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Louisville: Welcome to the Midwest-MLA

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samuel Watson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seeing that I am still in the fledgling stage of my library science education the Midwest-MLA conference in Louisville loomed large. These conference goers are my soon-to-be co-workers, colleagues, and cohorts. I did not want to make a fool of myself, and fortunately, my worries were unfounded. The librarians that make up the Midwest Chapter of the MLA are a tightly knit and congenial group. Any potential introverts do not stay so for long at a conference like this.

Here are my experiences of the people I met, the knowledge they shared, and the concepts I learned: Xiaomei Gu from Hardin Library was kind enough to take me under her wing as a mentee. Her expertise as a pharmacy school liaison closely aligns with my career aspirations. The breadth of Xiaomei’s research via her numerous posters encouraged me to get involved with publishing. One of her posters: “Introducing Embase to the college of Pharmacy through Active Learning Activities” introduced me to a pharmacy database I didn’t even know existed, Embase. I thank Xiaomei for the generosity of her time.
Amy Blevins, from Hardin Library, and Michelle Kraft, from Cleveland Clinic, offered a wealth of advice for this nearly new library science graduate. There are numerous pitfalls to avoid and any edge I can find in the job application game is greatly appreciated. Getting a job now seems much more attainable with the prolific do and don’t list I received from these librarians. (more…)

Finding Community at the 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samantha Mosby
University of Illinois

This 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference marked not only my first MLA conference, but my first ever professional librarian conference. I felt a mixture of nerves and excitement as I traveled to Louisville, but the nerves quickly dispelled. From my very first introduction to a fellow conference attendee I felt welcomed and encouraged, which I found to be the overall atmosphere of the Midwest Chapter conference. The conference affirmed my intentions to pursue a career in medical librarianship.

Professionally, I hope to work as an outreach librarian, and I paid particular attention to the posters, papers, and presentations related to this topic. They gave me a better idea of what the real-world applications of my knowledge could be like. The different perspectives they offered provided helpful insight into the challenges of health literacy outreach. I especially enjoyed “People Centered Health Care: Consumer Health Librarians on the Front Line.” The community-based approaches for health literacy and consumer health services illustrate important ways librarians can add value to healthcare. I attended the continuing education class “Emerging Technology” and I enjoyed learning about technologies that I could use personally and professionally.

I enjoyed working at the GMR exhibit booth as I met librarians who shared advice and experiences with me. The professionals were eager to meet me and learn about my interests. From the friendly faces at the conference, I learned about the many different paths possible in medical librarianship. The mentor/mentee match up helped me make new connections. My mentor, Deborah Lauseng, went out of her way to answer my questions. I appreciated meeting librarians early in their careers as well as those farther advanced. The early career librarians gave me great information about what my first job out of school may be like and those more advanced in their careers gave me something to aspire to. (more…)

Looking to the Future: Reflections on the 2015 Midwest MLA Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

By Matthew Noe
University of Kentucky

As this was my first experience with a professional conference in the field of librarianship, I came into this year’s Midwest Chapter MLA annual meeting both excited for the chance to learn and a little nervous as I was unsure what to expect. As it turned out, there was little need for the nervousness as those I met and spoke to – ranging from my mentor Jacqueline Leskovec at the National Network to the other students in attendance – were kind, open, and enthusiastic about their work and the future. I daresay the experience has left me with new relationships that will only continue to flourish as time rolls on.Midwest MLA Poster Noe

The conference also marked the first time I have presented my own work to a group of professionals via a poster session, and in this case I was presenting in both a collaborative effort with Robert Shapiro and Teresa McGinley (Information Access and State Public Health: Missed Opportunity or Miscommunication), as well as with my own work (Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries: A New Opportunity). This was a highly rewarding experience, as there was more interest in my work than I had imagined and some wonderful conversations arose during the poster sessions. Of special note to me was the work done by Mary Beth Riedner with her poster Reaching Out to Persons with Dementia through Library Resources – a perfect example of library outreach done well.

I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a Continuing Education course titled Emerging Technology for the Busy Librarian during the conference as well, taught by Gabriel Rios and Melissa De Santis. While I am myself still a student, I have had to make use of the technology available in my work at the reference desk and this course provided me with some new resources to consider in the future that I may not have known about otherwise. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that some of this technology surprised me – such as Bluetooth location technology inside the library – and gave me great pause when considering the ethical implications. (more…)

The NExT Project: Phase 1 Finally Complete – Well Almost!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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

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In May of 2014, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences was privileged to receive a Target Outreach Award from the Greater Midwest Region. We knew our Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence project, otherwise known as NExT, was a big undertaking, but we were excited to get started. We had a 12-member team of nurses and librarians ready to begin teaching evidence based public health and how to find high-quality, free government resources. Our idea was to divide the state into regions with a ‘local’ team in each region. After all, we had 2 universities, 4 libraries, and 5 cities with faculty that had agreed to participate. The Western Illinois University School of Nursing would be joining the UIC libraries and UIC College of Nursing in this effort. The plan was to conduct workshops at various health departments, as well as at a conference, and to translate that in-person experience to an online course for anyone that could not attend in person. Each workshop, whether in person or online, would provide 3 free continuing education credits for nurses. As you might already suspect, a project this large has had its fair share of hurdles and successes. Here are just a couple of examples:

