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Profiles of P/SL librarians

Posted by memorizingmo on February 11, 2013

Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSLMC) is under the HealthOne system, as is Swedish, RMHC – Rocky Mountain Health Care, Rose, Aurora, Sky Ridge and North Suburban.  PSLMC ‘s Dorsey Medical Library has three MLS librarians: Nancy Peterson, Sharon Martin and Diane Tobin.  A brief history of the Dorsey Medical Library:

The Denver Medical Society started the Denver Medical Library in 1893. It eventually became housed in the Presbyterian/St. Lukes’ Medical Center under a contract that ended in 2012. The library’s name was recently changed to Dorsey Medical Library when it became a hospital department.  The library no longer serves the public and our computers are only for hospital staff.

Nancy Peterson has been a CCML member since the 1990’s.  She was the one-person librarian/office manager/administrative assistant at the Whedon Cancer Foundation in Sheridan, WY for twenty-one years before she came to P/SL.  Nancy enjoys helping people find the information and articles they need.  “Every day is different, and changes in duties and technology keep me learning new things!”

Nancy has worked at P/SL almost twelve years, and was originally hired as the Family Health librarian. She now primarily works with interlibrary loans and clinical searches.   Her spare time is split between family activities and attending Global Information Network events.  She has five children and three grandchildren. Her husband is a semi-retired veterinarian who travels between Wyoming and Colorado helping family and animals with whatever they need.  One of her great honors as a librarian was when she received the Amy McDowell Award in 2000 for services rendered to the Wyoming library community. She enjoys being part of the MLA Consumer Health Information section and earning her CHIS certifications. The resources she learned to use have helped her to be a better information specialist for the public.

Nancy appreciates networking with the members and CCML over the years and enjoys the programs and committee work. “I cannot think of a better group with whom to be associated in the local medical library community. CCML has been a blessing to anyone working in our field!”

Sharon Martin has been a CCML member since early 1990’s. She moved to Denver from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) which is where she started her medical library career.   Sharon’s first position in Denver was at TMC of Aurora in 1989. Later she moved to Denver Medical Library which was transferred to P/SL.

Sharon’s favorite part of work is the people she works with!   Her hobbies include going on cruises with her sister. The Panama Canal has been her favorite cruise – so much so that we have done it twice and is ready to go again. Driving to work always includes a book on tape – makes it shorter!  Her favorite contribution as a librarian was when she was at KUMC and “… we did a beta test of a new CD-ROM product for medicine. This was my one time to have a professionally published article.”

Diane Tobin holds an undergraduate degree in the sciences and was looking for a way to stay tuned with science. She is a generalist, and had no desire to commit her life to the study of a single protein. She graduated from the University of Denver with an MLIS in 2008 and accepted a position at the Dorsey Medical Library. “I love it!”

Diane’s life as Clinical Reference Librarian is hectic. She liaises with Colorado Health Foundation’s Residency program, digs thorough the literature for patient care, and strives to push new medical ideas to all hospital staff. She loves being able to follow her own interests while satisfying her desires to be helpful and stay current, while satisfying her desires to stay current and be helpful.

— Submitted by Deb Taylor

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2013-2014 Officer Nominations

Posted by memorizingmo on November 8, 2012

CCML Members Nominated for 2013-2014 Officer Positions

 [Nominating Committee Members: Deb Weaver (Chair), Lilian Hoffecker, Marie St. Pierre, Brian Schwartz]


It is time to think about who will serve as CCML officers for next year. We will take additional suggestions for nominees and vote for the 2013-2014 officers at the November 16 General Membership Meeting at National Jewish.


We would like to nominate the following three people for officer positions beginning in 2013. Please take a look at our nominees and their biosketches before the November 16 meeting.

President-Elect: Merinda McLure

Secretary: Melissa DeSantis

Treasurer: Teresa Mullins




Merinda McLure

Merinda McLure is the Applied Human Sciences Librarian (2006-present) and an Associate Professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. In this capacity she serves as the liaison librarian for the departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Health and Exercise Science, Human Development and Family Studies, the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU’s Masters of Public Health program, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work.

