Winter 2015 Issue, Number 136 Suppl

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE editor

This may be a first for MIDLINE, but…welcome to the Supplement to the Winter 2015 issue! In this issue you’ll find some time-sensitive award and meeting announcements, as well as an exciting update from one of our fellow chapter members.

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Award Announcement – 2015 First Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant

Submitted by Edith Starbuck, Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards and Scholarships Committee

First Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant: FREE registration & $500 for Midwest Medical Library Association Annual Meeting (DUE May 15th)

If you are planning to attend the 2015 Midwest Medical Library Association Chapter meeting for the FIRST TIME, apply for this grant!

The grant includes FREE registration and $500.  There are two awards available.

For an application and more information visit the Midwest Chapter’s Awards page – the DEADLINE is May 15, 2015:

To learn more about the Chapter’s 2015 meeting is in Louisville, KY, October 2-6, visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Edith Starbuck (edith dot starbuck at uc dot edu) or Leah Osterhaus Trzasko (osterhaustrzasko dot leah at mayo dot edu).

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Member News

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

Library Journal just announced its 2015 Movers and ShakersStevo Roksandic, library director of Mt. Carmel Health Systems Libraries, was selected as a mover and shaker. Stevo is  past president of Ohio Health Sciences Library Association and a member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA.

Link to the article:

Editor’s Note: Congratulations, Stevo!

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State Meetings Report – Ohio

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

Midwest Chapter/MLA members are invited to attend the OHSLA Spring 2015 Meeting

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Time: 9:15 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: Doctors Hospital OhioHealth, Heritage Center for Osteopathic Medical Education, Founders Hall, Rooms 4 & 5


  • Lunch/Business Meeting only – $15.00
  • Members – $40.00
  • Library Student (Non-members) – $45.00
  • Non-members – $55.00

If you are writing a check, please make it out to “OHSLA,” and mail to Bette Sydelko, OHSLA Treasurer, 3331 Leawood Dr. Beavercreek, OH 45434

Registration deadline: April 17, 2015


Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers

This hands-on course focuses on the advanced search features of web search engines and online searching. Participants will use various online search engines, compare the features of each and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and online search techniques. This class focuses on search tips and techniques for online search engines. Search strategies for popular or propriety health science databases are not explored. Participants will develop search strategies that will increase the precision and scope of their online searching ability. Participants will engage in discussions, exercises and view short demonstrations as a part of the class. The class includes: discussions of web search engines, strategies for searching for online media including images, videos and books. The class concludes with examples of real-time searching and mobile search solutions. Class participants will gain new knowledge and experience with new search engines and search strategies. Knowledge gained in this class will broaden general search skills.

Instructor: Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, Outreach & Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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Winter 2015 Issue, Number 136

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor

Welcome to the Winter 2015 issue of MIDLINE. I’d like to invite you all to sit back and enjoy yet another issue of our Chapter newsletter. This issue sees a return of the Poster Gallery section: details and photos of the research posters that were presented at the Midwest Chapter 2014 Annual Meeting in Bismarck, ND. You’ll also find award announcements, an invitation to next year’s Chapter meeting, and new member profiles. So pour yourself a cup of coffee and let’s get started!

But wait! Before you read on, enjoy this photo of a snowy Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.

Picture of snowy Main Street in Louisville, KY.

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

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” – Wernher von Braun

Daylight Saving’s Time, sunshine, and multiple days of 40+ degree weather have finally arrived in Madison. We can finally start seeing patches of grass and the lakes are beginning to lose their ice cover. The cycle of seasons to me is like pulling back roadblocks and exposing those awesome discoveries.

IMaryH2010f you and I sit down and talk, you will soon realize there are a few things I can ramble on about easily: hockey, genealogy, and conducting research. I think one of the things that makes librarianship such a fabulous career is the fact that we get to constantly go on treasure hunts researching information. However, one of the things that tends to be a bit more difficult for some within the profession is actually figuring out what we want to personally research to either better the patron’s experience or advance the profession or how to even get started. This is where our friends come in to help.

We all have questions that pop in our heads during meetings, at conferences, or singing in the shower. Questions about things we need to find the answer to, such as “why is it like this” or “do patrons have a better understanding when doing X,Y,Z?” If we are lucky, we have coworkers we can bounce potential research ideas off of and get excited to undertake the project…only to have the excitement wane over time. It’s happened to me numerous times. When I was watching the grass peek out from the blanket of snow and thinking about projects I would like to investigate, a question struck me. How many other Midwest Chapter members are facing the same problem of getting help researching a topic or having someone to bounce the idea off of to see if it’s viable? I bet quite a few of us!

