Save the date for Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians

July 17-19, 2019, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Please save the dates (July 17-19, 2019) for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians! This immersive 2 ½ day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of librarians providing research support for scientists.  Whether you work with medical researchers, engineering undergrads, or physicists looking for the next nanoparticle, you’ll find something of interest at GLSBC 2019!

Registration will open in Spring 2019.

Boot Camp website:

Contact Jenny Hart ( if you have any questions.

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MLA Annual Conference 2019!

Make tracks to Chicago from May 3–8, 2019! The 2019 MLA National Program Committee and the 2019 Local Assistance Committee are mapping out an exciting and motivating meeting with many stops and destinations.

The theme of the meeting, “Elevate,” is derived from Chicago’s iconic elevated (the “L” or “El”) transit system. The “L” is one of the oldest, most extensive rapid transit systems in the country and was voted one of the seven wonders of Chicago. We hope that, like the “L,” MLA ’19 will elevate the profession and deliver you to the destination you seek, be it learning, service, partnership, fun, or friendship.

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Call for Nominations!

Midwest Chapter/MLA Elected Offices

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking candidates to fill various elected positions in the association.  We invite you to nominate yourself or someone else for these very important board positions. Nominations can be sent to Karen Hanus,

This year, we will be having a special election in the spring to fill the MLA Chapter Council representative and alternate representative positions.  The remaining offices will be voted upon in an election to be held in the summer; those elected officers will take office at the close of the Business Meeting at the annual conference in October 2019.

Service in any of these offices is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop valuable skills, and to make lasting connections with other medical library professionals. Board service is a rare chance to help improve the benefits that we offer to our members, and provides opportunities to expand your network and gain recognition from your employer and peers.

We’re seeking candidates for the following positions:

MLA Chapter Council Representative and Alternate Representative

  • We are seeking three candidates to fill two elected positions with terms from May 2019 to May 2022.  We hope to have nominations by March 11th so the election will be completed in time for the successful candidates to attend the Chapter Council Meeting at the MLA conference in Chicago.


  • The elected candidate will serve one year as President-elect, one year as President, and one year as Immediate Past President. This is a great opportunity to build leadership skills and have an impact at the highest levels of the association.


  • The elected candidate will serve a two-year term from October 2019 to October 2021. The Treasurer also chairs the Finance Committee.

Recording Secretary

  • The elected candidate will serve a two-year term from October 2019 to October 2021.  The Recording Secretary prepares minutes of all meetings and records formal actions of the board.

Candidate for Membership on MLA Nominating Committee

  • The elected candidate will be included in another election of potential candidates for the MLA Nominating Committee, conducted by the MLA Chapter Council.

If you are interested in running for an office, but would like more information, please contact Karen Hanus at or (414) 955-8329.  You can also learn more by reading the chapter bylaws or contacting the office’s incumbent.

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Winter 2019 Issue 150

Notes from the Editors

We are happy to announce our Winter issue of MIDLINE, just as we are digging out of the snowiest February ever! See below for lots of upcoming opportunities!  

  • Try your hand at serving in a Midwest Chapter/MLA elected position.
  • Be sure to register for the MLA Annual Conference in Chicago in May!  
  • Plan to check out the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp in July!
  • And finally, Milwaukee, here we come – for our chapter annual conference in October.

Thank you to all who submitted articles. Keep them coming, for our Spring issue in May. They can be emailed to

Think Spring!    Liz Lyman and Joyce McFadden

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Fall 2018– Issue 149

Welcome to Midline’s Fall 2018 Edition!

You have two new Midline editors – Liz Lyman and Joyce McFadden – who are excited to bring this year’s newsletters to you.  We know it is actually Winter 2019 right now (brrr), but since the Fall edition is usually a recap of the Midwest MLA’s Annual Conference, we have decided to publish that edition and then catch up.  Stay tuned for more news!

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Welcome from our New President, Merle Rosenzweig!

Merle Rosenzweig

It is my pleasure to serve as the new President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association for 2019. I have some big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of those who served before me, and hope I live up to their examples. See you all at the Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA and SWHSL 2019 Annual Meeting!

