State Meeting Reports


Submitted by Joan Zivich
Community Hospital, Lacera Memorial Library, Munster, IN

Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association(IHSLA) held their annual meeting April 19-20 in the Ft. Harrison Inn in Indianapolis.  Attendees were delighted with the comfortable, updated rooms and the affordable price and good food. Max Anderson presented a CE on Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries, and Health that taught us how to make our own QR code, all about apps, and other mobile technologies we can integrate into our libraries for our patrons.

Shannon Johnson, IPFW Librarian, presented information on Hoosiers and Information Literacy (HAIL) a state-wide effort begun by the Information Literacy Committee of Academic Libraries of Indiana. HAIL leaders are currently engaged in efforts to organize librarians in the state around information literacy. Cate Hart Hyatt, from the Indiana Institute for Disability and Community’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at IU presented a lively view of the attributes of learning styles where we self-characterized ourselves as puppies, microscopes, clipboards or beach balls.  Cate made us all think of learning styles in a different way. Phyllis Myers, a fellow librarian and nursing student, taught us many new and fascinating things about how the Amish view healthcare and healthcare information, and about their information seeking behavior.  Phyllis’ presentation was very informative

Elections were held:  President Elect- Shannon Johnson, Treasurer- Chuck LeGuern, Membership – Jennifer Helmen, and Secretary Aleshia Heckel. The gavel was passed to incoming President, Kellie Kaneshiro.


Submitted by Clare Leibfarth
Kent State University Libraries, Kent, OH

Informatics Instructors

The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association met for the spring program meeting on April 12 at the Mt. Carmel Health Sciences Library in Columbus. Jacqueline Leskovec from the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region and PJ Grier from the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region presented the program “Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion.” They skillfully guided the forty program participants through the basics of healthcare informatics, the details of current federal healthcare informatics initiatives, and the thick alphabet soup of associated acronyms. Librarian Becky Mehling from University Hospital East shared her experience assisting with the implementation of the new EMR system at the Ohio State University Medical Center in fall 2011. OHSLA recently elected President Elect, Stevo Roksandic from Mt. Carmel Health System and Secretary Mary Schleicher from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library. They will officially transition into office early this summer.

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