March/April 1998

CONTENTS: From the Editor | MAC ’98 | LAC Update | HSOCLCUG Annual Meeting | Pittsburgh CE Preview | Committee Membership | Educational Opportunity | News from the States l Congratulations AHIP Members! | Address Problem? l Next Publication Deadline | Employment Opportunities | Questions About AHIP Certification? l MAC Internship Program l Meet Karen Thomas l Electronic Journal Club Project l MAC/MLA Centennial Task Force l News from MLA Headquarters l NN/LM SE/A Region News l MAC Officers, Committee Chairs, Editor, and State Reporters l MAC/MLA Awards 1998


Beverly Murphy

As of the next issue, I will be leaving you in the very capable hands of Barbara L. Kuchan, who will be the new Editor of MAC Messages. Barbara is Network Access Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region and may be reached at (800) 338-7657 or (410) 706-2855; FAX: (410) 706-0099; The new Editor prefers to receive news items and articles by email, whenever possible. If email is not possible, you may mail your items to her on diskette in plain ASCII text format. Her complete address information can be found on page at the end of this issue.

Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity and remember – this is not goodbye, just see ya later….

Get On Board For MAC ’98

by Terry Burton, Chair-Elect

It’s a networking opportunity! It’s a learning experience! It’s THE social event of the year! There will be exciting and informative speakers, posters, papers, skills sessions, a banquet on the fabulous Gateway Clipper, lots of meetings (yay!), shopping, and the R-r-r-r-rountable Lunch!

It’s MAC/MLA and PITT/MLA together from Sunday, October 4th through Wednesday, October 7th at Pittsburgh’s magnificent Sheraton Station Square. (Continuing education classes will be held on Sunday and Wednesday.) Get your tickets early and get on board, because we’re taking a rollicking trip and there’s something going on in every car.

Monday morning starts with the Keynote Address, some fuel for thought to get us going, then Posters, followed by Contributed Papers, where we can check out some of the best sights (and sites) the region has to offer. Start getting your ideas together now, because we want to hear of your triumphs and avoid those nasty deadend spurs. Next, it’s on to the dining car for the popular Roundtable Lunch, followed by a visit to the observation car for a speaker on a current hot topic in health and librarianship. Finally, with time to tour Pittsburgh, we stop at Station Square, where a wide variety of small shops await you. (Hint: bring plenty of tokens, because there’s something for everyone back home.) Exhausted yet? We hope not, because it’s on to the boat for the Banquet, and perhaps, some time in the club car with colleagues seldom seen, before you can collapse in your bunk in the Pullman for a well deserved rest.

Tuesday morning we’re off again, celebrating our past with a Centennial Panel, and our present with a joint presentation of Honors and Awards. Business meetings follow (in the baggage car?), then lunch with another stimulating speaker. The Issues Forum is next, and we close the program with Skills Sessions in the caboose. Stick around until the end, because there’s a lot to learn from those veteran brakemen, as they spin a tale around the pot-bellied stove.

An excellent location, terrific company, stimulating conversation, and a marvelous learning opportunity – it’s all waiting in Pittsburgh in October. Please plan to join us, the trip won’t be as much fun without you.




LAC Update

Kathryn Chmiel
Co-Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

The entertainment for the Banquet at the MAC/Pittsburgh Joint Meeting in October has been decided. We will be sailing on the Gateway Clipper Fleet and will spend about 3 hours aboard the Liberty Belle. This ship, tastefully decorated in shades of hunter green and gold, is 85 feet in length and 32 feet wide. Plus, she has two bars, one on each deck. Overall, the Liberty Belle is a 19th century style river steamboat.

Since the Gateway Clipper Fleet is adjacent to the Station Square Sheraton, we can easily walk over from the hotel and board around 7:00 pm on Monday, October 5th. Hopefully, we’ll catch a beautiful sunset. Then we’ll have a buffet and drinks. After a short, sight-seeing narrative from the crew, we will end the evening with some live musical entertainment in the form of a band. Dancing should be available for those interested in a little exercise. The LAC hopes everyone will sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking view of Pittsburgh from the three rivers.

Health Sciences OCLC Users’ Group (HSOCLCUG) Annual Meeting

“Innovations and Traditions” is the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting to be held on May 7-9 at the Omni Hotel in Cincinnati. Featured speakers will include Tom Sanville (OhioLINK), who will talk about the OhioLINK philosophy and innovation; Layne Klein (Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center), who will address cataloging Internet resources; and representatives from OCLC and the National Library of Medicine, who will deliver updates on their institutions. Conference attendees will also be offered a workshop on managing and organizing archival materials, presented by Maggie Yax from the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center. (MLA CE credit is pending.)

