Spring 2016 Issue, Number 140

Submitted by Abby Thorne, MIDLINE Editor

Welcome to the belated Spring 2016 issue of MIDLINE! In this issue, you will find a message from our president as well as news from other members and an article in memory of Kathy Schilling, a past chapter president. In addition, the winners of the “Free Lunch” Awards present their takeaways from the Chapter Council Roundtables Luncheon at MOSAIC 2016.

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President’s Message

Submitted by Chris Childs, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2016

Christopher Childs at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Iowa

Palisades-Kepler State Park in Iowa

Hi Everyone,

The concept of the mentor/mentee relationship is a familiar one to all of us.  More than likely during the beginning of your professional career you played the role of mentee until one day you found yourself in the role of mentor.  A rite of passage some might say and one that I hope has been rewarding to all of you.  There are always opportunities to play the role of mentor or mentee, and for those of you looking for such an opportunity, allow me to introduce you to the Midwest Chapter’s Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program.

Debuting last year, this program matched nine students and recent graduates of library/information science programs with mentors for a two month period (Dec 15, 2015 – Feb 15, 2016).  During this time, the mentees submitted their CVs/resumes to their assigned mentors and both parties set up two-30 minute meetings for the purpose of reviewing and receiving feedback on the CVs/resumes and practicing interview questions.  At the end of the program, everyone was asked to fill out a survey about their experiences.  An evaluation of the program conducted in April revealed that all respondents were extremely or somewhat satisfied with the program and that 71% of the meetings actually lasted between 30-60 minutes.  There were also several suggestions made on how to improve on the program such as expanding the duration of the program to allow for a third meeting, providing an online resource site, etc.

Matthew Noe, one of the mentees had this to say about the program:

“Looking back on it, I think the most valuable part of the experience was the opportunity to bounce ideas off of someone already well-established – something I prize as a first-generation, imposter-syndrome bearing new professional. The confidence that I gained through our conversation proved valuable, as I am now working as a Library Fellow at the UMASS Medical School Lamar Soutter Library. I hope that the program not only continues moving forward, but that it can expand and provide a pathway into the profession for even more new graduates.”

So, if you are interested in participating in the program, you’ll have a chance to do so later on this year.  In the meantime, the Board is going to look into ways to improve on what was done in 2015 for the benefit of all of future mentors and mentees. This program is the brainchild of Stephanie Schulte, the Chapter’s Membership Secretary, and I would like to thank her for providing me with the content to include in this message.

Sunrise at Arches National Park in Utah

Sunrise at Arches National Park in Utah

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In Memory of Kathy Schilling

Submitted by Patty Lunsford, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Lafayette IN


Kathy Schilling was timeless, ageless, eternally comfortable and comforting, she energized and inspired us simply by being here–with her voice, her smile, her delightful wit, and her calm and capable leadership and talent as an instructor, librarian, mentor—and, lest we forget–she was a RABID Pittsburgh Steelers fan–and woe (with a broad smile) to any student or colleague who dared to cheer  for–or even mention–any other professional football team in her presence!

Her biography, posted above and lovingly penned by her family, aptly describes her full and successful life and career. She served in numerous capacities, including as our Midwest Chapter MLA President (2011-2012), in the Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association, Midwest Chapter MLA, Medical Library Association, and consulted for the National Library of Medicine. Several of her students at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing (formerly Indiana University School of Library and Information Science) were selected as interns for the National Library of Medicine and have continued on to be nationally and internationally recognized for their work and their contributions to our profession.

