March 5, 2012

From the GMR: Become a GMR Sponsored Site for the MLA Webcast Apr 18th

FYI: The Health Sciences Libraries at the U of M is planning to apply to be a host site. There is another sponsorship available, so sites outside the Twin Cities metro (St. Cloud, Duluth, Rochester?) should apply!


The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of webcast sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast:

Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., CT
For more information on the webcast, visit:

For detailed information on how to become a sponsored site, visit:
(Steps are also listed below. Feel free to forward this email.)

The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for each MLA Webinar. As only a limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees. Please note that the GMR will be covering the costs for Site Participation only, not Individual Participation.

The deadline to submit your registration and supplemental information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 23, 2012. Announcements will be made to all applicants by Wednesday, March 28th.

Site coordinators will receive one (1) activity point applicable to their Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) membership. An additional point is available for leading a wrap-around session.

Application steps to become a sponsored site:
1. Access the MLA Webcast registration form:
2. Complete and sign the form without payment information (do not check any boxes)
3. Send the form to the GMR either via fax (312-996-2226) or email (
4. Include information on expected attendees and promotion of the event
5. Email Holly Burt (may be done in conjunction with 3 and/or 4) with your contact email address, LIBID, additional contacts/coordinator and if there are extenuating circumstances and you will be unable to broadcast on March 18th
6. Again, the deadline to submit registration and supporting information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 23, 2012

Please contact me if you have any questions about becoming an MLA webcast site or being sponsored by the GMR.

Thank you for participating in this MLA educational program.

June 16, 2011

From the GMR: MLA Looking for Instructor/Developer for Disaster course

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is looking for a continuing education (CE) instructor(s) to develop and teach an introductory course on disaster information. Below are the specifics of what is expected of this instructor:

* To develop the content and materials for a 4-hour CE course focusing on disaster information. The instructor will have a liaison from MLA's Disaster Information Specialization working group for general content assistance.
* To pilot test the course both in-person and virtually before September 24, 2011. Our goal is to reach approximately 50 individuals with the various pilot tests.
* The pilot test of the in-person course would be at an MLA Chapter meeting to be determined. We are currently in negotiations with the MLA Midcontinental chapter to host the course during their annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. The offering would possibly occur on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 8am-Noon.
* The in-person course should include student interaction beyond the standard Q&A session.
* The pilot test of the virtual course would need to be taught sometime before September 24, 2011.
* The virtual course should include a minimum of 2 hours of online instruction with student interaction. If needed, MLA would be able to assist with the use of their instructional software.

The development and instruction of this course will be a part of the curriculum of MLA's Disaster Information Specialization. This specialization is a joint project of MLA and the National Library Medicine (NLM). This program will be designed to develop the capacity of librarians and other interested professionals to provide disaster-related health information outreach.

Our vision of this specialization is to create a continuing education program that will prepare participants to provide disaster-related library or information services as part of their ongoing job functions. The specialization will offer a curriculum of courses that would allow those interested to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support their libraries, institutions and communities with information needed for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

This program would be designed to allow participants the opportunity to expand their roles by offering more specialized training in providing access to information in times of disaster and emergency.

To find out more about the development of MLA's Disaster Information Specialization, check out

MLA will provide a $5,000 honorarium for the development of the course. There are also additional funds set aside for honoraria and expenses to teach the course both virtually and in person. MLA will consider both single instructors and instructor teams.

If you are interested in being considered as the instructor(s)/course developer(s) for this course, please send an email to This email should include your name and contact information; a copy of your resume/CV, including your teaching and course development experience; and a brief (500-word or less) description of your interest in the project including our experience or knowledge of disaster information, and your ideas for the course including how you would include student interaction.

Your email and any questions you have should be sent to Kathleen Combs, MLA's Director of Professional Development, at by Friday, June 24, 2011.

Please feel free to send this email on to anyone who you think would be interested in this opportunity.

December 16, 2010

From the GMR: You, yes you, have a voice in MLA continuing education!

Charniel McDaniels of the GMR has the pleasure of sitting on MLA Continuing Education Committee. Currently the committee is soliciting ideas for the 2011 Spring webcast. Is there a burning topic you'd like to see presented?

Some ideas that have already been suggested are:

  • Translational science - role of the library

  • Tablet PCs and iPads - library applications

  • Productivity and publication: tracking and publicizing employees' grants, publications and honors

  • Budget challenges and strategies

  • Sites and software to enhance collaborative efforts

  • A presentation on workplace etiquette. It's an old-fashioned topic, but it's actually technology that is changing all of the rules. Possibly the topic of ethics could be combined with it.