Merle’s Bio:

I have a B.A. from Wayne State University and an M.A.L.S. degree from the University of Michigan. I served as a reference librarian at the UM Kellogg Eye Center and, in addition, during my tenure there served as a reference librarian on the journal Ophthalmology which is the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. After leaving the position at the Center and the journal, I joined UM’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, where I am the Informationist to the Departments of Human Genetics, Psychiatry, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, the UM Medical School Office of Research, and the Office of Research & Special Projects. I am a member of the UM Grant Proposal Administrator Committee and the Medical School Grant Proposal Editors / Writers Group. I provide support to NIH Grantees in complying with all aspects of the NIH Public Access Policy. I am Past Chair of the Research Section of the Medical Library Association, Current Member of the Continuing Education Committee of the Medical Library Association, Past President of the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association, Past President of the Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, and President-elect of the Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group.

For more information about Merle, go to her ORCID page:

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Recap of Midwest MLA 2018 Conference

Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association held its annual meeting October 5-8, 2018, at the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.  The meeting was co-sponsored with the Ohio Health Science Library Association (OHSLA), and many of the 30+ volunteers who made this event a success were OHSLA members.  The conference theme was “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”, named after the 1950’s song, and was meant to strike a chord with the fact that Cleveland is the birthplace of rock music and home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Our hope was to provide a fun and entertaining event with innovative programming that would reflect that theme.

View of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In the past, most conferences have opened with a Saturday evening event, but the Cleveland conference broke with tradition and opened on Friday night with a Night at the Museum.  The Cleveland Medical Library Association hosted the event at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, which is housed at the Allen Library at Case Western Reserve University.  Old medical photos, antique medical equipment and a wonderful Greek buffet were enjoyed by those who attended the event.

On Saturday, six continuing education classes were attended by 84 individuals. The Greater Midwest Region (GMR)-NNLM presented two new classes on Open Science for Health Science Librarians and Precision Medicine.  Morning and afternoon tours of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were hosted by the Hospitality Committee. The well-known local band InCahootz provided the Saturday night entertainment and we danced the night away. The band is led by Cathy Murch, who is a hospital librarian by day, and a lead singer by night.

Cathy Murch, hospital librarian and lead singer of InCahootz

Work-life balance was the subject of Sunday’s keynote speaker, Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, an Ohio public librarian with over thirty years of experience.  Beverly Murphy, president of the Medical Library Association (MLA), gave the MLA update. One of the innovations she mentioned was the Public Librarians Symposium held at MLA ‘18. Another topic was the Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians.  Dr. Dominic King showed how he incorporates technology into his medical practice in a panel session we called “Gadget Garage.” He grabbed the audience’s attention with his augmented reality Virtual Tee-shirt, which a brave volunteer wore; the t-shirt enabled the audience to see her heart, lungs and other vital organs!  Archivist Jennie Thomas and librarian Laura Maidens described what a “Day in the Life” of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame librarian might entail.

Conference attendees

A popular feature on Sunday was the lunch time Jam Sessions, which provided opportunities to meet and have discussion groups centered on specific topics like systematic reviews or instructional assessment.  The contributed paper sessions were spread out over two sittings, and attendees gave high marks to this portion of the conference. Sunday evening activities moved to a local Mexican restaurant on the shore of Lake Erie. The festive atmosphere included a build-your-own-taco bar, dessert table, and salsa dance lessons. Creative party planners also incorporated a photo booth at the restaurant, where librarians let loose and the laughter was infectious.

On Monday morning OHSLA held its business meeting, followed by the GMR update.  Our second Keynote speaker was Dr. Patricia Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), who spoke on The Role of Librarians, Libraries and the NLM in Achieving the Promise of Precision Health.  She followed her keynote presentation with the NLM update.  The popular afternoon poster session included sixteen contributions ranging from artificial intelligence to creating a branch hospital library system.  The conference concluded with a panel on the “Harmony of the Medical Humanities”, featuring perspectives from a physician, a medical anthropologist, and a librarian, on the interdisciplinary nature of humanities in medicine.

Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD
Director, National Library of Medicine

Overall feedback from the 121 attendees and 36 vendor representatives was very favorable, and the conference hosts were happy to show their Midwest colleagues how Cleveland can Shake, Rattle and Roll!

Submitted by Theresa M. Kline, MLIS

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New Member Profiles

New Members’ Profiles August 2018

Sarah Jane Brown is a Clinical Information Librarian at the Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Minnesota. She is a liaison to the medical schools, and supports “evidence-based practice in the curriculum,” as well as supporting “faculty, trainees, and students through personalized, user-focused instruction and research support services.” Her professional interests include evidence based practice, systematic reviews, and health literacy. Ms. Brown earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, and received a Master of Science in Information and Library Studies degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. This Green Bay, WI native enjoys yoga, running, cooking, and her dog, Tammy.

