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Hospital Libraries Section History

Prepared for the MLA Centennial

By Mary J. Jarvis, January 1999

The Hospital Libraries Section (HLS), the largest of MLA's sections, had its beginnings in 1948. For its first twenty-nine years it was just one of the groups within MLA. In 1976 it became the first of the groups to adopt bylaws and, in 1977, the first section. What has this section done through the years? What threads run through its existence? What projects or happenings does the section promote on a regular basis? A look at the section's history and the common interests of its members through the years is most enlightening. This is a history of the section, not of hospital libraries. Some issues are not addressed because they were association business, not section/group business. 


For many years hospital librarians, though few in number, often met at the MLA Annual Meeting. In the 1948 Medical Library Association Tentative Program, the meetings of seven groups were announced. The association wanted groups of librarians with similar interests to meet in some kind of organized way. These groups, representing different kinds of libraries, were planned to bring together librarians to discuss "problems peculiar to their libraries." [1] The hope was to encourage discussion "so that there can be informed opinion on these subjects, particularly in relation to the needs in these fields of different types of libraries." [2] Hospital libraries were one of the seven groups.

The chair for the hospital libraries group was Ms. Jacqueline W. Felter of the New York Postgraduate Medical School in New York, NY, who had been appointed by the general chairman for the group event. There were thirty-two representatives of medical, hospital, and nursing libraries in attendance. Three items were on the program; all were reports on issues handled by formal MLA committees. One was a summary of the Report of the Survey of Personnel Study with findings about hospital and nursing libraries presented by Ms. Simone Hurst, librarian at the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland. Another was a paper comparing Excerpta Medica and Abstracts of Medical Literature, presented by Ms. Chloe S. Brewer of the Oscar LeSeure Professional Library at Grace Hospital in Detroit, MI.

Perhaps the most interesting part---both at the time and for the future---was a summary of Ms. Mary Louise Marshall's Report on the Standards for Medical Librarianship and Certification of Medical Librarians. This report sparked discussion on standards of medical librarianship and opportunities for training in hospitals.

As a result of the discussion, the following recommendation went to the incoming MLA President and the Executive Committee:

That a committee be appointed to consider the advisability of cooperation with the National League of Nursing Education and Special Libraries Association on the compilation of a manual of standards for nursing school and medical libraries in hospitals, and that the recommendations of this committee be referred to the Committee of Standards of the Medical Library Association for their approval. [3]

Ms. Felter reported the group meeting to be very successful for discussing issues of primary interest to hospital librarians. While the meeting was considered highly successful, the group did not come together again until the 49th Annual Meeting in 1950 in Boston, MA. At this first gathering of hospital librarians, interest in and discussion of standards for hospital libraries became very apparent. Standards would continue to be a very important topic for the group. From 1950 through 1975, the group met annually, hearing reports from various MLA committees and having speakers and/or a panel on topics judged to be of interest. These topics included standards, library committees, library users, and personnel issues.

From time to time important actions were taken. These included sending a recommendation to the MLA Executive Board to request that the American Medical Association conduct a survey about the number of medical libraries in hospitals and publicize the courses in medical librarianship in the Hospital Issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1954; deciding to elect a chair for the next meeting rather than have the outgoing chair appoint one in 1960; including a nominee for the MLA Nominating Committee in addition to a nominee for chair; and distributing a questionnaire to ascertain the members' preferences for future topics of discussions and speakers.

From 1948 until the pivotal years of 1975 through 1977, the Hospital Libraries Group conducted all of its business and communications at its annual meeting. At the 1975 MLA Annual Meeting, there was a special meeting—separate and apart from the Hospital Libraries Group meeting—to discuss the function of the Hospital Libraries Group within MLA. This meeting was called on the initiative of a group of librarians from the southwest Ohio area. It was evident from this meeting that a more formal structure was highly desirable as was a better means of communication. A bylaws committee was formed to draft bylaws to be presented at the 1976 meeting. It was at this time that MLA was encouraging the groups to form sections, adopt bylaws, and become an official part of the parent organization. In 1976, the proposed bylaws were approved and the name of the group officially became the Hospital Libraries Interest Group, and a Bylaws Committee was appointed by Chair Lois Ann Colaianni to revise the bylaws. Ms. Colaianni also appointed a president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. Early in the 1976/77 association year nine committees were formed with eighty-four group members being appointed to serve. These committees reflected some of the committee structure within MLA; the structure allowed the section be able to conduct its business more effectively.

Four brief issues of a newsletter—as yet unnamed—were sent to group members by Ms. Colaianni. At the 1977 meeting the revised bylaws were passed. Significant among these bylaws were the name—Hospital Library Section of the Medical Library Association; four officers to be elected annually—President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer; and six standing committees established: Executive, Finance, Nominating, Program, Membership, and Continuing Education. Following passage of the bylaws, the Finance Committee recommended dues of $2.00 per year with the first collection actually being for $3.00 to cover the time until January 1979 (following the end of calendar year 1978). This recommendation was approved as was a recommendation that HLS develop a monetary award in recognition of achievement for hospital librarians.

Through the years changes would be made almost every year in the bylaws. Some changes were primarily in form; others were more significant. Some of the more important changes included changing the name to Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association; revising the purpose of the section to reflect changes in the environment; a change in the definition of quorum; adding the MLA Nominating Committee Nominee to the list of annually elected officers; providing for the election of the Section Council Alternate; inclusion of the past-chair as an officer; a change in the term of office for the treasurer; and changing the amount of dues (this happened three times).    


