Fall 2015 Issue, Number 138

Submitted by Abby Thorne, MIDLINE Editor

Welcome to the Fall 2015 issue of MIDLINE. I hope this issue finds everyone having had a great holiday season and gearing up to celebrate the new year!

This issue includes a message from our president as well as submissions from the Annual Conference award winners. An update from our chapter’s State Liaisons Committee Chair is also included.

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President’s Message

Submitted by Chris Childs, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2016

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Chris Childs, Midwest Chapter President

New Year’s Resolutions.  We’ve all made them.  Some we’ve kept and others we’ve broken.  I’m always reminded of this when I go to the gym after a new year has rolled in.  The number of people working out increases on January 2nd and usually decreases by February 15th.  Not that I’m much better.  I’ve lost track of how many times I swore I would go on a regular basis, only to stop after a few weeks.  Maybe I’ll do better this year.  Time will tell.

Speaking of time, there is plenty of it to take advantage of several opportunities that you could turn into a new year’s resolution for yourself.  Are you interested in meeting/collaborating with colleagues from another state, region or country?  Consider attending the MLA and/or Midwest conferences.  MLA (May 13-18) in Toronto is a joint meeting with the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).  Midwest (October 21-25) in Des Moines is a joint meeting with the MidContinental Chapter.  Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Midwest Chapter?  Be sure to mention that when you renew your membership or participate in the survey that is held in the late summer for all committee positions that become vacant in the fall.  Are you interested in serving as a mentor?  Midwest Chapter is piloting a resume/interview practice program for students and new graduates of library science/information science programs. The program is currently opening up to 10 students or new graduates and recruiting up to 10 mentors to work with them.  Go to http://go.osu.edu/MCMLAPilot for more information.

So you have several options this year, in addition to many others (i.e. taking a CE course) on a state, regional or national level to fulfill that New Year’s resolution that you might have.  And if you can’t do it this year, there is always 2017.

I thought I would end each address with a photo from either the MidContinental or Greater Midwest Region, to highlight some of the natural beauty of each region.  This one is from the Colorado National Monument.

Photo of Colorado National Monument

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2015 Meeting Attendance Award Winners

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

The Awards and Scholarship Committee of the Midwest Chapter MLA would like to congratulate the winners of the 2015 First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant, the 2015 Annual Meeting Grant, and the 2015 Student Annual Meeting Grant.

First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant winners:

Mary O’Connell, of the Health Resource Library at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Laura Menard, of the Butler University Library, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Midwest Chapter/MLA First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant supports the first-time attendance of Midwest Chapter members at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Each grant includes a free, full conference registration and $500. Two awards are available each year.

Annual Meeting Grant Winners:

Mindwell Egeland, of the Patients’ Library at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, and Dawn Hackman of the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting Grant supports the attendance of librarians and library staff at the Midwest Chapter/MLA annual meeting. Each grant includes a free, full conference registration and $500. Two awards are available per year.

Student Annual Meeting Grant Winners:

Kimberly Kelly, a student at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan,
and Donald Pearson, a student at Kent State University in Columbus, Ohio.
The Midwest Chapter/MLA Student Annual Meeting Grant supports the attendance of current library science students at the Midwest Chapter/MLA annual meeting. Each grant includes a free, full conference registration and $500. Two awards are available per year.

Hopefully you were able to meet and congratulate Mindwell, Dawn, Mary, Laura, Kimberly and Donald at the conference in Louisville, KY!

For more information about the Chapter’s Awards and Scholarships, please visit: http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/.

Congratulations, again, to the winners!

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2015 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

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

This year’s winner of the Jean Williams Sayre Award for Innovation is Rachel Sindelar, Director of the Broadlawns Medical Center Library, for her ChromeBook Project at Broadlawns Medical Center. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Broadlawns is a county medical center with a patient population that is 70% low income, many with low literacy levels and many who do not speak English.  Seeing a need to improve access to appropriate patient education materials, Rachel purchased 12 ChromeBooks, formatted them for easy access to quality education materials, and did hands on training sessions with each department at Broadlawns. With her ChromeBook Project, Rachel has been able to increase point-of-care access to quality health education materials at appropriate literacy levels.

