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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President’s Message

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

Hello, Midwest Chapter/MLA! I hope you are looking forward to spring and enjoying milder temperatures wherever you are!

As was discussed at the Business Meeting last fall, our recent financial difficulties led us to start new initiatives to raise money to be able to continue offering scholarship and awards. Over the last few years, we have carried out fundraising activities in conjunction with our annual meetings including a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and the selection of our very own “critter!” The activities have been so successful that we’ve decided to go forward and officially create a fundraising committee as a standing committee of the Midwest Chapter/MLA. The board has approved the charge and the first official committee will be appointed this fall during the normal committee appointment process. We currently have an ad hoc committee working on fundraising activities to be held in conjunction with the 2018 meeting. The committee is led by Edith Starbuck and I want to thank her for her leadership and special efforts on these activities.

It will soon be time to apply for scholarships and awards offered by the Midwest Chapter/MLA. This year we will be offering:

• An annual meeting grant to support the attendance of librarians and library staff at the Chapter’s Annual meeting
• A first-time attendee annual meeting grant
• A student annual meeting grant
• The Jean Williams Sayre Innovation award
• The Distinguished Librarian of the Year award

This is a great opportunity to apply for funding to attend our annual meeting or to nominate yourself or someone else for an outstanding achievement in our field. We’d love to have nominees for all the awards this year!

Have a happy spring!

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2018 Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards and Scholarships Committee

Article submitted by Anna Beth Morgan, AHIP, Chair of the Midwest Chapter’s Awards and Scholarships Committee

Shhhhhhh….Did you know there is a secret about awards, grants and scholarships?

Yes, there is a secret about awards, grants and scholarships. Many people think there are lots of people applying for recognition given by professional associations. That may be true in some professions but, it is not true in the library and information professions. I have served on Honors, Awards and Scholarships Committees in professional library organizations at the local, chapter and national levels. The real truth is that few people apply for awards, grants and scholarships. There are often very few applicants or nominees too frequently none at all. Seriously…. most awards, grants and scholarships are not competitively pursued by those who are qualified. And, only a few professionals nominate their colleagues for recognition of work well done. This is a shame, especially when we know colleagues who deserve some recognition for their accomplishments.

Let’s change the secret for the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Year 2018 is the right time to give the Midwest Chapter’s Awards and Scholarships Committee plenty of applications and nominations to evaluate. You have a great committee this year with wonderful members: Abigail Goben, Matt Hoy, Anna Beth Morgan, Merle Rosenzweig and Eileen Severson. Put us to work for you, the Midwest Chapter membership. Apply grants and nominate colleagues for awards.

For 2018, the following Midwest Chapter awards and grants will be available:

· Annual Meeting Grant

· First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant

· Student Annual Meeting Grant

· Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award

· Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

For more information about each award and grant, please visit the chapter’s Awards page to learn more and submit nominations for awards and applications for grants. If you need further assistance, please contact Anna Beth Morgan at

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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

Noreen Mulcahy published a review of BrowZine in the January 2018 edition of Doody’s Collection Development Monthly. BrowZine is a journal engagement platform that allows users to connect to a library’s electronic journal collection via the web or by using iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.

Noreen Mulcahy received the Chamya Kincy Memorial Travel Grant from the Technical Services Section of the Medical Library Association in order to attend the MLA 18 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Don Pearson published the following article: A social media Roadmap—Tips on developing a content marketing plan for a hospital library. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 1-10.
Don Pearson has volunteered to become the Ohio representative to the Greater Midwest Chapter Emergency Preparedness Working Group, headed up by Jacqueline Leskovec.

Don Pearson moved from Provisional to Senior Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

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Ramblings from the Representative-at-Large

Coming soon!

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New Member Profiles

New Members’ Profiles February 2018

Kaitlyn Humphrey is a Library Assistant at the Mount Carmel System’s Health Sciences Library. She is responsible for Circulation and Interlibrary Loan, and states “I love working with interlibrary loan as well as with our work study students.” Her undergraduate degree in Spanish Language and Culture is from Marietta College in Marietta, OH. She minored in Latin American Studies and also has a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Kaitlyn earned her MLIS from Kent State University in 2016. She knits and does cross stitch, and says she loves “giving people I care about handmade gifts.”

David Lahr is Regional Account Manager in McGraw Hill’s Medical/Professional Group and works with many medical libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Kansas. His main responsibilities include support and sales of the Access Medicine suite of products, including learning videos, self-assessments, textbooks, and eBooks at the point of care, in the states that he covers. He previously worked for Healthland which sold and implemented electronic medical records in community and specialty hospitals. David has a BS in Speech Communication from St. Cloud State University. He works with foster kids, has a hobby farm with an apple orchard, and is a men’s ministry group leader. His interests include cutting firewood and Frisbee golf.


Rebecca Morgan is Clinical Librarian/Hospital Librarian at the University of Louisville Hospital’s Rowntree Library and Kornhauser Health Sciences Library at the University of Louisville. She works with patrons of the Rowntree Library and supports faculty, staff, and students in the University of Louisville’s School of Nursing. She states that “I primarily work with nursing students at the University and nursing and allied health staff at the Hospital, so I’m very interested in nursing information and nursing education. I’m also beginning to learn more about research data management.” This Broomall, PA, native has an undergraduate degree in Art History and Art Conservation from the University of Delaware. She received her MLIS from Drexel University in 2008. Her interests and hobbies include reading (“big surprise!”), hiking, kayaking, board games, needlework, and knitting. She adds, “I spent 8 years in working in a Department of Defense agency’s library in the DC area and only switched to medical librarianship a year and a half ago. It’s been great so far!”

Laura Pontillo

Laura Pontillo is Library Coordinator at the American Dental Association’s Library and Archives. She manages resource sharing services, provides reference and research for ADA members and staff, and performs administrative duties, including budget reconciliation, interlibrary loan usage analysis, meeting minutes, etc. Her professional interests include “dental librarianship and all things interlibrary loan!” Laura has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has just been accepted into the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences’ Leep program. She states, “I’ve been working in academic and special libraries at various levels for 10 years. It’s about time I applied to library school.” This Neenah, WI native interests include “playing tennis, keeping up with current events, enjoying music and independent films, and badly playing guitar.”

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