The original intent of the Hospital Libraries Group was to provide a forum for hospital librarians to discuss problems peculiar to the world of hospital libraries and to learn from each other. When its bylaws were first drafted and passed by the membership, the Hospital Library Section had five objectives:

  1. shall promote the interests and act upon the concerns of hospital librarians;
  2. shall establish itself as the center for hospital library communications and cooperation with health care organizations and accrediting agencies;
  3. shall support the concept of hospital librarianship as a profession;
  4. shall seek to improve hospital library service through cooperative efforts and expanded facilities; and
  5. shall assist the development of appropriate programs in continuing education for hospital librarians. [4]

The 1998 revision of the bylaws changed the "Objectives" to "Purpose." The purposes are essentially the same with some changes and are best quoted directly from the Bylaws. The purpose of the section shall be:

  1. to promote the interests and act upon the concerns of hospital libraries and librarians;
  2. to establish itself as the center for hospital libraries' communication;
  3. to cooperate with health care organizations and accrediting agencies;
  4. to support the concept of hospital librarianship, as a profession;
  5. to seek to improve hospital libraries' service through cooperative efforts and expanded facilities; and
  6. to assist in the development of appropriate programs in continuing education for hospital librarians. [5]

In the early 1980's, MLA as an association began the process of strategic planning for the future. In 1983, Betsey Beamish, HLS Chair, appointed a strategic planning committee for the section. The task of this committee was to develop a plan to guide the section in its activities. Follwing the 1986 HLS Business Meeting, Holly Shipp Buchanan led an open forum for section members to discuss the suggested plan. Refinements to the plan continued, and the first section strategic plan was adopted at the HLS Business Meeting in Boston, MA, in 1989. [6] With its work completed the strategic planning committee was disbanded and the task for monitoring the plan became the responsibility of the Immediate Past Chair. In 1992, a task force was appointed to review the section's strategic plan. [7] This committee worked throughout that association year and presented the working draft via National Network; the section's Executive Board approved the plan in October 1993. The task force also developed a mission statement for the section, presented to the membership at the section's Business Meeting in 1994 in San Antonio, TX; it was subsequently adopted by the section Executive Board in the fall of 1994. The mission statement reads:

The Hospital Libraries Section advocates the interests and acts upon the concerns of hospital librarians and libraries; promotes hospital library communication and cooperation with healthcare organizations and accrediting agencies; supports librarianship as a profession; improves hospital library services through research, cooperative efforts, and enhanced resources or facilities; and provides programs supporting the professional development and recognition of hospital librarians. [8


From 1977 through 1988 each of MLA's sections was responsible for collecting its own dues. HLS set its first dues at $2.00 per year, raising the amount to $5.00 in 1980. Dues notices were sent with the November issue of the newsletter, and the treasurer had the difficult task of keeping track of who had paid dues. In the spring of 1983, the membership list was automated. In 1984 Section Council appointed an Ad Hoc Structure and Dues Committee to study the issues surrounding dues collection for sections through MLA headquarters. Several years of study and conversation with sections transpired, and centralized dues collection began in January, 1989.

During the 1979/80 association year, it was interesting to note that the Section Finance Committee decided to discontinue the practice of handling HLS funds through an account trustee at MLA headquarters. Beginning with this association year, checking account activity was handled by the treasurer with the president's co-signature.

Financial issues regularly arose that threatened the stability of the section. This first appeared in the 1980/81 year; cash-flow problems were precipitated by newsletter expenses and a delay in receipt of dues for membership renewals. The publication of the newsletter was limited to three times during the association year—September, January, and March—and the newsletter editor was appointed on a calendar year basis. After that year fiscal solvency returned, only to disappear again in 1985/86. During that association year, section objectives included plans to reach financial stability by pursuing advertising revenue for the newsletter and a vote for a dues increase to $10.00 at the section business meeting in Minneapolis, MN. The section continued its activities fairly well until the 1990/91 year when the financial reserves were so low that all section activities except publication of National Network were put on hold. Another call for a dues increase was announced to be voted on at the 1991 meeting. Centralized dues collection had increased the number of members, but the administrative percentage retained by MLA headquarters severely reduced the amount actually coming to the section. At this meeting, an increase to $20.00 per year was proposed and accepted.  


From its beginnings as one of the groups addressing special interests within MLA, the section had a program at each meeting. In the early days the meeting was predominantly program with some business discussed. Most of these programs were invited speakers or panels talking on topics of interest to the group. In the early 70's a questionnaire was distributed to ascertain the members' preferences for future topics and speakers. As the group moved on to become an official section, the program planning became somewhat more formalized, and program plans for each meeting were publicized via the newsletter.

As MLA became a larger, more complex organization, the National Program Committee, the program planners at the national level, saw a need to organize programming differently. Beginning in the 1980's, sections were encouraged to sponsor contributed papers sessions, invited papers sessions, and colloquia. At the 1983 meeting in Houston, TX, the section sponsored its first contributed papers session. Contributed papers sessions became a mainstay of HLS programming. The Automation Forum, a more informal session where members could share automation experiences with their colleagues, made its first appearance in 1986. Also in 1986, the section sponsored its first pre-conference colloquium, "Opportunities for Innovation," a smashing success with more than 200 participants. In 1989 the section co-sponsored with the Research Section, a post-conference colloquium entitled "Evaluation in Health Sciences Libraries: Measuring our Contribution and Our Value"; more than 200 attendees participated in this very popular symposium. A pre-conference Institute "Prepared for Now...Primed for Tomorrow" is planned for the 1999 meeting in Chicago, IL.

Because of changes at the association level through the years, programming has become more complex, with section-sponsored programs taking place on at least two days of the annual meeting in addition to the annual section business meeting. Section program planning is under the direction of the Program Committee, chaired by the section chair-elect. Issues covered by the programs over the years range from consumer health to legal issues to planning for the future to technological issues. A table showing programs, meeting city, chair's name, and membership by year can be found in Appendix A.

One of the program topics that appeared regularly was the role hospital libraries and librarians play in working with the National Library of Medicine. The program at the 1978 HLS meeting was a review of a meeting held January 30-31, 1978, between eleven hospital librarians and NLM staff. Art Broering, Deputy Associate Director, Extramural Programs, NLM, addressed and reviewed the role of NLM in relation to hospital libraries and three of the eleven librarian attendees addressed other issues discussed at the meeting—Jane Lambremont, financing the hospital library; Judith Topper, consortia; and Betsy Schreder, document delivery. [9] At the 1980 MLA Annual Meeting, the HLS program was "NLM and Hospital Libraries: An Update." This program was a panel moderated by Sandra Clevesy, HLS Chair-Elect. Panel members were Martin M. Cummings, M.D., Director, NLM; Ernest Allen, M.D., Associate Director, Extramural Programs, NLM; Joseph Leiter, Ph.D., Associate Director, Library Operations, NLM; Judith Messerle, a past chair of HLS and representative of the eleven librarians who had attended the 1978 meeting with NLM staff; and Lois Ann Colaianni, 1979/80 MLA President and representing hospital librarians.