Merinda’s current service commitments include: Member, Education Committee, Colorado Council of Medical Librarians; Member, Nominating Committee, Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association; Member, Continuing Education Committee, Medical Library Association; and Member-At-Large, Executive Committee, ACRL Instruction Section. She has previously served as Secretary/Archivist of the ACRL Instruction Section and as Chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Professional Development Committee, the ACRL Instruction Section Research and Scholarship Committee, the ACRL Instruction Section Conference Program Planning Committee for ALA Chicago, 2009 (Co-Chair), and the CSU Faculty Council Committee on Scholastic Standards.

Merinda has previously worked at The University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and at The University of Alberta Libraries. She received her MLIS from The University of British Columbia (2002). She relishes time outdoors, enjoying Colorado’s wonderful climate and constant sunshine.


Contact Information:


Merinda McLure

Associate Professor / Applied Human Sciences Librarian

Colorado State University Libraries

Colorado State University, 1019 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, USA 80523-1019

Ph (970) 491.7175



Teresa Mullins

I have a B.A. in English from Earlham College in Indiana. My MLIS is from the University of Texas at Austin, 1993, though I worked in libraries for several years (including the University of Denver library), before getting my library degree. I also have a second master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Colorado, Denver, 2002. I currently am one of two librarians at Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters Healthcare). You probably know us for our Micromedex product. My duties include a bit of everything, from research on primary literature for the topics within Micromedex, to collection management, acquisitions, reference and cataloging. I have been at Truven Health Analytics for close to 5 years.

Earlier library positions include The UnCover Company (Database Management/Cataloging), OCLC (sales and training of FirstSearch), the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (Systems Librarian), and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder (a bit of everything from research, to acquisitions, to cataloging). Though I enjoyed working for companies that served libraries, I prefer working within a library and directly with patrons. Since I have been at Truven Health Analytics I have, with my co-librarian, implemented regular training sessions for all employees in copyright and also in the use of the evidence-based medicine process. Based on my suggestions, we have totally revamped our acquisition of materials and no longer use interlibrary loan for our article acquisitions. I oversee our book and journal budget, and am working on collection management of our book collection.

I am a member of CCML and MLA.

Thank you for this opportunity to be more involved with CCML.


Teresa Mullins


Contact information:

Teresa Mullins
Medical Librarian

Truven Health Analytics

Phone: 303-486-6635



Melissa DeSantis

Melissa is the Deputy Director at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU AMC).  She has been at CU AMC for almost five years and is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the library.  Prior to working at the Health Sciences Library, Melissa worked at the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio for 12 years.  She worked in Public Services and oversaw the computer lab, circulation desk and ILL as well as performing instructional and reference duties.

Melissa has been an active member of MLA on the national, Section and Chapter level.  She is currently serving as the Chapter Council Representative for MCMLA.  When she was in San Antonio she was active in the South Central Chapter (SCC) of MLA.  Melissa is currently chairing the CCML Education Committee.  She also serves on various committees at CU AMC.

Melissa received her MLIS from UCLA in 1995.


Contact information:

Melissa De Santis
Deputy Director

Health Sciences Library

Univ of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

MS A003, 12950 E. Montivew Blvd

Phone: 303-724-1748

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Slate of Candidates

Posted by memorizingmo on October 7, 2011

The Nominating Committee is very happy to present the slate of candidates for the offices of President and Secretary for the 2012-2013 terms of office.

We have two very qualified and capable candidates for each office:  Melissa Kovac for President-Elect and Peggy Cruse for Secretary.  Biosketches for each are shown below. The Treasurer has a two-year term and will not be up for election until November of next year.

The slate of candidates will be formally presented to the members and our election will take place during the Business portion of the November General Membership Meeting on Nov 18th.   Any voting member can nominate additional candidates at this time. Voting generally takes place by voice although anyone can request instead written secret ballots.  You must be present to vote, so please make sure you attend the meeting.  For additional details see the excerpt from the CCML Bylaws copied below or the full description in the Bylaws document here:  .


