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New MLA Chapter Council Representatives

Posted on | September 2, 2018 | No Comments

Congratulations to Judy Kramer and Bethany Myers, who have been elected as our our new representative and alternate on the Medical Library Association’s Chapter Council

Judy Kraemer, MLA Chapter Council Representative

Judy Kraemer, MLIS, MBA, is the new Medical Librarian at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. She worked as a Medical Librarian, Department Manager, or Library Director at UCI, UCLA, USC, WesternU, City of Hope, First Consulting Group, and Baxter Healthcare. She directed the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center library for nine years. Judy has been a MLGSCA member for years and served as a Joint Meeting Co-chair, Technology Symposium Co-chair, and on various committees including Professional Issues, Government Relations, and ILL EFTS Sub-Committee.

 Bethany Myers, MLA Chapter Council Alternate

Bethany Myers, AHIP is a Research Informationist at the Louise M. Darling Medical Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves as the liaison librarian for various departments and provides training and support for researchers in systematic searching, scholarly communications, and other areas. Bethany has a BA in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida and an MSLIS from Florida State University.

New Articles from Members

Posted on | August 30, 2018 | No Comments

Congratulations to MLGSCA members Kathleen Carlson and Carrie Grinstead!  Both have articles published in the newest issue of:

Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Volume 18, Issue 3, July-September 2018

One Librarian’s Participation in the 19th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL19)

Kathleen Carlson

Pages: 223-232 | DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2018.1471907

ProjectShare: Partnering With Nursing Professionals to Track Local Research

Carrie Grinstead, Sherri Mendelson, Sarah Sumner, Laranda Yarijanian, Holly Matheny, Reese Dillon, Julius Shakari, Julie Russell & Randy Sanoff

Pages: 254-258 | DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2018.1471919

See current table of contents here https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/whos20/18/3

2018 MLGSCA AHIP First Time Applicant Award

Posted on | August 24, 2018 | No Comments

I am pleased to announce the 2018 MLGSCA AHIP First Time Applicant Award goes to Jackie Davis, MLIS, AHIP.Jackie Davis

Jackie is the Consumer Health Librarian at Cushman Wellness Center Community Health Library at Sharp Healthcare.  In addition to earning AHIP Senior certification in 2017, she’s earned certification through MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization Program and Disaster Information Specialist Program, and is an active member of MLA’s Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS).  Jackie was awarded Consumer Health Librarian of the Year in 2013 by CAPHIS and is a regular contributor to their Consumer Connections newsletter.  In 2016, she developed and presented the MLA Webinar, “The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope”.

MLGSCA continues to support professional growth by awarding new AHIP members. Congratulations to Jackie Davis!

Submitted by Danielle Linden, MLIS, AHIP
Chapter liaison to the MLA Credentialing Committee

New Officers for 2018-2019

Posted on | June 11, 2018 | No Comments

Congratulations to our newly elected officers. These are your new officers for the 2018-2019 year. Thank you to all who voted.

Caroline Marshall
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
President MLGSCA

 

Officers

Eliza Cortez, Loma Linda University, President

Eliza is now our President Elect. Kelli Hines, the current President Elect, will take over in 2018 as President.

Bio: Elisa Cortez is Chair of User Services and liaison librarian to the School of Dentistry and the School of Allied Health at Loma Linda University, Del Webb Library. She has been an active member of MLGSCA and MLA, most recently serving as Past-Chair of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Public Services Section and is currently the MLA Allied Representative to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Health Sciences Interest Group. She is active in both MLA and MLGSCA

Hannah Schilperoort, USC, Secretary

Bio: My name is Hannah Schilperoort and I have been working as an Information Services and Nursing Liaison Librarian for Norris Medical Library at University of Southern California since September 2016. Prior to this position, I worked as a solo librarian at Stanbridge University, a small health sciences university in Irvine, CA. I earned a MA in Literature from San Francisco State University in 2010 and a MLIS from San Jose State University in 2015.

I have been an active member of professional organizations since library school, where I served as secretary/archivist for SJSU ALA Student Chapter. I also served on ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). Currently, I am a member of the MLA 2019 National Program Committee and am taking over as treasurer for MLA’s Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) this May.

