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President’s Message

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Conference 2010: Overview of Evaluation Results

Thank you to members who turned in their post-meeting evaluations for the 2010 conference!  Your opinion counts!

Rather than giving out all the data collected from the evaluations, this article summarizes general rankings of events at the conference. The majority of attendees ranked the 2010 conference excellent, overall. The Conference Facilities ranked the highest on the evaluations followed by hotel accommodations and food. Nancy’s Reception which gives attendees the opportunity to network and enjoy good food scored excellent in overall rankings. The keynote speaker was high on the majority’s list of valued events with mixed value for other programming where scores were split between good and excellent. The vendors, poster sessions, and NLM update followed programming with lower scores. There was an even split of lower scores between the business meeting and the roundtables with the roundtables ranking the lowest of all the events. For the CE offerings, Building an Electronic Collection was the favorite, followed by PubMed for Experts and Knowledge Sharing. The tours and Health Issues CE were least favored.

The added comments below are a summary from attendees written comments. The majority of attendees were repeat attendees who had attended an HSLI conferences 5 times or more over the last 20 or so years. Only 5 were newbie’s. Attendees decided to attend the HSLI conference overall because of CE and location. While networking and professional participation were valued, surprisingly cost was low as a deciding factor in attendance. When asked what they like best about the conference, attendees ranked CE and speakers second to location, food, and facilities. Suggested changes included expanding vision for continuing education with more nationally known instructors and more time between events. Facilities and tours were identified as areas for upgrading to include more comfort and better organization.

In general, the majority of attendees valued the conference and plan on participating next year. Suggestions for future conferences will help with planning an even better experience for next year’s planning committee.

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Erin Moore, M.A.,M.S.,M.L.I.S.,is an Information Specialist at the Center for Health Sciences Education, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. She is one of the three winners of the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship for 2010.

 


My very first Health Science Librarians of Illinois annual conference began like this. After I sat down with a fresh cup of coffee and flipped open my laptop, I discovered those little slivers of grey cat fur stuck to the keyboard cover of my MacBook. I, Erin Moore Waterman, clad in a shawl and needing only bifocals and a bun to complete the look, was at that very moment a librarian through and through– at least in terms of appearances. I planned whole-heartedly on living up to the “soft-spoken bookworm-turned party-animal”stereotype that has been both the downfall and saving grace of all librarians.

 

The presenter ushering us into the classroom for my first continuing education class didn’t look like a “typical” librarian; but we librarians are not easily reduced to shushing stereotypes. Maybe it’s my poor posture, but Lori Zipperer seemed to tower before me as she discussed her work as a cybrarian. I began to forget about that PubMed for Experts session I was unable to enroll in due to my incorrigible procrastination and the 20-person class limit. Knowledge Sharing, as it turned out, was shaping up to be an intriguing session. I pulled the pashmina shawl tightly around my shoulders and untwisted a grape Jolly-Rancher.

 

In no time, we were chatting with our cohorts. Our task-at-hand was to discuss a time when we shared information that impacted someone in a positive way. In a matter of minutes, I learned about the work my colleague does to help nurses frame clinical inquiries and organize their research. Unbeknownst to me, the bubbly librarian before me with a knack for impromptu troubleshooting would take me under her wing for the remainder of the conference. We introduced each other to the class and then listened as our colleagues followed suit. The clever ice-breaking activity was designed to tease out our understanding of “knowledge sharing” — a concept that proved to be complex and difficult to define.

 

Yet not impossible to define. I discovered that what I consider to be “knowledge sharing” is often no more than a one-sided attempt to “collaborate.”Don’t get me wrong — many of us have forged meaningful relationships with the health professionals we serve. For example, one librarian discussed how she routinely participates in rounds with nurses– something I cannot say I’ve done. Another librarian is active in physicians’ staff meetings, embedded in the community she serves. We librarians have a profoundly mercurial ability to take on diverse roles, to place ourselves in another’s position and see first-hand how health professionals work on a day-to-day basis. But how often do we take or create opportunities to do so? Many of our attempts to “collaborate”are, in reality, beggings or pleadings to be utilized and valued on our own terms. If our greatest strengths lie less in organizing and retrieving information and more in forging human relationships, there leaves much to be desired. Let me speak for myself here: I have lots of work to do.