In November 1989, NLM Director Donald Lindberg, M.D., sent a letter to hospital executives extolling the virtues of GratefulMed and how valuable it would be to hospital administrators. This letter failed to mention how hospital librarians had been promoting GratefulMed to clinicians and administrators for several years. In fact, the letter did not mention hospital librarians or libraries at all. Many MLA members wrote Dr. Lindberg expressing their anger at this oversight. HLS Chair Jacque Doyle wrote a letter on behalf of the section and received a call from Dr. Lindberg as well as a letter indicating the importance of the hospital librarian and apologizing for the omission.

In the summer of 1990, HLS Chair Carole Gilbert was invited to help plan and participate in a seminar co-sponsored by NLM and the Friends of NLM entitled "Information Services for Hospitals: An NLM Invitational Conference" for a select group of hospital administrators. Ms. Gilbert asked section members for input and ideas through the National Network. She presented a paper on how governmental regulations have affected hospitals and libraries and how hospital libraries can help administrators and clinicians in economically troubled times. As it turned out, there were only seven administrators at the seminar, but there were representatives from a variety of medical organizations and corporations, as well as physicians, medical librarians, and NLM staff. One portion of the 1992 HLS program was a debate between Dr. Lindberg and Herb White, Distinguished Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, on the topic "Libraries, Outreach, or Biotechnology: What is the Primary Role of NLM?". A panel of hospital and academic medical librarians then directed questions to the two presenters. 

HLS and Its Relations with MLA

There were many times during the years from 1948 to 1975 that hospital librarians felt that the association and its affairs were dominated by academic librarians. It was, in fact, the case. Barbara Coe Johnson from Harper Hospital in Detroit, MI, was the first hospital librarian elected MLA President. She served as president during the 1975-76 year. Other hospital librarians would follow over the next twenty-four years, including Lois Ann Colaianni, Gertrude Lamb, Judith Messerle, Holly Shipp Buchanan, Jacque Bastille, and Jacque Doyle.

It was also perceived that dominance of the MLA Board of Directors by academic librarians effectively shut out any association-wide dealing with the concerns of hospital librarians. In response to complaints about the few hospital librarians who were appointed to committees, MLA President Phyllis Mirsky did an analysis of committee appointment applicants in 1984. Her analysis showed that "very few hospital librarians have applied for appointments and those that do stand a very good chance of being appointed." [10]

In 1988, MLA President Eloise Foster appointed an Ad Hoc Committee on the Position of Hospital Libraries. It was chaired by Mickey Cook, a recent HLS Chair and comprised five additional members: Rya Ben-Shir, Holly Shipp Buchanan, Phyllis Gillikin, Pamela Jajko, and Ray Palmer. Its purpose was to "serve as a catalyst within the association to develop strategies and action plans to strengthen and promote hospital libraries and librarians who staff them" during the period of downsizing that was happening at that time. [11] The personnel on the committee changed regularly.

At the MLA board meeting in December 1990, there were two significant actions affecting hospital librarians. First, it was announced that one of the areas of priority for the 1991 year was the advancement of the position of hospital librarians. Second, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Position of Hospital Librarians was changed to a standing committee—the Hospital Libraries Committee. Its purpose was to "function as an advocate and advisory body to the board of directors on hospital related matters; [and to] develop strategies and recommend actions to strengthen and promote the position of hospital libraries within the current health care environment." [12]

Over the next several years, this committee developed, among other things, the slide/script presentation "The Library's Contribution to Quality: The Bottom Line," the "Hot Quotes" column for National Network, and an article on clinical practice guidelines for National Network. At the September 1995 meeting of the MLA board, the board voted to dissolve this committee. This action came following a motion from the committee itself because the committee felt it was duplicating work that could be done more effectively by the Hospital Libraries Section. All of its charges and ongoing projects were delegated to the HLS. The Medical Library Association today sees a very strong and active Hospital Libraries Section and hospital librarians more frequently elected to the MLA board.


With its establishment as a section of MLA in 1976, the real work began to be done by committees. Some of the committees have been in existence since 1976, including Bylaws, Membership, and Program. Some committees have lasted only a few years, such as the Public Relations Committee and the Consultants Committee. Others have changed names over the years to reflect changes in the association environment, i.e., Continuing Education to Professional Development; Automation to Information Technology. There have been a number of task forces and ad hoc committees through the years which have worked on a specific project for a short period of time, such as the Ad Hoc Committee on Interactions with Hospital Administrators and the Strategic Planning Task Force. The activities of some of these committees will be outlined in next several pages in the discussion of the section's activities. A table showing section officers and committee chairs can be found in Appendix B while a brief description of the current section committees can be found in Appendix C.

Awards and Recognition

In 1977 the membership approved a recommendation that HLS develop a monetary award in recognition of achievement for hospital librarians. In 1979 the Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Feasibility of Having an Outstanding Hospital Librarian made several recommendations which the membership approved. Finally, during the 1986/87 year, the Membership Committee developed criteria for two awards—the Hospital Librarian of the Year Award and the Certificates of Service—to recognize section members who were retiring from their positions. Both the award and the Certificates of Services were presented in 1987.

The first recipient of the Hospital Librarian of the Year Award was Kathy Moeller. The following year, 1987/88, an Awards Committee was named; its function was to handle the Librarian of the Year Award. That award was not presented in 1988 since no nominations were received because of timing problems in the publicity about the award. In December 1990, the MLA board voted to establish the Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship to be given for the first time in 1991. It would replace the Hospital Librarian of the Year Award that had been given by the section.

In order for the section to recognize the achievements of its members, the Awards Committee became the Professional Recognition Committee in 1991 and began to develop criteria in four areas where members might excel: leadership, publication, research, and technological innovation. Members were (and are) asked to nominate their peers for these certificates. Today the committee selects the recipients from these nominations.

The Certificate of Service program was established by the Membership Committee in the 1986/87 year to recognize those members who were retiring from their jobs and who had been a member of the Hospital Libraries Section for at least the last five years prior to their retirement. This program has remained with the Membership Committee. As a result of the section dues increase approved by section members in 1991 and of prudent spending of section funds, the section was able to establish and endow the Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Award; this award provides financial support for educational or research activities for librarians in hospitals or other clinical settings. This award and the guidelines for it were developed over a two-year period. It was approved by the MLA Board of Directors at its September 1996 meeting. Lists of award and certificate recipients can be found in Appendix D.

