Summer 2014 Issue, Number 134

This is the final issue before the annual meeting in Bismarck, ND. As a nod to the conference’s theme, “Come West and Explore”, this is issue is dedicated to exploration, innovation, and shifting boundaries. I know I always say this, but this really is a good issue. We will bid farewell (of sorts) to our current president, Liz Fine Weinfurter, and welcome our incoming president, Mary Hitchcock. We also will hear a little bit about another member’s journey off the beaten track as she embarks upon a new adventure. Lastly we will meet twelve(!!!) new members. Welcome all and see you in Bismarck.

Red moccasins from the Early Peoples Exhibit, Heritage Center in Bismarck.

Red moccasins from the Early Peoples Exhibit, Heritage Center in Bismarck.

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President’s Message

Submitted by Liz Fine Weinfurter, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2014

Greetings, Midwest Chapter! Somehow the summer has flown by, and fall is practically here. I know that for many of us, students are back and a new school year is in full swing. In my inaugural column last year, I included this line from Bob Bruininks, a past president of the University of Minnesota, which sums up why I love this time of year:

“Amid the bustle of returning students, the excitement of first-year students getting to know the campus and each other, and the changing of seasons from summer to fall, there is a distinct undercurrent of possibility: the feeling that each day holds tremendous potential, and that the next class, the next chapter, the next person we meet might just change everything.”

I return to this sentiment every fall, and for me it really communicates the energy of this time of year. Summer is coming to an end, but there are so many exciting new beginnings buzzing around.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Bismarck in October, and making the most of what I feel is the most valuable part of Midwest Chapter – the connections with talented, passionate people from across the Midwest. The conference always holds “…the distinct undercurrent of possibility: the feeling that each day holds tremendous potential, and that the next class, the next chapter, the next person we meet might just change everything.”

It has been my great pleasure to serve as your President this past year, and I look forward to working on the Board with incoming president Mary Hitchcock. I am ever impressed with the commitment and dedication of our members who volunteer to serve.

As you may know, my daughter (aptly named Autumn) turned one on September 4th. It’s amazing to see how far she’s come in a year, and the new perspectives I have after navigating the world with a child. As she embarks on her second year, the fall, with its tremendous potential, has even more meaning for me.

And, with that weak segue, I give you one final baby picture! See you in North Dakota!

Honorary chapter member, Autumn, waves goodbye!

Honorary chapter member, Autumn, waves goodbye!

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Conference News!

Submitted by Sandi Bates, Conference Publicity Chair, Bismarck State College

Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended

Kelly Thormodson went rogue and extended the deadline for early bird registration and poster submission to Sept. 10! This coincides with when the block of hotel rooms will be released. As you may have heard Bismarck hotels and the airline flights are quickly booked up with oil personnel and the support trades working to keep up with our oil boom, known to us as The Bakken. Save yourself some money by registering NOW!

If you haven’t taken the time to look yet at what will be featured at the conference, here is a listing of the keynote speakers:

We also have a great educational panel with five continuing education courses:

We look forward to seeing you in North Dakota!

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Bismarck, ND: Things to Know

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

For only the second time in chapter history, North Dakota will be hosting the Midwest Chapter annual meeting this October. We want to invite you to make the most of your stay in Bismarck and North Dakota.

If you are flying into Bismarck, please remember the Radisson Hotel provides a complimentary airport shuttle service. The airport is about ten to fifteen minutes from the hotel, so the ride is short.

Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz all have service counters at the airport if you are planning on renting a car to explore. The Radisson Hotel offers complimentary parking for guests in the attached covered parking garage.

We hope you are able to aside time to explore Bismarck and other parts of North Dakota. A list of selected attractions and shopping opportunities is posted on the conference website. Additional information about Bismarck and North Dakota attractions is available. Note — please call ahead to make sure selected attractions are open in October if you are consulting these last two guides.

Bismarck has parks and trails for exploring on foot if that sounds more appealing. Walking trails surround the State Capitol, including the Arboretum Trail. Bismarck Parks and Recreation District information and printable maps are available for all Bismarck trails and parks, including a two-mile one that follows the Missouri River. Five eagle sculptures are located in various parks, as well as a 55-foot replica keelboat.

