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J Med Libr Assoc. Jan 2002; 90(1): 127–156.

Proceedings, 101st Annual Meeting Medical Library Association, Inc. Orlando, Florida May 25–30, 2001

Steven J. Squires, Proceedings Editor1

The Medical Library Association, Inc. (MLA), held its 101st Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 25–30, 2001, at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin Hotel. The meeting theme was 2001: An Information Odyssey. The daily newsletter, The Squeak, provided highlights of daily activities and reports of activities of the previous day; four issues were published, Sunday May 27–Wednesday May 30. Total MLA meeting attendance was 2,262.


The MLA Board of Directors held a business and planning meeting throughout the day Friday, May 25. The MLA Credentialing Committee met during the evening of May 25 and morning of Saturday, May 26.

On Saturday, May 26, the following national committees met: the Books Panel; Credentialing Committee; the 2001, 2002, and 2003 National Program Committees; the 2001 and 2002 Local Assistance Committees; and the Nominating Committee. In addition, the Chapter Council and Section Council held meetings.

A Hospitality Center staffed by the Local Assistance Committee (LAC) was open for a total of fifty-two hours, starting Thursday, May 24, to aid meeting attendees with information about Orlando restaurants, shopping, transportation, and tourist attractions. The Placement Service was open for a total of twenty-one and one-half hours, beginning Sunday, May 27.

Late Saturday afternoon, May 26, an orientation session and tea were held for new MLA leaders; orientation sessions were also held for chapter and section chairs. The section program planners also met.

That evening saw the opening of the Hall of Exhibits with a Welcome Reception for all attendees. Exhibits were open through Tuesday afternoon, May 29.

The Educational Media and Technologies Section sponsored a Learning Center in the exhibits area that provided attendees hands-on exposure to various software programs.


The 2000/2001 Continuing Education Committee offered the following courses on May 25, 26, and 30:

CE 100 EP, Managing Electronic Resources and Their Licenses

CE 131 EP, Copyright Law in the Digital Age

CE 162, The Joint Commission Standards: Management of Information and Beyond

CE 200, The Business Case: Your Key to Buy-in, Funding, Overcoming Resistance, and Initiating Change

CE 211 CHC, Planning and Managing the Consumer Health Library

CE 222 CHC, Face to Face: Strategies for Effective Consumer Health Communication

CE 233, Using Performance Assessment Techniques to Benchmark Reference Services

CE 234, Project Management: From Inception to Completion

CE 265, Benchmarking: A Practical Approach

CE 276 EP, Measuring Usage of Electronic Resources

CE 277, Usability Studies of Websites

CE 300, The Public Health Knowledgebase

CE 311, Bridging the Molecular Gap: Understanding and Identifying the Standard Protocols and Experiments for Molecular Biology

CE 312, Toxicology Web Resources at the NLM and Beyond

CE 334, Keeping up with NLM's PubMed, The NLM Gateway, and ClinicalTrials.gov

CE 345, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Information Resources for Choices in Healing

CE 366 CHC, Continued Success for Consumer Health Libraries

CE 400, MeSH for Searchers

CE 431, MeSH and NLM Classification for Catalogers

CE 432, New Models with Web Metadata

CE 453 CHC, Developing a Cancer Resource Center or Collection for the Patient and Consumer

CE 501, XML for Librarians

CE 502 EP, Providing and Evaluating Electronic Full-Text Information Delivery

CE 600, Teaching the Adult Learner in the Library Setting

CE 611, Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care Resources

CE 672 CHC, Teaching Internet Consumer Health to Health Care Professionals

CE 720, Conducting Needs Assessment: A Practical Approach

CE 731, Panning for More Gold: Advanced Topics

CE 732, Introduction to Health Informatics

CE 733, Qualitative Research Methods for Health Science Librarians: An Overview

CE 754, Evaluating Student MEDLINE Searches: How Well Do They Search?

Two meeting symposia were also offered:

Leveraging the Web: Providing Innovative Health Information Services: sponsored by MLA's Educational Media and Technologies, Hospital Libraries, and Medical Informatics Sections and Internet Special Interest Group (SIG), held on Saturday, May 26.

Library Partnerships—Powerful Connections: sponsored by MLA's Consumer and Patient Health Information, International Cooperation, and Public Health/Health Administration Sections; MLA's Outreach SIG; and the National Library of Medicine, held Wednesday afternoon, May 30.

The 27 premeeting courses, 4 postmeeting courses, and two symposia had a total registration of 777.


Early Sunday, May 27, the MLA Mentoring Program Task Force and the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section Executive Committee met, and a breakfast was held for new members and first-time attendees. The following MLA sections held business meetings: Chiropractic Libraries, Corporate Information Services, Educational Media and Technologies, Federal Libraries, International Cooperation, Public Services, and Research. The Rehabilitation Hospital SIG also met.

Meeting welcome

The opening session was convened by MLA President J. Michael Homan, who welcomed members to the meeting. He also recognized new MLA members and first-time attendees. Welcoming remarks were made by Lynn M. Fortney, chair of the Southern Chapter of MLA, after which President Homan acknowledged the following special guests: Susan DiMattia, past president of the Special Libraries Association and editor of Library Hotline; Arne Jakobsson, representing the European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) from the Library of Medicine and Health, University of Oslo, Norway; Jessie McGowan, incoming president of the Canadian Health Library Association/Association des bibliothèques da la santé du Canada; Dennis Reynolds, executive director of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); Kent Smith, deputy director of the National Library of Medicine; Ian Snowley, director of information services of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, United Kingdom; and Bob Willard, executive director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Further welcoming remarks were then heard from Faith A. Meakin, chair of the 2001 Local Assistance Committee; Judith G. Robinson, chair of the 2001 National Program Committee; and Jean P. Shipman, associate chair of the 2001 National Program Committee. President Homan then recognized the many organizations that provided financial and in-kind contributions to the meeting.

Judith Robinson then formally introduced MLA President J. Michael Homan, who gave his presidential address, entitled: “Renewing Our Commitment: A Golden Year and a Golden Future.”

Presidential address

Michael Homan: I would like to wish everyone a good morning and to welcome you again to the 101st annual meeting of the Medical Library Association in Orlando.

I welcome this opportunity to tell you about some of the accomplishments and challenges MLA faced during the past association year. Last year, the Board of Directors chose the theme “A Passion for the Profession—Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize!,” which suggested the title for this address to you. Before I report on our progress this past year, I want to tell you a story.

“Remember to Take the Cake When It's Passed …”

A good friend of mine, David B. Morris published a book in 1995 about a special sea voyage he took on a vessel called the Sea Shepherd II. The Sea Shepherd II is a 189-foot converted cod crawler. David accompanied Paul Watson and other Sea Shepherd Conservation Society sailor-activists on a trip that included a number of dangerous encounters with whaling ships on the high seas [1]. You see, Paul Watson, is an internationally known environmental activist and self-appointed ocean vigilante. At the time David decided to go on this trip, it seemed completely out of character. Late last year another friend, a professor of English, discovered David's book and used it in her English literature class as an example of excellent expository writing. She arranged to have the author dialog with the students via a threaded discussion group on the Internet. Through the discussion group, one student asked David why he decided to put himself in harm's way. David responded by relaying a story about a Chicago bank president who was asked a similar question about taking risks, and the bank president answered, “Remember to take the cake when it's passed since it might not come around again.”

The sea voyage for David was a once-in-a-lifetime event, which he memorialized in a beautifully written account. For me, the decision to accept the request of MLA's Nominating Committee to stand for election as MLA president was a risk of sorts, since I did not know what was in store for me as president. It was clear, however, that my voyage would be far less dangerous than a voyage on the Sea Shepherd II, to be sure. There was a risk that I would not like being president of an association and would have given up what I really enjoyed doing at the time, my work as editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA).

I am glad I remembered to take the cake when it was passed to me and had the opportunity to serve as your president this past association year. I have had a grand time, particularly as a guest of eight annual chapter meetings from Girdwood, Alaska, last September to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last April and many points in between.

MLA is a voluntary organization that thrives because of the commitment of its members, leaders, and headquarters staff. I am pleased to report that MLA is as strong as ever and involved in some exciting initiatives. We have also “remembered to take the cake when it's passed” several times this past association year. More on that a little later.

My trips to many parts of the country underscored for me the creativity and passion for the profession present in all of MLA's geographic chapters. I was often overwhelmed with joy to see the quality of the annual meetings, the papers and poster presentations, and the genuine hospitality and many acts of kindness shown to me. I know how difficult it can be to mount a chapter annual meeting, having done one myself many years ago, and want to take this opportunity to thank the chapter leaders and program planners for their efforts.

Last year, I made a number of commitments and predictions in my inaugural address [2]. These were related to the theme and action areas that the MLA Board of Directors adopted for the 2000/01 association year. I have structured my address to you this morning around those commitments and predictions, followed by additional initiatives that were accomplished or started.

Commitments and Predictions

By this time next year, MLA and at least one major university will have concluded an agreement to offer a “certification in information technology” via distance education, and MLA's continuing education program will include a technology specialization track.

We are reminded daily that technology has become the currency of the realm of publication, access, and distribution in the health sciences. Librarians must thoroughly understand and utilize technology if we are to thrive in the twenty-first century. Although the two areas included in this prediction are still in the planning stages and not yet implemented, there has been a good deal of activity. MLA is offering a consumer health credential program for the first time during this annual meeting, which follows a very successful introduction in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Public Library Association at the NLM earlier this year. The technology specialization track or technology credential will be modeled after the consumer health credential. An online survey related to the proposed technology credential was issued May 17, 2001. The technology certification program, an idea modeled after the Microsoft technology certification program, is different than an MLA credential program. It is seen as a partnership with an academic institution where the academic institution(s), rather than MLA, would confer the specialization credential or certificate of advanced study.

By this time next year the response time of MLA's Website, MLANET, will be as fast as PubMed and will offer an even greater array of valuable virtual association services so important to the association's growth and vitality in the networked knowledge age.

Did you know that more new members joined MLA via MLANET than the traditional way during the past association year and that a growing number of members use MLANET for electronic directory services, online ordering, and other features? MLA members who have used MLANET recently know that major changes have occurred in the design and infrastructure of the system. Recognizing the importance of MLA's Website to the future of MLA, significant improvements in the MLANET infrastructure were implemented last summer to increase the speed of the server and the bandwidth of the Internet connection to it. Recent enhancements include an electronic abstracting system, online meeting registration, an itinerary builder for annual meeting registrants, and Members-Only services including an online MLA Directory. MLA intends to continue to build the MLA virtual association through MLANET to overcome physical barriers, promote collaboration, attract new members, and serve as a model for the possibilities that await us in the networked environment. The MLANET Editorial Board under the able leadership of editor Scott Garrison, combined with the leadership provided by Kate Corcoran, director of research and information systems at MLA headquarters, has done a superb job in the new look and capabilities of one of the association's most important communication vehicles.

By this time next year the BMLA will be available full-text online and continue a 100-year commitment to preserving and promoting the best evidence of health sciences librarianship.

We in the library world are ultimately concerned with intangibles: ideas, concepts, and knowledge. Our focus in health sciences libraries includes quality ideas, concepts, and knowledge to positively affect health, advance biomedical science, and educate health practitioners. For hundreds of years, these intangibles have been codified into books and journals and other knowledge containers to be acquired, organized, disseminated, and retrieved. We have been excellent curators of the printed record in the health and life sciences, and, more recently, we have learned the power of providing full text at the desktop. We now need to promote the best evidence of health sciences librarianship at the desktop with an online version of our association's official, scholarly journal, the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association.

The BMLA is a respected journal with a 100-year tradition of memorializing the best evidence of health sciences librarianship. The section of the BMLA that gives authors information about the policy and process of publishing in the journal states:

The Bulletin of the Medical Library Association is an international, peer-reviewed specialty journal that aims to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship. [3]

Electronic publishing will provide greater visibility to MLA's best content, attract additional authors, compete better with other publications, and refine MLA's image in the networked knowledge environment.

The development of the PubMed Central digital archive at the National Library of Medicine offered a timely and affordable opportunity to make an electronic version of the BMLA available.

Let me tell you a little about PubMed Central developments. If you have not already done so, please take the opportunity while you are here at this meeting to access the PubMed Central site. It now has a wealth of frequently asked questions and contains significant content to give you a feel for what it will become.

I have enjoyed being a member of the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, which advises NLM on the development of this new archive. The committee is chaired by Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg, a former chair of the NLM Board of Regents, and includes former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director and Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, who originally proposed “E-Biomed” as a digital repository for biomedical research. One of the original E-Biomed ideas was to create a repository of digital research material that had not gone through a traditional peer-review process. As you will recall, this caused great consternation among traditional journal publishers, in particular publishers of clinical medicine journals. The advisory committee has wisely deferred development of this part of the repository, called PubMed Express, indefinitely. The part of the repository called PubMed Central, meant for peer-reviewed literature, is where MLA's scholarly journal will be archived. Scientists at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have spent a good deal of time creating a robust digital archive that may well serve as a national model, perhaps in collaboration with the Library of Congress and National Agriculture Library. I think our members will be pleased with the results. I also think MLA members should be very pleased that NLM is so heavily involved and invested in creating a robust and durable digital archive. It is one of those things a national library should be doing. MLA began to beta test our new online journal during May 2001, and you can see the journal online at PubMed Central at this meeting.

One final note about our journal—beginning with volume 90 in 2002, the BMLA will become the JMLA, the Journal of the Medical Library Association, per Board of Directors action this past association year.

By this time next year there will be a methodology to evaluate and publish the results of research presented at the MLA annual meetings as yet another commitment to preserving and promoting best evidence in health sciences librarianship.

There is so much good information in the form of papers and posters presented at the annual meeting. Much of this is lost, because it is not memorialized in a published format such as submission of a manuscript to the BMLA or other publication. The online format offers a real advantage for initial capture of this information and, if judged of continuing value, to be archived in some way. We moved in the right direction this year by linking new software to MLANET that captures the submission of abstracts electronically. We hope that this system can form the basis of a process beginning with the initial electronic capture of meeting content and then selecting the most enduring content that should be published, most likely electronically.

By this time next year MLA will have examined its strategic plan and will have developed a vision of health sciences librarianship that responds proactively to the rapidly changing environments in technology and scholarly publishing.

At last year's meeting in Vancouver, the Board of Directors committed a day to strategic planning. Part of the session was devoted to studying issues related to the development of a vision, mission, and strategic goals for a voluntary association such as MLA. Although MLA has had a mission statement and strategic goals for many years, we have never had a vision statement. Throughout the last year, the Board of Directors has devoted a portion of each of its meetings to development of a vision statement.

