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NAHRS program- Building allies: Supporting the allied health professional

A two year college library’s support of allied health programs.  Steven Self, AHIP

In a community college with 11 campuses, how do you reach your allied health students? In this school, programs range from CE to degree and are constantly changing.  Challenges? Collection development- they use a mixed call number system to show what books are targeted for allied health programs.  Information literacy- sometimes only get orientation to interact with students. They use Libguides to meet students needs, have 2 allied health programs with research courses, and are conducting a scaffolding project to line up instruction with courses.  Additionally, get involved with faculty committees or student advising to reach out on campus, or work with clinical education center or Veteran’s Affairs office.

A unique collaboration to facilitate evidence-based practice among statewide rehabilitation professionals. Frances A. Delwiche

This project reached out to rehab therapists in Vermont.  They created a journal club and other resources to teach the TRIPSCY (Training and Resources for Interdisciplinary Professionals Serving Children and Youth) professionals.  Using collaboration tools, they worked together almost as well as if in person. They found 92% are not satisfied with the amount of scholarly articles they read per year.  After the workshop, they created a LibGuide to help professionals remember class topics.  The project went well, and unaffiliated professionals are very eager to learn.  This is a great opportunity for medlibs in all states.

Mobile technology and community college allied health students: New paths to information literacy.  Gregg A. Stevens

This presentation discussed a project to incorporate mobile technology in curriculum for EMS students and Pharmacy Technician program.  They used a NNLM/SEA grant to purchase iPads.  Because of nature of programs, there wasn’t enough time to do the traditional research activities.  For EMS students, they incorporated NLM’s WISER to have students respond to a haz mat scenario.  Sounds like a great exercise to incorporate relevant resources and the information literacy standards.   For pharm tech students, they substituted free NLM resources for other drug information resources.  They also had students calculate and prepare dosage for case study patient.

Challenges?  Some students already had iPads and didn’t need to check them out. Need to have purpose for integrating technology into class or assignment.  The library or librarian needs to be close to the program/students to maximize benefit.

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NAHRS program- Architects of the future: Managing 21st century resources

Combining resources, combining forces: Regionalizing hospital library services in  a large statewide health system.  Heather Martin, AHIP,  Basia Delawska-Elliott

Facing mergers? This team of presenters went from 3 librarians to just one in the health system.  They planned strategically by talking to stakeholders, literature reviews and SWOT analysis, aligning with organizations goals.  They created a new team approach to services, which meant more efficiency, less isolation, more collaboration.  Amazingly, they had to eliminate 80%of print collection first year and convert to electronic with budget decrease of 27% but they were able to gain 100 new titles and stay on budget.

Had to create one website for whole system, so created eye-catching design.  Using VPN enabled mobile platform.  Purchased discovery tool to help patrons identify location of resources.

They also began marketing and training services through newsletters, presentations at meetings, at training sessions, and embedded (even at the cafeteria!)


Partnering with postdocs:  A library-hosted “how to” training series taught by postdocs.  Carrie L. Iwema, AHIP

What is a postdoc and how do we share our resources with them? Postdocs have PhD but still have mentor.  This school created “postdoc talks” to give postdocs teaching experience, gave feedback on teaching, gave letter of acknowledgment from library.  The sessions took a “how to” approach, for 1-2 hour sessions, and had to be biomedically relevant topic.

They contacted postdoctoral associations and other partners, identified necessary library equipment and sent out an RFP- they ended up having 6 talks in fall, and 8 talks in spring.  They promoted the events through online calendars, campus monitors, flyers, library newsletter, and email lists.

Overall, this project reduces library teaching load and increases marketing opportunities at minimal cost to the library.  It also benefits postdocs as well with scholarly opportunities.

Future: better advertising, change talk titles to be less cumbersome, add abstracts to clarify topics, change scheduling to accommodate more people, and change program name so non-postdocs know they can attend.


How a health sciences librarian creates a different approach to library instruction.  Gwen Wilson

Wondering how to change from one shot to embedded model? This session discussed using face to face, hybrid, or all online approach to instruction

How do you get embedded? Connect with faculty, learn about course and assignment, customize to their course, and get feedback from students and faculty.  For grad students, try face to face help during their class time. For online classes, include relevant links for the students so they can access help and resources quickly.