Sally Harvey, SWNCM, Nominating Committee

Sally Harvey, MLS is the Library Director at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Sally has been a medical librarian since 1992, when she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She went on to work in various medical settings, including hospitals and academic centers. Sally has experience in grant writing, management, serving on Institutional Review Boards and journal column editing. In 2010, Sally co-published a study examining the publication rate of abstracts presented at the Medical Library Association professional conferences. She has been active in professional organizations, both national and local, for her entire career, including serving on the planning committee for 3 Joint Meetings of MLGSCA/NCNMLG and one for MLA.

Andrea Harrow, Good Samaritan, Nominating Committee

Andrea Harrow, MLS, AHIP-D is a solo, Clinical Librarian/Library Manager at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles. She serves her hospital as an expert librarian, providing evidence-based references, resources and training to hospital, medical, teaching staff and patients. Andrea currently serves as Chair of the MLGSCA Professional Issues committee. She has continually served MLGSCA in some capacity as an active committee member or chair since 2006. Andrea is also an active member of the Hospital Libraries Section, Cancer Librarians Section and Solo Librarian Special Interest Group.

MLGSCA 2018 Slate of Officer Candidates

Posted on | April 27, 2018 | No Comments

Hello MLGSCA Members,

Here are the 2018 MLGSCA Officer slate of candidates (see below):

The election will open shortly and run for two weeks. Ballots will be sent out via email from noreply@electionrunner.com on behalf of Bryan Nugent. You will see my name in the “from” field.  Please check your inbox and spam folder over the next few days and contact me directly if you do not receive the email from Election Runner.  It will be sent to the email you provided when renewing your MLGSCA membership.

Thanks,
Bryan Nugent, MSLIS, AHIP
2017-18 MLGSCA Nominating Committee Chair

President

Elisa Cortez – Loma Linda University

Bio: Elisa Cortez is Chair of User Services and liaison librarian to the School of Dentistry and the School of Allied Health at Loma Linda University, Del Webb Library. She has been an active member of MLGSCA and MLA, most recently serving as Past-Chair of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Public Services Section and is currently the MLA Allied Representative to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Health Sciences Interest Group. Her activities with MLA and MLGSCA include:

Medical Library Association (MLA): member 1997- ; Allied Representative to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Health Sciences Interest Group 2009-, Allied Representative to ALA RUSA-STARS (Reference and User Services Association, Section for Transforming Access and Resource Services) 2008-2014. Membership Committee: member 1999-2001.

Section: Dental Section: member 1997-; Educational Media & Technology Section: member 1997-2001; Leadership & Management Section: member 2010-; Public Services Section: Past-Chair 2015-2016, Chair 2014-15, Chair-elect 2013-14, member 2006-.

Chapter: Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA): member 1997-; Past-President, 2013-14; Treasurer, 2011-2013; MLGSCA Chapter Newsletter, co-editor, 2005-07; Western MLA Chapters Annual Meeting, Publicity Committee, 2005-2006; Membership Committee, chair, 1998-2000; MLGSCA/Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCMLG) Joint Meeting Committee, Graphics, chair 1999-2000. Continuing Education/Program Committee: member 1998-1999.

Education: Masters of Information & Library Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Bachelor of Fine Art, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA. ACRL Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL). July 30 – August 4, 2017. Medical Informatics MBL/NLM Course Fellow – Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. Fall 2010.

Statement of Aims: Our Chapter is very special and has a long history of fostering excellence in health sciences librarianship I became a member of MLGSCA early in my career and have served the chapter n many different capacities. I continue to support the chapter because MLGSCA is only as strong as its members. And while we may come from diverse working environments, hospitals, academic medical centers, and other institutions, for me the chapter continues to be a place for building your professional network, growing through the many leadership opportunities within the chapter, and connecting.

I am ready to step up and work towards fostering community within our region and the larger Medical Library Association, combating professional isolation by growing your connections with colleagues, and supporting accessible opportunities for professional development.

Thank you for your consideration..

