May 20, 2015

Judy Stanke Retires from U of M

After nearly 27 years of working at the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library, Judy Stanke has retired. She states that she has thoroughly enjoyed her 37 year library career -- with stints at the VA Medical Center Library and Hennepin County Medical Center before finding her true home at the University of Minnesota -- and has been particularly fond of working as a reference librarian at Bio-Med. Judy has been the premier literature and systematic review searcher at Bio-Med, with a Cochrane co-authorship to her name and acknowledgements in 30 publications.

Judy is looking forward to spending more time on her hobbies, one of which is travel. As she says "there are too many interesting places in this world to see and not enough time in a lifetime to get to them all," but her goal is to see as many as possible.

July 21, 2014

Sharon Kambeitz's Retirement Tea

Allina Health Services is celebrating the career of their colleague, Sharon Kambeitz at a tea on July 31, 2014 at their headquarters.

July 11, 2014

Remembering Sunny Worel

Many of you have already heard about our communities loss of Sunny Worel. I was not fortunate enough to know Sunny, but I know many in HSLM did. Pam Barnard passed this along:

It is with sadness that I mention for anyone not following her journey on Facebook or Caring Bridge (I wasn't following either) or who doesn't read the Star Tribune obituaries, Sunny Worel passed away from colon cancer on July 1. I never worked with Sunny, but she was an inspiration to those of us who strive to have an authentic voice in the varied library work that we all do in different places and in different ways ... I know she had many friends and colleagues at the U of MN, as well as her other places of employ and from her interests. As the entry in her obituary said, she was an original and will be deeply missed by many.

Feel free to leave memories of Sunny in the comments.

January 31, 2014

New issue of newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries!

Check out the latest installment of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries to see what our colleagues in Rochester are up to. Hope everyone is staying warm!

November 7, 2013

In Memorium: Margery MacNeill

Margery MacNeill passed away on October 4, 2013 at the age of 83. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and was a medical librarian at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis for over 30 years, serving as Chief Librarian for the last 6 years of her career. Margery was an early trainee in the use of Medline and subsequently taught searching skills to many of the librarians in the Twin Cities area. Through the V.A. Library Trainee program, she mentored many library students who later took librarian positions locally. She was active in MLA, the Twin Cities Biomedical Consortium and the Minnesota Health Sciences Library Association.

October 23, 2013

You're Invited - Dottie Hawthorne's Retirement Celebration!

All HSLM members are invited to an upcoming celebration of Dottie Hawthorne's career at the Mayo Clinic Libraries. Dottie has been an active member of HSLM over the years and she will be missed as a colleague but we wish her the best in this next phase of her life!

Dottie Hawthorne - Retirement Invitation.pdf

September 3, 2013

GMR/blog contact while Liz Weinfurter is on leave

Hello all,

As many of you know, I'm expecting a baby girl any day now. I'll be taking a three month maternity leave, which will run approximately next week through the end of November.

While I'm gone, Lisa McGuire will be posting GMR messages on my behalf, and if you have anything you would like posted to the blog you can contact Lisa directly ( Just a reminder that any member can post directly to the HSLM list serve - Doing so will send out an email to all members, it just won't be available/searchable on the blog.

Let me know if you have any questions, and Lisa will take good care of GMR stuff while I'm gone!


April 11, 2013

Reception for Elaine Challacombe, retiring after 24 years at the U of M

You are invited to Elaine Challacombe's retirement reception!

You are cordially invited to a lecture by historian of medicine and bibliophile Dr. W. Bruce Fye in honor of Elaine Challacombe's retirement as curator of the Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Medicine. Dr. Fye, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical History at the Mayo Clinic, will present, "A Personal Story of the Blending of Bibliomania and Historical Scholarship."

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Reception to follow.
Wangensteen Library
568 Diehl Hall
Essex St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To honor Elaine and her great contributions to the Wangensteen Collection, we have established the Elaine Challacombe Visiting Scholar Fund. The Challacombe Fund will allow researchers, students, and independent scholars to come to the Wangensteen Library and take advantage of the truly remarkable collections that Elaine has nurtured and developed over her 24 years as curator.

Elaine Challacombe has enjoyed a successful career in Rare Books and Special Collections, first at the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY, and later at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. Under Elaine's leadership the collection has expanded in scope and content, growing from 30,000 books to approximately 70,000 volumes, many of them valuable and unique items in medical history.

