Council Quotes

Communications from the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians

Converge in Denver & Collaborate with Five MLA Chapters!

Posted by lynnemariefox on August 6, 2014



October is fast approaching so start making plans – if you haven’t already – to attend the Quint*Essential 2014 conference in Denver, Colorado. The meeting will be held from Sunday, October 12, through Thursday, October 16, 2014, in the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St.

The Quint MLA Chapter Steering Committee has been hard at work preparing this amazing joint conference that we hope you will find stimulating and invigorating as you network with members of the five participating chapters: Midcontinental Chapter (MCMLA), Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona (MLGSCA), Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNCMLA), and South Central Chapter (SCCMLA).

Read on for more information about all the meeting content that we’ve actively prepared for you. And if you want to register, just go to the meeting website and get started. We hope you will come, and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Committee has scheduled a full slate of courses, with instructors who are highly acclaimed medical information professionals.  The classes are designed not only to enrich your knowledge and pique your interest but also to stimulate a lively discussion.

Sunday, 10/12 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 6 hrs MLA CE. $140.00

  • Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified (Instructors: Jean Shipman, AHIP, FMLA, John Langell, and Erica Lake)
  • Librarians Roles in Systematic Reviews: A Step by Step Approach (Instructors: Margaret Foster, AHIP and Ahlam Saleh)


Monday, 10/13 – 8 a.m. to 12 noon – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00

  • Applying Information Expertise to the Challenge of Diagnostic Error Reduction (Instructors: Barbara Jones and Rebecca Graves, AHIP)
  • EBP Beyond the Basics: Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Studies (Instructor: Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA)
  • Engaging the 21st Century Learner: Best Practices & Classroom Management Techniques (Instructors: Jeanne LeBer, AHIP and Erin Wimmer, AHIP)


Monday, 10/13 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00

  • Communicating Clinically (Instructor: Julia Esparza, AHIP)
  • Fundamentals of Data Visualization (Instructor: Jackie Wirz)


Read more information about the CE courses.  Space is limited; register today!




The Program Committee has prepared an engaging lineup of plenary and luncheon speakers.


Tuesday, 10/14 (8 – 9:30 a.m.): Plenary Session 1

“Creating a Healthier World by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health”

Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Despite consuming the majority of health dollars, clinical care delivery determines only about 10-15% of the health status of the U.S. population.  Other factors, such as education, income, housing, job security, safe neighborhoods, and access to nutritious foods, the “social determinants” of health, are much more powerful drivers of health and quality of life.  Addressing these “upstream” health factors can enhance wellness, prevent disease, and improve health more equitably and cost-effectively than our current approach of solely treating “downstream” disease manifestations.  Medical librarians can play a central role in advancing understanding of social determinants of health by providing access to and facilitating utilization of information that extends beyond traditional “medical” sources and spans multiple disciplines and sectors.

Read more about Dr. Pomeroy.


Wednesday, 10/15 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 2

“American Indian Health Information: Challenges of Dissemination and Application”

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver

Recent advances in information technologies have improved the dissemination of and access to health information specific to American Indians. Yet, a significant portion of this work continues to be fugitive, especially for those located outside of traditional academic settings. Moreover, even when available, its form and content often frustrate translation into locally meaningful terms. This presentation highlights these challenges in the context of American Indian health. It illustrates how a community toolbox — conceptualized and brought to life by tribal community members – conveyed lessons learned through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, enabling Native people to understand, communicate, and apply complicated data and materials to preventing diabetes.

Read more about Dr. Manson.


Wednesday, 10/15 (12 noon – 1:30 p.m.): Hospital Libraries Luncheon

“Understanding Your Genome: The Path to Personalized Medicine”

Robin Dowell, D.Sc., University of Colorado-Boulder

More information about the presentation will be coming soon, but in the meantime read more about Dr. Dowell.


Thursday, 10/16 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 3

“Busting the Myths of Personal Health Records”

C. T. Lin, M.D., University of Colorado Health

What are Personal Health Records (PHRs)? Learn about the risks and benefits of online communication between patients and providers online, the risks and benefits of online release of test results to patients, and the impact of social media on patients and their healthcare. The speaker has over 10 years’ experience with PHR’s and research data to refute common misconceptions about PHR.

Read more about Dr. Lin.


Events & Other Sessions

Thirty-eight vendors have already signed on to meet you at the exhibitor hall. Exhibits will be open for multiple days, beginning with the Opening Reception on Monday evening. Our exhibitors are very excited to have the chance to spend several days with us and participate in the meeting content. In particular, a luncheon with exhibitors will be held on Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Attendees will have multiple chances to learn from each other at various contributed paper sessions, lightning talks, and a staffed poster session and Tuesday and Wednesday. A Trends in Technology panel presentation is also scheduled for Thursday morning.

Other social events include hosted dine-arounds on Tuesday evening and the Mid-Meeting Celebration, which will be held on Wednesday evening after the exhibits have closed.

