November/December 1998

CONTENTS: 1998 Joint Meeting Revisited | Minutes: MAC/MLA Executive Board Meeting | Publication Deadline Reminder | Hospital Libraries | MAC Nuggets – Let Your Voice Be Heard! | Highlights of the MAC/MLA Committee Reports | Treasurer’s Reports | Honors and Awards Committee | Membership Committee | Professional Development Committee | Publications Committee | Governmental Relations Committee | An Electronic Journal Club : MAC Intern Project, 1998 | MAC Officers, Committee Chairs, Editor, and State Reporters | News from the States | MAC/MLA AHIP Counselors | Have you renewed your membership? | Congratulations MAC Honorees

MAC/Pittsburgh Regional Chapters 1998
Joint Meeting Revisited

Kudos to all who worked so hard to create a successful MAC/Pittsburgh Joint Meeting this past October. Not only were there excellent speakers, good food, and informative CE courses, but a chance to meet people from another chapter in a city new to many of us. Inside this issue of MAC Messages you’ll find news from the annual business meeting; highlights of committee reports; and a list of MAC Award winners.

Congratulations to the new Chapter Officers including Chair-Elect Steven Squires. 1998-99 should be an excellent year for MAC. More information can be found in on the web in the Scenes and Highlights of the Joint Meeting web site at:

The Publications Committee wants to encourage you to visit MAC Messages on the web. In fact, if you would prefer to access MAC Messages on the web only and not receive a print copy, please contact Lynn Eades (, keeper of the mailing list. We will continue to provide print copies of the newsletter to those who desire that format. If there is a particular subject that you would like to read more about – evidence-based medicine, evaluating Internet resources, consumer health issues, pearls or not? – please feel free to contact Barbara Kuchan (, newsletter editor.


Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA, October 3, 1998

Attendees: Elaine Banner, Kathryn Chmiel, Ed Dzierzak, Janie Trumbull, Sarah Wright, Virginia Carden, Ginny DuPont, Alice Kuller, Terrance Burton, Beverly Murphy, Julie Garrison, Diane McKenzie, Brenda Seago.

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 by Julia Shaw-Kokot, Chair.

Treasurer’s Report – Beverly Murphy reported that MAC has a balance of $29,787.81 as of June 30, 1998.


Centennial – Diane McKenzie and Janie Trumbull reported that the MAC pins and history booklets have been given to members since the MLA meeting. Members are encouraged to wear their pins until the end of the Centennial which is after the Chicago MLA meeting.

Government Relations – No report given.

Honors and Awards – Sarah Wright reported. The winners of the MAC awards were: One Person Library – Catherine Chmiel. Two Marge Abel Service Awards were given to Beverly Murphy and Diane McKenzie. Everyone is encouraged to submit their information for the MAC Bibliography and forms are available on the web and will be in MAC Messages.

Local Arrangements – Katherine Chmiel and Alice Kuller reported that there are 190 registrants for the Pittsburgh meeting. A motion was approved to require at least 60 days notice in order to get a full refund for exhibitors who wish to cancel. Cancellations occurring between 60 and 30 days will get a refund, and less than 30 days there will be no refund.

Membership – Virginia Carden reported. Ginger detailed efforts made to welcome new members which included sending letters. She also discussed the easier way to obtain membership through the meeting registration form. There were 26 new members in 1998. A motion was passed to allow electronic access to our membership database to a requesting MAC husband and wife team so that he can complete a survey for use in an article he is writing; The MAC Board wishes to promote research among the membership. A motion was passed to locate non-MLA members from MAC to send them the new MLA brochures.

Nominating Committee – Brenda Seago reported. 128 ballots were returned. Steve Squires is the new Chair, Pat Hammond is the Treasurer, Janie Trumbull is Secretary, and Gretchen Arnold was elected to run for the nominating committee of MLA.

Professional Development – Janie Trumbull reported that the CE programs for the Pittsburgh meeting were very successful. It was agreed that we would attempt to find an intern in the next month, and if not successful, it would be put off for one year.

