Winter 2017 Issue, Number 143

Submitted by Abby Thorne, MIDLINE Editor

Welcome to the Winter 2017 issue of MIDLINE. Inside you will find news from your chapter leadership and information about our annual meeting, which will take place this fall in Michigan. You will also find much news from other chapter members and libraries in our region.

As always, please consider submitting your news for the next issue of MIDLINE. Submissions may be sent to me at

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President’s Message

Submitted by Debra Werner, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2017

Congratulations to the Midwest Chapter!  We have won the 2017 Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award.  Our Chapter will be honored at the President’s Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 30th at MLA’17 in Seattle.  I hope some of you will be able to attend to help celebrate the Midwest Chapter.

Our Chapter’s project, Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program, was conceived of and implemented by Chapter Membership Secretary, Stephanie Schulte.  Andrea Kepsel and Emily Johnson contributed by providing feedback on the program’s evaluation results.  The program matched students and recent graduates of library or information science programs with librarians who have experience chairing search or hiring committees.  The librarians provided feedback on the mentees’ resumes/CVs and prepared them for interviews.  Read Immediate Past President, Chris Child’s, July 2016 MIDLINE article for more details about the program.  The pilot program is continuing; the most recent call for volunteers for the program went out last December.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this pilot program and helped make it a success!

Have you started a program that provides value to colleagues, future health sciences librarians, or members of your community?  If so, consider taking your program to the Chapter level—you may have already created the next Project of the Year!  Contact me if you’d like to discuss expanding your program to include Chapter colleagues.  And if you have an idea for a Chapter project that you haven’t yet implemented, I’d like to hear about it, too!

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Visit Us in Pure Michigan for Pure Information 2017!

Submitted by Merle Rosenzweig, Chair, Planning Committee

The planning committee for the Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter/MLA and Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) is excited to welcome you to our state for our conference on October 13 – 16, 2017!

Located on the banks of the picturesque Huron River in Ypsilanti (IP-SILL-ANN-TEE or Ypsi for short!), the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest will be your home for four days of learning, networking, and taking in the sights and sounds of fall in Michigan.

Here are just a few things to look forward to at this year’s conference:

  • Friday, October 13 – Midwest Board Meeting. A “spontaneous” Happy Hour @ 5pm in the hotel bar for those arriving on Friday.
  • Saturday, October 14 – A fascinating line-up of morning and afternoon CE courses and, finally, an opening reception to finish out the day.
  • Sunday, October 15 – Keynote address, contributed papers, exhibits, and a Special Social Event.
  • Monday, October 16 – Exhibits, posters, and business meetings.

This year’s keynote address features Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the ACLU Michigan. Curt has been recognized with numerous awards for his groundbreaking coverage of the toxic contamination of the Flint water supply, a public-health disaster that exposed the city of 100,000 people to lead poisoning for almost two years despite government officials insisting the water was safe. In 2016 he was named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association and awarded the Hillman Prize. His work has been recognized nationally on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, the radio program On the Media from WNYC, and the Columbia Journalism Review, and internationally by The Guardian newspaper.

Preliminary program and registration information will be available soon on the conference website.  Please stay connected with us on Twitter #MidwestMHSLA17.

For more information about the surrounding area, visit Ypsi Real.

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From the GMR – Underserved Health Communities Project Launch

Submitted by Darlene Kaskie, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City, IA

The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine launched the Underserved Health Communities project on Wednesday, March 1st. Using ArcGIS software, the web mapping application features the health stories of twenty counties in the ten-state region with the highest risk for health factors and behaviors according to the 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

Did you know that obesity in Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota is 80% higher than the United States average or that adult smoking in Harlan County, Kentucky is double?

Social determinants either can positively or adversely affect health. Evidence shows that populations with low educational attainment and high unemployment numbers experience poorer health outcomes. Whether a community is rural or urban, financial, physical or cultural barriers to treatment or prevention increases incidences of chronic pain, infectious disease, substance abuse, poor nutrition, and premature morbidity. According to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, Americans in the highest income group can expect to live more than six years longer compared to the population residing below the federal poverty level.

Health literacy — the ability to comprehend and use information to make decisions — also influences health outcomes. Health literacy can be a barrier to personal health care if information is not available in an accessible language or written at an appropriate reading level. This is where the National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the Greater Midwest Region can help. Using reliable and accurate data to tell the stories of these population groups, the library wants to raise awareness of their specific and significant needs. The goal is to collaborate with outreach librarians, health professionals, and community leaders to promote NIH and NLM information as well as to fund opportunities to initiate programs to improve health disparity in these communities.

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Regional News – Ohio

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

Cleveland Clinic Floyd D. Loop Alumni Library Assistant Director, Marian Simonson, is the winner of MLA 2017 Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.  Marian is a member of Midwest MLA chapter and AHIP, at the Distinguished Level.

The Ohio Health Sciences Libraries Association will hold its Spring meeting on May 5, 2017 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH   43215 from 9:15-4:15 pm.  Megan von Isenburg, Duke University Medical Library will be presenting a 4.0 credit MLA CE class entitled, “EBM/EBP: The Basics- Study Design and Randomized Controlled Trials”.  Please join us.