The board solicited member input on a vision statement beginning last fall, and I want to thank those of you who became involved in this process by suggesting modifications or concepts that should be considered. A vision statement is not a tag line used to further qualify an organization such as the one currently used on our publications and letterhead—“An association of health information professionals.” A vision statement needs to capture the heart and soul of an organization—the reason we have a passion for what we do. Last fall, the board adopted a short phrase—“Quality Information for Improved Health”—as a tentative vision statement. The phrase, “Quality Information for Improved Health,” has now been adopted by the MLA Board. The vision statement below has been augmented by contextual information and is being considered as a more formal statement of the vision concept for MLA.

Professionals Providing Quality Information for Improved Health

For more than a century, the Medical Library Association has served society, through its members and programs, by providing quality information for better health care, the education of health professionals, the conduct of research, and the public's understanding of health.

The new statement incorporates a succinct statement not much longer than the original short phrase suggested last fall, but has an explanatory sentence. The Board of Directors welcomes your continuing input to the process of adopting a vision statement.

By this time next year, strategic initiatives related to the Hay Associates salary study and the value of information initiative will be underway.

I am pleased to report that the MLA/Hay Associates study on information technology (IT) versus librarian salaries was posted on MLANET during the 1999/2000 association year and a brochure developed to promote the use of the study. The July 2001 issue of the BMLA will have an article summarizing results of the study. MLA had a very good experience working with this nationally recognized organization specializing in human resources.

An update on the value of information study will be presented at this meeting, and I urge you to attend to learn the latest information on this important research initiative. MLA funded this study over an eighteen-month period, and final results will be available later this year.

By this time next year a production version of the hospital library benchmarking project will assist hospital librarians, and in five years the value of the hospital library database will be on a par with Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) data.

MLA's Benchmarking Network is alive and well, but we did not quite make it to a production version of the survey instrument for the MLA Benchmarking Network. New initiatives always take some time to work through the technical and processing issues as well as the cultural issues. Significant progress has occurred, and let me take this opportunity to thank the nearly 100 librarians who entered their institutional data. The initial pilot project has been critical to the ultimate success of the Benchmarking Network. The Board of Directors has created a new task force called the Benchmarking Implementation Task Force, chaired by Debra Rand, to continue the fine work of the initial task force.

Other Initiatives (“Remember to take the cake when it's passed …”)

MLA diversity initiatives

MLA is very fortunate to be working in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association (ALA) to increase the diversity of our profession. Through a significant grant from NLM, our association has been able to increase the level of funding available to awardees of our MLA Scholarship for Minority Students and participate in a significant way with ALA in the spectrum initiative program aimed at diversity in the profession. I want to recognize NLM for their leadership in this area and to recognize our executive director, Carla J. Funk, who has worked very hard behind the scenes to make this collaboration a success.

Informationist conference

I suspect many of you know about and hope that many of you have read the editorial in Annals of Internal Medicine published last fall by Frank Davidoff and Valerie Florance entitled “The Informationist: A New Health Profession?” [4]. Davidoff and Florance coined the term to describe a new clinical discipline that would not necessarily have the academic background and credentials of a librarian, but would be an expert in using knowledge resources to locate information needed by the clinical team for evidence-based clinical decision making. As a follow-up to this important professional issue initiated by the editorial in Annals, the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of MLA held a symposium on the concept of the informationist last fall. The BMLA carried an editorial about the informationist and the Hospital Library Section's newsletter, National Network, has published a number of interesting articles on the concept [5–8], and the Philadelphia Chapter's fall 2000 conference will be published in a forthcoming symposium in the BMLA.

I am pleased to report that MLA has established an informationist task force to plan and implement a two-day invited conference on the informationist to be held next year in Washington, DC, in collaboration with NLM and other organizations. A conference convened by MLA is needed to bring all potential stakeholders in the health information field together to explore the concept further and to chart proposed next actions and recommendations for our profession.

Lindberg Research Fellow

During the past association year, the Board of Directors has considered ways to continue the momentum begun under President Frieda O. Weise in the area of research. MLA has enjoyed a successful collaboration with the Hay Associates human resource specialists for the recently concluded salary study, and we are in the midst of a new value of information study at the University of Maryland. Both of these studies support the profession's research and practice knowledgebase. In addition, the board considered the concept of a “Research Fellow in Residence” as an opportunity to select and fund researchers interested in areas of strategic importance to MLA and health sciences librarianship.

MLA's ongoing research fellowship has now been defined as the Lindberg Research Fellow, to honor Donald A. B. Lindberg, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine. As you know, Dr. Lindberg led the NLM at a significant time in its history, establishing the National Center for Biotechnology Information and other enduring programs at NLM including free Internet access to PubMed. A significant endowment will need to be raised by MLA to support a research fellowship program with annual grants of $25,000. We are honored that Dr. Lindberg agreed to lend his name to our development efforts to underwrite research fellows, whose projects will add to the advancement of our profession's research knowledgebase. You will hear more about the new Lindberg Research Fellow in the months ahead.

Promoting your association

MLA works with a company named PCI based in Chicago to promote the value of health sciences libraries and librarians. PCI has provided the association with various promotional opportunities that tell our story in compelling and useful ways. I hope you are all familiar with the MedSpeak brochure available from MLA and posted on MLANET. It now lists the top ten health Websites and has been used as a successful entry point to the media, including newspapers, health Websites, radio, and television. One of the most interesting programs promoted by MLA and PCI for the past two years has been the MLA Health Reporters Internet Seminars, aimed at newspaper reporters assigned to covering health and lifestyle issues. Since May 2000, seminars have been held for staff of the New York Times, Boston Globe, Vancouver Sun, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A seminar for the Orlando Journal-Sentinel is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in Orlando. This year PCI assisted MLA with the National Medical Librarians Month poster that is combined with the year in review summary of MLA activities and available at this meeting.

Finally, you will hear about a new Pew Internet & American Life project later this summer. MLA was contacted by Pew to collaborate on a new project on best practices for establishing credibility of health information online. An MLA task force chaired by Mary Joan (MJ) Tooey is working with the Pew organization to help refine a national telephone survey instrument on how Internet users establish credibility when they search for medical advice and health information on the Web. The MLA task force will also work with Pew on a companion piece to the report on a list of “best practices” that consumers can use when searching for health information on the Web. The opportunity to collaborate with Pew was a result of our promotional efforts.

“You Can Accomplish a Lot if You Don't Mind Who Takes the Credit”

I want to tell you a final story. I made a trip from my hometown in Rochester, Minnesota, to Bismarck, North Dakota, late last year to attend the funeral of a long-term, elderly friend. I had a little extra time that I spent at the North Dakota State Capital building located near my friend's home. I had visited Bismarck often and loved the beautifully landscaped grounds around the state capital, which stands on a hill overlooking the city and the Missouri River.

This time I decided to visit the inside of the building and discovered a large marble hall with oil portraits of North Dakota luminaries who had been given the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. There were famous actors and musicians, military heroes, business greats, and one noteworthy legislator. I was drawn to the portrait of an older woman with rimless glasses. Her name was Brynhild Haugland, a descendant of Norwegian immigrants. She looked rather like my maternal grandmother. She had been honored in this special room in the state capital for her fifty-two years of service to the state as a legislator who had been involved in many significant legislative acts, some of which had served as models for other states. A brief biography about her life quoted what she said about her service to the state after fifty-two years of legislative activity: “You can accomplish a lot if you don't mind who takes the credit.”

It occurred to me that your Board of Directors and headquarters staff have worked for you in much the same spirit this past association year. I want to thank all of them and all of you for your passion for the profession and for making me feel good about taking the cake when it was passed to me. Best wishes to all of you during this 101st annual meeting of the Medical Library Association.


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4. Davidoff F, Florance V. The informationist: a new health profession? Ann Intern Med. 2000 Jun;132(12):996–8.

5. Kronenfeld M. The informationist: a new health profession: “so what are we? chopped liver.” Natl Netw 2000;25(2):1,15.

6. Rein DC. The culture of medicine and the “new informationist.” Natl Netw 2001;25(3):32–35,38.

7. Felber S. Commentary on the informationist: a different perspective. Natl Netw 2001 Apr;25(4):20–1.

8. Plutchak S. Informationists and librarians. Bull Med Libr Assoc 2000 Oct;88(4):391–2.

After his address, President Homan acknowledged and thanked the MLA headquarters staff for their support of the association and its members. He then concluded the opening session.

Plenary Session I: The John P. McGovern Lecture: Patient Empowerment versus Patient Endangerment: The Delicate Balance Between Privacy and Access

Introduction: J. Michael Homan, Mayo Medical Library, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Speaker: Dixie B. Baker, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Health Solution Group, Redondo Beach, California.

After the first Plenary Session, Chapter Council sponsored roundtable discussions for chapter members to informally share experiences and expertise over lunch. Discussion groups concentrated on the following topics: computer security for desktop or workstation, chairs/incoming chairs, consumer health information, distance education, electronic books, electronic journals in hospitals, electronic journals, evidence-based medicine, finance and chapter treasurers, fundraising, governmental relations, library resources on the Internet, library and information systems partnerships, license negotiation (electronic journals), marketing and public relations, one-person libraries, Palm Pilots and other personal digital assistants (PDAs), retirement, sharing and networking—you pick the topic, and training people—general user education.

Business session I

The first business session was convened by President J. Michael Homan. He introduced Carla J. Funk, executive director of MLA, who introduced the members of the 1999–2000 Board of Directors, the parliamentarian, the sergeant-at-arms, and the following appointed officers: T. Scott Plutchak, editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association; Beverly Murphy, editor of the MLA News; and Scott Garrison, MLANET editor. She asked chapter chairs, section chairs, and SIG convenors to stand to be recognized, then committee chairs and MLA representatives.

Mr. Homan returned to the podium and read the names of association members who had died during the past year: Ruth Carroll, Donald H. Dederick, Cecilia Durkin, Myrl Ebert, Janice Marie Harvin, Barbara Coe Johnson, Syed Ahsan Maghrabi, Beatrix Robinow, and David William Cambell Stewart. He called for a few seconds of silence in honor of their memory.

Mr. Homan next recognized the 405 new members who have joined the association since the 2000 annual meeting and asked those present to stand. He then announced the publication of three new monographs during the past year: The Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries, edited by Ruth Holst and Sharon Phillips; Bibliographic Management of Information Resources in Health Sciences Libraries (Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, vol. 6), edited by Laurie L. Thompson; and Administration and Management in Health Sciences Librarianship (Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, vol. 8), edited by Rick B. Forsman.

Next were announced the production of three new BibKits: BibKit #7: Consumer Health: A Guide to Internet Information Resources, compiled by Cecilia Durkin; BibKit #8: Chiropractic: A Guide to Selective Resources, compiled by Bethyn A. Boni; and BibKit #9: Managed Care: A Guide to Information Sources, compiled by Nancy E. Adams and Martha F. Earl. All past and present MLA authors and editors were asked to stand and be recognized.

President Homan announced the awarding of the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine to Janet Minnerath, for her twenty years of driving the highways and byways of eastern Oklahoma as a circuit rider librarian and for working closely with members of the Cherokee Nation to provide health information to this underserved community. Ms. Minnerath was presented to the assembly for recognition.

After verifying with the sergeant-at-arms that a quorum was present at the meeting, he called on MLA Secretary Jean Shipman to move adoption of the Rules of the Assembly.

Jean Shipman: The Rules of the Assembly include information on addressing the chair, presenting motions, debating, and voting. These rules are printed on page 15 of the Official Program. At the direction of the Board of Directors, I move that the Rules of the Assembly as printed in the 2001 Official Program be adopted.

President Homan, hearing no discussion, called the question, and the motion was passed.

Jean Shipman: A printed copy of the Official Program as proposed by the Board of Directors is in the hands of each registrant for this meeting. The agenda for the 2001 business meetings are found on pages 33 and 40 of the Official Program. By direction of the Board of Directors, I move that the agenda for the 2001 business meetings of the Medical Library Association be adopted.

President Homan, again hearing no discussion, called the question, and the motion was passed.

Michael Homan: In January 2001, ballots for MLA's election of 2001/2002 officers, Board of Directors, and Nominating Committee members were mailed to all voting members of the Medical Library Association. A total of 1,482 countable ballots were returned. The Ad Hoc Election Task Force, chaired by Pat Pinkowski, counted the ballots at MLA headquarters on January 9, 2001. The election results were announced in the February issue of the MLA News, and complete election results, including vote totals, are published in the 2000/2001 Annual Report available on MLANET. Following are the election results: Linda A. Watson, AHIP, was elected president-elect, and Diana Cunningham and Ruth Holst, AHIP, were elected for three-year terms to the Board of Directors. Also, in May 2000, Linda Garr Markwell was elected by the Chapter Council to serve as the Chapter Council liaison to the MLA Board. The following were elected to the Nominating Committee: Alexandra Dimitroff, Janice E. Kelly, Eve-Marie Lacroix, Faith A. Meakin, Neil Rambo, T. Scott Plutchak, Diane G. Schwartz, Jean Williams Sayre, and Patricia Thibodeau.

President Homan called on the MLA treasurer, Suzanne Grefsheim, to present her report.

Suzanne Grefsheim: Last year, I was pleased to report that the dues increase had made it possible to project a balanced budget for 2000. After a year with planned deficits of more than $185,000 in 1999, this was good news for the financial stability of MLA. You may recall it was this planned deficit that prompted the board to propose the dues increase that went into effect this year. However, the 2000 budget did not offer much wiggle room. Revenue was expected to exceed expenses by less than $10,000. So, if revenue did not match expectations, or expenses proved to be greater than anticipated, the line between black to red ink would easily be crossed.

Dues income in 2000, of course, did go up. Plus, credentialing and the sale of databases, lists, and publications did generate higher than expected revenue or lower than expected expenses. But the annual meeting, MLANET, and public relations took in less money or cost more than the budget projected. As a result, in 2000 MLA had a small deficit of $4,981. One reason this deficit was not greater was the commercial relations agreement with MDConsult, which represented a new revenue stream for MLA. This agreement brought $18,000 into the association's operating budget, while giving institutional members a valuable benefit.

Also in 2000, when many of us were seeing dramatic losses in our investment portfolios, MLA reported earning 5.7% on reserves and 6.3% on endowments for the year. As a result the Association Stabilization Fund had a fair market value of $984,420 as of December 31, or 36% of annual operating expenses, exceeding the mandated 25% by a large margin.

So what is ahead for 2001? If you have read the article in the April issue of MLA News, you know that MLA is again anticipating a balanced budget with a surplus of $26,120, a somewhat larger cushion than we had in 2000. This surplus is being achieved in large part by reaping the benefits of MLANET as a publication tool.

Now that all the numbers are out of the way, I would like to update you on some of the finance-related issues discussed and debated by the board in the last year. Members suggested many of these issues during the open forum on dues at the 1999 meeting and the email discussions that preceded it. The first suggestion was that the board explore automatic, annual dues increases triggered by a selected economic indicator, such as the consumer price index (CPI) or gross domestic product (GDP), rather than increasing dues by large amounts every four to five years. The board's investigation of this issue revealed that the experience of other associations that have such a trigger mechanism was to increase residual resentment among members without any increase in actual revenue. Consequently, the board decided to continue with the current practice of fewer, but larger dues increases.

