May/June 1998

CONTENTS: Professional Development at Pittsburgh | Questions About AHIP Certification? | MAC and PITT/MLA: 1998 Meeting Update | LAC Update | Roundtable Topics for MAC/Pitt ’98 | From the New Editor | Hospital Libraries | News from the States | Using DOCLINE Statistics | Publication Deadline Reminder | Check-out the MAC/Pittsburgh 1998 Joint Meeting Web Site! | MAC Officers, Committee Chairs, Editor, and State Reporters | MLA Centennial Distance Learning Program | MAC/MLA Centennial Task Force | MAC/MLA Awards 1998

Fast Track to Professional Development at Pittsburgh:

Continuing Education Opportunities for MAC/PITT members at the MAC/PITT joint meeting October 4 -7, 1998
by Janie Trumbull, Chair, Professional Development Committee

Sunday, October 4, 1998 Full-Day Course

MLA CE Course 400
Licensing Electronic Resources

Location: Sheraton Square Hotel

Time: 8 am – 5 pm,
with an hour for lunch on your own.

CE Credit: 8 contact hours
Fees: Members: $150;
Non-Members: $165

Currently each new electronic resource seems to come with a unique licensing agreement and a knowledge of copyright is no longer adequate. This course is a primer on the nature of the contract process, negotiations, the intent and content of the digital license, its relationship to copyright law,and service delivery implications.

Instructors: Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, Director, Health Sciences Center, Health Sciences Library, The State University of New York (SUNY), Syracuse, and Harry Youtt, J.D., Writer, Attorney, Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles.

Sunday, October 4, 1998 Half-Day Courses

MLA CE Course 402
Introduction to Archives

Location: Sheraton Square Hotel

Time: 8 am – 12 noon

CE Credit: 4 contact hours
Fees: Members: $75;
Non-Members: $85

Learn about the basic theories, principles, and practices of archival administration. Concentrate on developing skills for processing, arranging, and describing archival material. Study the archival techniques of reference, access, preservation and security.
Learn about appraisal and disposal of materials.

Instructor: Maggie Yax, Albert B. Sabin Archivist, Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center, Medical Center Libraries, University of Cincinnati.

MLA Approved CE Course
Making the Transition: Converting to PubMed and IGM to Search NLM’s Databases

Location: Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Computer Lab

Time: 8 am – 12 noon

CE Credit: 4 contact hours
Fees: Members: $75;
Non-Members: $85

Attendees will be introduced to the features of PubMed and Internet Grateful med (IGM). For MEDLINE searching, the focus will be on PubMed and will review features intended for health professionals (occasional searchers) as well as those for librarians (advanced searchers). IGM will be used to search databases other than MEDLINE, such as AIDSLINE and HealthSTAR, noting the differences between IGM and PubMED. The class will be divided into segments of demonstration and practice. Participants will have a choice of doing suggested exercises or trying out their own searches.

Instructor: Sandra Teitelbaum, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Baltimore

MLA CE Course 401
History of Medicine Resources for the Small Library

Location: Sheraton Station Square Hotel

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm,

CE Credit: 4 contact hours
Fees: Members: $75;
Non-Members: $85

Most medical librarians are faced with history of medicine questions from patrons – e.g. practitioners looking for the history of a disease or a genealogist searching for a medical forebear. Even if you don’t have a large history of medicine reference collection, there are solutions. Learn to identify important print resources and reference books, to seek out specialized collections, and to find free or low-cost Internet and web resources.

Instructors: Patricia E. Gallagher, AHIP, Special Projects Coordinator, New York Academy of Medicine, and Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D., Collection Access Librarian, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

MLA Approved CE Course
Health Statistics Sources

Location: Sheraton Station Square Hotel

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm

CE Credit: 4 contact hours
Fees: Members: $75;
Non-Members: $85

This workshop will focus on sources for health statistics from both governmental and non governmental sources, and will cover both print and electronic resources. The approach will concentrate on practical guidelines and materials for dealing with statistical questions typically fielded at a reference desk in an academic medical library or in a hospital library.

