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Vol 10 No 4 – April 2012

In This Issue:

Professional Development Award Winners

Wondering about the award winners of our Professional Development Award? And all the conferences they are attending? Following is a list of recipients and the event he/she attended!

Each recipient is asked to share their information, and they’ve done this by presenting a webinar or writing a brief article. Recordings of webinars are housed on our website at:

Stand by for upcoming presentations from this group of enterprising librarians! (more…)

Thoughts from attendees of e-Science Workshop and Mayden Lecture

On February 22, 2012, the University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library hosted an all-day event on E-Science. The morning session, Developing Data Services to Support eScience/eResearch was presented by Dr. Jian Qin, Associate Professor and Director CAS eScience Program, Syracuse University. In the afternoon, Bart Ragon, Associate Director for Knowledge Integration, Research, and Technology at the University of Virginia – Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, presented the Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture. This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bart Ragon. Panelists included: Bill Barnett, Ph.D., Indiana University; Steve Corbató, Ph.D., University of Utah; Donald McClain, M.D., Ph.D., University of Utah; Daureen Nesdill, MLIS, University of Utah; and Ellie Phillipo, New England Journal of Medicine.

E-Science Workshop Handouts: Lecture Home Page:

 The following comments on the day’s events are from people who received the Professional Development Award to attend this day-long session, from the National Network/Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. (more…)

Professional Development and Publishing

with the Medical Library Association and the Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing

Susan Fowler, MLIS
Becker Medical Library
St. Louis, Missouri

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The Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing (ICIRN) began in 1960 as a voluntary group composed of organizations and agencies concerned with providing nurses access to information resources. Each member organization, such as the American Nurses Association, AACN, Medical Library Association, and National League for Nursing, appoints representatives to serve on the Council. (more…)

Whooo Says:

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Dear Whooo,

I am a health sciences librarian, and I am very tired! It seems that our profession is changing so rapidly that I can never catch up. I keep trying to learn about the new technologies and practices, and then to incorporate then into my library. However, just when I get something started and working, things change and I’m back to trying to catch up and “get with it” again. Help!

Frazzled (more…)

Introducing Rachel Vukas

Photo of Rachel VukasRachel Vukas is the new Kansas/Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. She is located at The University of Kansas Medical Center. Rachel earned both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. She also has a Master of Arts in American Studies (with an emphasis in American folk music) from the University of Kansas. Previously, Rachel worked in Reference Services at Mabee Library, Washburn University and more recently for EBSCO Information Services and WT Cox Subscription Services.

She enjoys playing the hammered dulcimer and cruising with her husband, in their classic cars.

What does the DOCLINE Coordinator do?

Tugger - Docline mascot puppyNOTE: This article was written with the idea of educating the newer Network full member about the role of the Member Services Coordinator and some highlights about resource sharing. I know many of you reading this have years of experience and already know most of the content in this article but if you continue reading, you may learn something too.

By the end of March 2012, the MidContinental Region had 150 Full members and 190 Affiliate members. Despite the fact that fewer than half the member libraries in our region are DOCLINE users, the demand for support is still strong. DOCLINE users in all the NN/LM regions, as seen in the table below, total 2,370 libraries (including the U.S. and it possessions). (more…)