Please Renew Your NAHSL Membership!

March 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Posted in General News | Leave a comment


Greetings to all,

Great news! We are ready for you to renew your NAHSL 2013 membership.

Thank you for your patience while we built a new NAHSL Membership portal using a platform called “Wild Apricot.” Members will be able to renew online and access and update membership profile information. Wild Apricot will also be the place to register for CE, Professional Development and the upcoming NAHSL fall conference.

The names of all 2012 NAHSL members are already in the Wild Apricot system. Renewing your membership for 2013 should take no more than 5-10 minutes. You might see yourself listed as a “lapsed member” in the system-not to worry. The system doesn’t recognize anyone as ever having renewed in the past-so EVERYONE is lapsed!

Step-by-step instructions for paying by check or credit card (PayPal), for student membership, and for new members are available on our NAHSL LibGuide. You may want to print the instruction packet to make your life a little bit easier.

Step 1. Please go to the NAHSL website at
Step 2. CLICK the Membership tab
Step 3. Select the instructions that pertains to you
Step 4. Click the portal link and start the process

Good luck.

Many thanks to Len Levin who started the ball rolling and invested a lot of time and energy in activating the portal. Thanks also to the UMASS staff that helped him.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

Be safe tomorrow.


Valori Ann Banfi, MSLS
Nursing Librarian
University of Connecticut
Homer Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Way Unit 1005
Storrs, CT 06269-1005
Voice (860) 486-2824
Fax (860) 486-6100



March 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Posted in General News | Leave a comment

This is the first in a series of occasional posts -a place to share what we are reading! Here’s a brief list of what’s been on my nightstand recently –

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – HB Stowe
Having watched The Abolitionists on PBS, a neighbor recommended we read this for our book group. I was astonished at the subtlety of Stowe’s character development and her passion for the subject matter.

Pale Horse Pale Rider – KA Porter (for Literature & Medicine)
This story of influenza during the first World War is both poignant and surprisingly dry-witted. The depictions of delirium are quite fantastic!

Bartleby the Scrivener (for Literature & Medicine)
Possibly the most aggravating co-worker ever! Pathological passive resistance? Perverse willfulness? You be the judge.

The Great Gatsby – FS Fitzgerald
Classic story of wealth and class in America. I hadn’t read it since high school – but remembered the scene in Gatsby’s library – stocked with books with the pages left uncut.

Escape from Camp 14 – Blaine Harden
A Washington Post reporter’s story of a man who escaped form a N. Korean prison camp. Unfortunately the audiobook is read by the author and is otherwise poorly produced.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
A fun read – puzzle mystery where the world of medieval secret societies collides with  Google and super computers. Did I mention that the cover glows in the dark?

Fumbling: A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief and Spiritual Renewal on the Camino de Santiago – Kerry Egan
This could have been a good mix of memoir, travelogue and history – but the author is often cranky.  I did not want to spend six weeks on a pilgrimage with her!

God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine – Victoria Sweet
Well-written and engaging stories from the Laguna Honda hospital, her doctoral research and her pilgrimage on the Camino.

Atonement – Ian McEwan
An author makes sense of truth and storytelling and how it does and does not provide her amnesty from living with her past.

Want to contribute your recent reads? Drop a note to me (  or Sally Gore ( and find out more!

-Dina McKelvy

NAHSL Executive Board Picks the “Best of 2012”

December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Posted in General News | 1 Comment
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[Posted by Sally Gore, NAHSL Chair]

I love the “Best of…” lists that start coming out around this time of year. As an icebreaker for our Board meeting last week, as well as a means for members to get to know one another a little bit better, I asked each person to take a moment and share his/her favorite book, CD, or movie from the past year. I thought that NAHSL members might also like to get to know their Board members, too, so I decided to share our list here on the blog. Who knows? You may come across a good pick or two for 2013. I know that I did.