Instructors: Ellen Detlefsen, DLS, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Library and Information Science/School of Information Sciences, and Nancy Hrinya Tannery, MLS, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, October 7, 1998
Half-Day Courses

MLA CE Course (Approval Pending)
Alternative Medicine

Location: Sheraton Station Square Hotel

Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CE Credit: 4 contact hours
Fees: Members: $75;
Non-Members: $85
(Please note this class starts at 8:30)

Many of us need to know about sources of information on alternative medicine. Gain an overview of alternative medicine, including a look at current controversies. Learn about traditional print and online sources in the field. Take a tour of web sites devoted to alternative medicine. Gain an appreciation of which resources are reliable and which are not.

Instructor: Charles B. Wessel, Reference Librarian, Falk Library of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

MLA CE Course (Approval Pending)
Designing Better Web Pages

Location: Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Computer Lab

Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CE Credit: 4 contact hours
Fees: Members: $75;
Non-Members: $85
(Please note this class starts at 8:30)

This course will examine how to create web pages that load quickly, are visually interesting, and provide useful content. The course will cover general design
principles used in creating web documents and the use of standards validation to ensure that web pages will display correctly for most of your users. Different web browsers and how proprietary tags influence web development will be discussed. The course will include lecture, discussion, hands on, and demonstration.

Instructor: Bryan S. Vogh, Internet Coordinator, NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Baltimore


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 and Pitt/MLA: 1998 Meeting Update

So, what have you done lately?
By Terry Burton, Chair-Elect

Do you have a project you want to showcase, a success you wish to describe, or a disaster you want to warn others to avoid? Your colleagues from throughout the region want to know.

The combined Mid-Atlantic Chapter & Pittsburgh Regional Chapter fall extravaganza will feature both contributed papers and posters. If you are interested in either, submit a 250 word abstract (slightly more or less according to taste) describing the project or experience, including title, your name, affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address to:

Posters (by July 15, 1998):
Lynn Eades
Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Campus Box #7585
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7585

FAX: 919-966-5592
E-mail: (ASCII format, please)

Papers (by July 1, 1998):
Barbara Collins
DRMC Medical Library
142 S. Main St.
Danville, VA 24541


by Alice Kuller, Co-Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

Join Us at the Welcome Reception on Sunday, October 4

The Welcome Reception will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the award winning Grand Concourse restaurant. The first half hour (5:30 – 6:00) is designated as a reception for new members and first-time attendees.

The Grand Concourse, located on the riverfront in a landmark building, is in the Station Square complex just a few hundred yards from the Sheraton Hotel. Originally the passenger terminal for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, the restaurant occupies an elaborate beaux-arts space designed in 1898 by William George Burns.

After the reception the Hospitality Committee will be offering dine-arounds (for the still-hungry), dessert-arounds (for the not so-hungry) and walk-arounds (for the not-at-all hungry). Mt. Washington with its scenic views of the city and of the three rivers is one of the planned destinations for a walk-around. The incline leading to Mt. Washington is located across the street from Station Square, making Mt. Washington just minutes away.

Everyone is encouraged to join us for the reception on Sunday evening.
It promises to be a wonderful starting event for the 1998 Joint Meeting.

Roundtable Topics for MAC/Pitt ’98 – A Preliminary List
by Terry Burton, Chair-Elect

The ’98 Program Committee is in the process of determining topics for discussion at the Roundtable Luncheon. Below is a preliminary list of topics. Please look it over and pass on suggestions for any additional topics.

Roundtable Topic List

  • System specific table(s) – SIRSI, OVID, NOTIS, etc.
  • Clearinghouses
  • Consumer health
  • JCAHO update
  • OPACs for the small or one-person library
  • Internet interfaces or integration
  • Electronic serials
  • Professional development
  • Outreach
  • Cataloging the web
  • Document delivery and resource sharing
  • Web pages development and revision
  • Inter-library research opportunities
  • Managing mandated computer programs

If you would like to volunteer to facilitate any of the discussions, please contact:

Terry Burton
Health Sciences Library
PO Box 9801
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304-293-3560

From the New Editor

It is with great pleasure that I assume the role of MAC Messages editor. Having worked with the publications from the NN/LM SE/A office, I have found a great love in writing and editing. I’d like to thank Beverly Murphy, immediate past editor, for meeting with me and giving me a how-to course on MAC Messages production. Looking ahead — if there is anything in particular that you would like to see in MAC Messages – a column, a one-time piece, or even an insert, please feel free to contact me. It’s your newsletter. My email is:

Barbara Kuchan


By Pat Hammond, Director of Library Services,
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center

Supplemental Funding for Libraries

Our health system participates in the South Region Fax Exchange through Premier (formerly SunHealth). Forty-four hospitals in seven southern states participate in this information exchange via telefax surveys. In February 1998, I submitted the following query:

Does your hospital library receive any supplemental funding?