 

Perhaps our ideas about “knowledge sharing” have changed (or degenerated) over time and ironically within the presence of social networking tools designed to enable the “sharing”of information. That link I shared on FaceBook today? The bookmark I saved to my Delicious account? Could the mere act of linking to an article be considered “sharing?”Did this “sharing”help anyone in a meaningful way? I’m inclined to think that randomly sharing links (similar to “finding articles”) is a less effective way to help someone fulfill a need for information. As I now understand it, a better, stronger kind of “knowledge sharing” is enriched by a profound, mutual understanding of one another’s work.

 

My neighbor laughed as I pitched another Jolly Rancher wrapper onto the growing mountain before me. My teeth were covered in a thin film of sugar and coffee, and the caffeine was definitely wearing off. I clicked and clacked away on my keyboard, noting the questions that arose during our discussion:
How can we contribute to practice & care?
How can we create open environments for sharing?
How can we support the needs of patients?
What does hierarchy look like in an organization?

 

Through a discursive process of questioning, discussing, and sharing stories that would illustrate how librarians went beyond their call of duty–for the good of the organization and for the profession at large–we began to answer these complex questions. Zipperer kept bringing us back full circle: it wasn’t about helping people find things or information so much as it is about helping people find people. Knowledge Sharing is about people– not things. The very phrase itself, “knowledge sharing,”sounds clinical, empty. Information, void of human interaction, is empty. It’s one thing to explode Mesh Heading for “surgery”to include its additional entry terms (operative therapy, operative procedures, invasive procedures, etc.); but it’s another thing entirely to converse with a nurse about his or her first-hand experience with witnessing family-presence during the resuscitation of a loved one in the Emergency Room.

 

The Knowledge Sharing presentation really got me thinking about the kind of work I do and the kind of work I could be doing. I need to go beyond what I already do– does that make sense? Now maybe all this philosophical, idealistic stuff doesn’t belong in this article; but I’m leaving it in: we should be able to envision and strive for something better than what we currently have.

 

We librarians are often vocal about our resourcefulness, at least when it comes to proving our worth to outsiders. I myself have taken much pleasure in identifying myself with the ranks of misunderstood, super-savvy librarians who would bend over backwards for little pay to connect patrons with the information they need– and out of the goodness of our hearts, no less. I am proud of this profession and the hard-working, compassionate people I have met who do go the extra mile to track down a rare document only 2 libraries own. I became a librarian not because I had positive interactions with information but instead because I had positive interactions with librarians. So here’s a question I’ve pondered: If we’re so resourceful and heroic (librarian by day, batgirl by night), why doesn’t the general public’s understanding of librarianship reflect our self-appointed awesomeness? Why is it still largely a secret that we’re so freakin’ amazing?

 

By the time Zipperer’s session concluded at noon, I was out of coffee and only two Jolly Ranchers remained in the little glass jar on the desk. I left the session feeling energized and headed over to the small lobby where I reconvened with newfound friends. We were thrilled the breakfast foods from earlier were still out for consumption, and I happily gobbled down a few french toast sticks, pastries, and juicy pieces of cantaloupe. I’ve gotta say, those conference planners sure had their priorities in order: I didn’t go hungry at the conference, and that’s an understatement. With coffee and foodstuffs aplenty, I was akin to Templeton, the scavenging rat from Charlotte’s Web with a penchant for smorgasbords. Yep, I really did just compare myself to Templeton the Rat. To follow this thread through to its logical end, the HSLI conference would then be the smorgasbord, smorgasbord, smorgasbord.

 

For lunch I feasted on sandwiches, soups, and deserts. There were salads, steamed vegetables, hummus, fruit, and popsicles. The lunch-hour buzzed with laughter and conversation about cats, math, knitting, beading, and dogs. Libraries came up in conversation, too, of course. And so did cheesecake. And tiramisu. Once all of the blood rushed toward my stomach to aid in digesting the huge pile of food I had ingested, I filled up on coffee and strolled lazily to the second continuing education of the day. I joked that my new cohorts would have to roll me back to the classroom.

 

If there is one thing you should not do at a conference, it is this: do not, for the love of Pete, expect to fend off food-coma after devouring not one–but two–giant slices of buttery, sugary deliciousness dusted with powdered sugar and smothered in strawberry (or was it raspberry?) sauce– all of this on top of beastly portions of meats, cheeses, and stews. At one time in my life, I had reserved unbuttoning my fly for Thanksgiving.

 

I felt sympathetic for Samanthi Hewakapuge, who graciously welcomed us to her session, my second continuing education class of the afternoon. Being the two-o’ clock presenter is always a challenge after your typically apt pupils return to the classroom with heavy eyelids and a craving for caffeine.