For detailed information, visit our Web page at or contact Sharon Bressert at the University of Cincinnati’s Health Sciences Library; (513) 558-1019; FAX: (513) 558-1709; Email:


by Janie Trumbull
Chair, Professional Development Committee

The MAC Professional Development Committee (PDC) has assembled the following roster of courses to be offered at our October 4 – 7, 1998 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. Final details on times, dates, and fees will be published in a later issue, but we thought a brief preview now might help in planning your CE activities for the coming year.

  • Sunday, October 4th – Full Day Course
    • Licensing Electronic Resources
      • Instructors: Laurie L. Thompson, Director
        Health Sciences Library
        State University of New York, Syracuse
        Harry Youtt, J.D.
        Writer, attorney, instructor
        University of California at Los Angeles
  • Sunday, October 4th – Half Day Courses
    • Introduction to Archives
      • Instructor: Maggie Yax, Archivist
        Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center
        University of Cincinnati Medical Center
    • History of Medicine Resources for the Small Library
      • Instructors: Patricia E. Gallagher, Special Projects Coordinator
        New York Academy of Medicine
        Stephen J. Greenberg, Collection Access Librarian
        History of Medicine Division, NLM
    • Online Resources for Medical & Health Statistics
      • Instructors: Ellen Detlefsen, DLS, Associate Professor
        School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
        Nancy Hrinya Tannery, Reference Librarian
        Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    • Making the Transition: Converting to PubMed and IGM (Internet Grateful Med)
      to Search NLM’s Databases (Hands on class)

      • Instructor: Sandra Teitelbaum, Outreach Coordinator
        NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region
    • Wednesday, October 7th – (Morning) Half Day Courses
      • Alternative Medicine
        • Instructor: Charles B. Wessel, Reference Librarian
          Falk Library of the Health Sciences
          University of Pittsburgh
      • Designing Better Web Pages (Hands on class)
        • Instructor: Bryan Vogh, Internet Coordinator
          NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

      MAC Committee Membership 10/97 – 10/98

      1998 Program Committee
      Terrance “Terry” Burton, Chair
      Barbara Woods Collins
      Lynn Eades
      Adam Glazer
      Mary Hyde
      Patricia Mickelson
      Governmental Relations Committee
      Lisa Boyd, Chair
      Mary Frances Bodemuller
      Martina Darragh
      Andrew “Andy” Eisan
      Karen Martinez
      Jane Moran
      Carolyn Willard
      Beverly Murphy, Board Liaison
      Publications Committee
      Julie VanDyke, Chair
      Martha Bedard
      Jonathan Lord
      Paula Raimondo
      Stefan Stackhouse
      Beverly Murphy, MAC Messages Editor
      Julia Shaw-Kokot, Board Liaison
      Membership Committee
      Virginia Carden, Chair
      Jane Borland
      Ann Deusing
      Russet Hambrick
      Hattie Vines
      Lynn Eades, Ex-Officio
      Elaine Banner, Board Liaison
      MAC Centennial Task Force
      Diane McKenzie, Co-Chair
      Janie Trumbull, Co-Chair
      Kathleen Lese
      Beverly Murphy
      Bebbie Rhodes
      M.J. Tooey
      Honors and Awards Committee
      Sarah Towner Wright, Chair
      Myra Binau
      Lucinda Edwards
      Jean Hiebert
      Mary Hyde
      Brenda Seago, Board Liaison
      Professional Development Committee
      Janie Trumbull, Chair
      Jean Blackwell
      Susan Feinglos, MLA AHIP Liaison
      Linda Frank
      Kathryn Kruse
      Beth Layton
      Claire Meissner
      Margaret Norden
      Anne Powers
      Paula Raimondo, AHIP Coordinator
      Jean Siebert, LAC CE Liaison
      Karen Thomas, MAC Intern
      Terrance “Terry” Burton, Board Liaison
      Local Arrangements
      1998 Meeting
      Kathryn Chmiel, Co-Chair
      Alice Kuller, Co-Chair


      Health Sciences Library and Informatics Traineeship

      The University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) and the Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) announce the expansion of the Medical Informatics Training Program to include two funded training positions in health sciences librarianship and medical informatics. This program will offer a year long educational opportunity to two individuals with MLS degrees and special interests or experience in health sciences librarianship and medical informatics. Funding for the program is provided by the National Library of Medicine, Ovid Technologies, and the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS).