Carrie Grinstead – Providence Health & Services

Biography

Since 2015, I have worked as a medical librarian for the Los Angeles Region of Providence St. Joseph Health. Working with a library team that is distributed across several states, I provide extensive reference services, typically completing more than five hundred literature searches each year for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. I’m also heavily involved with several nursing research groups, assisting in individual research projects and in building hospital- and regional-level processes for administering nursing research.

I recently became an AHIP member at the Provisional level, and, this summer, I’ll participate in the first MLA Research Training Institute. I plan to use this experience to collaborate with acute care nurses on an original research project involving patient education and consumer health information.

I received my MLIS from the University of British Columbia, where I took classes in health sciences librarianship and medical informatics. I served as Co-President of our Special Libraries Association Student Interest Group and as Communications Secretary for the Canadian Health Libraries Association group. In the summer of 2017, I completed a graduate certificate in clinical informatics through an online program offered by Oregon Health & Sciences University.

I’m passionate about health information and love being part of a great library team at Providence St. Joseph. It brings me great joy to ease clinicians’ access to information that improves patient outcomes, and to support researchers in moving healthcare forward.

Statement of aims

My memberships in MLGSCA and MLA have been huge factors in my professional development, and I’d be excited to serve our organization as President-Elect. My first goal is to follow Kelli Hines’ excellent example of aligning educational opportunities to members’ needs and interests and identifying site sponsors in convenient locations.

I’m also very excited by the 2019 Joint Meeting theme, “Critical health sciences librarianship: examining our role in social justice.” I currently serve as Government Relations Chair for MLGSCA, and I’m constantly looking for ways in which my professional skills can be used to promote better public health and wellbeing. Throughout my year as President-Elect, I want to identify CEs that will help members understand the effects of national issues on health sciences librarianship, and the roles that information professionals can play in promoting fair, respectful policy.

I’ve always appreciated MLGSCA’s role in helping me stay connected to the national organization. I’ll remain an active member of MLA, and I’ll share what I learn at the Research Training Institute through the MLGSCA blog and other channels.

Finally, I’ll promote continued dissemination of our work and experiences. I’m impressed by our members’ records of publication, and I’ll encourage new writers to publish. I also hope to help members find opportunities to publish outside the library literature and promote our profession to medical, nursing, and other groups.

Secretary

Hanna Schilperoort – USC Norris

Bio: My name is Hannah Schilperoort and I have been working as an Information Services and Nursing Liaison Librarian for Norris Medical Library at University of Southern California since September 2016. Prior to this position, I worked as a solo librarian at Stanbridge University, a small health sciences university in Irvine, CA. I earned a MA in Literature from San Francisco State University in 2010 and a MLIS from San Jose State University in 2015.

I have been an active member of professional organizations since library school, where I served as secretary/archivist for SJSU ALA Student Chapter. I also served on ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). Currently, I am a member of the MLA 2019 National Program Committee and am taking over as treasurer for MLA’s Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) this May.

I have been a member of MLGSCA since late 2016. This February 2018, I attended my first Joint Meeting, where I presented a lightning talk and participated in a special session. This was my first Joint Meeting, and it was a fantastic experience. I served as co-chair of the Website/Promotion Committee and felt good about contributing to a successful conference. Helping to plan the Joint Meeting gave me the opportunity to collaborate with and get to know other librarians across the two chapters.

I really enjoy being an active member of MLGSCA and collaborating with others to help create an excellent professional experience for us all. Thank you for considering me for the MLGSCA secretary position.

Angela Murrell – Bastyr University

Angela Murrell is the Senior Librarian and manager of the library at Bastyr University, California campus. In her role, she is responsible for operations of the library and has served on several campus and university wide committees. Previously, she served as the medical librarian for the Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic located at the Scripps Research Institute library for 10 years. Angela has been a member of MLGSCA since 2005 and served on the MLGSCA CE Committee and Connection Committee from 2009 to 2011. Attending the MLGSCA joint meetings have helped her build and maintain connections within southern California, and eventually to her facilitating a local networking group, San Diego Health Science Librarians. Her interests also focus on instruction, and she was Vice-Chair/Chair from 2012-2014 of another southern California group, Lifelong Information Literacy interest (LILi) group, also serving on the By Laws Revision Committee 2012-2013, the Conference Planning committee 2013-2014 and serval other committees in that group. In addition to her professional involvement, Angela has served on her Home Owners Association Board and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of her local School Site Council.