In order to recognize those HLS members who have potential or demonstrated leadership qualities, the Professional Development Committee in 1991 issued a call for nominations for the HLS Leadership List. This list was instituted in 1991 and first published in the August 1991 issue of National Network. The list contained ninety-nine names. The section was able to use this list for at least a few years to identify potential leaders for the section. Because of logistical problems in maintaining the list, it has since been discontinued. [19]   

Communications: The Newsletter and the Web Site

During the 1976/77 association year, President Lois Ann Colaianni distributed four brief issues of a newsletter to keep the membership of 480 apprised of the group's activities. One issue included the bylaws to be approved at the 1977 meeting. The following year, 1977/78, President Judith Messerle began the newsletter, Hospital Libraries Section of MLA, and sent four issues, the first one requesting comments about the draft of the new JCAH Professional Library Services Standard. These first two volumes were edited and sent by the section president.

Beginning with volume 3, it appears that the section chair appointed an editor. A chart of the editors and the volumes and years for which they were responsible can be found in Appendix E. It was during the editorship of Julia L. Long in volume 5, issue 4, that the newsletter first included the publication of a short paper; this paper was written by Patricia McGrath and entitled "Improving Job Knowledge and Performance Through Journal Clubs." The editor asked for input from the membership about this newsletter being an appropriate place for publication of such papers and for ideas for other things to be included in the newsletter. Starting with the 1985/86 year, almost every issue contained at least one article, if not a series in a special section on a particular topic, that would give section members the benefit of learning from their colleagues' successes.

In August 1987, the newsletter officially became the National Network. It was with this issue that advertising became a part of the newsletter, providing the section with some additional income. This volume marked the first time that the chair of the Publications Committee was responsible for the work of the committee, for obtaining ads, and for working with vendors; the editor was separate position and was no longer also chair of the committee. During the 1987/88 year the Publications Committee worked on a publication policy and considered costs and possibilities of expansion in the format of the newsletter.

The Bug Busters column, a project of the Automation Committee, made its first appearance in National Network during the 1987/88 year. The February 1989 issue marked the advent of a column by Rya Ben-Shir and Alan Peres entitled "News You Can Use" highlighting articles from the medical literature, the library literature, and elsewhere. The November 1989 issue was devoted to the publication of the text of the contributed papers delivered at the Section's Contributed Papers Section at the 1988 meeting in New Orleans. The November 1990 issue published papers or abstracts of presentations at the "Rollerskating on Marbles" program presented at the Section meeting in Boston in 1989. The 1990/91 year saw the appearance of at least two other regular columns: "The One-Person Library," a project of the Professional Development Committee; and "Hot Quotes," from MLA's Ad Hoc Committee on the Position of Hospital Libraries.

Beginning with the 1983/84 year, surveys appeared regularly in the pages of the newsletter, asking for information from members on such topics as patient education activities, continuing education needs, and the state of hospital libraries. National Network is still used as a vehicle to send surveys to members on a variety of topics. In 1993 the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) began selective indexing of articles in National Network. In 1994 National Network was issued both a Serhold unique identifier and an ISSN. Hospital and Health Planning Index began selective indexing of the newsletter in 1995. In the 1995/96 association year, Mary Fran Prottsman indexed all volumes of the newsletter from 1977 through 1995. Annual indexes for the preceding year appear in the first issue of each new volume.

With the emergence of the Internet and World Wide Web as vehicles for communication, it became very apparent during the 1995/96 association year that the Hospital Libraries Section needed to have its own web site. In early 1996, Chair Mary Jarvis appointed the HLS Web Site Task Force to be chaired by Rosalind (Roz) Dudden. Ms. Dudden was responsible for the initial development of the website and for making it available. With the help of individuals from the section's Publications and Automation Committees and an outside consultant, the web site became available in the spring of 1996. It resided on a server at Ms. Dudden's institution until 1998 when it became a part of MLANET. 

Interesting Tidbits

  • In the process of looking back through association and section records, numerous tidbits of information surfaced that do not really fit into the preceding sections.
  • At an RML Directors meeting in October 1981, HLS Chair Phyllis McGrath suggested that a "computer program should be written so that the basic unit libraries can search the holdings of all other basic unites in their region, and order documents online before any communication with or searching of the holdings of research libraries or regional libraries (in that order) takes place." [20] This sounds like an idea for the program that eventually became Docline.
  • The 1983/84 association year saw the first use of email by the HLS Executive Board and committee chairs using the MED/MAIL function of the AMA/GTE Medical Information Network.
  • Ruth Holst, Librarian at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, presented the 1990 Janet Doe Lecture. It was entitled "Hospital Librarianship in Perspective." 


The Hospital Libraries Section started from very small beginnings: thirty-two persons working in or interested in hospital libraries. It has grown to the largest of MLA's sections. Its members are in libraries literally around the world but who all have an abiding interest in making the hospital library an essential part of the health care environment. Providing standards for health science libraries in health care institutions as well as providing input into the much broader standards prepared by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has been an important contribution of this section. Publication of a newsletter which keeps its members apprised of things that have happened or plans for the future is another important function. Recognition of peers for their accomplishments in the world of hospital libraries is vital, and the development of a series of awards and certificate programs has been an important link in that chain. While the libraries may change, what the librarians have done and will continue to do is of utmost importance in the provision of quality healthcare.  

Appendix A: Standards

At the first gathering of hospital librarians in 1948 interest in, discussion of, and advocacy for standards for hospital libraries became very important. Standards would be one of the threads running through the section's history. At the 1948 meeting, the Hospital Libraries Group had requested the formation of a committee to look at library standards.

In February, 1950, at the Midwinter American Library Association meeting a Joint Committee to Set Up Standards for Medical Libraries in Hospitals and Nursing School Libraries was appointed. Committee members were Lisa K. Giraud, Chair, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL; Marguerite Prime, American College of Surgeons, Chicago; Charlotte Studer, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago; and Mildred Cox, Wesley Memorial Hospital Nurses Library. This committee drafted "Tentative Objectives and Standards for Hospital Medical Libraries" which covered personnel, equipment, the collection, use of the collection, budget, "and the relationship of the library to the library committees." [13] At the Hospital Libraries Group meeting in 1950, its second meeting, with approximately sixty people present, the tentative standards were the main item of discussion. Due to lack of time and much discussion, attendees were asked to study the standards and make any recommendations to Chair Giraud by August 1, 1950.

