Archive for the ‘Conferences and Meetings’ Category
Monday, October 21st, 2013
By Lauren Goode
University of Kentucky
The Midwest Chapter Meeting was an engaging and informative experience which reaffirmed that I have made the correct decision in my career path. My goal for attending the meeting was to learn more about medical librarianship and expand my knowledge about librarianship as a whole. Currently, I am a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, in Richmond, KY. I work with the Reference and Instruction team to increase information literacy across the campus community. Though I do not currently work in health sciences or medical librarianship, I do work with nursing students on a somewhat regular basis. I tailored my experience to come back better able to serve the health sciences students in my community. At the meeting I found many inspirations for applying the experience to my everyday life.
I attended two Continuing Education programs. The first, “Planning, Conducting and Publishing Research” taught by Nancy Allee and Jo Dorsch, was a four hour immersion into the research cycle as it applies to medical libraries/librarians. By the end of the session I had developed a brain typhoon for a new research project which I am currently writing up to propose to my team. I plan to use survey methodologies to determine the information needs of biology faculty at EKU and use that information to develop instructional programs for the department. The second CE course I attended, “Emerging Technologies” taught by Gabe Rios ad Melissa DeSantis was fun and highlighted ways to incorporate technology into a librarian’s daily work flow. Technology was a high note for the entire conference as it is transforming the way our patrons seek, find and process information. Since attending the meeting I have explored several apps geared toward the medical profession and helped students use the Ebsco app on their devices. (more…)
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
By Natalie Reynolds
St. Catherine University
St. Paul, MN
Disruptive. Usually this word brings negative connotations and assumptions. At the Midwest Chapter Meeting, however, it was repeatedly used in in the context of disruptive innovations. Wikipedia defines a disruptive innovation as an act that “improve[s] a product or service in ways that the market does not expect.” Librarians, in the spirit of helping that is so integral to our profession, have turned disruption into a positive force. For example, Melinda Orebaugh and her team at Gundersen Health System are implementing an interactive patient care system that requires patients to participate in their own health care. The four pillars of this disruptive program advocate for thoughtful and careful participation by educating, empowering, entertaining, and engaging the patient. The team had the foresight to develop separate interfaces according to age group, allowing for seamless integration.
The word was used again by Michelle Kraft when describing the role of technology in libraries. She pointed out that technology has brought changes to libraries, and those changes are here to stay. Innovations such as computers, e-books, and mobile devices have disrupted traditional workflows in libraries; therefore, traditional aspects of libraries (like catalogers!) may no longer be necessary. As information innovators, librarians should use these disruptive technologies as opportunities to re-think traditional practices and allow for new ideas. (more…)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Be inspired to think how you can be an architect of a health information landscape that responds to the challenges of growth and an ever-evolving environment. How will you design your blueprint for the information future? What tools will you need? What skills will be required? How will you know if what you construct is useful? The Medical Library Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting will offer you an opportunity to plan and style an information future that reflects expanding roles to reach new heights. The 2014 National Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or poster that reflects on the best ideas for the future of information practices in health sciences librarianship. To begin, review the instructions in the paper/poster FAQ at: http://mlanet.org/am/am2014/sect_prog/index.html and then log in to the online submission process. Abstracts are due November 1, 2013. (more…)
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
The GMR is pleased to announce the nine awardees of the Library Student Outreach Award. They will attend the 2013 Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association Annual Meeting to be held in East Peoria, IL, October 5-7, 2013. Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Sciences located in the Greater Midwest Region or who reside in the GMR were eligible to apply.
Students will attend the conference for at least two days and partake as much of the program as possible. They will be in attendance at the Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet and help to staff the GMR exhibit booth. Be sure to help us welcome these future librarians.
Here is the list of awardees:
Merete Christianson (ND)
Rebecca Freihaut (KY)
Diane Giebink-Skoglind (WI)
Lauren Goode (KY)
Darra Hofman (KY)
Elizabeth Mady (OH)
Allyson Mackay (MI)
Natalie Reynolds (MN)
Emilie Vrbancic (IL)
Friday, September 6th, 2013
NOTE: the upcoming webinar is the first in a series of five of the Fall 2013 MLA Webinar Series.
The GMR is offering to sponsor webinar sites. However, the GMR is only able to fund two webinars per state for the entire Webinar Series. Please use the following Survey link to identify the events for which your institution will be requesting funding: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mlawebinar
Upcoming Webinar: Making Your Library Promotion Pop! Practical Design Principles and Tools for the Non-Designer
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT (plus course work)
For detailed information on how to become a sponsored site, visit:
SHORT TURN AROUND TIME: The deadline to submit your registration and supplemental information to the GMR is NOON, Monday, September 16, 2013. Announcements will be made to all applicants on Tuesday, September 17th. (more…)
Thursday, August 15th, 2013
The GMR is announcing a Library Student Outreach Award to cover up to $1,000 in expenses related to attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in East Peoria IL on October 5-7, 2013. Students currently enrolled in one of the graduate programs in library or information sciences located in the Greater Midwest Region or enrolled in a program and who reside in the GMR are eligible. The purpose of the award is to introduce library school students to library outreach concepts specifically and health sciences librarianship in general. We plan to fund 5 awards.
Please share this information as quickly as possible with any library school students you know who might want to attend the Midwest Chapter meeting in October. The deadline is September 6, 2013.
Go to: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/special/lis.html
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
The Health Science Librarians of Illinois invite you to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association, October 4 through October 8, 2013 in East Peoria, IL. Registration is available online at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/registration/. The early bird deadline is September 1, so register now to receive the lower rate.
Our theme for this year is Navigating a River of Information, and we hope you all are able to bring aboard new ideas to safely steer through the rough waters of our changing library environments and the shifting currents of changing technology. Through networking, discussion, and sharing ideas we can all work together to keep information flowing through our libraries and to our users. (more…)
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Congratulations to the following sites receiving GMR funding for the
Wednesday, March, 2013, MLA Webcast:
Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track
Broadcast: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT
For information on the webcast and a list of additional sites, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/spring13/
Enjoy your webcasts and let us know how it goes!
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
By Sandi L. Bates MLIS
Head of Reference and User Education
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
University of North Dakota
The 2012 American Public Health Conference in San Francisco had its share of excitement thanks to a more than one-inch thick scientific sessions/meetings catalog, the Giants winning the World Series (their homecoming celebration shut down most of the city for Wednesday), and Hurricane Sandy. I was also one of 12 recipients of the Medical Library Association Public Health/Health Administration section Sewell Stipend. (http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/2012/sewell-stipend-2012/) I would encourage all health sciences librarians to apply for this monetary award and to attend this conference. The significant and overwhelming amount of research shared during the conference was one big boost to my knowledge bank. (more…)
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Knowledge Management in Hospitals:
Developing a team to test and ensure success.
This 1.5 day workshop (February 7-8 in Chicago) will explore how corporate knowledge management techniques and processes are applied in a hospital/health system. Multidisciplinary participants will work together to craft a strategy to adopt an expanded role for librarians in hospital/health system. This expanded role will establish a foundation for librarians to support the clinical environment by providing excellent knowledge management techniques and processes. (more…)