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  • 26 Aug 2014 7:15 AM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (Information for this post comes courtesy of Lenora Kinzie.)

    The deadline to submit your STARS nomination is August 31st.   If you are trying to decide which accomplishment to list, don’t sweat that…list as many as you wish! 

    Just go to http://www.mcmla.org/2014stars  and complete the form. 

    MCMLA STARS will be recognized at the Quint Chapter Meeting in Denver and for posterity in an upcoming issue of the MCMLA Express.

    If you have any questions contact Lenora Kinzie.

  • 20 Aug 2014 2:55 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    The Summer issue of the Express has been published-check it out!
    
    
    http://www.mcmla.org:80/resources/Express/2014/aug2014.pdf
    

  • 14 Aug 2014 9:34 AM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information comes courtesy of Rebecca Carlson, member of the Honors and Awards Committee.)

    Applications are now being accepted for the MCMLA Professional Travel Scholarship! Apply on the MCMLA Website: http://mcmla.org/travel 

    The application deadline is September 8th.

    History

    In May 2009, the Wyoming Medical Librarians recommended to the MCMLA Executive Board that their share of the profits from the MCMLA 2008 meeting, which was held in Cody, WY; be used to fund a travel scholarship. This scholarship is to help MCMLA members who live in rural areas of the MCMLA region to attend the annual MCMLA meeting. The MCMLA Travel Scholarship was approved with the Executive Secretary responsible for the distribution of the scholarship funds and the MCMLA Honors and Awards Committee responsible for soliciting applications and selecting the scholarship winner.

    Scholarship Criteria

    1. The applicant must come from a rural or micropolitan area determined by using the Rural Assistance Center website http://ims2.missouri.edu/rac/amirural/definitions.asp .
    2. The applicant must submit a brief statement (100 words) explaining how receiving this scholarship will enhance their professional development as a librarian.
    3. Scholarship winners can only receive the scholarship once since funds are limited.
    4. Scholarship money is reimbursed once the Executive Secretary has obtained receipts from the winner. Acceptable receipts are:
      • Airline receipts
      • Gas mileage notations - winner will be reimbursed at the going government mileage reimbursement amount
      • Meeting registration costs
      • CE registration costs
      • Hotel costs
    5. The scholarship winner will be announced on the MCMLA listserv, the MCMLA Annual meeting and the winner's name will be listed on the MCMLA website.

    Questions about the scholarship can be directed to the MCMLA Honors and Awards Committee Chair: Cindy Perkins, Medical Librarian, Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, 402-398-6092, Cynthia.perkins@alegent.org.  

  • 29 Jul 2014 3:01 PM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information provided by Tim Kenny.)

    Attention fine folks of MCMLA,

    Please consider applying for this opportunity to work on in-progress research/research writing of all kinds at the Quint meeting this year. (More detail on the attached application). There are limited spots available, but MCMLA will be guaranteed at least two spots.  Click here for the application form.

    The applications will be collected by Lori Fitterling, Co-Chair MCMLA Research Committee, but ultimately reviewed by a person outside the chapter.  The deadline for submitting an application is August 7th.  Please help spread the word about this opportunity to your fellow chapter members.  Questions and inquiries can be directed to the Lori Fitterling, Lfitterling@kcumb.edu.

  • 29 Jul 2014 11:22 AM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information comes courtesy of Lenora Kinzie.)

    MCMLA Colleagues:

    It is time to reflect on our professional achievements for the past year and nominate yourself as a 2014 MCMLA STAR! 

    August 31st is the deadline, so in the next few weeks review your calendar, update your portfolio or CV, ask your colleagues, anything it takes to compile a listing of ALL the great things you have accomplished this past year.  Don’t stop there…please enter them on the MCMLA STARS Nomination Form http://www.mcmla.org/2014stars   

    Examples are new programs, presentations, publications, posters, classes, recognition at your institution, recognition by organizations, grants, new job, new responsibilities, heroic acts of librarianship, etc.  I am always impressed by the accomplishments of our members and it encourages me to try harder in my own corner of the region.

    If you have questions please contact Lenora Kinzie or any member of the MCMLA Honors and Awards Committee.

  • 29 Jul 2014 9:44 AM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information comes courtesy of Amanda Sprochi.)

    The deadline for submissions for the august issue of the Express is August 1, 2014.  YOU are what makes the Express great, so please consider sending something in to share with your MCMLA colleagues.  And don't forget to let me know about any papers, posters, presentations, awards, or any other recognition you or a fello member have received, so we can recognize your efforts.  You can email me at sprochia@health.missouri.edu.