Annette Gill is Patient Education Librarian at the John & Nettie Mooney Library of the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. She is responsible for promotion, maintenance, and programming for the main consumer health library. Ms. Gill grew up in Pewaukee, WI, but has lived in La Crosse for 36 years. She says she started her current position after being a teacher and school librarian for 35 years. She hold degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She add that she loves “to read, knit and spend time at our cabin with family and friends

Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely

Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely

Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely is Clinical Librarian and Clinical Professional Development Consultant. She is based at All Saints Hospital Library & Community Resource Center, part of the Ascension Wisconsin system, in Racine, WI. Her responsibilities include librarian-mediated literature searching, health literacy instruction, and resource management. She states, “I have experience in consumer health and I still provide consumer health information to patients and their families, etc., but it is not a service we heavily market.” This Racine, WI native earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. She has a BA in English and Anthropology with a minor in German from Marquette University, and received her MA in Anthropology from Western Michigan University in 2003. Ms. Kinzelman-Vesely says that “I love gardening, flower arranging, cooking, fountain pens, stationery, calligraphy, and I’m a sucker for a British murder mystery (book or movie).” She adds, “My husband keeps me on my toes. He’s a professor at the University of Toledo.”

Darla Komora is the Audiovisual Librarian at Mansfield / Richland County Public Library in Mansfield, OH. She works with the Audiovisual Team at the library to care for the audiovisual collection and assist customers. She is also a student at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science and will graduate in 2019. Ms. Komora recently completed a health informatics course and will be fulfilling her practicum requirement at a medical library in January 2019.  She has a BA in History from Ohio State University at Mansfield. Her professional interests include medical libraries and 23 and Me. She enjoys gardening, bee keeping, libraries and genealogy. She adds, “A 14-year-old chihuahua named Blue lives with me. She doesn’t know she is a pet!”


Samantha Loster

Samantha Loster is a Library Assistant II at Boxner Library, Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, IL. She is responsible for filling all interlibrary loan requests and billing. She helps train new student workers for the circulation desk, where she also works during breaks.

Has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Biotechnology from DePaul University. Ms. Loster is enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and plans to graduate in May 2019. In regard to her professional interests, she states, “I’m still seeing what all is out there.  I love doing interlibrary loans but I also like reference work.  I may go for a Consumer Health Information Specialization down the road… I wanted to be a forensic pathologist when I was younger, which is totally normal for a 4th grader (NOT!). Before going to DePaul, I received a certificate in baking and pastry. I also was previously a regulatory specialist for a local beverage company before committing to librarianship.  You could say my background is pretty diverse. I like to think that it gives me an edge at trivia night. Ms. Loster, who is originally from Chicago, IL, enjoys listening to audiobooks and music, and says that she has “also been known to belt out a tune or two at karaoke.”

McEwen photo

Heather McEwen

Heather McEwen is an assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pharmacy Practice in in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). She also has “graduate faculty status” for the Master of Public Health program. Part of her time is spent teaching courses in the College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy. She is the course director for Evidence Based Medicine I and an assistant course director for the EBM II course. She is also part of the College of Medicine curriculum mapping team, and is involved in writing a yearly report about the committee’s findings for AAMC. Her professional interests include evidence based medicine, instruction, curriculum mapping, basic sciences, and drug information resources. Ms. McEwen has a B. S. in zoology and pre-medicine from Kent State and an M.S. in ecology from Kent State. She worked in the basic science labs at NEOMED before going to library school. She received her MLIS from Kent State in 2006. Her hobbies and interests include going to zoos, reading mystery novels, history and genealogy, and British television. Her home town is Randolph, OH.

Katherine Orze is a Research and Education Librarian at the Health Sciences Library of Loyola University Chicago. She is liaison to the Stritch School of Medicine and Center for Translational Research and Education. Her professional interests include Evidence based medicine, adult education, and scholarly publishing. Ms. Orze has a undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. She enjoys “spending time with family and friends, going out to eat, volunteering, watching movies, and online games.”

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Summer 2018 – Issue 148


Summer is winding down and Fall is on the horizon. With Fall comes Midwest MLA’s Annual Conference!! Our next issue of MIDLINE will be filled with goodies from the conference and recaps from the event. In the meantime, please be sure to check out the conference website for the latest news and updates.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer and brace yourself for all things pumpkin spice, cooler temps, and shorter days.

Have  a wonderful holiday weekend!


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