      The trainees will gain practical experience in the activities performed within an academic health sciences library and enhance their understanding of the current development and application of information technology in health care practice, education, and research. The training experience will concentrate on supplementing academic preparation with practical experience in the operational units of the HSLS, and broad exposure to the projects of the CBMI. The goal of this program is to provide librarians with the knowledge and experience to become leaders in health sciences libraries or information management, and to collaborate fully with medical informatics colleagues in developing improved information resources.

      Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of two trainees, who will begin in August, 1998. To learn more about the program and for application information, refer to the Website at For more information about the Center for Biomedical Informatics, see You may also contact Barbara A. Epstein, Associate Director, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh;



      From UNC – Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library:

      Mona C. Couts has accepted the position of Information Technology Program Officer for the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a consortium of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. TRLN’s offices are located on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Ms. Couts assumed her new position March 2, 1998. She was previously Assistant Director for Technology and Resources Management for the Library.

      James A. Curtis became the Associate Director for Administrative Services effective March 2, 1998. As part of the Library’s senior management team, he will have key responsibilities for creating the Library’s vision and priorities, enabling the highest possible level of performance and quality of services, and representing the Library to constituents and others internal and external to the University. In addition, he will have chief responsibility for support of Library administrative units and will oversee the Library’s building renovation project. James previously served the Library as the Assistant Director for Information and Education Services.

      Martha A. Bedard became the Associate Director for Library Services effective March 2, 1998. As part of the Library’s senior management team, she will have chief responsibility for support of all Library services, including selection, acquisitions, cataloging, interlibrary loan, reference, circulation, education services, and information systems. Martha previously served the Library as Department Head, Reference and Access Services.

      Brynn E. Mays has accepted the position of Reference Librarian effective March 1, 1998. Brynn was formerly Systems Librarian.

      Marian Blecker is now the Librarian at the Alamance Regional Medical
      Center in Burlington. Marian was previously Collections Development Librarian.

      Bridget Loven, Education Services, will be leaving the Library in April to move to Charlotte with her husband.


      The West Virginia Health Sciences Library Association (WVHSLA) will hold its Annual Spring Meeting in conjunction with the West Virginia Consult Gatekeepers Conference on May 5 – 6, 1998 at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. CE credits will be available. For more information, contact Patricia Dawson; (304) 347-1285;

      Academy of Health Information Professionals


      MAC/MLA proudly salutes the following Chapter members who, during the last quarterly review period, attained or renewed membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the level indicated:

      * New Member
      + Renewal at Higher Level

      + Martha Bedard – Chapel Hill, NC

      * Russet Hambrick – Fayetteville, NC


      Address Problem?

      Is your copy of MAC Messages going where you want it? The address labels that are used to mail the newsletters are generated from the Membership Committee. Lynn Eades is now the current manager of the membership database. Any address corrections or changes should be sent to Lynn and not the newsletter editor.

      Lynn Eades
      Health Sciences Library
      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      CB # 7585
      Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7585
      (919) 966-8012
      Fax: (919) 966-5592


      Items to be published in the May/June issue of MAC Messages may be submitted to the editor up until May 15, 1998.


      Health Information Specialist
      Allegheny University Hospitals (AUH), Allegheny General is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Health Information Specialist in the C. R. Joyner Health Sciences Library. Health Information Specialists provide complex information services and comprehensive research for the staff of AUH, Allegheny General and the faculty and students of Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Allegheny Campus, as well as contribute to the development and maintenance of dynamic library services and collections, both print and electronic.

      Responsibilities: Ensuring library clients’ effective use of computing systems in a microcomputer center and at their place of work. This will be accomplished through designing and implementing training and consulting programs to support users of library computing systems, planning for hardware and software enhancements, and monitoring client satisfaction. Other duties include literature searching and reference, collection development, coordinating specific aspects of library operations, information consulting, and special projects.

      Required: Masters in Library Science (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited school.

      Preferred: Two years experience in a medical or special library, systems level knowledge of Windows, enthusiasm for adult education, strong service orientation, demonstrated oral and written communication skills, and a desire to work in a challenging environment. Experience with Novell networks, Ovid Technologies, EOSI integrated library system software, Micromedex, and full text information products is desirable.