The four NN/LM Regional Medical Libraries will co-present a joint update session on Wednesday morning, and we have set aside time on Thursday morning for the National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association to update attendees on their recent activities.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE: Professional Development opportunities!

Posted by lynnemariefox on July 22, 2014

RMLBeen looking at a conference announcement? Thinking about how you could fund your attendance? The NN/LM MCR thinks about it, too! Professional development is an essential part of a librarian’s continuing education. The NN/LM, MidContinental Region would like to invite you to consider applying for Professional Development funding (approximately $1000 per award) which supports Network member librarians. Applicants are encouraged to think/discuss benefits they could derive from attending an event and sharing knowledge afterwards at their library, and with upper level institutional administration.

Lynne Fox blogged about her 2012 MCMLA meeting experience right here on this blog to share her experience.

Questions should be directed to Marty Magee, mmagee at unmc dot edu

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Register now for Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference – Early Registration Deadline July 11!

Posted by lynnemariefox on July 1, 2014

Register now for Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference

Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference  14-17 September 2014 │ Atlanta, Georgia │

Diagnostic error is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the U.S. and is estimated to cause 40,000-80,000 deaths annually. One in every ten diagnoses is wrong and one in every thousand ambulatory diagnostic encounters result in harm. Rapid changes and new developments are promising signs that reducing error in medical diagnostics is certainly on the horizon. Join like-minded professionals to learn more about this patient safety and quality care delivery issue. Register now and attend the Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference – go to to learn more. Reserve your seat at the early bird rate today by visiting:


[Sharing on behalf of Lori Zipperer]

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American Public Health Association Sewell Stipend Application

Posted by lynnemariefox on June 23, 2014

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST.  View the call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQ, or  information on the 2014 APHA meeting.

What is the Value of Attending APHA as a Sewell Stipend recipient?

The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

“Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)

“Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)

“Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)

“The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)

“As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)

“I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)

The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!


Barbara Folb, Chair, Client Relations Committee, folb -at- pitt -dot- edu

Helena VonVille, Chair-elect, Client Relations Committee, helena -dot- m -dot- vonville -at- uth -dot- tmc -dot- edu

Public Health/ Health Administration Section, Medical Library Association


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Position Posting

Posted by lynnemariefox on June 9, 2014

The Health Sciences Library will be hiring an Assistant to the Director.  Deb Silva, whom many of you know, will be retiring at the end of July.  This position is an Exempt Professional/University Staff position (not a Faculty or a State Classified position).  If you know of someone that might be interested, please encourage them to apply.  The posting will close very soon – on June 20th.


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ Health Sciences Library seeks an Assistant to the Director to act as the Manager of Finance, Human Resources and Operations.  This position is responsible for fiscal management, accounting and personnel functions as well as for operations and special projects as assigned by the Director and Deputy Director.  The full job ad is posted at, posting #212716.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Commensurate experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis).
  • Three (3) years budgeting, accounting, and/or financial experience.

Selected Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience that demonstrates strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized professional with high integrity and discretion.
  • Ability to identify problems and apply appropriate solutions.
  • Mature, credible, and comfortable communicating directly with others and performs as a team player.


Applications must be received by June 20, 2014 midnight MST to be considered. Applicants must submit:

  • letter of application
  • names and contact information for three references
  • resume or curriculum vitae.

Applications are only accepted electronically at, posting #212716.


Questions? Contact Melissa dot DeSantis at ucdenver dot edu


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Registration is now open for the 2014 Quint Chapter MLA Meeting

Posted by lynnemariefox on May 9, 2014


The Quint Chapter MLA Meeting Registration Site Now Open! Register for the entire meeting – including the Hospital Librarians’ Luncheon – for just $295. Package A includes admission to all ticketed events: 2 receptions and 2 luncheons, and offers the best value for attendees Register for Package B if you don’t plan to attend the Hospital Librarians’ Luncheon. Special one day, student and retiree rates available!  Choose from seven high quality CE courses (space is limited, so hurry!) 

Registration powered by RegOnline


Questions? Need assistance with registration?  Contact:

Lynne M. Fox, Registration Chair

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Council Quotes Archive is Online at the Digital Collections of Colorado

Posted by lynnemariefox on May 8, 2014

Council Quotes is now even more online! Thirty-two issues of CCML’s Council Quotes that were online at the old website have been placed on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus page of Digital Collections of Colorado. Included are the issues created between the latter half of 2002 through the end of 2010. CCML now has its own page in the repository. They’ve been processed and cataloged by Ali Gomez, a practicum student from the University of Denver working at Health Sciences Library through May.

ccml dccShe created the metadata for the records so that they will reflect who contributed something to the issue, who was mentioned in the issue, and which quarterly meeting corresponded to each issue. The April issues also have a list of officers and committee chairs and members. Each document is fully searchable, so try searching your name and see what comes up!

If you have any suggestions or corrections, please send them to Lynne Fox  and she will forward them on to Ali.


