Spring 2015 Issue, Number 137

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor

Welcome to the Spring 2015 Issue of MIDLINE. Yes, this issue is a bit tardy, but I hope you’ll agree that the content was well-worth the wait! This issue includes updates about our upcoming Annual Chapter Meeting in Kentucky, details about exciting projects from some of our fellow chapter members, and a thoughtful message from our chapter president. Enjoy!

St. James Court by Marty Pearl. Image used with permission from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

St. James Court by Marty Pearl. Image used with permission from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau


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President’s Message

Submitted by Mary Hitchcock, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2015

I am a BIG fan of ice hockey. In the National Hockey League July 1st is free agency day, the day of beginnings and endings. It is the day players without contracts can go to other teams to start anew or, for some, a day of reckoning where they released from their contract into a pool of other candidates looking for new teams to play with next season. That same anticipation or nervousness comes home as July 1st is also the day many state budgets come into effect, forcing “the powers that be” to make decisions and changes which trickle down to us. For some, we may be shown new plans for “new & improved library spaces (reduction of)”, saying goodbye to colleagues as they leave for retirements, layoffs, or new positions somewhere else. July 1st is a surprisingly rough day for many people, libraries and librarians included.

It’s scary to see how bad budget cuts and space appropriations have been:

“Fifty-seven per cent of the libraries report reduced appropriations. Book budgets were cut in 50% of these, salaries in 59%, supplies, maintenance etc. in 18%”….”salary decreases ranged from 5% to 50%, but the majority were 10% ‘voluntary’ or ‘donated’ cuts. Not more than half a dozen libraries were obliged to reduce their personnel. A few branches were closed, in many instances hours were shortened, several libraries tried the experiment of Sunday closing.” – Annual Reports of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 1933.

Yes, you read that right, it’s from 1933. Sounds like 2015 doesn’t it? It helps a little to know that we as a profession have taken many hits (and unfortunately will continue too) but we always seem to pick ourselves up, dust off the dirt, and come back with more innovations.

I’ve seen many messages across listservs, Facebook, Twitter, or major news networks talking about these types of changes. One of the bands I listen to have a couple great lines in an intro to their record: “How do you stay motivated in the midst of everything that’s going on…There‘s one thing I know about life, it’s a guarantee, change is inevitable.” Seriously, who knows and has the better ability to adapt to changes better than librarians? Why is this? It’s because we work well together as a profession or a team.

Many times one person cannot do everything and we lean on the teaching, mentoring, knowledge, support, knowledge, talents, and humor of those in our taxonomy of employment. We have to remember that even though our comfort zones might be shaken and reconfigured, we only need to look around for our team mates—or new team mates as it might be in some cases—to help find the new nuances, services, or directions to the closest database. Librarianship is truly a team sport if you think about it.

Mary Hitchcock, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2015, at MLA '15 in Austin, TX.

Mary Hitchcock, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2015, at MLA ’15 in Austin, TX.

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Annual Meeting News

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

Latest News

This year’s Midwest Chapter/MLA Meeting will be held in Louisville, KY. Never been to Louisville before? Want to know more about the host city? Click here for complete details on travel, dining, things to do and hotels.

Go to our website (http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/) to see our latest conference updates. We’ve recently added more speakers to our oral health panel discussion, a list of continuing education courses, vendor and exhibitor information, and an interactive map of the downtown area has been added to our travel section.

This year’s conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Lawrence K. Altman. Click the following link to learn more about Dr. Altman and our other esteemed speakers and panel guests.

Registration is open! Click here to register for the 2015 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference, the deadline for early-bird registration is September 1, 2015.

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Award Announcement – 2015 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award

Submitted by Jessica DeCaro, Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards and Scholarship Committee

The Midwest Chapter Awards and Scholarships Committee invites you to nominate stand-out chapter colleagues for the chapter’s 2015 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award.

The Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award recognizes chapter members who have made outstanding professional contributions to health sciences librarianship and the chapter. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and a check for $500. The award is announced and presented at the chapter’s annual meeting.

To qualify:

  • Nominees must be members of the Midwest Chapter at the time of nomination and for at least three years prior.
  • Nominated by a Midwest Chapter member.

Criteria used to evaluate nominees include but are not limited to: leadership, advocacy, scholarship, research, publications, presentations, teaching, training, mentoring, outreach, professional activities, and meaningful and measurable service to the chapter.

Nominations must include:

  • A current resume or vitae of the nominee
  • A letter of nomination stating why the nominee should be recognized
  • Two additional letters of support for the nomination.