      AUH, Allegheny General is one of six Allegheny University Hospitals, a system with facilities throughout Pennsylvania, all of which operate under the auspices of the Allegheny Health, Education, and Research Foundation (corporate offices in
      Pittsburgh). AUH, Allegheny General is also the western campus of Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. AUH, Allegheny General, a 559 bed facility and Level 1 Trauma Center, and its network of primary care sites, serves the
      western Pennsylvania region providing primary care, in addition to a full range of speciality care, including cardiology, thoracic surgery, orthopedics, oncology, and neurosurgery.

      Salary: Based on experience; minimum $29,800.

      Send resumes to Allegheny University Hospitals, Allegheny General, Department of Human Resources; Attn: Mary Beck, 320 E. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4772

      Head of Information Services

      West Virginia University (WVU), Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an innovative librarian who, under the general direction of the Health Sciences Library Director, will assist with planning and developing service, information, and staffing infrastructures for the HSL of the 21st century.

      Responsibilities: Managing reference and information services including supervising 5 library faculty and reference assistants; providing leadership in the enhancement of traditional and electronic services; overseeing as well as actively participating in collection development, reference, bibliographic instruction/informatics, and online searching; and serving on various university and statewide committees. As a key member of the management team, the incumbent will provide leadership in developing outreach services to the Health Sciences Center and to relevant statewide constituencies, such as the Rural Health Education sites and non-profit medical agencies. The HSL serves as the state-wide resource library with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

      Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS; a minimum of 5 years of successful professional public services experience in an academic or health sciences library, including successful supervisory experience; excellent oral and written communications skills; outstanding interpersonal skills; understanding of the special needs of health sciences libraries within an academic and research library environment; ability to work effectively in a changing and often demanding environment; second Masters or advanced certificate in an area related to the health sciences is highly desirable.

      Rank/Salary: $34,000 minimum; 12 month non-tenure track faculty position; appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank or higher, depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package includes TIAA-CREF, medical and life insurance, extensive optional and pre-tax service programs, generous annual and sick leave, and continuing education opportunities.

      Applications: Send letter of application, resume/vita, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references to Nancy J. Wasson, Chair, Search Committee, Health Sciences Library, PO Box 9801, Morgantown, WV 26506. For additional information, see the WVU HSL Web Page at Screening of applications will begin April 27, 1998 and continue until the position is filled. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Female and minority candidates are urged to apply.


      AHIP questions may be addressed to any of the following AHIP
      counselors. You don’t have to wait until the Annual Meeting to
      have your questions answered – contact them at any time!

      Paula Raimondo, Coordinator
      Center for Indoor Air Research
      1099 Winterson Road
      Linthicum, MD
      (410) 684-3788
      Janie Trumbull, Chair-PDC
      Medical Center Library
      Duke University Medical Ctr.
      Durham, NC
      (919) 660-1120
      Lucy Glenn
      Health Sciences Library
      Roanoke Memorial Hospital
      Roanoke, VA
      (540) 981-7371
      Beverly Murphy
      Medical Center Library
      Duke University Medical Ctr.
      Durham, NC
      (919) 660-1127
      JoLinda Thompson
      Himmelfarb Health Sciences Lib.
      George Washington University
      Washington, DC
      (202) 994-2982


      MAC Internship Program

      The MAC Internship Program is an opportunity for a Master’s level library/information science student in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter region to do a special project in the professional association environment. In addition to choosing a project submitted by a MAC committee or task force, the intern will be able to meet and network with health information professionals in the region and participate in Chapter activities, including subsidized attendance at the MAC Annual Meeting, a half-day continuing education class, and attendance at the January Executive Board meeting. For more information, contact Claire A. Meissner, Internship Coordinator, Health Sciences Library, Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, VA 24501; (804) 947-3147; FAX: (804) 947-3104; Email:

      Meet Karen Thomas
      MAC/MLA Intern 1998

      Karen is a student in the School of Library and Information Sciences at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is a member of SLA and is active in the CUA Chapter of ASIS. Karen has demonstrated a keen interest in Web-based communication and has experience in Web page development. At Catholic University, she created and produced the first draft of the Web page for the Office of Sponsored Programs and developed The Librarian’s Guide to Intranet Resources. Karen also did a practicum at the National Library of Medicine in the Public Services Division, where she investigated ways to convert large internal documents into HTML. Given her interests and background, it is not surprising that Karen has chosen to work on a project that will explore the feasibility of an electronic journal club. Please welcome Karen and support her work on this project.