Future technological practices: Medical librarians’ skills and information structures for continued effectiveness in a changing environment.  Patricia F. Anderson

This group wanted to study emerging technologies, what librarians need to know and why.  They looked at emerging technology reports, asked librarians and health care leaders for technologies and medlib roles, distributed survey for people they didn’t know.  45 respondents, 340 technology recommendations!

They also created 4 subgroups to help identify which technologies were relevant to which areas of practice.  Then they developed search strategies  for each technology.  Future: to report on what is needed now, soon, and in the future for different types of librarians to equip us with emerging technologies.

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Come see the International Cooperation Section programs!

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This is an exciting year for the International Cooperation Section: it’s our 25th anniversary!  The business meeting was abuzz some of the amazing achievements that have occurred over the years, including this past year.  The plan for 2014/2015 is an exciting one and it’s so much fun to be a part of this section!

If you missed the meeting, I recommend attending the International Visitors Reception this evening Sunday, May 18 from 6-7 pm for a look back at ICS’ accomplishments and eat some birthday cake!  The reception will be followed by a Dining Circle at Bandera for food and live Jazz.  Please email Martha Knuth if you would like to join us at Bandera.

Also, plan on attending the ICS Section Program M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health” (Monday, May 19, 10:30-11:55am).  There is a fabulous line up of speakers and a discussion and Dining Circle at the Atwood Café afterwards. Please email Martha Knuth if you would like to join us at the Atwood.

Of particular interest in the upcoming year for ICS is the MLA/ICS International Job Exchange.  There will be an Open Forum to promote the program, answer questions, and get feedback on Tuesday, May 20 at 3:30-4:25pm.  Please plan on attending if you or your institution is interested in participating in the exchange of medical librarians internationally!


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Relevant Issues Section Events at MLA

The Relevant Issues Section is holding the following programs and events during MLA ’14, “Building Our Information Future.”

Sunday, May 18, 4:30 – 5:55 PM:
Accessibility and Appropriateness in Our Information Future
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Collaboration to Expand Accessibility: The Role of Consumers
  • Providing Resources Supporting the Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care
  • If You Build a Patient Portal, Will They Come?
  • Do You Want Me? What Attracts User and What can Repel Them from a Consumer Health Web Site

Tuesday, May 20, 2:00 – 3:25 PM:
Protecting Patron Privacy in the Era of Surveillance
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Direct-to-Consumer Genetics and Privacy
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Privacy Issues
  • Patron Privacy from the Access Services Perspective

Sunday, May 18, Section Posters are in Poster Session 1, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Tuesday, May 20, 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM
Relevant Issues Section Business Meeting
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Tuesday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
LGBT SIG Business Meeting and Social
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Sunday, May 18, 12:30 PM
Health Disparities SIG lunch/discussion
Location: Big Bowl on Ohio Street

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Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section Programming at MLA 2014 in Chicago

The Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Building Our Information Future, is almost ready for its ribbon-cutting. Monday is ‘NAHRS Day’ at MLA’14 with meetings, program sessions, and a dinner. However, Sunday is the big unveiling of Section Posters. There will not be a Section Shuffle this year. Instead Section and Chapter Posters will be displayed in the hallway of the Section Program rooms. Posters will go up at 5:00 pm Saturday. Section Posters will be staffed during Poster Session 1 on Sunday, May 18 from 3:30 – 4:25 pm. Look for Poster #252 by the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section. (Hall of Exhibits, Riverside Center, Purple Level, East Tower)

Monday, May 19, 2014 is NAHRS Day!

The NAHRS Executive Board Meeting will be held in the Hong Kong Room from 7:00 – 8:55 am. Be sure to grab something to break your fast before you arrive! Food and drink are allowed but are on your own. If you are a newly elected officer, committee chair or appointment, please come.
(Hong Kong, Gold Level, West Tower)

Architects of the Future: Managing 21st Century Resources is the first of two Program Sessions NAHRS is sponsoring at MLA’14. Join us from 10:30 – 11:55 am. Check your program for the room. The co-sponsors are the Medical Library Education Section and the Department of Veteran Affairs Libraries SIG. (Columbus KL, Gold Level, East Tower)

Resources, such as people, space, knowledge, education, technology, and physical or virtual inventories, are at the heart of library services. As libraries battle for resources, they must find innovative approaches for delivering services, creating/implementing programs, and supporting patrons, all while remaining current on technology trends and the growing field of informatics. What creative solutions has your library used to do “more with less”? Have you made changes to the way you share, create, or “upcycle” resources to your professional, institutional, local, or global communities? Are you building relationships with entities that were not previously considered? This program will explore how trends in resources will impact your institution, your community, health professionals, and your professional development, in the coming years.

