December 2018, No.145

Image result for tis the seasonTis the season – already! Time flies. The holiday season may often bring a whirlwind of activity that can be exhausting. Coupled with the tumult in the world, it is even more important to take a moment to pause and reflect on the positive. To appreciate the gifts our colleagues, friends, and families bring to our lives. To acknowledge that we all strive to do the best we can for our library users and for our profession. With that said, I appreciate that CAHSLA programs provide the opportunity to grow professionally, to connect regularly with colleagues and friends, and to have fun!

Looking back on the CAHSLA association year so far, I want to thank the Program Committee, Cara Yurkowski, Steven Pfeiffer, co-chairs, Sara Craycroft, Amanda Fay, Amy Koshoffer, Lisa McCormick, Jennifer Pettigrew, and Jennifer Steinhardt for planning great programs in 2018! The membership meeting in September at the Lloyd Library and the October meeting at 80 Acres Farms have been informational and fun. By the time you read this, the December CAHSLA holiday party will have taken place at the Clifton Public Library Branch and members will have donated children’s books to this year’s recipient, the Dragonfly Foundation. “Dragonfly helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families find strength, courage & joy.” More programs are coming in 2019 and we hope to see you there.

To circle back, I hope you enjoy the holiday season and that you are able to take some time to stop a minute and fully appreciate family and friends. I also wish you a happy and healthy 2019! May it be less tumultuous and more positive.

Edith Starbuck, President

Holiday Party
December 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Clifton Branch, Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

Attendees: Amy Koshoffer, Edith Starbuck, Jennifer Pettigrew, Jennifer Steinhardt, Emily Kean, Cara Yurkowski, Alex Herrlein, Regina Hartman, Lisa McCormick, Val Purvis, Bob Purvis, Steven Pfeiffer, Amanda Fay, and Jackie Evans

CAHSLA met at the Clifton Branch Public Library to celebrate the holiday season with good food, fellowship, and games. The main dish of Dewey’s Pizza was provided by CAHSLA, while the sides and deserts were potluck-style. We praised each other’s creations and reconsidered creating a CAHSLA cookbook. Lisa McCormick brought two holiday games that we enjoyed playing. The festivities got a bit rowdy and a Library staff member closed our door! Forty-plus new children’s books were collected to give to the Dragonfly Foundation, which "helps pediatric cancer families and patients find strength, courage, and joy." We had a great turn-out of CAHSLA members.

Thanks to Edith Starbuck and Lisa McCormick for organizing this fun event!

Submitted by: Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary

October 24, 2018
CAHSLA Program and Business Meeting
Tour of 80 Acres Farms, 5:30-7:00 pm

Attendees: Amy Koshoffer, Edith Starbuck, Jennifer Pettigrew, Jennifer Steinhardt, Emily Kean, Cara Yurkowski, Alex Herrlein, Regina Hartman, Elaine Grigg Dean, Barb Slavinski, Amanda Fay, and Jackie Evans

CAHSLA met at 80 Acres Farms, an amazing indoor, hydroponic vertical farm inside of an ordinary-looking warehouse in Spring Grove Village.  Mike Zelkind, CEO of 80 Acres Farms, gave a brief presentation about the business’ young history and the science of using plant-specific combinations of light, temperature, water, and soil to stress the plants to grow more delicious and nutritious produce. Then we washed our hands and shoes, and donned hair nets for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility with Susie Morgan, Creative and Marketing Director. The rotatable vertical shelves and stationary poles can grow more food per square foot than traditional field farming. Plus, 80 Acres Farms reuses its water and does not use any pesticides! Their herbs, microgreens, tomatoes, and cucumbers are sold at local retailers such as Whole Foods, Jungle Jim’s, and Dorothy Lane’s Market. After the tour, we ate boxed lunches from Cincinnati Cooks Catering and sampled microgreens, tomatoes, and cucumbers grown by 80 Acres Farms. Edith Starbuck held a business meeting and reminded us to keep a look-out for an email for the CAHSLA Holiday Party in December. 
Thanks to Jennifer Pettigrew and Cara Yurkowski for organizing this fun event!
Submitted by: Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary

Treasurer’s Report

as of 09/25/2018:
Membership Dues

80 Acres Event: Box Lunch Member Payments

80 Acres Event: Box Lunches

as of 12/07/18:
as of 09/25/2018:
80 Acres Event: Box Lunch Member Payment (Later Date)

as of 12/07/2018:
as of 12/07/2018:

15 Regular (Paid)
2 Student (Paid)
11 Life Members

Respectfully submitted by Cara Yurkowski, Treasurer
Reflections on the 2018 Midwest Chapter Conference

Cara Yurkowski (The Christ Hospital) and Steve Pfeiffer (University of Kentucky and the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library) were the 2018 recipients of the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) annual meeting grant awarded to a librarian or MLS student with an interest in health sciences librarianship. Below are accounts of Cara and Steve’s experiences at the conference.