At the 1951 MLA Annual Meeting, Marguerite Prime reported for the Joint Committee that the standards for hospital medical libraries had been approved by ALA's Council. Copies of these ALA-approved standards had been distributed to the MLA Board of Directors prior to the annual meeting, to attendees at the Hospital Group meeting, and to attendees at the MLA Business Meeting. At the meeting the following year, 1952, the Hospital Libraries Group approved the "Standards for Libraries in Schools of Nursing," the last part of the standards document. The group also recommended that the standards be presented to the MLA board for final approval. A report from the Joint Committee to Set Up Standards for Medical Libraries in Hospitals and Nursing School Libraries reflected the plan to do this and to present them to the general business meeting for approval. [14]

In the summer following the 1954 Annual Meeting, an Interassociation Hospital Libraries Committee was formed, a move initiated by the Hospital Division of the Special Libraries Association. This committee had one representative from each of four associations: the American Library Association, the Special Libraries Association, the Catholic Library Association, and the Medical Library Association. It was to be essentially a clearinghouse for projects of the hospital divisions of each of the library associations represented. Among the possible projects it might undertake initially was a plan for implementing the "Objectives and Standards for Hospital Libraries," which MLA had finally approved in 1952. At the 1955 Hospital Libraries Group meeting, the MLA representative to the Interassociation Committee, Mary McNamara was introduced; meeting attendees were encouraged to give input to Ms. McNamara regarding activities of the committee.

In 1961 the Association of Hospital and Institution Libraries of the American Library Association wanted to revise the standards contained in Hospital Libraries: Objectives and Standards; the group elected Marguerite Gima for this effort. In early 1964, the Interassociation Hospital Libraries Committee determined that a revision of the 1953 Standards was overdue and the Association of Hospital and Institution Libraries (AHIL) of the American Library Association should be responsible, with all interested organizations being invited to participate.

In late 1964, an Ad Hoc Standards Committee for Hospital Libraries, AHIL, was formed with Gertrude Granatelli being named the MLA representative; sometime later Vera Flandorf was named the MLA representative to this committee. At the 1966 meeting, Ms. Flandorf asked for input from hospital librarians for the standards. Much discussion ensued about the types of hospital libraries to be included—medical, patients', nursing, and integrated—and the trend toward an integrated library which would be administered by an administrative librarian. Members were encouraged to forward suggestions to Ms. Flandorf. Work on the revision of the standards continued through this ad hoc committee through 1969 when the AHIL's Standards for Library Services in Health Care Institutions appears to have been published.

In 1973 the issue of revision of the standards arose again with a resolution to be forwarded to the MLA board to form an ad hoc committee to revise the standards; this resolution needed at least twenty signatures.

In 1977 the section membership was urged to send comments on the new JCAH Professional Library Services standard, a draft copy of which was distributed in its entirety to the membership via the newsletter. During the 1981/82 year, members were advised, via the newsletter, that MLA's Hospital Library Standards and Practices Committee "is drafting quantitative, minimum standards for hospital libraries, as directed by the MLA Board." [15] Section members were encouraged to review drafts of these standards and given name of the person to contact.

During the 1982/83 and 1983/84 years, MLA's Hospital Library Standards and Practice Committee continued its work on the revision of the "Standards for Health Sciences Libraries in Hospitals" document. The MLA board requested review by chapters and sections and finally adopted the ninth draft in January 1984.

The 1984/85 year saw the publication—finally—of Minimum Standards for Health Sciences Libraries in Hospitals, available for purchase from MLA. During early 1985, a brief notice in the newsletter alerted section members that all section members would be receiving a survey from MLA's Hospital Library Standards and Practice committee to determine initial reaction to the recently published Minimum Standards for Health Sciences Libraries in Hospitals.

At the Minneapolis meeting in 1986, the MLA Hospital Library Standards and Practices Committee was dissolved and the HLS formed a committee to take over this responsibility. Initially as a result, the Hospital Library Standards Task Force was formed; its purpose was to define a charge for a standing committee to be formed in the spring of 1987. The Standards Committee surveyed the membership regarding the need for a revision of the MLA Minimum Standards during the 1990/91 year, the consensus being that a revision was definitely needed.

In the meantime, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) through its Agenda for Change was planning to reorganize the entire Accreditation Manual for Hospitals. In a preliminary revision, the Joint Commission standards no longer required a professional librarian. The HLS Standards Committee was monitoring changes in the standards. In early 1991, Jacque Doyle, Chris Jones, and Jana Bradley were appointed to the JCAHO Task Force on Information Management. The charge to this group was to "identify categories of information an organization needs for effective quality assessment and improvement....[and to] establish priorities for key issues that should be addressed by standards for information management." [16] Its first meeting was in the spring of 1991.

The lead article in the August 1991 issue of National Network, by Ms. Jones, who was also serving as chair of the HLS Standards Committee was entitled "JCAHO Makes Transition to Quality Improvement." This article outlined imminent changes in the standards, how the Commission's Agenda for Change would affect the standards in 1994, and how librarians could be key contributors to quality improvement. Ms. Jones and Ms. Doyle reported in the following issue, November 1991, that the new information management chapter would include the medical library, hospital information systems, data gathering for continuous quality improvement, and patient records. Ms. Jones prepared an MLA/HLS White Paper entitled "The Health Science Librarian's Contribution to Quality Improvement"; this paper was a portion of the article she had written for an earlier issue of the Network. [17]

In April 1992 the Task Force on Information Management reported that the Information Management (IM) Function standards had been revised for the 1994 Accreditation Manual for Hospitals. In summer 1992 Task Force members received the first draft of the IM standards and the Task Force members from MLA formulated MLA's response. The standards as they had been drafted went to field review in the late summer/early fall of 1992. MLA then conducted its own field review of the draft standards by sending them to HLS members; of the respondents 32% favored adopting the standards as written while 60% favored adoption with modifications. The October 14, 1992, draft of the "Standards for Information Management in Health Care Organizations" was printed in the February 1993 issue of National Network.

In the spring of 1993, the HLS Standards Committee began work on revising the 1983 Minimum Standards for Health Sciences Libraries so that these standards would complement the new JCAHO standards. This revision underwent a number of drafts and was the subject of a portion of the section's programming at the 1993 meeting in Chicago through the use of focus groups. In November 1993 the HLS Executive Board approved the document. From there it was approved by Section Council, and, in February 1994, it was approved by the MLA board. The document, Standards for Library and Information Services in Health Care Institutions, was published by MLA in 1994.

