Happy Birthday to Us!

During our chapter meeting this week, MLA President Michelle Kraft shared a Birthday Message from the Medical Library Association. Bet you didn’t know that the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association was 65 years old!

MLA PresidentResolution Honoring the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Section

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Inc. has been in existence for 65 years;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter stimulates and fosters interest in health sciences libraries and librarianship;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter provides educational and professional development opportunities for its members through its annual meeting and promotes MLA continuing education offerings to chapter members;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter facilitates communication and the exchange of ideas and information among its members through the MIDLINE Newsletter, chapter blogs, and the Midwest Email Discussion Group;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter promotes resource sharing and cooperation among libraries and library groups in the Chapter;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter furthers MLA’s Research Agenda through its Research Awards program and the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award;

Whereas, the Midwest Chapter supports attendance for two Chapter members to attend the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables Luncheon at the MLA Annual meeting each year;

Whereas, members of the Midwest Chapter have furthered MLA’s mission by serving as MLA presidents, board members, committee chairs and members; be it therefore

Resolved, that the Medical Library Association commends the Midwest Chapter for 65 years of excellent service and accomplishment in support of the profession of health sciences librarianship.

Adopted by the MLA Board of Directors, August 2015

Midwest Chapter @ MLA ’12

Are YOU going to MLA ’12 in Seattle? I will not be there…but that is not going to keep me from participating! I registered for the e-Conference which is “the next best thing to being there.” Online content will be “close to live” with streaming video of the big events available within 24 hours. With my e-registration, I am able to use the online scheduler, so I searched to see what our chapter members will be doing during the meeting. The Midwest Chapter/MLA will be well-represented at this year’s annual MLA meeting. I’m looking forward to watching our chapter members’ presentations on video (synchronized with their PowerPoint slides even) and looking at their posters online.

Here is a list of chapter members who will be presenting sessions and/or posters at this year’s meeting:

SESSION PRESENTERS:

Amy Blevins
Cracker Jack Instruction: Creating, Implementing and Managing a No-Budget Online Continuing Education Course
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Pamela S. Bradigan
Librarians Leading Knowledge Management
5/21/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 602/603

Katherine V. Chew
Determining Your Lineup Card: Implementing a Demand-Driven Acquisition Program within a Large Academic Institution
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 612

Nadia Lalla
Windup and the Pitch: Delivering Instruction Using Videos
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Beth Layton
You Can Observe a Lot Just By Watching: Building a Comprehensive Copyright Program
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Room : 615/616

Theory and Practice à la Yogi Berra: The Interprofessional Education of Medical and Pharmacy Students in Evidence-Based Medicine
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM Room : 612

The Research Ironman: Collaboration, Outreach, and Evidence-Based Mental Health
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Room : 619/620

Margaret Moutseous
Using Librarians in Experiential Learning in Evidence-Based Practice Education
5/21/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 611

Carol A. Powell
Librarians Teaching Critical Appraisal: Assessment of Evidence-Based Medicine Competency of Fourth-Year Medical Students Using an Adapted Fresno Test-Based Exercise
5/20/2012 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Room : 613/614

Gurpreet Rana
Strengthening Research Capacity and Addressing Global Health Challenges: A Librarian’s Perspective
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 602/603

Melissa Rethlefsen
Cracker Jack Instruction: Creating, Implementing and Managing a No-Budget Online Continuing Education Course
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Stephanie J. Schulte
Librarians Teaching Critical Appraisal: Assessment of Evidence-Based Medicine Competency of Fourth-Year Medical Students Using an Adapted Fresno Test-Based Exercise
5/20/2012 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Room : 613/614

Carol Shannon
Windup and the Pitch: Delivering Instruction Using Videos
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Nicole R. Theis-Mahon
Determining Your Lineup Card: Implementing a Demand-Driven Acquisition Program within a Large Academic Institution
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 612

Kelly Thormodson
Improving Our Reference Desk Management and Training or “I Wish I Had an Answer to that because I’m Tired of Answering that Question” (Yogi Berra)
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Room : 615/616

Debra A. Werner
Supporting the Medical Support Staff: Outreach to Administrative Assistants and Secretaries
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 604

POSTER PRESENTERS:

Amy Blevins
Poster Session 2: 159. Stepping up to the Plate: Experiences as First-Time Instructors of a Library Research in Context Class

Amy E. Donahue
Poster Session 2: 63. Emergency Preparedness and Librarians: A Match Made in…Hospitals!