The next issue raised in the forum was to question the continued use of journal subscriptions as the basis for determining institutional dues. I conducted an informal survey of academic and hospital libraries in the fall to identify possible alternatives. A more formal survey was included in the dues renewal form for 2001. As a result of the findings of both surveys and after an analysis of the impact of various alternatives on the financial health of the association, the board decided that beginning in 2002, institutional dues will be based on total library expenditures for the previous year, excluding revenue from grants and contracts.

Having made that decision, it was then necessary to decide the various levels of expenditure that would constitute the different dues categories. During its winter meeting, the Membership Committee considered two revenue-neutral options that were presented to the board for consideration at this meeting. One proposal was to maintain five categories. The other called for collapsing the number of categories from five to three. On Thursday, the board accepted this second option. Dues amounts for the top and bottom categories remain the same—$495 for the top category and $210 for the bottom. The middle category remains at $345 as well. Institutions that are currently in the two categories that have been eliminated may pay a little more, but many will pay less. During the next renewal cycle, institutional members will be asked to self-identify which category they are in and pay the appropriate amount.

In conclusion, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you as a board member and treasurer for the last three years. It has been an honor to do so. I always try to ask myself what I have learned from any experience, especially as it comes to an end. I would like to share two of my observations with you.

First, this association has elected outstanding, thoughtful leaders. I sit in awe of my colleagues on the board. But what is even more clear is that the association is filled with such people. Over the years, MLA must have done something right to attract and develop so many people with leadership ability.

The second important thing I have learned again, for this is something that I have noted many times before, is that the more I give to MLA of my time and effort, the more I benefit personally. I urge all of you, who to date have just come to annual meetings or attended continuing education (CE) courses, to volunteer for MLA committees or become active members of sections and chapters, and see how much you, too, can grow personally and professionally.

Finally, I want to thank Carla J. Funk and Ray Naegele for being such good stewards for MLA and for all the help they have given me in performing my duties as treasurer. Thank you all.

Mr. Homan then called on Carla J. Funk for her executive director's report.

Carla J. Funk: Over the past year, we have been reminded of the importance of diversity in our daily lives. As the value of the technology stocks tumbled, diverse investment portfolios became very popular. When the results of the 2000 U.S. Census were published, we saw that the population of our country was more ethnically and racially diverse than ever before. Technological innovations appear to rule our lives, connecting us in a multitude of diverse ways to our homes and offices, 24/7. The list goes on.

Just as in society, diversity has become an important issue for MLA, whether it is developing more diverse sources for association revenues, serving the increasingly diverse needs of our members with new products and services, recruiting increasing numbers of people from diverse backgrounds into the profession and into the association, or hiring and retaining headquarters staff with diverse knowledge and skills to assist the association.

MLA Treasurer Suzanne Grefsheim has just presented a summary of MLA's financial position. Although we ended the year with a small deficit, which has become even smaller with some recently realized revenue, our financial reserves are well above our required minimum and our endowments continue to grow, thanks to generous contributions from our corporate sponsors and individual members, organizations, and institutions and to successful investment policies. During 2001, we continue to explore new revenue sources for the association, including electronic advertising and other sponsorships for our Web-based products. The diversity of MLA's products and services is highlighted in our new publications catalog.

One of the board priorities this year was to make MLA a more virtual organization. J. Michael Homan, in his address, discussed our accomplishments in this area. MLANET has more than 2,000 individual Web pages in addition to the online MLA Directory and other database-driven pages. Staff installed a new, improved server and upgraded to a T-1 connection to make MLANET more quickly accessible. The new site design for MLANET was launched in January 2001. It includes expanded navigation options and a larger site index. MLANET currently hosts thirteen MLA unit and chapter Websites and 102 email discussion lists. Also, last fall MLA staff introduced a special Website for our vendors that provides information about advertising and sponsorship opportunities. BMLA is now up on PubMed central for preview and will be live to the world shortly.

Another strategy that we have focused on over the past few years is developing quality partnerships with diverse organizations. These partnerships involve a number of MLA programs. For several years, we have partnered with the other major library associations to address copyright, intellectual property issues, and alternative publishing models. We have also partnered with the Hay Group, on the information technology versus health sciences librarian compensation study and on MLA's 2001 salary survey; with the University of Maryland's College of Library and Information Services on the value of library services to institutions; with the Pew Internet & American Life project, where MLA members are acting as consultants on several surveys involving accessing health information over the Internet; with the Cochrane Centre in getting the BMLA represented in the prestigious Cochrane methodology register; and with NLM and the Public Library Association on the consumer health symposium held in Washington, DC, this year.

At this symposium, MLA introduced the association's consumer health information specialist program. The program brings together a core group of consumer health CE courses to assist people to gain in-depth knowledge in this area. The Continuing Education and Credentialing Committees are studying the development of a technology specialization based upon the consumer health model.

Recruitment into the profession is also a high priority for MLA. Over the past three years, we have seen an increasing number of open positions for health sciences librarians and a decreasing number of applicants for those positions. The Mentoring Program Task Force reported that librarianship is one of the thirty occupations with 50% or more workers over the age of forty-five. Between 1998 and 2008, the library profession will need 50,000 new workers, because more than 46% of us will retire. In 2000 and 2001, the National Library of Medicine, through the NN/LM South Central Region, has provided grant funds to recruit a larger and a more diverse pool of students into health sciences librarianship. We are providing a scholarship to an ALA spectrum minority scholar who is interested in being a health sciences librarian, and we will do so for the next ten years. For the past three years, we have sent materials, members, and staff to the Spectrum Leadership Institute to talk to minority students about our profession. We have increased MLA's minority scholarship and the MLA scholarship to up to $5,000 each. As a result, applications for these scholarships dramatically increased this year. We are also sending information and talking with other library associations, such as the Asian-Pacific Group and Reforma, to let their members know about health sciences librarianship. Over the next year, we will collaborate with the Association of Research Libraries on another diversity initiative.

Finally, we are developing a new career packet, assisted by the Continuing Education and Membership Committees, that will be available over MLANET this summer. It will include career brochures targeted to different age groups, a video, and other materials that will stimulate students to seek careers in health sciences librarianship. We urge you to use this packet and other materials and attend career fairs, mentor promising paraprofessionals in your libraries, visit graduate schools of library and information sciences, and talk to classes to get the word out about our profession.

Recruitment into the association is also a priority. Total membership in the association dropped in 2000. Reasons for the decline include the dues increase in 2000, an ever-increasing number of people leaving the profession, and continued downsizing in the health care field. This year individual membership rebounded slightly, particularly in the student and international membership categories, but it is still lower than it was ten years ago. Institutional memberships continue to decline, due in part to downsizing. MLA, through direct mail efforts and ideas generated by the Membership Committee, will vigorously continue recruitment efforts. We need your help in this recruitment effort.

More complete information about headquarters activities are available in the 2000/2001 headquarters report on MLANET. A summary year in review was distributed in your portfolios at this meeting.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank MLA staff for their hard work, support, and good humor over the past year. Our staff members, who bring diverse backgrounds and experience to their jobs, now include: Ray Naegele, Tom Pacetti, Greg Renfro, and Larry Jones in finance and administration; Kate Corcoran, Kurt Paul, and Chao Cheng in research and information systems; Lynanne Feilen, Susan Talmage, Bleu Caldwell, and Barb Redmond in publications; Beverly Bradley, who is MLA's newest employee, and Cathy McCarthy in membership services; Kathleeen Gaydos Combs and Anne Greenspan in professional development, and Evelyn Shaevel, Mary Langman, and Tomi Gunn in the Executive Director's Office. I also want to thank Paul Graller and Jeannie McCarty of Hall-Erickson for helping us to have such a wonderful meeting. You can meet many of these people at the MLA connection booth across from the meeting registration area. There you can pick up our latest brochures, other information about MLA, our new product catalog, and make donations to the scholarship fund through purchase of a wide variety of items, including a new MLA member pin, and participate in the publication relations swap and shop, where you can visit with PCI representatives Kathleen Boyland and Kim Zelinski. You can also get samples of what your colleagues are doing to promote their programs and services in their libraries. I also want to thank those on the MLA Board of Directors, ably led by President Michael Homan, for their energy, ideas, wise counsel, and support during this year, and you the members for all that you do.

In conclusion, it has been demonstrated that maintaining a diverse portfolio is the best investment strategy. You may not become an instant millionaire, but over the long run you will be further ahead. You will have staying power and do better than just survive during both the lean and prosperous times. Likewise, MLA has increasingly diversified its portfolio of activities, products, and partnerships this year to meet the increasingly diverse demands of our members and the profession and to help health sciences librarians to more that just survive, but to truly thrive in this new century.

President Homan then asked that the annual reports of appointed officials, councils, committees, representatives, chapters, and sections, as available on MLANET, be received in a block. He called for corrections, amendments, or questions concerning the reports. Hearing none, he announced the annual reports would be accepted as presented.

He then acknowledged all members of the Academy of Health Information Professionals—330 senior members, 565 distinguished members, 390 members, and 60 provisional members—and asked those present to stand.

Mr. Homan then introduced Keith Cogdill of the College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland, College Park, to present the preliminary findings of the Value of Information Services Study commissioned by the board last year. Mr. Cogdill presented his report and answered several questions from the members. With that, the business session was adjourned until Tuesday morning.

Section programming I

Twelve program sessions were scheduled for the late afternoon on Sunday.

International Cooperation and Public Health/Health Administration Sections

Contributed Papers Session: To Boldly Go Where No Information Has Gone Before

Moderator: Bruce Madge, Healthcare Information, The British Library, London, United Kingdom.

To Boldly Email …: Eve Hollis, Library Services, NOC National Health Service Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Development of a Statewide Digital Health Information System in Michigan: Harvey R. Brenneise, Michigan Community Health Education Library, Michigan Public Health Institute, Okemos, and Ellen Marks, Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Bringing Public Health Information and Internet Training to Underserved Professional Populations via the Internet and a Portable LAN: Virginia M. Tanji, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, and Sharon L. Berglund, Library and Information Services, California State University, San Marcos.

Providing High-Quality, Knowledge-Based Information to Health Care Providers in Rural Areas: The Library as a Partner in Delivering a Full Complement of Telemedicine Services: Jeanette C. McCray; Rachael K. Anderson; Gerald J. Perry, Information Services; and Joan B. Schlimgen, Access Services; Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Medical Library Education Section

Contributed Papers Session: Embarking on the Odyssey: New Perspectives

Moderator: Alexandra Dimitroff, Ph.D., School of Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

An Observational Investigation of Information Seeking and Use by Nurses at Work in a Non-Teaching Community Hospital: Implications for Hospital Librarians: Michelyn McKnight, Health Sciences Library, Norman Regional Hospital, Norman, Oklahoma.

Effect of Metasite Selection on the Quality of Web Information: A Collection Development Approach to the Evaluation of Web-Based Consumer Health Information: Linda Hogan, Libraries and Archives, Brady Library, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Past, Present, and Future: Continuing Evolution of the Medical Informatics Curriculum at the George Washington University: Laura Abate, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Searching PubMed to Examine the Effectiveness of Retrieving Relevant Information about Electronic Healthcare/Health Care: Kui Chun Su, Health Management and Informatics; MaryEllen Sievert, Ph.D., School of Information Science and Learning Technologies; and Gabriel Peterson, Health Management and Informatics; University of Missouri, Columbia.

Access to the Fringe: Evolving Concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Catherine Arnott Smith, Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Cancer Librarians, Consumer and Patient Health Information, Medical Society Libraries, Hospital Libraries, and Pharmacy and Drug Information Sections and Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG

Contributed Papers and Invited Speakers Session: Gene Therapy: We're Only at the Beginning

Moderator: Michele R. Tennant, Ph.D., Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus (rAAV) Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and Alpha 1-Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency: Terence R. Flotte, M.D., Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, College of Medicine, Genetics Institute, and Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Cancer Gene Therapy 2001: Hype or Hope?: Lung-Ji Chang, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Fighting Fate: Resources for Genetic Medicine: Jennifer A. Lyon, Research Informatics Consult Service, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Consumer and Patient Health Information and Public Services Sections

Contributed Papers and Invited Speakers Session: Cross-Cultural Encounters of the Third Kind

Moderator: Jane Fisher, Office of Programs and Services, CHOICES in Health Information, The New York Public Library, New York.

Culturally Competent Health Care: Implications of Diversity for Health Sciences Librarians: Robert C. Like, M.D., Center for Health, Families, and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick.

Hispanic Health Informatics: Cross-Cultural Encounters of an Outreach Kind: Gerald J. Perry, Information Services, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson; Marlo Maldonado Young, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland; Mary L. Riordan, Information Services, and Hannah M. Fisher, Information Services, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Designing a Curriculum on Internet Health Resources for Deaf High School Students: Amy L. Gregg; Barbara A. Epstein; Charles B. Wessel, Affiliated Hospital Services; and Jody A. Wozar, Health Sciences Library System; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Linda Burik, Learning Center, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh.

Medical Informatics, Public Health/Health Administration, Leadership and Management, and Medical Library Education Sections

Contributed Papers and Invited Speakers Session: Core Competencies for Librarians in Informatics-Intensive Environments

Moderator: P. Zoë Stavri, Ph.D., Medical Informatics, Oregon Health Sciences University, Sonoita, Arizona.

The Pittsburgh Experience: An Exploration in Educating Medical Librarians for Informatics Careers: Catherine Arnott Smith, Center for Biomedical Informatics, and Ellen Detlefsen, D.L.S., School of Information Sciences, Department of Library Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Discovering Information Vectors for Public Health: New Roles for Information Professionals: Jocelyn A. Rankin, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information Center, Atlanta, Georgia, and P. Zoë Stavri, Ph.D., Medical Informatics, Oregon Health Sciences University, Sonoita, Arizona.

So, What Have You Been Up To? Evaluating Employee Performance on Teams: Suzanne F. Grefsheim, Thomasin R. Adams-Webber, Brigit S. Sullivan, and Patrick Hanrahan, NIH Library, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

Decision Analysis: Its Importance for Librarians in an Informatics Environment: Kristine M. Alpi, Samuel J. Wood Library, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York.

Public Services, Medical Informatics, and Federal Libraries Sections

Contributed Papers and Invited Speakers Session: Using the Web and Other Technologies to Enhance Reference Services

Moderator: Marlene Ann Porter, Information Services, R. H. Mulford Library, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo.

PDAs: Potential Applications in Academic Health Sciences Libraries: Gail Persily, Informatics Education; Peggy Tahir; Clair Kuykendall, Clinical Programs; and Keir Reavie, Nursing and Behavioral Sciences; Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

E-reference: Growing Pains of a Growing Service: Roumiana Katzarkov and Stephen L. Clancy, Science Library, University of California, Irvine.

Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRs): Linda White, Digital Library Learning Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Chiropractic Libraries, Hospital Libraries, Consumer and Patient Health Information Sections and Mental Health and Complementary Medicine SIGs

Invited Speakers Session: An Information Oddity: The Quest for Reliable Resources and Tested Terminology in Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Moderator: Marcia M. Thomas, Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City, Missouri.

Humpty Dumpty and the Language of Alternative Medicine: Some Implications for Information Professionals: David J. Owen, Ph.D., Basic Sciences, Library, University of California, San Francisco.

Transition from Print to Web: Creating and Publishing a Consortial Chiropractic Index: Pam Bjork, Learning Resources, Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, Oregon.

Why Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine an Information Oddity and Where Are the Reliable Resources?: Charles B. Wessel, Affiliated Hospital Service, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Collection Development and Technical Services Sections

Invited Speakers Session: Collections and Technical Services Special Topics Roundtable

Moderator: Marianne Burke, Resource Management, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

NLM's Uncoupled Subject Headings: Should Medical Libraries Follow Suit?: Discussion Leader: Evelyn S. Bain, Cataloging Unit 1, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

If Books Are Down: What Is the Impact on Processes and Staffing?: Discussion Leader: Deborah A. L. Silverman, Resource Management, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Keeping Up With Aggregators Changing Content: Now You See It, Now You Don't: Discussion Leader: Judith C. Wilkerson, Serials Services, Bird Health Sciences Library, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.

The ILS, the Resource Page, the Vendor Platform: Will the Real Catalog Please Stand Up?: Discussion Leader: Craig S. Elam, Technical Services, Lewis Health Science Library, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.

Multiple Entries for Multiple Versions: Philosophical and Practical Implications: Discussion Leader: Catherine Currier, EBSCO Information Services, Cary, Illinois.

Dental Section

Invited Speaker Session: DVD “Bookbag of the Future”: Implications for Libraries

Moderator: John P. Glueckert, Wilson Dental Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

E-Curriculum and Health Education: Learning for the Future: Van B. Afes, Dental Library, Waldmann Dental Library, New York University, New York.

Federal Libraries and Hospital Libraries Sections

Invited Speaker Session: MEO, Streamlining, and You

Moderator and speaker: William Nichols, Medical Library, 96th Medical Support Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Pharmacy and Drug Information Section

Invited Speaker Session: The 2001 EMBASE Lecture.

Moderator: Penny Coppernoll-Blach, Pharmacy and Drug Information Section, and Library and Information Services, CP Kelco, San Diego, California.

Drug Information in the Electronic Age: Paul L. Doering, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, and Drug Information and Pharmacy Resource Center, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Research Section

Invited Speakers Session: The Research Process: The Beginning or How to Get Started

Moderator: Leslie M. Behm, Veterinary Medical Center Library, Michigan State University, Lansing.

Research Design: Gary D. Byrd, Ph.D., Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo, New York.

Introduction to Qualitative Research: Cheryl Rae Dee, Ph.D., School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa.

Statistics Simplified: Leslie M. Behm, Veterinary Medical Center Library, Michigan State University, Lansing.

After the afternoon sessions, the International Cooperation Section hosted an International Visitor's Reception sponsored by the British Library. The Medical Library Education Section and various library and information science colleges and universities sponsored a Library School Reunion for present and former students and faculty. A reception was held for informatics fellowships and traineeships, and the Friends of NLM enjoyed a social event later that evening.


On Monday morning, the Awards Committee, the Governmental Relations Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Publications Committee met. The section continuing education chairs and section treasurers also held meetings, as did the Leadership and Management Section Executive Committee. Later in the morning, Sydney Plus and the CyberTools Users group held meetings.

Sunrise seminars were conducted by: EBSCO Information Services for Biomedical Libraries, Faxon RoweCom, ISI and ISI ResearchSoft, the National Library of Medicine, NLM Online Users, OCLC, Ovid Technologies, Inc., and SilverPlatter Information.

The Janet Doe Lecture

Introduction: Judith Messerle, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Adjusting to Progress: Interactions between NLM and Health Sciences Librarians, 1961–2000: Betsy L. Humphreys, Library Operations and Health Services Research Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, Maryland.

Section programming II

Eight program sessions were scheduled for the morning on Monday.

Collection Development, Technical Services, Public Services, and Consumer and Patient Health Information Sections

Contributed Papers Session: User-Oriented Collection Management

Moderator: Jett McCann, Standing Orders, Publisher Services, EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, Alabama.

A Library by any other Name: From Virtual to Integral: Terry Henner, Information and Education Services, Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno.

Tracking the User's Odyssey: Library Website Statistics: Candice M. Benjes; Janis F. Brown, Educational Resources; and David Morse, Collection Development; Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Use and Impact of Online Journals: Sandra L. De Groote and Jo Dorsch, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Peoria, Illinois.

Expanding the Outer Limits: Interdisciplinary Resources: Jane Murray, Resources Management; Beth Jacoby, Collection Development; Penny Welbourne; and Ina Alterman; Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Medical Informatics and Educational Media and Technologies Sections

Contributed Papers Session: Education Outside the Classroom 1: Libraries' Roles in Distance Learning

Moderator: Gail Persily, Informatics Education, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

Brave New World: Development and Delivery of a Doctoral Survey Course in Health Informatics: Pascal V. Calarco and Lynne Underwood Turman, Tompkins-McCaw Library; Phyllis Self, Ph.D., Academic Technology; and John D. Jones, Jr., Electronic Resources, Tompkins-McCaw Library; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Beyond the Academic/Hospital Culture: Connecting Affiliate Librarians and Faculty Through Videoconferencing: Janet A. Ohles, Information Services, and Michael Cotter, Educational Services, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York; and Mary Saramak, Sound Shore Hospital, New Rochelle, New York.

From Here to Timbuktu: Transformation of Distance Learning Classes: Fran E. Kovach; Rhona S. Kelley, Reference and Education Division; and Carol Thornton; School of Medicine Library, Southern Illinois University, Springfield.

Distance Collaboration of Two Schools of Library and Information Science in Developing a Digital Library: Ana D. Cleveland, Ph.D., and Stacia Gibson, Medical Informatics Program, School of Library and Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, and Steven L. MacCall, Ph.D., School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Librarian Roles and Reversals: Outside-In Distance Learning: Elizabeth R. Warner, Scott Memorial Library, and Anthony J. Frisby, Ph.D., Education Services, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Public Services Section

Contributed Papers Session: Providing Reference Services Differently

Moderator: Sharon A. Gray, Reference and Education Services, Health Sciences Library, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

Work/Life Models and the Twenty-First Century Reference Librarian: Elisa Cortez and Carlene Bogle, Public Services, Del E. Webb Library, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

Librarian-Initiated Contact: Have You “Licked” Your Clientele Today?: Caryn L. Scoville, Rebecca S. Graves, and E. Diane Johnson, Information Services, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Digital Reference Services: Current and Future Directions: Peggy Tahir, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

Enhancing Reference Services Through Web Design and Usability Testing: Heather L. Munger and Pamela A. White, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

Open the Palm-Bay Door, HAL: Gary A. Freiburger and Nancy Utterback, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.

History of the Health Sciences and Leadership and Management Sections and Oral History Committee

Contributed Papers/Invited Speakers Session: Profiles in Leadership: Time Travel with Some of Our Most Memorable Mentors

Moderator: Heidi Heilemann, Lane Medical Library, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Separate Paths to Greatness: Lucretia W. McClure, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.

Faces on a Medal: Collegiality and Friendship in the Early MLA: Stephen Greenberg, Ph.D., History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

Back to the Future: Buchan's Domestic Medicine, Exercise, and Preventive Medicine: Richard H. Nollan, Health Sciences Historical Collections, and Thomas Singarella, Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center, University of Tennessee, Memphis.

International Cooperation Section

Contributed Papers/Invited Speakers Sessions: Opening the Doors to HAL—Programs for Developing the Health Librarian of the Future

Moderator: Keir Reavie, Clinical Programs, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

Regional Library Services Development in Northern Ontario: From Needs Assessment to Evidence-Based Practice: Joanne M. Muellenbach, Information Services, Northern Academic Health Sciences Network (NAHSN), Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; Dorothy Fitzgerald, Health Sciences Library and Computing Services, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and Liz Bayley, Library, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Incorporation of Molecular Biology Subject Training into a Continuous Process of Staff Development: Jennifer A. Lyon, Nila Sathe, and Nunzia Giuse, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Moving on Together: Web-Based Knowledge Sharing for Staff Development: Jane Rowlands, Library Development, The British Medical Association, London.

Application of the Virtual Environment in Medical Information Services in Estonia: Keiu Saarniit, Medical Information Centre of Tartu, University Clinics, Tartu, Estonia.

Hospital Libraries, Corporate Information Services, Collection Development, and Educational Media and Technologies Sections and Internet SIG

Invited Speakers Session: What Is an Information Portal and Why Should I Care?

Moderator: Mindy Paquette-Murphy, Sanofi-Synthelabo Research, Sanofi-Synthelabo Pharmaceuticals, Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Speakers: Susan Quinn, American College of Physician Executives, Tampa, Florida; Pam White, NN/LM New England Region, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington; and Jean Demas, Information Services, Alliance of American Insurers, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Leadership and Management and Public Services Sections

Invited Speakers Session: Making the Magic: Essentials of Leadership

Moderator: T. Scott Plutchak, Lister Hill Library, University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Speaker: Maureen Sullivan, Office of Leadership and Management Services, Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.

Panelists: Rosalind K. Lett, Medical Library, Emory Healthcare/Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia; Logan Ludwig, Ph.D., Medical Library, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois; and Lois Weinstein, Medical Library Center of New York, New York City.

Veterinary Medical Libraries, Cancer Librarians, and Medical Society Libraries Sections and Molecular Biology and Genomics and African American Medical Librarians Alliance SIGs

Invited Speakers Session: Bioethics, Genetic Counseling, and Gene Ethics: Issues in Veterinary and Human Medicine

Moderator: Margaret K. Alexander, T. S. Williams Veterinary Medical Library, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.

Bioethics and Its Application to Veterinary Medicine: William T. Watson, DVM, Biomedicine Program, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, and Comparative Medicine Resource Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.

Genetics in the Community of Color: Tené N. Hamilton, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.

Genethics: From Genetic Discrimination to “Unnatural Selection”: William L. Allen, J.D., Program in Medical Bioethics, Law and Medical Professionalism, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Presentation of awards

Following the morning program sessions, President Homan officiated at the awards luncheon and ceremony. He began by thanking Janet E. Minnerath, chair of the Awards Committee; Kristine M. Alpi, chair of the Grants and Scholarship Committee; and jury members for their time and effort.

Mr. Homan then announced that this year's Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture would be given on May 29 by Anthony Shuker, Ph.D. The title of his lecture was “From the Gene to the Marketplace: The New Age of Biotechnology?” President Homan next reminded the audience that Dixie B. Baker, Ph.D., vice president at Science Applications International and the chief technology officer of the Health Solution Group, had delivered the 2001 John P. McGovern lecture the previous day and had received her award. Dr. Baker's lecture was entitled “Patient Empowerment versus Patient Endangerment: The Delicate Balance Between Privacy and Access.”

President Homan then presented the following awards: An MLA Scholarship was awarded to Beverlee Warren, a graduate student in library and information science at the University of North Texas, Denton.

The MLA Scholarship for Minority Students was awarded to Felicia Smith, enrolled in the Master's of Library and Information Science Program at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

President Homan then introduced Kgaladi Kekana as the 2001 Cunningham Fellow, who made brief remarks. Ms. Kekana is a health sciences reference librarian at the University of the North in South Africa. She arrived in the United States in February.

EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants, providing up to $1,000 each for travel and meeting-related expenses, were presented to Everly Brown and Mary Shultz. Ms. Brown is currently employed as circuit librarian/AHEC at the University of South Alabama. Ms. Shultz is currently employed as assistant health sciences librarian at the Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana, University of Illinois, Chicago.

An MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project grant was presented to Shelley Paden and Mary Congleton. Ms. Paden is currently health sciences librarian at University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville. Ms. Congleton is AHEC librarian at the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center in Berea. The grant will be used to support the project, “Web-based Loansome Doc: A Survey of the Midwest Region.”

HLS/MLA Professional Development Grants were awarded to Tamara Rader, in absentia, and Misa F. Mi, in absentia. Ms. Rader was employed as a librarian at the Centre for Nursing Research, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish Hospital, Montreal. Her grant was used to offset travel expenses to the Eighth Annual Cochrane Colloquium in Capetown, South Africa, where she presented her poster, “Maximizing the Use of the Cochrane Library through Librarian-Clinician Partnerships.” Ms. Rader has recently moved to London. Ms. Mi is the medical librarian at the Detroit Medical Center Children's Hospital of Michigan. She will use the grant to attend “Databases on the Web Using Cold Fusion Software,” at the Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan School of Information.

Next, the Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant, established to award up to two individuals $1,000 each to support a career development activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics, was awarded to Susan London. Ms. London is currently curriculum and education director at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis. She will use her award to attend the 2001 “Stanford Short Course in Medical Informatics.”

This year's Continuing Education Grant recipient is Joanne M. Muellenbach, project planner at the Northern Academic Health Sciences Network in Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario. She will use the grant to attend continuing education courses at this year's annual meeting.

