So long, and thanks…

It was great!  Now it’s over.  We’ll leave the blog up, but this is our final posting.

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See you next year!


Brace for Impact!

Measuring your impact continuing education courseimpactimpact2, Ruth Holst & Jacqueline Lescovec, instructors


All a-twitter

Max Anderson presenting “Geeks Bearing Gifts”


Workshop attendees tweet some  Twitter, examine Facebook’s security features, write and edit sample wiki pages, and create podcasts.


Wednesday Morning

One would think all we do is eat…break3



We’re off

Conference activities began this morning with our two continuing education sessions, Geeks bearing gifts and Measuring your impact. breakfast1


Exhibitor: EOS International

EOS International will be exhibiting at the MHSLA conference. Josh Rosenthal, Account Manager, will be there to greet MHSLA members, and demonstrate EOS products. To learn more about their products and services, please visit http://www.eosintl.com.


Poster abstracts

Poster presentations
1-2 pm in the Exhibit Hall
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Harness  the Power of Google
Mark MacEachern, MLIS, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, AMLS, Merle Rosenzweig, AMLS; University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries

Do you know everything Google can do for you?  Not only does Google help find precise citations and fast answers to trivial questions, but it also acts as a powerful tool in supporting medical research and clinical practice.  Google Scholar, which indexes scholarly literature, is an excellent source of full-text, peer-reviewed articles, and interfaces well with EndNote and other bibliographic software. Google Reader, which uses Real Simple Syndication (RSS) to bring updated web content to one place, allows researchers to stay up-to-date with the developments in their field relatively effortlessly. With Google Docs, researchers can easily share and collaborate on a web-based word processing spreadsheet and/or presentation document without having to rely on email as a primary means of communication.  Google also indexes and provides full-text, searchable access to digitized public literary content and library texts in the public domain, as well as varying degrees of access to copyrighted material.  In addition, Google provides online mail and backup options, corrects spelling errors, offers spelling suggestions, supports many online mapping applications, and functions as both a calculator and dictionary.  The most impressive part of Google, besides its intuitive user-interface, is that it frequently produces and promotes new directions, new ideas, and, ultimately, new applications.


Medical Library at a Distance:  Collaborating with a medical school in opening expansion sites.
Abraham Wheeler, MLIS; Susan Kendall, Ph.D., MS(LIS); Michigan State University Libraries 


The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) opened two new expansion sites for medical education in the summer of 2009 at the Detroit Medical Center and in Macomb County at the Macomb University Center.  While the College faced the challenge of how to provide medical education to a class of students located at three different sites, including East Lansing, the MSU Libraries faced the challenge of how to provide quality library resources and services to the expansion sites while the physical library and librarians remained located in East Lansing.  The first step was educating COM administrators involved in the expansion about the libraries and why we should be involved in the planning of the new sites. After this it was important to be proactive to remain relevant as the planning progressed.


The MSU Libraries is using several strategies to ensure that students at the remote sites are aware of their access to similar resources and services as students in East Lansing, including developing and promoting a digital library portal, focusing on electronic resource acquisition, and working with staff at on-site learning resource centers to make students aware of what is available.    We found it important to build and strengthen ties with the  libraries of other institutions that were physically more convenient to the students, and we created a system to allow for book delivery and interlibrary loans to the sites.  Now that there are students at the sites, we continue to collaborate with the college to find the best solutions to offering distance services using course management software like Angel, LibGuides, and  newer online communications methods.  Lessons learned about collaboration with a medical school and planning for providing library services and resources at a distance will be highlighted.  



MHSLA: LOL the Power of Laughter
Maureen Watson,  MS, AHIP; MHSLA Archivist, Optometry Librarian, Ferris State University

Featuring humorous moments in MHSLA meetings from 1998-2008.


The NLM Duplicates Program: Free Books for MHSLA Members
Heidi Schroeder, MLIS, Michigan State University Libraries

For the last couple of years, MHSLA has participated in the National Library of Medicine’s Duplicate Books Program. The MHSLA Resource Sharing Committee receives these books directly from NLM and distributes them to MHSLA members for free. This poster describes MHSLA’s involvement with the NLM Duplicates Program and the procedures involved for the Resource Sharing Committee. It also provides an analysis of the last four shipments of NLM duplicate books that have gone out to MHSLA Members.

Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group
Jennifer Bowen, MLIS, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

The Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group (MDMLG) can trace its roots to the Biological Sciences Group established by the Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association in 1946.  During the 1960’s, several plans came into fruition including the production of a serial locator tool, the creation of a union catalog of monographs, and the establishment of an active interlibrary loan network.  The group began the process of formal organization and chose its current name in 1970.

Members include professionals, paraprofessionals, and students who are interested in biomedical libraries. The current membership represents hospital, academic, and special libraries from Southeastern Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

Today, MDMLG serves as a communication mechanism for its members by providing an opportunity to study common problems, work on joint projects, and enhance the quality of service in biomedical libraries.

This poster highlights some of the continuing educational opportunities offered to MDMLG members, member achievements, and general information about the benefits of membership with MDMLG.

Power Up Citation Management: Which One Is Best at What?
Carole Gall, MLS, AHIP, Indiana University School of Medicine Libraries

Is EndNote worth the learning curve? EndNote’s Cite While You Write is the gold standard. PubMed has no “direct export” to EndNote, Reference Manager, and RefWorks, but Zotero captures PubMed references simply and easily. Don’t all citation managers have a learning curve? “Zotero is so intuitive”—maybe, if you do music play lists. Do CiteULike, Delicious.com, and CiteMe by OCLC in Facebook manage citations? What do you mean by saying “Do your research in the native databases? I just use EndNote.”

 Harness the energy of reference systems best for an information format (book, journal article, and web), and on-the-spot convenience. Health science librarians can feel the power and turn up the heat on citation management to knowledge management.

Reading Advocacy in a Children’s Hospital
Patricia C. Supnick, MLIS, Phyllis Ann Colburn Memorial Library, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

The Phyllis Ann and Leslie E. Colburn Family Library has had a summer reading program for the last four years.  It is done to encourage reading, library usage and to give the children activities to fill up their days at the hospital.  Many of the children are reluctant readers. Children included in the program are inpatients and their siblings, ages five and up. The program is designed so a child can complete it within a three to four day hospital visit.  Each year the summer reading program, coordinating with the Detroit Public Library, has the same theme as Michigan public libraries. Starter bags, containing two books (titles that appeal to reluctant readers), puzzles and a craft are handed out to each child. There are weekly activities involving staff and volunteers within the hospital.  Some of the activities this year included visits from Denise Brennan-Nelson, author of Willow, and Robin Moore, author of Mama Got Rhythm and Daddy’s Got Rhyme. Also, staff and volunteers presented a play based upon Melinda Long’s book How I Became a Pirate for a group of patients and their siblings.  Children are acknowledged for completing each level of the program by putting their first names on display in the library. They also receive prizes. In addition, children that have completed the program are given Detroit Tiger tickets as incentive.  In the last four years, we have encouraged over 350 children to read.

Conference Photos

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