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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Announcements, Promotions, and Transitions

Submitted by Jessica DeCaro, Interim Director, Cleveland Health Sciences Library, Senior User Services Librarian, Cleveland Health Sciences Library, Case Western Reserve University

Vivian McCallum has joined the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Health Sciences Library team as a User Services Librarian.  Vivian earned her MLS at the University of Pittsburgh while working in Pitt’s Health Sciences Library System.  She has worked in hospital, academic and health libraries ever since.  Her professional interests include medical and health information literacy instruction, the medical humanities, and innovative librarianship.

As a child, Vivian traveled from Erie PA to Cleveland with her family every spring to see her aunts perform in the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra.  Vivian did not inherit the musician genes in her family, but she loves to listen. There is no shortage of music in Cleveland for her to enjoy with her sons.  She feels very fortunate to be here, and to be a part of the CWRU Health Center Library team.

Submitted by Carmen Howard, Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Instructor, Library of the Health Sciences at Peoria, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

UIC library faculty member recognized by Illinois Library Association

The Illinois Library Association has awarded Emily Johnson, regional health sciences librarian and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago libraries, the 2018 Crosman Memorial Award. Named in memory of Alex Crosman, director of the Peoria Public Library at the time of his death in 1986, the award recognizes the achievements of the library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. The award honors someone who has accomplished a great deal in a short time.

Johnson has worked at UIC since 2013 and demonstrated her leadership skills when she served as interim head of the Library of Health Sciences in Peoria from May 2015 to January 2016. Both at UIC and in her previous position at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Johnson has taken the lead in building relationships with faculty to improve access to library resources while also developing innovative curricular design programs, such as the NExT Target Outreach Project. She has volunteered or been appointed to professional leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels.


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News from Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library

Submitted by Noreen Mulcahy, Lead Health Sciences Librarian, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, Columbus, OH

Stevo Roksandic, MBA MLIS AHIP, Regional Director of Mount Carmel Health System Library Services and Kenneth Wright, MSLS, Health Sciences Librarian will present Shake, Rattle and Roll Traditional “Brown Bag” Workshops  on Sunday, October 7 at the 2018 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Noreen Mulcahy was appointed Chair of the Technical Services Section/MLA Membership Committee.

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President’s Message

Submitted by Karen L. Hanus, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2018

Hello, Midwest Chapter/MLA! Where has the summer gone?  As I’m writing this, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s first year medical students are participating in their week-long orientation in preparation for their journey to become physicians.  Lots of their parents are visiting here too enjoying all that Milwaukee has to offer.  The most interesting part of orientation week is overhearing the current students talking with the incoming students regarding the library.  “The Librarians are so helpful!”  “It’s so great that we can come into the library any time of the day or night!”  “Bring a sweater or something– it’s cold in here!”  Well, you can’t please all the people all the time.

I hope we’re all gearing up for our annual conference in October.  The annual conference is truly a valuable experience for us to grow as professionals.  The Cleveland conference will be a fantastic meeting with lots of opportunities to visit with vendors, learn new skills, and network with colleagues.  Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Business meeting and lunch will be held during the annual conference on Monday at 12:30 PM.  If you will be attending the conference, please plan to attend. The Business Meeting is an opportunity for members to hear about progress directly from the board and committee chairs.  We’ll also show our appreciation for award and grant winners and hear about next year’s meeting. Prior to the meeting, we plan to post the reports from board members and committees on the web site for members to review.  Please feel free to bring questions about chapter business to the Business Meeting or contact any board member.

I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your President this past year.  And I’d like to thank all the board and committee members for their help and dedication this year.  A professional association cannot run without the help of members who are willing to take leadership roles and I truly appreciate the time and effort that our leaders put in.

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Ramblings from the Representative-at-Large

Submitted by Patty Lunsford, Representative-at-Large, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Lafayette, Crawfordsville, and Rensselaer, Indiana 

“The State Liaisons Committee shall serve as a conduit for communication between the chapter and state health sciences library associations, local library groups and library science educational programs. It shall serve as a mechanism for chapter officers and committees to distribute information and receive feedback at the state and local level.”