President Homan named five members of the association to be designated lifelong Fellows of MLA:

  • Carol A. Burns is retired director of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Library, Emory University. A longtime, dedicated member of MLA, Ms. Burns has served the association in several capacities including as chair of the MLA Southern Chapter and Bylaws, Strategic Planning, Grants and Scholarship, and Nominating Committees. In addition to her new Fellow status, Ms. Burns has earned the 1996 MLA Award for Best Research Paper, and last year she received MLA's Ida and George Eliot Prize. She is also a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Ms. Burns has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. Under her leadership, the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Library has gained an electronic library branch and an online document ordering system. One of her greatest accomplishments, the creation of the National Information Learning Center, provided Internet-based information services to biomedical institutions and health professionals throughout the state of Georgia. Henry Lemkau, Jr., professor and director, Louis Calder Memorial Library, University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida, states, “Carol has been and is held in the highest esteem and regard by her colleagues and has always been a loving and sharing example of leadership and all that is best in our field.”
  • June H. Fulton, vice president of PeerView, Inc. and a past president of MLA, is one of the association's most revered leaders. She has served as chair of numerous MLA committees including Bylaws and Centennial Coordinating Committees and was a member of MLA's Board of Directors as Section Council liaison. Ms. Fulton is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and is the recipient of many MLA honors such as the 1999 President's Award, given for her hard work and leadership during the MLA Centennial Celebration. Dedicated, gracious, calm, and persistent are words often used to describe her. While working at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, she served as associate director of the school's Medical Documentation Service, which, under her leadership, doubled in size and revenue. Ms. Fulton later negotiated the acquisition of the MDS® system by ISI, guiding the college's MDS department from a nonprofit to a corporate environment and saving several jobs.
  • Carol G. Jenkins is director of the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At the end of the MLA 2001 meeting, Ms. Jenkins will assume the role of president of the association. Ms. Jenkins's MLA presidency follows her recent tenure as president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) and as member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical College's Group on Information Resources. A Distinguished Member of MLA's Academy of Health Information Professionals, Jenkins has served MLA as chair of the Janet Doe Lectureship and 1987 National Program Committees as well as chair of the Task Force on Professional Development and the Task Force to Evaluate Annual Meetings. Lucretia W. McClure, librarian emerita, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, states “Carol Jenkins is a leader in every sense of the word. She has vision and the ability to take risks to follow that vision. She fully meets the requirements for Fellowship in the association and earns this honor by virtue of her many contributions.”
  • Janet E. Minnerath, former library director and associate professor, School of Library Information Science, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, is a well-known leader on both national and regional levels and has continued to serve her profession even after her retirement. She has served as chair of the MLA Grants and Scholarship and Awards Committees as well as chair of the Mid-Atlantic and South Central MLA chapters. A mentor to countless students and librarians, Ms. Minnerath can include among her many honors, Distinguished Member status in the Academy of Health Information Professionals and the 2000 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award, a significant acknowledgement from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine organization, which recognizes an outstanding librarian in the area of outreach to rural, unaffiliated, or underserved medical populations. Clinton M. Thompson, Jr., director, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, University of Oklahoma, states, “Janet has provided a lifetime of training information and support to students, faculty, health care professionals, and consumers. Her goal is to improve the delivery of health care information to health care professionals and patients, resulting in the improvement of health care to patients.”
  • Joan S. Zenan, director, Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, has authored numerous articles and is a former proceedings editor and consulting editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA). She has served the association as a member of the Board of Directors, treasurer, chair of the MLA Publications Committee, and most notably as cochair of 1998 National Program Committee, which produced the very successful Centennial Celebration meeting in Philadelphia in 1999. Ms. Zenan has had a tremendous impact on the Savitt Medical Library and her community. She has garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars for the library and for outreach program that she has created, and, because of her efforts, high-quality health information resources and services are available throughout the state of Nevada. In addition, she is also founder of the Nevada Medical Library Group for which she has served two terms as chair. “Joan's professional achievements as a librarian can be held up as an embodiment of MLA's vision for the significant role librarians play not only in their libraries but in the wider arena of their parent institutions and communities,” comments Rachael K. Anderson, retired director, Health Sciences Center Library, University of Arizona, Tucson, and past MLA president.

The Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship is given to a professional who has made significant contributions to the profession in overall distinction or leadership in hospital library administration or service; has produced a definitive publication related to hospital librarianship, teaching, research, or advocacy; or has developed or applied innovative technology to hospital librarianship. This year's recipient was Carole M. Gilbert. Throughout her career, Ms. Gilbert's quest for excellence has been a driving force. She has served as chair of the Hospital Libraries Section and on the MLA Board of Directors as well as in her local, state, and regional medical library associations. Ms. Gilbert received her master's degree in library science from the Wayne State University. She is the director of library services at Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan, and serves as editor of the Journal of Hospital Librarianship and coeditor of Hospital Information Services column in Medical Reference Services Quarterly.

The Rittenhouse Award is presented annually by the Medical Library Association for the best unpublished paper on health sciences librarianship or medical informatics written by a student in an ALA-accredited program of library and information studies or a trainee in an internship in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics and is sponsored by the Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. This years recipient is Marlo Maldonado Young, for her essay, “Consumer Health Informatics: A Preliminary Exploration of Latino Culture as a Provider of Health Information.” Ms. Young is currently an associate fellow at the National Library of Medicine.

The ISI/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award is sponsored by ISI and recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of technology to the delivery of health sciences information, to the science of information, or to the facilitation of the delivery of health sciences information. The 2000 award was presented to Kathryn E. Kerdolff for her work to facilitate the delivery of health sciences information by creating a database of Louisiana Morbidity Reports linked to all state morbidity reports on the Web. Ms. Kerdolff is currently reference librarian at Louisiana State University Medical Center Library, New Orleans.

The Ida and George Eliot Prize, sponsored by Login Brothers Book Company, was awarded to Michael R. Kronenfeld for his work as editor of the symposium, which appeared in the October 1999 BMLA, “Hospital Libraries and the Internet, Part Two.”

The Estelle Brodman Award for the Medical Librarian of the Year was established with a gift from Irwin H. Pizer and is given to an association member who has made outstanding contributions to academic medical librarianship as demonstrated by excellence in performance, publications, research, service, or a combination thereof. This year's award was presented to T. Scott Plutchak. Mr. Plutchak is the director of Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has been a leader at the local, regional, and national levels. He has served MLA on two National Program Committees, is current editor of BMLA, and chairs the Leadership and Management Section. Mr. Plutchak has achieved much and exhibits the kind of leadership qualities envisioned by the Brodman award.

The Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award recognizes excellence, innovation, and contribution to the profession of health sciences librarianship and is sponsored by Majors Scientific Books. This year's award is presented to the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association for their establishment of the Martha C. Watkins Scholarship. The scholarship supports professional development for hospital librarians. Lynn Fortney, chair of the Southern Chapter, accepted the award.

The MLA/Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award, established in 1998 in honor of one of MLA's most respected members, honors an outstanding educator in the field of health sciences librarianship and informatics who demonstrates skills in teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, or leadership in education at local, regional, or national levels. The award was presented to Julie J. McGowan, Ph.D. Dr. McGowan is the director of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library and professor of knowledge informatics at Indiana University School of Medicine and current member of the MLA Board of Directors. Her career as an educator has directly influenced the development of a competency-based course in information and computer literacy required at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She has continued to demonstrate the viability and importance of medical librarians as education partners in medical education and has introduced more medical informatics into the Indiana University School of Medicine clerkships. She has championed health sciences librarianship in all areas of her work, both in field practice and in her teaching.

The Janet Doe Lectureship was awarded to Betsy L. Humphreys, deputy associate director for library operation at the National Library of Medicine. Earlier that morning, Ms. Humphreys delivered her lecture, “Adjusting to Progress: Interactions between NLM and Health Sciences Librarians, 1961–2001.” Ms. Humphreys has been a leader at the National Library of Medicine and in the field of health sciences librarianship and medical informatics for many years. She has provided leadership in many areas including controlled vocabulary taxonomies such as the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), preservation, health services research, health services databases, and diversity initiatives in health sciences librarianship.

Finally, President Homan called on Rachael K. Anderson, the 2000 Noyes Award winner, to introduce Alison Bunting, the 2001 recipient of the association's highest honor, the Marcia C. Noyes Award. She did so with the following words:

What a pleasure to be back to continue the MLA tradition of presenting the Noyes award to one's successor! Especially when she is a valued colleague and friend and is as worthy as this year's recipient.

Alison Bunting's career has been synonymous with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and its Biomedical Library. From her first position as a student assistant in the Catalog Department through her directorship of the library and the RML, Alison met the very high standards set by Louise Darling, the library's founding director and one of MLA's most distinguished and even legendary leaders. Alison not only carried on Ms. Darling's tradition by enhancing Biomed's services and reputation in the UCLA community and nationally, but maintained a trusted relationship with her, literally, to the very end of Louise Darling's life.

MLA and the health sciences library profession as a whole have benefited from Alison's publications and from her extensive service on boards of directors, committees, and task forces. While she has made numerous contributions to professional education and to setting our strategic directions, one of the most significant and long lasting is her editing the eight-volume series Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, which constitutes an enduring record of our field's state-of-the-art in the last decade of the twentieth century. The successful publication of this work is a tribute to Alison's breadth of knowledge, her editing and interpersonal skills and, perhaps above all, her abundant patience.

Alison has earned widespread admiration and respect among her colleagues at UCLA, as well as in MLA and at the National Library of Medicine, where she is capping her career with an appointment as a member of the Board of Regents. She has a well-deserved reputation for being analytical, resourceful, and well organized. Colleagues and supervisors alike learned long ago that once she takes on a responsibility you can forget about it. It will be done and done well! However, her quiet, low-key, and unassuming demeanor camouflage some critical strengths, including astute powers of observation and judgment, a sharp wit, and a talent for concocting a devastating bourbon punch for holiday parties.

The criteria for this award—lasting, outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship—certainly describe the career of this year's recipient. Louise Darling would be very proud today as MLA presents its highest honor, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, to Alison Bunting.

President Homan then presented Alison Bunting with the Marcia C. Noyes Award. Ms. Bunting accepted the award with the following remarks:

Yesterday at the New Member breakfast, Lucretia McClure noted that one of the most valuable benefits of involvement in MLA activities are the friendships that will develop. Every one of my accomplishments has involved the support and contributions of my husband Wade; my friends at UCLA, especially Louise Darling and Gloria Werner; the Pacific Southwest; MLA; and NLM. It was wonderful that Michael Homan, who was hired by Louise Darling at UCLA about the same time I was, called to notify me of this award. And I cannot adequately describe the pleasure of being introduced by Rachael Anderson, who became a close friend as we collaborated on several challenging MLA projects.

My involvement in MLA has enriched my life in ways that I could never have imagined when I attended my first meeting in 1972. Thank you so much for this incredible honor and for the support and friendship you have given me.

With that, President Homan concluded the Awards Ceremony.

Poster sessions

Ask ELIS and Searchdoc: Information Specialists at Your Desktop: Peggy W. Westlake, Online Information Services; Dawn Williams, Online Evidence Based Services; Nunzia Giuse; and Frances H. Lynch; Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Enhancing Instructions in Endnote for a Biomedical Community: Patricia A. Carney and James Comes, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts, Worchester.

Utilizing Patron Trends to Target and Meet Patron Needs: Kathleen Bauer, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Search Templates Versus Filters: Comparative Experiences in Identifying Information: Mary W. Wood, Center for Animal Alternatives, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, and Stuart J. Nelson, Medical Subject Headings Section, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

A Team Odyssey: Creating a PubMed Web Tutorial for Use Outside the Classroom: Tara M. Tobin and Barbara W. Francis, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville; Susan McCullough, Education, Borland Library, University of Florida, Jacksonville; and Ramona Miller, Library, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida.

Studies on Canadian Eye Care Information on the Web: Ruiling Guo, Medical Library, Henan Institute of Ophthalmology, Zhengzhou, China, and Jochen Moehr, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada.

Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Survey of Medical Libraries in Southern California and Arizona: Terri J. Ottosen, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Informatics Training to Prepare Faculty for a New Case-Based Medical School Curriculum: Kelly M. Moore, Health Information Education, Louis Calder Memorial Library; Carmen Bou Rivera, Library Services, Pomerance Library and Resource Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Joaquin Arriaga, Reference and Education Services, Louis Calder Memorial Library; School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.

Consumer Health Information for California: Collaborating for Access: Elisa Cortez, Carlene Bogle, Marissa Smith, Del E. Webb Library, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, and Heidi Thiessen Sandstrom, Consumer Health Information Services, Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Going From One Extreme to the Other: A Rationale for Total Cost Recovery: Suzanne Grefsheim, National Institutes of Health, NIH Library, Bethesda, Maryland.

Using Dynamic Web Technologies to Collaboratively Develop an Inter-Institutional Consumer Health Website: Gerald Perry, Information Services, and Kristin Antelman, Systems and Networking, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Transforming Interlibrary Loans for the Digital Library: Karen A. Butter, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

How Computer Literate Are First-Year Medical Students? Results of an Online Assessment: Susanne Markgren; Lynn Kasner Morgan, Information Resources and Systems; Alan Krissoff; Lynn Peperone; and Pauline Beam; Levy Library, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York.

Copyright Permission Odyssey: Direct Requests versus the CCC: James D. Prince, Beverly Gresehover, and Lolita Heimbach, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Reconceptualizing the Web: Designing and Implementing a User-Oriented Consumer Health Information (CHI) Website: Michele Klein-Fedyshin, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Charles Wessel, Jody Wozar, Amy Gregg, and Paul Worona, Falk Library of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Bridging the Gap in Rural Health Information Services: Georgia's Rural Health Information: Rita B. Smith, Medical Library and Learning Resource Center, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.

Responding to the Needs of Researchers with Health Sciences Data Sets Resources: Peggy Tahir, Min-Lin Fang, and Jacqueline Wilson, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

Collaboration: The Key to Building a Quality Website: Diane Fuller, Alexa Mayo, and Patricia Hinegardner, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Don't Throw Out That (Dis)Integrated Library Management System Yet, Use It to Track Your Library's Activities!: Laurel Graham, Linda J. Walton, June Carter, and Kurt I. Munson, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

How We View Ourselves: Librarians of the Twenty-First Century: Margaret Vugrin, Health Sciences Center Library, and Hershel Womack, Photocommunications, School of Mass Communications, Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

Using Web-Based Databases to Design Web-Based Tutorials: The Ovid Web: Connie Schardt, Medical Center Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Creating an Evidence-Based Medicine Online Tutorial: Collaboration Makes a Championship Team: Connie Schardt, Medical Center Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and Jill Mayer, NCAHEC Library and Information Services Network, and Bob Ladd, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Modeling User's Queries for an Online Information Retrieval System: A Librarian's Experience and Perspectives: Elizabeth LaRue, Center for Academic Information Technology, Columbia University, New York, New York.

Improving Access to Consumer Health Information in Our Community: Developing Tools and Training to Support Public Librarians and Increasing Public Awareness of the Role of the Public Library and the Academic Health Sciences Library: Rachael K. Anderson, Jeanette C. McCray, Gerald J. Perry, Patricia A. Auflick, Joan B. Schlimgen, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson; and Joan Biggar and Karen Greaber, Tucson-Pima Public Library, Tucson, Arizona.

MEDLIB-L and the Doctor's Names List: Mari Stoddard, Education Services, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson; Kathy Tacke, Professional Library, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, Wyoming; and Jeff Middleton, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Using a Virtual Tour to Integrate the Physical and Digital Images of a Library: Vickie Bady; Rebecca N. Jerome, Clinical Informatics Consult Service; Marcia Epelbaum, Library Operations; Mary Teloh, Historical Collections; Frances H. Lynch; and Nunzia B. Giuse; Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Internet Training and Electronic Document Delivery to Rural Health Care Practitioners in Minnesota: Summary and Impact: Vicki L. Glasgow, BioMedical Information Service, and Dawn Littleton, Education Technology, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Integrating Websites into the Library's Web-Based Catalog: Searchers Dream Come True or a Cataloger's Nightmare?: Cathy C. Montoya, Learning Resources Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; Karen Mast, University of North Texas, Denton; and Loan Nguyen, Learning Resources Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

A Digital Information Project (DIP): The Partnership, the Process, and the Product: Elizabeth Schneider, Kate Kelly, and Michael Lynch, Treadwell Library; and Sally Hooper and Deborah Essig, Cancer Resource Room, Social Work Department; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Health Information for Seniors: An Electronic Consumer Health Project: Jeanne Gittings, Department of Library Services, Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island, Illinois.

