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What I Learned: MLA 2014, Chicago

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Written by: PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator

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Yearly, the MLA Annual Conference exists in a compressed timeframe for like-minded librarians to gather and to express their intellect, creativity, research and cutting-edge activities. Sadly, there is never enough time to attend all the desired sessions, papers, posters, SIGs (Special Interest Groups) and business meetings. On the bright side, it is always a pleasure to meet new people and to catch-up with friends and professional acquaintances.

This year I was privileged to teach a well-attended CE – Breaking an Electronic Health Record System: a sandbox workshop at Northwest University’s Galter Health Sciences Library. The class examined roles for hospital librarians to operationally engage themselves with an institutional electronic health record (EHR) system, while simultaneously having the opportunity to “test-drive” a popular EHR system in a computer lab environment.

After teaching the morning CE class, I attended The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient-Centered Care One Person at a Time, a symposium in which fellow SE/A colleague, Terri Ottosen, was planning committee co-chair. It was interesting listening to each panelist take a different approach to patient engagement. Ruti Volk’s (University of Michigan Health System) presentation was about the need to design and present patient education print materials in a culturally aware and understandable manner. Judy Stribling’s (Weill-Cornell Medical College) talk was on continuing outreach efforts at the Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center. T. Scott Plutchak’s (University of Alabama – Birmingham, Lister Hill Library) perspective recounted his recent personal journey through the healthcare system as a patient with a complex condition. Each speaker’s presentation is located on the Symposium’s LibGuide.

On Tuesday afternoon, poster displays drew my attention. Susan LaValley, a University of Buffalo PhD student and I co-produced a poster on Information-seeking and End of Life Decision-making: future directions for medical librarian involvement. It compared the research results of a national 2007 hospice care study with that of selected MedlinePlus multi-year counts of page views including advanced directives, end-of-life issues and hospice care.

The DOCLINE Update given at its Users’ Group Meeting is now available to view at the DOCLINE presentations page.  One highlight of the presentation by Maria Collins from the National Library of Medicine included soon to be released information on new functionality for serial embargos. DOCLINE continues to be part of the National Library of Medicine’s strategic plan exploring the future of resource sharing.  Also available are all the NLM Theater presentation recordings, hot topics include the Affordable Care Act, MyNCBI, and MedlinePlus.

Joining a SIG or Section are two additional ways of enjoying the benefits of MLA. Personally, I’ve been a member of the Medical Informatics Section for several years. A special shout-out to Emily Hurst, NN/LM South Central Region, for organizing a great program entitled “Information Building Blocks: Open Data Initiatives and Trends.” Moderated by Margaret Henderson (VCU), Kevin Read spoke about interesting work on the progress of two data catalogs and the conceptual intricacies involved in development. Megan Laurance, Jackie Wirz, and Deborah Charbonneau contributed other interesting aspects of open data initiatives. One not so surprising outcome from this program was that academic research libraries involved with open data issues are hiring professionals, with or without the MLS degree, who have credible scientific data management and curating experiences in their backgrounds.

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2014-2015

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2014-2015

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through August 1, 2014.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged.

Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

Check with NLM Before Discarding Journals

Friday, June 27th, 2014

NLM’s Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard. The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM. The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page. In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or . NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, over 10,000 gifts have been added to the collection. With the help of libraries planning to discard journal volumes, NLM can build on the success achieved to date.

What I Learned at MLA 2014

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator

I enjoyed this year’s conference immensely, but what I relearn each year is that there is never enough time to do everything one wants to do. Reconnecting with colleagues near and far is always rewarding, and this year’s silent auction and focus on the Scholarship fund at the closing reception were good ideas for a great cause that boosted camaraderie. The plenary and keynote speakers are always interesting, but I believe I gain the most from active membership in Sections and SIGs and the Section Programs these groups sponsor. Watching colleagues present their research and lessons learned is invigorating and reminds me why I chose this career. Along with focusing on content relevant to my position as Public Health Coordinator, I try to attend sessions by SE/A network members and those sponsored by the groups I work with: the Educational Media and Technology Section (EMTS), the Public Health Section, the Relevant Issues Section, the Health Disparities SIG, and the LGBT SIG. Thank goodness much of the conference is available online afterwards, because it is never possible to attend even half of the sessions of interest.

This year, EMTS presented one of its programs in a flipped classroom format which is a first for the MLA Conference. I believe that it was worth the effort and I hope we are able to try this again with improvements from lessons learned. The MATE (MLA Academy of Teaching Experts) hosted a successful Open Forum called “Bad Presentation Bingo: The Communication Game You Want To Lose,” a mix of important information presented in a fun manner. Within the Section programming, Jacqueline Leskovic’s presentation about “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Privacy Issues” in the “Protecting Patron Privacy in the Era of Surveillance” session was well researched and will hopefully be published soon. Two young SE/A librarians had interesting stories to tell in the “Boarding out: The Embedded Librarian” session; Alisha Miles discussed “A Tale of Two Libraries: Implementing Embedded Librarianship Programs from the Perspective of a Solo Hospital Librarian Turned Academic Librarian,” and Elizabeth Laera presented “From the Ground up: A Solo Librarian’s Guide to Building a Clinical Librarianship Program.”

The closing Plenary session by playwright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith was, hands down, my favorite part of this year’s conference. As a Baltimore native, she began by mentioning how important the Enoch Pratt Free Library was to her as a child in a segregated city. She quoted Eudora Welty, one of my all-time favorites, and then proceeded to transform herself into many different characters to, as the introduction notes, “highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America.” Many of the bits were from her most recent play, Let Me Down Easy, which “examines health care and the resilience and vulnerability of the human body.” She is an incredibly talented actor and the session was a fabulous close to a really great MLA conference.


Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration

Monday, June 16th, 2014


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes this summer:

These online classes will be offered for free via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

To register for any of these classes, please visit:

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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