State Meeting Reports


Submitted by Daneen Richardson, Illinois State Liaison

We are settling in to our second week post Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting.  What a great and crazy year + organizing and scheduling the conference.  We hope that everyone involved was able to Navigate their way through the River of Information that was provided through five CE programs, NLM, GMR and MLA updates, GMR Technology forum, Health Information Practice Summit as well as the Contributed Papers and Poster presentations.  We hope everyone was energized by our Keynote speaker, Michelle Kraft, and Plenary speaker, Sarah Houghton; I have to say there are a few things I have wanted to “put a bird on it”.  Our special events were well attended, the Welcome reception combined with Exhibitors, Evening at the Museum and the Jump Simulation & Education Center OSF campus.  We had approximately 175 registrants attend the conference and 26 vendors exhibit with even more that made monetary and raffle prize donations.  We hope that new skills or projects were created out of the discussions and that everyone is energized!

Our 2013/2014 officers are:

  • President: Stacey Knight-Davis
  • Past President: Fran Kovac
  • President Elect: Daneen Richardson*
  • Secretary: Eric Edwards*
  • Treasurer: Dianne Olson

*Newly appointed, announced at HSLI Board meeting October 4, 2013, East Peoria, IL

HSLI members Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University; Daneen Richardson, Western Illinois University; and Jacqueline Leskovec, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region are presenting Health Information for the Public: Resources, Services, and Sparking Relationships at the Illinois Library Association Meeting, Oct 17 in Chicago.

We are looking forward for our next state conference that will be hosted in the Champaign area in October/November of 2014. In the planning for October 21-24, 2015 Illinois is having an “All for One Conference: A Library State of Mind” that includes all types of libraries: academic, public, school, & specials.


Submitted by Merle Rosenzweig, Michigan State Liaison

The 2013 Michigan Health Sciences Library Association Annual Conference will be held October 16-18, 2013 at the Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference theme and title is “Currents of Change.” There are some outstanding CE’s being offered: Business Communications, Library Style; Tablets and eReaders: Information at your Fingertips; Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines; Healthy Aging at your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information. Several outstanding posters will be presented.  Among them are: Comparison of Institutional Scholarly Publication Tracking Methods, A Guide for ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), What do I do? I’m new…, Serving up Information Literacy: Opportunities for Learning Beyond the Curriculum, Developing a New Medical College-Specific Electronic Collection within a University Library Collection, and MHSLA Conferences–Forty and Fabulous. For those who are attending, we hope you have a wonderful, educational and fun time. For those who are not, please consider attending in 2014.


Submitted by Mary Markland, North Dakota State Liaison

The Health Science Information Section (HSIS) of the North Dakota Library Association held their spring meeting on May 17, 2013.  We discussed bylaws changes, the GMR update and plans for the 2014 Midwest Chapter conference in Bismarck.  Holly Ann Burt was our guest and taught the CE class, Public Health Information on the Web.  The annual NDLA conference was a tri-conference this year with the Mountain Plains Library Association and the South Dakota Library Association. It was held in Sioux Falls, SD.  Due to the small number of HSIS members attending, the fall HSIS business meeting was cancelled.   Election results were announced.  Ann Pederson, Altru Medical Center, Grand Forks, is our new chair. The secretary is Marcia Francis, UND SW Clinical Campus Librarian, Bismarck, and our GMR Regional Advisory Council (RAC) Representative is Ron Padot from the VA in Fargo.

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