Four contributed papers will look at resources, relationships, and how librarians are becoming architects to build our information future:

  • Combining Resources, Combining Forces: Regionalizing Hospital Library Services in a Large State-Wide Health System by Heather Martin, Director of Regional Library Services, Providence Health & Services, Oregon, and Basia Delawska-Elliott, Health Sciences Librarian, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
  • Partnering w/Postdocs: a library-hosted “how to” training series taught by postdocs by Carrie Iwema, Molecular Biology Information Specialist, and Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Head, Molecular Biology Information Service, University of Pittsburgh.
  • How a Health Sciences Librarian Creates a Different Approach to Library Instruction by Gwen Wilson, Health Sciences Librarian, Washburn University.
  • Future Technological Practices: Medical Librarians’ Skills and Information Structures for Continued Effectiveness in a Changing Environment by Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Michigan; Skye Bickett, Reference and Education Librarian, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Joanne Doucette, Associate Director of Knowledge Management and Assistant Professor, MCPHS University; Pamela Herring, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Judith Kammerer, Medical Librarian, UCSF Fresno; Andrea Kepsel, Health Sciences Educational Technology Librarian, Michigan State University; Tierney Lyons, Reference Librarian, Penn State Worthington Scranton; Scott McLachlan, Information Officer, Ruskin College; Ingrid Tonnison, Electronic Services Librarian, Central Coast Local Health District; Lin Wu, Reference Service Librarian, University of Tennessee.

Building Allies: Supporting the Allied Health Professionals is the second of two Program Sessions NAHRS is sponsoring at MLA’14. Join us from 2:00 – 3:25 pm. Check your program for the room. The co-sponsors are CAPHIS, Federal Libraries Section, Public Services Section, Department of Veterans Affairs Libraries SIG, and Health Disparities SIG. (Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower)

Allied health professionals are our allies in “Building Our Information Future,” whether they work in hospitals, allied health schools, or in community practice settings. Often busy librarians, especially those in hospitals or medical schools, find that physicians, nurses, residents and students place a greater demand on their time and resources, yet the needs of the allied health professionals must also be supported. This program will explore ways librarians support allied health professionals, schools, and students and meet their informational needs.

An invited speaker, Steven Self, and two contributed papers will look at the needs of the allied health professionals as students and professionals, and how they are building allies as we build our information future.

  • A Two-Year College Library’s Support of Allied Health Programs by invited speaker Steven Self, Librarian/Professor, Austin Community College.

    Objective: This presentation seeks to provide an overview of the characteristics of allied health science programs at Austin Community College and describe some of the obstacles and opportunities libraries face in supporting them.

    Methods: Using the programs at my college as an example, I will outline the various ways community college libraries and librarians support allied health science programs, including collection development, information literacy instruction, serving on search committees, working toward departmental accreditation, serving on advisory committees, and working with community agencies and partners.

    Results: My personal experience as a librarian in a large urban community college system that supports over a dozen allied health science programs across multiple campuses has proven to be quite challenging and rewarding.

    Conclusions: Although Austin Community College might not be typical of two-year colleges that educate allied health professionals, it does provide an example of how libraries can support associate degree and certificate-level allied health education programs.

  • A Unique Collaboration to Facilitate Evidence-based Practice among Statewide Rehabilitation Professionals by Frances Delwiche, Library Associate Professor, and Nancy Bianchi, Library Associate Professor/Health Sciences Librarian, University of Vermont.
  • Mobile Technology and Community College Allied Health Students: New Paths to Information Literacy by Gregg Stevens, Assistant Professor and Health Sciences Librarian, Tallahassee Community College.