 

I’m grateful that Health News in the Headlines was a very interactive and hands-on session. Hewakapuge inspired us to think about the representation of medical studies in the popular media. I appreciated being able to physically investigate a medical study and its correlating press release in a popular news magazine. I would have never thought to ask: “who is paying for the study?”As librarians, we are prone to discussing bias in research. We even teach people how to evaluate information; yet I have often failed to ask those simple yet crucial questions.

 

The “fake”health journals debacle comes to mind here: heavyweight Elsevier provided access to some six “journals”sponsored by a pharmaceutical company that cast a favorable light on findings that favored the drug “Vioxx.” Talk about bias. In this case, the question of “who is paying for the study?” was especially pertinent. The lesson I took away was this: health information is a commodity. Pharmaceutical companies may have our health and wellness in mind, but that’s probably not the only thing. If you want to read a story about the whole fiasco, try this link:

http://www.the-scientist.com/templates/trackable/display/blog.jsp?type=blog&o_url=blog/display/55671&id=55671

 

Until Hewakapuge’s presentation, I had never looked closely at the relationship between celebrity and illness. I had never considered how illness could bring widespread awareness to an individual. To test our knowledge of popular culture, Hewakapuge had us complete an interesting matching activity. Having completed the activity quickly, the librarians around me required very little time and effort to match a celebrity with his or her disease. The message was clear: celebrity status popularizes disease and illness and brings awareness to the public.

 

I had about an hour or so between the end of Health Issues in the Headlines and Nancy’s Reception to catch a nap before the poster sessions and festivities began at 6:00. Around 6:30 or so, I strolled down to the reception and made my way around the room to have a look at the poster presentations. Again, the concept of collaboration and forming partnerships came up throughout the night as I chatted with some of the presenters. I was happy to see some familiar faces hovering near the compact-shelving presentation table. I squinted and puzzled and finally recognized the faces from the March 2010 IACRL conference in Springfield, Illinois.

 

Nancy’s Reception was a wonderful blend of information, entertainment, and of course: food. I enjoyed the database demonstrations and the compact-shelving slideshow. Really, who knew compact-shelves could be so much fun? During much of the reception, I maintained a familiar state of food-coma that characterized much of my conference experience up until that point. And the balloon-animal centerpieces and little boxes of animal crackers? Loved ’em! The conference planners added little touches like these to really create a fun and memorable environment.

 

Remember those neat conference tote-bags we received during registration?: that’s what I’m talking about! I was so excited about receiving my very own copy of Amy Glenn Vega’s novella and– wait for it– a Rubik’s Cube! For those of you who did not receive one of a limited number of nostalgia-inducing cubes, I apologize for my annoying enthusiasm; it was just too fun. I’m used to the strictly practical conference swag– like those keychain hand-sanitizers and plastic coffee mugs. So not the case in Lisle, IL at the Health Science Librarians of Illinois conference.
Update on the Rubik’s Cube: my husband loves it! It is a permanent fixture on our living-room coffee table and has occupied countless early-morning hours.

 

And then there was the Raffle– an event unto itself. Why on earth would I want an iPod touch when I could have my very own copy of Illinois Governors at Home: 1855-2003? Yep, folks, I am now the proud owner of the greatest of all prizes raffled off at the conference. And better still: the highly coveted masterpiece being showcased on my home bookcase is a one-of-kind edition that was actually signed (at the conference, mind you!) by someone who actually shook the hand of Rod Blagojevich himself. That’s right, –the night couldn’t have gotten any better. Perhaps one more slice of cheesecake could have improved my beyond-elated state; yet it’s possible more sugar and cream and butter may have pushed me over the edge. Why mess with a good thing?

 

After carousing with a few conference-goers (you know who you are), I sipped the remaining red liquid from my goblet and decided I had better retire to my cozy, hotel bed and call my hubby. It was probably around 10 p.m. or just a bit after, and I had about an hour to flip through the channels and find something interesting to fall asleep to. I settled on Russian news delivered in English and then ended up watching these short cooking videos on YouTube that are supposed to teach you how to cook Russian cuisine while also teaching you how to speak Russian. I am convinced that the part of my brain that is responsible for learning other languages is blocked or simply switched off. I slipped into sleeptown and dreamt of a cornucopia of breakfast foods and the divine aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans looming in the not-so-distant future.