Congratulations again to Rachel Sindelar for the 2015 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award!

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Midwest Chapter 2015 First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant Winners

Submitted by Mary O’Connell, Health Resource Library at Northwest Community Healthcare, Arlington Heights, Illinois

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the scholarship committee for selecting me as a recipient of the 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA meeting, 1st Time Attendee Scholarship. As a solo librarian from an independent hospital, opportunities to attend meetings are often few due to budget restrictions. The scholarship enabled me to attend the meeting without personal financial burden.

At the conference, I was able to attend the class “PubMed for Experts.”  It was here that I took away valuable tips and tricks to better navigate PubMed. I found this class to be extremely beneficial, as I use PubMed several times a day.

I also had the opportunity to be paired up with a mentor. This was one of my favorite takeaways from the conference.  In the short time that I met with my mentor, I was given helpful tips on how to fully utilize the resources provided by NLM and MLA.  I was also introduced to several librarians who not only were very welcoming, but offered insight on outreach, instruction, and overcoming obstacles.  This was truly a valuable networking opportunity.

Another highlight of the conference was attending the poster and paper sessions.  I was taken aback by the innovative work being done by my colleagues.  I also was able to reflect on some of my past projects that I have done professionally.  I came to the conclusion that I shouldn’t be so intimidated by presenting my work at professional meetings, as my colleagues are a very welcoming and encouraging lot.

Attending this conference was truly valuable experience.  I returned to my job with greater insight and a deeper appreciation for what I do.  I plan on becoming more involved with the Midwest Chapter in the near future.


Submitted by Laura Menard, Butler University Library, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana

This year’s MLA Midwest Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky. I had attended a few of the MLA-hosted webinars in Indianapolis, but as the sole liaison librarian to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Butler University, I was especially excited to have this opportunity to get to know some of my colleagues in the medical library profession from across the Midwest.

My first day began with a CE class on embedded librarianship. One of the most valuable takeaways from the class was a SWOT analysis of not only our institutions, but of our skills as professionals. Discussing our analyses in groups, we were able to see new opportunities to leverage our personal strengths to support our institutional missions. That evening, the welcome reception gave attendees a chance to mingle, catch up with old acquaintances and make new ones, and admire the stunning views of the Ohio River.

Day two started strong with a keynote delivered by Dr. Lawrence Altman, whose professional expertise in medical journalism informed a fascinating address that tied together several issues relevant to our profession today. From ethics to publishing models to the history of medical journalism, Dr. Altman’s talk contextualized many of the conference proceedings that would follow. Later in the day, attendees had the chance to peruse poster sessions, attend a panel presentation on oral health in Appalachia, and catch up on chapter news at the business meeting. That evening, conference attendees enjoyed a reception and tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Because no conference would be complete without an experiential learning component, we augmented the tour with a little hands-on sampling.

The final day of the conference kicked off with a panel discussion on big data. Research data management is an area to which I’m hoping to contribute as a liaison librarian at my institution, so this session was especially valuable to me. Attendees could choose to take in different paper presentations over the course of the morning and afternoon, and I have several great takeaways to bring back to my dean as a result of these sessions.

The lunch presentations on the final day of MLA Midwest included an invitation to attend next year’s meeting in Iowa. Delightful corn hats aside, the presenters made a compelling case for Des Moines. After attending this year’s meeting, I feel that I have gained valuable (and applicable) new knowledge and formed the beginnings of a network of professionals with whom I will continue to collaborate over the years. This year’s MLA Midwest was a great experience and I look forward to seeing what next year’s meeting has in store.

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Midwest Chapter 2015 Annual Meeting Grant Winners

Submitted by Mindwell Egeland, Patients’ Library, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

As a grant recipient, I was able to travel to Louisville, KY for the Midwest MLA Chapter meeting. I enjoyed traveling there with colleagues which provided me with a great frame of mind to absorb as much as I could at The Midwest Medical Library Association meeting. When we arrived, it was time for the opening reception, which had been planned as an outdoor activity, but the weather was not cooperating. The opening reception was transformed into a unique opportunity to mingle with colleagues and vendors without having exhibits in the way. Drawing for prizes was a highlight!

