June 2014, No.127

As our 2013-2014 association year comes to a close, I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Executive Committee for their wisdom in guiding us through another successful and productive year.  Thanks to the creativity of the Program Committee we enjoyed a year of engaging programs.  Our gatherings were opportunities to learn something new and interesting and an opportunity to enjoy one-another’s company.  We began the association year celebrating our fortieth anniversary and concluded this year at the beautiful Daniel Drake Park sharing wonderful conversation and great food.  And the middle was awfully good, too!

I am also grateful for the gift card to Indigenous my very favorite eclectic gift shop.  Thank you, CAHSLA!

We were faced again this year with the recurring dilemma of an empty slot on the ballot for President Elect.  In consultation with the Executive Committee we agreed to move forward with the slate we recruited and to rely once again on a model we employed a few years ago: we will form a program committee to plan our networking, sharing and learning opportunities for 2014-2015 while actively seeking a member willing to be president in 2015-2016.  CAHSLA will move forward under the able leadership of Edith Starbuck, Emily Kean, and Jennifer Pettigrew.  Many of us have worn the hat of vice president elect/program chair and president and have lived to tell our tales!  It is a job every member of our association is capable of undertaking because you have a great support base in the executive committee and other association members (Hint! Hint!!!)

I am truly grateful for the dedication and support of each member of the Executive Committee:  Edith Starbuck (President Elect/Program Chair), Emily Kean (Past-President/Technology Committee Co-Chair), Brigid Almaguer (Secretary), Cathy Constance (Treasurer/Membership Chair), Amy Koshoffer (Web Mistress/Technology Co-Chair) and Jane Thompson (Archivist) and from afar, Barbarie Hill (Co-Editor CAHSLA Chronicle).   An extra-special thank you goes out to Cathy Constance for 10+ years of service as Treasurer/Membership Chair and Brigid Almaguer outgoing secretary.  Thank you, all!

It doesn’t seem quite possible that another CAHSLA year has come and gone but the date on the calendar confirms this fact!   “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.” (John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894).  I hope the promise of a lovely rest beneath a leafy tree will lure you away from your computer and/or desk so that you can recharge and refresh this summer!    Have a memorable summer and hope to see you in the fall.

Location: Daniel Drake Park

June 19, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to about 7:30 p. m.

Member attendees:

Edith Starbuck, Emily Kean, Jennifer Pettigrew, Lisa McCormick, Sharon Purtee, Catherine Constance, Jennifer Heffron, Regina Hartman, Sandy Mason, Val Purvis, Peggy Froondorf, Barb Slavinski, Elaine Dean


Rick Slavinski, Monica Slavinski, Bob Purvis, Eloise and Cora Heffron, and multiple canine companions

Despite rain and threatening storm clouds CAHSLA held its annual end-of-year picnic at Daniel Drake Park on June 19, 2014.  Emily Kean announced the 2014-2015 CAHSLA executive members.  A program committee will be formed in lieu of a chair. The need for articles and news for the next issue of CAHSLA Chronicle was discussed.  There were several retirement announcements.   On August 1 Mary Piper will retire from University of Cincinnati.  On August 15 Michael Douglas will retire from Tri-Health Good Samaritan Hospital.  On December 31 Catherine Constance will retire from Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  Thank you to Peggy and her team for hosting the picnic and thanks to everyone who brought delicious food to share.  The next CAHSLA meeting will be held in late September 2014. Cathy Constance reported on the state of the treasury.  Currently, the bank account stands at $2,385.10. 

Submitted by: Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary

With the summer solstice behind us and July 4th right around the corner, summer is officially here!  CAHSLA wrapped up the program year with the annual picnic at the Daniel Drake Park on June 19th.  In spite of the rain, there was a good turnout and the potluck dishes were delicious as usual. 

We visited, ate heartily and held a brief meeting. President Lisa McCormick announced the officers for the coming year and thanked the executive committee. Every position was filled except for that of vice president.  As in past years, when the vice president position was not filled, there will be a program committee and next year we will seek someone to serve as CAHSLA president. 