The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award is August 15, 2015. The award will be announced and presented at the chapter’s 2015 Annual Business Meeting at the 2015 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Louisville, KY: Librarians +Evidence=Proof October 2-6.

Please consult the Awards and Scholarships Committee page at the chapter website for complete nomination information or contact Committee Chair Leah Osterhaus Trzasko, chair via e-mail or phone: 507-284-3893.

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Member News – Midwest Chapter represented in 2015 AAHSL Leadership Scholarship Awardees

Submitted by Kelly Thormodson, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Congratulations to the 2015 AAHSL Leadership Scholarship awardees. Among the award winners is Midwest Chapter member Jonathan Koffel from the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library. Koffel will attend the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

The other awardees are:

Anneliese Taylor, University of California San Francisco Library and Center for Knowledge Management, to attend the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Annie Thompson, University of Southern California Wilson Dental Library and Learning Center, to attend the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Frances Chu, University of Washington Health Sciences Library, to attend the 2015 Women’s Negotiation Academy.

Excerpt from the official announcement: “The recipients were selected as part of a competitive process, with the largest number of applicants in a decade. AAHSL Leadership Scholarships support career development opportunities for persons interested in leadership roles in academic health sciences libraries. Their institutions share in the costs of supporting participation in the programs. The scholarships are part of the continuum of AAHSL leadership programs.”

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Member News – “Tales and Travel Memories” Program Wins Award

Submitted by Mary Beth Riedner

A member of the Midwest Chapter/MLA, Mary Beth Riedner, participated in the acceptance of the 2014 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in the Creative Expression category. The award was given to the Tales and Travel Memories program currently being implemented at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL. The $20,000 award goes to imaginative and creative programs supporting persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias or their caregivers. The award was presented at the American Society on Aging Conference in Chicago, IL on March 25, 2015 at a reception hosted by the Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving.

The Tales and Travel Memories program takes diagnosed persons on monthly imaginary excursions to locations across the globe using library resources. Participants are invited to read aloud from a folktale or story, as well as five interesting facts, related to the destination. They then browse through books about the location from both the adult and juvenile collections that are richly illustrated with color photographs. Library staff and volunteers circulate among the participants engaging them in conversation about what they are seeing. Participants move through the books at their own pace and frequently browse through several books. The programs are often enhanced with music, songs, souvenirs and even food from the destination making the program a multi-sensory experience.

A Tales and Travel Memories Web page has been created that offers a free toolkit to libraries who are interested in replicating the program in their own communities. The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, a division of the American Library Association, has established an Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) that encourages librarians from across the country to pool their knowledge and experience to better serve this often forgotten population. IGARD is also in the process of writing standards for library services to persons with dementia and is collecting best practices through a SurveyMonkey link.   Libraries offering programs directly to diagnosed persons as asked to self-identify using the link.

Persons in the photo from L to R are Mary Beth Riedner, Karen Maki and Sean Ostrovsky, Senior Program Officer, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Persons in the photo from L to R are Mary Beth Riedner, Karen Maki and Sean Ostrovsky, Senior Program Officer, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

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Regional News – SIU Medical Library hosts NLM Traveling Exhibit

Submitted by Carol Gordon, AHIP, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL

The Southern Illinois University Medical Library is currently hosting the new NLM traveling exhibit, Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions until July 11, 2015.

"Pick Your Poison" exhibit and whiteboard

“Pick Your Poison” exhibit and whiteboard

Our new display wall, completed this year as part of a major library renovation, holds books from our Special Collections and posters from School of Medicine researchers on the related topics of drugs, tobacco and alcohol.

Display wall with books from Special Collections and 2 of the posters received for display.

Display wall with books from Special Collections and 2 of the posters received for display.

A rolling whiteboard next to the exhibit invited our users to list songs for a Pick Your Poison playlist. This proved to be extremely popular. Within a short time we reached the goal of 150 songs. We created the playlist in Spotify then added a widget with the playlist on the Library’s home page.

Whiteboard with playlist suggestions

Whiteboard with playlist suggestions

To promote the exhibit, we made a podcast that included information about the exhibit and an interview with one of the researchers about his poster on e-cigarettes.

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Member News – Mary Markland begins new career as Marine Sciences Librarian

Submitted by Lila Pedersen, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Mary Markland Moves to Oregon

Mary Markland, southeast clinical campus librarian for the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, left her job in Fargo in May. She is now the department head of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport, OR. Mary has an undergraduate degree in biology and she says, “I’ve been interested in marine biology since college and have always wanted to work in a marine science lab. When this job came open, it seemed like fate.”