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Member News: Mayo Announces New Librarians

Submitted by Matt Hoy, Associate Director, Mayo Clinic Libraries


Photo of Julie Taylor, Mayo Clinic's new Health Sciences Outreach Librarian

Julie Taylor, Health Sciences Outreach Librarian

As of December, 2016, Julie Taylor is now serving in the Plummer Library at the Mayo Clinic as a Health Sciences Outreach Librarian.  Julie comes to the Plummer Library after seven years of working in Mayo’s Patient Libraries, primarily serving at the St. Marys Patients’ Library. Julie has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Julie is a Dragon Boat paddler and paddles at various races and festivals in the Midwest.  She is looking forward to paddling in Florence, Italy in 2018.


Photo of Matthew Hoy, Associate Director of the Mayo Clinic Libraries

Matthew Hoy, Associate Director of the Mayo Clinic Libraries

Matthew B. Hoy also joined the Mayo Clinic’s Plummer Library in December, serving as the Associate Director of the Mayo Clinic Libraries. After serving in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the Mayo Clinic Health System since 2003, Matt has joined the library team in Rochester. Matt’s credentials include a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and Bachelor of Arts in English and Technical Writing from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. His research interests include alternative publishing models and emerging library technologies.  He is also an avid gamer and a fan of trivia.



Photo of Leslie Hassett, Health Sciences Outreach Librarian

Leslie Hassett, Health Sciences Outreach Librarian

In January 2017, Leslie Hassett also joined the Mayo Clinic Libraries. She will also serve as one of the Plummer Library’s Health Sciences Outreach Librarians.  Leslie is moving to Rochester from Port Orchard, Washington, where she has been a Librarian for Olympic College since 2007. Prior employment included serving as a Medical Librarian for Loma Linda University from 1987-2005. Leslie holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from California State University, Northridge. Leslie loves performing complex literature searches to assist people in their research and enjoys teaching advanced literature searching techniques.  Leslie is also an award winning gourd artist. She shows and sells her work in juried fine art shows. Most recently, in December 2016, she was in the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour in Washington State. Leslie’s art website is

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Member News – Jane Blumenthal Appointed to NLM Board of Regents and Named President-Elect of AAHSL

Submitted by Jane Blumenthal, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Jane Blumenthal has been appointed to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Board of Regents. Jane will serve a four-year term on the Board from 2016 to 2020. The NLM Regents advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and the Director of the National Library of Medicine on policies and strategic planning for the library and on its extramural grant program.

Jane has also recently been chosen President-Elect of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)  and is a member of its Board of Directors from 2016 to 2019. AAHSL is comprised of academic health sciences libraries in the U.S. and Canada whose affiliated and accredited medical schools are members of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). AAHSL works to advance the role of health sciences libraries in education, research, patient care, and community service through its leadership and collaborative partnerships in health information, scholarly communication, and knowledge management.

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Member News – Announcements from The Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, Columbus, OH

Submitted by Noreen L. Mulcahy, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, Columbus, OH

Allison Erlinger of the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library (MCHLS)has been promoted to Health Sciences Librarian and will be providing library services to other Trinity hospitals located in Iowa and Illinois.  Also, Allison received a Masters of Library and Information Sciences from Kent State University in August of 2016.

Don Pearson, Library Technology Specialist at the MCHSL, earned a Masters of Library and Information Sciences from Kent State University in August of 2016.  In addition, Don received certification from the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), provisional level.

Allison Erlinger, Health Sciences Librarian at MCHSL, received a Professional Development Award from the Greater Midwest Region/National Network of Libraries of Medicine to attend the Annual Conference of the Medical Library Association in Seattle, WA.

Noreen Mulcahy, Health Sciences Librarian – Technical Services MCHLS, received a scholarship from the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians to attend the MLA Annual Conference.

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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.”

In February, I had the privilege and life-changing experience of visiting Egypt for two weeks on an archaeology/history tour with the academy Archaeological Paths—which included the utmost honor of meeting Dr. Zahi Hawass, one of the most renowned Egyptologists in the world, and Mrs. Anwar (Jehan) Sadat, Egypt’s beloved former First Lady and wife of President Anwar Sedat, who led Egypt as its President from October 15, 1970 until his assassination on October 6, 1981.

Our journey in Egypt was an intense and challenging program (I would not even call it a “vacation,” though it most certainly was a deviation from one’s “everyday work life,” as a vacation is typically defined).  We toured and climbed through what seemed like countless pyramids, temples, and tombs; we visited The Sphinx, the Citadel of Saladin, The Egyptian Museum, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens,  sailed up the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan, visited a Nubian village, rode camels, and attended lectures, presentations, and (attempted to) learn conversational Arabic.