I am certain that many of us, and especially her aspiring students, voiced more than once, that wistful hope: “When I grow up, I want to be just like Professor Schilling…

Liz Weinfurter, Kathy Schilling , and Janna Lawrence (Photo courtesy of Clare Leibfarth)

Past chapter Presidents Elizabeth Fine Weinfurter, Kathy Schilling, and Janna Lawrence


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Chapter Sharing Roundtable “Free Lunch” Winners at MOSAIC ’16

Submitted by Hanna Schmillen, MLIS, Health Sciences & Professions Librarian, Ohio University, Recipient of The Midwest Chapter/MLA “Free Lunch” Award 

First Timer Roundtable Luncheon Experience: Integrating You and the Library into the Curriculum

Before I dive into my experience at the Mosiac’16 Roundtable luncheon, I want to thank the MidWest Chapter Awards & Scholarships Committee for granting me the “free lunch” award. As a new member and new professional, the luncheon was a wonderful opportunity for me to network with others who are invested and experienced with the topic of librarians in the curriculum.

Going into this luncheon, I was hoping to pick experienced brains and get some tips on how to integrate myself further into the curriculum. Luckily, I had some enthusiastic faculty members/departments within my first year, but what about scalability and integrating myself with those departments that were not initially as zealous? Additionally, how can I get the leadership and faculty to think of the library at the beginning of the course planning process instead of an afterthought? How can I communicate to them that I can help and be an asset without constantly (metaphorically) jumping up and down yelling, “Look over here! See what I can do!”?

When I checked into the luncheon, I was given a little ticket with two table numbers. Apparently, this was a hot topic because two tables were designated for the topic of integrating libraries into the curriculum. I sat at my table and we all introduced ourselves to each other and dove in quite quickly. One of the first things discussed were challenges with integrating libraries into the curriculum. The top three challenges were: finding time to work within the curriculum, curriculum changes and keeping up, and evidence-based medicine/practice. I think the first two are directly related where time is the main obstacle, or rather lack thereof (#notsurprised). Because many of us wear multiple hats, finding the time to really focus on the big picture of the curriculum, including keeping up with program changes, is not an easy task. However, with further discussion we came to the conclusion that we are not the only ones with this problem, the faculty and curriculum committees also wear multiple hats. So there is some solace in that we are all in the same boat. Thus my new manta: “I realized this week that I just cannot do it all. So I will choose to do what I can, fabulously.” (Clinton Kelly)

When we discussed evidence-based medicine/practice that lead directly into tactics for instructing EBM effectively and efficiently with the mindset that if we do this well, word will spread. Because EBM concepts and practices fall very closely to information literacy and our frameworks, there was an overall consensus that this is a perfect opening for health and medical librarians to integrate themselves into the curriculum. There was a lot of discussion on what kind of in-class activities, assignments, and methods were used in instruction sessions. Several of the librarians also shared their experience working in the curriculum, where EBM and research methods were their main focus.

Here are some gold nuggets from my table:

  • Sometimes (okay, most of the time) you have to be patient and work really well with one instructor, word will spread.
  • When you are in a session and you have an in-class assignment, make sure to give immediate feedback. Polleverywhere or similar software is a great way to do this, especially with a one-shot session.
  • Think about the pressing needs of the instructor: Do they need help grading? What is their biggest challenges and how can you ease them in your session? What kind of content/materials can you provide the instructor to make their lives easier?
  • Think about how you can contribute to the class/program as a whole. Look at their syllabus and see if there is a specific resource or topic you should cover. How does this tie into an overlaying theme or goal of the program?
  • Attend class sessions and/or link content directly to their topics/lecture/syllabus, relevancy is key!
  • Two words: Curriculum Committees

Have students create their own learning objectives before the class and address. This helps to demonstrate that you are a facilitator and teacher, not just a person who demos databases.


Submitted by Christopher Parker, Science Librarian, DePaul University Library, Lincoln Park Campus, Recipient of the The Midwest Chapter/MLA “Free Lunch” Award 

The mingling voices of hundred or more lively librarians emanating from Room 206-D told me I was in the right place for this year’s MLA Round Table discussion session. My flight’s delayed arrival meant that the party was already in full swing as I opened the door. Confronted with a room crammed with filled tables, I counted myself lucky to spot a vacancy at the table marked “K” (Topic: ‘Literature Reviews’) in a tardy-friendly location right near the entrance.

