Fall 2014 Issue, Number 135

Letter from the Editor

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor

Welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of MIDLINE. This is a special edition of MIDLINE, as it is full of post-conference news and updates. First we have the inaugural post of our new president, Mary Hitchcock, and an update on chapter business. Then an invite to Kentucky for the 2015 Annual Meeting and a report from the 2014 Annual Meeting committee, not to mention the reports written by our many chapter awardees. By the way, can we take a moment to truly appreciate how much professional development is fostered by our chapter?! Amazing! Last but not least, we end the issue with regional news and new member profiles. Enjoy!

One last thing. Here’s an incredible picture of the Louisville cityscape to start you guys thinking about the 2015 Annual Meeting. See you in Kentucky!

Image used with permission from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Image used with permission from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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President’s Message

Submitted by Mary Hitchcock, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2015

MaryH2010Hello Midwest Chapter!

I am very excited and humbled that I was elected to serve as your new Chapter President for 2014-2015. I know I will have a lot of work ahead of me, but with the dedicated Board Members and innovative and inspiring membership I know the Chapter will continue to build upon the strides made by our past leaders and friends. I’d like to take a quick moment and thank everyone over the past year or two who have taken time to serve either as committee members, Chairs, or Board members. Without their thoughts, suggestions, or work with/through state organizations, we could not continue to grow as a regional network of phenomenal health science librarians.

So, I bet you are wondering what I would like to do or what plans I have for the Chapter in the upcoming year. I have not completely figured out the game plan, but my initial thoughts would be 1) create a strategic plan for the Chapter, 2) continue to promote the field of health science librarianship to library students, and 3) continue to build the Chapter’s relationships the state organizations. I am trying not to bite off more than I can chew during this upcoming year, so I’d like to hit the 2-3 main things I think the Chapter needs in order to ensure a productive future.

One of the things I think always produces great results for the membership is attending the annual meeting. This year’s meeting in Bismarck held true to our commitment to share new ideas/projects with each other and enjoy the company of new and veteran members, librarians, and students. I met many new faces and in each one I saw their desire to do good, to be the best librarian they could. I know it’s scary to be one of the new kids, but as DaShanne Stokes once said “What matters most if not ‘what’ you are, but ‘who’ you are.” Just be the talented and fabulous person you are and we will all reap the benefits. Thank you very much for joining Midwest Chapter/MLA! I am very excited to see what the people and content of the 2015 meeting Louisville will have in store for all of us. Please make plans to join us!

As 2014 begins to wind down and the holiday lights and festivities begin to speed up, allow me wish you all a warm and wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you in 2015!

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Chapter News: Results of Survey on Membership Dues

Results of Survey on Membership Dues: Regular Memberships Dues Increasing to $30 in 2015

Submitted by Liz Weinfurter, Immediate Past President

At the Chapter Business Meeting in Bismarck on October 12th, the membership in attendance voted unanimously to approve a motion from the Board to increase regular membership dues to $30 per year, beginning in 2015. Student and retiree dues remain free. The motion came from the Board after examining our financial structure, surveying membership, and considering the best strategies for financial sustainability of the Chapter. This increase means our income from dues will increase by 50%, and since dues and annual meeting proceeds are our only sources of income, this allows us to keep the conferences as affordable as possible and offer support for member attendance through awards and scholarships. Dues have not increased in recent memory, and we believe the current increase will be the only one in the foreseeable future.

The membership dues survey was open from 8/28/14-9/6/14, and was publicized through the Chapter Members email list. The survey received 103 responses (33%). We asked questions about the acceptability of different levels of dues costs, and the need to phase in an increase over more than one year. Increasing the dues to $30 a year was acceptable to most respondents, and the overwhelming response from free-text comments was that a “phased” increase was only necessary if the dues increased by more than $10.

Here are the results of the core question:

Annual membership dues for Midwest Chapter are currently $20. If dues INCREASED to the amount listed, would you renew your membership?

Membership Dues Survey Results





Based on this response, and considering the overall financial picture, the Board felt that increasing dues to $30 would be both acceptable to membership and responsible financially. The Board also continuously looks for ways to be good stewards of the Chapter’s resources, including doing most Board business virtually to significantly reduce Board-related costs. I hope you agree that $30 a year is a good deal for the benefits the Chapter provides, including awards, scholarships, affordable conferences, and access to a nine-state network of colleagues!