– The Nominating Committee

Anna Andrews, Laura Cullerton, Brian Schwartz, Marie St Pierre, and Lilian Hoffecker, Chair

Candidate Bios

President-Elect:  Melissa Kovac

Melissa has been the co-chair of the membership committee for two years and is the administrator of the Council Quotes blog.  Before working with the group that established the blog, she was the editor of the quarterly Council Quotes newsletter.  In addition, she sits on the executive committee.  Melissa has been the research librarian at AORN, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, since February 2008.  Prior to that, she was a medical librarian at Thomson Micromedex, now Thomson Reuters.  Melissa has been a member of CCML since 2005.

Secretary:  Peggy Cruse

Peggy Cruse is an Information Specialist at National Jewish Health’s Medical Library where she assists patients with information needs and contributes to literature searches for systematic reviews and guidelines.  She comes to Colorado from Madison, Wisconsin where she earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences in 2009.  Peggy’s professional interests include evidence-based healthcare and the role of the librarian within a clinical setting.


Excerpt from Article VIII, CCML Bylaws

Section 2. Nomination of Officers

1. The nominating committee shall prepare annually a slate of one candidate for each vacant office, and announce the single slate prior to the final meeting of the calendar year.

2. Candidates will be introduced at the last membership meeting of the calendar year. At that time, additional nominations of other candidates will be taken from the floor.

Section 3. Elections

1. If no additional candidates are nominated during the business portion of the last meeting of the calendar year, the slate will be submitted to the membership at that time for a voice vote.

2. If any member requests a secret, written ballot, the nominating committee will prepare one.

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Alma Williams, from ParkView Medical Center, Retires

Posted by Roz Farnam on January 5, 2011

Alma Williams, Pueblo

Alma Williams in front of her awards

Alma Williams retired December 30, 2010 from Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado. She has been a member of CCML since 1985. Before starting a Parkview in 1982, she worked at many diversified jobs, such as nursing, real estate, the Government Printing Distribution Center and also as an apartment manager and census taker. When she started, she had a knowledgeable librarian teach her the many tasks she would need to perform the challenging work in a medical library and how to supply good customer service.

In 1986, Alma became the library coordinator. With the help of an excellent library clerk and a good volunteer, she provided information to the employees, physicians, nursing and allied health students as well as the public. She has been a DOCLINE user since the beginning of DOCLINE and was always willing to lend from her collection. She was particularly impressed with the availability of the world’s literature through OCLC and shares here some of her experiences.

Alma was able to attend CCML meetings when they were held in Pueblo or Colorado Springs. She participated in all the CCML DOCLINE surveys. She received several achievement and service awards from Parkview as shown in the picture.

CCML wishes Alma Williams the best in her retirement.

Alma can be reached at her new e-mail: <alma_w_19992003 (at)>

Alma’s Views on OCLC:

For several years, I had to go to our public library to catalog the books as we had a contract with them to use OCLC services. Then one day I was surprised to learn that they were not going to use OCLC anymore and we would have to do something different. We decided to contract with OCLC on our own and will always be thankful for this service.

As long as I have used OCLC, I am still amazed by the things I am able to accomplish. I catalog all of our new book acquisitions and have them on the shelf in a short amount of time. A few days later I have the catalog cards. My patrons ask me to get books from other libraries through OCLC. Sometimes they just want to read the book and other times, after they review the selection, many decide to purchase the book.

It’s unbelievable what a large resource we have in the OCLC libraries. Many times books and magazines are found only in Canada or United Kingdom libraries. I use OCLC to get articles that are not available in our library or other medical libraries, which we access through DOCLINE. Very seldom does a patron ask for an article that I can’t find in some OCLC library that will supply it to us.

One time I requested an article from a library in the United Kingdom and they sent it along with a note: “It’s always nice to have a patron ask about books written by a certain author and I can do a search and be able to give them this information. OCLC is the most wonderful resource available to the small library.”

Alma Williams

Alma Williams retires after 28 years at Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo

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Welcome new members!

Posted by memorizingmo on October 4, 2010

CCML’s membership committee welcomes the council’s newest members:

  • Dan Lawrence, Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion
  • Patricia Auflick, Goodstein Foundation Library, Casper College

And welcome back to Jeanie Straub, Parker Library, Douglas County Libraries.

Glad you could join us!

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introducing the new ccml council quotes blog

Posted by Shandra Knight on July 14, 2010

Welcome to the new Council Quotes blog, which puts the power to immediately share information with your colleagues in your hands!  Enjoy!

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