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Ruth Holst, AHIP, FMLA directed the library at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee for thirty-two years. Subsequently, she was associate director of the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine based at the University of Illinois. Her oral history is available now.
While the MLA annual meeting has transitioned from the in-person meeting in Portland, OR, to a virtual meeting, the Oral History Committee is putting the spotlight on interviews of members who have ties to the Pacific Northwest.
A most interesting biographical article of a physician in the October 1970 Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA) was written by Katherine T. Barkley, medical librarian of the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. The physician is Samuel Nickles, and the author describes him as “dry and quaint"
An interesting “Toast to MLA” by M. Doreen E. Fraser appeared in the editorial section of the April 1970 issue of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association. Two Canadians, Sir William Osler and Miss Margaret Charlton, were among the charter members who brought MLA into existence
“The Clouded Crystal Ball and the Library Profession,” by Nina W. Matheson, AHIP, FMLA, provides a glimpse of the future at the time of the change from an industrial age to a communications and knowledge-based economy.
“From Index Catalogue to Gopher Space: Changes in Our Profession as Reflected in the Handbook and CPHSL,” the 1993 Janet Doe Lecture by Alison Bunting, AHIP, FMLA, reviewed the history of health sciences librarianship
In 1995, Nina W. Matheson, AHIP, FMLA, gave the Janet Doe Lecture,” The Idea of the Library in the Twenty-First Century.” Now as it is 2018, we need to look at our progress. Have we established the library that Matheson outlined?
Letters to the editors are often interesting and sometimes informative. Erich Meyerhoff wrote one concerning the Union List of Medical Periodicals. He wrote a tribute to Jacqueline W. Felter as this publication was her creation.
When you graduate from a school of librarianship, you feel ready to jump into a job. When you actually begin the job, you sometimes feel as though everyone else is talking about something you have never heard of before. Then you realize that you are beginning the next step
Do you remember Women’s Lib in the 1970s? One of the great ladies of librarianship is Gertrude L. Annan.* She gave her opinion of this time in a letter to the editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA) in 1972. Miss Annan (one did not call her by her first name) challenged MLA
An article, “The Rorschach Test,” was published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA) in 1953 . This personality test was created and developed by Swiss physician Hermann Rorschach and introduced to the United States in 1924 by child psychiatrist David Levy.
An interesting editorial by L. Margueriete Prime has a title that will catch the eye of readers: “Too Many ‘Librarians’?” Certainly, members of MLA would not suggest that we have too many librarians. You must read it to understand that she was describing the confusion
The recent death of Eugene Garfield let to many items in the newspapers. His is a name that resounds in libraries because his creations—Science Citation Index, Current Contents, and The Scientist—proved to be valuable resources in the medical library.
Alfred N. Brandon, former MLA president and editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association from 1961–1968, wrote an editorial deploring the borrowing of common journal titles or seeking help on reference questions from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) .
How are contributions to published historical research shared, recorded, touted, publicized?
For many of us, showing the relevance and impact of specialized historical research services may require a multi-pronged approach. Special displays and open houses can be recorded in websites and reports an
Dig into your issues of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA), and you will often find some unexpected treasures. Our predecessors had astonishing ideas, some unusual and some very odd suggestions, and comments about the profession
MLA used to have a Committee on Committees. Its purpose was to review the organization and create new committees as needed and retire those no longer needed. The committee is no longer in existence, because we now have an effective president and Board of Directors
Is librarianship a profession? Professor E. Croft Long believed it was. He was a professor of physiology at Duke University Medical Center when his article was published in the April 1962 Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA). He states that medical librarianship deserves respect
Happy Holidays from your leaders at HHSS! Wishing you a very happy holiday season. We may be a small section but we have a wonderful, diverse group of individuals scattered around the country. I hope wherever you are and however you celebrate that it is a very happy and peaceful time of the year fo
At the Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons we have just completed a spectacular renovation. Not only did the entire library undergo a wall-to-wall renovation taking the space down to the studs, but we’ve added lots of new technologies including 3D printing, virtual reality
Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus by William Harvey is known as the first book to correctly describe the human circulatory system. Not having a medical background, this tidbit of medical history trivia was foreign to me until several months ago when I discovered an edit
Welcome to the new History of the Health Sciences blog, “The Incipit”. At the HHSS business meeting in May, we decided to move from our section newsletter, also named “The Incipit”, to a blog. Our hope is to write more frequently and informally. We will continue to use
On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, MLA, and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of MLA unveiled a historical marker commemorating MLA’s founding in 1898. The marker project was initiated to honor Carla J. Funk, CAE, for her almost twenty-three years of
T. (Terrence) Mark Hodges didn’t set out to be a librarian, but like many of us, he fell into the love of organized books. While serving in the British Army, Mark was stationed in Egypt at the Army Education Center in Suez, where he was placed in charge of the library.