Why Try L.J.I.? Issues in Subject Heading Specificity for Facilitating Retrieval of Web Resources at the Arizona Health Sciences Library: Fred L. Heidenreich, Information Services; Mary L. Holcomb, Technical Services; and Gerald J. Perry, Information Services; Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Beyond the Campus Walls: A Collaborative Project with Community-Based Family Medicine Preceptors and Medical Students: Janet A. Ohles, Anthony Artale, and Diana J. Cunningham, Medical Sciences Library, New York Medical College, Valhalla.

Accessing the Most Recent Information: helen-ann brown [sic], Medical Library; Kristine Alpi, Samuel J. Wood Library; and Daniel Cleary, Information and Access Services, Medical Library; Weill Cornell of Cornell University, New York.

Getting the Word Out: Channeling Information to Users Through New Technology and Traditional Resources: Cindy Gruwell, Instruction, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Usability Studies and Surveys: Ensuring Quality Website Redesign, the University of Maryland's Experience: Diane Fuller, Patricia Hinegardner, and Brad Gerhart, Health and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Welcome to RICHS!: Lisa Boyd, National Agricultural Library, Rural Information Center Health Service, Beltsville, Maryland.

Providing Culturally Diverse Health Care Information: The Hospital Library's Role: Lora L. Thompson and Lucy Wrightington, Library Services, Frank J. D'Agostino Medical Library, Easton Hospital, Easton, Pennsylvania.

The Worcester Gateway: Partners in Consumer Health Information: Gael Evans; Barbara Ingrassia, Technical Services; Javier Crespo, UMass HealthNet; and Elaine Russo Martin, Library; The Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

Consortial OPAC: A System Administrator's Tale: Patricia Prior and Martin Mutka, Library Consortium of Health Institutions in Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

Thesisweb: A Digital Archive of Medical Student Scholarship: Charles J. Greenberg, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Decisions, Decisions: The Changing Face of MEDLINE Access: Linda J. Collins, Lynne D. Morris, Mary Beth Schell, Jean Blackwell, Scott Garrison, and Barrie Hayes, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Variations in MeSH Mapping: Kathy J. Davies, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region, Chicago, Illinois; Lora V. Gault, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago; and Mary Shultz, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana, Illinois.

Crossing the Health Information Divide: Javier Crespo, UMass HealthNet, and Elaine Russo Martin, Library Services, Lamar Soutter Medical Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

Enhancing the Online Catalog with Electronic Journal Information: Mitchel L. Walters, Cataloging, Serials, and Binding; Diane Hudson; Timothy C. Judkins, Collections Information and Development; Helen Mayo, Research and Clinical Services; Herldine Radley; and Dawn Reneau; Medical Center Library, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas.

Work at Home: A Cost-Effective Solution for Hospital Library Projects: Catherine Boss, Library Services, Jersey Shore Medical Center, Meridian Health System, Neptune, New Jersey.

The Librarian Is in: Creating a Consumer Health Training Video for Public Librarians: Roxanne Cox, Erin Bauer, and Ronnie Mevorach, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

Healthy Women 2000: Health Information for all Ages: La Ventra Ellis-Danquah and Gang (Wendy) Wu, Community Health Information Services, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Fingertip Files: Medical Students Use Personal Digital Assistants for Clinical Information: Brenda L. Seago, Computer Based Instruction Lab, and Chris Stephens, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Innovative Uses for OCLC's CORC Pathfinder Technology: Dawn Littleton and Betsy Friesen, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Going Paperless: The Interlibrary Loan Department, Microsoft Project, and Illiad: Susan Lieberthal, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

As Real as It Gets: The Use of Screencam, a Personal Computer Screen Recording Application, to Create A Web-Based Tutorial: Haldor Lougee-Heimer, Medical Sciences Library, and Afsar Mohiuddin, New York Medical College, Valhalla.

Introducing Access to Electronic Health Information for the Public: Webster Parish Libraries Meet NLM: Dennis Pernotto, IAIMS; James Pat Craig; Rosa Chilton, User Education and Outreach Services; Dixie Alford Jones, Reference Section; Michael Watson, Systems; Medical Library, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport; and Eddie Hammontree, Webster Parish Library System, Minden, Louisiana.

The Utah Consumer Health Information Network (uchin.med.utah.edu): Elizabeth Workman, University of Hawaii affiliated with Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Emerging Handheld Technologies in the Medical Field: Annamae Trypus, Library, All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida.

From the Ground Up: Development of a Web-Based Online Tour and Orientation: Jeanne Larsen, Information Services, and Taeyeol Park, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Going Solo on OT SEARCH: A Bibliographic Database in Occupational Therapy: Maria Tsitseras Sylvain, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Bethesda, Maryland.

Introducing a Web-Based Consumer Health Information Database?: Caryn Scoville and Ann Thering, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Train-The-Trainer (TNT): Gateways to Quality Health Information: Diana Robertson, Margaret (Peg) Allen, Suzanne Matthew, and Colleen Crowley, Northern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, Wausau.

An Odyssey through Gray Literature Access by the Establishment of a Web Searchable State Morbidity Database: Kathryn E. Kerdolff, Health Sciences Center Library, Louisiana State University, New Orleans.

Creating Search Strategies from Clinical Scenarios: Shawn Manning, Educational Services, Medical Science Library, New York Medical College, Valhalla.

A 2001 Space Odyssey: Where to House the Consumer Health Information in an Academic Library?: Hannah M. Fisher, Fred L. Heidenreich, Nga Nguyen, Gerald J. Perry, Mary L. Riordan, Jose Solorzano, Catherine L. Wolfson, and David Howse, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Information Services Outreach to Health Professionals Serving Hispanics in the Northwest Ohio Region: Marlene Porter, Information Services, R. H. Mulford Library, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo.

2001-the Final Chapter: A Collaborative Project of the Consumer Health Committee of the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association: Jan H. LaBeause, Medical Library and Learning Resource Center, Medical Library, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia; Carolyn M. Brown, Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; Rebecca R. Fehrenbach, Information Center, Greenblatt Library, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Mary Fielder, Three Rivers Area Health Education Center, Columbus, Georgia; Pat Herndon, Shepherd Center, Noble Learning Resource Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Lee R. McCarley, Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center, Albany, Georgia; Roxanne M. Nelson, Public Services, Medical Library, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia; Beth C. Poisson, Multi Media Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; Annette J. Sheppard, Professional Library, St. Joseph's-Candler Health System, Savannah, Georgia; Lisa P. Smith, Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center, Statesboro, Georgia; Rita B. Smith, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia; Kathryn J. Torrente, Reference and Instructional Services, Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; Linda Venis, Kennestone Health Science Library, WellStar Health System, Marietta, Georgia; Mia Sohn White, Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; and Cathy Woolbright, Medical Library, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Columbus, Georgia.

Building on the Foundation of “Mastering Medical Information”: Reinforcing Information Retrieval Skills at the University of Rochester: Julia Sollenberger, Medical Informatics, and Kathryn W. Nesbit, Education Services, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York.

Imaging: What We Learned When Scanning Text for Data Entry in an Osteopathic Literature Index Database: Lynn F. Johnson, Ann Brooks, B. Carter, Craig S. Elam, and Dohn Martin, Gibson D. Lewis Health Sciences Library, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.

Library Use Survey of University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio Faculty: Comparison of 1996 and 2000: Jonquil D. Feldman and Virginia M. Bowden, Briscoe Library, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Merging the Library with the Medical Curriculum: A Web-Based Approach: Jacqueline Scolari, Medical Resource Center, and Sarah Merideth, School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

A Shared Web Catalog: Come Hell or High Water: Patrice Hall, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Valerie A. Gross, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania.

Consumer Health Information Education Initiative: Jeanne B. Sadlik, Information Management Education; Mary Klatt, Research & Access Services; and Logan Ludwig, Loyola Health Sciences Library & Telemedicine; Health Sciences Library, Loyola University, Maywood, Illinois.

Competencies for Liaison Work for Health Sciences Librarians: William Olmstadt, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University, College Station.

The Basic Health Sciences Library Network (BHSL): A Grassroots Interlibrary Loan Network-Fifteen Years of Success: Patricia Baldwin Regenberg, Health Sciences Library, Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, New Jersey; Marilyn L. Daniels, Health Sciences Library, Latrobe Area Hospital, Latrobe, Pennsylvania; Lydia Friedman, Medical Library Services, Degenshein Memorial Library, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; and Caryl Kazen, Library Service, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Information/Enterprise Strategy, Washington, DC.

Reaching Across the Border: Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Health Care Providers Using a Bilingual Website of Information Resources: Mary L. Riordan and Jose Solorzano, Arizona Health Sciences Library, The University of Arizona, Tucson.

Library Staff Technology Training: A Two-Tiered Model: Colleen Cuddy, Joan Dalrymple, and Trisha Stevenson Medeiros, Ehrman Medical Library, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Exploring New Frontiers: Collaborative Relationships Between Medical Libraries and Bookstores: Deborah A. Ruck, Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and James Girouard, Matthews MCW Bookstore, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Using Empirical Data to Develop a Consumer Health Web-Based Information Resource: Jeffrey Huber and Mary Snyder, Texas Woman's University, Denton.

How Did You Find That? The Odyssey of NOAH's Online Genetics Information for Patients: Gail-Yvette Hendler, Medical Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York; Kristine M. Alpi, Samuel J. Wood Library, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York; and Patricia E. Gallagher, Library, New York Academy of Medicine, New York.

Patron Access to Electronic Journals and Books in the Hospital Library: Deborah L. Adams, Library and Internet Services, Library and Media Services, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

The Odyssey of a Lifetime: A Manual Review of MeSH Authority Records in a Local Catalog: Wendy Fritzel, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Expanding the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC): Mary Piorun and Pauline McCormick, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Loanable Arrangers: Technology Shared Between Departments: Carol Thornton, Rhona S. Kelley, and Fran Kovach, School of Medicine Library, Southern Illinois University, Springfield.

The Cunningham Fellows of MLA: Donna B. Flake, Robert M. Fales Health Sciences Library, Coastal Area Health Education Center, Wilmington, North Carolina; John Breinich, Hawaii Medical Library, Honolulu; Elizabeth Connor, Library, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; Elizabeth Eaton, Tufts University, Health Sciences Library, Boston, Massachusetts; Ruth Fenske, Grasselli Library, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio; Jacqueline Donaldson Doyle, Health Sciences Library, Banner Health Arizona, Phoenix; Frieda O. Weise, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore; and Anne Greenspan, Research and Professional Recognition, Medical Library Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month: Judy J. Willis, Kathryn J. Hoffman, Wes H. Browning, Brett S. Powers, and Sheryl Widdoes, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas, Houston.

NewsBytes: An Electronic User Awareness Service: Kathryn J. Hoffman, Wes H. Browning, and Brett S. Powers, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston.

Using Endnote for Electronic Journal Management in a Hospital Library: Melissa L. Just, Library Services, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Health Sciences Library, Los Angeles, California.

Community Discussion Forums on Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying Series: Beatriz G. Varman and Deborah Halsted, Texas Medical Center Library, Houston Academy of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Providing Consumer Health Information to Asian Americans: A Collaborative Model: Deborah Halsted and Marsha Sullivan, Texas Medical Center Library, Houston Academy of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Electronic Whiteboard Technology: An Odyssey in Information Sharing in the Classroom or the Exhibit Hall: Judy Burnham, Administrative and Regional Services; Geneva Bush Staggs, Public Services and Education; and Everly Brown; Baugh Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile.

A Model for Staff Development Planning in an Academic Health Sciences Library: Rebecca Abromitis, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Library; and Linda Hartman and Alice Kuller, Falk Library of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Iowa Health Information Outreach (IHIO): Delivering Health Information to Rural and Underserved Iowa Health Care Professionals: Neville D. Prendergast and Sandra Phelps, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

The “Best” Lists: Health Sciences Libraries, Medical Schools, and Where You Are Ranked By: Kelly Hensley, Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

Signs of the Times: Images of Women in Medical and Pharmaceutical Advertisements, 1900–2000: Kelly Hensley, Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

Legislative update

Speakers: Jane Bortnick Griffith, Policy and Legislative Development, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, and Dale Dirks, Health and Medicine Council, Washington, DC.

During the afternoon, the Academy of Health Information Professionals held an informational session and an Open Forum was held on the topic of MLANET. The benchmarking chapter educators and the Fellows of MLA met. The following other groups met: Chiropractic Libraries Consortium, Evidence-based Medicine Librarians Working Group, Florida Health Sciences Library Association, and QuickDOC Users Group. Elsevier Science, the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, and OCLC held product demonstrations.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) update

The following NLM staff presented updates on NLM projects and plans: Kent Smith, deputy director; Elizabeth Fee, chief, History of Medicine Division; Becky J. Lyon, deputy associate director, Library Operations; and Betsy Humphreys, associate director, Library Operations.

Two program sessions were held in the early evening.

Cancer Librarians Section and Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG

Moderator: Michele R. Tennant, Ph.D., Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville.

The Impact of “DNA chips” on Medicine in the Twenty-first Century: Henry V. Baker, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Problem Based Learning SIG

Supporting Palmtops in the Curriculum

Moderators: Roxanne Nelson, Reference Medical Library, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia, and Mari J. Stoddard, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Following the afternoon sessions, the following sections held informal meetings: Cancer Librarians, Collection Development Section Executive Committee, Consumer and Patient Health Information Section Executive Committee, Corporate Information Services, Hospital Libraries, and Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section Executive Committee. The following SIGs also held informal meetings: African American Medical Librarians Alliance, Clinical Librarians, Department of the Army Medical Command Libraries, Geriatrics and Gerontology, Mental Health, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Outreach, Primary Care, Problem-Based Learning, and Voyager Health Sciences. The Hospital Libraries Section held a Connection Reception.


On Tuesday, May 29, the following committees and groups held early-morning meetings: Bylaws Committee, chapter CE chairs, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association Editorial Board, Hospital Libraries Section 2000/2002 Joint Committee, and the Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship Committee.

At the same time, Sunrise Seminars were conducted by: ACS Publications, EBSCO Information Services, epixtech, Gale Group, Nidus Information Services, NLM Online Users, Ovid Technologies, ProQuest Health, and SIRSI.

Plenary Session III: The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture

Introduction: Faith A. Meakin, Health Science Center Library, University of Florida, Gainesville.

From the Gene to the Marketplace: The New Age of Biotechnology?: Anthony (Tony) J. Shuker, EmTech Biotechnology Development, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia.