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MLA Has a New Website

Posted by lynnemariefox on April 22, 2014

The Krafty Librarian has a blog post on the new MLA website.  She’s encouraging you to explore and help MLA find and fix issues on the new site.

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No GPS Required

Posted by richardmaxwell on April 15, 2014

There’s an initiative backed by the U.S. government to “map” the human brain.  Various attempts have been made over the years…some successful, others not…to try to identify which portions of the brain control specific functions, emotions, and possibly even thoughts.  Success along these lines could be handy in numerous ways, although when dealing with humans and our alleged higher functions, it’s best to be careful what you ask for and to keep your expectations low.

Leaving out the more obvious big ones, such as our endless quest to kill one another for pointless reasons, here are some areas worth looking for in the hope of gaining some control over them:

Where in the brain is that collection of cells which causes us to spend large amounts of our finite incomes on clothing and other merchandise bearing the logo of a business whose employees are athletes often making more money than most of us will see in two lifetimes?  The owners of said businesses, while frequently moaning about the dollars they’re somehow forced to pay those athletes, generally are doing the backstroke in Scrooge McDuck-like piles of money both from those of us who buy tickets to the arenas where the athletes perform, and from television networks who deliver the money in large trucks.  The broadcasters in turn recoup that money from advertisers, who pummel those of us watching on television with commercials extolling the virtues of their beers or vehicles.  We drive one of those vehicles to the liquor store to buy the beer that we then consume while cheering for the athletes/employees who we inexplicably include ourselves with, as in “WE won!!”  There must be a sweet spot in the gray matter where that is allowed to happen.  Go Broncos, by the way. We can do it!

There are studies of the actions of that elusive section of the brain, including one from Islamic Azad University in Iran: “Relationship between Elite Sport Teams and the Fans, Team Identity; A Case Study in Iranian Premier Soccer League,” lead author Vahid Shojaei. The article itself, in the International Research Journal of Applied and Basic Sciences in 2013, is intriguing mainly because it may offer the worst translation into English offered so far this decade. Their conclusion: “Unlike the past, today the sport is not only influenced by the players and fans of all sports to affect custodians. Moreover, not a single player challenge the legitimacy of the vote, but it has its share of fans.” Map that to coherence if you will.

It would be good to find the cluster of cells causing the sort of intriguing activity which leads other humans to remark “what the hell made them think of that?”  An example would be someone thinking “Hey, there’s a lot of organic material in spit.  Why not use it to power a generator?”  This was roughly the thought that somehow occurred to Justine E. Mink of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.  She mentioned it to fellow researcher Bruce E. Logan of Penn State, whose spit-focused brain area apparently lit up in response, and off they went.  While this is unlikely to solve energy shortages in large urban areas…although one should never say never…for now the fuel cells that resulted produce power in the one microwatt range.  Logan should be especially pleased and relieved at the saliva breakthrough, since in his prior work with microbial fuel cells he has looked to wastewater as a source for the bacteria-laden fuel.

A truly annoying area of the brain gradually reveals itself as part of the normal aging process, leading many humans to sleep less, waking up more frequently during the night.  Would it be comforting to learn that you (not youthful you, of course) are not alone?  In fact some of the research in this area is done on the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which lives an average of 8 weeks, thus achieving elderly status depressingly quickly.  The flies, like many of us, wake frequently at night and “wander restlessly.” No books, no TV, no Ambien.  They even end up taking naps during the day.  While locating the dastardly brain spot causing this would be ideal, researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Cologne have decided to treat the symptoms rather than try to explore a brain smaller than the period you see here.  By giving doses of rapamycin to the flies, researcher Luke S. Tain reports in a PLoS Biology article, his group was able to reverse the aging sleep problems.  They hope to ramp up the therapy to others with similar difficulties, such as roundworms and us, with equal success.  Doses may have to be increased.

A little probing, metaphorically speaking, of the cognitive study of fruit flies reveals pre-mapping work from 2004 in Trends in Neurosciences which would suggest that the work needs to continue if not accelerate.  Due to the less stringent rules for abstract writers in those bygone days, the authors of Cognitive consonance: complex brain functions in the fruit fly and its relatives,” R.J Greenspan and B. Van Swinderen, titillate us but leave us longing for more:  “What are the degrees of sophistication in cognitive behavior displayed by these organisms, how have they been demonstrated, and what is their potential for understanding how our own brains work?” While the answers to those questions might have been amazing and invaluable, as a result of the currently unmapped but clearly large thrift-conscious quadrant of my own gray cell collection, curiosity in this case stops at the point where the publisher asks for $35.95.




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Congratulations, Sara!

Posted by lynnemariefox on April 14, 2014

At the 2014 MLA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Sara Katsh will receive the Nursing and Allied Health Resource Section of MLA (NAHRS) Recognition of Lifetime Professional Contribution award to honor her many years of service to the profession.

Congratulations Sara!

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