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The Annual Conference of HSLI, November 13-14, 2014

Monday, September 29th, 2014

By Deborah Rhue
Medical Librarian
OSF St. Francis
Peoria, IL

The annual conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) will take place November 13-14, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Illinois (http://hsli.org/conference/index.shtml). The theme of this year’s conference is Communicate/Advocate.”

This year’s featured keynote speaker is Mary Ellen Bates. Mary is the author of seven books and numerous articles on the information industry. She has a MLS from the University of California Berkley and has worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her own information services business in Colorado. (more…)

Out and About in Peoria

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

by Carmen Howard
Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria

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Exhibiting at the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s Annual Seniors on the Go Health Fair was an excellent opportunity for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria to connect with the community and share information. The Health Fair is open to all seniors (55 years+). The Health Fair included health screenings, massages, lectures, live accordion music, and breakfast – all at no cost to the attendees! This year the Health Fair drew more than three hundred and fifty people. Well over one hundred and fifty of these people stopped by the Library’s booth to learn about MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and the services of the Library. It was very rewarding to introduce people to MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Several attendees acknowledged knowing that they needed to be careful when searching online for medical information but admitted that they were not sure where to go or how to know who to trust. Others were happy to know that they could come in or call the library for help.

You can read more about the event in this article from the Peoria Journal Star (http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140318718). When you read the article, be sure to check out the booth in the background with the red tablecloth – that’s us!

Come West and Explore as North Dakota hosts the MLA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting in Bismarck

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

By Sandi L. Bates
Reference and Instructional Librarian
Bismarck State College Library

North Dakota Come west and explore

Come West and Explore as North Dakota hosts the Medical Library Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting in Bismarck, October 10th-14th. Headlining the meeting will be Sally Gore, an embedded librarian and informationist, and Dr. Mark Graber, a national leader in the area of patient safety. Also joining us will be National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys. You’ve heard about the oil boom in North Dakota, now come to the conference and hear a panel of experts talk about the impact of the boom on healthcare.

The meeting will be held at the Radisson Bismarck Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of a thriving downtown including the community’s finer independent dining establishments. Sunday evening enjoy perusing the state’s history in the North Dakota Heritage Center’s newly built and renovated spaces. (more…)

Report from the Health Information Practice Summit

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) invites you to review the Report summarizing the content of the Health Information Practice (HIP) Summit held in East Peoria, Illinois on October 7, 2013, as a segment of the Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting. The event was planned and sponsored by LHS and attended by 67 librarians and students from the region.

Thank you all for your excellent participation in the Summit, which provided an opportunity to exchange stories about how  health sciences librarians are changing their practice models to address new challenges confronting them.

The report has been placed on the UIC Institutional Repository, known as UIC Indigo.  Here is the link. http://hdl.handle.net/10027/11154

Midwest Chapter: Sharing time and knowledge

Friday, November 8th, 2013

By Merete Christianson
Bismarck, ND

I’m so thankful to have received the Student Outreach Award from the NN/LM GMR. Attending the Midwest MLA Conference was a terrific experience that allowed me to learn a lot and meet a number of great library professionals who were very generous sharing their time and knowledge.

First on the to-do list at the conference was the CE Class “PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe”, taught by Holly Ann Burt and Cleo Pappas. The world of evidence-based medicine is so vast and complex that it can be rather daunting at times trying to navigate it. But the course went a long way to helping clear the muddy waters. I’ve felt much more confident using PubMed since taking this course and I am eager to practice and learn more.

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Midwest Chapter: Connections

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Liz Mady
MLIS Student
Kent State University
Columbus, OH

If I had to pick one word that comes to mind when reflecting on the Midwest Chapter MLA conference, that word would be “connections”. Connections are what were formed when librarians, information professionals, and graduate students all gathered together in East Peoria, IL. Connections are what these information givers seek to build with their patrons. Whether it is the theme of the presentations or the spontaneous conversations that formed in the only warm spot of the hallway, connections were sought after and created at the conference. In attending the presentations, mentor/mentee meet and greet and social functions, I feel fortunate in being a part of the connections formed.

Forming connections with patrons and colleagues was the theme of many of the presentations I attended. At the Mentor/Mentee Meet and Greet, emphasis was placed on creating connections with possible mentors and colleagues. I felt welcomed by my mentor, Janna Lawrence, and the overall attitude of the room was one of welcome and a willingness to connect with others. This attitude remained throughout the conference, whether it was in-between presentations or during vendor sessions. This willingness on the part of information professionals to connect with others is essential to our field, regardless if these connections are formed with colleagues, patrons, or community.

