning talks, discussions, and keynotes.

When:   June 4th, 2021   9:00am – 1:00pm CT

Registration cost:

  • SLA Member – $10
  • SLA Non-Member – $20
  • Students, speakers, and planning committee – Free

Online Instructions: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sla-midwest-symposium-tickets-150677080203

SLA Midwest Symposium Website

Submitted by Ramune Kubilius

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Registration open for 2021 Wisconsin Health Science Library Association Conference

Registration is now open for the 2021 Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA) Conference. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday June 16, from 9:30am to 4pm.

Our keynote speaker is Jolene Miller, AHIP, from the University of Toledo. Jolene will introduce us to reflective practice – a more intentional and structured way to reflect on situations at work – with a focus on coping with change. She will talk about the varied ways to engage in reflective practice and guide us through a brief reflective writing experience and reflective conversation.

The conference also features quick three-minute presentations to introduce you to the ‘tech’ (software, apps, gadgets, accessories) that is making our work or personal lives more efficient, more organized, or just more fun. Sign up in advance to claim one of the limited spots and share your favorite tech.  

Registration is free for WHSLA members, $30 for non-members, and $10 for students, retirees, and those enduring hardship/furloughs. Not a WHSLA member? Join for $20 and then register for the conference at no additional cost.

Why attend?

  • Network with other health science librarians
  • Attend from home or work
  • Learn about reflective practice
  • Share your favorite tech tool  
  • Hear what’s going on with MLA

 See the full schedule for more details and to register for the conference.

Submitted by Kathy Koch

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Save the Date!

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) is proud to announce that we will be hosting our Annual Conference virtually in 2021. The Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, October 29. More details will be coming!

Also, save the date for HSLI 2022. We will be hosting the Conference in person at Starved Rock State Park, from Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9.

For more information, please check the Conference website, at https://hsli.org/conference/

Submitted by Eric Edwards

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Hardin Library Contributions to MLA Annual Conference!

Paper Session

  • Workshop the Workshop: Continuous Quality Improvement Strategies for an Instruction Series.
    • Heather Healy
    • Jennifer Deberg
    • Riley Samuelson
    • Matt Regan
    • Damien Ihrig
    • Chris Childs
    • Jessica Elliott
    • Janna Lawrence

Lightning Session

  • Reimagining Mentorship: A Virtual Mentoring Program for Medical Librarians.
    • Nell Aronoff
    • Heather Healy
    • Emily Glenn


  • Roots of Medicine: A Collaborative Medicinal Garden Project
    • Matt Regan – Clinical Education Librarian, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
    • Chris Childs – Clinical Education Librarian, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
    • Damien Ihrig – Curator, John Martin Rare Book Room, University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
    • Elizabeth Kiscaden, AHIP – AVP, Library Services, University of Iowa Libraries, Creighton University

Submitted by Heather Healy and Chris Childs

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University of Toledo News

  • Gerald Natal, Health Sciences Librarian, was recently promoted to Associate Librarian with Tenure.
  • Margaret Hoogland, Clinical Medical Librarian, will be moderating everyone’s favorite session at MLA: “My Favorite Tool” (Tuesday, May 25, 10:00 am CDT)
  • Jolene Miller, Director of the Mulford Health Science Library, will be presenting the results of her 2019 Research Training Institute project, “Health Sciences Librarians’ Engagement in Work-Related Reflection: Results of a Qualitative Exploration of Why They Engage in Reflective Practice,” also at the MLA annual conference.

Submitted by Jolene M. Miller

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News from Ruth Lilly Medical Library. Indiana University School of Medicine

President’s Award 2021!

Please join us in congratulating Mirian Ramirez, our very own Research Metrics Librarian, for receiving the Medical Library Association President’s Award 2021. Her work with the Latinx Caucus and contributions to the Spanish-language COVID-19 Resource Page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18TNTjiY-iUW4mxYCt5RZnkd2H15TZHPXARyEGN9_H-c/edit are incredibly important for sharing reliable information resources in Spanish to gather COVID-19 information for health information professionals, patients, and the public.



Amy Blevins, MALS, was awarded tenure (in effect July 1, 2022) and promoted to full librarian (in effect July 1, 2021). 

Beth Whipple, MLS, AHIP was promoted to full librarian (in effect July 1, 2021).

Peer Reviewed Papers:

Wang S, Lindroth H, Chan C, Greene R, Serrano-Andrews P, Khan S, Rios Gabriel, Jabbari S, Lim J, Saykin AJ, Khan B. A Systematic Review of Delirium Biomarkers and Their Alignment with the NIA-AA Research Framework. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Jan;69(1):255-263. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16836. Epub 2020 Sep 25. PMID: 32975827; PMCID: PMC7923964.

Chan CK, Song Y, Greene R, Lindroth H, Khan S, Rios Gabriel, Khan B, Wang S. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of ICU Delirium Biomarkers and Their Alignment with the NIA-AA Research Framework. 2021 (in press, American Journal of Critical Care).

Raciti CG, Enane LA, MacDonald KR, Whipple Elizabeth C, Ott MA, McHenry MS. Ethical considerations for research involving pregnant women living with HIV and their young children: a systematic review of the empiric literature and discussion. BMC Med Ethics. 2021 Apr 1;22(1):38. doi: 10.1186/s12910-021-00601-x. PMID: 33794891; PMCID: PMC8017748.

Nguyen KA, Eadon MT, Yoo R, Milway E, Kenneally A, Fekete K, Oh H, Duong K, Whipple Elizabeth C, Schleyer TK. Risk Factors for Bleeding and Clinical Ineffectiveness Associated With Clopidogrel Therapy: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis. Clin Transl Sci. 2021 Mar;14(2):645-655. doi: 10.1111/cts.12926. Epub 2020 Dec 5. PMID: 33202084; PMCID: PMC7993261.


Whipple Elizabeth C, Knapp M. MLA Podcast 005: The Impact of COVID-19 on Caregiving and Children. Press, Play, Connect. Published on March 26, 2021. 

Submitted by Beth Whipple

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