NAHSL Continuing Ed Opportunities Have Direct Impact

December 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Awards and Recognition, Continuing Education, NAHSL Annual Meeting 2011, Professional Development | Leave a comment

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NAHSL Scholarship Committee for the generous Professional Development Award, allowing me to attend the 2011 NAHSL Conference, held at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, CT. The Award included attending a CE program on Sunday, October 30 (“Developing an Effective Strategic Plan for Your Library”). This CE program came at a most opportune time; I arrived back at my place of employment to immediately take part in a leadership retreat that dealt with strategic planning! Since my CE was in the afternoon, I was granted permission to audit Jeannine Gluck’s “Cancer Concepts and Search Techniques.” I congratulate the CE Committee for providing attendees timely and interesting educational programs.

Although the Plenary speakers were excellent, and Dr. Cimino’s “Infobuttons within EHRs…” was, again, an important and timely topic, I have to admit my favorite session during this year’s Conference was the breakout session given by Scott Wetstone, MD. It was interesting, stimulating and presented with a sense of humor. Excellent! And I will admit that both Mark Goldstein and Margo Coletti made a compelling argument that we are in fact already managing knowledge in our institutions, and I don’t really have to go kicking and screaming into the concept or initiative.

Visiting the vendors/exhibitors and networking is always a bonus, and reconnecting with old friends will always be an important part of the NAHSL conferences. I enjoyed the Lightning Presentations and considered them to be well rehearsed and presented. Overall, the entire Conference this year provided me with a much needed professional boost and for that alone I thank you for your support.


Kathy Brunjes, AHIP
Director of Library Services
Central Maine Medical Center
Lewiston, ME 04240


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