So I would like to give everyone reading something to ruminate on over the next few weeks or months. As a profession we grow from the ideas, projects, and encouragement of each other. We see that in our posters, papers, and research we undertake. If you have a research idea or project you’d like to do, what’s stopping you? Is it time? Is it project management? Is it just not wanting to work alone? These are reasons why we have an excellent treasure trove of skills within the Midwest Chapter.

I can almost guarantee there is someone out there who is also interested in the idea or project that’s floating around in your cerebral cortex. We just need to ask if anyone out there is interested too!

I encourage all members to use the listserv to communicate those research ideas and projects to see if we can’t network and expand our knowledge and friends. If the project fizzles out, it’s ok—dust it off and start again when things are not so busy. Research is a process that is flexible and mutable, but it’s something that we shouldn’t overlook, not only for our curiosity but for the advancement of our profession. Happy researching!

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“Free Lunch Award” — Deadline Soon!

Submitted by Leah Osterhaus Trzasko, Chair, Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards and Scholarship Committee

Are you attending MLA’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX? The Chapter Sharing Roundtables “Free Lunch” Award covers the cost for you to attend the Sharing Roundtable of your choice at the MLA Annual Meeting.

The Sharing Roundtables are scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2015. More information about the Roundtables can be found on p.10 of MLA’s 2015 Preliminary Program:

More information about the “Free Lunch” award can be found under Awards on the Midwest Chapter’s website. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2015.

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Midwest Chapter/MLA Meeting Grants

Submitted by Leah Osterhaus Trzasko, Chair, Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards and Scholarship Committee

Midwest Chapter/MLA Meeting Grants – Get funding to travel to this year’s meeting in Kentucky!

The Midwest Chapter has 3 grants to help members travel to the Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Each grant includes free registration and $500 for travel expenses. The deadline to apply for the awards is May 15, 2015. This deadline is earlier than in past years – it has been moved up so that award recipients can be notified before the deadline to submit abstracts to present at the meeting. The 3 grants are:

  • Annual Meeting Grant – supports the attendance of two librarians or library staff
  • First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant – supports the first-time attendance of two Midwest Chapter members
  • Student Annual Meeting Grant – supports attendance of two library science students

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

For more information and applications, visit our Awards page:

If you have questions, contact Leah Osterhaus Trzasko, Chair of the Awards and Scholarship Committee, at

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Midwest Chapter/MLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Louisville

Submitted by Tiffney Gipson, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Librarians + Evidence = Proof

The 2015 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting will be held October 2-6, 2015 at the historic Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. It’s not too early to start planning your trip to Louisville. Go to to get an idea of some of the sites the beautiful city of Louisville has to offer. More details, including registration information will be announced soon.

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Poster Gallery – Disciplinary Differences in Applying E-Journal Usage Metrics

James Stemper, Katherine Chew, Mary Schoeborn, Caroline Lilyard, University of Minnesota Libraries


  • Does the relationship between journal downloads or rankings and faculty authoring
    Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

    Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

    venue or citations to them varies by discipline.

    • Does the strength of the correlations vary by discipline?
    • Do the social sciences/ humanities differ from the physical /health sciences?
    • Are there differences between similar disciplines (e.g. physical & health sciences), or within disciplines (e.g. nursing to pharmacy)?
    • Does the newer ranking metrics Eigenfactor & SNIP correlate better with downloads / citations than Impact Factor?
    • Is Scopus is a valid alternative to Local Journal Use Reports as a way of correlating faculty publication & citation practices with journal selections.


