Spring 2014 Issue, Number 133

No, that’s not a typo. Yes, this is the Spring Issue of MIDLINE; hot off the (virtual) presses in June. Yikes! This issue may be a bit late, but I hope you’ll agree that it was well worth the wait. This issue’s highlights include: an award winner in our midst, some interesting new projects in our region and, exciting new details of our upcoming Annual Meeting in Bismarck (my favorite topic!). Also in this issue, we meet new members and are introduced to a new member of our chapter’s Communication Committee.

Mastodon exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center

Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum

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Message from the President

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

Midwest Chapter President Liz Fine WeinfurterHappy Summer, Midwest Chapter! We made it! It seems like winter just ended last week, so it’s hard to believe it’s already June. For those of us in academic environments, graduation is done and summer classes are in full swing. And, of course, the MLA Annual Meeting, which was back in the geographic bounds of our chapter this year, has come and gone.

It was great to see many of you at MLA in Chicago. I gave a brief welcome from the Midwest Chapter in the opening session on Sunday morning, and the Chapter’s Executive Board met on Monday afternoon. Spring is also the time when annual reports are submitted to MLA. Here are some highlights from this year’s report:

  • There are currently 235 Chapter members, including 8 retired and 8 student members!
  • We began using Wild Apricot as a membership management platform for 2014 membership, to replace Acteva. In 2012, Acteva began withholding funds it had collected for conference registration and membership dues. The Chapter is currently working with a collections attorney to try to recover a portion of the $16,000 we are still owed by Acteva.
  • The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter (http://midwestmla.org/conference2013/) was hosted by the Health Science Librarians of Illinois in East Peoria, Illinois on October 4th through 8th. Total attendance, excluding vendors, was 139. The theme for the conference was “Navigating a River of Information.” The keynote speaker was Michelle Kraft, known for her blog the “Krafty Librarian.” The plenary speaker was Sarah Houghton, nationally known as the author of the blog entitled the “Librarian in Black.”
  • The Professional Practice Committee awarded the first of the new $125 Continuing Education (CE) stipends to fund library-skills CE attendance (in response to membership survey indicating the need for better access to CE).
  • The Research Poster Award at the 2013 Annual Conference was given to Mary Blackwelder, Amy Donahue, Karen Hanus, Rita Sieracki, Elizabeth Suelzer, and Ashley VonRuden, all from the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee, WI, for their work entitled, “Tackling a Large Scale H-Index Project: Calculating H-Indices Using a Team Approach.”
  • A new position of Communications Strategist was added to the Communications Committee, to help us deliberately consider Chapter communications in a holistic way. The Communications Strategist develops, refines, coordinates and executes a communications plan for the Midwest Chapter, utilizing existing and emerging communication mechanisms such as email lists, the Chapter website, newsletters, blogs, and social media. This position includes strategies for communication from leadership to members, from members to leadership, and among members. We welcome Elizabeth Huggins in this new Communications Committee position.

Such great stuff happening in the Chapter! There are many opportunities to get involved, and you’ll hear more as we put out a call for committee members and elected official candidates next month. Happy Spring everyone, and I hope the little baby flowers that poked their heads up in your yards last month are in full bloom.

Did someone say baby?

autumn nap hair

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Midwest Chapter/MLA Meeting Awards– Deadline soon!

Submitted by Jere Odell, Chair, Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards and Scholarship Committee

Would you like to attend the Chapter meeting this year in Bismarck, North Dakota? If so, be sure to apply for one of the Chapter’s meeting awards. Each award includes free registration and $500 for travel expenses.

  • Annual Meeting Grant ($500): Supports the attendance of librarians and library staff.
  • First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant ($500): Supports the first-time attendance of Midwest Chapter members.

Applications are due June 30th.

Learn more about our awards at: http://midwestmla.org/committees/awards/

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Network with Colleagues under Northern Lights

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

The newly-expanded North Dakota Heritage Center has been reserved for the Sunday social event at this year’s Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting in Bismarck. Plan to attend the meeting and join your colleagues for good food and networking in the Northern Lights Atrium.

Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

The nearby gift shop will be open for two hours of shopping and includes a variety of North Dakota-related and handcrafted products, books, videos, and Lewis and Clark-related items.

If you have ever wondered whether a Tyrannosaurus rex or Triceratops would win in a fight, be sure to visit the Adaptations Gallery: Geologic Time. In addition to life-sized skeleton casts of both, visitors can watch digital recreations of such a fight – one version with the T. rex winning and the other with the triceratops winning. Exhibits in this gallery cover geologic time from 500 million years ago to about 13,000 years ago and include an underwater world.