Mary was with UND for nearly 15 years. During that time she brought a lot to the medical library profession by serving on several committees in the Medical Library Association and by being president of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association and co-chair of two of the chapter’s annual meetings: in 2005 (Fargo) and 2015 (Bismarck). Additionally she was very active in the North Dakota Library Association, particularly the Health Science Information Section, of which she was chair twice.

Mary is already missed by the medical school faculty, residents and students in Fargo. She was very involved in the curriculum of both the residents and the medical students, coaching them in groups and individually in library and information research skills. Recruitment is underway to fill her position.

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New Member Profiles

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

Laurin Arnold is the Consumer Health Librarian at the Consumer Health Library (Columbus, OH) of the Mount Carmel Health System. Her professional interests and responsibilities include reference, programming, outreach, cataloging, collection maintenance, etc. She adds, “My library background is actually in public libraries. I have worked for the Columbus Metropolitan Library for over 10 years, working my way up through circulation into reference. The Consumer Health Librarian position I hold now is in addition to an Adult Services Librarian position at the Martin Luther King branch of CML, and these positions complement each other nicely. Both require working directly with the public, programming, collection maintenance, and good, solid reference work.” Laurin earned her MLIS from Kent State University in 2008. She also has an undergraduate degree in History from Ohio State University. This Columbus, OH native enjoys crafting, cooking, biking, reading, and camping.

Morgaine Gilchrist-Scott is a Master’s student and research assistant as the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research involves the sustainability of social science data archives. She is very interested in “preserving scientific data in usable and accessible ways.” She also works at the help desk for the Library Technology Group offering desktop support to all campus libraries. This Canton, OH native has an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Oberlin College. Since moving back to the Midwest from the Bronx, NY, she has taken up hiking and kayaking. She adds, “I’m just really excited to get into medical librarianship!”

Julie Howe is Director of e-Learning and Health Science Librarian at the Learning Commons of Somerset Community College in London, KY. Her responsibilities include being an“embedded librarian in course shells in various disciplines, and creation of instruction materials and resources for off-campus students.” She is also the liaison to the allied health programs which includes providing all instruction and assisting faculty in creating research assignments for those programs. Her professional interests include consumer health and community health, nursing information, allied health instruction, and community health outreach. Julie is a native of Tollesboro, KY. She earned a BA in English with an area of concentration in Education from Morehead State University, and in 2010 received her MSLS from the University of Kentucky. Her hobbies and personal interests include classic film, cooking, and medical anthropology. Julie states that “I love working with our health science students and find that community college students are a unique niche that seems to be gaining popularity, so I’d like to learn from others in this group.”

Katharine “JJ” Pionke is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Social Science, Health, and Education Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her role as liaison to the College of Applied Health Sciences she teaches information literacy sessions, and is responsible for collection development and outreach. As a tenure-track faculty member, she also does service and research. Her current research focus is on disability in the library. Her professional interests also include consumer health and outreach. This Roselle, IL native has both a BA and MA in English from Truman State University. She received her Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Her interests and hobbies include motorcycle riding, Legos, playing with her Maine Coon cats, and video games. JJ adds, “I was an adjunct professor of English and Humanities for ten years before switching over to Librarianship. My time in the classroom has served me very well as I work with students and faculty here at UIUC. I love my research agenda and I love working in health librarianship.”

Pamela Shaw is Biosciences & Bioinformatics Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Her main responsibilities aspects of research support, including: “bioinformatics tool selection and consultation, NIH Public Access Policy assistance (I am the NIH PACR for Northwestern), EndNote and other bibliographic management assistance, and data management consultation.” Her professional interests include bioinformatics, genomics, and NIH compliance topics. Pamela earned her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology (Neuroscience) from Oberlin College. This Zion, IL native also received a Master of Science in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Her previous employment history includes working as a cook at Yellowstone National Park during the summer when she was in college, and owning a small independent gothic and industrial record store. In the twenty years before she became a librarian, she performed human brain autopsies and histological profiles as part of her responsibilities as a laboratory technician in neuropathology and neuroanatomy labs. When asked about her leisure time interests, Pamela states, “In no particular order: I love hockey and am a Chicago Blackhawks fan; I read as much as I can related to science and science literacy; when I read for pleasure, I like Haruki Murakami, Dostoyevsky & Tolkien.” She adds, “I own several cats (insert stereotypical librarian / cat lady comment here).”

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For the Record

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, MIDLINE Editor

Poster Presentation:
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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