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


What Happens at Mohegan Sun, Goes Up on the NAHSL Blog!

November 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Awards and Recognition, General News, Meetings, NAHSL Annual Meeting 2011, Professional Development | Leave a comment

Thank you again to the Program Planning Committee, made up of NAHSL members from Connecticut and led by our new NAHSL Chair, Katherine Frumento, for an outstanding Annual Meeting earlier this week. Even if you lost your shirt at the slot machines, no one can say they came away from the Meeting a loser. The speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and special events were terrific. A few notes to pass along to everyone:

The view from Sally's front window, Worcester, MA, October 30, 2011.

  • Congratulations to Sally Gore, Lori Bradshaw, and Margo Coletti for being elected Chair-Elect, Treasurer, and NAHSL Representative to the MLA Nominating Committee, respectively. In case you missed it, these elections were held electronically, a first for our organization. It went well and we look forward to continuing in this fashion in the future.
  • Congratulations to Barbara Davis of Newport Hospital, Rhode Island, the 2011 NAHSL Achievement Award Winner!
  • We were joined by great friends and colleagues from the NY-NJ MLA chapter. It was wonderful having the conference together.
  • It snowed in October. Not really related to the Meeting, but then again, hard to miss.
  • Planning for NAHSL 2012 is already well underway. The Committee, Chaired by Cindy Stewart, gave the audience a sneak preview of all that’s in store for us in Woodstock, VT next year.

Finally, a couple of NAHSL members who received scholarships from the Professional Development Committee have already submitted their thoughts for the blog. Let’s share them now:

[Anne Connor, Director, Gale Medical Library, Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton, NH]

Thanks to receipt of a scholarship from NAHSL, I was able to attend this year’s annual meeting at the Mohegan Sun.  My primary reason for attending conferences is so that I can bring back “fresh” information and knowledge to Littleton Regional Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in northern New Hampshire.  The continuing education class on CME resources was excellent, as were the keynotes and breakout sessions.  In particular, I plan to share Frank Corvino’s strategies for enhancing customer service organization-wide with our senior leadership, as his proven tactics could easily be adapted to an institution much smaller than Greenwich Hospital.  I left the conference on Tuesday renewed, refreshed, and ready to prioritize all of the new ideas from the conference.  Additionally, the networking with colleagues from organizations large and small was uplifting, and reminds me how fortunate we are!

[Jane Natches, Library Manager – Affiliate Librarian, Signature Healthcare Health Sciences Library at Brockton Hospital, Brockton, MA]

This year’s NASHL conference, held at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, was my first and I was impressed both with the quality and quantity of the content. The mix of big picture perspectives and useful take-away tips not only provided something for everyone, but it kept the flow of information and subsequent discussions fresh and interesting.

Plenary speaker Dr. James Cimino presented a detailed history of the development of information buttons within electronic health records and the technology and informatics involved in creating such tools. Despite concerns from the audience that vendors were in the driver’s seat and potentially limiting our options, Dr. Cimino was optimistic that the HL7 standard will drive adoption of open access solutions and directed people to check out for more information.

Dr. Lisa Sanders gave a fascinating presentation on the importance of the patient’s story. As a journalist she brought wonderful patient stories to life. As a physician she spoke of the art of diagnosis, backing up her points with studies and statistics proving that the essence of a correct diagnosis starts with taking a patient’s history. Listening skills are essential. It struck me that the process is not all that different from a well-conducted reference interview.

The final speaker, Frank Corvino, CEO of Greenwich Hospital, described the rebirth of a once failing hospital into a thriving successful organization. For those of us feeling the strain of dwindling budgets, personnel cuts, and hospital closures, it offered hope that positive change is possible. Mr. Corvino reminded the audience that changing the culture of an organization – often a key requirement to future success – is something that doesn’t happen overnight and in fact may take many years. Interestingly, Mr. Corvino also emphasized the importance of story telling, but this time it was not the patient’s story but the employee’s story that was the point. Sharing employee success stories reinforces positive behavior and “creates legends” inside organizations. The same could be said for success stories within our libraries. Let’s be sure to continue to share those stories not only among ourselves, but within our larger organizations. Let’s become legends!

As always, NAHSL members are both the givers and receivers of much. We’re a very fortunate group, a terrific professional organization!

~ Sally Gore, NAHSL Chair-Elect and Chair, Electronic Communications Committee

2011 Annual Business Meeting Reports

October 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Meetings, NAHSL Annual Meeting 2011 | Leave a comment

The Agenda, as well as Officer and Committee Reports for the 2011 NAHSL Annual Business Meeting are available for download from the NAHSL website homepage.

Professional Development Funds Available for NAHSL Annual Meeting Registration

August 5, 2011 at 10:57 am | Posted in Awards and Recognition, NAHSL Annual Meeting 2011, Professional Development | Leave a comment

The NAHSL Professional Development Fund Committee is pleased to announce that we are once again offering awards to help with the REGISTRATION/CE cost for NAHSL members attending the NAHSL 2011 conference in Uncasville, Connecticut, October 30 – November 1, 2011.

Each award will cover the cost of the early-bird, member registration fee of $215 as well as the CE cost, with a maximum amount of no more than $485 for the whole year (some members have already received grants for MLA and/or other CE classes for this year).

To qualify, you must be a current member of NAHSL, with your 2011 dues paid no later than March 15, 2011. The application deadline for this award is September 2 Friday, 2011. Application forms and other information about qualifications can be found under the Professional Development tab of the NAHSL website.

Award recipients will be notified on or before Sept. 16, 2011.  The early bird registration deadline for NAHSL conference is October 1, but please register as early as you can and you’ll get reimbursement after the event.

Apply now and attend the exciting conference in CT.  We particularly encourage applications from new NAHSL members, those who have never received a NAHSL profession Development Award, or anyone who has never attended such a conference.

Please email your applications to (electronic submission ONLY please) to Hongjie Wang.

[Submitted by Hongjie Wang, Chair, NAHSL Professional Development Committee]

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