I was excited to attend the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Conference this year, because not only was it my first Midwest Chapter/MLA and OHSLA Joint Conference; it was also my first time visiting Cleveland!

I definitely got a taste of the Cleveland spirit when, following the end of a panel talk on Sunday, I exited the Westin to walk around outside, without realizing I was entering the streets of downtown Cleveland (just blocks away from the stadium) at the exact same time the Cleveland Browns game had ended. I soon found myself immersed in a huge swarm of rowdy, pepped up fans, celebrating the Browns’ victory. One particular Browns fan looked at me and shouted “why are you the ONLY person in this crowd wearing a green rock band t-shirt instead of the colors ORANGE and BROWN?!?!?!”

Amused by this encounter, I subsequently told this story to several librarians whom I met at the conference. I really enjoyed meeting professionals from across the region. It was also a great learning experience to hear about various tools being implemented at other libraries and institutions.

My biggest highlight from the conference was attending the CE course Innovative Instruction: Increasing Engagement and Enhancing Learning with Amy Blevins from the Ruth Lilly Medical Library at the Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition to learning about adult learning theory and creating learning objectives using Bloom’s Taxonomy, the class brainstormed and designed potential learning activities, based on numerous interactive techniques that Amy shared with us. I went into the CE course hoping to learn about strategies regarding how to engage first-year nursing school students during their library orientations, and I walked out of the classroom with new ideas to implement. I also learned about numerous online learning tools for doing tutorials, polls, quizzes, and games. I look forward to utilizing some of these tools, as the number of online learners at The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences continues to grow.

Another highlight from the conference was listening to Dr. Dominic King discuss HIT Literacy and tech gadgets. I especially enjoyed observing the Virtual-tee shirt and how human organ systems could be observed by simply scanning the t-shirt with an iPhone.

It was very exciting for me to hear keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan discuss the National Library of Medicine as well as the development of PubMed 2.0. I also enjoyed listening to keynote speaker Catherine Hakala-Ausperk’s talk about keeping energized, staying motivated, realigning with values and strengths, and finding opportunities for growth within the workplace.

I would like to express my gratitude to the OHSLA Board & the OHSLA Scholarship Committee for making it possible for me to experience this engaging event. I also want to say, ‘thank you’ to the Conference Planning Committee, and to the friendly, welcoming librarians whom I met throughout the weekend. I look forward to attending another conference in the future!

-Cara Yurkowski (submitted to OHSLA following the conference)

I was elated to receive a student scholarship to the 2018 MLA Midwest Chapter Conference! The conference theme was “Shake, Rattle, & Roll: shake up some old ideas, rattle some cages, and roll with the good times.” Boy, did it deliver!

The Open Science CE course explored how librarians can shake up the culture of opacity and reticence which is ingrained in academic research today. By spreading the word about policies and tools for sharing research information, we can maximize the intellectual fruit of the hard work of research. Further, the Innovative Instruction CE course provided me with dozens of techniques and tools which were new to me. I believe that, in order to engage patrons with different learning styles, it is necessary to shake up the typical paradigm of librarians lecturing and students watching. Now I have a more varied toolset for teaching!

The Jam Session I attended rattled some of the cages restricting me. The topic was researching your patron base in order to develop outreach programs. I had been wondering whether it is possible to build truly effective outreach on one-to-one human relationships. That is the ideal, but with increasingly broad job descriptions, expanding patron needs, and the sheer numbers of patrons which most institutions serve, it might not be possible. However, my fellow Jammers helpfully shared their successes, failures, and tips for evaluation from a diverse set of institutions. Now I have become convinced that, over time, you can indeed build Outreach based on the bedrock of human relationships, instead of the sand of fads and gimmicks.

In the poster sessions I was able to roll with the good times with colleagues who are doing great things with repositories, altmetrics, EBM, and the list goes on. The Gadget Garage panel was great fun as well: there are many great tools available, especially augmented reality, for enhancing medical education.