  • Use data: 4 years of (2009-2012) collected for each subject journal set: SFX article view requests & publisher’s COUNTER article downloads
  • Ranking data: 5-year Impact Factor, current EigenFactor & Source Normalized Impact Per Paper (SNIP) recorded for each journal title
  • Citation data: 2 years (2009-2010) from Thomson Local Journal Use Reports (LJUR); 4 years (2009-2012) from Elsevier SciVal (Scopus)
  • Journal value assessed by: (1) author decisions of where to publish (2) external citations to these authors


  • Inform selection decisions
    • LJUR reports more subscribed titles whose local faculty articles get cited by peers; Scopus reports more subscribed journals that local faculty author in
    • Obtain liaison/subject coordinator input: Hard to centralize collection if the “best fit” metrics vary by discipline
  • Understand patterns of use
    • Capture demographics of logins and interdisciplinary use
  • Show value
    • Defend library budgets
    • Offer services to help faculty demonstrate impact

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Poster Gallery – Why Research Doesn’t Happen: Suggestions on Moving Yours from Concept to Publication

Holly Ann Burt,  AHIP, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region

Our medical world encourages finding evidence to back up guidelines, standards, and policies. Yet, too often a literature review reveals a lack of research in the area of interest.

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

This poster explores reasons why this is so and challenges each of us to participate in research. Discover the perils, pitfalls and possibilities of pursuing a research project. Key steps in the research process are highlighted and include both warnings of that which could halt the process and tips for moving forward. Our topics include: Concept (framing your question), Research (finding the background), Methodology (exploring the how), the IRB (getting it approved), Action (making it happen), Evaluation (looking at results), and Publication (sharing the story). The process is not easy, which is why it often fails; but research creates evidence and evidence point toward solutions and solutions can heal our world.

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Poster Gallery – Web-Scale Discovery Tool: Is It Right For You?

Tara Brigham, Kelly Arp, Carol Ann Attwood, AHIP, Ann M. Farrell, Leah Osterhaus Trzasko, Mark Wentz, Mayo Clinic Libraries


Objectives: To identify, investigate and test multiple web-scale discovery (WSD) tools to determine if one would enhance our library users’ experience.

Methods: Looking to improve our users’ experience, we formed a workgroup to explore

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

WSD tools. We conducted a literature review to set a framework for our investigation and identify WDS vendors. A library staff survey was used to rank the most important qualities of a WSD. Four WSD vendors completed “Request for Information” (RFI) packets and provided in-person demos. Library staff provided feedback on the demos and completed Apples-to-Apples comparison searches of libraries that had implemented these products. A weighted matrix was used to summarize the data and rank the products.

Results: The range of possible results for the weighted matrix was 44 (if a product scored a 1 for each criterion) to 216 (if a product scored a 10 for each). The results of the weighted matrix revealed that one of the WSDs scored higher than the others with scores ranging from 117 to 169.

Conclusions: After considering the weighted matrix, literature review, RFIs, Apples-toApples results and experiences from other libraries, the workgroup felt that our library should delay the purchase and implementation of a WSD tool. The library is currently redesigning its website; once that is functional, we will evaluate user satisfaction and revisit the value of a WDS tool. Our future investigation of WSD will include requesting trial access to the top candidates to enable a better Apples-to Apples comparison.

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Poster Gallery – Conquering the Health Literacy Digital Divide

Megan Richardson and Merete Christianson, North Dakota State University Libraries

The digital divide continues to be a concern in librarianship, though the focus has shifted from strictly access to information literacy. We polled public librarians around the state about library technology, staff training, and available services to examine the issues facing libraries in North Dakota, particularly in regards to health literacy. Possible solutions to the digital divide include publicly available websites like Digital Learn and Learning Express Library; we will also highlight resources like Medline Plus, Consumer Health Complete and Alt HealthWatch specific to health literacy.

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.


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Poster Gallery – Implementing a Learning Object Repository at Frontier Nursing University

Tyler Nix, University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science

The issues related to creating digital learning object repositories are, in some cases, significantly different from those in creating ‘traditional’ digital repositories. Staffing, metadata, and use considerations must be carefully considered in this unique environment. Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is in the early stages of building a digital learning object repository (LOR) to centralize and make accessible its institutional

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

learning objects and digital historical artifacts. Because FNU is a distance-learning institution, its professors produce a wealth of born-digital instructional content that the LOR will harness for educational use and reuse, as well as for the benefit of the interested public. The pilot LOR includes web animations, videos and slide presentations and is being developed in conjunction with FNU’s Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) capstone project repository. (Both collections can be viewed at My poster will highlight the key areas of faculty and staff focus during the initial implementation of the LOR. It will include details on design considerations and will highlight functional and administrative differences between the LOR and the traditional DNP capstone repository, including:

  • metadata design
  • creation of inclusion criteria
  • inclusion protocols and processes
  • faculty and staff involvement/roles/interests
  • customization and web presence

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Poster Gallery – Exploring PI: Using a Performance Improvement Model to Enhance Library Service to Clinic Providers

Jim Bulger, Pam Barnard, Andrew Crow, Sharon Kambeitz, Anita von Geldern, Allina Health Library Services, Minneapolis, MN

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Objective: This poster will describe using a 10-step quality improvement process to examine current state, identify areas for improvement, implement action steps, and measure results. The goal was to increase awareness and knowledge of library resources, tools, and services among our providers in our ambulatory clinics.