Angela would like the opportunity to give back to the MLGSCA through service as the next Secretary.

Nominating Committee

Sally Harvey – SWNCM

Sally Harvey, MLS is the Library Director at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Sally has been a medical librarian since 1992, when she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She went on to work in various medical settings, including hospitals and academic centers. Sally has experience in grant writing, management, serving on Institutional Review Boards and journal column editing. In 2010, Sally co-published a study examining the publication rate of abstracts presented at the Medical Library Association professional conferences. She has been active in professional organizations, both national and local, for her entire career, including serving on the planning committee for 3 Joint Meetings of MLGSCA/NCNMLG and one for MLA.

Bethany Myers – UCLA

Bethany Myers, AHIP is a Research Informationist at the Louise M. Darling Medical Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves as the liaison librarian for various departments and provides training and support for researchers in systematic searching, scholarly communications, and other areas. Bethany has a BA in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida and an MSLIS from Florida State University.

Andrea Harrow – Good Samaritan Hospital

Andrea Harrow, MLS, AHIP-D is a solo, Clinical Librarian/Library Manager at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles. She serves her hospital as an expert librarian, providing evidence-based references, resources and training to hospital, medical, teaching staff and patients. Andrea currently serves as Chair of the MLGSCA Professional Issues committee. She has continually served MLGSCA in some capacity as an active committee member or chair since 2006. Andrea is also an active member of the Hospital Libraries Section, Cancer Librarians Section and Solo Librarian Special Interest Group.

Mary White – Kaiser Permanente

Mary E. White is a pharmacy librarian at Kaiser Permanente in the Drug Information Services Department. She has been in this role for 15 years. Previously, she worked at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center as well as the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center where she managed the Libraries and the Physician Education Departments. Mary has been an active member of MLGSCA and MLA since 1984. Mary was elected President of MLGSCA, July 2012- June 2014. She served two terms as President due to the President-Elect relocating to the east coast. Mary also served in the Past-President role in 2014-2015 and Chair of the Nominating Committee 2014-2015. In addition, Mary was Chair of the MLGSCA Government/Bylaws Committee 2009-2011. Mary has presented posters at both MLGSCA and MLA, most recently at the 2014 MLA meeting in Chicago. Mary graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s of Library Science and holds a Bachelor’s degree in history.

Judy Kraemer – Dignity Health

Judy Kraemer, MLIS, MBA, is the new Medical Librarian at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. She worked as a Medical Librarian, Department Manager, or Library Director at UCI, UCLA, USC, WesternU, City of Hope, First Consulting Group, and Baxter Healthcare. She directed the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center library for nine years. Judy has been a MLGSCA member for years and served as a Joint Meeting Co-chair, Technology Symposium Co-chair, and on various committees including Professional Issues, Government Relations, and ILL EFTS Sub-Committee. She would like to serve MLGSCA again.

Medical Library Association calls for nomination for the 2019 Janet Doe Lectureship

Posted on | July 31, 2017 | No Comments

Medical Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2019 Doe Lectureship in August 2017. Nominations are due by November 1, 2017.

Call for Nominations for the 2019 Janet Doe Lectureship

The Janet Doe Lectureship is a unique award, offering both significant recognition and the opportunity to present a major plenary session lecture at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association. “The Janet Doe Lecturer is an individual chosen annually by the Medical Library Association for his or her unique perspective on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship.”

Nominations for the 2019 Doe Lectureship, to be delivered during the MLA annual meeting in Chicago, IL, will be accepted starting in August 2017.

Nominations are due to the MLA Headquarters by November 1, 2017, and should be submitted by members of the Association. Self-nominations are accepted. General information, criteria, and the nomination form can be found at the following link: http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=243.

For more information, please contact the Doe Jury Chair, Elizabeth Hinton (ehinton@umc.edu).