Thank you to everyone who excited and supported me!
-Steven Pfeiffer

Congratulations to Leslie C. Schick, Senior Associate Dean, Director, Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library & Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions on her retirement. Her early career was launched in 1981 when she became the Medical Librarian at the Providence Hospital. She left the hospital world for academia in 1983 when she became an Information Services Librarian at the UC Health Sciences Library. In 1987 she was promoted to Director of the College of Nursing Library. In addition to her many operational and leadership roles at UC, Leslie found the time to advance the profession through the many professional associations and organizations, including the Medical Library Association and AAHSL [Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries].

From a recent post by Dean and University Librarian, Xuemao Wang, “Leslie Schick, senior associate dean of UC Libraries and director of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. Her portfolio extends across campus to include the Science and Engineering Library operations. Since my first day at UC, Leslie has been a key member of my leadership team. As senior associate dean, she has provided inspirational leadership across UC Libraries, leading transformational change and providing oversight for the day-to-day operations within the Libraries.

Her scholarly contributions to the profession are numerous and far-reaching. Many in the library and information field have benefited from Leslie’s wisdom as a mentor and advisor. We wish her much happiness and many exciting adventures.


Congratulations to Amy Koshoffer (University of Cincinnati Chemistry-Biology Library) on her promotion to Assistant Director of Research and Data Services effective January 1, 2019. 


Lisa McCormick (The Jewish Hospital Mercy Health) reports that she is working with OhioNet to implement E Z Proxy for the TJH Health Sciences Library. Working with OhioNet has been very easy, and they have been responsive in solving some unforeseen issues caused by TJH being a subset of a large health system that does not currently have system-wide library resources. The product will be rolled out in January ’19.

Amy Koshoffer (University of Cincinnati) submitted this reprint from the UC Liblog reporting on the recent Mapathon event.

On Nov 3rd, the Red Cross and UC libraries partnered to hold a second Missing Maps Mapathon. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

During the mapathon, participants used the Open Street Map platform to identify buildings in satellite images and place them on a regional map (georeference). The Red Cross uses this information to set up emergency services in areas that are impacted by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. The mapping will be verified by Red Cross volunteers working in the mapped country and will help prepare response teams in the area to better assist if disaster strikes.

This year’s project covered three areas in the Lake Chad region in Niger. This region of the world is experiencing a great humanitarian crisis due to poor infrastructure, conflict, poverty, and climate change. It has been reported that nearly 17 million people are affected by the dire situation and 10.7 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The International Red Cross has been working in the area for thirty years and coordinates efforts with local relief agencies.

At this year’s event, UC Geography student Rachel Byrd led UC Cincinnatus Scholar students, UC Librarian Amy Koshoffer, UC Press Director Liz Scarpelli, and Red Cross International Services Manager Paula McIntosh through the 4-hour mapping session. In the span of four hours, volunteers were able to map three regions around the lake and identified 6065 buildings. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to the mission of the Red Cross.    ~ Amy Koshoffer 

According to the Business Courier 10/12/18 the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has a new leader. Below are snippets from the full article found on the Cincinnati Business Courier’s website.

Paula Brehm-Heeger has been named the library’s director after a national search. She has served as interim director since July and succeeds Kimber Fender, who retired June 30 after working with the library system for 30 years.

Brehm-Heeger and Jeffrey Trzeciak were selected earlier as finalists from a national pool of candidates. She will earn $230,000 in the position.

Brehm-Heeger has worked in public libraries for more than 25 years, including the Indianapolis Public Library, Anderson (Ind.) Public Library and Kansas City Public Library. She is an advocate for public libraries with a focus on expanding access, community and civic engagement, and innovation.

Brehm-Heeger has worked in a number of leadership positions with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, most recently as chief strategy and technology officer and chief library experience officer. Her accolades include winning the Urban Library Council Joey Rodgers Leadership Award given to public library leaders who display transformative leadership in the 21st century.

Brehm-Heeger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, her master's in library science from Indiana University and her master's in public administration from Northern Kentucky University.

Former Deaconess Hospital to Be “Buried”
The December 12, 2018 Cincinnati Business Courier headline announced that a developer plans to "bury" the former Deaconess Hospital for a $300-million-dollar development on the 5-acre site that will include retail, a hotel, and multifamily housing. The development is named the District at Clifton Heights.

“What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry”
The New York Times recently published an article on the lack of transparency regarding financial payments by pharmaceutical and medical device companies to authors who fail to report those ties when publishing the results of their research in many major medical journal despite systems that require that transparency.

The article begins, "One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors.

These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals.”