 Fostering peace and justice in our libraries”—does that sound unusual, or rather unconventional, in terms of our work in health sciences librarianship, our mission, or perhaps one of our professional goals?

As a Roman Catholic institution, my hospitals (Franciscan Health) also include the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Indiana’s only hospital-based dual program Baccalaureate and RN diploma-granting college of nursing. We are affiliated as a cooperative nursing program with The University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This week we engaged with The University of Saint Francis in a program which educated us on Catholic Social Teaching (CST), which is intertwined with Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT). Our nursing school curriculum and our faculty are required to incorporate aspects of The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching into each nursing course—

  • Life and dignity of the human person
  • Call to family and society
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Option for the poor and vulnerable
  • Dignity of work
  • Solidarity with diverse peoples and cultures
  • Care for God’s creation

What is realized when we study CST, and actually quite exhilarating and enlightening as we delve into these principles, is that the teachings we encounter are not simply Catholic-based, but global and universal—applying to the collaboration and collegiality with ALL of humanity—persons of every race, color, creed, gender, age, culture, and social, economic, and intellectual level!

Intertwined with Catholic Social Teaching is Catholic Intellectual Tradition—forms of imagination and creativity—the secular disciplines: art, music, literature, philosophy, the sciences, politics, theology, history, the environment, the world—and how we incorporate all these diverse disciplines with our collaboration with humankind.

It is within this entire realm of living and working and understanding and learning that we strive to make this world a more humane and compassionate and humanistic one—and in light of the current rather woeful state of our country, world and environment, this approach and practice seem so uplifting and achievable!

Is this not how we approach our own profession and service as librarians and information specialists?  We all have mission statements for our institutions, and we all create visions and goals for our libraries –and I imagine that regardless of the terminology we incorporate, we all proclaim nearly the same mission and vision and goals: to serve everyone with grace and dignity and respect, to work and live holistically, ethically, and fairly, and to help make our libraries and institutions welcoming havens of lifelong learning, collegiality, and healing.

We can apply CST and CIT to nearly every aspect of our professional and personal lives—and seek, and even facilitate, hope and light in an environment and world which are sorely seeking peace and justice!

As your Representative-at-Large, one of my responsibilities and “joys of this work” is to communicate with our State Representatives and Presidents—and all of our members, actually– and to encourage all of us to share various questions and situations which arise –either as a presented question or issue or challenge…please—share with us all experiences of this kind—how you have planned, gotten the job done, what worked and what did not, and how you coped…and succeeded.


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Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Annual Conference

Submitted by: Ramune K. Kubilius, Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian, Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Annual Conference will be held September 26-28 at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois. The Conference theme is “Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge”.  The conference will offer continuing education courses (included in the cost of registration), a keynote, poster and lightning talk presentations, vendor showcase, update sessions, and many opportunities for networking. For general questions about the Annual Conference or the Health Science Librarians of Illinois organization, please e-mail Eric Edwards, Chair of the 2018 HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee: <>. You may also learn more on the Conference page of the HSLI website.

Thank you!

HSLI 2018 Publicity Subcommittee


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For the Record

Congratulations Christopher Childs on your recent publication!

Kossioni A.E., Marchini L, & Childs C. “Dental Participation in Geriatric Interprofessional Education Courses: A Systematic Review”, European Journal of Dental Education, 2018, 1-12

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Announcements, Promotions, and Transitions

Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP, will be graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master of Genetic Counseling Studies program on May 11th, and starting a position as a genetic counselor at the Medical College of Wisconsin in June.

Congratulations Amy!!

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Winter 2017 – Issue 147

It is finally here! Spring! And the next issue of MIDLINE!

This year is proving to be quite the hectic one, but as summer gets closer and spring weather has finally arrived, it seems like things might be slowing down. Then there will be a small break until you need to start getting excited for the next Midwest Annual Conference!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the conference website. Registration is open and the Call for Abstracts for Papers and Posters is open until June 29th.

Here’s the a calmer spring/summer and enjoy the sunny weather!

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