  • Evaluation and assessment of library services. For example, we provide many different services, which can be different depending on the environment, but basically we provide services at the circulation desk, reference desk, interlibrary loan, collection development, education, teaching. The question is, how are we doing? How we did last time we gave a class? Should I change the strategy? The content? Are users satisfied? Did they learn anything new? Did they get what they needed? Just-in-time? Was that really just-in-time? Are the databases/books/journals been used? Should I change my library profile?

Please reply to Charniel ( with your ideas and I will pass them along to the CE Committee!

Also, it's time to submit ideas for CE courses for the MLA 2012 meeting to be held in Seattle! Here's the information about that from the MLA Focus:
MLA is now accepting ideas for exciting and innovative courses and symposia to offer at MLA '12 in Seattle, WA. Courses and symposia will be held on May 18, May 19, and May 23, 2012.

Submit your ideas by Friday, December 17, for consideration by the MLA Continuing Education Committee at its midwinter meeting in January 2011.

Here's the link to the call for proposals:

September 16, 2010

MLA Webcast Nov 10th - Become a GMR Sponsored Site

HSLM Members - The GMR is again sponsoring MLA Webcast sites for the fall webcast on E-Books ( more info below), and will sponsor up to 2 sites in Minnesota. We usually try to host one in the metro and one outside. If you're interested in hosting at your institution, send a note to the HSLM list ( to let others know so that we can try to coordinate and make the most of this opportunity!

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of webcast sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast:
ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library
November 10, 2010
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., central time

Visit for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

The GMR will cover the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this webcast. Because of the limited number of sites we can sponsor, we encourage you to work with your state and local librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of

The deadline to email/fax your registration and email additional information to the GMR is noon on Friday, October 22, 2010.

Site coordinators will receive one (1) activity point applicable to their Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) membership.

Contact Holly Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, if you have any questions, and for more information on this important webcast visit:


Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226

November 3, 2009

Call for Continuing Education classes for MLA 2011

The MLA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) needs to hear from you! MLA's CEC would like to present a variety of courses at MLA '11 in Minneapolis, MN. Courses and symposia will be held on May 13, May 14, and May 18, 2011. Ideas must be submitted by Tuesday, December 15, 2009. To ensure consideration, use the simple submission forms found here:

What new topics or courses have caught your eye? Who is teaching a class or has expertise you would like to tap into? What classes from past meetings would you like to see offered again? MLA CE courses are four, six, or eight hours in length. For ideas, look at MLA's Continuing Education Clearinghouse for offerings at other meetings.

Send your submission form to: Kelly Near, CEC Liaison, 2011 National Program Committee, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 1350 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22908; 434-924-1607; fax 434-982-4238; email,

For more information check out the MLA annual meeting course selection process or contact Kathleen Combs, continuing education coordinator, at or 312.419.9094 x29.

Kelly Near
Outreach Librarian
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

September 30, 2009

Leadership in Medical Libraries: Becoming An Everyday Leader

October 5, 2009-November 2, 2009

New self-paced online class...

A joint project of the Medical Library Association, the University of North Texas LE@D program, and Pattern Research, Inc

Learn how to identify and improve your leadership skills, no matter what your current role is in your medical library or institution. Through a series of interactive writing exercises and online group discussions, you will discover how to better identify and overcome barriers to success with staff, colleagues, decision-makers, and your medical library's users. Topics include the differences among leadership, management and professional points of view, the characteristics of everyday leadership, dealing with risk, understanding the big picture, creating and communicating vision, ethical influence, applying leadership in workplace situations, mistakes in leadership, and how to break through self-created glass walls and ceilings.

This is a self-paced, Web-based course approved for continuing education credit by the Medical Library Association. This course is worth 8 contact hours in the areas of Leadership.

Experience Level: Beginning Plus

CE Contact Hours: 8

Professional Competencies: Leadership and Management

Subject: Leadership

Course Type: e-Learning


· This month-long online class has a starting date and ending date, but the time in between is self-paced. The class begins and ends with a live webinar, which will be recorded. If participants are not able to attend the live sessions, we will ask them to view the recorded sessions.

· The online class is divided into chapters, and each chapter has pages where the participant will be directed to post responses to questions and assignments. Each week, you will be asked to read and respond to at least two chapters, in addition to reading and responding to the postings of your classmates. The online discussions will on LinkedIn!