Rich Kaplan, Chair-Elect

Susan Mahnken, Government Relations Committee Chair

Mary Piorun, Associate Director, NN/LM NER

Hongjie Wang, Archives Committee Chair

  • Book – I won’t share his answer, but let’s just say that Hongjie read one of the best-selling books of the past year.
  • Movie – Pretty Woman (the first movie he ever saw in America)

Lori Bradshaw, Treasurer

Valeri Banfi, Membership Chair

  • Movie – Lincoln

Debbie Berlanstein, Secretary

  • Book – Explosive Eighteen, by Janet Evanovich
  • CD – The Wrecking Ball, by Bruce Springsteen

Jane Ichord, MAHSLIN Representative

Jeannine Gluck, Education Committee Chair

  • Movie – Lincoln

Nathan Norris, Electronic Communications Committee Co-Chair

Lisa Adriani, Electronic Communications Committee Co-Chair

  • Books – Nancy Drew Series (reliving her youth!)

Amanda Richman, Pinch Hitting for Robin Devin, ARIHSL Representative

Janet Cowen, 2014 Program Chair

Anne Fladger, 2013 Program Chair

Kathy Stemmer Frumento, Past Chair and Nominating

Donna Belcinski, Marketing Committee Chair

Books –

Chris Fleuriel, HSLIC Representative

  • Books – Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee and How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman, MD

Sally Gore, Chair

In Remembrance: Kathy Brunjes

November 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Posted in General News | 2 Comments

Members of NAHSL lost a wonderful colleague, leader, and friend last week when Kathy Brunjes passed away from cancer. Kathy was the Chair of NAHSL when I first became a member in 2005. Being new to the profession and the organization, she stood out in my mind as she presided over the annual business meeting. When you’re just getting started in your career, those who hold leadership positions are often ones you look to and say, “Wow! I wonder if I might ever be like that.”

When it was announced at our recent Annual Meeting in Woodstock that Kathy had entered hospice – an announcement that came not very long before the gavel was passed to me and I became the new Chair – I thought of this connection and felt both humbled and proud to follow her in this role. When I learned, last Friday, that she had died, my heart went out to her family and her friends and all of the lives she touched through her work. I asked several of these friends and colleagues if they would offer some words about Kathy to share with the NAHSL membership here. What follows are their contributions. ~ Sally Gore, NAHSL Chair

Kathy Brunjes (1953-2012): an Inspiration to Us All

The NAHSL Community has lost a great library champion in Kathy Brunjes. For the 13 years I have known her, I have admired her boundless energy in promotion of libraries and excellence in knowledge services through her work in NAHSL and HSLIC. She served on the HSLIC board in various capacities including chair, always ready to do what needed to be done as well as mentor others.

In NAHSL, she served on the board, scholarship committee, education committee, and as NAHSL Conference Chair in 2004. Kathy was also active in the Central Maine Library District and was appointed to the Maine Library Commission.

Kathy was actually my predecessor at Stephens Memorial Hospital where she had worked 19 years before taking the Library Director’s position at Central Maine Medical Center in 1999. I remember cleaning out her old office and thinking that she had never thrown anything away for all those 19 years! Her office space may have been messy but she was always very organized at meetings and working on various projects.

Kathy was a true leader and committed to demonstrating the value of library services. Driving her home from the NAHSL Conference last year, she spent an hour of the trip on her phone calling in to a budget meeting at her institution to defend her library budget and prevent deep cuts that were happening hospital-wide at that time.

We shared a love of costume jewelry and would often sneak out of the NAHSL Conference on Monday afternoon to fit in some shopping. We also shared a bit of an acerbic sense of humor and always sat together during the long NAHSL business meetings on Tuesday mornings so we could joke around during the long reports.

I think the greatest tribute we could give Kathy is to emulate her dedication to her profession, colleagues, and clients. She was always ready to take on a new project or help out on a committee or board. Let’s keep Kathy’s spirit alive by giving more of our time and energy serving the organizations and profession she was so committed to. To me, she has been a role model, a mentor, and a friend. She is proof that one person can make a difference and the library communities in Maine and New England were made stronger with Kathy as a member.