Amy Koshoffer has volunteered to serve on the program committee for 2014-2015 and is looking forward to serving with at least 3-5 other people.  So step right up and volunteer!  Serving on the program committee is a great way to be involved in CAHSLA without a huge time commitment. Attend one program committee planning meeting and decide on the programs for the year.  Each committee member takes the lead for one meeting and the rest of the committee helps as needed.  So please consider serving again or for the first time! 

As luck would have it, CAHLSA already has a meeting lined up for the new program year.  As you may remember, the Hauck house tour had to be cancelled in April due to illness. Mary Piper is willing to take the lead on this meeting again.  A date has yet to be decided but we’re looking at some time in August.  So keep your eyes open for a flyer. 

I want to thank the 2013-2014 program committee members, Sharon Purtee, Mary Piper, Peggy Frondorf, and Kristen Burgess for doing a great job this year!  We celebrated CAHLA’s 40th anniversary in the Lucas Room at the UC Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, enjoyed a festive CAHSLA holiday party graciously hosted by Mary Piper, visited the fascinating American Watchmaker – Clockmaker Institute discovered by Sharon Purtee, and happily picnicked in the welcoming shelter at Daniel Drake park.  

Please contact me at edith.starbuck@uc.edu to volunteer for the 2014-2015 program committee. Let’s keep this great organization going for another 40 years! 

Edith Starbuck, Vice President and Program Committee Chair


Checking Account                                                                                                                              Balance as of 6/26/2013                                                      $2474.24 

           Dues (21 regular)                                    $525.00

           Feb meeting, meals                                  105.00                                               


           Reserve picnic shelter for June picnic                                   $  50.00

           Membership meeting, food, beverages, supplies                     $190.81

           Framing of mayor’s proclamation of CAHSLA Day                    $  88.28

           Holiday party supplies                                                        $  38.72

           Holiday party food                                                             $  35.00

           Thank you flowers                                                             $  44.92

           Feb meeting box lunches                                                    $118.15

           Donation to Am Watchmakers Clockmakers Institute              $  50.00

           June picnic food, water, supplies                                         $  87.70

           President’s gift                                                                 $  50.00

      Balance as of 6/25/2014                                               $2350.66

      Balance as of 6/26/2013                            $    34.44


      Balance as of 6/25/2014                            $    34.44

Total Assets                                                                     $2385.10


Paid members

     Regular                     21

     Student                       0

Life members                 12

Total:                             33

Cathy Constance, Treasurer and Membership Chair


It has been a pleasure to attend and record as secretary many of the CAHSLA meetings since 2010.  Thank you to those who have contributed minutes in my absences. I hope to continue joining the group for years to come!                                   Brigid Almaguer – outgoing Secretary

Several of our colleagues are looking forward to retirement in 2014.  We offer congratulations and best wishes to Cathy Constance (VA), Michael Douglas (TriHealth), and Mary Piper (UCHSL).

Midwest Chapter Conference 2014 – Bismarck, ND

It is now time to register for the 2014 Midwest Chapter Conference in Bismarck, ND, Oct. 10-14.
For full details visit the conference website.
Then head on over to  http://mcmla45.wildapricot.org/event-910021 to sign up.

Keynote speakers include:

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS, is an embedded research librarian and informationist at the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She serves on grant-funded clinical and community outreach research teams, providing information, data, and knowledge management services for the projects. Prior to this, she was Head of Research and Scholarly Communication Services, overseeing the Library’s efforts at collaboration with researchers on campus, as well as all scholarly communication endeavors, including eScholarship@UMMS (Institutional Repository).

Mark Graber, MD

Mark Graber, MD, is a national leader in the field of patient safety.  He originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2003, an event which is now recognized internationally.  Mark also pioneered efforts to address diagnostic errors in medicine, and his research in this area has been supported by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Betsy Humphreys, MLS

Betsy L. Humphreys, MLS, is Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).  As Deputy Director, she shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all National Library of Medicine activities.