· If you are seeking AHIP credit for the class, you will be required to log in a minimum amount of participation each week to fill the requirements of the class for eight hours of time.

· Complete instructions can be obtained from the instructor, Pat Wagner, or 303-778-0880

Course Description and Registration:


Medical Library Association Course Page:

Cost: $100

Questions/Contact: Pat Wagner, Instructor, or 303-778-0880


Local Note: Register directly via the link above. While many LE@D classes are available at no cost to WebJunction Minnesota members, this class is considered a Medical Library Association class and is not available via WebJunction or WebJunction Minnesota.

September 29, 2009

Health Sciences Interest Group in ACRL

Notes from the MLA Board Meeting (September 17)
(excerpted from a report by Judy Burnham, Section Council Chair)

Health sciences librarians have started a Health Sciences Interest Group
(HSIG) in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
division of the American Library Association (ALA). The group has asked
that there be liaisons between MLA and the ACRL/HSIG. The Board approved
that the MLA Board of Directors establish an allied representative
position to liaise with the Association of College and Research
Libraries Health Sciences Interest Group, effective immediately. Judy
Burnham, Section Council Chair recommended that a member of NAHRS be
appointed to this position since NAHRS is often the MLA home of those
librarians at academic libraries that support health science programs.

Linda Watson, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Director, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota
450B Diehl Hall / 505 Essex Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-7039 (voice) 612-626-5822 (fax)

September 23, 2009

MLA 2011 - Local Assistance Subcommittee Volunteers Needed


The annual meeting of the Medical Library Association will be held in Minneapolis, MN from May 13-18, 2011. Gabe Rios (University of Alabama) and Bart Ragon (University of Virginia) are the National Program Committee (NPC) co-chairs. One of the very important and fun components of any annual meeting is the Local Assistance Committee (LAC). Linda Watson (University of Minnesota) and Dawn Littleton (Mayo Clinic) are the LAC co-chairs.

This is a call for volunteers to serve as chair of one of the six subcommittees that make up the work to be done over the course of the next two years. The subcommittees are: Publicity and Promotion; Restaurant Guide; Library Tours; Meeting Blog; Hospitality Information Booth, and Volunteer Assistance.

This link will take you to a more detailed document with a rough idea of when the most intense work would be. Each subcommittee chair would be responsible for recruiting volunteers for their subcommittee. A reminder that subcommittee chairs need to be MLA members.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the subcommittee chair positions, please let Linda Watson ( know by October 10, 2009.

FUN FACT: Three previous meetings in Minnesota were in 1936, 1976, 1986

April 7, 2009

Recording of MLA webcast available to view online

Hello folks,

If you were interested in the MLA Webcast on Work-Life Balance but were unable to make it to the University of Minnesota on 3/25, a recording of the session is available online for you to view. You can also get 2 MLA CE credits for viewing the webcast. If you're interested, please email me at, and I'll send you the link and login information.


February 25, 2009

MLA '09: Call for Posters featuring New Technology Trends and Late-Breaking Research

The 2009 National Program Committee (NPC) invites submission of abstracts
for a special late-breaking poster section at MLA '09, May 15-20, 2009, at
the Hawaiian Convention Center in Honolulu, HI. Submissions sought include
new technology trends which have recently emerged, innovative library
programs, and notable projects or research which have taken place (or been
completed) since the original October poster submission deadline.

Priority will be given to original submissions. Previously submitted
abstracts should only be resubmitted if they include new information or
results. As with previous poster submissions, authors are encouraged to
submit a structured abstract as described at: Posters will be
available for viewing during MLA '09. Posters and related handouts will be
posted to MLANET prior to the meeting.

Twenty-five posters will be selected. Posters will be presented during the
regularly scheduled poster sessions. The primary author will be notified of
acceptance by email sent the week of March 23, 2008. The lead or presenting
author must be identified at the time of submission and is expected to pay
for that day's registration. Presenters will be required to staff their
posters at one of the following assigned times:

Sunday, May 17, 2009 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 18, 2009 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday May 19, 2009 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

See the original Call for Participation
( for additional
information about poster boards and other information about the exhibition
space. For more information about posters, see the frequently asked
questions on the MLA '09 website or contact 2009 NPC members Julia Kochi
( or Lisa Oberg (

Use the late breaking poster submission form ( to
submit your abstract by Monday, March 16, 2009.

November 4, 2008

MLA Webcast at Allina on November 12th!