One of the most memorable and enlightening tours—among all the innumerable experiences in this ancient, magnificent country, was at the Library of Alexandria—the Bibiotheca Alexandrina– in the city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea. We were there for merely a few hours—however, it would take an entire university career, no, a lifetime– to absorb and visit its exhibits, museums, displays, collections, and eleven floors of pure rapture.

photo of Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Library of Alexandria

This imposing National Library of Egypt, which was dedicated on October 16, 2002, is situated across the avenue from the campus of the University at Alexandria and at the seafront of the Mediterranean Sea, close to where the ancient Library once stood. The Library campus includes a conference center and a planetarium, and specialized libraries for maps, multimedia, the visually impaired, children, adolescents, four museums, four art galleries, fifteen permanent exhibitions, a manuscript restoration laboratory, and more.

Photo of Plaque at the Library of Alexandria

Plaque at the Library of Alexandria

The Library at Alexandria is truly an international endeavor and collection—major funding was provided by UNESCO, along with generous donations from the Arab states and nations throughout the world. The collections are also representative of gifts and donations of documents, books, and manuscripts form all over the world, notably among them: from Spain: documents conveying the history of  its Moorish rule, and from France: the documentation of the construction and governance of the Suez Canal.

The four museums are extraordinary, and they commemorate: Antiquities, Manuscripts (Rare Collections, Microfilm, and Museography); Anwar Sadat, and the History of Science. The permanent exhibitions include: Our Digital World, The World of Shadi Abdel Salaam, and Impressions of Alexandria.

The Culturama Hall is a 180-degree panoramic interactive computer screen which was create in 2007 by the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage and displays three periods from the history of Egypt: the Ancient Egyptian Period, the Islamic Civilization, and Modern Egypt.

photo of bust of Alexander the Great at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Bust of Alexander the Great at Library of Alexandria, Egypt

If there were ever a time to be simultaneously humbled, awed, and proud to be a member of the library profession, it was standing next to the statue of Alexander the Great, gazing upon this edifice of antiquity-meets- the- contemporary world, and ogling at this indescribable monument of humanity and erudition.

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New Member Profiles

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

Anna Biszaha is a Research & Education Services Associate at the Health Sciences Library of The Ohio State University. She is responsible for providing reference assistance, in-depth consultations, and bibliographic instruction, and serving as liaison to the College of Dentistry. Anna has a BA in Philosophy & German from The Ohio State University, and earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Her hobbies and interests include “watching movies, practicing my German, and getting distracted by cats.”

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Erin Foster


Erin Foster is the Data Services Librarian at Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI). Her job includes working on university and campus-wide initiatives to develop services, policies, and infrastructure that enable faculty and students to curate, share, and preserve research data.  She also advocates for and promotes the “value of research data services within the institution by collaborating with members of the Indiana School of Medicine, the University Library Center for Digital Scholarship, and Indiana University more broadly.”  Erin is a former National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellow where she spent time at the NLM on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD and, most recently, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. As a Fellow, Erin worked on projects related to data standardization, biomedical ontology development, assessment of public health graduate students, and the promotion of open science. Her professional interests include data curation, management, sharing, and preservation; ontologies, terminologies, and controlled vocabularies; and open science and open research efforts. This Paradise, CA native has undergraduate degrees in Literature and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Erin received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and worked as a graduate research assistant at UNC-CH’s Health Sciences Library. Erin is an active member of the Medical Library Association and serves as the editor for the Research Section’s journal, Hypothesis.  She has been a member of several MLA chapters, namely Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic, and looks forward to being actively involved in the Midwest chapter.


Kathy Koch is a Librarian at the Resource Center Library of Aurora Medical Center Grafton (part of Aurora Health Care) in Grafton, WI. She is responsible for literature searches, instruction, and website maintenance, and serves “as an embedded librarian on hospital and system-wide committees.” Her professional interests include history of nursing and medicine. She adds, “After a 15 year career as an archivist – 12 of those years working for a nursing association in the Chicago area – I’ve moved back to Wisconsin and am transitioning into my new career as a medical librarian.”

This Milwaukee, WI native has a BA in English from Marquette University and earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When asked about her personal hobbies and interests, she stated, “I love to travel and have taken solo trips to Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. My dream trip is a safari to Kenya and Tanzania. I also do a lot of baking, and my latest area of experimentation is yeast breads.”


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Cecilia Railey

Cecilia Railey is on the faculty of the University of Louisville and is contracted out to KentuckyOne Health as a Clinical Librarian. From her base at Saint Joseph Hospital, she provides library and research support to that institution and seven other regional hospitals in central and eastern Kentucky. Her job also involves outreach and instruction in the use of the virtual library resources. Cecilia is a native of Springfield, KY, and has an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work from the University of Louisville, and received her MSLS from the University of Kentucky in 2011. Her professional interests include consumer health, nursing information, and continuing medical education. Her personal hobbies and interests include “reading (currently reading Lab Girl, Underground Railroad, and Thank You for Being Late); basketball; and running.” Cecilia has “become an avid connoisseur of library catalog cabinets (LOVE these!).” She adds, “I am a die-hard fan of positivity and believe that there’s never a problem too big to overcome…learned this from my Mother, a two-time cancer survivor.”

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For the Record


Marchini L, Colvin J, Dawson, DV, & Childs C. “Systematic Review of Factors Associated with Conventional Complete Denture Dissatisfaction and Intolerance,” Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research Annual Conference, Iowa City, IA, February 14, 2017.

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