Librarian Activities at Midwest Chapter of Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2017

The Midwest Chapter of The Medical Library Association (MLA) and Michigan Health Science Library Association joint annual conference is in Yipsilanti, Michigan this year.  Our librarians are going to be busy!

Heather Healy, Clinical Education Librarian and Mahrya Carncross, Scholarly Communications Librarian for UI Libraries will present Picture This! Teaching Ethical Use of Health Sciences Images, about updating the Images in the Health Sciences guide after the retirement of Hardin MD, lessons learned, and results from teaching with it.

Matt Regan, Clinical Education Librarian, will present A Shot in the arm: fortifying an anemic institutional repository with faculty publication records. 

Jen Deberg, User Services Librarian, Matt Regan, and Heather Healy will Clinical Education Librarian, will present a poster Pure Collaboration: Supporting EndNote Sharing Options.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NNLM/GMR)  located at Hardin Library will be sponsoring an Advanced PubMed program.

Darlene Kaskie, Outreach Specialist NNLM/GMR, will present Getting Started with Community Outreach.

Jacqueline Leskovic, NNLM/GMR, will host the GMR Technology Topic on Virtual Reality.

Linda Walton, Associate University Librarian and Director of NNLM/GMR and Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director of NNLM/GMR will be presenting GMR Update.

In addition, some of our staff provide service to Midwest MLA.
Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director of Hardin Library, is Midwest MLA Representative to the Medical Library Association Chapter Council and is a member of the Midwest MLA Board.

Elizabeth Kiscaden is chapter treasurer.

Jen Deberg is recording secretary.

Matt Regan is a member of the communications team.

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Meet The Expert: Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

picture of Janna LawrenceJanna Lawrence, Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Master of Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts, Rhetoric, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of expertise:

    • Health sciences literature searching
    • Trends in health sciences publishing
    • Copyright, fair use, appropriate use of resources
    • Open access publishing
    • Identifying predatory publishers
    • EndNote
    • Teaching and training users
    • Library management
    • Conference planning
    • Library collection management

Outside the library:
Like the stereotypical librarian, Janna has 2 cats, Harley and Alice, and knits. She also loves to bake, and tries to bring baked goods for all Hardin staff members’ birthdays. Her favorite colors are currently pink and grey and her favorite city is San Antonio, where she lived for over 20 years. Janna loves hot weather and tries not to complain too much about winter.



Hardin and GMR Librarians active at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Seattle

image of Mount HoodJanna Lawrence, Deputy Director for Hardin

  • Chaired the jury for the Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship
  • Serves on the Continuing Education Committee
  • Serves as Midwest Chapter representative on the Chapter Council
  • Serves on the Communities Strategic Goal Taskforce
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the Public Services Section

Linda Walton, Associate University Librarian, and Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director of GMR  will be attending the Steering Committee meeting for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Heather Healy will not be attending MLA, but is going to McMaster University for the Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop.

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Congratulations to our Spring 2017 Graduates!

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Jennifer Lam-Lu

Jennifer Lam-Lu is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Global Health track.  Jennifer is currently looking for a job in sales or administration but is also considering teaching abroad.  Jennifer liked working in the Hardin Library because of the friendly atmosphere.

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Azzah Nasraddin

Azzah Nasraddin will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with Honors and University Honors.  Azzah will receive minors in Arabic, Psychology, Global Health and a Certificate of Critical Cultural Competency.  After graduating she will be looking for a job anywhere in the world, and is strongly considering Peace Corps.  Azzah loved helping provide a friendly atmosphere where people study, collaborate, and learn.  She enjoyed special events like finals week popcorn and coffee.

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Skyler Gonzalez

Skyler Gonzalez will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Media Track and a certificate in Sustainability.  Skyler would like to stay in the Iowa City area and is currently searching for a job in public relations that focuses on sustainability.

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Nicole McCubbin

Nicole (Nikki) McCubbin will be receiving a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science with distinction.  Nikki is currently looking for librarian jobs across the USA.  She is interested in special collections, archives, preservation, collection development, health sciences, law libraries, public or academic libraries.  Nikki also has a law degree and may also look for jobs requiring legal expertise.   Nikki enjoyed working at the reference desk because she likes to discover new information and learn search strategies.  She also liked everyone she worked with and especially working with a broad range of library users and teaching them new skills.

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Elana Becker

Elana Becker will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science.  Elana will be working in environmental education and wildlife conservation–saving the planet!  Elana liked working at the Hardin Library because the library is a calm environment and abundant treats were provided.

Congratulations to our December 2016 Graduate | Seunggun Lee

Seunggun Lee
Seunggun Lee

Seunggun Lee has worked at the Hardin Library for 2 years and will be graduating this month with a B.S., Psychology with a Minor in Physical Activity and Nutrition Science.

What will you be doing after graduation?
I’ve got a job at Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids. I will be working there as a Youth Counselor from next year. I will help children who are diagnosed with mental issues by being a role in the day-to-day care of the children including the use of Trauma Informed Care. I am ultimately helping them heal their deeper trauma and grow successfully into adulthood.

Also, I will be working at the Psychology Research lab at the University of Iowa to gain more experience about collecting data and statistically analyzing it in the lab, which would help me choose which graduate program i would pursue in the future. (I am still deciding which lab I would like to work next year).
I am planning to go to graduate school in 2018 as well.

My favorite part about working at the Hardin Library
My favorite part about working at Hardin library is to offer service by greeting patrons at the front desk in the morning and help them find resources for them. Also, I have met a lot of good people who are emotionally helping me go through a harsh college life.




Molly Olmstead | Administrative Services Coordinator | National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region

Meet Molly Olmstead, Administrative Coordinator for the GMR office @Hardin Library.  Molly will begin working July 1, 2016.

Olmstead Molly-20160624-NF-03In her new role with the GMR office, Molly will be processing travel transactions, registering for and maintaining a schedule of exhibiting, serving as a first point of contact for the GMR office phone number and email address, processing subawards and updating awardees on funding progress, handling NLM brochure mailings to members, assisting with communications, and assisting with maintaining entries in the NN/LM exhibit database.

Molly has been employed as the Administration & Human Resources Secretary for the University Libraries’ since August 2015. During her time in that role, Molly processed human resources transactions, time records, maintained employee information, tracked expenses, and coordinated the student employment program.

Prior to this, Molly was employed as a Project Coordinator at Pearson, supporting ongoing operational assessment.

Molly holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Journalism and is a passionate fan of Faulkner.