  • Reponses were: YES=13 (31.0%) NO=23 (54.8%) N/A=6 (14.3%)

If yes, what are the sources of the funds: a) friends of library group, b)
medical staff dues, c)fees for service, d) charge back to departments, e) foundation funds,
f) donations, g) used book sales, h) grants, i) other (specify)?

  • Response were: a = 2 (15.4%); b = 5 (38.5%); c = 4 (30.8%); d = 1 (7.7%); e = 3 (23.1%) f = 5 (38.5%); g = 6 (23.1%); h = 3 (23.1%); i = 5 (38.5%): AHEC (3), Pharmacy distributor, budget item for Medical Staff library.

It is increasingly difficult to secure adequate support from Hospital Administrations to support hospital libraries. Providing information about how other hospitals supplement their library budget could be useful in getting support for an alternative source of funds. Other hospital librarians would be interested in your success with acquiring supplemental funding. Please submit your ideas to me. (910) 609-6601 or FAX (910) 609-7710.

Firewall Problems?

At the Regional Advisory Council meeting for the NN/LM Southeastern /Atlantic library program in February 1998, Colette Hochstein from NLM and Brian Vogh from
Region 2 reported on the National Library of Medicine’s Internet Survey. Hospital libraries lag behind academic libraries in access to Internet. Some hospital librarians at this meeting reported Internet access problems because of firewall and systems security issues at their hospitals. Bryan Vogh of the Region 2 staff indicated that he is available to help librarians overcome some of these technical hurdles posed by hospital computer systems staff. You may reach Bryan at: or 800-338-7657.

Reciprocal Interlibrary Loan Agreements

BEWARE! The number of libraries soliciting reciprocal interlibrary loan agreements is on the increase. Before you sign an agreement with another library, you should consider the benefits of the relationship for your library. Some points to consider:

  • Is the library a DOCLINE user?
  • What is the size of their collection compared to yours?
  • Which specialized areas are covered by the other collection?
  • Where will your LIBID be placed on their DOCLINE Routing Table? ( Do you really want to be in Cell 1?)

Reciprocal agreements should be equitable. That’s why Project MACLend was started.



The new Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, opened its doors on April 3, 1998 at 8 am. As part of the opening ceremonies, the oldest book in the collection (Practica medicine, by Arnaldi de Villa noua, from 1497) and a new information technology (CD disc) were carried from the former library facility across the street to the new library. A ribbon cutting by Library Director, Frieda Weise, and a reception in the new cafe area of the library capped off the event. An official opening gala is planned for September 17, 1998.

Cheri G. Smith has moved on from her postion as Library Manager Caroll County General Hospital in Westminster, MD to become the Medical Librarian from Reference and Instructional Services at the Harrison Medical Library, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.


Anne Wood Humphries, AHIP, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, has received the 1998 Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year. The Estelle Brodman Award recognizes an academic medical librarian who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence. The award was established in 1986 with a gift from Irwin H. Pizer.

From EVMS:

It must be catching…Eastern Virginia Medical School has received funding for a new library building. The Eastern Virginia Medical School Board of Visitors voted unanimously to approve construction of the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library. The new four-story library will contain about 50,000 gross square feet and will include the original Moorman Memorial Library collection as well as additional space for the library’s computer lab, historical collection and archives, group and individual study seating and collection shelving.EVMS anticipates selecting an architect by the end of May and construction starting around mid November. The Library should be ready for occupancy in the spring of the year 2000.

Ethel Pollock, Reference Librarian and Learning Resources Coordinator, will be retire from Eastern Virginia Medical School on July 17, 1998 after 18 years.