For more information and to register to attend, see

February 5, 2013

New issue of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries available

Dear Colleagues: A new issue of Liblog, the newsletter of the Mayo Libraries, is now available. Cheers - Michael Homan

Feature Articles

Most Popular New Items of 2012
"MayoSearch" 20th Anniversary 1993-2013
iPad Mania
Boerhaave Society
Mayo Brothers Photographic Images and Other Documents Preserved

January 2, 2013

Event at Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Metronet Wind Down at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center

We all want to do what we can for the approximately 400,000 Veterans in Minnesota. About one third of Minnesota's Veterans are enrolled as patients in the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Public, academic, and special libraries can help to publicize programs and resources available to Veterans and their families and friends who may not be aware of them.

This Wind Down will give you an opportunity to learn more about the VA and the services and programs available to Veterans. Participants will see the Medical Library and Patient Education Center and get a brief tour of the facility, one of the largest VA Medical Centers in the nation. There will be brief presentations on MyHealtheVet, a website and patient portal with a large online library of health-related materials, the Homeless Veterans Program, the VA's Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention program, women's Veterans services, programs and services for returning Veterans, and services to transgender/transitioning Veterans.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: Medical Library at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis

Directions: Map & driving directions. Parking is free.
When you get to the Medical Center, enter through the Outpatient/Urgent Care entrance. As soon as you enter the building, there is a bank of elevators to the left. Take one of these elevators to the 4th floor. The Medical Library is just to the left as you exit the elevator. Refreshments will be served.

Library staff in all types of libraries are welcome!

December 21, 2012

Library Supplies available

The Medical Library at St. John's Hospital has closed. We are cleaning out the workroom and have the following supplies available to anyone interested:

  • Demco Book Pockets - self - adhesive backing, about 100 - 200. These are pre-stamped with St. John's address, but that could be stickered over.

  • Book Cards - about 50

  • Plastic Catalog Card covers - with red band at the top - 1 box (30 - 50) with red band across the top

  • Another set with red tab and "Consumer Information" at the top ( 25 - 30)

  • Labels - "FOR REFERENCE", in red print - 2 rolls (unwrapped)

  • Labels - "CONSUMER INFORMATION", in red print - Gaylord, pressure-sensitive - 500/ package - 2 unopened, 3 opened

  • Labels - "NEW" - red circle, with black print - Demco, 500/roll - 3 boxes unopened, 2 boxes opened

  • Labels - "14 DAY LOAN" - yellow with red circle, red print - Gaylord 500/roll - 2 unopened, 1 opened

  • Label covers - see-through yellow, Gaylord ST-136-25 - 2 boxes unopened, 1 box opened

Contact: (through Dec. 28th)
Jacqueline Linn
Senior Medical Librarian
St. John's Hospital
Office: 651-232-7193

Contact: (after Dec. 28th)
Karen Brudvig
Senior Medical Librarian
St. Joseph's Hospital
Office: 651-232-3193

July 2, 2012

Liz Fine is now Liz Weinfurter!

Hello HSLM,

Many of you already heard, but after getting married about a month ago, my name has changed to Liz Weinfurter. As of last Friday my new email address is, so please update that in your contacts. I will by going by Liz Fine Weinfurter for a while to facilitate the transition, and my old email address will forward to my new one.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Regions Hospital hosting NLM traveling exhibit in July

Regions Hospital Medical Library is hosting the NLM exhibit, Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. The exhibit will be in the library from July 2nd - Aug. 3rd. The library is open to the public M,Tu,W,F 8am - 4:30pm and Thursdays 8am - 7:30pm. The exhibit will also be hosted at the HealthPartners building in Bloomington the week of Aug. 6th. There it will be in the conference center and be available to the public from 6am-6pm. HealthPartners is on the LRT line at the Bloomington Central stop.

Dr. Jennifer Gunn from the U of M will also come speak at Regions Hospital atrium on July 18th at 12:30pm. Her talk is titled, "Disease and Debility: Minnesotans' experience of medicine in the Civil War". Refreshments will be served.

Please stop by and check out the exhibit, or visit on July 18th for the speaker! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Feeken 651-254-3608 or

October 26, 2011

New issue of Mayo Clinic Libraries newsletter available

New Issue of Library Online Newsletter Available

October is National Medical Librarians Month! Explore the latest issue of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries containing a variety of articles and news items highlighting services and resources available to all Mayo Clinic employees and students.