In the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples, have your picture taken inside the Double Ditch Indian Village, circa 1550. As you stand in front of the twenty-foot long panoramic mural and listen to the sounds of the village, you may feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Take a peek inside a tipi and view beautiful quillwork and beadwork textile items crafted by Native peoples in North Dakota.

Make your plans now to attend the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting this October and set aside some extra time for exploring Bismarck and North Dakota. A guide to other local attractions and events is being created by the Local Arrangements Committee and will be available soon.

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Midwest Chapter/MLA Research Award

Submitted by Anne Beschnett, Professional Practice Committee

Greetings from the Midwest Chapter Professional Practice Committee!

Are you starting to think about paper and poster submissions for the 2014 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting in Bismarck? Are you thinking of reporting on a research-based project (from either the past, present or future)? Consider putting together a submission to be considered for one of the Professional Practice Committee Research Awards – you have nothing to lose, except for a chance at a monetary award!

Midwest Chapter will grant awards to the primary author of the best research paper and the best research poster presentations. Monetary awards total $500 (1st place paper and poster will each receive $150, 2nd place paper and poster will each receive $100).

To be eligible for consideration for a Research Award, the papers and posters must meet the following criteria:

  • Selected for presentation at Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting
  • One author must be a Midwest Chapter member
  • One author must be present at the paper/poster presentation
  • When submitting your paper or poster abstract for consideration, indicate that you would like to be considered for the Research Awards

Judging is coordinated by the Professional Practice Committee. The quality of the research as presented at the meeting will be evaluated and scored using standardized poster and paper evaluation forms, and will take into consideration study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications of the research. You can find out more about the judging criteria here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Professional Practice Committee:

Natalie Reed (nreedx at midwestern dot edu)

Diane Hummel (diane dot hummel at spectrum-health dot org)

Heidi Duggan (heidi at northwestern dot edu)

Jolene Miller (Jolene dot Miller at utoledo dot edu)

Anne Beschnett (besch015 at umn dot edu)

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Speaker Profiles for 2014 Annual Meeting

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

Saddle up and head for Bismarck to hear these three great keynote speakers at the Midwest Conference Oct. 10-14!

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS, is an embedded research librarian and informationist at the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She serves on grant-funded clinical and community outreach research teams, providing information, data, and knowledge management services for the projects. Prior to this, she was Head of Research and Scholarly Communication Services, overseeing the Library’s efforts at collaboration with researchers on campus, as well as all scholarly communication endeavors, including eScholarship@UMMS (Institutional Repository).

Sally earned her graduate degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University and an MS in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College.

Sally writes the weekly blog, “A Librarian by Any Other Name” and can be found on Twitter at @mandosally.

Mark Graber, MD

Mark Graber, MD, is a national leader in the field of patient safety.  He originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2003, an event which is now recognized internationally.  Mark also pioneered efforts to address diagnostic errors in medicine, and his research in this area has been supported by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In 2008, Mark founded and chaired the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference series, in 2011 the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, and in 2014 the journal Diagnosis.

He has an extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. Mark is professor emeritus of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Mark earned his MD at Stanford University School of Medicine; and his BS (cum laude) in Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.

Betsy Humphreys, MLS

Betsy L. Humphreys, MLS, is Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).  As Deputy Director, she shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all National Library of Medicine activities.

Betsy also coordinates the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced retrieval and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources, and NLM’s activities related to health data standards. She contributes to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting.

Betsy received a BA from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association.  She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics and the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service, conferred by the President of the United States.

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CE Opportunities at 2014 Annual Meeting

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

Rope in some knowledge at the Midwest Conference.

Five total sessions during two days will help you to gain the updated knowledge and skills you need in today’s library world.


Saturday, October 11

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion

Clinical informatics is described as the “intersection of computer science, health sciences and information science.” The objective is to explore this intersection and ascertain the “front-facing” skills that librarians, a.k.a information scientists, bring to the field of clinical informatics and healthcare information technology. The demand for informaticians is expected to outstrip supply by 2015 because of federal healthcare reform initiatives launched in 2004. As a result, workforce development programs are now in place to help mitigate this shortage with some programs of interest to librarians. METHOD: Because clinical informatics spans the complex gamut of the patient care delivery spectrum, the methodology will use a focused survey approach. The approach will mix academic and hospital based experiences. RESULTS: Health sciences librarians will have better knowledge and a greater understanding of clinical informatics and their potential participation in it.

