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Archive for the ‘Conferences and Meetings’ Category

A Knowledge Bank Boost at APHA Conference

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. ( 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…)

Knowledge Management in Hospitals – February Workshop

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…)

Archivists to Hold 10th Medical History Symposium

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The Chicago Area Medical Archivists, an organization of librarians, archivists, and others interested in the history of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, will hold the organization’s tenth medical history symposium on Friday, October 26, 2012. The event will take place at the Lurie Children’s Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue, 16th Floor Conference Room).

A day-long program of presentations will include a history of the University of Chicago Hospitals by Mindy Schwartz, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Coffee will be available at 9:00 a.m. The presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Those interested in attending the event should RSVP to Ron Sims ( or 312.503.1913).

MHSLA 2012: Librarians Driving Medical Education.

Friday, April 13th, 2012

By Valerie L Reid
Henry Ford Hospital
Sladen Library & Center for Health Information Resources
Detroit, MI

Please join the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association on October 17-19, 2012, at the Baronette Renaissance Hotel, Novi MI, for the following exciting activities:

  • 3 days of CE opportunities
  • Fine dining and conversation at the Tin Fish (Special Event)
  • Poster presentations
  • Interaction with vendors
  • Opening Night Reception at the Baronette Renaissance Hotel
  • Networking
  • FUN! FUN! FUN!

Printable invitation can be found at the conference website:

Video invitation:

Save the Date – Midwest Chapter/MLA 2012 in Rochester

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

By Sharon Kambeitz, MLIS, AHIP, CPPM
Allina Hospitals and Clinics

Growing Opportunities The most stunning event of The Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association this year is our annual meeting in Rochester, Minnesota from October 6 through 9, 2012: We call this event, Growing Opportunities, a program planned especially for medical librarians to view themselves and medical librarianship, as through a kaleidoscope, viewing change and growth as new opportunities.

Rochester is host to thousands of people each year. Home of the IBM Corporation and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester is positioned as a hub of innovative research both clinical and technological.

Our keynote speaker is the famous e-Patient Dave, a successful speaker, cancer survivor, and blogger noted for activism for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine. An engaging speaker and accomplished writer in his professional life, he is an advocate for Participatory Medicine as it evolves in which patients become strong agents in managing their own health care in partnership with physicians. You can find more information about e-Patient Dave (David deBronkhart) on his website

We welcome you to grow your opportunities, network with colleagues through papers and posters, and continuing education classes (to be announced shortly). Please join us in Rochester! More details to come.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place this week in Las Vegas, NV.  (In fact, it starts in about 1 hour from the time this blog post is published). It is the preeminent tradeshow for the next shiny thing in consumer electronics and brings together the innovators on technology’s cutting edge.    Some of the speakers include Steve Ballmer from Microsoft and executives from pretty much every other big tech company out there.  It also features Hollywood stars (I use the term loosely) like Dennis Rodman, Jillian Michaels, Snooki, and even Justin Bieber. (more…)

Archivists to Host Medical History Symposium

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

By Kevin O’Brien
UIC Library of the Health Sciences
Special Collections Department

The Chicago Area Medical Archivists (CAMA) will host the Ninth Medical History Symposium on October 28, 2011, at the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, located in the headquarters of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Park Ridge, IL.  As part of Archives Week in Chicago, please join CAMA for a day of presentations, discussion, and networking.

Registration begins at 9:00 A.M.  The program begins at 9:30. (more…)

2011 Zar Symposium Recordings Now Available

Friday, August 26th, 2011

By Deb Werner
Biomedical Reference Librarian
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

The videos for all recorded presentations from the 2011 Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “We’re Teaching, But How Do We Know If They’re Learning?” Assessment of Library Instruction Activities, are now available. Links on the main symposium webpage lead to YouTube, iTunes, and the UChicago News site. Slides and handouts from the Symposium are also available on the Program page. See the Program Schedule for links to slides.

Feel free to pass this information on to colleagues who may have an interest in the topic of assessment of library instruction activities. You should also feel free to post this on any appropriate discussion lists.

If you have any questions or comments about the symposium or the recordings, please contact Andrea Twiss-Brooks at If you have suggestions on topics for future symposia, we’re always looking for good ideas! Thanks, and enjoy.

Registration Open! 2011 Midwest Chapter / MLA Meeting, Indianapolis

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

By Kacy Allgood
Medical Library
Indiana University
Indianapolis IN

You are invited to the 2011 Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, to be held in Indianapolis, October 8th-11th. The meeting will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The conference hotel is located near the Circle Center Mall, Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, an IMAX 3D Theater, outdoor art and canal. Nearby dining includes the Oceanaire, Shula’s Steak House, St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, and much more.

Online Registration for 2011 Midwest Chapter MLA/Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association Annual Meeting is available now. Early bird discount registration ends September 8, 2011. More pricing information can be found on our website. (more…)

HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

By: Jennifer Feeken, MLIS
Regions Hospital Medical Library 11202B
640 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
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The librarians at Regions Hospital Medical Library are currently working on a project that brings medical information and a librarian presence to healthcare conferences in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  The conferences are offered by HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education (IME).


Thanks to a GMR technology award, the librarians have purchased a laptop and monitor to display resources from the National Library of Medicine, such as PubMed and MedlinePlus, and for HealthPartners employees, the subscription resources available to them through the library’s Intranet site.  Conference attendees are primarily from Minnesota and surrounding states.  Another goal of our project is to increase awareness of medical libraries in general among all conference participants.


The librarians have attended three conferences so far and answered questions regarding consumer health and accessing subscription online resources.  Building on the early success of this project, the librarians plan to continue attending IME conferences beyond 2011.