2017-2018 Janet Doe Lectureship Jury:

  • Elizabeth Hinton, Chair: University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Dede Rios: University of Incarnate Word
  • Ellen Rothbaum: North Shore University Hospital
  • Chris Shaffer: Oregon Health & Science University
  • Linda Walton: University of Iowa Libraries
  • Maria Lopez: MLA Staff Liaison

MLGSCA & NCNMLG Joint Meeting 2018 is Calling for Abstracts; Papers, Lightening Talks, and Posters Welcome

Posted on | July 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Planning Committee announced a call for abstracts for the upcoming MLGSCA & NCNMLG Joint Meeting 2018. Papers, lightening talks, and posters are welcome. The 2018 Joint Meeting will take place in Scottsdale, AZ, for four days, from January 21 to January 24, 2018. Abstract submission deadline is November 1, 2017.

The 2018 MLGSCA & NCNMLG Joint Chapter Meeting Planning Committee is soliciting submissions for contributed papers, lightening talks, and posters for the upcoming meeting: Crossing the Canyon: Bridging Divides and Navigating Waters, January 21 – 24, 2018, in Scottsdale, AZ.

We want to hear from you! Papers, lightening talks, and posters may describe any research or practice of interest to the medical library community.

Presenters should be prepared to speak between 12-15 minutes. Lightening talks are limited to five minutes, and serve as a way to participate in the conference in a less formal manner than a contributed paper.

Note: Contributed papers are oral presentations; a complete text of the paper is not required.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 1, 2017

You will hear back from us before the early registration deadline on November 15.

For POSTERS:

  • Submit a copy of an abstract (approximately 250-300 words) describing the poster.
  • Please list all presenters and institutional affiliations.
  • Please let us know if you need a table.
  • Maximum poster size 42” high by 60” wide.
  • Please place “POSTER PROPOSAL” in the subject line of your message and email to Hella Bluhm-Stieber, Poster Session Chair, Janene Wandersee, and Carmen Huddleston:

    Hella Bluhm-Stieber
    hella.bluhm-stieber@hhs.sccgov.org
    408-885-5654

    Janene Wandersee
    janene.wandersee@bannerhealth.com
    602-839-5761

    Carmen Huddleston
    chuddleston@stanfordhealthcare.org
    650-723-9933

For PAPERS:

  • Submit two copies of your abstract (250 words maximum), which accurately conveys the subject of the paper, its scope, conclusions, and relevance to medical libraries. The first copy should list all authors, institutional affiliations, and email and phone number of primary contact. The second copy will be used in a blind review process and should not include any information identifying authors or institutions.
  • Please place “CONTRIBUTED PAPER PROPOSAL” in the subject line of your message and email to Caroline Marshall and David Bickford, Programming Committee chairs:

    Caroline Marshall
    caroline.marshall@cshs.org
    310-423-2315

    Bickford, David L – (dbickford)
    dbickford@email.arizona.edu
    602-827-2407

For LIGHTENING TALKS:

  • To propose a Lightning Talk, submit two copies of the description of your topic (approximately 100 words), which convey the subject of the talk, its scope, conclusions, and relevance to medical libraries. The first copy should list all authors, institutional affiliations, and email and phone number of primary contact. The second copy will be used in a blind review process and should not include any information identifying authors or institutions.
  • Please place “CONTRIBUTED LIGHTENING TALK” in the subject line of your message and email to Caroline Marshall, Programming Committee chair:

    Caroline Marshall
    caroline.marshall@cshs.org
    310-423-2315

    Bickford, David L – (dbickford)
    dbickford@email.arizona.edu
    602-827-2407

See you in Scottsdale!

Visit http://mlgsca.mlanet.org/joint2018/ to learn more.

Message from President-Elect Kelli Hines: Please Take Survey for Creation of CE Courses and Webinars

Posted on | July 14, 2017 | No Comments

Below is a message from MLGSCA President-Elect Kelli Hines:

Dear MLGSCA members,

Greetings from your new President-Elect! One of my duties is to coordinate continuing education (CE) opportunities for our chapter. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts in the following survey:

https://westernu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6tzaeauREzhwitn

Thank you in advance for your time. Your feedback will help us create CE courses and webinars that will be valuable to you in your professional development.