Many thanks to those who responded! If you’re interested in Chapter finances, we’d love to have you involved. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to serve. Also, the position of Treasurer will be open in the fall, so keep that service opportunity in mind!

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Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting 2015 — Next Stop, Kentucky!

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor

For those of you who like to plan early (you know who you are!), here are some details about the upcoming Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. More details to come as we get closer to the date. See you there!

Brochure (PDF)

Image used with permission from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Annual Meeting 2014 – Post-Conference Report

Submitted by Marcia Francis, AHIP, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Bismarck, ND

A total of 74 individuals accepted the challenge to “Come West and Explore!” at the 2014 Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual conference held in Bismarck, North Dakota. One attendee probably summed up the conference experience best with these evaluation comments:

“This is one of the best meetings I have attended lately. It was worth the effort to get to Bismarck! I’m just sorry more people didn’t attend.”

Sally Gore at 2014 Annual MeetingAttendees enjoyed the keynote speakers who included “A Librarian by Any Other Name” blogger, Sally Gore from the University of Massachusetts, Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director at the National Library of Medicine, and Dr. Mark Graber, a national leader in the field of patient safety. A panel of public health professionals shared the daily challenges of coping with North Dakota’s oil boom, and another panel discussed various aspects of mobile devices. Five continuing education classes, a variety of contributed papers and posters, exhibits, and the new feature, Campfire Conversations, rounded out the conference schedule. Many of the speakers, paper presenters, and poster presenters have made their presentations available online.

In keeping with the informal Western conference theme, the opening exhibits reception offered a mustache and bandana for everyone to wear and cowboy grub to eat.

15726566755_681497aec3_mThe Sunday night reception was held in the Northern Lights Atrium of the newly renovated North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Attendees were invited to explore North Dakota history from the days of the dinosaur through the times of the early Native peoples. Check out the conference photos on Flikr.

bisonrare mummified dinosaur fish turtle

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2014 Distinguished Librarian Award

Submitted by Bette Sydelko, AHIP, Distinguished Librarian of the Year, 2013

At the Chapter’s Annual Meeting in Bismarck, Josephine Dorsch, Professor and Regional Head Librarian at the University of Illinois Health Sciences Library in Peoria was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award.

Jo, as most know her, has been an active participant in her state organization, the Health Science Librarians of Illinois, the Midwest Chapter and in MLA. She has recently served the chapter as the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Midwest Chapter meeting at Peoria in 2013. Previous service to the Midwest Chapter includes Program Planning Committee, Nominations and Elections Committee, and Representative-at-Large.

At the national level, Jo has recently completed service as Chair of the MLA 2014 National Program Committee and on the JMLA board as Associate Editor for Case Studies. Her history of service with MLA is abundant and diverse, having served on several MLA committees and in various positions for the Leadership and Management Section as well as the Research Section. She has also been a MLA mentor since 2003. It is this role that her nominator is most appreciative saying, “this librarian never tires of helping young librarians learn and grow in their chosen area of medical librarianship.”

Her professional career in health sciences librarianship began in 1984 after having started out as a high school English teacher. Once a teacher, always a teacher, and Jo has devoted much of her career to it, whether it is teaching other librarians through continuing education courses or teaching the faculty, staff and students at her institution. Many have benefitted from her teaching acumen. One of her references says this about a particular teaching effort: “She was a pioneer in developing hands-on, face-to-face instruction in Evidence Based Medicine by using an innovative pedogogy that combined the competencies of health professionals and librarians in a single course.” In recognition of her teaching skills, Jo was awarded MLA’s Lucretia McClure Excellence in Education Award in 2005.

Over the course of her career, with more than 30 referred publications, numerous presentations, posters, panel discussions, grants, and honors, she has established a portfolio worthy of her rank as full professor. Jo is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a Fellow in MLA.

Another of her references says “her service to the chapter and to health sciences librarianship is significant and imbued with the same qualities and criteria for which the Midwest Chapter/MLA Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award stands. She is a deserving recipient of the honor.”

The Midwest Chapter of MLA recognizes Josephine Dorsch for her continuous teaching and mentoring, her willingness to share her expertise through publications and presentations, and her leadership throughout her career. She is indeed worthy of being the 2014 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award. Congratulations, Jo!