The keynote speaker was Dr. Lawrence K. Altman and he spoke about how medical journalism is journalism. Most of us thought they were two different entities.

He raised some interesting questions:

  • What is peer review really?
  • Do scientist use the right amount of skepticism when reading journal articles?
  • How much profit does each journal make?

Each journal may have different criteria for article selection and interpreting these issues.

I was further energized to see what else there was to learn. My goal was to attend everything. I had a great time in the exhibit hall. I met with lots of vendors. I did have an ulterior motive as I am working on the meeting planning for next year.

We all ate lunch in the Fountain Room – this was where awards were presented and the business meeting was held.  The Dean of Libraries from the University of Louisville (U of L) welcomed us and and was very entertaining.

Later on, in true Kentucky form, we had sweet tea on the veranda though it was inside owing to cooler than expected temperatures. There was a choice of discussion groups. I joined a group where we discussed future meetings – including the where and when.

I had so many great discussions with colleagues and absorbed new knowledge from presenters. There was an interesting evening event -we learned all about bourbon. There was a great session about Big Data with an overview by Scott Plutachak. I had never heard about data from this perspective and found it very enlightening. I also sat in on a session called “Clinical Librarianship meets Patient Safety.” This session discussed ways librarians are combating patient adverse events and addressing the estimated 400,000 lethal events every year.

The entire event allowed me to focus on catching up on new trends, learning many new things, and connecting with colleagues. I encourage everyone to attend the Midwest Chapter/MLA meetings and apply for a grant if needed. It was an amazing experience.

The grant made it all possible and I really appreciate this opportunity.


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

This October, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Midwest Chapter/MLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. My participation was made possible by two generous grants: the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting Grant and the North Dakota Library Association Health Science Information Section’s Professional Development Grant.

My conference activities began with a continuing education class called “Embedded and Empowered: Making an Impact with Embedded Librarianship.” This class explored what it means to be an “embedded” librarian. The instructor also covered how you can identify opportunities a librarian to become embedded, as well as how you can advocate to stakeholders. The instructor identified the following potential roles for a medical/health sciences librarian to explore: fellow researcher; content manager for research data; co-teacher; patient advocate; and big data wrangler (involving the organization, archiving, and retrieving of datasets). The instructor pointed out that libraries provide multiple access points to information, so too should they provide multiple access points to the librarians! Lastly, the instructor broke us into groups and had us work together on SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses to identify the opportunities and challenges to us and our organizations regarding establishing an embedded librarian program. Despite being a bit too long (5.5 hours without coffee!), this CE was nevertheless very valuable to me as my library prepares to redefine its role within its medical school.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the panel presentation on “Big Data” hosted by T. Scott Plutchak and which included panelists from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. During this session, the panelists shared the ways in which their libraries have been involved with research and data management. For example, the librarian from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities talked about her library’s Data Management Curation Initiative. Researchers are invited to upload data to an in-house repository, called the Data Repository for U of M (or DRUM). To encourage researchers to participate, they are able to offer them many value-added services, such as the minting of DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers), suggesting appropriate citations, converting data files to preservation-quality files, and providing study-level metadata. Their library also offers training on best practices for data management. The panelist invited attendees to take a look at their instructor’s guide for inspiration on how they can teach data management at their own institutions (z.umn.edu/teachdatamgmt/).

As a member of the previous year’s conference planning committee, it was fun to see the adoption of a few features that we had created for the 2014 chapter meeting that we hosted in Bismarck, ND. Our “Campfire Conversations” feature may have been renamed to “Sweet Tea on the Veranda,” but the concept remained the same– informal small-group conversations. Out of the four topics to choose from, two were related to collection development and a third was related to planning outreach. I attended the fourth one, which discussed the future of the Chapter’s annual meetings. That must have been a popular topic, since we ran out of chairs! Participants included conference veterans and newbies alike. We were asked to brainstorm about what we look for in a successful conference and what makes a conference less successful in our eyes. Some of our newer members were able to share how other chapters plan their annual meetings. That was particularly interesting for me to hear, as an early career professional whose conference attendance has been mostly limited to the Midwest region.