I was at an obvious disadvantage with respect to the current conversation relating to midwifery (at my table sat a brand new mom), but almost immediately, everyone graciously accorded me the courtesy of introducing myself and explaining the rationale for my interest in conversations relating to literature review processes, and how we teach them to nursing students. From all the nods and ‘knowing expressions,’ I could see that my initial selection of ‘thorny issues’ conversation-starters (I arrived with a bag full!) rang true with most around the table. Experiences that resonated within the group included the challenges of fostering commonality in the methods faculty prescribe or recommend to nursing students conducting their ‘integrative nursing literature reviews’—including some textbook methods and procedures that are inconsistent with the ways in which databases and bibliographic tools are currently used. I also detected empathy when representing my attempts to reconcile the need of faculty to verify and reproduce how their students performed their searches, with the need of students to understand and demonstrate that they understand the value of exploratory and creative approaches to searching; persistence in identifying appropriate information resources for given topic or question; and the need to adopt different approaches for coaxing information out of different resource types. In these and other regards, all at the table recognized and concurred that a great deal is expected of students—especially considering the mighty mountains of other skills and knowledge crammed into their intensive trainings—and that the detailed methods published in textbooks are sometimes highly-unsuited for a typical 10-week research methods course. Needless to say, on these issues I had plenty more to discuss, but another literature review conversation that got all my attention related to some new research being conducted by my table acquaintances in identifying how the involvement or role of librarians are acknowledged in published health sciences research. I made some quick notes and grabbed business cards with a view to following up on this area of study that connects so vitally with library assessment, marketing, and faculty liaison activities. So I was just getting into all that when time was called (you immediately know when a session has been engaging when it finishes before you’re ready to). But as people scooped up their phones, tablets and business cards, I took a quick walk around other tables and picked up a few scraps of other conversations that had just taken place. But even with everyone leaving, of course it’s worth remembering that beyond Room 206-D, all those discussions will continue and permeate across the many connections provided through my MLA membership—including the Midwest Chapter, to whom I’m most grateful for awarding me one of this year’s ‘free lunch’ places at the Round Table!

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Regional News – New GMR office located at the University of Iowa

Submitted by Darlene Kaskie, NNLM/GMR on behalf of Liz Kiscaden

The new National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office opened on May 1st at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa! Through this office, our team plans to support the mission of the Network to provide health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed health care decisions.

For a list of our aims and to peruse the entire 2016-2021 proposal, please see: https://nnlm.gov/gmr/grantproposal.

So, where are we at now?

At this point, most of our time has been invested in hiring staff, migrating listservs, updating the website, and disseminating information through newsletters, like this one, to inform all of our members about this transition.

Here’s a list of our current staff, who are eager to get to know you:

Linda Walton, MLIS, AHIP



Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP (that’s me!)

Associate Director


Darlene Kaskie, MLIS

Technology and Communications Librarian


Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN

Network Librarian


Our contact information can be found on our website directory. We welcome any questions or suggestions you have.

In our first year as a new office, we’ll be assessing communication and programming in order to get a sense of how to best serve the network and our region. As we move forward, you’ll find updates and additional information on our website, through our listserv, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I want to thank all of the members of our network who have offered kind words and support during our transition – and have shown remarkable patience. I also want to thank the staff of the outgoing GMR office, who have made this transition as smooth as possible. We’re looking forward to partnering with you and supporting you all throughout the next five years!

Liz Kiscaden

Associate Director

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Member News – Samanthi Hewakapuge Named Branch & Systems Librarian at Diné College

Submitted by Holly Ann Burt and Samanthi Hewakapuge

Samanthi Hewakapuge, former Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region is now Branch & Systems Librarian, Senator John Pinto Library, Diné College – Shiprock Campus, Shiprock, NM



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Member News – Mayo Clinic Libraries Welcome New Executive Director

Submitted by Matt Hoy, MLS, AHIP, MCHS – Eau Claire Medical Library

The Mayo Clinic Libraries are pleased to welcome Anna Beth Morgan as their new Executive Director.  Ms. Morgan is filling the vacancy left by J. Michael Homan, who retired in 2015.