  • 29 Jul 2014 8:31 AM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information comes courtesy of Rebecca Carlson.)

    The deadline for nominations for a 2014 MCMLA Award is quickly approaching!  Nominate a fellow member or yourself for one of three prestigious Midcontinental Chapter awards. These awards are a great way to recognize the outstanding service of a coworker or professional colleague.  

    Bernice M. Hetzner Award for Excellence in Academic Health Science Librarianship

    This award was established in 1991 in honor of Bernice M. Hetzner, Library Director and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, who retired in 1973. This $500 award recognizes an academic health sciences librarian who has achieved a high level of professional accomplishment. Previous winners of this award include Lynne Fox in 2010, Nancy Woelfl in 2011, and Sue Sykes Berry in 2012. There was no winner in 2013 due to a lack of nominations. For more information and to see the nomination criteria, visit the award webpage.

    Barbara McDowell Award for Excellence in Hospital Librarianship

    The Barbara McDowell Award was established in 1984 in memory of Barbara McDowell, Chief of Library Services at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Veterans Administration, who died in 1983. This $500 award honors a chapter member who has made an outstanding contribution to hospital librarianship. Previous award winners include Elizabeth C. Burns in 2009 and Karen Wells in 2011. There were no award winners in 2010, 2012, or 2013 due to a lack of nominations. For more information and to see the nomination criteria, visit the award webpage.

    Outstanding Achievement Award

    Established in 1983, this award honors a member for significant contributions to health sciences/hospital libraries, to the profession and to the goals and objectives of the chapter. Award winners receive a plaque and $500 monetary gift at the MCMLA conference. Previous award winners include Jim Bothmer in 2009, Sarah Beck Kirby in 2011, and Rebecca Graves in 2012. There were no award winners in 2010 or 2013 due to a lack of nominations. For more information and to see the nomination criteria, visit the award webpage.

    Nominations for all awards are due by August 1, 2014. The nomination form is available on the MCMLA website. You can contact the Honors and Awards Committee Chair, Cindy Perkins, at cynthia.perkins@alegent.org or (402) 398-6092 with any questions.​

  • 09 Jul 2014 1:54 PM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (This reminder comes courtesy of Barbara Folb, Chair of the Client Relations Committee, MLA Public Health/Health Administration Section.)

    Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.
    Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST.  For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go tohttp://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/
    For more information on the 2014 APHA meeting see http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/ .
    For more information on the Sewell Fund, see http://www.sewellfund.org/  -
    What is the Value of Attending APHA as a Sewell Stipend recipient?
    The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:
     
    Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)
     
    Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)
     
    “Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)
     
    The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)
     
    As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)
     
    I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)
     
    The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!
     
    Barbara Folb, Chair, Client Relations Committee
     
    Helena VonVille, Chair-elect, Client Relations Committee
     
    Public Health/ Health Administration Section
    Medical Library Association
  • 23 Jun 2014 3:53 PM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (The following information comes courtesy of Lara Sapp (James Madison University) and Barbara Folb (University of Pittsburgh; Chair, Client Relations Committee, Public Health/Health Administration Section, MLA).)

    Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.

    Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST.  For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go to http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/

    For more information on the 2014 APHA meeting see http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/ .

    For more information on the Sewell Fund, see http://www.sewellfund.org/  -

    What is the Value of Attending APHA as a Sewell Stipend recipient?

    The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

    Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)

    Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)

    “Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)

    The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)

    As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)

    I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)

    The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!

     

    Barbara Folb, Chair, Client Relations Committee

    folb@pitt.edu

    Helena VonVille, Chair-elect, Client Relations Committee

    Helena.M.Vonville@uth.tmc.edu

    Public Health/ Health Administration Section

    Medical Library Association

  • 18 Jun 2014 1:03 PM | Tracey Hughes (Administrator)

    (Thanks to Lynne Fox for providing this information.)

    Check out our new blog posting for the second Quint MLA Trivia Contest question - http://blog.hsl.washington.edu/quint/?page_id=17  Correct answers go into a drawing to win this week's prize as well as the grand prize of 1 free CE.

    Register now at http://www.regonline.com/quint2014 for the All Inclusive Package A to attend all special events, including the Hospital Library Interest Group Luncheon - you don't have to be a hospital librarian to attend!  

    This year's Hospital Library Interest Group Luncheon is Wednesday, October 15, 12:00-1:30 p.m., and features Dr. Robin Dowell, University of Colorado-Boulder, on "Understanding Your Genome: The Path to Personalized Medicine".

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