Business session II

President Michael Homan called the meeting to order and verified that a quorum was present.

He then reminded the audience that volumes 6 and 8 of the Current Practices in Health Sciences Librarianship series marked the conclusion of the series and called series editor Alison Bunting to join him at the podium. He then presented her with a gift as thanks for her work as editor. President Homan then extended thanks and presented certificates to retiring board members Rosalind Dudden, Suzanne Grefsheim, and MJ Tooey. He next presented a special plaque to Frieda Weise as retiring immediate past president of MLA. President Homan welcomed and introduced incoming board members Linda Watson, Diana Cunningham, Ruth Holst, and Linda Garr Markwell. President-Elect Carol Jenkins rose to present Michael Homan with an outgoing presidential gift.

President Homan then presented to the assembly and passed the presidential gavel to the MLA 2001/02 president, Carol Jenkins, who gave her inaugural address.

Inaugural Address: Practical Magic

Carol Jenkins: First, let me thank you for electing me as your president. It is an honor and a privilege to be standing before you, and I will do my very best to provide the leadership to MLA that it so well deserves. I have been thinking about this moment for the past year, and what I would say to you.

What presidents say in their inaugural remarks should set the tone for the coming year. We know that we have no lack of challenges: those brought by a rapidly changing workplace and society, rapid research developments and new health care technologies, and changing expectations of employers and new information users. There are challenges to the association of a large number of members who will retire in the current decade without a correspondingly large increase in new members, of a balanced budget while finding funds to support new ventures, and of assuring that MLA continues to provide services that members—and society—value.

What presidents convey about their personal philosophies and visions in their inaugural addresses should inspire members to take bold action.

What presidents suggest as priorities for the association should assure members that our association has the right vision to help us, a clear plan of action, and roles we can play to achieve it successfully—that we are doing the right things and doing them right.

This is a tall order for me: to set the right tone and say the right things to mobilize us all to take bold actions. I have learned these lessons by observing our past presidents over my thirty years as an MLA member.

I have thought about how to accomplish this goal. I looked for other models. What about Disney? Now, here is a true success story. I first visited Disney World in 1984 when my daughters were two and eight years old. Disney was an exciting adventure for us then. But Harvard Business Review described Walt Disney Company at that time as “a great American company in eclipse … a company famous for a quaint little mouse, a collection of vintage animated films for children, and two enjoyable but aging theme parks.”

Today, the Disney enterprise shows no signs of being irrelevant, outdated, or unprofitable. Today, Disney owns three other studios, has expanded its theme parks and exported them to France and Japan, and has two cruise ships, 725 retail stores, a re-creation of the African savannah, a symphony, and a heap of media properties including ABC and ESPN and an Internet portal. The Disney enterprises bring in $23 billion in revenues. What is the secret of their success? Some say a big factor is their leader Michael Eisner, who became the Disney chief executive officer (coincidentally) in 1984, the same year I visited Disney World with my family.

Eisner claims his success is due to what he calls “practical magic”—a combination of creativity and common sense. He describes it as an environment that produces a constant stream of unexpected ideas (the magic) and good, old-fashioned common sense (the practical) that edits those ideas for broad commercial appeal. Eisner sets the tone for Disney and uses his practical magic approach to mobilize his employees to take bold but effective action. Good ideas can come from anyone anytime, he says. But the bottom line is when practical magic improves performance.

Blue Man Group is another example of practical magic. You may have seen these people live or on TV—they now do commercials for Intel and have been on the Tonight Show. Along with other board members and MLA staff, I was introduced to Blue Man Group last fall in Chicago by Mark Funk. Most of us attended their performance in Chicago (only after a hard day of doing board business). Blue Man Group started as street performers in New York. Now they call themselves a “creative organization.” Their Website says: “Blue Man Group is best known for its award winning theatrical productions which … feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.” Their props include PVC pipes, Twinkies, and Jello. We had a lot of fun, and we discovered their version of practical magic, too, I think—because they produce highly inventive, unexpected experiences that have commercial appeal to audiences all over the United States.

Could MLA learn from Disney and Blue Man Group how to create our own practical magic? I am certain we could. This year I appointed over 120 volunteers to committees or other organizations, who joined hundreds of other volunteer members in sections, chapters, task forces, and other groups. All of you who volunteer your service to MLA do so because you have good ideas and because you want to make a difference. What could be better for MLA as we face future opportunities and challenges than “a constant stream of unexpected ideas” that address our major needs? As president, I want to gather these ideas from “anyone, anytime” and make sure they get consideration.

Let us look back at the 1984 MLA annual meeting, when Nina Matheson was MLA president. Matheson called upon members to create an energizing vision of a library at your fingertips. She said, “our purpose is in the product; the goal is to make the world knowledge base as accessible as the calculators they carry in their coat pockets.” (Today, we would say, as accessible as the personal digital assistants [PDAs] they carry in their coat pockets.)

Nina Matheson challenged us back in 1984 to slough off old assumptions and mindsets, to diversify our programs and our thinking, and to galvanize our association around enacting this bold vision. She encouraged us to “make our value to society a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Like Eisner, she extolled the leadership qualities of creativity, nimbleness, quickness to take action, and a continuously replenished knowledgebase and information skills. I think she was describing practical magic—a bold vision coupled with creative, unexpected ideas for implementing it and performance that achieves the results we want.

A great deal has changed since 1984. Matheson's vision of making the world's knowledgebase accessible from our pockets is within our grasp. We need a new galvanizing vision. Guided by President Michael Homan, the MLA Board worked on developing a new vision statement this year. The vision statement currently under consideration is: professionals providing quality information for improved health. Put another way, we are saying our vision is to make the best quality information for improving health accessible at the fingertips of all who need it. Matheson's vision emphasized convenient access to worldwide knowledge. Now, the new vision emphasizes information quality (the librarian's expert filtering and synthesizing role), broader constituencies of information users (including health professionals and consumers), and information's usefulness in improving health (whether it is the librarian's expert role in organizing very large databases of genomics data or providing information related to the diagnosis and treatment of a single patient). This vision should inspire us to address the new challenges that are critical for us today. It states that we are an association of health information professionals who expect to have a positive impact on improving health.

To realize this vision we need some practical magic. We need innovative ideas that can succeed. Magic, because they may be contrary to our expectations and assumptions. Practical, because we can act upon them and they make sense. We need practical magic in at least three critical areas that I see: recruitment, education, and technology.

If we do not develop new recruitment strategies, we risk losing promising future health information professionals to other enterprises and leaving our jobs unfilled. If we do not capitalize on MLA's prominence in health sciences information education by aggressively developing new educational models, we risk being sidelined by a growing number of competitors, including our own institutions. If we do not continue to strengthen our role as a technology leader, we weaken our association's credibility and its usefulness to us as members.

We have talked earlier at this meeting about recruitment. We need to recruit the next generation of health information professionals and MLA members. This will not be accomplished only by using the same techniques we have used successfully in the past. Many of you have described to me problems you are having finding qualified people to fill vacant jobs. Carla Funk also alluded to the high job vacancy rate in her report. We know some of the reasons for this workforce shortage. One is the rapid growth of the health care industry—its revenue grew from $1 trillion in 1995 to $1.5 trillion in 2000. We are part of this growth industry, and we are part of the expanding information industry. America's Best Graduate Schools 2000 edition takes note of the “explosive demand” created across disciplines for people who are expert at organizing and retrieving information.

Demographics show rapid aging of our current workforce. An informal survey conducted last year by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) found that well over half of the current academic health sciences library directors plan to retire in this decade. I believe these retirement figures are similar to those projected for the profession as a whole. Jobs and job skills are changing, which calls for a workforce having continuously updated knowledge and skills. Well-qualified information professionals are being lured by higher paying jobs in industry. Our library schools see a noticeable increase in the percentage of new graduates who take jobs in industry rather than in libraries. And, our workplaces are not very diverse, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and very difficult to change.

An example of some of these forces at work is in the new field of bioinformatics. The developments in genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics clearly are revolutionizing science and the marketplace. We need to develop librarians' emerging roles in bioinformatics and help prepare and recruit information professionals to assume these roles. Recently, I attended a retreat on my campus to plan a new bioinformatics curriculum. Attendees ranged across at least a dozen disciplines and departments, from physics to public health and from computer science to library-information science. I was glad to see among this diverse group recognition of the value of the librarian's expert knowledge—knowledge about the complex problems of information organization and access for very large databases and multiple disciplines and vocabularies. What does this development suggest about our future roles as health sciences librarians and the future pool for recruiting MLA members? For one thing, it suggests that we are playing in a bigger pool of health information professionals already, that our future members will come from more diverse backgrounds, and that they will have a more diverse set of skills and knowledge needs than ever before.

There are many ways MLA already helps address recruitment needs. In conversations with people here at this meeting, I have heard many new ideas, including going to career fairs, to schools, and more. This is a great example of creative ideas coming from anyone, anytime. We also can look for ideas from the health care field that recently have helped to increase the supply of nurses and allied health workers and, in some cases, to dramatically improve the diversity of the health care workforce. We need to do these things and more. We need practical magic solutions to help us attract the best-qualified people—people who can help us achieve our vision to make the best quality information for improving health accessible at the fingertips of all who need it. Some of these people may push the boundaries of how we currently define ourselves. They may be informationists, bioinformaticians, technologists, or other specialists. I have asked the MLA Board, with member input, to develop a comprehensive recruitment initiative and to launch a new recruitment program by this time next year. This program should produce solutions that help us attract the best and brightest people into our profession and that help us recruit them successfully to take positions in our organizations and our libraries. The solutions we seek call for practical magic, because competition for those best minds is fiercer today than ever, and we risk losing them to other positions and other organizations. We need creative approaches to tackle this problem.

The second priority I have identified that calls for practical magic is establishing MLA as a center of excellence in health information education. Professional development is a fundamental strength of this association, one that members value highly, and one for which MLA is highly regarded among other associations. Because education is a core service, it is essential that the association be in as strong a position as possible to meet our needs. What educational support do we need to help us achieve our new vision of providing quality information for improved health at the fingertips of all who need it? One change may be who participates in MLA education. Consumer health is a good example. Today, MLA consumer health education is being marketed through our certificate program to public librarians and others who need to know how to find and evaluate these sources. In the future, participants in MLA educational content may be much broader than the membership itself.

MLA faces competition from other associations, from academic institutions, and from business and industry who also have become education providers. We have seen the dramatic growth of online education in all fields, increasing the accessibility of content on demand in varying formats and delivery mechanisms. These developments put learners in the driver's seat to access educational content from various sources that is most relevant to their needs. Most of our campuses now are moving as rapidly as they can toward an online educational environment. Many are contracting with commercial firms to package and market their course content in electronic form, using course development templates and systems that also handle the educational management functions. These firms see great marketing potential once course content previously restricted to enrolled students on campus—or at a meeting—can be made available worldwide. So do the campuses. Some professional associations are taking similar steps.

What should MLA's position be in this educational revolution? How far should MLA go toward seeking new educational markets or creating an “education on demand” enterprise? And how can MLA work with our schools of library and information science and other education partners to create new health specializations like informationist and bioinformatics?

I think MLA needs to strengthen its role as education provider in the face of these significant changes taking place. As a center of excellence in health information education, MLA can stake its claim as the preeminent provider of education for health information. This could lead to changes in the audiences, the content, the delivery methods, and, not coincidentally, the revenue generated. Thus, I am asking the MLA Board to work with members to create a strategic and business plan for the Center of Excellence in Health Information Education and to present this plan to members no later than next year's annual meeting. This plan should define an expanded education role for MLA that builds on the strong foundation in its current education, research, and recognition programs. It should offer us more options for education “on demand”; it should extend our expertise to other interested markets; and it should take full advantage of educational technologies. A center of excellence may require a different management model. It should promote close collaboration with other associations and library schools. Practical magic is needed to produce creative solutions that work.

A third priority is to strengthen MLA's role as a technology leader. We have made great strides toward becoming a virtual association, as you heard from Michael Homan. MLANET provides access to key association services and information and has ambitious goals to move into member-generated content. The association's journal and newsletter are available, at least in part, online. Services like the electronic abstracts and itinerary builder that are available at this year's meeting take advantage of technology that adds value. I think MLA meets the definition of a virtual association that I read recently, as one that uses the Internet to more cost effectively enhance communication; promote and develop the profession; encourage professional work with online books, journals, and other documents; and recognize professional activities. But I think we need to do more.

Tom Peters says, “technology is the architect of change.” And technology is the unwritten word in our new vision statement. We are professionals who harness the power of technology to provide quality information for improved health. We have a strong foundation and should continue to build new features into MLANET. We can afford to be experimental in a few areas. Perhaps new online interactive publications, new customized membership information services, or virtual meeting components are a few ideas to consider. If technology is the architect of change, then the only way for MLA to be successful in recruiting the best and brightest into our ranks is to be seen as a technology leader. MLA can only succeed in the online education marketplace by showing technology leadership. We need practical magic to generate ideas and plans that take advantage of future opportunities and create workable solutions that meet members' needs.

We are very aware of the challenges we face in our profession and in our workplaces. We know we need new skills, new roles, new information, new tools, and new practices to succeed. That is why we have spent the past few days together at Disney World. MLA members, and MLA's products and services, are a primary source of those resources we need. That is why MLA must recognize the “high stakes, high risk, high profile, and high performance” environment we work in and make sure our priorities are in tune with that environment.

This is the tone I hope to set as your president for the next year. MLA needs its own version of practical magic—to realize our new galvanizing vision by taking bold actions that produce results. As Eisner says, good ideas can come from anyone anytime. We need the creative energy and ideas of all MLA members. And we need to produce results—the bottom line is the practical part. What is our bottom line? Clearly, it is much more than the survival of the association—rather, the bottom line is the preeminence of our vision and of our role in achieving it. In Matheson's words, it is “making our value to society a self-fulfilling prophecy.” This means embracing bold new ideas—new education models, new roles for librarians, new electronic publishing ventures and other electronic services, and new members who reflect the best talent and commitment to improving health and health care through quality information that society has to offer.

We are building on a strong foundation, but we have a great deal of work to do. Please join us. Give us your ideas—at meetings, in person, via email, and in other ways. After this meeting, I hope to have opportunities to talk with many of you at chapter meetings and on other occasions throughout the coming year. I look forward to hearing about the practical magic you are creating and its results. You can follow my progress on the new Presidents Page on MLANET, where I will share my progress reports and conversations with people throughout the year. Practical magic works for Blue Man Group, and it works for Disney. Will it work for MLA? Will your board and staff show up in Dallas bald, blue, and musical? Make sure you are there to find out!

I look forward to working with you to create practical magic this year.

