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HSLI is pleased to be hosting the Midwest Chapter MLA Annual Chapter Meeting will be held in East Peoria, IL from October 4 – 8, 2013. HSL.

At Midwest 2013, participants will focus on “Navigating a River of Information”, appropriately accompanied by the scenic Illinois River that the East Peoria Embassy Suites East Peoria – Hotel & River Front Conference Center overlooks. 

The conference keynote speaker will be  Michelle Kraft, Senior Medical Librarian at the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library and author of the popular blog “The Krafty Librarian.” Michelle will present Emerging Technologies and the Evolving Library. Our plenary speaker will be Sarah Houghton, Director for the San Rafael Public Library.  Sarah writes “The Librarian in Black,” a blog covering library web and digital services.  Sarah will present The Future of the Digital Library.

For registration information, check the conference website at

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Clare Bonnema, M.L.I.S., Medical Librarian at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois

Elissa M. Cochran, B.A., M.L.S., Medical Librarian at Presence Covenant in Urbana and Presence United Samaritan in Danville, Illinois. She is also a teaching assistant at the UI-Chicago College of Medicine.

Sarah Isaacs, M.L.I.S., Head Librarian at the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse in Champaign, Illinois


Bonnema, Clare

Clare Bonnema, MLIS   

Thank you to the HSLI Conference Scholarship Committee for awarding me one of the scholarships to attend this year’s conference. Once again, the conference offered practical information, a chance to catch up with colleagues, and good food! Here are a few highlights:

Nancy’s Reception on Thursday night provided an opportunity to chat with vendors, learn about the Joanna Briggs Institute from Ovid representatives, and chow down on a prepackaged ice cream scoop (a first for me), covered with every available topping (except sprinkles). Good thing the scholarship allowed me to stay overnight at the conference hotel so I could work off all those toppings with a swim in the warm pool afterwards!

I was grateful for Holly Ann Burt’s PubMed session on Friday morning; regular refreshers on how to use it to its full potential are always valuable. Although I knew about and had used a handful of the government-provided health resources discussed during the afternoon session, Jocelyn Tipton presented many more I was not familiar with. I appreciated the emphasis on practical information in Friday’s courses.

Although it is difficult for many hospital and other health-science librarians to take a day or two away from work to attend the HSLI conference, each one I’ve attended has been worth my time and I encourage anyone, especially those whose institutions are not able to sponsor their attendance, to apply for the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship.

My thanks to the conference committee for the scholarship and for their hard work in planning the conference!

Elissa Cochran, MLS [no picture available]

I would like to begin by thanking the Syed Magrabi Scholarship committee for awarding me the opportunity to attend.    The HSLI conference, “Shaping the Future”, is the highlight of my meeting experience in any given year because it most closely matches my needs and interests as a medical librarian.

Since the conference was held at Resurrection Medical Center, it gave me the opportunity to network with my new co-workers.  [You may have heard that Provena and Resurrection Health have merged, becoming Presence Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the state of Illinois.]  It is always fun to see other facilities, particularly the Medical Library, and meet up with Laura Wimmer who graciously welcomed us to the conference site.  

The conference had a new format this year; we were treated to Nancy’s reception on the opening night.  Before dinner, we visited with vendors such as Ebsco, Rittenhouse, [Elsevier’s] Clinical Key, and others.  This is a great chance to find out “what’s new” even if you are a long time customer.   Then we enjoyed a wonderful buffet where we could enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. I must tell you it was sheer coincidence that as we introduced ourselves, we discovered that all 3 of the scholarship winners just happened to be seated at the same table.  What are the odds?  After dinner, Chris Pesce presented  an OVID update and Ruth Holst and Jacqueline Leskovec did the “always popular” NNLM/GMR Update.  This is your chance to find out about upcoming meetings, webinars, grants, etc.  In sum[mary], I enjoyed the new structure of a networking evening and felt ready to tackle the more intense classes the following day.

