Living Up To Its Theme

November 12, 2015 at 9:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We continue our series of blog posts by the winners of our NAHSL Professional Development Grant. Jessica Kilham, from Quinnipiac University is on the Planning Committee for the 2016 NAHSL meeting to be held in New Haven, CT.

Living Up To Its Theme

Blog post by, Jessica Kilham

Netter Library, Quinnipiac University

This year’s conference lived up to its theme—it was Anchored in Excellence. The trends that I noticed were early literacy, storytelling and making connections with colleagues.

Apparently the librarians at Cushing Whitney Medical Library heard my prayers for a tool that would organize indexed citations into a spreadsheet including the MeSH terms. The Yale MeSH Analyzer has made life better! This tool takes a collection of indexed PubMed citations with the MeSH terms and puts them into a spreadsheet with the MeSH terms alphabetized.  I can see many uses for this tool in a literature search service but also as a teaching tool to show students how indexing can be used and the power of using the right indexed terms.  I would personally like to say thank you, thank you, thank you for building this tool and making it publically available!

My colleagues and I were able to share our story of opening a new medical library and integrating services into the community that we serve at the Edward & Barbara Netter Library at Quinnipiac University (slides).  This was an exciting opportunity to reflect on what we have started here and share our experiences with colleagues throughout the region.

The Connecticut Planning Committee’s invitation to the 2016 NAHSL conference was a blast to put together and hope that it was enjoyed by all. My conference concluded with the “hand-off meeting” where the Rhode Island conference planning committee shared their experiences with the Connecticut conference planning committee.  They offered their experiences from the planning the Rhode Island conference. I personally enjoyed hearing the about the things that they were most excited about while planning the conference (papers and new members’ reception) and how they incorporated those elements into the conference.  I hope to see these elements at the 2016 conference.

Thank you, NAHSL for the support provided so I could attend this conference.


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