The reporters focused a lot of attention on the New England Journal of Medicine's history of publishing articles where authors "omitted" or "forgot" about ties to drug companies or device makers. According to the joint ProPublica and New York Times article, journals share some of the blame in that they do not routinely vet the financial disclosures of potential authors. Look for fall-out from this article in the many arms of scientific publishing in the not-too-distant future.

History of Medicine … The House of God 40 Years Later
The House of God is a satirical novel by Samuel Shem (a pseudonym used by psychiatrist Stephen Bergman), published in 1978. The novel follows a group of medical interns at a fictionalized version of Beth Israel Hospital over the course of a year in the early 1970s, focusing on the psychological harm and dehumanization caused by their residency training. The book, described by the New York Times as "raunchy, troubling and hilarious," was viewed as scandalous at the time of its publication but acquired a cult following and ultimately came to be regarded as a touchstone in the evolving discussion of humanism, ethics, and training in medicine.

Dr. Roy Basch is an intelligent but naive intern working in a hospital called the House of God after completing his medical studies at the BMS ("Best Medical School"). He is poorly prepared for the grueling hours and the sudden responsibilities without good guidance from senior attending physicians. He begins the year on a rotation supervised by an enigmatic and iconoclastic senior resident who goes by the name The Fat Man who doles out the “Laws of the House of God” including the term Gomer, which stands for "get out of my emergency room" – a patient who is frequently admitted with complicated but uninspiring and incurable conditions. Shem recently revealed that there will be a sequel in 2019 on the current state of medicine.

A film was made out of the book but never released in theaters or on VHS/DVD. The film was shown on HBO a few times, mostly as filler in non-peak hours. It starred Charles Haid as The Fat Man, Tim Matheson as Roy, and with Bess Armstrong, Ossie Davis, Sandra Bernhard, and Michael Richards in supporting roles.

The Fat Man’s Laws of the House of God

  1. GOMERS don't die. 
  2. GOMERS go to ground. 
  3. At a cardiac arrest, the first procedure is to take your own pulse. 
  4. The patient is the one with the disease. 
  5. Placement comes first. 
  6. There is no body cavity that cannot be reached with a #14G needle and a good strong arm. 
  7. Age + BUN = Lasix dose. 
  8. They can always hurt you more. 
  9. The only good admission is a dead admission. 
  10. If you don't take a temperature, you can't find a fever. 
  11. Show me a BMS (Best Medical Student) who only triples my work and I will kiss his feet. 
  12. If the radiology resident and the medical student both see a lesion on the chest x-ray, there can be no lesion there. 
  13. The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible.
    --Source: The Mercy East Medical Staff Newsletter, December 10, 2018

Behind the Scenes at NLM
The medical news and information site Medscape, recently published an article on the National Library of Medicine, Behind the Scenes at the World's Medical Library: The National Library of Medicine.

Caption: Where the magic happens, PubMed. Photo by Madeleine Stokowski. 


There’s a Code for That
Medscape compiled a list of ICD-10 codes related to the perils and pleasures of the holiday season.


  • W60: Contact with Sharp Leaves 
  • W61.43 – Pecked by a Turkey 
  • W61.4 – Contact with turkey 
  • W21: Struck by Sports Equipment 
  • Z63.1: Problems in Relationship with In-Laws 
  • Y93.E2: Injury Due to Activity – Laundry 
  • X10.2: Contact with Fats and Cooking Oils 
  • W52: Crushed, Pushed, or Stepped on by Crowd or Human Stampede 
  • W29.1: Contact with Electric Knife 
  • V84.6: Passenger of Special Agricultural Vehicle Injured in Nontraffic Accident
  • T75.4XXA, electrocution, initial encounter 
  • V80.1 – Injury as occupant of animal-drawn vehicle 
  • W14 – Fall from tree 
  • W45.1XXA, paper entering through skin, initial encounter 
  • W00.1XXA, fall from stairs and steps due to ice and snow, initial encounter 
  • W55.32XA, struck by other hoof stock, initial encounter 
  • X08.8 – Burn by candle 
  • Y93.23 – Activity, snow, sledding 
  • Y93.D – Arts and crafts injury 
  • Z62.891 – Sibling rivalry
Dictation Bloopers
  • Nephrology following his urine 
  • Went into a comma and passed away 
  • Hypo magnes enema 
  • Here for snitch removal 
  • No history of heart disease as fart as he knows 
  • Code Blue was called after the patient was found to be irresponsible
Final Thought
“The 'American Dream' means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I'd add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.”   ~ President George H.W. Bush (1924-2018)