Edited by Kate Eckert
Barbara J. Henry, AHIP, Community Health Librarian at Christiana Care Health System, has just been named by the Medical Library Association as the 2011 recipient of the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.Presented for the first time in 1991, this award is given to a member of the association who has made significant contributions to the profession through overall distinction or leadership in hospital library administration or service, production of a definitive publication related to hospital librarianship, teaching, research, advocacy, or the development or application of innovative technology to hospital librarianship. It was renamed in honor of Lois Ann Colaianni in 1999. This career achievement award recognizes all Barb has contributed to her profession and to her hospital organizations for the 21+ years of her career. She will be presented with the award at the MLA Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon and Ceremony on May 16 in Minneapolis, MN.
Linda Katz, AHIP, Associate Director, Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries, had a letter to the editor published in the NYTimes Magazine. She wrote it in response to an article that discussed consumer health websites, specifically comparing WebMD with MayoClinic.com. You can read it here: <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/magazine/20Letters-t-APRESCRIPTIO_LETTERS.html>.
The Wistar Institute’s Library has a new Library Assistant, Andrea Kyer. Andrea is a student of Drexel’s IS school and has also completed an internship at the UPenn Biomedical Library.
Cynthia McClellan has accepted a position as the Director of the Health Sciences Library for the Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
Sheryl Panka-Bryman is now the Systems & Cataloging Librarian for the Connelly Library, La Salle University.
Priscilla Stephenson, AHIP, is a co-author of the paper, “Rethinking Our Value: Federal Libraries Value Project” to be presented at the 2011 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition. With Terrie Wheeler from the NIH Library and Ed Poletti from the Central Arkansas VA Medical Center, she developed a research project involving federal libraries from five agencies in an assessment of their reference services. This study sought to determine whether information seekers consider that the information provided by their federal libraries has positively affected their patients’ care, research project development, or health care decision making. The combined population included researchers, clinical health care providers, and health administration managers from over eighty-one facilities. The survey tool was designed to capture immediate evaluations of the value of material provided in response to specific reference questions. An initial analysis of the 1590 survey responses (response rate = 61%) indicated that federal library users valued information provided by library staff, as reflected by its impact on their decision making, time saved, or revenue garnered.
The report on the Federal Libraries Value Project will be presented in one of two sessions sponsored by the Federal Libraries Section and the Library Marketing SIG. Priscilla’s paper and others will be presented during the first session on Monday, May 16 (10:30 am -12 noon).
Patricia Wynne joined the Scott Memorial Library at Thomas Jefferson University on January 3, 2011 as the Associate University Librarian for Information and Clinical Support Services. Pat had worked as a Registered Nurse prior to obtaining her degree in Library & Information Science from Drexel University. She was employed as an Information Professional in the Pharmaceutical industry for the past fourteen years.
Chris Wieman joined the J.W. England Library at the University of the Sciences in January as Reference/Systems Librarian. He received his MS from Drexel University and had worked at Drexel as a Systems Technician.