 

The final act of the conference, the keynote address of Ms. Amy Glenn Vega, author of Lions, Tigers, & Nurses: A Nursing Novella about Lateral Violence was doubtless the highlight of the conference. Vega took to the podium that Friday morning with ease and conveyed her enthusiasm about accepting the invitation to speak at the HSLI 2010 conference. I think what was so magical about her, and what made her talk especially perfect for the conference, is that she has an interactive approach and invites audience participation in a way that makes her a unique and exciting presenter. One could tell she really wanted to connect with us and to hear what we had to say. Of course, we were more interested in learning about what she had to share with us.

Immediately, we were asked to chat with our neighbor and talk about the strangest or most bizarre job we had ever had. It didn’t take long before laughter erupted into the atmosphere. Heads flew black and smiles were painted on all of our faces as we discussed some of the more peculiar work we had done — prior to becoming health science librarians, of course.

 

I know we all had moments that stuck out most for us during Ms. Vega’s presentation, but I have no doubt that we were moved, some of us to tears, when she shared her story about how she got into the field of working with nurses. We sometimes stumble upon something serendipitously– by chance–but that stumbling, I’m convinced, is not without a tinge of destiny. The slideshow that introduced us to the young girl who Vega essentially saved under very unique circumstances proved to be an inspiring illustration of the power of partnerships and of language. That Vega approached the little girl pinned beneath the van and could communicate with her in her native Spanish is nothing short of a miracle (in Spanish, the word for miracle is milagro). Especially in the world of health and medicine, we hope for miracles and sometimes witness them. Maybe they’re more common then we think. The keynote speaker even stuck around after her presentation to autograph our copies of Lions, Tigers, and Nurses.

Until this past week, I had never attended a Health Science Librarians of Illinois annual conference. To be completely honest, I half-expected to come away with a laundry-list of new best-practices and notes and doodles scribbled or typed out of boredom. I expected power-point presentations full of graphs & charts but lacking in heart & soul–the very thing that drew me to this profession in the first place. On the contrary, this year’s annual Health Science Librarians of Illinois conference, entitled Building Partnerships, was packed full of heart, soul, and quality information. This year’s annual conference, held at the Wyndham hotel, was fun, practical, and most of all: inspiring.

 

Since returning to work after the Health Science Librarians of Illinois, I am feeling energized. Just the other day, as I was walking back to the Resource Room (library) that doubles as my “office,”I happened to bump into a nursing faculty member who oversees the simulation lab in the building. The simulation lab has a “control”room with audio and visual equipment for observing and monitoring patient-care simulations. I signaled that I was interested in seeing her demonstrate the simulators one day so I could be better informed. “You’re just in luck,”she said. “The students are running a simulation right now.” She invited me in to the control room and opened the door.

 

As I stood in the control room watching the nursing faculty interact with the future nurses, I was excited to witness a day-in-the-life of the nursing student. I watched as small groups gathered around their manikin patient and deliberated on the course of action. One faculty member, animating the manikin, coughed and said groggily into a microphone: “I feel so siiiick. I think I’m going to pass out!” I could hear female voices asking: do we elevate him? Do we lay him down? The students standing next to me in the control room observed their peers. Other students took notes and pondered.

 

This one experience has already enriched my relationships with students and faculty and likely endears me to students and faculty as well: they can see that I’m trying to take an interest in what they’re doing. What is even more humbling is the great possibility that these students I serve, many of whom will find work in a local hospital or clinic, will one day care for me or a loved one; so taking an interest in their preparation and contributing to patient care by supporting them becomes my job. It’s the least I could do.

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Clare Bonnema, M.L.I.S. is a medical librarian at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois and one of the three winners of the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship in 2010.


Bonnema, Clare

Before describing a few of the highlights of this year’s HSLI Conference in Lisle, Illinois , I need to express my sincere thanks to the committee for their generosity in granting me a Syed Maghrabi Scholarship. Attending the conference without worrying about straining my library’s travel budget was so appreciated!

Having attended previous conferences, I knew that the HSLI Conference provides an invaluable opportunity for education in the medical library field and an excellent avenue for meeting and networking with other medical librarians. This year’s conference was no exception. In the spirit of the conference theme, “Building Partnerships: Pathways to Library Opportunities,” I’d like to share some of the insights I gained regarding sharing, partnering, and connecting with others in my organization and outside of it.

The first session I attended, “Knowledge Sharing” with Lorri Zipperer, was all about sharing and partnering and was a great way to begin the conference. She got us excited about creatively applying the skills we as librarians have to offer, beyond finding articles and books, to other areas of our organization. Besides making the medical librarian role more valuable (and therefore less likely to get cut in the next financial downturn), she encouraged us to use the skills and knowledge we have to improve the care our facilities provide, even involving patients and the wider community in our efforts.