Methods: Using the Allina Health 10-Step Quality Improvement Process methodology, library staff drafted an aim statement and identified stakeholders, then conducted a survey in July, 2013 to determine current level of awareness and knowledge regarding library resources, tools and services. A half-day rapid process improvement workshop was held to identify root causes and barriers and develop opportunities for improvement. Seven action steps were identified. These were completed over the next few months. A followup survey was conducted in January, 2014 to measure results.

Results: The follow-up survey was inconclusive, showing no significant gain. Both surveys were random and may not have been completed by the same individuals, which may skew results. Conclusion: In hindsight, there might have been merit in delaying the follow-up survey to allow time for improvements made to take fuller effect. Nonetheless, the process was a good learning exercise and resulted in what library staff consider to be definite (if difficult to measure) improvements.

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Poster Gallery – Student Preference for Online or Electronic Class Assignments

Heather McEwen, Rienne Johnson, Chad E. Statler, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Objectives: Professors at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) have noted that many first year medical students lack experience in scientific writing. Since NEOMED lacks a traditional writing center, librarians take on roles typically associated with writing centers. The library staff works with NEOMED faculty to develop resources, such as LibGuides, and assignments to improve students’ writing abilities. Our objective is to examine whether students prefer an online electronic assignment resource or a traditional printed assignment to complete their work.

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

Methods: Students have the option of utilizing a printable PDF version of their assignment, or a Library Guide, which contains assignment directions, an evaluation rubric, and supplemental resources aimed at improving writing skills. Topics include avoiding plagiarism, citing resources, and writing and grammar assistance. Page and link views from the Library Guide will be compared with the printed assignment download statistics from the course management system to determine which assignment version is preferred by first year medical and pharmacy students.

Results: To be determined.

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Poster Gallery – Using Student Feedback to Guide Renovation of Study Spaces in Response to Accreditation Feedback

Michel Atlas, Vida Vaughn, and Elizabeth Smigielski, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

In response to feedback from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the University of Louisville School of Medicine sponsored the renovation of the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library to create more individual and group study space for students. This is in support of a revised curriculum that emphasizes problem based group learning and self-directed learning as opposed to the traditional lecture format. Focus groups were conducted to identify students’ study habits and space preferences. To create space for open study areas and study rooms, bound journals were moved to an off-site storage facility. Raised flooring to accommodate electrical access was installed. Open study areas emphasize large work surfaces, natural light, comfortable chairs, colorful surroundings, access to coffee and vending machines, and semi-private study space. Ten study rooms were created. They were designed to permit interactive group study in a comfortable, relaxed setting. The rooms feature glass walls for use with dry erase markers which are circulated by the library. Flat panel monitors allow group viewing of images. Cords, chargers and adapters for both Mac and PCs are available for check out. There is little literature on student study habits and preferences. Literature regarding study rooms pertains to policies directing their use. We present a discussion of the development of student-guided study space in conjunction with the accreditation needs of the School of Medicine administration.

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Poster Gallery – A Snapshot of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: A History of Progress

Jennifer DeBerg, University of Iowa Libraries

Objectives: This project will provide a glimpse of the evolution of evidence based nursing (EBN) practice.

Methods: Journal and book literature were reviewed to determine the historical underpinnings of EBN. An examination of the evidence base for hospital nursing practice was performed, primarily through review of book literature. The literature regarding tradition-based practices, or sacred cows, was also explored and summarized. Select EBN leaders at the author’s institution were consulted in order to identify unpublished information.