Ms. Morgan was previously Associate Vice President for Academic Resources and Director of the Library at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to that she served as Director of Medical Library Services for St. John’s Health System in Springfield, Missouri for 21 years. St. John’s, now called Mercy – Springfield, is a very large regional integrated health care system serving a 23-county geographic area in Missouri and Arkansas.

Ms. Morgan earned a Master of Library Science with an emphasis in Health Sciences Librarianship from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Southwest Baptist University.

The library staff look forward to serving the needs of the Mayo community under Ms. Morgan’s leadership.

For more information, visit https://liblog.mayo.edu/2016/04/04/mayo-clinic-libraries-welcome-new-executive-director/.

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Member News – Ellen Sayed Named New Director of MCW Libraries

Submitted by Karen Hanus, Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is pleased to announce Ellen N. Sayed, M.L.S., M.Acc. has been named Director of the MCW Libraries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She will join the MCW community on July 1, 2016.

In this role, Ms. Sayed will provide leadership and implement strategic planning for an academic health sciences library that aims to be an “anytime, anywhere, any device resource.” Also, she will promote and lead all aspects of library service, collection development, budget administration, personnel management and policy formulation. Additionally, Ms. Sayed will build an integrated capacity to access and translate information into actionable knowledge and promote a culture of self-reliance within the institution.

Ms. Sayed has more than 20 years of experience in academic medical libraries with demonstrated success in improving access, awareness and services. Since 2008, she has served as Director, Distributed eLibrary at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. She also has held librarian positions at the University of South Alabama, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Medical College of Virginia and West Virginia University.

Ms. Sayed earned a Bachelor of Arts and MLS from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Master of Accounting from the University of South Alabama.

We wish to express our gratitude to Karen Hanus, MLIS, AHIP, Assistant Director of the MCW Libraries, for her dedication and contributions while serving as Interim Library Director following the retirement of Mary Blackwelder.

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Ramblings from the Representative-at-Large

Submitted by Patty Lunsford, Representative-at-Large, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Lafayette, Crawfordsville, and Rensselaer, 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.”

 My gratitude and appreciation are extended to our State Liaisons Committee—our State Representatives to the Midwest Chapter MLA from each of our proud states.  Their cordial and helpful communications and assistance to me when I have reached out with questions and queries reinforces our realization that we in the library and information science profession are among the most blessed and fortunate of all –to care, share, serve, assist, and uplift each other, even, and especially, when you are buried with everyday responsibilities, tasks, and schedules.

I also informally include in our State Liaisons Committee our State Presidents—of whom at least three serve as both their State Representative and their State President.  We have a few new faces and names among our Committee as of this spring—and have bid a poignant farewell to several State Liaisons whose roles and professions changed in the past year. Elizabeth Smigielski (Kentucky) and Heidi Schroeder (Michigan) both communicated with me earlier this year that they had changed professions and would no longer be participating as Midwest Chapter MLA Liaisons.

In Heidi’s place, we welcome Iris Kovac-Gough as Michigan’s new State Liaison.