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Midwest Chapter: Truly a community

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

By Rebecca Freihaut
University of Kentucky
School of Library & Information Science
Louisville, KY

Like most graduate students, I have the desire to attend conferences and association meetings, but I don’t always have the financial means to do so. When I first read about the Midwest Chapter MLA Annual Meeting to be held in East Peoria, IL, I dismissed the idea of attending because of the expense involved. It should come as no surprise, then, that I was thrilled to receive an email about the outreach scholarships being offered this year through the GMR. I was even more thrilled to later find I had been chosen as one of this year’s recipients.

The venue for this year’s meeting, the East Peoria Conference Center, was a perfect location to hold a conference. I immediately jumped in Saturday morning by attending a continuing education class entitled, “Planning, Conducting, and Publishing Research” led by instructors Nancy Allee and Jo Dorsch. The class was a great introduction to the world of academic research and publishing and also provided opportunities for networking. Later that day I took part in the Mentor/Mentee program and was introduced to my mentor, Deborah Lauseng, who is the Assistant Director of Academic and Clinical Engagement at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. Deborah and I had a fun time chatting about our interests, and she was kind enough to introduce me to many of her colleagues during the reception and vendor exhibits time that evening. (more…)

Midwest Chapter Reflection: Finding one’s community

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

By Darra L. Hofman
University of Kentucky
School of Library & Information Science
Lexington, KY

Professional conferences are rife with opportunities, through papers, posters, and continuing education, to understand the current breakthroughs and best practices in a field, and the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association’s annual meeting was no exception. What is more rare at a conference, however, is the experience of certainty, the sense of having found one’s community, that was my privilege at the meeting.

Conferences, unfortunately, are often cynical affairs, with presenters seeking to pad their CVs and attendees trying to make strategic connections. The Midwest Chapter meeting, on the other hand, was nothing of the sort. Instead, it was a gathering of passionate medical librarians, looking to share insights, welcome newcomers, and encourage one another for the betterment of the field. Nearly every librarian I met offered insight, guidance and mentorship, from my assigned mentor, Kacy Allgood, to the OSF Health librarians manning the registration desk to the folks I broke bread with. The conference’s intangible value was immense; this is a field peopled with passionate, dedicated, welcoming professionals who understand and want to increase their field’s value proposition. (more…)

Midwest Chapter Reflection: Opportunities Abound

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

By Emilie Vrbancic
MLIS Student
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

I had the great pleasure of participating in the Midwest Chapter Conference in East Peoria this past October which was made possible by the generous award supported by the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. This opportunity has solidified my choice to pursue health sciences librarianship after I complete my studies in May. Although I currently work as a graduate assistant at a health sciences library and am familiar with a great deal of medical library topics and issues, the Midwest Chapter Conference has broadened my horizons to the possibilities and opportunities held within the field of health sciences librarianship. Through networking, poster presentations, and the health information summit, especially, I learned valuable lessons on the varied paths health sciences librarians can take to connect various user populations with health information.

The poster and panel presentations represented a wide range of topics surrounding health sciences librarianship. I learned a great deal in the GMR Technology Forum which, this year, focused on technology in disaster planning and response. Meshing disaster preparedness, librarianship, and community outreach activities is a compelling step towards creating new and improved roles for health sciences librarians which critically engage the community in creating positive change. Kacy Allgood, better known as The Ambulance Librarian, spoke several times during the conference of her role as an embedded librarian as well as her continued efforts to provide evidence based prehospital care, even in the back of an ambulance. As an element of outreach, Allgood spoke of marketing library services to multiple stakeholders in order to maintain library relevancy in an institution as well as in the community. Learning to speak stakeholders’ language, knowing the overarching goals of the various stakeholders, and the overlapping interests of stakeholders are all critical elements when marketing library services as well as providing and connecting outreach services to various community institutions. One of the most important takeaways from the conference was the importance of thinking outside of the box, getting rid of some “sacred cows” and re-thinking the ways librarians function inside and outside the library. (more…)

Importance and Impact: Reflection on MWC MLA

Monday, October 28th, 2013

By Allyson Mackay
University of Michigan School of Information
Ann Arbor, MI

In early October I was fortunate enough to receive a library student outreach award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and attend the Midwest Chapter Conference in East Peoria, Illinois. After a whirlwind weekend in East Peoria, I can safely say that these awards are of great importance and impact to aspiring medical librarians and library students. As I am sure many of you know, graduate students are not swimming in pools of cash.

The cold winds and blue skies along the Illinois River welcomed me to my first full day of meetings, posters, presentations, and a seemingly unending buffet of food and coffee (no complaints).. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of posters and presentations at the conference. Instead of gushing about all of them in this blog post, I will highlight a few that really spoke to me and left an impact on how I view libraries and the evolving role of the medical librarian. Or should that be health sciences librarian? (more…)