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2014 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

Submitted by Mary Beth Riedner, Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, IL

The 2014 winners of the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award are very grateful to the members of the Awards and Scholarships Committee for selecting them for this recognition. This team of librarians affiliated with the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, IL has developed an innovative book and reading program called Tales & Travel that reconnects people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias with library materials. The program takes people living in memory care facilities on a monthly imaginary trip to another country or part of the US. It has been successfully piloted at three nursing homes in the Elgin area and will soon be implemented in three more.

jean_sayre_awardResearch by Michelle Bourgeois of the University of South Florida has shown that people with dementia retain their ability to read until the late stages of the disease. The Tales & Travel program engages participants in activities such as reading out loud, browsing through books and joining in conversation with library staff/volunteers. First, residents are shown on a globe or large map where they currently are and where the chosen destination is located. They then take turns reading out loud from a short folktale or legend from the locality. Five interesting facts about the destination are then distributed which they also read aloud. Finally, they are given the opportunity to browse through a number of books about the country or state being visited. These books are carefully chosen from both the adult and children’s collections to ensure that they are richly illustrated with color photographs. Library staff/volunteers circulate among the residents engaging them in what often turns into lively conversations. Other materials such as music, souvenir objects and even food are incorporated to make the session a multi-sensory adventure. A pleasant hour passes in no time at all!

Evaluations provided by the activity directors at the participating facilities rated the overall success of the program as “Excellent”. They based their evaluation on a number of factors including consistent positive facial expressions, subject appropriate comments made by the residents, increased reading participation over time as well as increased conversation with other residents and program staff. All would highly recommend the program to other facilities.

One of the top strategic objectives of the Gail Borden team is to encourage other librarians to begin offering similar services and programming to this often forgotten population. To that end they have created a Web page generously hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL – – http://gslis.dom.edu/about/tales-and-travel-memories. The Web page offers a practical Toolkit for anyone interested in replicating the Tales & Travel program including:

  • Detailed “Excursion Guides” to twelve destinations
  • Passports and logos that are free for anyone to use
  • A link to a YouTube video showing the Tales & Travel program in action

The Gail Borden team has also given presentations about the Tales & Travel program at the 2013 Illinois Library Association Conference and the 2014 Public Library Association Conference. In the summer of 2014, the team participated in a Webinar offered to librarians in Florida, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. Most recently, the team has begun to reach out to medical and consumer health librarians and organizations, natural partners in the effort to improve the quality of life for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Several team members have joined the recently established Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (IGARD) which is part of ALA’s Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. IGARD already has over 30 members from across the country. They are currently working on developing guidelines for providing library services to people diagnosed with dementia.

The Gail Borden team consists of Karen Maki, Deputy Director; Miriam Lytle, Division Chief for Community Services & Program Development; Angela Bouque, Assistant Branch Manager; Tracey Degnan, Life Enrichment Liaison; and Mary Beth Riedner, Retired Academic Librarian/Volunteer.

Many thanks again to the Awards & Scholarships Committee for recognizing the value that libraries and librarians can provide directly to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This award will help increase awareness within the library profession that there is much that can be done to return the joy of books and reading to this growing population.

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Midwest Chapter 2014 Annual Meeting Grant Winners

How I Went West and Explored at the Annual Conference

Submitted by Pam Barnard, Allina Health, Minneapolis, MN

As a veteran attendee of past Midwest Chapter Annual Conferences, I had expected to hear some great speakers and be inspired by all the great work being done in the Chapter, but I never knew I would learn so much in so little time. The warmth and hospitality of the North Dakota planning committee was truly amazing. Thank you so much for the scholarship that enabled me to attend this year!

Selected highlights included the following:

  • Sally Gore, an embedded librarian at the University of Massachusetts, described in her keynote how she supports various research projects with enthusiasm and creative energy. I was not aware of her blog, Librarian By Any Other Name, and found some great ideas there, including her sketch notes! I loved her Backpacker Strategic Planning Model, which presented a personal approach to planning your work.
  • I received encouragement and feedback on the poster I presented on Allina Health’s 10-step Improvement Process as applied to a library project.
  • Several contributed papers related to work at my institution. For example, the process to redesign the library page at the University of Cincinnati, presented by Edith Starbuck, and the University of Iowa’s work around formalizing a systematic review service. I was truly amazed at Kelly Thormodson’s description of helping plan a new School of Medicine building and library program for such a geographically dispersed group of medical students.
  • Liz Fine led a spirited Campfire Conversation on supporting nurses in their work in both clinical and educational settings.
  • Mark Graber’s overview of diagnostic error and promotion of librarian involvement in the process of root cause analyses in the wake of errors brought up some new ideas I hope to pursue.
  • And finally the oil boom panel provided a sobering snapshot of the challenges faced by the various government entities and healthcare providers in the wake of the ongoing North Dakota oil production.