      Electronic Journal Club Project

      by Karen Thomas

      As stated above, I am the MAC/MLA student intern for 1998. I am doing a project on “Electronic Journal Clubs.” Your response to the following questions is requested:

      1. Have you participated in an electronic journal club? If so, how was the experience?
      2. If you have never participated in an electronic journal club, have you heard of any electronic journal clubs?
      3. Would you be interested in participating in an electronic journal club via email to earn 7.5 Academy points?
      4. What topics would you like to discuss?

      (From the “MLA Journal Club Guidelines” April 1997)
      Requirements for earning 7.5 Academy points include:

      • A sixth-month series meeting once a month
      • Groups should consist of 3-10 participants
      • Reading required: 6-12 articles
      • Participants must contribute at least twice to electronic discussions.
      • Members are allowed one month in which they do not participate. Members who do not participate electronically during a particular month are required to do the assigned reading and complete the portion of the evaluation. No academy points will be awarded for Journal Club participation if there is more than one month of no electronic participation.

      Thanks for your participation! Please direct all correspondence to Karen Thomas; 703-527-4159; Email:

      MAC/MLA Centennial Task Force

      “At the Beginning”
      WILLIAMSBURG COMMUNITY HOSPITAL MEDICAL LIBRARY, Williamsburg, VA – The Williamsburg Community Hospital began in 1961. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital affiliated with the Sentara Health System. Records of the Medical Library begin in 1976, but it is not clear just when the Library was started. Since 1976, there have been several librarians: Marion Campbell, Carol Goodwin, Ruth Kelley, Cecilia Hodgkinson, Marcella Davis and Anne Buse. Over the years, the Library has struggled with storage and the need for increased usable space and has moved a few times. At one point, it was suggested that “shelves be built over the sink” in the Library for the nursing collection, which indicates this was not a typical library facility. Presently, the nursing and medical collections are combined in a small library near the doctors’ lounge. The librarian position is part-time. (Submitted by current library director, Linda Chelmow)

      The WESLEY LONG COMMUNITY HOSPITAL LIBRARY in Greensboro, NC, began in November 1978. The administration of the hospital decided to transform the old collection of medical books housed in the Doctor’s Lounge, which had been given Dewey classification by a volunteer (retired) librarian, into a small current hospital library with a medical librarian. Margie Furr, MSLS, was hired part-time to develop, organize, and build a collection of books, journals, and audiovisuals and to provide reference and other library services. With assistance from Leslie Mackler of the Greensboro Area Health Education Council and with AHEC funds for purchasing audiovisual equipment, the Library was set up in a wide space in the hall. In 1989, during a major reconstruction and building project, the Library was moved to larger more library-like quarters. With a grant from the Duke Endowment, the Library purchased a computer workstation and jointed the computer age. The Wesley Long Archives, a collection of historic medical records dating from 1907 to 1929, occupy a special room in the Library. In May 1997, the Library was awarded a basic equipment grant from LSCA and the State Library of North Carolina, allowing the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to access the Internet and provide Internet training sessions. On October 1, 1997, Wesley Long Hospital merged with the Moses Cone Health Care System, and the Library began the process of joining the family of libraries in the Moses Cone Health Care System. (Submitted by current library director, Margie Furr)

      Georgetown University, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, NATIONAL REFERENCE CENTER FOR BIOETHICS LITERATURE (NRCBL) in Washington, DC, began in 1973 as the ethics library for the then two-year old Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Doris Goldstein was the first librarian and has seen the initial collection of several shelves of books grow to over 24,000 monographs, 360 periodical subscriptions, and over 130,000 subject file items. Initially funded by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, the Library now receives support from the National Library of Medicine, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Genome Research Institute, as well as private donations for special collections, such as the Kampelman Collection of Jewish Ethics and the Shriver Collection of Christian Ethics. NRCBL has moved seven times since its inception and is currently housed in the former Hirst Library and Reading Room, located on the first floor of the historic Healy Building on Georgetown’s main campus. Many of the room’s original 19th century features remain, including a balcony with wrought iron railings, hand painted ceiling murals, and stained glass circular windows. The current library director is Doris Goldstein. (Submitted by Martina Darragh)