Monitoring of the JCAHO standards would continue on an ongoing basis. In almost every issue of National Network, there was an article about the standards or preparing for an accreditation visit or results of an accreditation visit. The section business meeting in 1995 was followed by a JCAHO update presented by Fred Roper, MLA President; Jana Bradley, MLA President-Elect; Carla Funk, MLA Executive Director; and Chris Jones, MLA Member Liaison to JCAHO. In 1997, the Standards Committee began working on a benchmarking project, and it prepared a bibliography of information management resources published in the April 1998 issue of National Network which updated the resource list found in the 1994 standards. [18


Appendix B: Officers and Committee Chairs

1995/96 through 1998/99

Chair Debra Rand Mary Riordan Susan S. Long Mary Jarvis
Chair-Elect/Program Fran Rice Debra Rand Mary Riordan Susan S. Long

Immed. Past Chair/Nomin.

Mary Riordan Susan S. Long Mary Jarvis Joanne Kennedy
Secretary Robin Rand Kathy Moeller Peggy Baldwin Anna Habetler
Treasurer Janet Cowen Janet Cowen Janet Cowen Betsy R. McGaughey
Sect. Council Rep. Anna Habetler Anna Habetler Anna Habetler Pat Thibodeau
Sect. Council Alt. Elaine Trzebiatowski Elaine Trzebiatowski Elaine Trzebiatowski Chris Bell
Nominee to MLA Nomin. Committee Kay C. Wagner Chris Bell Michelynn McKnight Marlene S. Englander
Automation   Lois Weinstein Lois Weinstein Lois Weinstein
Bylaws David Duggar Sharon Jorski Sharon Jorski Sharon Jorski
Governmental Relations Mary Jo Dwyer Mary Jo Dwyer Marsha Kmec Marsha Kmec
Information Technology Mindy Paquette-Murphy      
Membership Lucy DiMatteo Ellen Waterman Cynthia Perkins Janice E. Kelly
Newsletter Editor Barbara Henry Barbara Henry Jacque Doyle and Marian Dorner Jacque Doyle and Marian Dorner
Professional Development Katherine Stemmer-Frumento Katherine Stemmer-Frumento Debra Rand Debra Rand
Professional Recognition Jerry Carlson Jerry Carlson Regina Lee Cheryl Suttles
Publications Mary Fran Prottsman Eileen Stanley Eileen Stanley Janet Cowen
Research Task Force       Rosalind Dudden
Standards Eileen Stanley Sara Pimental Sara Pimental Sara Pimental
Strategic Planning T.F. Christine Chastain-Warheit      
Centennial T.F. Penny Worley Penny Worley    
Web Site T.F. Rosalind Dudden Rosalind Dudden Rosalind Dudden  


1991/92 through 1994/95

Chair Joanne Kennedy Kay Wellik Susan Russell Lessick Dixie Jones
Chair-Elect/Program Mary Jarvis Joanne Kennedy Kay Wellik Susan Russell Lessick

Immed. Past Chair/Nomin.

Kay Wellik Susan Russell Lessick Dixie Jones Carole Gilbert
Secretary Mary Riordan Priscilla Swatos Kathy Murray Marlene Englander
Treasurer Betsy R. McGaughey Marilee Creelan Marilee Creelan Kay Wellik
Sect. Council Rep. Pat Thibodeau Pat Thibodeau Kathleen Moeller Kathleen Moeller
Sect. Council Alt. Chris Bell Chris Bell Pat Thibodeau Pat Thibodeau
Nominee to MLA Nomin. Committee Pat Thibodeau Sandra Clevesy Chris Jones Phyllis Gillikin
Automation Janie Grosman Janie Grosman Pat Thibodeau Metta Lansdale
Bylaws Marlene Englander Marlene Englander Phyllis Gillikin Kirsten Shelstad
Governmental Relations Marsha Kmec Betsy McGaughey Betsy Rodie King Mary Rhoads
Membership Janice Kelly Suellen Jagels Suellen Jagels Anna Habetler
Newsletter Editor Jacque Doyle Janet Cowen Janet Cowen JA Potee,J Doyle,J Cowen
Professional Development Margie Snape Chris Chapman Chris Chapman Nina Hull
Professional Recognition Cheryl Suttles Cheryl Suttles Carole Gilbert Janice Kelley
Publications Janet Cowen Mary Jarvis Mary Jarvis Mary Jarvis
Research Task Force Rosalind Dudden Rosalind Dudden Rosalind Dudden  
Standards Connie Schardt Connie Schardt Connie Schardt Chris Jones
Strategic Planning T.F.   Susan Long Susan Long  
HLS Fellowships     Rosalind Dudden Rosalind Dudden


1987/88 through 1990/91

Chair Carole Gilbert Jacque Doyle Phyllis Gillikin Rosalind Dudden
Chair-Elect/Program Dixie Jones Carole Gilbert Jacque Doyle Phyllis Gillikin

Immed. Past Chair/Nomin.

Jacque Doyle Phyllis Gillikin Rosalind Dudden Mickey Cook
Secretary Susan Long Pamela Jajko Nancy Fazzone Irene Lathrop
Treasurer Kay Wellik Stephanie John Stephanie John Diane Ream
Sect. Council Rep. Kathleen Moeller Susan Russell Susan Russell Susan Russell
Sect. Council Alt. Pat Thibodeau Sandra Clevesy Sandra Clevesy Sandra Clevesy
Nominee to MLA Nomin. Committee Nancy Fazzone Irene Lathrop Ruth Holst Jane Lambremont
Automation Metta Lansdale Pat Thibodeau Pat Thibodeau Kay Cimpl
Bylaws Kirsten Shelstad Kirsten Shelstad Carole Gilbert Carole Gilbert
Governmental Relations Patricia Hammond Patricia Hammond Patti Powell Patti Powell
Membership Anna Habetler Jeanne Gittings Jeanne Gittings Jeanne Gittings
Newsletter Editor Karen Bensing Karen Bensing Karen Bensing Karen Bensing
Professional Development Nina Hull Marcia Arado Susan Long Susan Long
Publications Karen Kaluzsa Karen Kalusza Karen Bensing Karen Bensing
Standards Chris Jones Dixie Jones Dixie Jones Nancy Vaughn
Strategic Planning T.F.     Helen-Ann Brown Helen-Ann Brown
Awards Tamara Turner Tamara Turner Lois Clark Lois Clark
T.F. Statistics Irene Lovas Irene Lovas Irene Lovas Irene Lovas
Membership Database   Susan Pulsipher Susan Pulsipher Susan Pulsipher
T.F. National Agenda     Marge Kars Marge Kars
T.F. Section Fiscal/Finance   Stephanie John Stephanie John Stephanie John
Public Relations Linda Butson      
T.F. on JCAHO Guide Gertrude Lamb Gertrude Lamb    


1983/84 through 1986/87

Chair Mickey Cook Holly Shipp Buchanan Cheryl R. Dee Betsey Beamish
Chair-Elect/Program Rosalind Dudden Mickey Cook Holly Shipp Buchanan Cheryl R. Dee

Immed. Past Chair/Nomin.