Not to leave you with the impression that it was all work and no play, the evening at the North Dakota Heritage Center was a great time and we got to have a sneak peek into the new displays and expanded facility that opened in November to celebrate the state’s 125th anniversary.   Thanks again for a very well done program and conference and for the opportunity to attend.

2014 Annual Meeting Grant Winners

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Midwest Chapter 2014 First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant Winners

2014 Annual Meeting Grant Winners

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Come West and Explore Reflections

Submitted by Antoinette Pallotta, Mount Carmel Consumer Health Library, Columbus, Ohio

The theme of the  Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in October was “Come West and Explore.” As the first time attendee at this meeting, I found this theme to accurately describe my personal experiences.   I was interested in attending this meeting because I expected this venue to be an excellent way for me to network with fellow librarians. I was not disappointed! I was very pleased to talk with many librarians from the NN/LM and librarians representing other states. Director Stevo Roksandic and I also had an opportunity to talk to an MLIS student who shared her unique perspective working in various organizations and her future career aspirations. Everyone I met was delighted to discuss with me the opportunities and challenges they faced in their profession. Everywhere I explored, I found people to be kind, open, and enthusiastic! I especially enjoyed exploring the vendor booths and looking at products that could assist us in providing information on-demand to our clients.

The presentations during the meeting were very informative. I especially enjoyed Sally Gore’s presentation because she shared her experiences as a librarian and an informationist in her own organization. She was able to dispel myths about librarians and identify successful strategies she used to heighten her value within her organization. I agreed with her that defining the roles of librarians and informationists as valued information partners in any medical organization is critical to librarians’ viability as a profession. Dr. Mark Graber, a national leader in the area of patient safety was very interesting and discussed how important librarians are in providing evidence-based research that can assist the health care provider in their diagnosis.

Director Stevo Roksandic and I told our story of Consumer Health Services in the Mount Carmel Health Library System. We explained how original ideas that were implemented were rethought and analyzed to meet changes in the environment. The feedback that we received was positive and reinforced the direction we are going in. Through this venue, we were able to help others explore the consumer health arena of information services. Much more to come!


First Time Attendee Grant Recipient

Submitted by Martha Knuth, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI

I was truly grateful and honored to receive one of the first time attendee awards from the Midwest Chapter. My institution, and ergo our medical library, is in its very first semester as a school of medicine, which makes attending conferences both essential and hard to fund. And what a perfect conference for a first time attendee to attend!

The size of the conference made it easy for me to connect with other medical librarians and pick their brains about a variety of topics. I had a laundry list of things I needed second opinions on and everyone was very kind in answering my incessant questions. Thank you so much to everyone who spent so much time discussing new medical libraries with me!

I was especially eager to participate in the Continuing Education course by Dr. Diane Rein on translational bioinformatics. I have long been interested in the subject but was too intimidated to jump into it professionally. The class, with its hands-on applications and plenty of encouragement from Dr. Rein afterwards, encouraged me to pursue my education in this subject in earnest.

This segued into what I learned from Sally Gore’s presentation on librarians in a “new world”. I took what Sally entreated us to do (not be intimidated by what we don’t know) along with my new skills learned from Dr. Rein and brought it back to my institution. I readily admitted what I didn’t know and then showed them what I did (which, surprise, surprise, was exactly what Sally predicted: a lot more than I or my audience thought I knew), and then asked if I could somehow become involved. Our Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics was very eager to have librarians more involved in their research and we are now also involved in developing new informatics coursework for our students. I’ve had wonderfully positive feedback and am eager to take more classes in bioinformatics to keep up with the demand!

I learned so much from attending this conference and am grateful for the generosity of the Midwest Chapter for their support that allowed me to attend. My attendance helped my department and my institution at a crucial time in our development as we look for areas of involvement and expansion. It was a conference of firsts: my first time in North Dakota, first time at the Midwest Conference, and first time wearing a mustache!* I had a lovely time and can’t wait to attend more in the future. Thank you again to the Scholarship Fund committee that allowed me to attend.

*Editor’s Note: Yes, you read that correctly. See the conference photo gallery on Flickr to see your fellow chapter members wearing fake mustaches and bandanas!