The NAHRS Business Meeting will be held in the Acapulco Room from 4:30 – 5:55 pm. Join us as we celebrate our Section’s award recipients. Take part in determining actions for the upcoming year. Meet the officers (new and current), network with members and make your voice heard. Twenty-five members are needed per our bylaws for a voting quorum.
(Acapulco, Gold Level, West Tower)

We end NAHRS Day at 7:00 pm with the Annual NAHRS Dinner! Enjoy a laid back evening with other NAHRS members at the annual dinner. This year we are going to the Emerald Loop Bar & Grill. RSVP by May 13 to David Duggar.

Just like last year, ICIRN will be meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 4:30 – 5:55 pm. Look for the Comiskey Room, Bronze Level, West Tower for the ICIRN Membership Meeting.

[Thank you to David Duggar for providing this information!]

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Highlights from the History of the Health Sciences Section

HHSS Pre-Meeting Tour – Friday, May 16
The History of the Health Sciences Section of MLA is sponsoring a pre-meeting tour of the International Museum of Surgical Science at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Friday, May 16th. They are meeting at 9:20am at the conference hotel (Hyatt) main entrance and will take public transportation to the museum which opens at 10:00. The tour cost is $10.00 each and will probably be 2 to 2 ½ hours long. Please contact Joan Stoddart ( by May 9th if you are interested.

Section Poster
Join us! Come talk to members of HHSS, the Section that stimulates and supports interest and scholarship in the history of medicine and allied health fields. We will display our poster on Sunday, May 18 from 3:30-4:30 in the Columbus Foyer, Gold Level, East Tower. Meet up at our poster after the session at 4:30 PM, and we’ll find a place to dine together. We look forward to seeing you!

History of the Health Sciences Section Sponsored Program
Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past
Sponsor: History of the Health Sciences Section
Cosponsors: Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, Corporate Information Services Section, Health Association Libraries Section, Technical Services Section, and Osteopathic Libraries SIG
Monday, May 19, @ 2-3:30, Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower
Description: The time to collect and preserve your archival, historical, and special collections is today. Come learn how libraries and associations have collected, preserved (both physically and digitally), and used their treasures to celebrate the past and prepare for the future. Treasures such as archives and special collections, whether in physical or digital format, can help the library provide information about their institutions’ histories. They are useful in physical and virtual exhibits. They can celebrate events such as 10th, 25th, and 100th anniversaries and begin or end friends and fund-raising campaigns. Rather than waiting for a last minute request, attend this session and start planning for your organization’s future by celebrating its past.

Megan Rosenbloom, University of Southern California, “Branching out of the Rare Book Room: Expanding the Role and Reach of the Health Sciences Special Collections Librarian”

Polina E. Illieva & Karen Butter, University of California, San Francisco, “Preserving the Past for the Future: University of California-San Francisco Library Recipe for Success”

Sarah McCord, Joanne Doucette, Paul Kiritsy, Kathy Krathwohl, & Greg Martin, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, “The New England Prescription Images Database: Building a Strong Foundation for Future Research”

Martha E. Meacham, University of Massachusetts Medical School, “Collaborative Connection to the Past and Future: Introducing an Archival Program and Creating a History and Image Web Exhibit”

Judit Ward and Bill Bejarano, Rutgers University, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Celebrating Seventy-Five Years of Alcohol Studies”

HHSS Business Meeting
History of the Health Sciences Section will hold its business meeting on Tuesday, May 20 from 7:00-9:00 AM in the San Francisco Room, Gold Level, West Tower of the Hyatt Regency. We would love to have you join us. Bring a beverage, and we will have some breakfast items. We look forward to seeing you!

[Thank you to Susan Sanders for providing this information!]

