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Recap of Annual Business Meeting and Continuing Education Event

The Kislak Center for Special Collections of the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, University Pennsylvania, was a lovely setting for the first full day annual meeting and continuing education event, Systematic Reviews on the Schuylkill.

Members checked in and enjoyed a lovely continental breakfast with our exhibitors on the sixth floor’s Moelis Reading Terrace. It was a pleasant surprise that the Penn Relays were also taking place that day. The flags flying over Franklin Field, looked lovely in the morning sun.

Barbara Kuchan, 2013-2014 Chapter chair, welcomed members to the event in the Class of 1978 Pavilion by sharing a quick history of some of the unique items held at Kislak including the famous Rittenhouse Orrery.

Barbara Cavanaugh, Education Chair, introduced our keynote speaker, Craig Umscheid of the Penn Center for Evidence-Based Practice. His talk, Leveraging the Library to Improve Evidence-Based Practice Across an Academic Healthcare System gave us all an inside look at how one institute can influence clinical practice across the county.

After a short break, we heard from the Mid-Atlantic Regional NN/LM Library with a distance presentation by Missy Harvey, the Technology Coordinator. She gave a great overview of all the wonderful work of the MAR and all the educational opportunities.

Then the chapter was fortunate to have Dixie Jones, the MLA President for 2013-2014 present on her past year, and give us an update on her presidential priorities. Dixie’s talk was entitled Building Our Information Future: MLA 2014.

After that was Annual Meeting. Along with the treasurer’s report, the most exciting bit was the announcement of our newly elected board members: Dan Kipnis, Stephanie Ferretti, Gary Kaplan and Alex Short. Congratulations to all!

Once again, our chapter had members to honor. Anne Seymour who was visiting from Johns Hopkins, was honored with the Chapter Achievement Award. In accordance with our bylaws, Pru Dalrymple, having been made a fellow of the MLA, was given an Honorary Lifetime Membership.

After that, we enjoyed a break for box lunches and networking. The tables were abuzz with conversation.

Our last scheduled event was a good one. Susan Fowler, Coordinator of Systematic Reviews at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, taught a 4 hour CE course called Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians. Susan is an engaging teacher and encouraged the group to question, and even challenge her when needed. It made for a vigorous, interesting afternoon.

One of the best parts of the afternoon was the break. The food for the entire day had been provided by Garces Catering. The afternoon break food was French Macarons (in four flavors!) and grapes.

Action Alert- Update on the FIRST Act

Tomorrow morning the House Science Committee is scheduled to mark up H.R. 4186, the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act.

If your Representative is a member of this committee, Governmental Relations Committee Chair Linda Hasman urges you to contact these Representatives and ask them to oppose Section 303 of this bill. The attached action alert provides specific details and a list of House Science Committee members.

ACTION ALERT

Annual Business Meeting and Continuing Education Event

Title: Annual Business Meeting and Continuing Education Event
Location: Kislak Center for Special Collections in the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, University Pennsylvania
Description: This year’s one day combined annual business meeting and continuing education event, Systematic Reviews on the Schuylkill, will begin with Keynote speaker Craig A. Umscheid, M.D., M.S.C.E, presenting Leveraging the Library to Improve Evidence-Based Practice Across an Academic Healthcare System. Dr. Umscheid is the Director of the Center for Evidence-based Practice, Penn Medicine. This will be followed by an update from current MLA President Dixie Jones, MLS, and time to meet with vendors, the chapter annual business meeting and lunch, and the continuing education event in the afternoon.

Susan Fowler, M.L.I.S , will present the free continuing education session, Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians. Ms. Fowler is Clinical Librarian and Coordinator of Systematic Reviews at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

This program has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

Start Time: 08:30
Date: 2014-04-24
End Time: 17:00

Webinar: Research versus research: Sometimes the Little r Is All You Need

Title: Webinar: Research versus research: Sometimes the Little r Is All You Need
Location: Room 425 (Film Studies Classroom) Dietrich Library Center, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Link out: Click here
Description: With so many changes happening in health care, medical libraries are forced to change their focus and end goals to align with those of the hospital, academic medical center, or organization. Demonstrating value now means proving the library saves the institution money rather than keeping statistics of interlibrary loans filled, searches completed, and other traditional metrics. This presentation will help medical librarians gain a better understanding of what types of research they can do to help prove value, whether it be formal Research (with a big R) or quality initiative research (with a little r). Often times, the little r is all you need. At the end of this session, participants should have a better understanding of how to approach and complete projects, including deciding between Research and research, choosing the best data collection method, and reporting the results.
Start Time: 2:00
Date: 2013-12-11
End Time: 3:30

Webinar: Addressing Hospital Needs and Goals in the Era of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use: What Librarians Need to Know

Title: Addressing Hospital Needs and Goals in the Era of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use: What Librarians Need to Know
Location: Room 425 (Film Studies Classroom) Dietrich Library Center, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Link out: Click here
Description: The Affordable Care Act, meaningful use, and greater scrutiny of not-for-profit status have brought on some significant changes in the way hospitals provide health care.

Hospitals must meet specific goals to avoid penalties and receive maximum reimbursement for care. They are repositioning staff and budgets to deal with these changes to improve patient care, increase patient satisfaction, and meet meaningful use of the electronic health record (her) system.

Libraries are departments within the hospital, and like all other departments, they must illustrate clearly to administration specifically how they help their hospital achieve these goals. This webinar will look at these changes and how they affect our institutions and how librarians can meet them head on.

Start Time: 02:00
Date: 2013-11-20
End Time: 03:30