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Midwest Chapter 2014 Student Annual Meeting Grant Winners

Submitted by Tyler Nix, University of Kentucky SLIS and Frontier Nursing University Library, Lexington, KY

Thank you to the Midwest Chapter for your support through the Student Annual Meeting Grant. The award helped me to make the long journey to North Dakota from Kentucky and made a significant impact on my ability to attend the conference.

Attending the annual meeting was a rewarding and fun experience. It was such a great opportunity to meet other library students, connect with new colleagues and further explore medical librarianship.

For example, Betsy Humphreys of the NLM described the current healthcare landscape and encouraged exploration of various points of departure for growing into work that is promising for the future of medical librarians. Similarly, Sally Gore’s presentation called on medical librarians to remain open to pursuing all interests, personal and professional, with the confidence that each informs the other for future success. And Dr. Mark Graber presented a compelling argument, from his perspective as a physician, for medical librarians’ potential to help reduce diagnostic errors.

I was also fortunate to participate in additional sessions covering the history and context of medical informatics (led by Jacqueline Leskovec), the exciting possibilities of translational bioinformatics (Dr. Diane Rein), and the best practices for conducting systematic reviews (Mark Berendsen and Linda O’Dwyer). I also had great conversations about getting started in professional librarianship with my Midwest Chapter mentor, Bette Sydelko, as well as in the Campfire Conversations session. And presenting in the poster session offered a great opportunity to visit with fellow attendees, who were all encouraging and willing to offer helpful feedback.

Last but not least, meeting fellow students and librarians at the informal events between sessions, venturing downtown for a burger with friends, and exploring the North Dakota Heritage Center were all great chances to connect and have a good time.

Again, I sincerely appreciate the Midwest Chapter’s support through the Student Annual Meeting Grant. The award made a significant impact on my ability to participate in this conference experience – thank you!

2014 Annual Meeting Grant Winners

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Submitted by Lauren Robinson, University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, Lexington, KY

Attending the Midwest Chapter Meeting was an opportunity to “Come west and explore!” and it did not disappoint! I was able to gather new ideas, meet new people, travel to new places, explore my chosen career, and discover more about myself and my future career.

Thanks to this conference I have obtained a better understanding of all the facets involved in medical librarianship. I had the opportunity to meet outreach, hospital, academic, and consumer health librarians. I attended the Keynote speakers, campfire discussion on resume/CV building, poster presentations, and paper discussions. I was able to renew relationships with people I had met previously, as well as to engage with new acquaintances. I learned how a neighboring library system, the University of Louisville, is partnering with local hospitals to provide health library services and the role diagnostic errors play in our healthcare system and how librarians can aid in the prevention of diagnostic errors. My family and I have personally been impacted by diagnostic errors, and to realize how librarians can potentially negate these diagnostic errors is an extremely exciting facet of medical librarianship! Above all else, I found Sally Gore’s discussion the most impactful of my experiences. She spoke of knowing your interests, your environment, and, above all else, yourself.   Hearing her discuss how all of our talents acquired throughout our life can be translated into our profession and our ability to adapt to new things makes me even more enthusiastic about my future career.

Overall, I had an exceptional experience attending the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting. I am honored and extremely grateful for receiving one of the Midwest Chapter/MLA’s Student Annual Meeting Grants, without which I would have had a difficult time funding my attendance.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

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Student Awardees Explore their Library Horizons

By Jacqueline Leskovec, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

For the second year in a row, NN/LM GMR offered a Library Student Outreach Award to attend the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Six student awardees were selected to attend this year’s conference in Bismarck, ND. The purpose of this award is to allow library school students to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the Greater Midwest Region.

As part of their award experience, the awardees are required to submit a reflection paper to post to The Cornflower, the GMR blog. As you can tell from the titles of the posts, these attendees embraced the conference theme to “Come west and explore!” Read all about their thoughts and experiences:

Student Outreach Award 2014: Recipients and Reports

Juan Armijo (KY), A Newcomer Exploring North Dakota and the Midwest Chapter of MLA

Kris Glodoski Wolf (WI), Building Connections in Bismarck

Lauren E Robinson (KY), New Ideas. New People. New Places. New Explorations. New Discoveries

Melvine Reierson (ND), Librarians Unite!

Rachael Lebo (SD), The Exploration of My Future

Tyler Nix (KY), Outreach Out West

Congratulations to these new and upcoming librarians and to the Midwest Chapter planners and attendees for providing them with an exciting and welcoming venue to go west and explore their library horizons.