Deborah Clark, HSLIC Chair


Kathy Brunjes has been an active and involved member of HSLIC since she joined the organization nearly 20 years ago. Her interest in librarianship was so strong that she pushed herself to finish her undergraduate degree and go on to a masters in library science, all while working at her job(s) at Stephens Memorial Hospital and serving in a succession of positions on the HSLIC board. She has ably filled many positions in HSLIC, including NAHSL Representative, Secretary, Vice-Chair and Resource Sharing, Chair, and Newsletter Editor. Meanwhile, on the NAHSL board, she moved from HSLIC rep to Secretary to Conference Chair-Elect, Conference Chair and NAHSL Chair-Elect, and is currently serving as Chairman of the NAHSL Board. All this while taking on a challenging new position at CMMC, a much larger library, and incidentally, competing as a horsewoman at the national and international level! Kathy is a model of industry, spirit, energy, and professionalism for all of us, and is a most worthy recipient of the Cairns Award.

(From the text of Kathy’s 2005 Cairns Award)

But in addition to all this, Kathy was such a sparkplug in our organization  –  gorgeous, funny, always ready to get involved and help out with a mixture of enthusiasm and professionalism.  And she combined the demands of her active library life with endurance riding on the national and international level, most recently adding the role of active grandma to her busy life.  It makes me tired just thinking about it.

There are many funny stories about Kathy.  When my son was a student at the University of Southern Maine, he was elected as one of two student representatives to the Sociology Dept. faculty.  He came home one weekend and told me, wide-eyed, about the other student rep:  “You should see her Mom, she’s really amazing, and she’s a librarian!.”  He told me that when he tried to ask her out she said, “Don’t be silly, I’m almost old enough to be your mother.  In fact, I KNOW your mother.”  It could only be Kathy.

Her friends in HSLIC willl really, really miss her.

~ Patty Kahn, Niles Perkins Health Science Library, Rockport, Maine


Kathy was a creative contributor to our regional programs. Her work with the Samali population was of particular interest to the National Library of Medicine. Her presentation to the NLM mid-year review Committee was a highlight of the day. She demonstrated how medical librarians can really make a difference. I will never forget her ongoing support for us as we continue to serve as the region’s medical library.

~ Elaine Martin, Director, Lamar Soutter Library and NNLM, NER, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Kathy Brunjes was active in RML activities, supporting the National Network and making her library an active part of the hospital’s outreach. Kathy was active in the New England Region’s Regional Advisory Council throughout the past ten years. Kathy was active in subcommittees like Resource Sharing and Consumer Health Advisory Board.  Kathy secured funding and brought hospital departments together to develop videos and other translated material to welcome the Somali community of Lewiston to the community health services of Central Maine Medical Center.  Nationally, Kathy was asked and served on review committees for RML mid-contract site visits and RML contract proposal reviews.

~ Javier Crespo, former Associate Director, NNLM, NER

Terrific Opportunity for Entrepreneurial, Research-Minded Librarians and/or Informationists

April 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Posted in General News, Job Openings | Leave a comment

The National Library of Medicine’s new funding announcement offering support for informationists to work on NIH-funded research grants has been announced.

You can find it on the NIH Guide website .

These supplements provide funds to researchers who have existing research grants from any of the Institutes listed (NLM,  NCI, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NIDCD, NIDCR), to pay for adding an informationist to the project. The principal investigator of the grant must apply for this, so our librarian/informationist colleagues in academic settings might want to identify partners of interest and reach out to them to suggest that they apply, or alert people with whom they already work. An easy way to find potential partners would be to use the NIH reporter to search by state and funding Agency.

From the purpose statement:

These administrative supplements provide funds to supported research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

This is a terrific opportunity for professionals with the skills and drive to get hooked into the research taking place at universities, health sciences centers, and medical institutions. Take advantage!

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