Brief articles in this issue include a celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the National Library of Medicine, the recently concluded Library All Sites Meeting, and the introduction of MAX - M-ayo A-rchives X-plorer. MAX will debut on the Mayo intranet later this year as an online finding tool to help discover the extensive topics and collections acquired and organized by the Mayo Historical Unit illustrating the collective memory and history of Mayo Clinic. Other features in this issue include an update from the National Library of Medicine, a listing of new library subject guides, a book review of "Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine", and recurring columns of "What's your Reference Question?", library staff kudos, activities, and publications.

August 30, 2011

Retirement Celebration Honoring Linda Watson

Please join your colleagues to celebrate the distinguished 36 year medical library career of Linda Watson, Director of Health Sciences Libraries, and her valued contributions to the University of Minnesota for the past six years. You are invited to wish her well as she follows the path to the next chapter of her life.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Campus Club (west wing)
4th Floor
Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave. SE
University of Minnesota

Parking and Directions

Please RSVP to Linda's celebration

August 22, 2011

New issue of Mayo Clinic Libraries Newsletter available

Check out the latest news from the Mayo Clinic Libraries in the July issue of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries:

May 21, 2010

HSLM Elections for 2010-11

It's time for the election of officers for the 2010-2011 term, and we are grateful that candidates have stepped up to volunteer their time and talents. Please participate in the election on SurveyMonkey by the end of the day on Tuesday, June 1st. Results will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting on June 4th.

Link to the ballot:


Donna Barbour-Talley - Past President / Nominating Committee
Minneapolis MN
Home: 612/926-9525
Cell: 612/581-1799

April 14, 2010

Going to MLA?

Are you attending MLA next month? Are you presenting a paper or poster? Want to connect with other HSLM members while in DC?

Send a comment to this post or send me your MLA info and I'll create a list of HSLM members who will be at the meeting and post it below, keep checking back for more info!



HSLM Members @ MLA

Amy Donahue

  • Amy is presenting a paper on EthicsShare, sometime during this time block: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Left/Right Brain: What Have You Been Thinking About Lately? [Session C]). Amy will be at MLA from 5/22-27.

Samanthi Hewakapuge

  • Samanthi is going to be at the meeting to network.

Melissa Rethlefsen

  • Melissa will be presenting a paper: Teaching Web 2.0 beyond the Library: Adventures in Social Media, The Class (Melissa Rethlefsen, Ann Farrell, Susan Mayer) in: Beyond Cool: Reflecting on Web 2.0 Adventures and Misadventures, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, presenting a poster: Connecting with Public Health Librarians: We're aTwitter about Social Networking (Melissa Rethlefsen, Emily Vardell) Monday, May 24 2010 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, and be a open forum panelist at: Informal Publication Methods, Sunday, May 23 from 1:30-2:30.

Jennifer Feeken

  • Jennifer will be at MLA from 5/22-25.

Linda Watson

  • Linda Watson, Layne Johnson and Julie Jacko are presenting a paper entitled "Harnessing Health Information and Translating Knowledge Among Institutional and Community Partners: a case study at the University of Minnesota" in the Section Program Translational Science: How Libraries Are Working with Their Institutions' Clinical and Translational Science Awards Monday, May 24, 2010 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Linda will be at MLA from May 22-26.

Liz Fine

  • Liz is presenting a paper entitled "Developing Expert Subject-Specific Searchers with a Continuing Education Program For Staff" in the Section Program Building Subject Expertise: What, How, and/or Why?. The presentation is in group taking place Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Liz will be at MLA from May 22-26.

Barbara Olson-Bullis

  • Barbara Olson-Bullis will be at MLA from May 20-25.

October 27, 2009

Retirement Reception for Frances Cockrum

For those that may know Frances Cockrum, Reference Librarian at Mayo Clinic Libraries in Rochester, MN, Frances will be retiring at the end of the year!

You are cordially invited to attend the Retirement Reception for Frances E. Cockrum,
Mayo Clinic Libraries Reference Librarian

Time: 2-4 p.m. / Presentation at 3 p.m.
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009
Place: Plummer Hall, Room 1400
Mayo Clinic Libraries
Plummer Building
Rochester, MN 55905

September 22, 2009

HSLM Membership Roster

The HSLM membership roster for 2009 is now available.