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Regional News – Midwest Chapter Has Good Showing in 2014-15 Fellows Class

Submitted by Kelly Thormodson, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

NLM and AAHSL have announced the members of the 2014-2015 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. Now in its thirteenth year, the candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Once again the cohort will include six fellows and their mentors. The mission of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is to prepare emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries and is jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-six fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

This upcoming year’s class has one fellow from the Midwest Chapter: Kelly Thormodson, MLIS Assistant Director, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, The University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND.

In addition, two of the mentors this year are also from the Midwest Chapter: Jane Blumenthal, MSLS, AHIP Associate University Librarian and Director, Taubman Medical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and Leslie C. Schick, MSLS Assoc. Dean, Library Services and Director, Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

The program began in Chicago in November where all the mentors and fellows met and began their training.  After a day of discussing leadership styles and planning out goals for the upcoming year, they partook in the AAHSL business meeting and education symposium before attending the AAMC meeting.

For more information on the program, visit their website: http://www.aahsl.org/leadership-fellows-program.

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Member News — Staff Changes at Medical College of Wisconsin

Submitted by Karen L. Hanus, AHIP, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee, WI

We are pleased to announce that Liz Suelzer is the new User Education/Reference Librarian for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Libraries. Immediately prior to this position she was Library Coordinator at MCW Libraries. She held the position of Interlibrary Loan and Generalist Librarian at Milwaukee School of Engineering from 2007-2010. In her new role, Liz will coordinate the library’s education programs, maintain our web site, and provide reference and literature searching services to our users.

Liz replaces Amy Donahue who resigned earlier this fall to return to school. We wish Amy the best of luck as she pursues her new career goals.

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Member News — New Horizons for the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences…and New Librarians Too!

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Those of you who attended Kelly Thormodson’s paper presentation, “Exploring Our Future” at the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting in Bismarck, ND, may remember that the University of North Dakota’s Library of the Health Sciences is in a period of change, stemming from the approval of a new building for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). As details on the new library space are becoming known, so too are exciting new opportunities for greater librarian integration within the academic departments in the SMHS. One such opportunity is having professional reference librarians physically located within their liaison departments and not in a separately designated library space, based on the concept of the embedded librarian. However, until recently the library only had one reference librarian on staff! Obviously the success of this venture will require more than one.

As such, the Library of the Health Sciences is pleased to announce two new Research & Education Librarians: Wendy Lehar and Annie Nickum. Both are new to North Dakota. Wendy comes to us from Kamloops, British Columbia, where she worked as a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Thompson Rivers University. Wendy received her MLIS from McGill University in 2009. Annie comes to us from Ohio, where she volunteered as a reference librarian at Ohio State University and worked at the Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio. Annie received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013.

These two librarians are welcome additions to this modestly-sized library. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Annie and Wendy.

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State Reports — North Dakota

Submitted by Marcia Francis, AHIP, North Dakota State Liaison

Karen Anderson has announced her retirement and her last day at work will be January 15. She is the Northwestern Clinical Campus Librarian at the University of North Dakota and Director of the Angus L. Cameron Medical Library at Trinity Health in Minot. When asked about her plans, Karen said, “I am planning to paint pictures (not walls), learn more about my camera, take lots of photos, travel, learn a foreign language and READ, READ, READ. I may even write a book! :) .” Sounds like she will be busy!

“Come West and Explore!” was the theme of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual conference held from October 10 through 14 in Bismarck. A total of 74 attendees registered for the conference, and evaluation results indicate it was a success. The conference even made a profit, and the 16 North Dakota librarian planners (plus two out-of-staters who helped) are relieved! For more information, see the conference article included in this issue of the MIDLINE.

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New Members’ Profiles

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

Picture of new member, Emily GinierEmily Ginier is an Informationist at Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Emily works with the School of Nursing as well as clinical departments including the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Her professional interests include nursing information and evidence-based practice. This Worthington, OH native earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 2012 from Kent State University. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Medical Professions from The Ohio State University. Her interests include “exploring parks, canoeing, and crafting while watching movies — especially movies from the 1940’s and 50’s.”

