About Conference Photos

Have you noticed the Flickr photos in the badge over there on the right? I had great fun taking them. I’ve taken photos at Midwest Chapter/MLA conferences since 2004 in Springfield, Illinois, my first year as the editor of MIDLINE. It is a great way to meet people!

You also can see all the photos posted to Flickr for this and our previous three conferences on this ConnectMidwest page.

Every year, I try to get a photo of each of the poster presenters with their poster. One thing that I did with my conference photos on Flickr of the poster presenters this year was to key the photo caption to the number of the poster on the conference program. Some of the poster presenters have shared pdf copies of their posters on that program page. So if you are interested in seeing the details of a poster that you see in a photo, click to see! Additionally, the abstracts for all of the posters are included in the full conference program beginning on page 22.

I think that this photo from this year’s conference is probably my favorite. I have had the privilege of serving on the Midwest Chapter/MLA Executive Board for most of the last eight years. I am going to miss working with this really great group of people!

Award Winning Midwest Chapter Members

Yes, a lot of business was conducted at this year’s Annual Business Meeting. But the highlight has to be the awards!

Most exciting is the revelation of the Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award winner. Drumroll please! Our 2012 winner is Donna Barbour-Talley, MINNESOTA librarian extraordinaire! This year, capping a long career of service to the chapter and the profession, Donna served along with Michael Homan as the co-chair of the annual chapter conference. Watch for a story about Distinguished Librarian Donna in the upcoming issue of MIDLINE, the Midwest Chapter newsletter.

Also watch for essays in MIDLINE from Annual Meeting Scholarship winners Emily Ginier and Patricia Smith and from Professional Development Award winners Marcia Francis and Erin Kerby.

Suzanne Earle was the winner of the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award for her work on the development of the End-of-Life Library at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. This special library “…provides the professional and lay communities with knowledge regarding palliative care and end-of-life issues.”

New this year were the Research Awards presented by the Professional Practice Committee. These cash awards judged on study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications for library and information research were awarded to posters and papers reporting research results. The first place Research Poster Award was given to Ryan Rafferty for “Discovering the Impact of Library Instruction on First-Year Medical Students.” Second place was a tie between Barbara Gushrowski for “Building Competence: Self- and Peer-Evaluation of Information Resources by First-Year Dental Students in Problem-Based Curriculum” and Elizabeth Moreton for “Testing the Soil: Benchmarking the Information Literacy Skills of Nursing Students Performing Evidence-Based Research.” Two Honorable Mention Research Paper Awards were given to Mark Wentz and Melissa Rethlefsen for “The Significance of Disambiguated Authors in an Institutional Publication Database” and to Xiaomei Gu, Shawn Averkamp, Nicole Saylor, and Linda Walton for “Developing and Administering a Campus-wide Survey: A First Step in Assessing Data Management Needs.”

Congratulations all!

All about the Business

The annual Midwest Chapter conference means business, chapter business, that is. The fall Midwest Chapter Executive Board meeting is held on Friday before the conference gets fully underway.  And, of course, the annual chapter Business Meeting is held over lunch on the second day of the conference.

Seriously, the most significant business conducted at the Annual Business Meeting  was the vote on the bylaws revision. The chapter bylaws required major revision from top to bottom in order to conform to MLA’s model bylaws. Bylaws Committee Chair Melinda Orebaugh guided us surely through the turbulent waters of Robert’s Rules of Order as we considered the new bylaws one article at a time and then voted on them. The vote was unanimous!  

The Executive Board meeting Friday evening was serious work, lasting four hours! Here are some of the items discussed and actions taken that you might find interesting:

  • The 2013 chapter budget was approved, based on a projected paid membership of 300 members. The budget includes more realistic figures for conference income and expenditures and funding for new awards, increased advocacy efforts, and the professional auditor.
  • The professional auditor Michelle Dixon submitted a report to the board after reviewing  and “closing” the books for the chapter’s 2010 and 2011 financial activities. The 2010 conference showed a net profit of over $25,000, half of which was shared cheap cialis 5mg with WHSLA. The 2011 conference showed a very small net loss. The bookkeeping system has been improved to allow easier auditing.
  • The chapter will be awarding additional Annual Meeting Grants to support conference attendance for chapter members who do not receive institutional support for travel. Eligibility criteria for the award are being developed.
  • A revised Travel Reimbursement Policy was approved by the board. The changes were made to more fully support travel by board members to the spring board meeting. Funds to support this increase in travel expense funding were re-allocated from unused budget lines.
  • The Finance Committee will be continuing their consideration of alternatives to the Acteva service that the chapter uses to handle online payments for memberships and conference registrations. The Immediate Past President will be looking also into different software for handling the election online.
  • The “Shared Expectations for State Liaisons” information sheet developed by outgoing Representative-at-Large Stephanie Schulte will be shared with the state associations for guidance when appointing State Liaisons to the chapter.
  • The Professional Practice Committee will be working with the annual conference continuing education planning committees to help them meet chapter education needs.
  • Upcoming conference plans were discussed. The 2014 conference will be held October 10-14 in Bismarck, ND and the 2015 conference will be October 2-6 in Louisville, KY.

More Noteworthy Papers

Every conference paper presentation I attend gives me a renewed respect for the complexity and quantity of work medical librarians tackle on a daily basis. Here are some things I learned in the Contributed Papers Session 4 on Sunday.

“The Significance of Disambiguated Authors in Institutional Publication Database”
Mark Wentz, who was later recognized with an Honorable Mention for this research paper, described the Mayo Authors Database (accessible only on the secure Mayo network) that tracks the scholarly publications of Mayo physicians, nurses, etc. from 1871 to the present. Of the 13,000 author names included in the database, a total of 43 percent of the names were searched at least once during the 18 months reviewed. The majority (57 percent) of database searches used the disambiguated authors’ field (includes surnames, initials, specialty fields, geographic locations) developed to help searchers distinguish between authors. Wentz estimated 80 percent of database processing time is spent on disambiguation, but the data review showed this search capability is important and justifies that effort.

“Patient Education Across the Continuum of Care”
Ruti Volk discussed the need for and creation of the Patient Education Clearinghouse for the University of Michigan Health System. The Clearinghouse allows health cialis online care providers and patients in UM clinics, health centers, and hospitals to easily locate and download the current version of approved patient materials (print, videos, and Internet). The materials are linked to the EPIC medical records, so use of the patient handouts is automatically charted and used to generate statistics for meaningful use. Health care providers are no longer duplicating efforts to create patient education materials, materials meet quality guidelines, and patients receive consistent information regardless of their location.

“Developing and Administering a Campus-Wide Survey: A First Step in Assessing Data Management Needs”
Xiaomei Gu, who was later recognized as the winner of the research paper competition, developed a Web-based survey with colleagues to assess University of Iowa needs for data management and to recruit volunteers for later face-to-face interviews. Efforts to encourage survey response included notification to deans of the forthcoming survey, and reminders were sent to participants. Preliminary review of the survey data showed most respondents returned the survey the day the initial request was sent or on the day the reminder was sent. Attendees especially appreciated Xiaomei’s humorous translation of a favorite research acronym — “IRB = insanely ridiculous boars!”