Carol Gordon
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Barbara A. Gushrowski
Poster Session 2: 108. Iterative Design in Online Instruction: Using Module Grades and Student Feedback to Guide Content and Delivery Modifications

Rhona Kelley
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Erin Kerby
Poster Session 1: 137. Planning a Strategic Lineup for the Delivery of Effective Reference Services

Fran E. Kovach
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Nadia J. Lalla
Poster Session 1: 137. Planning a Strategic Lineup for the Delivery of Effective Reference Services

Deborah Lauseng
Poster Session 1: 137. Planning a Strategic Lineup for the Delivery of Effective Reference Services

Beth Layton
Poster Session 1: 110. It’s a Matter of Inches: Using Statistics to Improve a Copyright Image Guide

Connie Poole
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Gurpreet K. Rana
Poster Session 1: 134. Partnerships in Diversity: A Multi-Pronged Collaboration with the School of Public Health

Melissa Rethlefsen
Poster Session 2: 144. Playing the Field: Using CampusGuides Statistics and Google Analytics to Assess a Intranet Site Redesign

Poster Session 2: 171. The Core Public Health Journal Project: A Game Change in the 3rd Inning

Merle Rosenzweig
Poster Session 1: 59. Depositing Intellectual Property into an Institutional Depository

Poster Session 1: 65. Distributing Relevant Information to a Remotely Located Clinical Department of a Medical Center

Poster Session 3: 97. Healthy Communities: A Snapshot of Outreach

Anna E. Schnitzer
Poster Session 1: 59. Depositing Intellectual Property into an Institutional Depository

Poster Session 3: 97. Healthy Communities: A Snapshot of Outreach

Carol Shannon
Poster Session 2: 96. Hitting a Moving Target: Resource Access in a Mobile World

Poster Session 2: 156. Show Us Your Heart! A Statewide Library Initiative to Increase Organ Donation Registration

James Shedlock
Poster Session 1: 131. One Design to Rule Them All: Harnessing Competing Brand Guidelines to Create a Unified Vision for a Library Website

Vedana Vaidhyanathan
Poster Session 1: 152. Revitalizing Education at the Library: Increasing Number of Attendees and Responding to Feedback

All I can say is this: Midwest Chapter rocks!

MLA Election Results: The Midwest Represents!

After this year’s MLA Election, we have very outstanding people serving in positions of national leadership.  And a good number come from our very own chapter!  Please join me in congratulating our fellow Midwest Chapter Members!

President Elect:

  • Jane L. Blumenthal, AHIP, Director, Taubman Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

MLA Board of Directors (2011-2014):

  • Michelle Kraft, AHIP, Senior Medical Librarian, Alumni Library, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Nominating Committee:

  • Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP
  • (as well as Peg Allen, good friend of the Midwest Chapter!)

Searching E-Books

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the MLA ABCs of E-books webcast just down the road (I-76, that is) in the Ocasek Medical Library at NEOUCOM. I particularly enjoy going over there for “networking” reasons. I worked at NEOUCOM for many years, so I get to see many acquaintances of old. I also was eager to see the Midwest Chapter’s own Michelle Kraft who was a video-taped presenter along with her colleague Marian Simonson. NEOUCOM was one of the nineteen broadcast sites sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region and there is no charge for individual librarians. Attendance is always good with a great mix of academic and hospital librarians. The GMR has been sponsoring viewing sites for quite a few years and I think this is one of their best funding efforts.

I was interested this particular webcast because we already have access to more than a few books in electronic form at MPOW. And here in Ohio we are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of e-books through OhioLINK’s Electronic Book Center (EBC). Recently, our reference team has been working on a project to transform our reference collection from print format to electronic access. Since the EBC includes a considerable number of reference works, we are no longer purchasing titles in print if they are included in the EBC. In our own reference collection efforts, we have been purchasing reference resources exclusively in electronic format if they are affordable. But our dilemma now is how to integrate these e-resources into the “traditional” reference process both at the reference desk and by the end-user using the resources off-campus.

So I was particularly interested in the discussion of federated search. This sounds like the solution to our problem of finding where information might be within the many reference sources we have available electronically from any number of different vendors. This is actually something that wasn’t all that easy in the print environment. Should one use a general encyclopedic resource or something very specialized? Which of these resources do we have? We have access to way too many electronic resources to use a simple A-Z listing. Our library catalog doesn’t have the depth of information to be much more helpful either.

When I returned to work after the webcast I mentioned this to our head of reference. He asked me to write a summary of the things that I had learned. And here is where I discovered that my handwritten notes were rather inadequate. Notably, I did not have the web URLs for most of the examples that had been discussed. But I was rescued by my faithful tweeting colleagues! All I had to do is consult the transcript of the webcast backchatter and there was all the information that I needed to look good for the boss. Thanks all!

I am particularly impressed by the Vivisimo based search at the University of Pittsburgh HSLS. This function searches the fulltext content of all the included e-resources. The Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library is also using Vivisimo for their SEARCH10 but it does not search inside the content of their e-books. The University of South Alabama Biomedical Library e-books search looks nice but it is not clear to me if the “chapter search” searches just the chapter titles or the chapter fulltext.

Have you seen any other examples of federated search used to search the fulltext content of a set of selected e-resources? If so, let me know (cleibfar at kent dot edu) and I’ll look good for the boss again!