A large team meant that we could divide the work, but it also meant that the team was affected by several different careers. So far, we have had seven of our original twelve leave the project. Reasons have included retirements, new positions, new appointments, and one member who won new unrelated project grants that needed her undivided attention. As team members have needed to leave the project, we have missed them but have benefited from the fresh perspective of new faculty. (more…)

Taubman Shines in Outreach

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Informationist–Disability Issues and Outreach
Taubman Health Sciences Library

The University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library had excellent representation at the Health Professions Education Day held in the Rogel Ballroom of the Michigan Union on the morning of September 16, 2015. In addition to a number of accepted posters by our informationists, the Library (represented by Jingyi Wang, our previous student who is now a School of Public Health graduate, and myself) staffed a table demonstrating activities that Taubman presents for GMR Outreach in collaboration with other University of Michigan units: (Give Kids a Smile, Asian-American Health Fair, Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Diabetes Conference, etc).

Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis was an outstanding keynote speaker on “Patient Care and Professionalism.” reminding the audience of physicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, kinesiologists, all their students, and other professionals (not health care “providers”–a term she objects to) that the primary focus of their attention should be the patient. She also pointed out that medical care is being adversely affected by marketing and pharmaceutical big business, as well as concomitant legal ramifications. (more…)

A Cool Time in Louisville for Midwest Chapter 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Heath Sciences Library
University of Louisville

This time tomorrow many of you will be arriving in the city of Louisville for the 2015 MWMLA Meeting. This is just a reminder as you’re packing for your trip, it looks like a cool and rainy weekend is in store for us so please keep that in mind.  We look forward to seeing you, have a safe trip!


Counting Down to Midwest Chapter MLA Louisville!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville

We are just a few days away from the 2015 MWMLA Conference in Louisville, KY. Are you ready? Here are a few things you may want to check off your to-do list before Friday.

  • Double check your conference registration
  • Have you made transportation arrangements?
  • Have you made hotel reservations?
  • Do you still need a roommate?

Here are a few tips to remember about Louisville.

We are in early fall, our lows are about 50 degrees with the high usually in the low 80s
The Galt House is in downtown Louisville, and there is a lot of bridge construction-related traffic in the area. Visit this page to help you navigate the area: http://midwest
Looking for something to do or somewhere to eat near the Galt House? Follow this link for more information

Finally, we want to thank all those who responded to the call for live bloggers. Want to keep up with the conference on social media? Use the hashtag #MidwestMLA15 on Facebook and Twitter!

See you soon!

Midwest Chapter Call for Bloggers and Photographers

Monday, September 14th, 2015

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville

We’re less than a month away from the Midwest MLA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky! Lots of folks have taken advantage of early bird registration and will be heading down to our chapter’s southernmost state. Please join us and consider sharing the sights, sounds and events of the Louisville conference through a blog or photo stream.

This is our call for Bloggers and Photographers

  • 3 AHIP points available for completing 3 short blog posts about the conference.
  • 1-3 AHIP points also available for photography (Dependent on quality and quantity—25 photos minimum).
  • No experience necessary!
  • Great way to network.

See examples from past conferences:

Please contact Vida Vaughn at if you are interested or would like further information. We look forward to seeing you and your blog/photo contributions at the Midwest MLA Conference 2014!”

Still haven’t registered for the conference yet? Curious about what there is to do in the city? Take a few minutes and watch this short video, all you need to know about Louisville in 4 minutes or less!

There’s more room at the Midwest Chapter inn!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville

Hurry, this offer won’t last long! Five more rooms have been added to our sold-out block of rooms reserved at the Galt House Hotel for the 2015 meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. So if you are still in need of a room, make your reservation NOW:

Sharing WISER/CHEMM and REMM through Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Funding

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

By Lori Harding
Coordinator Library Services
Elkhart General Hospital Library
Beacon Health System

The Elkhart General Hospital (EGH) Medical Library, EGH Emergency Preparedness Committee, EGH Education Committee, and the Elkhart Fire Department collaborated to assess the knowledge and use of technology to access disaster management information resources. A single educational session was offered multiple times for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, first responders and other health care personnel in order to improve awareness. Over 400 participants received the training.

NLM awarded the EGH project $29,660 to improve access to these resources through the purchase of hardware and software for the hospital and fire department. Initially used for training, this equipment remains in use at the fire department mounted in the command and in fire trucks for ongoing runs, in the EGH Emergency Department (ED), Library, Pharmacy, Information Systems Department and as part of the Emergency Preparedness charging laptop/iPad cart. The cart will be housed in the ED with the other Emergency Preparedness resources, available to be wheeled outside for hazmat events, command center support, or to set up overflow areas such as the auditoriums. (more…)