Survival Tips and Stories: Expanding the Library's Services in Times of Disaster
MLA's Educational Webcast
Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., central time

Allina will be hosting the webcast, sponsored by the GMR. There is no charge, but it is helpful if you register in advance by contacting Jim Bulger: 612-863-5230,

Place: Room 341, Allina Commons. Midtown Exchange. Chicago & Lake St. in Minneapolis.
Map & Directions

Please arrive early to allow for parking & getting an ID badge from building security. In fact, you might want to come really early & enjoy lunch at the Midtown Global Market.

For more information about parking, see below.

Additional information on the webcast is available on the MLAnet website

If you have questions, contact Jim Bulger.

Parking Information:
Visitors entering the Midtown Exchange ramp (on 10th Ave., north of Lake Street) will take a ticket to access the ramp. Bring the ticket with you; do not leave it in your car. The ramp is equipped with an automated payment system. There is no parking attendant at ramp entrances or exits. Upon leaving the Midtown Exchange or ramp elevator lobby and before entering their vehicles, visitors must insert their parking ticket into the “pay-as-you-go? machine to determine the fee owed. Visitors may pay for parking with cash or a credit card, after which the machine returns the ticket marked “receipt paid.? Visitors submit this receipt at the ramp gate to exit.

There are also a limited number of short term meters in the surface parking lot to the west of the building.

April 25, 2008

AHIP Credentialing Update

MLA's AHIP Credentialing Committee (CC) has completed its annual report for 2007 - 2008. As your AHIP representative to Midwest Chapter/MLA I wanted to bring a few highlights to your attention.

* A newly designed online portfolio and online Point Index is available. Check out the web site for a preview.
* The option to have Doody librarian selector work used for AHIP points was added to the Credentialing Meeting in Chicago. They were unable to conclude the work necessary to vote this into effect, but are hoping the final vote will come in Chicago. I had personally made recommendations for this and worked on a subcommittee to advocate for librarian selectors who worked on the Doody's Core Titles project. I'm confident the decision will be positive.
* 135 portfolios were reviewed successfully for AHIP members at the same level or higher. In addition, there were 18 new Provisional members for 2007.
* Check the MLA News April edition for a couple of published articles on changes made based on an Academy nationwide survey.
* Those who work on Web Sites, Mailing Lists, and Listservs will receive AHIP points. More information is available on
* In the future you will be able to renew at the same level with a credit card with no additional paperwork. This will happen after MLA purchases a new membership database system and after the Credentialing Committee implements a renewal system.
* The Academy has heard a strong voice from members that they would like a secure online application. I hope the CC will find a way to implement this long-needed feature. For those who are attending the Chicago meeting I encourage you to speak to Academy staff and/or the Credentialing Committee members to express your concerns.

I hope this update has been helpful.

AHIP Liaison to Midwest Chapter
Sharon Kambeitz-Lumphrey, MLIS, AHIP
Allina Hospitals & Clinics
800 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 612-863-9060 Fax: 612-863-5695

December 12, 2007

HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant

Apply Today!
HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant
for Hospital and Clinical Librarians

Applications are due by February 1, 2008

Are you looking for financial support to advance your professional education, attend a meeting , or conduct research? The HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant helps librarians in hospitals and other clinical care settings to acquire knowledge and skills through educational or research activities.

Further information and an application are located at

If you would like tips or guidelines on how to document your application, please contact me, and I'd be happy to help. Give it a try!

Sharon Kambeitz-Lumphrey
Coordinator, Library Outreach Program
Allina Hospitals & Clinics Internal Mail 14001
800 East 28th Street
Phone: 612-863-9060 Fax: 612-863-5695

February 22, 2007

MLA Webcast on 3/7/07

The MLA Webcast, Survival of the Fittest: Strategies to Prove your Library's Value, will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:00-3:00pm with a 1-hour discussion period following.

Sites for viewing this webcast include:

Allina Library Services, with sponsorship from the GMR

Allina Commons at the Midtown Exchange - Room 241
2925 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

Please arrive 15 - 30 minutes early to navigate parking and security
issues. In fact, come early for lunch at the Midtown Global Market!

Parking is available in the ramp to the east of the building, or on a
metered surface lot to the west (with a 2-hour limit). For more
information, check here:

Please contact Jim Bulger to register:
Register early, as the room size limits us to 32 participants. Also,
pre-registration will speed the process at the security desk.

St.Luke's Hospital, Duluth, MN

Please contact Doreen Roberts with questions:

Doreen Roberts, MLS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
St. Luke's Hospital
915 E. 1st St.
Duluth, MN 55811
218-249-5926 (fax)