Ms. Jenkins then called on Connie Poole and Jo Anne Boorkman, chair and assistant chair of the 2002 National Program Committee, to propose the following resolution:

Whereas, the 2001 annual meeting of the Medical Library Association has:

M: motivated us to redouble our efforts to provide quality health information;

I: invested us with renewed spirit for our tasks and task forces ahead;

C: challenged us to see beyond the palm trees to the PDAs;

K: keyed our minds to thoughts of information privacy, safety, and encryption;

E: energized us with exciting speakers and shared experiences;

Y: yes, and even,

M: moved us to raise our voices in anthem to a two-legged rodent with white gloves and trademarked ears;

O: organized us with itinerary builders to keep us in sync;

U: understood our desire for both fun and …

S: sunny skies accompanied by warm welcomes to …

E: ensure that we had the best time yet.

So be it resolved that the Medical Library Association extends its deepest thanks and gratitude to the 2001 National Program Committee, the Local Assistance Committee, all dedicated volunteers, the meeting planners, our sponsors and exhibitors, the MLA Board of Directors, the MLA staff, and all attendees who made the 2001 annual meeting an outstanding information odyssey into the twenty-first century.

The resolution was adopted by acclamation.

Next, Brian Bunnett and Craig Elam and others performed a brief skit and showed a short video to invite members to the next year's annual meeting in Dallas.

President Jenkins called on Jean Shipman, who moved for adjournment. The motion passed and the 101st Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association was declared adjourned.

After lunch, the following MLA sections held Business Meetings: Cancer Librarians, Collection Development, Consumer and Patient Health Information, History of the Health Sciences, Hospital Libraries, Medical Library Education, Nursing and Allied Health Resources, Public Health/Health Administration, and Veterinary Medical Libraries.

Section programming III

Seven program sessions were scheduled for the late afternoon on Monday.

Educational Media and Technologies and Medical Informatics Sections

Contributed Papers Session: Getting All the Oars in the Water: Collaborative Teams and Strategies for Technology Implementation and Support

Moderator: Veronica A. Gornik, Education Services, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Making It Up as We Go Along: Collaboration Between the Library and Central University Information Services to Provide Information Technology (IT) Support in an Academic Medical Center: Jane L. Blumenthal, Knowledge Management, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, and Ardoth Hassler, University Information Services, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Improving Medical Center Communication Strategies Through Interdepartmental Collaboration: Annette M. Williams, Nila Sathe, and Nunzia Giuse, M.D., Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Open Source Systems for Libraries: A New Approach to Resource Sharing: Eric H. Schnell, Information Technology, Prior Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University, Columbus.

What to Do before the Web Manager Leaves: Documentation and Planning of Web Development Projects: Mitchel L. Walters, Karen Harker, Judi Hill, and Brenda Berkins, Web Services, Medical Center Library, The University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas.

Stanford Mobile Med: Is there a Geek in the House?: Todd Grappone and Rikke Greenwald, Lane Medical Library, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Library Express: A Case Study in Developing a Web-Based System to Deliver Inhouse Journal Articles Electronically: Daniel C. Barkey, Information Systems; Ulrike Dieterle, Access Services; Nathan Vack; Thomas Murray; John Luedtke, Computer Services; Dirk Herr-Hoyman; and Diane Landry; University of Wisconsin, Madison.

National Program Committee

Contributed Papers Session: Voyages into New Ways of Educating Users

Moderator: Frances H. Lynch, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

The Odyssey from End-User Library Instruction to Educating Users to Be Successful Producers of Scientific Information: Ann C. Weller and Carol Scherrer, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Can We Prove that Medical Students Can Be Taught to Search MEDLINE Effectively?: Kathryn W. Nesbitt, Education Services, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, and Jan Glover, Cushing Whitney Medical Library, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Beyond Databases: Collaboration to Teach Students How to Write More Effective Literature Reviews and Theses: Diana J. Cunningham and Janet A. Ohles, Medical Sciences Library, New York Medical College, Valhalla.

An Informatics Course for First-Year Pharmacy Students: Gail Persily, Informatics Education; David J. Owen, Ph.D., Basic Sciences; Library and Center for Knowledge Management; and Patricia Babbitt, Ph.D., Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences; University of California, San Francisco.

Consumer and Patient Health Information and Relevant Issues Sections

Contributed Papers/Invited Speakers Session: Speaking Plainly: Meeting the Health Information Needs of Low-Literate Consumers

Moderator: Kristine M. Alpi, Samuel J. Wood Library, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York.

Consumer Health Information Links for Éveryone (CHILÉ): Collaborating with Community Partners to Provide Health Information to Consumers: Jeanette C. McCray; Rachael K. Anderson; Gerald J. Perry, Information Services; Patricia A. Auflick; Joan B. Schlimgen, Access; and P. Zoë Stavri, Ph.D., Research Activities; Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson; and Joan Biggar and Karen Greaber, Tucson-Pima Public Library, Tucson, Arizona.

Health Literacy in Practice: Efforts and Resources: Jill M. Dotts, State Literacy Resource Center, Florida Literacy Coalition, Orlando, and Sandy Newell, State Library of Florida, Bureau of Library Development, Tallahassee, Florida.

The Next Step: Meeting the Health Information Needs of Consumers through Established Community Organizations: Carol Scherrer, Information Services, and Donna Berryman, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago.

History of the Health Sciences and Medical Informatics Sections

Contributed Papers/Invited Speakers Session: IAIMS Then and Now: An Informatics Odyssey

Moderator: Karen A. Butter, Library Services and Instructional Technology, University of California, San Francisco.

IAIMS: What We Got Right and What We Didn't: Wayne J. Peay, Spenser S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Rachael K. Anderson, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

A Mutually Beneficial Impact of IAIMS on the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ) Libraries' Strategic Planning Process: What's in It for the Libraries?: Laura P. Barrett, Victor A. Basile, and Judith S. Cohn, IAIMS Planning Committee, George F. Smith Library, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, Newark.

Library Contributions to IAIMS: Nancy K. Roderer, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, and Regina Kenny Marone, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

IAIMS: The Next Generation: Valerie Florance, Ph.D., National Library of Medicine Extramural Programs, Bethesda, Maryland.

Hospital Libraries and Leadership and Management Sections

Invited Speakers Session: A Publishing Odyssey: What Medical Librarian Authors and Journal Purchasers Need to Know

Moderator: Michelynn McKnight, Norman Regional Hospital Health Sciences Library, Norman, Oklahoma.

Speakers: T. Scott Plutchak, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, and Lister Hill Library, University of Alabama, Birmingham; M. Sandra Wood, Medical Reference Service Quarterly and Healthcare on the Internet, and Reference and Database Services, Harrell Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey; Katherine Stemmer-Frumento, National Network: Newsletter of the Hospital Libraries Section of MLA, and Library Services, Gray Carter Medical Library, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Connecticut; Barbara J. Henry, Community Health Library, Eugene DuPont Preventative Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute, Wilmington, Delaware; Carole M. Gilbert, Journal of Hospital Librarianship, and Library Services, Helen L. DeRoy Medical Library, Providence Hospital and Medical Center, Southfield, Michigan; and Scott Garrison, MLANET, and Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Nursing and Allied Health Resources, Chiropractic Libraries, and Collection Development Sections, and Complementary Medicine SIG

Invited Speakers Session: Mapping the Literature: From Theory to Adaptation and Implementation

Moderator: Warren G. Hawkes, Library/Records Management, New York State Nurses Association, Latham.

Bibliographic Topography: Efforts to Assess the Lay of the Land: Barbara Frick Schloman, Ph.D., Library Information Services, Libraries and Media Services, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cartographers of Nursing Literature: Gathering the Data for the Mapping: Susan K. Jacobs, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University, New York.

Evaluation of Veterinary Medicine and Toxicology Collections in an Academic Library: Jill Crawley-Low, Veterinary Medicine Library, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Veterinary Medical Libraries Section

Invited Speakers Session: Odyssey to the Unknown: Research in Toxicology

Moderator: Michele R. Tennant, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Environmental Contaminants and Embryos: Is there a Problem?: Louis J. Guillette, Jr., Ph.D., Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Health Risks from Contamination: A Global Issue: Elizabeth A. Guillette, Ph.D., Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Toxicology Information Resources: Philip Wexler, Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

Following the afternoon sessions, the following SIGs held business or informal meetings: Complementary Medicine, Internet, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Health Sciences Librarians, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Osteopathic Libraries, Pediatric Librarians, Vision Science, and White House Conference on Library and Information Services. The Dental, Hospital Libraries, Leadership and Management, Medical Informatics, Medical Society Libraries, Nursing and Allied Health Resources, Pharmacy and Drug Information, Public Services, Relevant Issues, and Technical Services Sections also held business, informal, or task force meetings. The following other groups also held meetings: the Benchmarking Task Force and the Southern Chapter Executive Board. An open forum was held on the topic of MLA's Consumer Health Information Specialist Program.

An end-of-meeting Farewell Reception, “A Millennial Farewell Reception,” was held at the Dancing Hippos and Sorcerer's Apprentice Pavilions.


The following committees and groups met in the early morning: Continuing Education Committee, Grants and Scholarships Committee, Hospital Libraries Section Executive Board, MLANET Editorial Board, Oral History Committee, and Section Program Planners. The Technical Services Section and the Department of the Army Medical Command Libraries SIG held informal meetings

Section programming IV

Six program sessions were scheduled concurrently during the morning on Wednesday.

Educational Media and Technologies, Medical Informatics, and Hospital Libraries Sections

Contributed Papers Session: Education Outside the Classroom 2: Decision Support and Information Systems Training in Clinical Settings

Moderator: Guillaume Van Moorsel, Education Services and Information Technologies, Health Sciences Center Library, State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Organizing and Providing Access to Digital Videos: Patient Interviews by Medical Students: Daniel C. Barkey, Information Systems, Health Sciences Libraries; Christine Seibert, M.D., Medical School; Selma Van Eyck, Ph.D., Academic Affairs, Medical School; and Laura Zakowski, M.D., Medical School; University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Library Support of Personal Digital Assistants: Mari J. Stoddard, Education Services, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson.

A Collaborative Approach to Developing a Clinical Trials Website: Janis F. Brown, Educational Resources; and John T. Casagrande, Dr.Ph., Scott Catherall, Joan Mircheff, Frank Salinas, and Darcy Spicer, M.D., Clinical Medicine; University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Use of Web-Based Library Resources by Medical Students in Community and Ambulatory Settings: Nancy H. Tannery, Jill Foust, Amy Gregg, Linda M. Hartman, Alice B. Kuller, Paul Worona, Health Sciences Library System; and Asher Tulsky, M.D., Department of Medicine; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Combining Online Instruction with Traditional Classroom Training in the Hospital Setting: A Case Study: Melissa L. Just, Library Services, Health Sciences Library, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

National Program Committee

Contributed Papers Session: Exploring Our Future

Moderator: Francis H. Lynch, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Instituting New Library Services: But How Will We Know if They Are Successful?: Mary Beth Schell, Kathleen McGraw, and Margaret Eilene Moore, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Where Do Health Professionals Get Their Information?: David J. Owen, Ph.D., Basic Sciences; Min-Lin Fang; and Gail Persily, Informatics Education; Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

Evaluating the Evidence: Creation of Gold Standard Practices for Searching and Filtering the Biomedical Literature: Rebecca N. Jerome, Clinical Informatics Consult Service; Kimbra Wilder Gish and Nunzia B. Giuse, M.D.; Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Medlane Project/XMLMARC Update: From MARC to an XML Database: Dick R. Miller, Kevin Clarke, Mary Buttner, and Rebecca Wesley, Lane Medical Library, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California.

Research, Consumer and Patient Health Information, and History of the Health Sciences Sections

Contributed Papers Session: From Idea to Research Plan: How to Get Started

Moderator: Leslie M. Behm, Veterinary Medical Center Library, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Using Consumer Health Information to Enhance Knowledge and Attitudes of Parents with a Low Birth Weight Child Admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Don H. Buchanan, Health Resource Centres, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Humor Amidst the Otherwise Serious Pursuit of Research: Jonathan D. Eldredge, Ph.D., Health Sciences Center Library, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Back to the Future: Results of a Three-Year Study on BackMed: Cynthia Y. Burke, School of Nursing, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

Technical Services, Collection Development, and Federal Libraries Sections

Contributed Papers Session: The Digital Library: Reality or a Galaxy Away?

Moderator: Virginia A. Lingle, Cataloging, Serials, and Collection Development, George T. Harrell Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey.

CORC-It: Models for Integrating Electronic Resources into Medical Library Collections: Betsy A. Friesen, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Joan Marcotte Gregory, Technical Services, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City; and Mary Holt, Rudolph Matas Medical Library, Tulane University Health Science Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Blundering Toward the Electronic Library: One Academic Hospital Library's Experience with Eliminating Print Materials: Deborah D. Gilbert and Carolyn Willard, Learning Resources, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Truly Paperless: Creating an Interlibrary Loan Web Application: Brian G. Lauer; Kurt I. Munson, User Services; Richard McGowan; and Steven Hunt, Information Systems; Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

The Magic of Prospero: Ellen N. Sayed and Sarah D. Murray, Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile.

FRIP, the Faculty Research Interests Project: Collaborative Work for Improved Collaboration: Catherine Arnott Smith, Center for Biomedical Informatics, and Patricia W. Friedman, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Nursing and Allied Health Resources and Consumer and Patient Health Information Sections and Mental Health SIG

Contributed Papers/Invited Speakers Session: Consumer Health Information: Special Needs for Mental Health Populations

Moderator: Margaret (Peg) Allen, CINAHL Information Systems, Inc., Stratford, Wisconsin.

A Primer for Librarians Providing Services to Mentally Ill Consumers and Their Families: Liz Bruno, Educational Services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida.

Delivering Evidence-Based Patient Information: You Can't Always Get What You Want, But Did You Get What You Need? Impact of a Depression Theme Month for NHS Direct (U.K.): Karin L. Dearness and André Tomlin, Knowledge Services, Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; and Bob Gann and Mat Jordan, National Health Service (NHS) Direct Online, Winchester, United Kingdom.

Public Health/Health Administration, Federal Libraries, International Cooperation, Consumer and Patient Health Information, and Pharmacy and Drug Information Sections, and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Librarians and Rehabilitation Hospital SIGs

Invited Speakers Session: Medicine for International Travel: State of the Art, 2001

Moderators: Helen Look, Public Health Information Services and Access (PHISA), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Richard S. Klein, Library Services/Instructional Media, Library, Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

Medicine for International Travel: State of the Art, 2001: Patricia F. Walker, M.D., Center for International Health, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Plenary session IV

Introduction: Judith G. Robinson, Library and Learning Resources, Brickell Medical Library, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk.

Transformational Leadership: Leading in Changing Time: Carol Kinsey Gorman, Ph.D., Kinsey Consulting Services, Berkeley, California.

Beginning at noon, The MLA Board of Directors held a meeting and the Continuing Education Committee met throughout the afternoon.


The Continuing Education Committee met throughout the day.

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