As any of you know who have taken CE classes from Holly Ann Burt, she never disappoints with her knowledge and energy level.  The PubMed Clinics offered Friday morning was aimed at intermediate/ advanced searchers and, even after 10 years of using PubMed, I learned ways to become a more efficient searcher.  Don’t overlook the importance of the “detail box” was Holly’s main takeaway.  We met in small groups to do “challenging” searches by applying advanced strategies, did a scavenger hunt, and after reading an assigned article, became a MESH indexer!   That was an eye-opener!  The class was a huge success and a great way to earn contact hours.

After the morning session, we recharged at lunch. More great food and an abundance of fun raffle prizes.  The business meeting is the opportunity to express your thoughts on “shaping the future” and meet our new officers who will lead us over the next year.   I am already looking forward to HSLI 2013 in Peoria.  

Sarah Isaacs, M.L.I.S 

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois is an organization that has not only provided me with outstanding professional experiences, but invaluable connections to other professionals in the field.  When I joined HSLI I had no idea how helpful the members and events would turn out to be.  Shortly after joining I was informed about the upcoming conference and I was pretty sure it would be too great an expense for my current budget.  After learning of the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship, I eagerly applied for the scholarship and was thrilled when I was announced as one of the recipients of the award.   I was excited at the opportunity to meet the members of HSLI in person as well as participate the continuing education sessions.

This year’s HSLI annual conference was November 1-2 in Chicago.  Nancy’s Reception on Thursday evening provided an opportunity to talk with some of the vendors and network with fellow HSLI members.  I really enjoyed the presentation from Ovid demonstrating the expanded resources available with the addition of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) content.  As the evening continued, there were presentations by the National Library of Medicine about upcoming GMR continuing education opportunities and by the 2013 HSLI Conference committee with a sneak peak at what to expect next year.  Wrapping up the fun on Thursday night, we had an ice cream sundae bar thanks to some of the vendors.

Friday morning, began with a chance to explore the vendor exhibits and enjoy breakfast with colleagues.  Elsevier provided a hands-on demonstration of their new online tool, Clinical Key.  This dynamic database has a wealth of information in a variety of formats for use in the hospital setting and beyond.  This was only the beginning of the valuable information to be learned on this day.  There were three opportunities to earn CE credit on Friday.  The first class was titled PubMed Clinics of North America: A Problem-based Approach to PubMed Searching which involved a 4-hr interactive presentation accessing the NLM website and its many resources.  This was an excellent chance to explore the functionality of this powerful tool with assistance from an expert.  Holly Ann Burt provided an outstanding presentation which included a collection of real-life activities and search strategies.  I found this session to be of great value because I am relatively new to the health science library field.  We worked together in teams and I was lucky enough to team up with Rebecca Raszewski from the University of Illinois at Chicago who has a lot of experience searching PubMed.  After the morning session, we got to relax with a nice meal and lots of opportunities to win some raffle prizes.  The HSLI fall meeting concluded the lunch and offered a chance to get up to speed on some of the current HSLI issues.  The afternoon session (3-hr) was on Government Health Resources.  This presentation was helpful in demonstrating the diversity of information available from a long list of government resources.  I was introduced to some great websites that I never knew existed.  This will help in my daily interaction with patrons back at my own library.  I am always on the lookout for “family-friendly” explanations of some very complex medical topics.  Following this presentation, there was a one-hour long discussion on the popularity and value of Open Access journals.

Overall, I found this conference a very valuable event.  Not only did I have an opportunity to learn useful information about current trends and practices in the health science library field but I had a chance to meet and reunite with other health science librarians.

I owe a great deal of thanks to The Syed Maghrabi Scholarship committee.  Thank you for continuing to offer this valuable service to the members of HSLI.  This scholarship provided me the opportunity to grow as a professional and develop essential skills to assist me in my work as a health science librarian.