Probably the most valuable part of the conference was the chance to network with other medical librarians from around the region. North Dakota is home to a relatively small number of medical and health sciences librarians. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of the Midwest Chapter and thus expand my professional network beyond my state’s borders. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity!

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Midwest Chapter 2015 Student Annual Meeting Grant Winners

Submitted by Kimberly Kelly, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Hello, my name is Kimberly Kelly and I was a student winner of a grant to attend the conference in Kentucky.

The Midwest Chapter of the MLA Conference in Kentucky was wonderful.  From the beautiful view of the Ohio River to the fabulous experience of bourbon tasting with the group, I had a terrific time.

Not only did the conference offer a fantastic visit to Louisville, it also provided me a great opportunity to network and meet health science librarians from all over the Midwest.  I even met Michelle Kraft, president of MLA.  I was able to speak with many of the librarians and ask them about their work and their past career moves and seek advice on how to pursue a career in health science librarianship.  Everyone was very friendly and helpful.  I truly appreciate the time they took to speak with me.

Additionally, the keynote speaker Lawrence Altman provided an interesting discussion of medical journalism and the changing world of medicine and the media.  I found all of the poster and paper presentations I attended fascinating but as I work in a hospital library, I was especially intrigued by the paper from Kornhauser Health Science Library on Academic Health Sciences Library as Manager of Hospital Libraries. It was fascinating to hear of their struggles and successes.

Submitted by Donald Pearson, Kent State University, Columbus, Ohio

The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting was a valuable chance for library students like me to learn, network and interact with our medical librarian colleagues as well as hear from respected professionals in other fields.  For me the most valuable experiences were the continuing education class, Dr. Altman’s lecture, the chance to present a paper and meeting other medical librarians.

Immediately after arriving, I attended the continuing education course taught by Gabe Rios and Melissa De Santis entitled Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian.  This was a crash course in the latest technology trends affecting libraries and was well worth the four-hour investment.  I left the class with many new apps and sites to try out, a wish list of technological marvels to covet and a list of sites and resources for staying up to date myself.

Later that day, I had the privilege to meet some enthusiastic medical librarians in the Mentor-Mentee Match Up.  Here I was able to put faces to names, email addresses and twitter usernames and establish professional contacts and friendships that I hope will last for years.  It helped that I had volunteered to photograph the conference because I had an excuse to barge into small groups of people to meet them and take their pictures!

On Sunday, I was fascinated by the business of medical journalism as presented by Dr. Lawrence Altman.  I had known what an embargo was before this, but did not really know why such a thing existed.  I am now in the process of looking up Dr. Altman’s writings on the subject and will be studying the topic, possibly as an option for my culminating experience when I graduate from Kent State next summer.

Finally, this conference was a chance for my fellow librarians from Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library and me to present our work in using multimedia tools in library instruction.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on this paper presentation with my colleagues and learning how to present at a meeting of professionals.

Overall, #MidwestMLA15 was a packed learning, meeting and growing experience for me.  I sincerely thank the Midwest Chapter for the grant that allowed me to participate (and when all tallied I spent a total of $500.20 – so it’s a perfect award amount!). I look forward to attending the 2016 meeting in Iowa!

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Just WHO IS and WHAT IS the State Liaisons Committee?!

Submitted by Patty Lunsford, Midwest Chapter Board Representative-at-Large, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Lafayette, 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.”

 These lines, snatched directly from our Midwest Chapter bylaws, aptly summarize who and what we are as the State Liaisons Committee, and additionally offer a glimpse, and provide for us, a helpful outline of our purpose and pursuits.

I would like to acknowledge and affirm our State Representatives and our State Presidents—who steadily and caringly work hard to keep us all together and in touch with each other, not only within our states, but also among our Midwest Chapter.