Ms. Zipperer recognized the barriers we all face in our organizations in making these partnerships, but emphasized that we can’t dwell on the negative. Instead of viewing barriers as insurmountable obstacles, we need to realize many of the skills librarians already possess can be used to overcome opposition and achieve our goals. This will take a lot of energy and motivation but the session helped me see my role as one that could potentially impact my organization in a much wider and deeper way than I had previously thought possible. I can’t wait to start on the reading list Ms. Zipperer provided!

The poster session and Nancy ’s Reception Thursday evening offered another opportunity for sharing – networking with other medical librarians informally, asking questions of those who had posters displayed, and meeting with vendors. Particularly interesting to me was a poster on the work Lisa Jacob and Kathryn Smart did at Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Lisa, the manager of the Advocate Library Network partnered with Kathryn, a health educator at the Health Resource Center . Together they connected with a long list of organizations in order to reach high school students and actually improve the students’ use of the Internet as a resource for reliable health information; I was amazed at what they accomplished!

Connecting with other conference attendees at Friday morning’s roundtables was also a valuable experience in sharing. I learned about how to connect with the hospital nursing staff – providing the information they need and learning how to better serve them, especially in regards to helping them search for and analyze evidence-based medical research. I discussed reaching out to administrators at another roundtable where we shared strategies on increasing and expressing our value to those to whom we report.

Lastly, the keynote presentation on using stories to build and strengthen partnerships was both inspiring and practical. Inspiring because of the encouragement Amy Glenn Vega, the keynote speaker, gave: we do indeed have an affect on those around us and our work makes a difference. That is a fact that is not disputed. What we need to do now is to tell others, and how we do this is key (the practical part). We need to connect to emotions because that is how people remember. To connect to emotions, we need to tell stories. Instead of bombarding our bosses with a year’s worth of statistics on library use, sharing one story of how our knowledge helped ease a patient’s fears about a recent diagnosis or of how our skills led to a physician to a research article resulting in successful treatment of his patient will be so much more effective. And I look forward to reading Ms. Vega’s book included in our conference materials and sharing it with our nursing staff!

Once again, the HSLI Conference provided not only information, but also inspiration to connect with others, get outside the library, and make a difference. I’m so grateful for the scholarship and look forward to the 2011 Conference!

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Syed Maghrabi Scholarship 2010: Conference Report from Karly Vesely, M.L.I.S.

Karly Vesely, MLIS is a medical librarian at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois and one of the three winners of the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship for 2010.


 

The HSLI Annual Conference, Building Partnerships: Pathways to Library Opportunities, was my first conference experience as an Illinois librarian, and I definitely enjoyed it!  Wisconsin has been my home state for the majority of my life, and I’ve only recently moved to the Chicagoland area.  While I’ve been able to interact with a number of the local librarians via phone and email, I was really looking forward to meeting them face-to-face and getting to know them better, and the conference proved an excellent way to do so!

I arrived at the conference on Thursday morning, just in time for a quick bite of breakfast and a bit of mingling before we got started with the day’s continuing education courses.  Of course, everyone was very friendly and welcoming, so I immediately felt at ease!  After breakfast, I headed to my first course of the day, Knowledge Sharing, with Lorri Zipperer.  In this course, I learned more about the importance of harvesting and sharing knowledge between different departments of a hospital (or other organization), and what a librarian can do to help with this.  I became more aware of the fact that sometimes it may be more beneficial and helpful to connect people with each other, rather than resources.  After lunch, it was time for my second course of the day, Electronic Collection Development Planning, with Joy Kennedy and Pam Sherwill-Navarro.  This was the course I had been most interested in, and it did not disappoint.  It provided a nice overview of electronic collection development, and it was also very helpful to hear my colleagues various views on different aspects of this process. All in all, I found the continuing education courses I participated in to be worthwhile and informative!

In the evening, Nancy’s Reception served as a great opportunity for me to introduce myself to more of my colleagues.  Various vendors were there, with their wares on display, so I explored some the library products and resources that I was not already familiar with.  However, I was especially impressed with the posters being presented by some of the librarians!  They were all clearly very excited about their research, and I enjoyed learning about their various initiatives and successes.  Given that my institution has a family medicine residency, I was particularly interested in Fran Kovach’s poster,  Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) Consortium Scholarly Publishing Opportunities for Expert Searchers, and she happily discussed it with me.  Of course, the reception also included some delicious food and a number of door prizes!