Sincerely,

Kelli Hines
MLGSCA President-Elect

Ivan Portillo of Marshall B. Ketchum University and Melissa Johnson of Northern Arizona University are the 2017 MLGSCA First Time AHIP Awardees

Posted on | June 30, 2017 | No Comments

On June 29, 2017, Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP, Chapter Liaison to the MLA Credentialing Committee, announced Ivan Portillo of Marshall B. Ketchum University and Melissa Johnson of Northern Arizona Unversity (NAU) Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library as the 2017 MLGSCA First Time AHIP Awardees. Below was Carlson’s announcement:

2017 MLGSCA AHIP Award Announcement 2017 MLGSCA AHIP Award Announcement

Ivan Portillo

Ivan Portillo

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson


To learn more about the MLGSCA First Time AHIP Award, visit http://mlgsca.mlanet.org/beta/index.php/awards/professional-development-award

Librarian Participation in Biomedical Informatics Education and Practice

Posted on | June 23, 2017 | No Comments

Check out Kathleen Carlson’s article “Librarian Participation in Biomedical Informatics Education and Practice”, published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship. The article discusses experiences with the biomedical informatics program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Congratulations Kathleen!

MLGSCA is Still Active and Continues to Keep You Informed

Posted on | June 22, 2017 | No Comments

You must be wondering how much MLGSCA has changed. We have been occasionally updating you with the information we have through our website and our social media platforms. The most recent updates included:

More changes and updates to come:

Thank you for your patience.

MLA Annual Meeting Report from Carrie Grinstead

Posted on | June 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

Carrie Grinstead

Carrie Grinstead

My first MLA meeting was an amazing experience. At the New Members/First-Time Attendees Breakfast on Sunday morning, MJ Tooey presented the Medical Library Association as the “professional home” for health science librarians. The meeting absolutely helped me feel more at home in MLA, and it increased my love for the medical library profession.
The First-Time Attendees Breakfast included a speed-dating session, in which we had three-minute conversations. I got to reconnect with librarians I met at MLGSCA last year and to meet librarians from all over the country. In my work with Providence Health & Services, I’m part of a team that is distributed across four states; since I work alone most of the time, it was invigorating to connect face-to-face with fellow health science library professionals.
Teresa L. Knott’s Presidential Address made me proud to be a member of MLA. I was especially happy to hear her report on advocacy efforts at the national level, including a trip to Washington, DC in April to advocate for continued funding for the Institute of Museum & Library Services.
The plenary sessions were extraordinary. Julie Angus has made it her life’s work to use expeditions as analogies for big projects in life. I would never have thought analogies could be drawn between library work and rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, but the lessons Ms. Angus presented can definitely be applied to any challenge. Perhaps most important was her recognition that change can be hard to deal with, and it is in our nature to seek stability. However, learning how to embrace opportunities is crucial for our success and happiness. Julia F. Sollenberger used concepts from the biopsychosocial model of health and disease to deliver a moving message about compassion and kindness. Her words were especially welcome given the contentious political climate in this country.
I hope to incorporate outreach to patients and consumers into my professional work. The chapter roundtable lunch on consumer health gave me great ideas for doing this, as did a session on the Engage for Health program.
I attended several exciting lightning talks, including a report on a project to harvest and organize CDS content following a migration from a home-grown EHR to Epic. I’m about to finish a graduate certificate in clinical informatics, and so I loved hearing about librarians applying their skills to clinical systems. I also got to learn about informatics projects through poster sessions, and I particularly liked reading about a project involving embedding evidence into clinical order sets. Other lightning talks and posters exposed me to practice areas in which I don’t have much experience, such as contract negotiation.
In addition to the packed programming, the meeting gave me a chance to meet three of the other librarians on my team at Providence for the first time, touch base with supervisors from positions I held as a student, and start new friendships. It was an extremely busy and fulfilling weekend, and I’m excited to engage more with MLA through MEDLIB-ED courses, section and chapter memberships, and future national meetings.

 

-by Carrie Grinstead

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