Following are our current State Liaisons Committee members—and State Presidents—and PLEASE heartily correct me when you spot an error in my lists and writings…

Committee Members (State Representatives):

Illinois:                        Daneen Richardson

Indiana:                       Joan Zivich

Iowa:                           Mindy Egeland

Kentucky:                   Vida Vaughn

Michigan:                    Iris Kovac-Gough

Minnesota:                  Andrew Crow

North Dakota:             Marcia Francis

Ohio:                           Mary Pat Harnegie

Wisconsin:                   Dora Davis


State Presidents:

Illinois:                        Daneen Richardson

Indiana:                       Kacy Lynn Allgood

Iowa:                           Elizabeth Kiscaden

Kentucky:                   Vida Vaughn

Michigan:                    Merle Rosenzweig

Minnesota:                  Andrew Crow

North Dakota:             Ann Pederson

Ohio:                           Charlotte Sievert

Wisconsin:                   Barb Ruggeri

As always, communication and sharing—how we do what we do, how we can assist and support, how we laugh and mourn together—make a critical difference in our everyday lives and work.  We all know the familiar adage of how a smile can change a life—and similarly, a word of sharing, a question answered, a detail communicated to us all—can open a whole new world of clarification and understanding for us all, give hope, help us over a hurdle and through a difficult meeting or project or rough spots in our work.

Just like we help our library patrons—our broad audience of physicians, nurses, allied health personnel, students, faculty, patients, and patients’ families—we help each other as much, or more, with our communications and sharing—and sustain each other. Every role is a major character, every task is a link to a greater accomplishment, each one of us is vital to our institutions and to our Midwest Chapter.  It is a privilege and an honor to work with each one of you!

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New Member Profiles

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


New member Karlene Campbell

Karlene Campbell

Karlene Campbell is the sole Medical Librarian for Genesis Health System in Davenport IA, which includes 3 hospitals and several clinics and outreach facilities. She performs article and literature searches, inter-library loans, gives one-on-one help on a variety of projects, performs presentations about the Library’s webpage and how to do effective evidence-based practice searching, orders and catalogs books, maintains the operating budget for the library, meets and works with vendors, etc. Karlene is from Sherrard, IL. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Karlene states, “I started out working part time as a Library Assistant in the academic library at Black Hawk College, one of the local community colleges; I did that for 8 years. I then received a job working full time as a Technical Library Assistant at Palmer College of Chiropractic. During my time at Palmer, I worked on and acquired my Master’s degree. I was at Palmer for 9 years and just this past February I landed my first librarian job. This position is very new to me and I am enjoying every facet of it, I especially enjoy learning all the medical terminology. I get asked to search a wide variety of medical information and I find it all very interesting and even informative. It’s been a wonderful experience thus far and I look forward to what more is to come in this position.  “ In her spare time, Karlene adds, “I love to read, of course. I love to run and do a lot of fitness programs at home. Music is a favorite, I majored in music at one time in my life. I sing in my church choir and used to sing in weddings. I love just spending time with my husband, 2 sons, and 2 cats.”

Erika Fischer is the SE Clinical Campus Librarian at the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota. Her position responsibilities include orienting new medical students and residents to library resources and answering reference questions for these groups and clinical faculty members. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Concordia College in her home town of Moorhead, MN, and earned an MLIS from College of St. Catherine with Dominican University.

New member Sue Gerth

Sue Gerth

Sue Gerth is Library Manager and solo librarian at Covenant Medical Center for Wheaton Franciscan Health Care in Waterloo, IA. She catalogs, provides instruction on resources to associates, works with the Evidence Based Practice Committee and Clinical Development, conducts literature searches, and conducts outreach for the library within the hospitals. She notes, “My job is always changing and is a wonderful learning experience for a first time librarian.” Sue has an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in English from The College of New Jersey, and received a MLIS in 2015 from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. She lives in Cedar Rapids, IA. Sue states that “My former career was in bookselling; I was an Assistant Manager at Barnes & Noble in Cedar Rapids, IA and was an employee there for 21 years.  Books are my life!  I have a book review blog:  The Bookalicious Babe is in its sixth year.  I also garden and love to cook.”