Judith Robinson has been named the Assistant Dean for Library and Learning Resources of EVMS. The Admininstration cited her outstanding work with the faculty and excellent staff leadership library. Judith has been Library Director since January, 1995.


The West Virginia Health Sciences Library Association elected new officers at their annual meeting on May 5th. The 1998-99 officers are: President – Patricia Dawson, WVU Charleston President-Elect – Virginia Bender, WVU Morgantown Treasurer – Ed Dzierzak, Marshall University Secretary – Judy Lesso, WVU Morgantown.

Another new library! The new Health Science Library at Marshall University is now open. This newly built facility is adjacent to Cabell Huntington Hospital. The library includes a new computer lab and 25% more space than the previous facility. The new phone number for the library is (304)691-1752 and the fax number is (304) 691-1756.

Karen Curtis is the new Serials/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at the Marshall University. Karen comes to Marshall from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was an Information Services Librarian.

Using DOCLINE Statistics

By Pat Hammond, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center

On a quarterly basis, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) presents our library with an administrative gem, DOCLINE statistics. Over the years I have found many uses for them.

  1. When starting a new job, I look at the Routing Table Statistics. The section entitled “Your institution appears in the Routing Tables/Cells of the following institutions” gives me information about established interlibrary loan trading partners. If a non-Region 2 library placed our LIBID in Cell 1-3 , I would call that library to find out why. I also find this list helpful when revising our DOCLINE Routing Table.
  2. The quarterly summary lender statistics can be used as a quality indicator. It tells me if we are doing a good job responding to DOCLINE requests in a timely manner. In addition to looking at the throughput days, I consider the number of items removed for non-receipt or for non-action. Ideally, both of these numbers would be zero.
  3. Annually we receive “Ranked List of SERLINE Titles Requested.” I use this list as a collection development tool and to make sure we are Copyright compliant.
  4. To evaluate our reciprocal relationships, I compare the number of items we have lent to a library with the number of items they have filled for us. I use “Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics” and “Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics.”
  5. As we started the pilot for Project MACLend, the coordinators discussed the necessity of requiring each participating library to compile statistics. When the next mailing of DOCLINE statistics was received, I realized that DOCLINE was keeping statistics for us. When needed, members can consult the information on the printout provided by NLM.

Cheers to the designers of the DOCLINE system who created the automated statistics component. Thanks to NLM for providing our library with such a useful “gift”.


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

Check-out the MAC/Pittsburgh
1998 Joint Meeting Web Site!

The URL is:

Any suggestions for the site can be sent to the site’s webmaster, David Brennan at


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.

Barbara Kuchan
NN/LM SE/A Region
Health Sciences Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-2855 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

The Medical Library Association
Centennial Distance Learning Program:

Evidence-Based Health Care in Action

The MLA Continuing Education Committee, in celebration of MLA’s Centennial, is pleased to announce a year of distance learning opportunities. Evidence-based health care was chosen as the topic for this year-long series of events. Plan on participating in as many as possible and build on your skills!

Evidence-Based Health Care in Action Teleconference
September 16, 1998, 1:00 – 2:30 EDT p.m.
**Sponsored in part by Ovid Technologies, Inc**

The conference will provide a fundamental knowledge about the purpose, origin, and history of EBHC; demonstrate the actual practice and process of listserv. EBHC, illustrate the roles that librarians are currently undertaking in the process, and provide a starting point for discussion through the creation of an EBHC.

  • What is EBHC? — Dr. Roseanne Leipzig and Jean Sullivant
  • What is the Librarian’s Role in EBHC? — Dr. David Slawson
  • Librarian as Teacher in the EBHC Process — Gabriel Rios
  • Clinical Search Filters — Ann McKibbon
  • Librarian as Participant in the EBHC Process — Dr. Robert Mrtek and Carol Scherrer

Journal Clubs, October 1998-April 1999

Suggested multi-level bibliographies will be posted on MLANET during September. Clubs may be organized in person or electronically.

EBHC Continuing Education Courses (tentative roster) at MLA 1999, Chicago

  • EBM: Panning for Gold
  • Critically Appraising the Gold: Evaluating the Clinical Literature
  • EBM: A Practicum
  • Meta-analysis
  • Evidence-based Library Practice


  • EBHC Resources List
  • EBHC Listserv Information
  • EBHC Teleconference Information
  • EBHC Journal Club Information

Watch MLANET ( for more information!

