Member & Library News

Edited by Sheryl Panka-Bryman

jo-ann_babishJo-Ann Babish, AHIP, has joined the staff at The Commonwealth Medical College library in Scranton, PA, as Head, Electronic Resources and Technical Services. She will be providing leadership in development, maintenance and support of high quality electronic resources, the library’s website and technical services.  Previously, Jo-Ann was the Director of Library and CME Services at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, PA.  The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009.

Patricia H. Dawson of Rider University’s Moore Library has been promoted from Assistant Professor I-Librarian to Assistant Professor II-Librarian.  She is the Science Instruction and Reference Librarian with liaison responsibilities to the Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology Departments.  She also co-authored a chapter in the 2009 Neal-Schuman text, Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators entitled, “Driving Fast to Nowhere on the Information Highway: A Look at Shifting Paradigms of Literacy in the Twenty-First Century.”

Gary KaplanDan KipnisGary E. Kaplan and Daniel G. Kipnis, of Thomas Jefferson University’s Scott Memorial Library, presented a poster at MLA’s TriChapter Conference, 3 by the Sea, held in Atlantic City October 5-8, 2009, entitled, Replacement for the 10 page paper? A pilot project using blogs and wikis for a collaborative EBM assignment in a 3rd year internal medical clerkship.

Beth A. Lewis assumed the position of Director of Library Services at the Talbot Research Library of Fox Chase Cancer Center.  She has been with Fox Chase for twenty years. Prior to this promotion, she served as Librarian and Archivist.

Nina LongMLNews-handwritten_noteNina Long of The Wistar Institute Library recently discovered a box full of 19th century personal papers and documents from Institute founder, Isaac J. Wistar (1827-1905) in the Wistar vault as some reorganizing was going on.  Included in the box were 74 pieces of colonial currency dating from 1758-1777, thirteen printed by Benjamin Franklin.  The money is from the colonies of PA, NJ and DE . It was accompanied by a note in Wistar’s handwriting that the currency came to him from Isaac Cooper Jones, his grandfather, who died in 1865.   Jones was Mayor of Philadelphia from 1767-1769. In September the collection was appraised by John Kraljevich of JK America, New York at $14,500.


Jeanette de Richemond, AHIP, PhD candidate (advisor Nick Belkin), has a poster, What is ‘enough’ information to make a medical decision? accepted for the ALISE annual conference in Boston, mid-January 2010. The poster is related to her dissertation research.  Jen de Richemond

She also has been asked to give a 75-minute presentation, Searching for Systematic Reviews, at the OLA Superconference (Canada’s largest conference of librarians) in Toronto, ONT, Canada, February 24- 27, 2010. The talk provides an overview of systematic reviews with a focus on expert searching. It will cover 1) applying the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM), 2) information resources, including specific database retrieval interfaces and content; 3) search strategies (hedges) for EBM, including sources of hedges that have been researched and developing strategies for specific projects;  4) evaluation retrieved results to discover and identify relevant evidence and determine fit to information needs; and 5) documentation of the information retrieval process.

Lastly, Jeanette is presenting her position paper,  Questions for Collaborative Information Behavior Research, this month as part of Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing: An Annual Research Symposium, conducted by SIG USE—the Information Needs, Seeking, and Use Special Interest Group of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T).  The symposium is being held at  ASIS&T‘s 2009 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


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