Holly Shipp Buchanan Cheryl R. Dee Betsey Beamish Eleanor Goodchild
Secretary Jacque Doyle Maryann Zaremska Jeanne Gittings Phyllis Gillikin
Treasurer Diane Ream Betty Wood Betty Wood Margaret Bandy
Sect. Council Representative Ruth Holst Ruth Holst Ruth Holst Donna Johnson
Sect. Council Alternate Rosalind Dudden Rosalind Dudden Rosalind Dudden Margaret Jones Hardy
Nominee to MLA Nomin. Committee Phyllis Gillikin Fran Bischoff   Melvina Stell
Automation Kay Cimpl Nancy Fazzone Nancy Fazzone Nancy Fazzone
Bylaws Irene Lathrop Joan Marcotte Jeanne Spala  
Governmental Relations Patti Powell Jacque Doyle Jacque Doyle  
Membership Phyllis Gillikin Phyllis Gillikin Phyllis Gillikin Marilyn Anne Jensen
Newsletter Editor Gillian Olechno Gillian Olechno Joyce Kennedy Joyce Kennedy
Professional Development Chris Jones Chris Jones Irene Lathrop  
Publications Gillian Olechno Gillian Olechno Joyce Kennedy Joyce Kennedy
Standards Sylvia McWilliams      
Strategic Planning T.F. Helen-Ann Brown Holly Shipp Buchanan Judy Messerle Judy Messerle
Hosp. Libr. Consultants   Betsey Beamish Betsey Beamish  
T.F. Statistics Irene Lovas      
Membership Database Susan Pulsipher      
T.F. Section Fiscal/Finance     Betty Wood Margaret Bandy
Patient Education     Katherine Lindner Katherine Lindner


1979/80 through 1982/83

Chair Eleanor Goodchild Patricia McGrath Sandra Clevesy Donna Johnson
Chair-Elect/Program Betsey Beamish Eleanor Goodchild Patricia McGrath Sandra Clevesy

Immed. Past Chair/Nomin.

Patricia McGrath Sandra Clevesy Donna Johnson Phyllis Bennett
Secretary Lois O. Clark Harriet Williamson Kathleen Cimpl Dina Nameth
Treasurer Nancy Fazzone Melvina Stell Deborah Graham Camilla B. Reid
Sect. Council Representative Donna Johnson      
Sect. Council Alternate Cheryl R. Dee      
Nominee to MLA Nomin. Committee   Mary Ann Berliner    
Bylaws   Cheryl Dee Cheryl Dee  
Membership Marilyn Anne Jensen Betty Kjellberg    
Newsletter Editor Joyce Kennedy Joyce Kennedy Julia Long Patricia McGrath
Professional Development   Margaret Mouseous Margaret Mouseous  
Publications Joyce Kennedy Joyce Kennedy Julia Long Patricia McGrath
Standards   Sharon Phillips    
Hosp. Libr. Consultants   Caryl Scheuer    
T.F. Section Fiscal/Finance Nancy Fazzone Melvina Stell Deborah Long Camilla B. Reid
Patient Education Katherine Lindner Caarolyn Tix    
Public Relations   Ruth Holst Ruth Holst  


1976/77 through 1978/79

1977/78 (HLS)
1976/77 (HLIG)
Chair Phyllis Bennett Judith Messerle Lois Ann Colaianni
Chair-Elect/Program Donna Johnson Phyllis Bennett Kate Turner

Immed. Past Chair/Nomin.

Judy Messerle Lois Ann Colaianni  
Secretary Joan Hardy Caroline Morris Barbara Goldberg
Treasurer Glenn Wallace Rosalind Dudden Mary Ann Hoffman
Nominee to MLA Nomin. Committee Jane Lambremont Mary Ann Hoffman  
Bylaws   Cheryl Fessenden Joan Hardy
Membership   Erica Hansen Ken Mead
Newsletter Editor Joan Hardy Judy Messerle Lois Ann Colaianni
Professional Development   Jana Bradley Toby Port
Publications Joan Hardy Judy Messerle Lois Ann Colaianni
Hosp. Libr. Consultants   Donna Johnson  
T.F. Section Fiscal/Finance   Rosalind Dudden Mary Ann Hoffman
Patient Education   Lois Inskeep  
Interactions w/Hosp. Admin.   Caroline Morris Caroline Morris
Liaison w/Regional Groups   Metta Lansdale Metta Lansdale
Performance Evaluation   Lynn Siemers  

Appendix C: Current Committee Descriptions

Reviews the HLS bylaws and recommends changes as needed for the effective functioning of the section.

Governmental Relations
Serves as a liaison to MLA's Governmental Relations Committee, monitors policy issues and government actions relating to hospital libraries and hospitals; alerts section members to relevant information and needed action.

Information Technology
Identifies and develops mechanisms for supporting information technology activities in hospital libraries; serves as a clearinghouse for information technology information; supports and provides input into the section's program planning efforts.

Promotes membership in the section and in MLA; monitors members' expectations; administers the Certificate of Service Program for retirees.

Selects a slate of officers for the section.

Professional Development
Assesses the needs of HLS members; supports and develops continuing education (CE) opportunities; coordinates program planning with the Program Committee; links with the MLA Continuing Education Committee and other national committees as appropriate; monitors and provides input to the MLA Credentialing Committee; develops a leadership skills program.

Professional Recognition (formerly the Awards Committee)
Develops and administers the section's awards programs.

Assists the HLS Program Chairman/HLS Chair-Elect in planning and coordinating the program for the coming annual meeting.

Edits and distributes the National Network; monitors its purpose, guidelines, objectives and policies; promotes and supports publishing activities among section members; promotes the image of hospital libraries.