Instructor: Jacqueline Leskovec, NNLM/GMR


1:00 – 5:00 pm

The Agile Librarians Guide to Thriving in Any Institution

Through very practical lecture, discussion and exercises, participants will improve their skills in 10 areas: delighting clients, pleasing the boss, expanding political influence within the institution, impressing non-librarian decision makers, choosing an instantly credible image, ensuring positive communication, improving marketing, gathering and using evidence to support decisions, behaving ethically and sustaining a green and growing career.

Instructor: Michelynn McKnight, School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University


1:00 – 5:15 pm

Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics

The major goals of this course are: 1) to familiarize participates with clinical bioinformatics databases; 2) acquisition of expert level search strategies within these database; and 3) acquisition of human genetics principles and vocabulary. The morning sessions will cover Clinical Bioinformatics, and its relationship to translational medicine, biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, and electronic medical and health records. This will be supplemented with a module covering the biology and vocabulary in genetics, genomic variation and mutations, implementing that vocabulary through searching the Human Gene Mutation Database. The afternoon sessions concentrate to searching two major clinical bioinformatics databases: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) which integrates biological data with human disease data and information; and 2) PharmGKB, the NIH-designated personalized medicine database which interrelates biological data with pharmacological and other pharmaceutical-related drug information. The workshop ends with an overview and demonstration of clinical bioinformatics public health databases.

Instructor: Dr. Diane Rein, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo Libraries

Location: Bismarck State College Library computer lab; Transportation provided as part of the CE course cost


Tuesday, October 14

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bullet Point 1, Bullet Point 2, Bullet Point 3… the Audience Flees: Visual Communication Skills for Effective Teaching and Presentations

Effective communication involves blending words and visuals, stories and facts, in a way that creates a setting where your audience both gets and remembers the message you share. This workshop provides an overview of some basics in design and presentation to help students become a better communicator, teacher, and ultimately librarian. Through hands-on work, group activities, and some presentation practice, participants will leave with energy, enthusiasm, and more confidence in their abilities to speak to, present for, and teach small or large groups.

Instructor: Sally Gore, University of Massachusetts Medical School


8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Systematic Reviews: Getting Started

There is growing demand for the expertise of health sciences librarians on systematic review teams. This course serves as an introduction to the opportunities and challenges facing librarians collaborating on systematic review teams and is designed to provide participants with foundational knowledge of the systematic review process. After completing this course, participants will have a better understanding of the skills required for making meaningful contributions to a systematic review. Topics covered will include: defining and negotiating your role; writing the protocol; choosing databases and other sources for identifying studies; developing search strategies and delivering results; and documenting the process for reporting purposes. Teaching methods will include lecture, hands-on exercises, and discussion based on case studies.

Instructors: Mark Berendsen and Linda O’Dwyer, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University

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State Meetings Report


Submitted by Michael Venner, Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association (WHSLA) State Liaison

In April the WHSLA Board approved the first CE stipend award for one WHSLA member to go to MLA’s Chicago Conference. Deb Knippel, Affinity Librarian, Ministry Health Care, Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh, WI was the winner of the drawing and is required to write up a report for the WHSLA newsletter.

Presenters at MLA’s conference in Chicago May 2014:

Monday, May 19, 2014: 3:30 PM – 4:25 PM

Topic: (134) Library Website Rx: A Case Report Using Responsive DeSign

Presenters: Amy E. Donahue, AHIP – User Education/Reference Librarian, Medical College of Wisconsin & Linda LeMahieu – Web Services Librarian, Medical College of Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 20, 2014: 1:00 PM – 1:55 PM

Topic: (203) Translating Information Skills: Moving from the Library to the Lab with Bioinformatics Services

Presenters: Robyn B. Reed – Biomedical Informatics and Emerging Technologies Librarian, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library & Amy E. Donahue, AHIP – User Education/Reference Librarian, Medical College of Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1:00 PM – 1:55 PM

Topic: (169) Providing the Foundational Evidence for the Incorporation of Integrative Medicine into the VA Hospital System

Presenters: Christopher Hooper-Lane – Clinical and Medical Education Librarian, Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ann M. Combs – Basic and Applied Science Librarian, Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lia Vellardita – Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Heidi Marleau – Associate Director, Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Allan R. Barclay, AHIP – Information Architecture Librarian, Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1:00 PM – 1:55 PM

Topic: (225) The Evolution of Push Technology for Scholarly Content

Presenters: Stephen Johnson – Senior Academic Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Andrew Osmond – Senior Academic Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Rhonda Sager – Senior Academic Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Regional News – Illinois

UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria Recipients of GMR Target Project Award