New member Monica Howell

Monica Howell

Monica Howell is Serials Technician and Archivist at Greenawalt Library, Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, MN. Her responsibilities include managing and processing electronic and paper serials, working with publishers and vendors; overseeing all aspects of archives, special collections, and preservation. Monica’s professional responsibilities include integrative health care; open access, copyright, and digital rights; medical/health care archives and special collections. This native of Amana, IA and Dickinson, ND has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and earned her MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2001. Her hobbies and interests include: book arts (making books, letterpress prints, paper sculptures), and writing short poems. She adds, “I started an Instagram account for our library and archives (@nwhsulib) and also have a personal IG account for my book arts work (@chibipress) – I’m always looking for new people/libraries to follow!”

Jane Kirkland is the Medical Librarian at Mercy Regional Medical Center. As the sole librarian, she is responsible for running all aspects of the hospital library. This native of Leeds, United Kingdom, received an undergraduate degree in Chinese from the University of Oregon and her MLIS from the University of Washington. She adds, “Since graduating with my MLIS in 2008 I have worked as Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian in a law library and an art museum library, so this is a completely new discipline for me! I moved to the Cleveland area in 2009 to take a job at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and I keep very busy with three kids (9, 6 and 3).”

New member Kate Kitchens

Kate Kitchens

Kate Kitchens is Reference & Instruction Librarian for the Natural & Applied Sciences at the Charles C. Myers Library, University of Dubuque (IA).  She says her main responsibilities include ”Designing, teaching, and assessing the information literacy program for science and health care programs in collaboration with the teaching faculty,  coordinating with the other librarians to further develop and teach information literacy in the core curriculum, and juggling a myriad of other campus and liaison responsibilities.” Kate’s professional interests include information literacy, medical librarianship, and distance education. This Stoughton, WI native earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. Her hobbies include running, doing yoga, and making zines.

New member Anna Beth Morgan

Anna Beth Morgan

Anna Beth (Crabtree) Morgan, AHIP, began serving as the executive director of the Mayo Clinic Libraries in March 2016. In addition to her work at the Rochester, Minnesota, campus, she will also have administrative responsibility for the Mayo libraries in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Before joining the Mayo Clinic, she served as the associate vice president for academic resources and director of the library for Union University in Jackson, Tennessee (2009-2016). Prior to her employment in Tennessee, she was a technical services librarian for Missouri Southern State University (2007-2009) and the director of Medical Library Services for St. John’s Health System in Springfield, Missouri (1985-2006). She has served on many MLA committees including the Awards Committee, Bylaws Committee, Credentialing Committee, and Grants and Scholarships Committee. She has been a member of the Midcontinental Chapter, South Central Chapter, and Southern Chapter of MLA during her career. She looks forward to working with colleagues in the Midwest Chapter now that she has moved to Minnesota.

New member Cristen Ross

Cristen Ross

Cristen Ross is Coordinator of the Edward L. Pratt Research Library at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for technical services, interlibrary loan, reference, circulation, and social media. Her professional interests also include instruction, data management, digitization, open access and copyright issues. This Cincinnati, OH native has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and earned her MSLS from the University of Kentucky in 2016. She adds, “Although I just graduated with my Masters degree, I have worked at libraries for almost 20 years now. Originally at the Cincinnati Public Library in a small branch where I did a little bit of everything, including reference and circulation; then onto Northern Kentucky University’s library in their Technical Services department, where I dabbled in cataloging, inter-library loan and government documents. Finally, I’ve been at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Library for about two years now, where I am lucky enough to participate in a little bit of everything, from ILL to reference to cataloging to instruction assistance. My experience here has been enlightening and very exciting. I am actively on the hunt for my first professional position. I would love to connect on LinkedIN with anyone interested! (https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristenross) Cristen’s hobbies include “cooking, reading, travel, my kitty cat, sports, home improvement, [and a] new baby… I currently own an old house in Cincinnati that is a never-ending project, and my partner and I are expecting our first baby boy in August!”