Or contact Kathleen Gaydos, MLA continuing education coordinator, at: or 312/419-9094

MAC/MLA Centennial Task Force

“At the Beginning”

The NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH LIBRARY in Bethesda began in 1901, with the passage of a bill by the U.S. Congress authorizing funding for the Hygienic Laboratory in Washington, DC. The authorization stipulated that the Hygienic Laboratory contain a room for a library. Dr. Milton Rosenau, a surgeon, acquired a few dozen medical textbooks to serve as the foundation of the Library collection, and by 1906, the collection had grown through gifts or purchases to 2,500 books, pamphlets, and unbound periodicals. In 1913, the Library hired its first full time librarian, Dr. Murray Gault Motter. The Hygienic Laboratory was renamed the National Institutes of Health in 1930, and in 1938, the Library was relocated to Bethesda, MD. Its collection by then had grown to 18,000 volumes and 347 periodicals. In 1942, the Library was combined with the Public Health Service Library increasing its holdings to over 40,000 volumes. The newly-appointed librarian, Margaret Doonan, was the Library’s first librarian to have had formal library science training. In 1950, Scott Adams became the new chief librarian and reorganized the Library to increase efficiency. In 1953, the Library moved to the then new 13-story Clinical Center containing a 350-bed hospital and 1,100 research laboratories. Chief librarians succeeding Scott Adams include Jess Martin, Seymour Taine, Ruth Smith, and Carolyn Brown. Today the NIH Library provides information services to clinicians, biomedical researchers support staff, and visiting foreign scientists in twenty-three institutes and centers, including the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Library currently subscribes to 2,500 journal titles, 450 monograph series, and a collection of 65,000 monograph titles. To assist NIH’s large group of visiting foreign scientists, the Library uniquely offers a Translation Service. Visit the Library’s Home Page at The current chief librarian is Suzanne Grefsheim. (Submitted by Frank F. Barile)

The GASTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL MEDICAL LIBRARY in Gastonia began in 1955, when Mrs. R. S. Clinton contributed her deceased husband’s medical library to the School of Nursing. The collection was officially turned over to the hospital and became the Medical Library in July, 1973. Originally, the Library was supervised by the Medical Records Department, but in July 1974, it became a part of Educational Services, and Jeannine Davis became the first librarian. In November 1974, Eleanor Rollins from the Health Sciences Library Reference Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, acted as library consultant in helping to organize the Medical Library. In 1984, the hospital hired the first professional librarian, Jacqueline Ramseur, who is the current library director. The Library has moved several times. In December 1973, the hospital and Library relocated to a new facility on Court Drive. In 1991, the Library moved from the second floor of the hospital to its present location in the Northeast Tower. The Library’s collection covers a wide range of medical specialties with some titles dating back to the 1970’s. The current CEO, Wayne Shovelin, is a past chairperson of the Library Committee. In 1997, Gaston Memorial, the only hospital in the county, celebrated 50 years of community service and prepared to meet the challenge of the next century. (Submitted by Jacqueline Ramseur)

The HALIFAX MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LIBRARY in Roanoke Rapids began in 1974. It was started in one room with materials received with the help of Area L AHEC in Rocky Mount. In 1976, the Library moved to quarters in the new Area Health Education Center building on the south side of the hospital. At first there was no librarian, and the Inservice Education Director helped operate equipment and fill out forms for earning continuing education. Shortly after, a librarian was hired. The first was Mary Higginbotham, followed by Geraldine Steadman and Rebecca Newsom. Since 1989, Lynn Powell has been the librarian. The Library collection has grown to include over 100 journal titles, 500 books, and Internet access for staff and students. The Library is the site for telemedicine equipment, and Lynn Powell serves as the Telemedicine Site Coordinator and Medical Library Coordinator. (Submitted by Lynn Powell)


Description of Awards

MAC/MLA Award Nomination Form

(Deadline for nominations is June 30, 1998)

Mid-Atlantic Chapter/Medical Library Association
1998 Membership Form

Editor: Barbara Kuchan
NN/LM SE/A Region
Health Sciences Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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