Submitted by Carmen Howard, Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor, UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences and College of Nursing are excited to announce the start of a Target Project Award, “Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence (NEXT)”, funded by the Greater Midwest Region National Network Libraries of Medicine. The NEXT project will continue efforts to decrease information barriers for underserved public health nurses and promote evidence-based practice and policy development. The project will reach public health nurses across Illinois with instructional sessions provided at public health departments. The sessions will include where to find free and reliable government resources, how to successfully use these resources for their specific information needs, and how to translate the information into practice. This project’s objectives are to: 1) provide onsite instructional sessions with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for practicing public health nurses, 2) provide an educational session and exhibit at the Rural Public Health Institute, 3) convert the instructional materials to an online format that is 508 compliant and available at all times for asynchronous learning, 4) consolidate existing educational materials for PHNs into a single site for resources and learning, and 5) promote the online materials to increase awareness and use. Please look for additional announcements as materials become available.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Regional News – Indiana

Chapter Member Honored!

Submitted by Joan Zivich, Medical Librarian, Lacera Memorial Library, Community Hospital, Munster Indiana

Chapter member, Joan Zivich, was honored with the 2014 OVATION Award from the Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association. From the official IHSLA announcement:

“It is with great pleasure that the Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association (IHSLA) names Joan Zivich as the recipient of the 2014 OVATION Award. The OVATION Award honors an individual librarian who has made outstanding professional contributions impacting IHSLA, his or her individual library, and/or the provision of health information.

During her career Joan has been honored by the Medical Library Association Hospital Libraries Section for her exemplary service. She was appointed by the National Library of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics to their Project Advisory Committee on access to pediatric health information during a national crisis. On a statewide basis Joan has been an integral part of the Indiana Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Task Force for many years.

Serving two terms as IHSLA president, Joan has been an integral part of the organization. Serving as a mentor and inspiration to librarians across the state, she has always been a strong advocate for access to authoritative health information for both health professionals and patients. Last but not least, she has been an outstanding and active leader of the Lacera Memorial Library, always committed to the mission of Community Hospital.”

Editor’s Note: Congratulations, Joan!

Picture of OVATION Award

And the OVATION Award goes to…Joan Zivich!

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New Member Profiles

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

Daniel Burke is a Regional Manager for McGraw Hill Education. He is the representative for AccessMedicine and related products for half of the US market. He is a 1993 graduate of Santa Clara University. Daniel is a native of Ventura, CA. His hobbies and interests include “running, surfing, music and travelling with my wife and 11 year old twins!”

Margaret (Peggy) Krimbel is Regional CME/Library Coordinator for the Medical Libraries at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, IL and Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, IL. In addition to managing these two libraries, she also coordinates CME. Peggy has a Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a BSN in Nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago. This Oakwood, IL native’s hobbies and interests include reading, cooking, baking, and gardening.

Tyler Nix is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science.

Picture of new member, Taylor Nix

New member, Taylor Nix

He is a student in the Master of Science in Library Science program. Tyler states that “I’ve spent the majority of this school year working on one faculty research project. I also provide faculty project support for smaller projects ranging from copy-editing manuscripts to literature reviews and just about anything else that comes up.” He adds, “I’m in my first year of library school and am still exploring my professional interests. I’ve enjoyed learning about consumer health this semester, and am looking forward to gaining more hands-on exposure to different areas of the profession moving forward… I spent spring break interning at the National Library of Medicine, where I helped to design an HTML-based user guide for the beta version of their new TOXMAP database. It was a fantastic experience, and I am currently arranging to continue work on the project as a virtual intern.” Tyler will graduate in spring 2015. He was born in Dallas, TX, but grew up in Fayetteville, AR, and considers himself an “Arkansan at heart. Go Hogs!” He has an undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Arkansas. Tyler loves “traveling with friends and have more hobbies and interests than I can keep up with. Right now I’m into watching Mad Men season 7 and playing the guitar.”

Lauren Robinson is the Marketing and Extension Graduate Intern at the Agricultural Information Center at the University of Kentucky. Her job includes marketing one of the branch libraries on the University of Kentucky’s campus and working with extension personnel across the state. Her professional interests include consumer health, health literacy, and medical informatics. Lauren is currently enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s SLIS Program and will graduate in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Kentucky. This Lexington, KY native’s hobbies include creating oil paintings and charcoal drawings.

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For the Record

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor


Orebaugh M. Instigating and influencing patient engagement:  a hospital library’s contributions to patient health and organizational success. J Hosp Librariansh. 2014; 14(2): 109-119. DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2014.888511.

Poster Presentations:

Inglis R, Orebaugh M. A Guide to Better Care:  GetWellNetwork® as a Catalyst for Curricula Development. Poster session presented at: GetConnected2014: The Interactive Patient Care Conference; 2014 Jun 3-5; Chicago, IL.


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