Want help with your AHIP application?

June 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Posted in General News | Leave a comment

Interested in AHIP?

As the Chair of the NAHSL Credentialing committee I want to let members know that I am available at any time to speak with you about the AHIP certification process, consult with you on putting together your portfolio or answer any questions you may have about the Academy.  This can be on an individual basis or with a group of you and your colleagues.

There are a few articles published in recent MLA News issues regarding  AHIP you might be interested in reading.  The issues are May 2014 pg. 16, February 2014 pg. 16, January 2014 pg.16.

For more information about AHIP from LA you can go to https://www.mlanet.org/academy/.

Here you will find information on the application process, hints, forms, and information on how to earn AHIP points.  You will also find an FAQ section and a roster of Academy members.

For those of you who are already Academy members, please think about volunteering to be a mentor to a Provisional Academy member.

To reach me you can email me Meredith.solomon@umassmed.edu or call 508-856-5964.

I look forward to working with you.

Meredith Solomon, MLA, AHIP

NAHSL Credentialing Committee, Chair

MLA Credentialing Committee, Member



Register now for NAHSL 2013!

September 24, 2013 at 10:42 am | Posted in General News, NAHSL Annual Meeting 2013, Professional Development | Leave a comment

The 2013 NAHSL Annual Meeting is just over a month away, and the countdown to “Surf the waves, plan your future” is on!

We hope you are planning to join your colleagues on October 27-29, 2013 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Have you looked at your calendar and realized that you can’t make it for the whole meeting? Affordable single day registration rates are available. Or you might want to spend one night (at the conference room rate of $149) and experience two full days of valuable programming.

That way you won’t miss out on anything that NAHSL has to offer, such as learning, networking, and meeting with 26 new and familiar exhibitors. You might even find time for relaxing or sightseeing around Falmouth.

NAHSL is your best opportunity for reasonably-priced content pertinent to both academic health sciences and hospital librarians in New England.


  • Plenary speakers
  • CE classes
  • Knowledge management panel discussion
  • “Strategies for Advocacy” open forum
  • Lively lightning rounds

Plus there will be plenty of fun, delicious food and beautiful sunsets over the water of Buzzards Bay.

Remember: Register by 10/11/2013 to get early bird rates and book your hotel room by 10/4/2013 to get the $149 conference rate. 

See you at the beach!

Positions open for 2014 NAHSL Executive Board

August 22, 2013 at 8:49 am | Posted in General News | Leave a comment

It is with great pleasure that I offer you, the wonderful members of NAHSL, an opportunity to join the NASHL executive board! Positions open for the 2014 slate of officers are Chair-elect and Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee.  There are also committee chair positions open, e.g. Government Relations.

Enthusiastic members are needed to guide our association into the future. So, PLEASE consider submitting your name (or a colleague’s name) for either one of the elected positions or a committee chair position. Speaking from personal experience, being on the board is a very rewarding experience. The other board members are a pleasure to know and work with.

Job descriptions are available on the NAHSL web page.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 9th.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Katherine Stemmer Frumento
Director, Library Services
Greenwich Hospital (CT)
203-863-4522 (f)

CAHSL Salary Survey

July 18, 2013 at 9:04 am | Posted in General News | Leave a comment

This past spring the Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians completed a salary survey with its members. The survey aimed to capture an overview of the salaries of the librarians who work in the health sciences field in Connecticut. The survey also included a few questions regarding AHIP, benefits and pay increases.

The survey was an open business item for the past year. The proposed questions and format were presented, reviewed and discussed at the March 5th CAHSL meeting. Members’ feedback was then incorporated into the final survey.

Overall there were 36 responses for salaries. The results were cross-referenced by library type, area of responsibility, years as a librarian and years in current position to get a better understanding of the salaries.

The results are posted on the CAHSL LibGuide.

The report includes additional salary resources from the CT Department of Labor, US Department of Labor, CT Library Association and Medical Library Association.

We hope you find it interesting!

Lisa A. Adriani, MLS
Public Services Librarian, Health Sciences Library
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT 06518

Anne-Marie Kaminsky, MLS, MS
Manager, Health Sciences Library
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
New London, CT 06320

What does NAHSL mean to you?

July 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Posted in General News | Leave a comment

Greetings everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the summer. The weather is hot and miserably humid. Yes, it’s summer!

The NAHSL Executive Board met last Friday and had a good bit of discussion around the topic of the value of professional organizations. As President, this has been of particular interest to me and I’m delighted that the Board, and in particular President-Elect, Rich Kaplan, find it important, too. It insures that we will give it the time and attention that it’s due.

From the national level (MLA) to our local consortia, members are grappling with the question, “Why do I belong to fill in the blank?” In a time when people feel extremely overworked and funding is being cut in places that affect us greatly, it’s natural to ask this question. Where do I want to put my time, efforts, and money? We need to get something back in exchange. That is understandable.

And perhaps it’s the fact that people don’t feel that they receive much in return that our membership numbers are falling. Again, at every level this is apparent.

With all of this in mind, I wanted to take a few minutes to remind everyone of the benefits of belonging to NAHSL. These can be found in more details on our website under the membership page:

  • Continuing Education – NAHSL sponsors numerous CE opportunities throughout the year, as well as the annual meeting. Members receive reminders of upcoming events, along with a discount on registration, when available.
  • Professional Development – NAHSL offers opportunities to acquire the information and skills needed to stay on top of the fast moving field of medical librarianship.
  • Leadership Opportunities – Committees and elected offices give members the chance to give back to their profession, while gaining experience in leadership roles.
  • Networking – Members have access to the NAHSL listserv, a closed list for communication.
  • Annual Meeting – Members receive a discounted rate to attend the annual meeting and take in timely and relevant programming, year after year.
  • Scholarships – Scholarships to attend classes, other professional development opportunities, and to initiate technology programs are available to members.

You need only be an active member of NAHSL to take advantage of each of these. Active membership is defined as joining or renewing by March 15 of each calendar year. This year, due to the Board’s decision to implement an online registration system, we extended the deadline for renewals to June 1.

I point this out now for a couple of reasons; first, people are going to start registering for the annual meeting soon. If you did not meet the extended renewal deadline of June 1, please do not expect the discounted rate for registration. Please do renew! Please do come to the annual meeting! There’s a terrific team, hard at work putting together an outstanding program. But we ask that people respect the policies of the organization and the benefits given to those who keep their membership current.

Secondly, the NAHSL listserv is also restricted to active members. On July 15 (extending this one even further), the list will be updated to reflect only current members. In the future, we will do this each March.

A benefit of membership implies membership, and membership implies being part of something. I personally hope that NAHSL provides its members with enough value to warrant wanting to belong to it. If not, I hope even more that you’ll share with me why it doesn’t and/or how we can restructure so that it does.

Times are changing and the model of our organization(s) was established when the ways that we work and communicate and network were very different. We want to close any gaps between what we want our organization to be and what it is. We can do that with your help.


Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS
NAHSL President

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