February 19, 2009

Bio-Medical Library Staffing News

The Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is pleased to announce these internal staff changes:

James Beattie, Jr., MLIS, AHIP, was appointed Associate Director for Liaison, Education and Interdisciplinary Services at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries in December 2008. He was previously Head of Reference and Instructional Services. Beattie has his MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anne Beschnett, MLIS, was appointed Liaison and Outreach Librarian at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries on February 16, 2009. She was previously a library assistant in the Technical Services Division. Her MLIS is from Dominican University.

September 19, 2008

Canadian Health Libraries Association Meeting

Winnipeg is hosting the 2009 Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference. Attached is the call for papers/posters.

September 16, 2008

Emergency planning documents from Loyola University Medical Center

Attached is another emergency preparedness and recovery plan provided by Logan Ludwig from the Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, IL). Please make proper attribution if you utilize any part of Logan's plan in your own plan.

Paul Dahl, Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

Barr Library, Minnesota Department of Health
625 North Robert Street, PO Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Phone: 651-201-5090 Fax: 651-201-5099
Check out the Library's web site at:

September 9, 2008

Hospital Emergency and Disaster Recovery Plans

Attached is an example of a emergency and disaster recovery plan developed by Robert Koehler of the Meriter Hospital Medical Library located in Madison, Wisconsin. Please make sure proper attribution is made to Robert Koehler if you utilize any part of the Meriter Hospital Medical Library's plan in the development of your own plan.

A disaster plan provided by the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is also located at

An academic institution having a disaster and emergency preparedness plan is the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia Health System is found at

Thanks to Daniel T. Wilson and Susan Yowell for their work on the public edition plan. The University of Tennessee Health Center Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center also has a emergency and disaster recovery plan at

A service continuity planning slide show is also available at

Paul Elliott Dahl
Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

Paul Elliott Dahl, Library Director
R. N. Barr Library (Freeman and Golden Rule Buildings)
Minnesota Department of Health
Phone: 651-201-5092
Fax: 651-201-5099

Physical Address:
Orville L. Freeman State Office Building, C-132
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association Conference 2009

Please join the Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association at the Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI on May 4 and 5, 2009. The Radisson overlooks the beautiful Mississippi River and is within walking distance of parks and
eclectic shops and restaurants in historic downtown. We'll be "Steamin' into the Future" with programs related to technology, open access publishing, health literacy, and more. A new feature for this year will be an opportunity to share your accomplishments and projects in a poster session.

More information will be forthcoming. For more information on previous Wis. Health Sciences Library Association conferences see

For more about La Crosse, WI see:

Hope to see you there!

Eileen Severson, MLIS
Supervisor, Library and Health Information Services
Health Sciences Library
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
1900 South Ave. H01-011
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 775-5546
Fax: (608)775-6343

June 24, 2008

Annelie Sober - Retirement announcement

Annelie Sober has recently retired as an outreach librarian at the U of M. Here's a brief announcement of her retirement.

Journal of Hospital Librarianship: Call for Articles

Subject: Journal of Hospital Librarianship: Call for Articles

I would love to showcase the work of HSLM members in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship's Charting Consumer Health Column. This is a great (and relatively easy) way to share information on your consumer health related projects, demonstrate your value to your organization, and build your CV.
If you are interested in submitting an article, or would like to learn more about the process, please be in touch. I can be contacted at


Erinn Aspinall Lead Editor, Charting Consumer Health Column
Journal of Hospital Librarianship

January 28, 2008

Job Posting -- Closes 2/4/08

A job posting for a Medical Librarian position will be on under Jobs USA beginning January 29. The applications will close on February 4.

The position is full-time with a salary range of $45,878.00 - $72,164.00. You must be a USA citizen to apply. Full details about the position and the application process are available on the website. You are encouraged to apply online.

If you are interested in the position and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dorothy Sinha, Chief, Library Service at (612) 467-4218.

December 12, 2007

Thank You from Karen Brudvig

Karen Brudvig recently sent this thank you note to HSLM members:

To Everyone in HSLM,

Thank you for the lovely vase of flowers and well wishes. I am doing really well and am planning to return to work after New Year's. Surgery turned out to be a little dicey, but once I was out of surgery, recovery has gone much better than expected. I haven't slept so well in years!

Thanks again!

Karen Brudvig

November 13, 2007

Linda Watson begins tenure as AAHSL President

Linda Watson, Director of Health Sciences Libraries, became President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) at their annual meeting November 4th . AAHSL comprises the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Congratulations Linda!