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

Results: The evidence base for hospital nursing practice has been accumulating at a steady rate since the 1990’s. Examples of areas with an expanding evidence base include pressure ulcer prevention, fall prevention, hospital acquired infection prevention, patient education, and pain assessment and management. Despite the progress made, implementation of practice change is inconsistent and complicated. Publicizing sacred cows is one way of initiating change that has been effective at the author’s institution, and seems to have had a stronger impact in nursing than other health sciences fields.Conclusions: Equipping information specialists with enhanced understanding of the nursing profession may allow them to strengthen roles as facilitators of EBP. Learning and reflecting on the history of progress in EBN is not only valuable in understanding the culture and needs of this profession; it may also offer insight about how other disciplines evolve in their adoption of evidence-based practice

Link to record in UI Libraries repository:

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Poster Gallery – Finding Plant-Based Foods in PubMed: A Problem for Our Foodie Future

Eric Rumsey, University of Iowa Libraries

Plant-based foods are foods of the future. With millennials being called “the foodie generation,” and foodie guru Michael Pollan saying “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” it’s clear that plant-based foods will have surging popularity in the near future. In

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

this poster we’ll examine how well PubMed works for finding research articles on plant-based foods. The indexing of Food-Diet-Nutrition subjects in MeSH is complicated and inconsistent. Relevant terms tend to be scattered in different parts of the “tree structure,” making it hard to know what categories to include in searching. This is especially a problem for plant-based foods: a large proportion of these are not in the Food explosion, but are only in Plants, and not in Food. These, of course, will not be retrieved by searching for “Food.” Adding to the complexity is that the three main categories of plantbased foods in MeSH – fruit, vegetables and spices – are treated differently in MeSH. We’ll examine these groups carefully, to determine patterns of how different plant-based foods are treated.

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Poster Gallery – Exploring the Impact of an Institution’s Research

Mary Blackwelder, Karen L. Hanus, and Elizabeth Suelzer, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee, WI

Objectives: The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Libraries performs an analysis on the articles published by MCW authors annually. This poster will describe the methodology for this yearly project, and give an overview of the results.

Methods: The first step is to perform a search in Science Citation Index (SCI) based on the address field, using address phrases frequently used by our authors and eliminating

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Copyright 2014 Karen Anderson. Used with permission.

particular document types. The next step is to assign the Journal Citation Report (JCR) Impact Factor to each journal title. In the last step, the impact factor data for our institution’s articles is compared against the impact factor data for all journals in subjects in which our authors might publish. This is done by selecting subjects in scope for our institution, then determining the top impact factors for the journals in those subjects.

Results: The resulting report shows that most of the research published by authors affiliated with our institution is in high impact journals. In 2013, 83% of MCW publications were in journals at or above the median impact factor for subjects in scope for our institution. Discussion: As new methods for evaluating research impact are becoming popular, we intend to expand the analysis to use other metrics such as the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR).

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New Members’ Profiles

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

Shauna Bostian is a librarian at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She provides assistance in computer searches, document delivery, library instruction and education programs, inter-library loans, cataloging, circulation, reference, acquisitions, and system development and maintenance. She is also responsible for planning for the future of library information services at her institution, including resource acquisition. Shauna received her MLIS from Kent State University. A native of Westfield, IN, Shauna also has a BSN from Regis University and states, “After twelve years of working as an Operating Room RN, I decided to become a librarian. Medical librarianship is the perfect fit!” Her professional interests include nursing information. Shauna enjoys hiking, bike riding, and gardening.

Wendy Lehar is a Research & Education Librarian at the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, part of the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences. As liaison to physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical laboratory science, and other health sciences disciplines, she is responsible for reference, research support, and works with faculty to purchase necessary library resources and to incorporate library instruction into courses. Her professional interests include best practices in research consultation and cultural competency in the health sciences. This native of Kamloops, British Columbia received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Thompson Rivers University and an MLIS from McGill University (2009). Wendy’s personal hobbies and interests include baking, wine appreciation, mountain biking, hiking, and “being in the great outdoors.” She adds, “I just moved to the Midwest from Western Canada; I am obsessed with mountain biking… so I moved to one of the flattest places on earth! I feel it will be worth it because I have been interested in the health sciences information field for some time now, and I look forward to gaining knowledge and experience in my health science disciplines.”

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For the Record

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor

Childs, C. Reaching out to public libraries: successful partnerships surrounding the Affordable Care Act. J Hosp Librariansh. 2015;15(1):87-98. DOI:10.1080/15323269.2015.986357.

Goben A, Raszewski R. The data life cycle applied to our own data. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015;103(1):40-44. DOI:10.3163/1536-5050.103.1.und008.

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