Margaret Knapke is the Life & Health Sciences Librarian at Roesch Library, University of Dayton. She is the liaison to and manages collection development for academic departments in life and health sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Health & Sport Science, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Education), and also provides research assistance, library instruction, and serves as an administrator for reference databases. She earned an MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in 2015, and has an undergraduate degree in Horticulture from Purdue University. A native of Rockville, IN, she enjoys gardening, nature walks, and watching movies.

New member Priya Shenoy

Priya Shenoy

Priya Shenoy is currently the Pharmacy & Science Librarian at Drake University’s Cowles Library. As the embedded librarian in Drake’s PharmD program, she works with Pharmacy Faculty coordinators across the curriculum in the Pharmacy Skills and Applications group to create different drug information related questions for the students including general drug information questions in print titles or Micromedex, Facts and Comparisons, and Natural Medicines questions, to PubMed and literature searching, as well as cdc.gov, fda.gov, and practice guidelines questions. Her professional interests include drug information and pharmacy librarianship. Priya is also liaison to Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, the undergraduate Health Sciences Program and the newly started Occupational Therapy program.  A native of Philadelphia, PA, she has a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked for a “brief period” as a nurse before graduating with a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. She adds that her personal hobbies and interests include travelling, cooking, and “looking at too many dog videos :-).”

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For the Record

Submitted by Abby Thorne, MIDLINE Editor


Brigham, T. J., Farrell, A. M., Trzasko, L. C. O., Attwood, C. A., Wentz, M. W., & Arp, K. A. (2016). Web-Scale Discovery Service: Is It Right for Your Library? Mayo Clinic Libraries Experience. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 16(1), 25–39. http://doi.org/10.1080/15323269.2016.1118280

Hackman* D, Fischer E, Francis* M, Lehar* W, Nickum* A, Thormodson K. “Creating a Role for Embedded Librarians Within an Active Learning Curriculum.” Paper accepted for the MLA16 Conference; 2016 May; Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Hoy, M. B. (2016). Personal Activity Trackers and the Quantified Self. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 35(1), 94–100. http://doi.org/10.1080/02763869.2016.1117300

Platts, B. A., & Ransom, J. F. (2015). Adding Value – Supporting Patient Education at the Bedside [Electronic version]. Journal of Hospital Librarianship15(3), 262-273. doi:10.1080/15323269.2015.1049063

Wilson AB, Taylor MA, Klein BA, Sugrue MK, Whipple EC, Brokaw JJ. The effects of virtual microscopy on learner performance: a meta-analysis, Medical Education. 2016; 50:428-440.


Presentations and Posters

Gabriel* H, Hackman* D, and Nilsen R. “Serving the Holistic Needs of Collegiate Students through Cross-Campus Collaborations.” Presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, May 15th, 2016.

Johnson, E.M., Howard, C., Raszewski, R., Jones, K.L., Eathington, P.K., Twigg, N. (May 2016) “NExT: Comparing the Effectiveness of Public Health Nursing Evidence-Based Practice In-Person Education to an Online Asynchronous Tutorial.” Poster presentation. MLA Annual Conference 201 in Toronto, ON.

Oldenburg, A. “Out of the Ether: Leveraging iTunes U for Grand Rounds Lectures.” Presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, May 15th, 2016.

Sapp-Nelson M, Zhang Q, Goben A, Griffin T, Scheib S, Martin M. “Engaging Liaisons.” Research Data Access Preservation. Atlanta, GA. May 2016.

Schulte, S.J., Bradigan, P.S. “The Sustainability of Embedded Librarians in Academic Health Sciences Libraries.” Presented at MOSAIC ’16, the Medical Library Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. The presentation summarized their research exploring the relationships among funding mechanisms, job classification, job stress, career trajectory, and impacts on the rest of the library of embedded librarians.

Weinfurter, E.V.  “Partnership in the Big Picture: Librarian Involvement in the Development and Publication of a New Interdisciplinary Open Access Journal.”  Paper presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, May 15th, 2016.


* = AHIP members

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