      LOGAN GENERAL HOSPITAL MEDICAL LIBRARY in Logan, WV, began in 1971 under the leadership of a qualified medical librarian, Patricia Lucas. Starting in 1979, the Library was under the management of the Education Department, lead by Education Director Angela Moore, RN, BSN, 1981-1992. From 1979 until the present, Darlene Shaw, AS, RBA has served as assistant to the Librarian. The Library was originally one large room in the basement of the hospital. Today it is two rooms on the fifth floor of the main hospital building. It houses a small reference-oriented collection with approximately 400 books, 50 journals, and 250 videotapes, and provides computer services to nursing and medical personnel through West Virginia Consult. The Library and Hospital rely on the West Virginia University Medical Center Library and the Southeastern Atlantic Regional Medical Library at the University of Maryland as its resource libraries. (Submitted by current library director, Anna Marshall)

      The MOSES CONE HEALTH SYSTEM LIBRARY in Greensboro, NC, began in 1938, when a group of physicians pooled resources for books and journals. The collection was housed in a downtown office and the intent, stated in the original charter, was that the bound volumes be given to Cone Hospital when built. The Library was maintained by private subscriptions until 1947, when it was given to the Greensboro Academy of Medicine and moved to the Greensboro Public Library. In 1950, the Academy donated the Library (788 volumes) to Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, while the hospital was under construction. Miss Hazel Segner, RN, described as “in her seventies [with] an illustrious career as a Horse and Buggy Nurse,” was the first volunteer librarian. Hattie Johnson, MLS, held the first funded library position in 1965. With support from the Greensboro AHEC, a new wing was added to the hospital in 1978. The Cone Medical Library then moved into a larger, temporary space and Library services and collections formed an information resource center for the Greensboro AHEC region. An important policy change in 1983 opened the Library to patients and the general public. In 1984, a new hospital wing was finished, and the Library moved to its current location. Moses Cone Hospital has become Moses Cone Health System, with the Library serving all corporate divisions and departments. In 1990, a departmental library was opened in the Women’s Hospital and staffed by Suzanne Angel, MLS, MS. One physician was the driving force for the funds and development of the Greensboro Historical Medical Library that was built onto the main library in 1991. This year Moses Cone is merging with another local hospital, Wesley Long. (Submitted by current library director, Leslie Mackler)

      SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER LIBRARY in Petersburg, VA, began in 1886 as The Home for the Sick. In 1953, the hospital was moved to its present location and became Petersburg General Hospital. After many additions and renovations, the name was changed again in 1986 to Southside Regional Medical Center to reflect its new mission. The Medical Library began when a physician donated several books and placed them on a shelf in the emergency room area. The number of books grew, and in 1956, Mary Grace Hawkins Brown, a public school librarian, was hired part-time in the evenings to develop a medical library. Later, Mrs. Brown was employed as a full-time librarian and remained at the hospital until her death in 1984. The current director, Joan B. Pollard, became the librarian in February, 1985. The Medical Library serves as the library for the School of Professional Nursing, School of Radiation Sciences, nursing services, auxiliary department, the hospital medical staff, and the community. The Medical Library has grown from a single shelf in the emergency room to a full service library with computer technology available to all customers. (Submitted by Joan Pollard)

      The HAMPTON SENTARA HEALTH SYSTEM LIBRARY’s parent institution, Sentara Hampton General Hospital in Hampton, VA, began as when Alice Mable Bacon established the city’s first community hospital in 1891 as a home for the sick and a school for nurses. The Hampton Training School for Nurses, built on the grounds of what is now Hampton University, was one of the first training schools for black nurses. The hospital was called Dixie Hospital, in honor of Miss Bacon’s horse Dixie, who pulled the ambulance wagon. In 1892, the hospital received its charter from the Virginia General Assembly and that summer moved to a new site near what is now the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In June, 1913 a new hospital was completed on East Queen Street, now Hampton University, and another new facility was built in 1959 at its present location on Victoria Boulevard. In 1973, the hospital name was changed from Dixie Hospital to Hampton General. In 1988, Hampton General joined Sentara Health System. The Medical Library began in the early 1960’s as one large room with shelving along the walls, a donated collection, and no separate office for the librarian, Josephine Lascara. In 1977, the Library moved to its current location on the first floor across from the Radiology waiting area. The new facility provided an office for the librarian, as well as additional shelving space and furniture. Since Ms. Lascara’s departure, librarians have included Minette Brooks, Ruth Kelly, and Toni Lee Moore Wright. (Submitted by current library director, Debbie Linkous)

      MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY MEDICAL LIBRARY in Martinsville, VA, began in 1956 as a memorial to deceased physicians who had been on staff of the Martinsville General Hospital, which was founded in 1946. The original library room had donated medical books and journals organized by the Library Committee. It was kept locked and was for use by physicians only. The chairman of the committee was responsible for ordering books, journal subscriptions, and binding. From 1962-1967, a retired librarian was employed a few hours a week to keep the Library organized. With the construction of a new building, a new, larger library was planned. Information on how to proceed with developing a library was solicited from the local public librarian and from Myrl Ebert at the University of North Carolina. A half-time medical librarian, Phyllis Gilliken, was hired to develop a professional medical library. In 1971, the hospital moved to the present building and took its current name. In 1981, a major renovation and expansion gave the Library a new location adjacent to the physician entrance. While continuing to serve the medical staff, the Library has expanded to include nursing, allied health, hospital administration, and a small consumer collection. The hospital is presently undergoing another renovation which will move the Library to new quarters yet again. (Submitted by current library director, Mary Alice Sherrard)

      News from MLA Headquarters

      Scott Garrison Selected As New MLANET Editor

      MLA is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Garrison, Systems Librarian, Medical Center Library, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, as the new MLANET Editor.

      A search committee, chosen by MLA President Rachael K. Anderson, selected Mr. Garrison for his active involvement in MLA and for his considerable technological skills and Internet capabilities. He has contributed to the MLA Annual Meeting Web pages for the past three years and served as National Program Committee Website Task Force Co-Chair for MLA ’96 and MLA ’97. He has also taught Web-related courses at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter meetings and has presented several Web-related posters at MLA meetings.

      As MLANET Editor, Mr. Garrison will work with the staff and MLA chapters and sections to develop the editorial content of the Website in accordance with MLA’s mission and policies. He will also be responsible for facilitating member involvement in the Association’s Website.

      During his three-year appointment as MLANET Editor, Mr. Garrison hopes to make even more progressive changes to the newly re-designed Website. “As MLANET Editor, I look forward to providing more Internet-based services such as allowing members to update their own directory entries online, vote in MLA elections online, and possibly create MLA Annual Meeting plans using online scheduling and messaging tools,” he stated.

      MLA/NLM Leiter Lecture Broadcast Via Satellite

      Jean-Claude Guedon, Ph.D., professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has been selected the MLA/NLM Leiter Lecturer for 1998. In honor of the MLA’s Centennial Anniversary, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and MLA are making the lecture available via satellite for the first time.

      This free teleconference, entitled “The Digital Library: An Oxymoron? A Colloquium to Honor Medical Librarians,” is scheduled for broadcast on May 12th from 3-5 pm EST. In addition to the lecture, there will be a panel discussion. For more teleconference information, please visit the MLA Website, MLANET ( or contact Kathleen Gaydos, Coordinator of Continuing Education; (312) 419-9094 x29;

      NN/LM SE/A Region News

      We’re moving in March! The new Library, which will be located on 601 W. Lombard, will open on April 3rd and be called the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL). Our phone numbers remain the same. If you are in the Baltimore area, please stop by and see our new place! Or, come to our grand opening gala scheduled for September, 1998.

      The University of Maryland has changed its email domain name from to As a result, NN/LM staff email addresses have changed. Please update your information. Messages to our regional discussion list should be sent to Messages to the list processor may be sent to

      NLM is continuously adding more information to its Website. How can a busy person keep up? A “new files” mailing list could be your answer. The NLM Files mailing list distributes weekly announcements of new and updated files on the NLM Website ( and NLM anonymous FTP server ( To subscribe to the mailing list: send an email message to; leave the subject line blank; and in the body of the message, type “subscribe nlmfiles.”

      Last summer, the NLM and the NN/LM conducted an Internet survey to evaluate medical library connectivity. The results revealed a fairly high level of connectivity nationally and regionally. We’d like to share some of the numbers with you. Nationally, 3,499 libraries responded. Of those, 79% had some type of Internet connection. In the SE/A Region, 648 members responded to the survey; 485 (75%) are connected to the Internet. Our connected members have access to different Internet services, including email (66%), Telnet (50%), FTP (47%), and the World Wide Web (72%). One hundred sixty-three SE/A members (25%) are not connected to the Internet. Of those libraries, 46% plan to connect within the next 12 months. We’d like to encourage all our network members to get connected to the Internet and would be very interested in your suggestions and feedback about how to make it happen. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Bryan Vogh, Internet Coordinator at (800) 338-7657 or send email to