On Friday, roundtable discussions of partnerships started out the day.  Attendees were able to participate in two roundtable discussions, and I joined the Librarians and Nurses discussion, followed by Librarians and Physicians.  Both discussion groups had lively participation, and it was a great opportunity for me to take in different ideas and perspectives.  We then had a wonderful presentation from keynote speaker Amy Glenn Vega, titled Building Partnerships.  She demonstrated the power that stories can have when working with others, as opposed to just using numbers and figures to get your point across.  Finally, the day was ended with GMR updates, as well as the business meeting, where we reviewed the past year and discussed projects and plans for the upcoming one.

In the end, I heartily enjoyed my first conference experience as an Illinois medical librarian!  I would like to thank the officers and members of HSLI for your warm welcome and helpful programming!  I greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn as much as I could from my colleagues in the field of health sciences librarianship, and I look forward to next year’s conference!

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CE Hi-lites: MLA Webcast

MLA WEBCAST:
ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library

INFORMATION:

http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/ebooks/

DATE:
November 10, 2010

TIME:
1:00-2:30 pm, Central Time.

CHICAGO AREA LOCATIONS:
Joliet: Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center

Chicago: University of Illinois at Library of the Health Sciences Rm 303

CONTACTS:
Joliet: Virginia Gale: Virginia.Gale@Provena.org
Please RSVP to Virginia by email.
The site can accommodate 50 participants.

Chicago: Please register http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=NNLMGMR&curName=2010/11/10_MLA_Webcast

or if the above URL does not work, try http://tinyurl.com/lhswebcast

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HSLI 2010 Conference: Visit the Web Gallery of Photos

HSLI Members who joined the annual conference in Lisle on October 20 and 21, 2010, as well as the members who did not attend, are invited to visit the web gallery of photos at http://www.hsli.org/photos/2010/index.html The photos take you to the conferences highlight events!

The photo gallery is password protected. The login information has been sent to the HSLI discussion list.

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HSLI 2010 Conference: Survey Form

If you joined the HSLI 2010 Annual Meeting, please tell us what you think! Your feedback helps with planning for future meetings. The survey form is at http://hsli.org/Conference/evaluation.doc

Please mail, fax, or email it by November 12, 2010 to:

Molly Horio
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Health Sciences Library
1304 Franklin Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Fax: 309-268-5953

Email: mhorio@bromenn.org.

Thank you!

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Starfish Thrower Award 2010: It’s Not Too Late to Nominate

It’s not too late to nominate!!  The Starfish Thrower Award is presented to an HSLI member who made a difference to the organization. The winner receives a trophy and is honored at the Awards Ceremony held during the Annual Conference in the fall.  Any HSLI member is eligible to nominate any other HSLI member for the award. The guidelines and nomination forms are found at:

Guidelines – http://hsli.org/awards/star-thrower_award_p_and_p.pdf

Forms – http://hsli.org/awards/starthrowerawardform.PDF

To Submit a nomination, complete the official form and submit by mail, fax, or email attachment to:

Linda Feinberg HSLI President
Evanston Hospital, Webster  Library
Evanston, I L 60201
Fax: (847) 570-2926
Email: lfeinberg@northshore. org

The winner will be selected by the HSLI Board of Directors and presented at the Annual Conference.

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HSLI 2010 Conference: Call for Roundtable Moderators for Friday October 22

Roundtable Moderators Needed! Consider that moderating a conference discussion group qualifies as professional activity for MLA credit for Academy certification. The following 8 partnership topics have been selected by the conference registrants as their most highly desired Topics (the topics are grouped in descending order of interest): Embedded Librarians; Librarians and Students; Librarians and Administration; Librarians and Nurses; Librarians and Physicians; Multi-Type Library Partnerships (including the Illinois State funding crisis)Librarians and Researchers; Identifying Potential Partners.

The Roundtable Discussions are scheduled from 8:45 am – 10:15 am on Friday, October 22. Discussions will be moderated for 45 minutes with an expected attendance of from 6-8 attendees. Each discussion will be offered twice to allow participants to attend more than one discussion. You do not have to be an expert in the topic, you only need to have an interest and the ability to encourage participants to carry on an active discussion.

To moderate one of these discussions please respond to Roy Jones royden.r.jones@osfhealthcare.org or Linda Feinberg lfeinberg@northshore.org Please respond by October 15th so we can make assignments and prepare a sign for your discussion group.

To brush up on your moderating skills, please visit, Mastering Moderation by Steven Bell at the following url: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/search/node/mastering%20moderation

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