CE Classes include:

Saturday, October 11

Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion

The Agile Librarians Guide to Thriving in Any Institution

Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics 

Tuesday, October 14
Bullet Point 1, Bullet Point 2, Bullet Point 3… the Audience Flees: Visual Communication Skills for Effective Teaching and Presentations

Systematic Reviews: Getting Started

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Demand Driven Acquisition of Monographs
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Demand Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP‑20‑2014). Demand driven acquisition (DDA), also referred to as patron-driven acquisition, is a method used by libraries for collection development where monographs are purchased at their point of need when selected by users from a pool of potential titles. NISO’s Recommended Practice discusses and makes recommendations for publishers, vendors, aggregators, and libraries about key aspects of DDA, goals and objectives of a DDA program, choosing parameters of the program, profiling options, managing MARC records for DDA, removing materials from the consideration pool, assessment of the program, providing long-term access to un-owned content, consortial considerations for DDA, and public library DDA. Although DDA is more commonly used for e-books, the method can also be applied to print publications and these recommendations provide a single set of best practices for both formats, with articulation of differences where they occur. 

“Under a traditional up-front purchase model for monographs, the acquisition process ends soon after the book arrives in the library,” explains Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services at University of Denver Libraries and NISO DDA Working Group Co-chair. “DDA, on the other hand, requires long-term management of a preselected ‘consideration pool’ of titles available for purchase. The process of acquisition evolves from one of getting books into the collection to one of long-term management of the discovery tools that allow for demand-driven access to monographs. The guidelines in this Recommended Practice will allow libraries to develop DDA plans for both electronic and print books that meet differing local collecting and budgetary needs, while also allowing consortial participation and cross-aggregator implementation.” 

Demand Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP‑20‑2014) is available for free download from the Demand-Driven Acquisition Working Group webpage on the NISO website at: www.niso.org/workrooms/dda/.

American Pediatrics Association Endorses Reading to Babies
“With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.  “It should be there each time we touch bases with children,” said Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy.  It recommends that doctors tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy.” 
The APA has weighed in on many issues over the years, but this is the first time they have made an official statement on literacy.  Read the full article in the New York Times.

Where Gun Stores Out Number Libraries and Museums
The Pew Research Center released some interesting findings in a recent survey on the ideological and social preferences of liberals and conservatives.  Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post took the findings a step further, with additional data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, for his article Where Gun Stores Out Number Libraries and Museums.  As he states, a love of libraries and museums and firearms are not mutually exclusive.  Ingraham found that New England is home to the most libraries and museums and the fewest gun stores.

Strathcona Library “Check Out a Human”
An Alberta CA library is sponsoring its third annual “Human Library” event.  According to the website “On June 27, Strathcona County Library will host our third Human Library event. Readers will be able to borrow a person instead of a book, for 45 minutes.  When you borrow from the Human Library, you’ll be able to listen to your living book tell his or her own fascinating story and ask questions.”  There are certain rules to be followed:

  • Your title can be renewed, if there are no holds and the Living Book agrees. 45 minutes max.
  • The reader is expected to return the Living Book in the same or better condition as borrowed

Medical Words Make or Break A Speller 
Some of the most difficult words to spell at the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee are medical terms.  Memorable words  from the spelling bee are:  chartula (folded paper containing a single dose of a medicinal powder) 2014, stromuhr (rheometer designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery) 2010, serrefine (small forceps for clamping a blood vessel) 2007, succedaneum (edematous swelling formed under the presenting part of the scalp of a newborn infant as a result of trauma sustained during delivery) 2001, and xanthosis (yellow discoloration of the skin from cholesterol deposits) 1995.

Healthcare Entities Most-At-Risk for Cyber Security Breaches 
According to a recent post from the Health Care Advisory Board, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have the “worst cyber security among Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500, and could suffer from wide-scale security breaches in 2014 similar to those experienced by retail companies such as Target and Neiman Marcus, according to a recent report by BitSight Technologies, a securities ratings company. Financial institutions spend more on cyber security than their peers in other industries.“

Federal Agencies Collaborate on New Pain Database
The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies.

