MHSLA Annual Business Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting was held over lunch on Sunday, Oct. 19th; Janet Zimmerman presiding. 

In addition to committee and local group reports, we accepted proposed changes to the MHSLA Bylaws.  Mary H. tells me that the size of her hat is determined by the quantity of Bylaws changes; this set required not only the large red hat, but also the purple boa! The crux of the changes were to accommodate the merging of the former Technology and Publications committees into a Communications committee. However, as Mary pointed out, it’s important to us librarians that the committees be listed in alphabetical order, so many changes were made in order to re-number the committee listings.

Congratulations to Ellen O’Donnell, recipient of MHSLA’s Librarian of the Year award, and to Carole Gilbert and LeaAnn McGaugh, first recipients of our Lifetime Achievement awards.

The Western Michigan Health Sciences Library Association invited the Association to come to the Doubletree Hotel in Holland, Michigan on Sept. 23-25, 2009, for MHSLA’s next annual conference.

At the close of the meeting, Janet turned over the gavel to incoming president Judy Barnes.  Judy presented Janet with a plaque denoting her service to the Association.


Competency-based medical education

Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, presented a concurrent session describing U of M Medical School’s work on transforming medical education to be more competency-based, reiterating that competency equals accountability.  

Briefly describing the history of medical education, Dr. Mangrulkar notes that the current physician rewards system is destroying the clinical learning experience at the point of care, as it costs time and money for doctors to have medical students with them.  The regulatory environment also changes the clinical learning experience, for example in limiting residents’ work hours. Changing technologies and student learning preferences are also changing the way medical education is presented.

Dr. Mangrulkar presented some examples of pilot projects that “tinker with” the processes of medical education and study the outcomes.  The target is to develop the “Day one doctor”, who from the beginning of his or her career develops effective information management skills, is capable of complex problem solving drawing on the evidence, and pursues life-long self-regulated learning.

What’s your theme song?

Our keynote address was presented by motivational speaker Deena Ebbert, “FISH philosopher.”  We knew it was going to be a lively session when, minutes into the event, Deena was singing opera tunes.  She had us all in stitches while she inspired us to think about “who you are being while you’re doing what you’re doing.”  One exercise: identify your “theme song”  — music that identifies who you are.   Brave souls from the audience shared their tunes: Time of your life (think Patrick Swayze); I’m a woman, a song that’s about respect (Sandra M.); and Mary H.‘s  Zip-a-dee doo-dah with the modified lyrics.

The FISH! Leadership philosophy that Deena presented incorporates 4 rules: Play; Make their day; Be there; and Choose your attitude.  It’s a great method for building teams, energizing customer service, and generating customer loyalty. Learn more at

MHSLA/Midwest MLA in Troy, Michigan

Well, I have my connection problems resolved, so I’m posting from the Midwest MLA/MHSLA Educational Conference in Troy, Michigan. It’s been a great time to travel here — beautiful autumn colors, picture-perfect sunrises (if only they didn’t happen so early) …

So your roving reporter is on the job.  Look for photos in a few days as attendees get back to their desks and send me the promised pictures.

Speaking of pictures — be sure to check out Claire Leibfarth’s postings at ConnectMidwest for more coverage of Midwest08!

Presidential candidates’ healthcare platforms

The New England Journal of Medicine hosts free fulltext articles from U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain at  The articles will be printed in the Oct. 16, 2008 issue.  The website also includes a video of a Sept. 12 symposium featuring senior health policy advisors David Cutler of Harvard University for Barack Obama and Gail Wilensky of Project HOPE for John McCain discussing each candidate’s platform.

Thanks to Hardin News

Two more weeks to the Midwest MLA/MHSLA conference

Just two more weeks before the start of the 2008 Midwest MLA/MHSLA Conference, Vital Signs: Keeping You and Your Library Vibrant and Healthy, from October 17th  to 21st at the Troy Marriott in Troy, MichiganComplete information about the conference is available at .

There is still time to register online at

If you know of colleagues who are flying into the Detroit Metro Airport, please let them know there is an option to coordinate a shared taxi ride to the Marriott hotel in Troy. Due to distance and current fuel prices the trip is costly.  If they want help finding others willing to share a ride to the hotel, as soon as they have booked a flight send an email to Patty Supnick at .

1. “08 Conf Transpo” in the subject line
2. flight information – airline, flight number, arrival day and time
3. contact information

We will send them the names of those willing to share a ride who are arriving around the same time. They may contact them and coordinate their trip to the hotel. We cannot guarantee a ride share so will let you know if there are none that have come to our attention.

To see transportation options on the conference website go to .

2008 Midwest MLA/MHSLA Planning Committee


Helen Look, MSI-LIS, AHIP