Several of our members serve the dual role, both as their State Representative and as their State President:

State Representatives:

Illinois:                        Daneen Richardson

Indiana:                       Joan Zivich

Iowa:                            Mindy Egeland

Kentucky:                   Elizabeth Smigielski

Michigan:                   Heidi Schroeder

Minnesota:                 Andrew Crow

North Dakota:             Marcia Francis

Ohio:                           Mary Pat Harnegie

Wisconsin:                   Dora Davis


State Presidents:

Illinois:                        Daneen Richardson

Indiana:                       Barbara Gushrowski

Iowa:                           Mindy Egeland

Kentucky:                   Vida Vaughn

Michigan:                    Merle Rosenzweig

Minnesota:                  Andrew Crow

North Dakota:             Ann Pederson

Ohio:                           Charlotte Sievert

Wisconsin:                   Amy Donahue


In addition to aspiring to remain in consistent and regular communication with the State Reps and the State Presidents, I would like to encourage and facilitate ongoing and regular communications among all the reps and Presidents with each other—to share ideas, questions, goals, hopes, problems, and innovations.

Two of my chief professional aspirations for library networks and organizations (local, state, and regional), which I would also like to promote as our Representative at-Large: assisting public and school libraries with good evidence-based, but patron-friendly, medical and health care reference and research questions; and establishing a “buddy system” between  public and school libraries and health sciences or medical/hospital libraries and also for hospitals and health care organizations which do not have libraries.

I also wish to open an active forum, particularly among our hospital libraries, sharing how our colleagues educate their physicians, nursing and allied health staffs, and students and faculty, about our resources—databases, collections, research resources. Is it a common lament, or am I dreaming this, that no matter how earnestly and thoroughly we (or I)  seem to promote and teach about our libraries’ resources, we/I  hear the comment that  our patrons still are not aware of our resources and all that we offer and provide in our libraries. What does it take, what must we do?

As Pope Francis encourages youth and folks all over the world: “Make a lot of noise”—let’s communicate as well as our insane schedules make it feasible—casually or more formally—across our streets as well as across our state lines. There is much to learn and to share—and to affirm—within every one of our libraries and institutions!

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New Member Profiles

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

Marcia Lee is a Serials Specialist for the Arthur Andrews Memorial Library at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where she says she wears “a variety of hats.” She processes print and online journals (including ordering, cataloging, and providing access), works with the library’s electronic resource management system, is the student employee supervisor (involving hiring and training student workers), serves on the social media team by updating accounts and publishing blog posts, and scheduling library instruction via the campus-wide calendar. Her professional interests include “public health, social justice, social psychology, current trends in technology and also … archival work.” Marcia is also working on an MLIS degree from the University of Alabama, with a projected graduation date of Spring 2017. She received an undergraduate degree in Family Studies and Visual Arts from Central Michigan University. In her infrequent spare time, this Midland, MI native enjoys travel to new cities, painting, completing home décor DIY projects, and baking. Marcia adds, “Since I have just begun my journey in librarianship, in a way, I am excited to see what options the field holds for me – which so far as I can tell, is almost limitless!  I have a graduate certificate in Health Administration, which is when medical librarianship initially intrigued me, however as you can probably tell from my list of interests, I hope to explore a variety of options and absorb as much as I can about as many aspects of the profession as I can.  I look forward to learning from those in the medical librarianship field, to understand more about the profession in hopes that I may find my niche and specific direction as time for me to choose a focus for my MLIS studies sneaks up.” 

Bradley Long is the Medical Librarian at University Library, Central Michigan University. His role at the library includes being the subject liaison librarian for the College of Medicine as well as organizing library services for a “start-up medical school.” His liaison responsibilities also include collection development for a digital library and instituting information literacy instruction in a “small group learning environment.” This Marienville, PA native earned an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and his MSLS in 1994 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Cynthia Reynolds

Cynthia Reynolds

Cynthia Reynolds is Visiting Instructor & Regional Health Sciences Librarian at the Crawford Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s (UIC) Rockford campus. She says she is responsible for “All aspects of information and educational services, including literature searches, reference consultations (including IM, email, and online), curriculum-integrated instruction and other educational activities, staff development activities, evidence-based medicine initiatives, outreach to offsite faculty, community health professionals and consumers,” and is the liaison to the Pharmacy and Nursing programs. She also is a member of UIC’s NExT Project team (Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence, see http://researchguides.uic.edu/next) and co-taught evidence-based practice to public health nurses in Stephenson County, IL. In addition to her liaison areas, Cynthia, whose home town is Ottawa, IL, says that her professional interests include in rural health because she grew up in a rural community. She earned her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University and her MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her hobbies and interests include reading, vegan cooking/baking, knitting, word/logic puzzles, independent films, and hiking. She adds, “I do not watch television and I am a coffee snob.” This is a second career for Cynthia:  “Prior to my library career, I was a correctional officer for many years. I went back to school with the encouragement of the adult services supervisor at Bloomington Public Library, where I worked part time. I was at Rockford Public Library for 2 years, then at Rasmussen College for 7 years, where I worked with students in Allied Health fields. I started at Crawford Library in June 2015, where I am fortunate to work with a great team and am challenged to learn new things every day.”

