Midwest State Associations Report


Submitted by Eileen Hansen, State Liaison for Iowa

The Iowa Health Sciences Library Association met Friday April 1, 2011 at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences in Iowa City. Max Anderson of the GMR taught the course, Super Searcher: Enhancing you Online Search Super Powers during the morning session. Attendees learned about features of new and familiar search engines and had time for hands-on exercises. In the afternoon Max provided a GMR update. The renewal of the contract is expected but with a budget cut of 23% which will curtail travel. A webinar series is planned and two new courses are available, one on the use of mobile technologies and one on video creation and editing.

The last session of the day was the group’s annual business meeting. Plans were shared about health science speakers for the Iowa Library Association’s fall meeting, to be held in Council Bluffs in October. A new award was approved by members to support attendance at the ILA Leadership Institute. Members also discussed ways of promoting membership and supporting new members. A new member’s welcome kit will be developed.


Submitted by Mike Simmons, President, MHSLA 2010-2011

The Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Assoication (MHSLA), will be holding its annual education conference in Frankenmuth, MI, September 21-23, 2011. This will be the third time that Frankenmuth will be the location of the MHSLA conference. In addition to the quality programming that is typical of MHSLA, the Bavarian village of Frankenmuth has much to offer the conference goer. Check the MHSLA website in the coming months for more details and registration news. The MHSLA conference is often attended by medical librarians from Indiana, Ohio and Ontario. Registration is affordable and includes meals and many CE opportunities.


Submitted by Donna Barbour-Talley, State Liaison for Minnesota

Members of the Health Science Libraries of Minnesota (HSLM) are busy preparing for the MLA ’11 by working on the Local Assistance subcommittees. They gathered on April 20 for the MLA Webcast and will hold their annual business meeting on June 10.


Submitted by Stephanie Schulte, Midwest Chapter Representative at Large

On April 15, the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) met for their spring meeting at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. A great crowd of 45 (including many first-time attendees) gathered to hear Anne Gilliland, MLS, JD, Head, Health Sciences Copyright Management Office, Prior Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University, teach us about the principles of copyright. Anne took us through examples of fair use, determining if a work is in copyright and who owns copyright, as well as some common dilemmas we all face in our work. This 4-hour CE was a condensed version of her 6-hour CE which will be offered at MLA 2011. If you have questions about copyright, Anne is a fabulous teacher who brings years of library experience with her as she examines the law as it is and not how we would like it to be. I would encourage anyone to take this course to give you the tools to deal with copyright questions that come your way. Stacy Gall, OHSLA’s 2011/2012 president, did a wonderful job planning the program and arranging for facilities and catering.

In other Ohio news, eight directors of Ohio’s health sciences libraries along with other representatives from the State Library, OhioLINK and Ohio State University met at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus on May 2. The purpose of this quarterly meeting is to discuss timely topics and share updates. The agenda for the May 2011 meeting included a legislative update, an OhioLINK update, a resource sharing proposal, and a presentation on retooling health information professionals. The next meeting is planned for the fall.


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