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HSLI 2012 Annual Conference: Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Winners

The HSLI Awards Committee is pleased to announce three winners of the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship 2012. The Scholarship was created in honor of dedicated HSLI member Syed Maghrabi , and it supports HSLI members’ participation in the HSLI Annual Conference.  Please join in congratulating the winners and welcoming them at the conference.  

Clare Bonnema, M.L.I.S., Medical Librarian at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois

Elissa M. Cochran, B.A., M.L.S., Medical Librarian at Presence Covenant in Urbana and Presence United Samaritan in Danville, Illinois. She is also a teaching assistant at the UI-Chicago College of Medicine.

Sarah Isaacs, M.L.I.S., Head Librarian at the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse in Champaign, Illinois


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Do you know someone you think deserves special recognition a difference she/he has made to the HSLI organization?   Nominate them for the Star Fish Thrower Award.  The winner will receive a trophy and be honored at the awards ceremony held during the  HSLI 2012 Annual Conference in November.  Any HSLI member is eligible to nominate any other HSLI member for the award. 

Nominations will be accepted through October 19.

The guidelines and nomination forms are at  To submit a nomination, complete the official form, and submit by mail, fax or email attachment to:
Fran Kovach HSLI President
SIUSM Library
801 N. Rutledge
Springfield, IL 62794-9625
Fax: 217.545.0988

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HSLI 2012Conference – Register Now

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois “Shaping the Future” conference will be held November 1-2, 2012 in the Chicago area. 

Registration is open until October 13, 2012 (LATE FEE AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2012) 

Join us at our Nancy’s Reception and Vendor Fair on November 1, 2012 6:00pm – 9:00pm

at the Conference Hotel: Springhill Suites 8101 West Higgins Road, Chicago

Continuing Education courses offered on Friday November 2, 2012 at Resurrection Medical Center include:

  • PubMed Clinics of North America: A Problem-based Approach to PubMed Searching taught by Holly Ann Burt (– laptop recommended)
  • Discover Government Provided Health Resources taught by Jocelyn Tipton ( laptop or wifi enabled device recommended)
  • Open Access and Scholarly Communication taught by Todd Bruns – non-credit 1 hour course

For more detailed information and registration click on our website

Submitted by

Linda Feinberg, MSLS

HSLI 2012 Planning Committee

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The HSLI 2012 Annual Conference is only 4 months away, and the deadline to apply  for the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship is September 16th.  To apple, go to the HSLI Web site and click on the link to the scholarship flyer or CLICK HERE.

Any questions? Contacts are below.

Hope to see you in Chicago!

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Early Registration Deadline for Midwest MLA September 7th

The early registration deadline for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting is almost here!  This is going to be an AMAZING conference, with topics of interest to many audiences beyond health sciences libraries.  Don’t wait!  Register today!

Please join us in Rochester, Minnesota for the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2012: Growing Opportunities

Conference Web Site:
When: October 6-9, 2012
Where:  Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota.

The conference hotel room rate is $119 per night and includes free wi-fi.  Further information about the hotel, including reservations:  Book now to guarantee a room!
Conference Highlights include:
-Keynote:  Participatory Medicine and Patient Advocacy – E-Patient Dave (David deBronkart)
-Keynote : Food as a Part of Healthy Living (Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D., co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks, and Tim Cockram, Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center)
-Technology Forum: Licensing – A Plain English Overview
-CE Classes include: 
   *Getting Started with Information Outreach in Minority Communities (4cr)
   *Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries & Health (4cr)
   *Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Libraries on the Front Lines(4cr)
   *LINKED: an Intro to the Semantic Web for Medical Librarians and Biomedical Information Professionals(4cr)
   *Think Like a Doctor (6cr)

View the program:
Register for the conference: 

Dates To Remember:

September 7th – Early registration deadline for the conference; prices increase $50 after this date.

September 13th  – Deadline to make hotel reservations
October 6th – Conference!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Rochester, MN

1. Keynote Speaker E-Patient Dave, an internationally-recognized speaker on participatory medicine and personal health data rights.  Pose a question to Dave before the conference to help shape his talk:

2. Keynote Speakers Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D. (co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks), and Tim Cockram (Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic) will do a cooking demonstration and talk about how food supports healthy living and how we can support these information needs.