Jordan Sparks is a second semester MLIS student via Wayne State. She anticipates graduating in December 2016 or April 2017. Her career interests include medical informatics, medical librarianship, and health liaison librarianship. She adds that in addition to considering practicum options, she is “looking for advice or different options for my future career and often engage in conversations with different professionals trying to find out what they enjoy about their current position. I decided that the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association would be an excellent start to try and feel out all the different opportunities.” Jordan, who is originally from Dearborn Heights, MI, graduated in December 2014 from Grand Valley State University with an undergraduate degree in History. Her studies focused on the History of Science and Medicine, including research on the bubonic plague.  Her free time is rare but she likes to travel and to read.

Kenneth Wright is a Health Sciences Librarian at the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library of the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, OH. As a liaison to various departments and programs, he serves as a consultant, and provides reference and instruction services to nurses, faculty, residents, students, staff, and other health professionals. He states that he has gained “much interest and knowledge by collaborating with college nursing faculty and other healthcare employees in pursuit of scholarly research activities.” This Bryn Mawr, PA, earned an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

Jennifer Yandle is a Library Fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (part of the National Institutes of Health). Her main responsibilities include Reference, Technical Services, and Circulation. She states that “Interlibrary loan is my favorite!” Jennifer earned an undergraduate degree in Art History from East Carolina University an MLS (2012) from North Carolina Central University. When asked about her hobbies and interests, Jennifer said that “I love taking photos and capturing memories for people. I have even had some of my photos published in cookbooks!” This Steubenville, OH native adds, “I fell in love with the profession as a student worker in college and spent 9 years as a paraprofessional until finally getting my MLS a few years ago. It’s been awesome this past year as a fellow learning how to do every job in the library. Once I finish my fellowship I’m looking forward to moving back to Ohio to find my first official librarian position. I’ve been married for 10 years and we have a deaf cat and a crazy dog and are looking forward to relocating closer to my family and Lake Erie!”

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Member News: Two New Clinical Campus Librarians at the University of North Dakota

Submitted by Lila PedersenLibrary of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota

The UND Library of the Health Sciences welcomes two new clinical campus librarians at the campuses in Fargo and Minot.

Photo of Erika Fischer Erika Fischer

Erika Fischer is the Southeast Clinical Campus librarian in Fargo, where she is located in the UND Medical Education Center. Her most recent position was the computer and web services librarian at the Concordia College Library in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has a solid professional background in the academic library setting, having been chair of library instruction, acquisitions and serials librarian, and circulation and interlibrary loan manager, all at Concordia. She earned her master of library and information science at the College of Saint Catherine (St. Paul, Minn.) with Dominican University (River Forest, Ill.), and an undergraduate degree in biology. She has given many presentations and workshops on information literacy, collaboration with faculty, and library technologies.

Erika will be working closely with medical school faculty on the Southeast Clinical Campus to provide research assistance and instruction to third- and fourth-year medical students as well as to residents in the various clinical programs on that campus.

Amber Amidon Amber Amidon

Amber Amidon has been appointed the Northwest Clinical Campus Librarian in Minot and is located in the A.L. Cameron Library at Trinity Health.

Amber is a recent graduate of the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she earned her master of science in information science. Additionally she earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in sociology. While attending school she worked as a graduate assistant in the information studies department at the University at Albany, and held internships at several hospital libraries in New York State.

As the NW Clinical Campus librarian, Amber provides instruction and research assistance to third- and fourth-year medical students as well to as residents at the UND Center for Family Medicine.  She also acts as the director of the library at Trinity Health.

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