“This database will provide the public and the research community with an important tool to learn more about the breadth and details of pain research supported across the federal government. They can search for individual research projects or sets of projects grouped by themes uniquely relevant to pain,” said Linda Porter, Ph.D., Policy Advisor for Pain at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “It also can be helpful in identifying potential collaborators by searching for topic areas of interest or for investigators.”  To access the IPRP database, please visit: http://paindatabase.nih.gov

Smart Searching – Free Online Resource Released
CareSearch Palliative Care Knowledge Network<http://www.caresearch.com.au/>, with support from Flinders Filters<http://www.flinders.edu.au/clinical-change/research/flinders-filters/> and Health Libraries Australia<https://www.alia.org.au/groups/HLA>, has created an online self-paced set of modules for librarians and researchers who would like to enhance and test their literature searching skills. The resource aims to provide some tips and tricks derived from the methodology used at CareSearch to develop topical search filters and improve searches. The  hope is to give librarians and researchers a way to provide some evidence of the effectiveness of their searching.

The modules, called Smart Searching: Logical Steps to Building and Testing Your Literature Search, can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/smartsearchinglogical/home 

The resource is free to use and the content may be reused in compliance with the terms and conditions stated on the site.

Researching Rare Diseases on the Web
A librarian posted to MEDLIB-L about a mystery disease one of her clients was trying to identify.  Two websites were suggested as potential tools to aide in her research:  Find Zebra is a search engine for difficult medical cases and rare diseases  http://findzebra.compute.dtu.dk/  and  EURORDIS is a non-governmental patient-driven alliance of patient organisations representing 631 rare disease patient organisations in 58 countries covering over 4000 diseases.  http://www.eurordis.org

Suggestions for Your Summer Reading
What’s on your summer reading list?  If you are looking for ideas, check out http://librarianhats.net/2014/06/30/summertime-and-the-readin-is-easy/
for some summer reading suggestions.

Joint Commission and Library Standards 
Periodically on MEDLIB-L the question is raised about lobbying the Joint Commission to reinstate the standard requiring a professionally staffed library.  Jeanine Gluck recently provided a nice summary on why this will never happen.  This post is reprinted without any edits and with the permission of Ms. Gluck.

Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:34:09 -0400
From: "Gluck, Jeannine C" <JGluck@ECHN.ORG>
Subject: There is no chance (was Joint Commission)

I was away for a couple of days, and came back to a pile of e-mail on the list about JC's library standards. I have not read through every last one of those yet, so please forgive if this has already been said.

I was at one time the MLA Liaison to the JC. It was 2001-2002, during the time they were revising IM standards. I was on the JC committee that worked on those standards, and so have some insight as to what went on. The JC has what are called outcomes-based standards. That means that they describe what they want to have happen (the outcome) but they do not prescribe one specific method to reach that goal. This is a structure that has been used by many other organizations-especially those in the business of accreditation-as well. It respects differing circumstances and size of institution, and it rewards creative solutions. It is not "one size fits all."

With only a few exceptions, JC does not mandate that certain things be done by a person with specific credentials or characteristics. They don't specify whether given operations are done in house or contracted out. Librarians were up in arms that there was no longer a requirement for a MLS-prepared librarian. Other groups were equally angry that credentialed people in their professions were not mandated. But, to ask JC to do that would be to ask them to change their entire philosophy of standards. They are not about to do that for us, or for any of the other groups that have tried to make it happen.

So, in brief, there is no chance that there will be a requirement for a professional librarian, except in the extremely unlikely case that the JC throws out all their standards and starts fresh with a clean slate and a whole new approach. I don't like this anymore than any of you do, but this is the political reality. We need to stop barking up this particular tree, and look elsewhere.

The Joint Commission focuses on clinical care, as measured by patient outcomes. All else is secondary, or within the purview of another organization.

Solving your problems. Saving your time.

Jeannine Cyr Gluck, MLS, AHIP
Director of the Library
Eastern Connecticut Health Network
71 Haynes St. Manchester, CT 06040