3. Technology Forum on E-Licensing: get a plain English overview from a panel of three licensing experts from across the region – invaluable for staff from smaller libraries!

4. CE courses – Think Like a Doctor, Information Outreach in Minority Communities, Mobile Technologies, and more.  CEs start at only $65!

5. Papers – From community disaster preparedness to disambiguated authors to strategies for distance education, come learn what your colleagues are up to and take ideas back to your organization:

6. Posters – Find out why a cake pan has a call number and where the hidden treasures are:

7. Exhibits – Talk with representatives from more than 18 vendors about how their products can help you stay on the cutting edge:

8. Networking – Take advantage of a smaller conference to make meaningful new connections and renew old ones with health information professionals across the region.

9. Sample Minnesota – Get a taste of Minnesota beer at the exhibitors’ reception, see historic Rochester by trolley, and tour the Mayo Clinic and St. Marys Hospital Libraries.

10. Reasonable costs: $250 for the conference (includes almost all meals!) and $119/night for the conference hotel.  Make your reservations through the conference site to get the discounted rate!:

See you in Rochester!

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HSLI 2012 Conference – Call for Poster Presentations

A poster session is planned for the HSLI meeting being held on November 1st – now we need the presenters and the posters!!!

For those of you interested, please let me know by October 1st.  Information about the posters can be found on the HSLI website at the following address: .

Linda Thomas | Medical Librarian | Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care | Now joined as Presence Health
2233 W. Division St. | Chicago, IL 60622
tel: 312.770.2219 | fax: 312.770.2221 | e-mail:<> |<>
From Chicago’s Lakefront to Danville, the Largest Catholic Health System in Illinois

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HSLI 2012 Annual Conference: Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Opportunity

The HSLI 2012 Annual Conference is only 4 months away, and the deadline to apply  for the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship is September 16th.  To apple, go to the HSLI Web site and click on the link to the scholarship flyer or CLICK HERE.

Any questions? Contacts are below.

Hope to see you in Chicago!

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MHSLA 2012 Annual Conference – October 17-19, 2012

Please join us for the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Annual Conference 2012:  Librarians Driving Medical Education.

Conference Web Site –
When:  October 17-19, 2012
Where:   Baronette Renaissance Hotel, Novi, MI (near Twelve Oaks Mall)
The hotel room rate is $109 per night and includes free wi-fi.  Further information about hotel information, including reservations options can be found here.  Book early to guarantee a room.
Conference Highlights:
- Keynote:  Patient Education – Patient Advocates in the New Reform Arena (Jamie Verdi, JD) 
- Trends in Medical Education (Ernest Yoder, MD, Central Michigan University, Medical School Dean)
- Nurses and Librarians: Research Partners (Caroline Medcoff, RN, CNS, Beaumont Health System)
CE Classes:
- Introduction to Epidemiology (4 CE’s)
- Walking in Nurses’ Shoes (6 CE’s)
- IRB’s (4 CE’s)
Dates To Remember:
- August 1st – Deadline to join MHSLA in order to get the member rate; MHSLA memberships will not be available at the time of conference registration!
- October 2nd – Deadline to make hotel reservations
- October 2nd – Deadline for conference registration; $50 late fee after this date
The Top Ten Reasons to Attend the MHSLA 2012 Conference:
10.       Close to shopping – Twelve Oaks Mall
9.         Free wi-fi in all the guest rooms
8.         Dinner at the Tin Fish / Twelve Oaks Mall for the Special Event
7.         Welcome Reception in the Baronette Renaissance Hotel
6.         Networking
5.         Reasonable hotel room rates – just $109 per night!
4.         Reasonable conference rates – just $310 for the full conference, including the Special Event!
3.         Opportunity to interact with vendors
2.         A variety of CE Classes
1.         Fun!

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