Some have asked if the oil boom has affected personal safety in Bismarck. While traffic and crime have increased somewhat as the population in North Dakota and Bismarck has grown, Bismarck certainly has not become the Wild West! We do recommend you follow the same common-sense safety measures you would take when attending a conference in any city or while driving in unfamiliar areas. Bismarck is still home to many helpful and polite people and we would prefer you minimize your chances of encountering the exceptions. If you have any concerns or questions about Bismarck, please contact me.

Hope to see all of you in October!

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Announcement! New PubMed Training Materials

Submitted by Holly Ann Burt, AHIP, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

There’s another addition to the PubMed pantheon of tutorial brochures: PubMed Journal Searching ( Check out the full listing of PubMed training materials by going to the PubMed homepage and clicking on the “PubMed Tutorials” link.

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Member News

Submitted by Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP, User Education/Reference Librarian, MCW Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

I’m leaving the world of official medical librarianship (at least for now) to go back to school full time. I’m heading to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this fall to get a bachelor’s degree in biology, which will take care of all the prerequisites I need to get into a 2-year genetic counseling program (UW-Madison has one of the older programs in the country). I’m also going to work on getting a health informatics certificate while at UWM, and then hopefully I’ll somehow combine all my clinical and information interests into a whole new career. My last day at the Medical College of Wisconsin was August 29th. I am planning on remaining a member of the Midwest Chapter for the foreseeable future, and will also be serving out my treasurer term through 2015, as I’ve found so much value in networking and interacting with all of the Midwest Chapter members! I look forward to seeing you in Bismarck!

Editor’s Note: Thank you for sharing your exciting news with the Chapter. Good luck, Amy! (And we’re holding you to the promise to attend the chapter meeting in Bismarck!!!)

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Member News

Submitted by Stevo Roksandic, MBA, MLIS, Director of Library Services, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH

I would like to share with the Chapter my last article that tells a story about the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library Services. In this article readers can find small ‘bites’ of information and story that led to our paper titled “Consumer Health Information Education Gaining Its Momentum” that will be presented by me and my colleague, Antoinette Pallotta, at the Annual Meeting in Bismarck, ND.

Excerpt (Roksandic, 2014, p.14-15):

“I commonly describe the nine colleagues that work together as a team of “shining stars” committed to innovation, excellence and continuing growth and change of health sciences librarianship. Driven by visionary leadership and intrinsic motivation, MCHSL is a fine example of how libraries and librarians have embraced change and taken advantage of opportunities that society creates and demands.

The creation of the Consumer Health Library confirms our
dedication to service. In 2011, with health reform on the horizon, changing relationships and communication between patients and medical staff, market pressure on health prevention and wellness, fast-paced technology development, and continuing growth of information on the internet, MCHSL embarked on a new service focused on consumer health. This service has evolved from a basic informational support service to a local health clinic to complement services on many different levels by providing consumer health and patient health information.

Partnering with the Hospital Health Sciences Library has led to
an initiative in organizing, cataloging, and making information
available virtually and an integral part of The Health Sciences Library website. This includes patient education materials. Organizing these materials has enabled professional medical staff to easily locate, access, and make information available to patients at the time of their diagnosis, healing and therapy process, and hospital discharge. By developing internal partnerships, opportunities to create, establish, and maintain Patient Library services within the hospital has resulted in daily visits to patients. We provide them with leisure reading materials during their stay in the hospital (books, magazines, movies) and our professional service of providing health information tailored to their interests, needs and demands.

This story continues…CHL services are taking important measures in creating Consumer Health Information Centers (CHIC) on other MCHS Hospital Campuses and looking forward to developing partnerships with local libraries and education centers. For example, one such center was established at MCHS St. Ann’s Hospital. Current efforts will lead to connecting and engaging the community in this area in order to provide health information services and promote health prevention and wellness. MCCHL’s goal is to establish CHICs at all MCHS operating locations and provide CHL services engaging local communities and providing education and informational health and wellness support to the entire community in addition to the focus on Franklinton and the communities around Mount Carmel West.”

Editor’s Note: You’ll find a link to the full-text of the article in the “For the Record” section of this issue.

