NAHSL Elections – 2012 Candidates

September 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chair-Elect – Richard Kaplan 

Rich Kaplan

Rich Kaplan has been a librarian for over 30 years.  He is currently the Dean of Library and Learning Resources at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS),  which is a growing college and library system that supports over 40 health-related degrees and over 6,000 students on three campuses plus online programs.  He has also worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Buffalo (SUNY).  He has an MLS from the University of Albany (SUNY) and has published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Reference Services Quarterly and the Journal of Library Administration.  The MCPHS Libraries were an early adapter of electronic collections and Rich recently edited a book entitled: Building and Managing E-Book Collections for Neal –Schuman/ American Library Association.

Rich says:

I see NAHSL as a vital link between MLA and the RML and, as Chair-Elect; I will look forward to enhancing these connections.  I have worked closely with our RML on several projects over the years and will build on these experiences.  I also understand NAHSL’s roles in continuing education and communication.  As NAHSL Chair-Elect, I would like to examine and expand cooperation within New England.  We have a wealth of resources in our region from collections to expertise in all areas of librarianship.  I would like to begin to tap into these resources to better support our libraries and ourselves, as information professionals.

The field of Librarianship is rapidly changing.  I believe NAHSL should be influential in helping us to understand our new and future roles.  I would recommend holding a series of discussions on this important topic.  If we can identify skill sets that we would like more continuing education on, we can try to coordinate webinars and workshops using our internal resources as well as with the cooperation of the RML and MLA.  I look forward to working with all of you.

Secretary – Debra Berlanstein

Debra Berlanstein

Debra Berlanstein received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English from Brooklyn College and a Masters of Library Science from Long Island University. She is the Associate Director of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University, Boston. Most recently she served as the Head of Reference at the Health Sciences & Human Services Library at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and Head of Information Services at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. Previously she was a Reference Librarian and Head of Reference at Towson University, Towson, Maryland, where she was the Liaison to the Nursing, Health Sciences and Psychology departments.

Debra’s main areas of interest include teaching principles of evidence based medicine and public health, and understanding the many scholarly communication and publication issues facing libraries today. She is an active member of the Medical Library Association, where she recently served as Chair of the Public Health and Health Administration Section as well as a member Section Council and several juries. As a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) she was most recently a member of the Honors and Awards Committee and a mentor to first time MAC conference attendees.

Debra is excited to become an active member of NAHSL now that she has returned to the New England Region. Being on the ballot seemed like an excellent way to immediately get involved in the Chapter and make a contribution. She hopes to get to know her colleagues in NAHSL, and that her experiences at two health sciences libraries will allow her to effectively contribute to the sharing of ideas and planning for our Chapter’s future.

Chapter Council Representative – Dina McKelvy 

Dina McKelvy

Dina McKelvy is currently the Library Manager for Automation and Planning at Maine Medical Center which is the largest medical center and teaching hospital in Northern New England.  She has an MLS from the Indiana University and is currently enrolled in the Drexel University Health Informatics Certificate program.  Dina has been active in NAHSL for the past ten years, serving as Continuing Education Chair, Conference Chair and Chapter Chair.  She currently serves as the co-editor of the Internet Resources and Technology columns for the MLA News.

Dina says:

I would be proud to serve as NAHSL’s Chapter Council Representative because I believe in a strong connection with MLA. Just as we network and learn from each other within NAHSL, NAHSL itself can also gain from our relationship with other chapters within MLA. I look forward to learning and sharing with our colleagues throughout the association.

Chapter Council Alternate – Marianne Burke 

Marianne Burke

Marianne Burke MLS AHIP is Director of the Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont. Marianne has championed library programs that integrate evidence-based information in the medical and health science curricula, and in clinical practice. She developed and led NNLM-funded projects to connect Vermont primary care providers and the community with quality health information. Her recent publication is Knowledge-Based Information in Vermont Hospitals: A Survey of Library and Information Services. (University of Vermont, 2011)

Marianne was NAHSL Conference Chair (2007), Chapter Chair (2008-9), and Past-Chair/Nominating Committee Chair, (2009-10). She has been a member of MLA for 20 years and was active in the Technical Services Section, including service as its Chair.

She is honored to be nominated for the NAHSL Chapter Council Alternate position.

Nominee to MLA Nominating Committee – Shirley Gronholm 

Shirley Gronholm

Shirley Gronholm, MLIS, AHIP, Distinguished Level is Director, Health Science Libraries; Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT. Shirley received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1984, and has worked in various library positions in Wisconsin until moving to Connecticut in 1991.  She started as a Clinical Librarian for Surgery, then Senior Librarian, Assistant Director and appointed Director in September 2002.

Shirley served as Chapter Council Alternate then as Representative from 2003 -2007, and as part of being on Chapter Council she served on their elections committee with the last 2 years as chair.  As a member of Chapter Council she was also a member of the NAHSL Executive Board during this same time.

She served on the Hospital Library Subcommittee of the Regional Advisory Council of the NN/LM from 2007 thru 2009.

Librarianship is a second career for Shirley.  She graduated and passed State boards to become a Registered Nurse in 1970 and worked in various positions in Wisconsin.  At the same time she served 21 years in the Army Reserves until she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1991 and moved to Connecticut.


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