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President’s Message

HSLI President, Fran Kovach, M.L.I.S, is the reference and education librarian at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


My 2011 holiday video card to the members is below. Through it you may enjoy highlights of this year’s conference at Starved Rock State Park. Happy holidays!

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President’s Message

HSLI President, Fran Kovach, M.L.I.S, is the reference and education librarian at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


As we enter the final quarter of 2011, we continue to reflect on our value, and October is National Medical Librarians Month.† Letís raise our voices by conducting elevator speeches about our services,† find creative ways to communicate,† sharpen our intellectual skills by participating in continuing education classes, and network with colleagues by attending the annual conference.

Below are two videos to help us celebrate and promote our expertise and services.

 

Medical Librarianship
by: fkovach7

Value of Medical Librarians
by: fkovach7

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President’s Message

HSLI President, Fran Kovach, M.L.I.S, is the reference and education librarian at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


The summer Board meeting was held on July 26, 2011 at La Salle Public Library. We had an opportunity to see the facilities for the Annual Conference to be held in the Fall at Starved Rock State Park. Laura Frizol, Director, La Salle Public Library was our host. Ten members attended the meeting and two by teleconference.

The Board is at work on the following: (1) Reinstatement of the non-profit status, (2) Revision of the consortiulists, (3) Conference planning, (4) Inventory of the archives, (5) Scholarship opportunities, (6) Bylaw revisions, (7) Updating the website, (8) Elections of President-Elect and Secretary, (9) Consortial purchasing, (10) Advocacy, (11) Membership recruitment, (12) Advisory capacity, (13) Keeping the membership informed, and (14) Communicating with the State Library.

The reinstatement of the non-profit status is due to a change in the 2006 tax laws. We were not required to file for three years unless we received a notice by the IRS to file. We did not receive the postcard from the IRS in 2010 informing us to do so. In 2011, we were informed that because we did not file in 2010, our non-profit status had been revoked.

“Reach, Balance, Achieve” is the conference theme this year and the conference planning committee has invited a host of speakers, educators, and vendors to Starved Rock State Park, October 13-14, 2011. Please join your colleagues to reach goals, to advance your knowledge, to network, and to relax. The details are on the HSLI conference website hsli.org/Conference and online registration is available through Acteva.

The bylaws were under review again this year by the board. Later, the membership will be approached with the proposed changes to the bylaws. Joy Kennedy, Bylaws chair and Linda Feinberg served in this capacity to scrutinize this document for the organization. Thank you both for your effort.

The consortial agreements, Virginia Gale is working with two vendors this year, Ovid and EBSCO. We appreciate that Virginia is willing to undertake this task again. Discounts for group purchases are crucial due to the current economic conditions.

Stay cool, the Fall is just around the corner. Hope to see everyone at Starved Rock.
Fran Kovach

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President’s Message

HSLI President, Fran Kovach, M.L.I.S, is the reference and education librarian at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


 

Here is a greeting to wish everyone a new beginning as spring arrives and winter departs. Also, as we celebrate National Library Week April 10 Р16 think about how we can prove our value as medical libraries and librarians. Illinois Snapshot Day April 13, shows how our libraries make a compelling impact in our communities. Visit the website for ideas of how to collect statistical data, photographs, videos, etc. for the day. Furthermore, using this data develop convincing arguments to influence lawmakers to keep funding intact.

A new study is underway, the Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study to understand the value of the health library, information services and the librarian. The study will investigate 1) the use and value of the print and electronic resources provided by the library and 2) the information services (mediated or assisted information requests/searches) provided by the librarian that aid in the clinical decision-making. The Value Study is a partnership of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Impact on Patient Care summarizes Value statistics of the Rochester study (Marshall, 1992). An article, Value of hospital libraries: the Fuld Campus study (Cuddy, 2005) is also a study on the contribution to patient health care.

Another bibliography is the Value of Library and Information Service a Bibliography/Webliography by VALINET, VA library net. Recently, ACRL published the Value of Academic Libraries Report: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (Oakleaf, 2011). The report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries. By applying these best practices, we must endeavor to be invaluable.

Finally, click here to watch a video I created about the value of medical librarians.

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President’s Message

Wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2011!

As I reflect on Winter, it’s the time to plan projects, meetings, presentations, read and connect. The newsletter highlights upcoming conferences, continuing education and networking opportunities for all our members. HSLI members who volunteer to exhibit for HSLI state or local exhibits will receive mileage reimbursement.

2011 will be the year to revise the bylaws governing HSLI. The bylaws committee expects to recommend any changes by the summer board meeting.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s HSLI Conference. The HSLI Annual Conference will be held at October 13-14, 2011 at Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, Utica.¬†http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/¬†Virginia Gale and Linda Feinberg are co-chairing the conference and looking for volunteers. AHIP points or tenure track points are earned through committee service.

Check-out the new publications page on our website and catch-up with members activities in the newsletter. Let’s celebrate with all our Health Science Colleagues the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine in 2011.

Final thoughts for now, please share any of your thoughts or ideas with the Board members or myself.

The best to all in this New Year.

Fran

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President’s Message

PLEASE CLICK HERE¬†for a video card with season’s greetings to the HSLI members from Fran Kovach, HSLI President!

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