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New Member Profiles

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

Juan Armijo is in his last year at the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Studies, a fully online program. He anticipates graduating in May 2015. He originally planned on becoming certified as a school librarian, but is now considering health sciences librarianship, public libraries librarianship, and academic librarianship after taking courses about these specialties. His professional interests include media in public libraries, young adult services, health sciences librarianship, and information literacy for high school students. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and an MA in Political Science and an MA in History from New Mexico State. He has a Ph.D. in Secondary Education from Arizona State. He is a full-time social studies teacher at a high school in his home town of Las Cruces, NM. Juan’s hobbies and interests include sports, reading, and his pets.

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New Member: Becky Hines

Becky Hines is an Education Librarian at Des Moines University in Iowa, where she “provides comprehensive research, reference, and instructional services in the fields of medicine and the health sciences for the students, faculty, and staff.”Her professional interests include technology and information literacy. Becky received her MLIS from Louisiana State University. This Connecticut native has undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from Skidmore College. Becky’s hobbies include reading and hiking. She adds, “After a long hiatus outside of academia, it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be back in a medical library again!”

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New Member: Don Jason

Don Jason is a Clinical Informationist at the University of Cincinnati’s Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. He serves as a liaison to the university’s College of Medicine and Medical Center. He will be traveling and working with researchers and health care professionals in the field who are affiliated with the University of Cincinnati’s medical programs. Don’s professional interests include software and the intersection between informatics and health. He has a degree in journalism from Ohio University, where he developed a love of computer and video software. He received a MLIS and a Master of Health Informatics from Kent State University. Don was an ALA Spectrum Scholar, an ARL Diversity Scholar (part of the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce), and an ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow. He also spent one year as an Associate Fellow with the US National Library of Medicine. His hobbies and interests include creative writing, and he enjoys writing all kinds of fiction.

Martha Knuth is a Librarian at Western Michigan University (WMU) School of Medicine. She works with students, residents, faculty, and personnel at community clinics. She participates in morning report, teaches evidence-based medicine and citation management classes, and works with the journal club. Martha reports that the library opened in July 2013, and all resources are in digital formats. Her professional interests include statistics, health informatics, and international cooperation and exchange. She belongs to MLA’s International Cooperation Section, and spent some time in South Korea teaching library science. Martha received an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services from WMU, and her MLIS (focusing on health sciences) from the University of Pittsburgh. This Kalamazoo, MI native enjoys reading, music, hiking, and travel.

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New Member Rachael Lebo

Rachael Lebo is currently employed as a library assistant with the Siouxland Libraries, at the Main Branch (downtown) in Sioux Falls, SD.  She works the circulation, information, and youth services desks in addition to handling special projects. Prior to the library, she worked at Prairie Creek Pet Hospital for almost six years.  While there, Rachael ran the lab work, assisted in surgeries, filled prescriptions, and assisted in other patient care.  She is also a SLIS student at the University of Kentucky with a specialization in Health Sciences, and anticipates graduating in December of 2015.  She is interested in medical informatics and helping doctors and medical students acquire the information they seek. Rachael received a B.S. in English with minors in biology and classical studies (Greek emphasis) from Iowa State University in 2006. When she has free time, she loves to spend it with her husband Todd) and their 17 month-old daughter, Gretchen, and their two cats, Domino and Jenga. In addition to swimming, biking, and walking, Rachael enjoys playing the bassoon in the High Plains Woodwinds, a woodwind ensemble in its 3rd season in Sioux Falls.  She is a member of PEO. Her favorite sports teams are: DC United (MLS), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), and the Green Bay Packers (NFL).

Laura Menard is a Health Sciences Librarian embedded in the College of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She is liaison to the Pharmacy and Physician Assistant programs, as well as the Communication Sciences & Disorders and the Science, Technology, & Society programs. In addition to instruction and outreach, she is responsible for collection development. Laura’s professional interests include instruction (she likes the new ACRL Information Literacy Framework) and data management: her school has an institutional repository, and they want to develop its use in order to manage research data. She has an undergraduate degree in English Literature, Spanish, and Ancient Greek from Denison University in Ohio, and received her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This Mukilteo, WA native was active on swim teams during high school and college, and is a Master Swimmer.