Karen Gutzman is the Impact and Evaluation Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. She says she “serves as primary liaison for issues related to scholarly dissemination and research impact, grant reporting and renewals, rankings, and unique scholarly identifiers; aggregates and analyzes data from a variety of sources to assist individuals and groups with reporting the impact of faculty and institutional publishing and research activities; provides specialized research support to faculty, students, and administrative staff in areas related to assessment and evaluation; and develops print and electronic support materials on research assessment topics.” Karen’s professional interests include research impact assessment, information visualization, scholarly communication, information dissemination, and tracking and evaluation. A native of Chester, SD, Karen earned an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University, and an MLIS from the University of North Texas in 2012.  She likes “walking along Lake Michigan, hiking anywhere, sewing, reading science fiction, and playing with my 2 year-old niece.”  She adds, “I am enjoying my new career as a medical librarian very much. There are so many great opportunities for librarians working in the area of research impact assessment! I consider this my new frontier of knowledge, and I’m learning great things every day.  I am so interested in hearing from other librarians about projects, stories, ideas, collaborations in this area. I am equally as willing to share information, resources and tools, and helpful hints that I’ve learned along the way. I am excited to begin my membership in the Midwest Chapter, and it reminds me of the many people who have helped me along the journey of becoming a medical librarian. Dr. Ana Cleveland at the University of North Texas provided excellent guidance and support. The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program gave me a broad foundation in health sciences librarianship and provided me with some incredible mentors and life-long colleagues through Dr. Kathel Dunn and Dr. Kristi Holmes, and so many others. I am so thankful to have found a career with so many supportive and encouraging colleagues.”


Photo of new member, Liz Kiscaden

Liz and her husband, Mike, on a bike trip in Germany last year.

Elizabeth “Liz” Kiscaden is Head of Hardin Library Services, at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She supervises the Interlibrary Loan, Reference, Circulation and Collections departments, and serves as liaison to the Pediatrics department. This Rochester, MN native earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and also had an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She adds, “I enjoy woodworking, and I’ve been building quite the collection of – often imperfect – furniture. I’ve played the bassoon for over 15 years and perform in the faculty and staff orchestra. In addition to this, I enjoy cross-country skiing, canoeing, biking, and gardening. I like adventure travel, and routinely organize low-budget trips and drag my husband and friends across the globe. Since I moved to Iowa City last August, I’ve taken up fencing! I’m married to a delightfully geeky computer engineer and we have a 10-year old hound named Tammy.”

Susan Vossberg is the Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian at Greenawalt Library, Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, MN. Her responsibilities include: “cataloging all materials for the library; coordinating electronic resources, negotiating licenses, and maintaining records for contracts; collection management; and online catalog management.” Her professional interests include digitizing and cataloging library items. Susan earned her MLIS in 2005 from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, and has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Central University of Iowa in Pella, Iowa. This New Brighton, MN native’s interests include biking, cooking, and reading. She adds, “I have been working in technical services departments in academic and special libraries since my freshman year of college.  My first job out of college, which lasted for nineteen years, was as the cataloging and acquisitions library tech at Abbott Northwestern Hospital (later/now Allina Health System) in Minneapolis, MN.  From there I worked in a law firm library, a seminary library, and then got my first professional position as the Catalog Librarian at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.  I am just one month into my latest position, and I’ve come full circle. I’m glad to be back in the land of medical libraries again!”

Kris Glodoski Wolf is a Librarian at the Truax Library of Madison College in her home town of Madison, WI. Her responsibilities include general reference and information services. Her professional interests include “consumer health information, particularly around health information technology literacy (e.g. health messaging and accessibility) and health advocacy marketing.” Prior to taking the position at Truax Library (in August 2014), she worked in Access Services at Memorial Library, for the University of Wisconsin – Madison General Library System. Kris earned a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in August 2014. She also has a B.A. in History and Communication Arts from the same institution. She adds, “Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner and our 9 year old lab-mix, Paulie. I also enjoy regular travel to Chicago, Illinois.”

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For the Record

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor

Book Chapters

Gushrowski BA. Active Learning. In: Blevins A, Inman M, eds. Curriculum-Based Library Instruction: From Cultivating Faculty Relationships to Assessment. New York: Rowman & Littlefield; 2014:44-52


Gushrowski BA. Finding the evidence: Research tools and tips. Presented at the 9th annual Nursing Research Symposium, October 8, 2014. Indianapolis, IN.

Gushrowski BA. What’s new since Sigmund Freud: Keeping up with psychiatry literature and other tips and tools. Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Community Health Network, Indianapolis, IN. September 25, 2014.

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