      Officers Committee Chairs MAC Messages
      Julia Shaw-Kokot

      Health Sciences Library
      UNC – Chapel Hill
      Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7585
      (919) 962-0700 FAX: (919) 966-1537

      Terrance Burton

      Health Sciences Library
      West Virginia University
      PO Box 9801
      Morgantown, WV 26506
      (304) 293-3560 FAX: (304) 293-5995

      Elaine Banner

      Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
      Box 234 UVa Health Sciences Center
      Charlottesville, VA 22908
      (804) 924-2507 FAX: (804) 243-6928

      Beverly Murphy

      Duke University
      Medical Center Library
      Box 3702 Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, NC 27710
      (919) 660-1127 FAX: (919) 684-5906

      Chapter Council Representatives
      Ed Dzierzak

      Health Sciences Libraries
      Marshall University
      Huntington, WV 25755-9210
      (304) 696-6426 FAX: (304) 696-6740

      Ginny DuPont (Alternate)
      Headquarters Library (193A)
      Dept. of Veterans Affairs
      810 Vermont Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20420
      (202) 273-8522 FAX: (202) 273-9125

      Immediate Past-Chair
      Brenda Seago

      Computer-Based Instruction Lab
      School of Medicine
      Medical College of Virginia
      Virginia Commonwealth University
      Richmond, VA 23298-0496
      (804) 828-8319 FAX: (804) 828-6144

      Local Arrangements, 1998 Meeting
      Kathryn Chmiel

      Hupp Medical Library
      Ohio Valley Medical Center
      Wheeling, WV 26003
      (304) 234-8771 FAX: (304) 234-8330

      Publications Committee
      Julie VanDyke

      Duke University Medical Center Library
      Box 3702 Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, NC 27710
      (919) 660-1157 FAX: (919) 681-7599

      Governmental Relations Committee
      Lisa Boyd

      National Network of Libraries of Medicine
      Southeastern/Atlantic Region
      601 W. Lombard
      Baltimore, MD 21201
      (410) 706-2855 FAX: (410) 706-0099

      Professional Development Committee
      Janie Trumbull

      Duke University Medical Center Library
      Box 3702 Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, NC 27710
      (919) 660-1120 FAX: (919) 684-5906

      Membership Committee
      Virginia Carden

      Duke University Medical Center Library
      Box 3702 Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, NC 27710
      (919) 660-1103 FAX: (919) 660-1107

      Honors and Awards Committee
      Sarah Towner Wright

      Medical Library
      Columbia Arlington Hospital
      1701 North George Mason Drive
      Arlington, VA 22205
      (703) 558-6524 FAX: (703) 558-6975

      Nominee to MLA Nominating Committee
      Cecilia Durkin

      Health Sciences Library
      Inova Fairfax Hospital
      3300 Gallows Road
      Falls Church, VA 22042-3300
      (703) 698-3357 FAX: (703) 698-3353

      Published 6 times a year by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical
      Library Association.Editor: Beverly Murphy
      Duke University Medical Center Library
      Box 3702 Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, NC 27710
      (919) 660-1127 FAX: (919) 684-5906

      Editor as of 5/98:Barbara Kuchan
      National Network of Libraries of Medicine
      Southeastern/Atlantic Region
      601 W. Lombard
      Baltimore, MD 21201
      (800) 338-7657 FAX: (410)706-0099

      State Reporters:

      District of Columbia
      Velora Jernigan-Pedrick

      5857 Blaine Drive
      Alexandria, VA 22303-1914
      (703) 960-9622

      Barbara Koehler

      Welch Medical Library
      Johns Hopkins University
      1900 East Monument Street
      Baltimore, MD 21205-2113
      (410) 955-3757 FAX: (410) 955-8020

      North Carolina
      Hattie Vines

      Duke University Medical Center Library
      Box 3702 Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, NC 27710
      (919) 660-1125 FAX: (919) 684-5906

      Lucy D. Glenn

      Health Sciences Library
      Roanoke Memorial Hospital
      Roanoke, VA 24033
      (540) 981-7371 FAX: (540) 981-8666

      West Virginia
      Judy Lesso

      West Virginia University
      Health Sciences Library
      PO Box 9801
      Morgantown, WV 26506
      (304) 293-2115 FAX: (304) 293-5995

      MAC/MLA AWARDS 1998

      Description of Awards

      MAC/MLA Award Nomination Form

      (Deadline for nominations is June 30, 1998)

      Editor: Beverly Murphy
      Duke University Medical Center Library
      Box 3702 Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, North Carolina 27710
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