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Highlights from the Educational Media and Technologies Section

From bingo to fitbits, the Educational Media and Technologies Section has you covered with all things active and educational! Here’s a list of our activities at the annual meeting, by date:

Sunday, May 18
EMTS Poster Session (#245)
Stop by and say hello to EMTS members.
3:30 PM – 4:25 PM

Structural Adjustments Changes in Education **featuring the flipped conference format**
More info:
4:30 – 5:55 pm in Room: Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower

Monday, May 19th
Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower

Mobile Devices in Health Sciences Education and Clinical Practice
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus GH, Gold Level, East Tower

M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health
10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower

Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences Education: Scholarship and Publishing
2:00 PM – 3:25 PM Room: Columbus IJ, Gold Level, East Tower

All are welcomed. Join us for section updates and raffles for section membership & FitBits
4:30 PM – 5:55 PM Room: Toronto, Gold Level, West Tower

Tuesday, May 20th
Educational Technology: We Build It—Do They Come?
2:00 – 3:25 Room: Columbus AB, Gold Level, East Tower

Bad Presentation Bingo: the Communication Game You Want to Lose
3:30-4:25 PM Room: Columbus KL, Gold Level, East Tower

Top Technology Trends VII
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Room: Columbus AB/CD, Gold Level, East Tower

[Thanks to Molly Knapp for providing this information!]

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ICS activities at MLA2014 to celebrate ICS 25th Anniversary

By Kathy Kwan

International Cooperation Section Chair 2013-14

25 years ago at the 1989 MLA Annual Meeting in Boston, the MLA Board of Directors approved the formation of the ICS to enable more members to participate in the international cooperation.  See the history of ICS at: and an article which looks back on ICS accomplishments at:

To celebrate the ICS 25th Anniversary, the International Visitors Reception at MLA 2014 will include a special birthday party for ICS.  Please plan to attend this party on Sunday, May 18 from 6-7 pm.

As always, the ICS Section Program will be a highlight of ICS activities at MLA 2014.  This year’s program theme is “M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health” (Monday, May 19, 10:30-11:55am) and we have a fabulous line up of speakers.  The MLA/ICS International Job Exchange Task Force will host an Open Forum (Tuesday, May 20 at 3:30-4:25pm) to promote the program, answer questions, and get feedback.

Also, ICS will participate in the poster section organized by the Section Council (Sunday, May 18, 3:30-4:25pm).  This is the first time that there is a Section Poster session which aims to promote MLA sections.  Please come by the ICS poster to chat with ICS members and learn more about ICS.

Last, but not the least, ICS Dining Circles will bring people interested in international cooperation together over lunches and dinners held during MLA2014.

Below is a summary of ICS activities at MLA2014.  Hope you to see you there!

Date/Time Activity
Sunday, May 18: 8-10 pm

The Purple Pig

Monday, May 19: noon-2pm

The Atwood Cafe

ICS Dining Circles

RSVP: Martha Knuth

Sunday May 187:30-8:55 amRoom:  Toronto, Gold level, West Tower ICS Business Meeting
Sunday, May183:30-4:25 PMRoom:  Columbus Foyer, Gold Level, East Tower ICS Section Poster
Sunday, May 186-7pmRoom: Regency C, Gold Level, West Tower International Visitors Reception-Celebrate ICS 25th Anniversary!
Monday, May 1910:30-11:55 amRoom: Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower ICS Section program –“M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health”
Tuesday, May 203:30-4:25pmRoom: Columbus GH, Gold Level, East Tower Open Forum–“Introducing MLA/ICS International Job Exchange Program”

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Videos now available for Section Program 10 – “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education”

Pre-recorded papers for Section Program 10: Structural Adjustments Changes in Education (MLA’s first flipped conference session) are now available to view in the online conference scheduler.  Getting there is easy, but you must be registered for the conference to see the videos.


1.  Go to

2. Log in with your email & badge number.

3. Navigate to the middle of the page under “Mid-April” & click on the session name “Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education.”

4. You’ll see the list of presentations.

5. Click on one and along the bottom you’ll see a blue “Video” button.

6. Click on the blue “Video” button and a new window will pop up and play the video.

7. Join us Sunday, May 18 from 4:30 – 5:55 pm in Room: Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower to discuss the presentations. Topics include: open access educational resources for allied health, active and team-based learning techniques for evidence based practice instruction, and reflections on flipped information literacy instruction. This session will be a free flowing, multi-room conversation, facilitated by the paper presenters.

(7.5. Tweet us at the hashtag  #mlaflip.)



Submit Your Abstracts Now! MLA 2014 Deadline is November 1

Quick reminder: abstract submissions for MLA 2014 Building Our Information Future are due next week Friday, November 1.

Learn more and send your submission

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