What's New: July 2006
The Medical Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that it awarded more than $40,000 in grants and scholarships to outstanding students and practicing health sciences information professionals. The following recipients were recognized at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on May 22, 2006, during MLA '06 in Phoenix, AZ.
This year's Cunningham Memorial International Fellow was Hanne Caspersen, a health information sciences librarian at State and University Library, Aarhus, Denmark. With the fellowship, Caspersen had the opportunity to study at six health sciences libraries across the United States. She wrapped up her stay in Phoenix, AZ, at MLA '06. Of her experience as a Cunningham fellow, Caspersen stated,
"These three months have been such a fantastic experience for me. First of all for my professional development, but also to meet and stay with so many nice and welcoming people, who all did such a great work in showing me around and making me feel comfortable. I will try to transfer the clinical librarian model at the university hospital that my library serves. I hope the excellent experiences I have got here will help to convince the clinical staff that this model is very useful and time-saving to their work and research. I will also bring home lots of software names that will be useful in improving our Website and setting up better communication with our users, as well as software for making tutorials and remote educational programs. I will also pass along the idea of repository archives to my faculty and hopefully make my library have the central role in implementing it."
The annual Cunningham fellowship is available to health sciences librarians from countries outside the United States and Canada and provides up to four months of observation and supervised work in one or more medical libraries in the United States or Canada.
The David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship awards $2,000 to cover expenses involved in traveling to 3 medical libraries in the United States or Canada for the purpose of studying a specific aspect of health information management. Robin Devin, Library, University of Rhode Island-Kingston, is this year's recipient. Devin, chair of University of Rhode Island's Public Services Section, is departmental liaison for the University of Rhode Island's College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and the Department of Communicative Disorders and provides library instruction for the physical therapy program. For her research, Devin plans to observe and compare the collection development activities and the liaison and instruction programs of allied health sciences programs at similar institutions. She also hopes to expand library and collection development at the allied health programs she works with.
Monique Escamilla, Department of Information Studies, University of California-Los Angeles received this year's MLA Scholarship for Minority Students. Escamilla will use the scholarship toward her goal of becoming a medical librarian and looks forward to working as a consumer health librarian. Her vision is to bring virtual libraries of health information to patients and their families and to see these libraries available online as well as having a smaller, physical collection for patient use. MLA's Scholarship for Minority Students was created to encourage minority library school students to pursue careers in health sciences librarianship.
The EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant is sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and provides up to $1,000 for up to 4 medical librarians working in health sciences libraries, with 2 to 5 years experience in the field, to attend MLA's annual meeting. Karen Goodell, Lilian Hoffecker, AHIP, Xiaoli Li and Dana Wyles all received grants this year. Goodell, Health Sciences Library, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA, attended her first MLA meeting at MLA '06 and used the meeting to investigate volunteer opportunities and begin giving back to the profession. Hoffecker, Denison Memorial Library, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center-Denver, took advantage of the continuing education opportunities at the meeting in addition to presenting a paper. Li, Carlson Health Sciences Library, University of California-Davis, presented a poster at the meeting and enjoyed the benefits of gaining firsthand knowledge of products and services showcased in the exhibit hall. She also sought volunteer opportunities at the meeting. Wyles, Family Resource Center, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, NY, also attended her first MLA annual meeting with the 2006 grant and had the opportunity to learn about new developments in clinical librarianship and to network with other consumer health librarians.
The MLA Scholarship recognizes a student entering an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library school or with at least one-half of the requirements of the program to finish in the year after receiving the scholarship. The recipient must also show excellence in scholarship and potential for achievement in the health librarianship profession. Christine Greipp, School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, is such a student and received the 2006 award. Greipp recently worked in site administration at an imaging core lab, managing radiology clinical trial data for pharmaceutical and biotech companies and plans to draw on this background in the future when she becomes a medical librarian.
Rita Haydar, Health Sciences Library, St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA, and Joan Wilson, William T. Wood Medical Library, Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene, ID, received the 2006 Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grant. The award, sponsored by MLA's Hospital Libraries Section (HLS), provides librarians working in hospitals and similar clinical settings with the support necessary for educational or research activities. Haydar will use the grant to register for an MLA online continuing education course, which she will apply towards MLA's Consumer Health Information Specialization. Wilson used the grant for two CE courses at MLA '06.
Thomson Scientific sponsors a fellowship in the amount of $2,000 to foster and encourage superior students to conduct doctoral work in an area of health sciences librarianship or information sciences and to provide support to individuals who have been admitted to candidacy. The award supports research or travel applicable to the candidate's study within a twelve month period. Timothy P. Hogan, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, received the Thomson Scientific/MLA Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation research based on the idea that managing treatment for HIV/AIDS or any chronic disease is an informationintensive activity and that people living with HIV/AIDS collect, interact with, and use very different kinds of treatment-related information. Hogan will use the fellowship to personally survey people living with HIV/AIDS to obtain a better understanding of their use of information.
Ellen Justice, Christiana Hospital Library, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE, was honored this year for both the 2006 Continuing Education Award and the Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant. The Continuing Education Grant awards recipients with funds to develop their knowledge of the theoretical, administrative, or technical aspects of librarianship, and the Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant, established by MLA's Medical Informatics Section, provides support for a career development activity that will contribute to advancement in the field of medical informatics. Justice, who teaches courses on evidence-based searching and has authored a book chapter on medical informatics, used the funds from both awards to help support her attendance at a well-respected evidence-based medicine (EBM) workshop at Duke University, Durham, NC, "Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Educators and Champions of Evidence-based Medicine." The workshop will take Justice to the next level of expertise in EBM, thus allowing her to teach EBM at a higher level and to further support the EBM teaching needs at her institution.
This year, the MLA National Program Committee sponsored a one time minority
scholarship to fund one student's attendance at the MLA annual meeting.
The MLA Scholarship for Minority Students, Annual Meeting, was awarded
to Ivonne Martinez, School of Information Sciences, University
of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Martinez, a 2005 Mid-Atlantic Chapter-MLA
scholar, is already making great strides in her career in health librarianship.
She copresented a poster at MLA '06 and served as coeditor for MLA
DocKit #15: Position Descriptions in Health Sciences Libraries.
MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,500 health sciences information professional members worldwide. Founded in 1898, MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledge base of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.
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