Joshua Michael is Information Services Librarian and Health Sciences Liaison at Centennial Library, Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH. He is responsible for promotion of library resources and services and outreach to faculty and students. A native of Xenia, OH, Joshua received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

Valerie Moore is a librarian with the Saskatoon Health Information Resources Program in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine-affiliated program is unique in Canada because it provides access at no charge to a website with a secure suite of resources to health care practitioners across the entire province. Valerie’s main responsibilities include outreach and marketing. Her professional interests include technology and outreach. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Guelph, and an MLIS from Western University in London, Ontario. Her hobbies include knitting.

Debi Orr is the Librarian for the College of Health Sciences and Professions and is the Learning Resource Center Librarian for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens, OH. She does literature searching for faculty and staff, teaches workshops and one-shot instruction sessions, and does collection development. Debi is a voting member on the university’s Institutional Review Board and a non-voting member of the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. She is involved in the development of distance learning programs for the Heritage College’s extension campuses at the Cleveland Clinic and in Dublin, OH. Her interests include research about medicine and policy. Debi is the President-Elect of the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association. This Johnstown, OH native has a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Ohio State University, and an MLIS from Kent State. She also has a MA in Social Sciences from Ohio University. Debi’s hobbies include running, bicycling, and flower gardening.

Mary Beth Reidner is a retired academic librarian who is currently a volunteer at the Gail Borden Public Library District in the Elgin, IL area. She is part of a team of librarians “seeking to reconnect people with dementia to books and reading via library programming.” Mary Beth states, “I retired in 2008 from my position as University Librarian for Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL to care for my husband who was diagnosed with a young-onset dementia. In retirement, I developed a series of 24 programs centered on books and reading called Tales & Travel that was successfully implemented with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As a volunteer for the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL, I am currently helping to replicate the Tales & Travel program at several memory care facilities in the Elgin area. I am also the chair of the newly created ASCLA [Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies] Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias.” Mary Beth received both her undergraduate degree in history and her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Her professional interests include consumer health and programming for both persons diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers.

Gabriel Rios is Director of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He is responsible for strategic planning and staff supervision. Since recently moving from his position as Deputy Director and Associate Professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Library of the Health Sciences, he and his staff have been reviewing work processes and experimenting with different approaches for services, including distance services for the nine campuses affiliated with the IU School of Medicine. He has just finished a term on the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association. He is a member of the Biomedical and Library and Informatics Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine. Gabriel has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently teaching spin classes at the YMCA in Indianapolis.

Chad Statler is a Reference Assistant at the Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center. He will receive his MLIS from Kent State in December 2014. Chad’s professional interests include public health, consumer health, and rare books. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. This South Euclid, OH native enjoys exercising, bike riding, and cooking.

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For the Record

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor


Funk CJ, Homan JM, Rhine L. “Librarians without Borders: Building In-Country Research and Information Provision Capability.” Against the Grain 2014 April; 26(2): 14-.

Gushrowski BA, Romito LM. “Faculty perceptions of webcasting in health sciences education.” Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology 2014; 3(1): 72-89.

Kraft MA. “Disruptive Technology: Librarians Must Think Heretical Thoughts to Adapt.” Against the Grain 2014 April; 26(2): 38-.

Kubilius R. “Trends in Health Sciences and Biomedical Sciences Information and Services Provision: Introduction.” Against the Grain 2014 April; 26(2): 1-.

Kubilius RK. “Taking Advantage of Opportunities to Network and Learn Outside of Librarianship.” Doody’s Core Titles Featured Article.

Lorbeer ER. “Where to Start? Opening Day Collections and Services for a Newly Founded Medical School.” Against the Grain 2014 April; 26(2): 36-.

Raszewski R. “Collaborating on Health Sciences Practicum.” Doody’s Core Titles Featured Article.

Riedner MB, Maki K, Lytle MA. “Serving People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” Strategic Library 2014 July; 7:8-10.

Roksandic S. “Mount Carmel Health System Library Services: Health Sciences Librarianship gains its momentum!” Ohio Libraries Quarterly 2014 Second Quarter; 3(2):14-15.

Book Chapters:

Donahue A, Kenney L, Leonhardt K. Patient and families as vital EI&K conduits. In: Zipperer LA, editor. Patient safety: perspectives on evidence, information and knowledge transfer. United Kingdom: Gower; 2014. p. 205-.

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