Monitors developments in the healthcare industry relating to standards, guidelines and issues affecting hospital libraries; makes recommendations for new standards; serves as a liaison with other library and healthcare organizations.

Centennial Task Force
Coordinates with MLA in the celebration of MLA's centennial year.

Strategic Planning Task Force
Monitors the section's strategic plan.

Web Site Task Force
Sets goals for and develops content and design for the HLS Website.  

Appendix D: Awards and Certificates

Hospital Librarian of the Year Award

Kathleen (Kathy) Moeller
no award given
Rya Ben-Shir
Kathleen (Kathy) Murray

Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship
Established in December, 1989, by the MLA Board and took the place of the Hospital Librarian of the Year Award

Pamela Jean Jajko
Susan Schweinsberg Long
Bernie Todd Smith
Linda Garr Markwell
Jacque Doyle
Michelle S. Klein
Cheryl Rae Dee, Ph.D.
Kay Cimpl Wagner

Certificates of Service

Evelyn Gorman
Stan Carlson
Dora Louise Platt
Nancy Hall Keller
Harriet Augstan
Erika Hanson
Francis Lyon
Sister Margaret LaPorte
Gillian Olechno
Wilma Parker
Raissa Maurin
Sister Bernita Holahan
Frances McCullough
Aurelia Spencer
Barbara H. Bevan
Mary Anne Parr
Shirley Hegenwald
Jean Atkinson
Mary Garmany
Jean V. Hawkins
Jacqueline R. Kates
Gale Kratz
Doris B. Marose
Marion von Bruck
Grace Auer
Hildegard Joseph
Frances Phillips
Carol Strauss
June Rayburn
Melvina W. Marble
Ellen P. Woodhead
Kathleen E. O'Hogan
Kathryn Kammerer-Sinnott
Sanford Jagendorf
Elizabeth W. O'Connor
S. Jane Belt
Ruth Carroll
Shirley Dansker
Marilyn Dean
Mary Ann Donnell
Barbara Downey
Virginia Durkin
Barbara D. Pace
Elizabeth A. Robinson
Peggy Thurman
Phyllis Gillikin
Marilyn Willis
Paul Esty Woodard
Ann Peri Worthington
Wen Walters
Sylvia Casanek
Marihelen O'Connor
Nancy Simon
Sara Jean Jackson
Eva Kratz
Patricia Jennings
Betty Wood
Rosalyn Barth
Lois O. Clark
Betty Garrison
Eileen Dechow
Mary Scanlon
Nancy Frazier
Nancy Greenier
Lovisa Kamenoff
Jane Lambremont
Eve Kline
Joann Mehalick
Cheryl Newman
Coleen Winward


Professional Recognition Certificates


Patricia Augustine, Western Care System,Youngstown, OH
Donna Johnson, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
Debra Rand, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
Priscilla Swatos, Illini Hospital, Silvis, IL
Kay Wagner, Lutheran Hospital, LaCrosse, WI

Holly Shipp Buchanan, Louisville, KY
Marlene Englander, Shaker Heights, OH
Elizabeth Jacobsen, Christ Hospital, Jersey City, NJ
Chris Jones, VA Medical Center, Biloxi, MS
Frederic Pachman, Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth, NJ

Cheryl Rae Dee, Ph.D. , Watson Clinic, Lakeland, FL
Robert Veenstra, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Technological Innovation
Jane Borland, Fargo, ND
Ardis Haaland, Fargo, ND
Kathy Kwan, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Ellen Poisson, Ph.D., Beth Israel Hospital, New York, NY
Margaret Wagner, Fargo, ND


Michelynn McKnight, Norman Regional Hospital, Norman, OK
Natalie Norcross, Tuality Community Hospital, Hillsboro, OR
Carole Gilbert, Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI

Special Leadership Awards
Jana Bradley, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, Indianapolis, IN
Jacqueline D. Doyle, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Christiane Jone, VA Medical Center, Biloxi, MS

Technological Innovation
Sheigla Smalling, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Michele Klein, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI

Sharon Barten, Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, NY
Cheryl Dee, Ph.D., Watson Clinic, Lakeland, FL

Jane Lambremont, VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC


Walee Chotikavanic, Hillcrest Health Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Paul Kittle, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Rosalind Lett, Crawford Long Hospital, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Josefina Lim, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Kathleen Moeller, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ
Sarah Morley, Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, NM

Technological Innovation
Judith Barnes, Lansing General Hospital, Lansing, MI
Joyce Fedeczko, EHS Library Network-CHMC, Oak Lawn, IL
Paul Kittle, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

Janet Cowen, Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, Dallas, TX
Katherine Lindner, Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ

Carole Gilbert, Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI
Michele Klein, Children's Hospital, Detroit, MI
Deborah Adams, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI
Jane Lambremont, VA Medical Center, Alexandria, LA

Eve Kline, Somerset State Hospital, Friedens, PA
Linda Feinberg, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, IL
Judith Barnes, Michigan Capital Medical Center, Lansing, MI

Robert Mackes, Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg, NJ
Michelynn McKnight, Norman Regional Hospital, Norman, OK
Mary Fran Prottsman, Lyster Army Community Hospital, Ft. Rucker, AL
James Swanton, Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY

Technological Innovation
Ursula Scott, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, TX
Barbara Reich , Hospital Center at Orange, Orange, NJ
Kathleen Moeller, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ
Brit Roth, Penn State Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA


Patricia Regenberg, Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ
Christine Bell, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton Lower Falls, MA

Kathleen Moeller, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ
Marion Dorner Simonson, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant


Carol Shisler, Mt. Sinai Medical Center East, Richmond Heights, OH 

Appendix E: Newsletter Editors

Hospital Library Section Newsletter

v. 1
Lois Ann Colaianni
v. 2
Judy Messerle
v. 3
Joan Hardy
v. 4
Patricia McGrath
v. 5
Julia L. Long
v. 6-9
Joyce W. Kennedy
v. 10-11
Gillian Olechno

National Network

v. 12-15
Karen M. Bensing
v. 16, #1
Jane Ann Potee
v. 16, #2
Jacque Doyle
v. 16, #3-4
Janet Cowen
v. 17-18
Janet Cowen
v. 19
Jacque Doyle
v. 20-21
Jacque Doyle and Marian Dorner
v. 22-23
Barbara Henry






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  2. Ibid.
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  7. A working draft of the section's strategic plan, dated July, 1993, was published in the National Network, August, 1993;18(1):12-16.
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