Program Committee – Terry Burton reported. Terry thanked the Program Committee for its hard work and detailed the conference’s happenings.

Publications – Julie Garrison reported. Julie said that the current newsletter is available on the MAC webpage. A motion was approved to adopt the new webpage design. Julie distributed a draft job description for the website manager/editor position. A motion was approved to keep this position as a part of the Publications Committee.

Chapter Council – There will be an upcoming article in MLA news that details happenings in Chapter Council. The Leadership Institute was held at Chapter Council. It was reported that MLA is competing for vendor money with MAC.


MAC Archives – It was reported that MCV has agreed to keep the MAC archives, unfortunately NLM will not release them due to the stipulations of the contract. For now, the Secretary will hold on to archives materials until this situation can be worked out.

Strategic Plan– A committee will be appointed to review the strategic plan for the next five years.

MAC Pittsburgh Meeting – It was clarified that money made from the Pittsburgh meeting belongs to MAC.


Wilmington meeting 1999 – Donna Flake reported that next year’s meeting will be in Wilmington, NC from October 6 – 9. Wilmington offers a true taste of the South and easy access to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Rooms will cost $105/night.

MLA Tax Preparation – MAC would like MLA to take over its tax preparation efforts.

Financial Planning Group – Bev Murphy will head a financial planning task force, which will be comprised of general membership.

Winifred Sewell – It was agreed to send a letter of congratulations to Winifred Sewell, an honorary MAC member who helped start MEDLINE, because she was elected to the Special Libraries Hall of Fame.

Chapter Project – Sarah Wright reported the December 1 deadline for the MAC bibliography internship project.

MAC Goals and Objectives – the Association’s goals and objectives were discussed. A copy of the finalized document is with the meeting minutes.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Banner, MAC Secretary


Items to be published in the January/February issue of MAC Messages may be submitted to the editor up until January 15, 1999.


by Patricia Hammond, Director of Library Services,
Cape Fear Valley Health System

Consumer Health – Collecting Pamphlets/Brochures

In 1982, the Library Services Department of Cape Fear Valley Health System began a Consumer Health Library as a public service to the community. Materials for healthcare consumers are collected in five formats:

  1. Electronic
  2. Book
  3. Newsletter/Magazine
  4. Audiovisual
  5. Pamphlet/Brochure

The pamphlet/brochure format is least expensive, yet most difficult to maintain. Acquired materials are placed in a “dedicated” file cabinet using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) as the topical authority.

Acquiring the materials requires tenacious determination. Sources of free, “acceptable” brochures are government agencies and self-help groups. Self-help groups have local chapters, state chapters, and national headquarters. Some pharmaceutical and medical supply companies provide “acceptable,” no cost materials. At least two publishers provide low cost brochures that are marketed to physician offices:

    Channing L. Bete Company

    200 State Road

    South Deerfield, MA 01372-0200


    Krames Communications

    1100 Grundy Lane
    San Bruno, CA 94066-3030

Other sources include newspaper articles, leaflets printed from reputable web sites and photocopies journal articles. (HINT – The North Carolina Medical Journal contains a “Health Watch” section for patients). Some medical specialty groups, such as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, produce excellent pamphlets. A good electronic database for patient level informaiton is Care/Drug Notes, part of the Micromedex system. Patient education leaflets are available in English and Spanish.

MACLend News

The most frequently asked question from the MAC annual meeting: “When can I join?
The next enrollment period is planned for Spring of 2000.

Rudy Lamy, American Psychiatric Association, is the new MACLend coordinator for the District of Columbia.

Barbara Zimmerman, Librarian at Rex Healthcare, resigned on November 6, 1998. DOCLINE requests routed to Rex may not be filled in a timely manner.


by Lisa M. Boyd, Former Chair, Governmental Relations Committee

The American Library Association (ALA) makes it easy for all of us to let our voices be heard by our legislative representatives. The Washington Office of ALA offers the “Legislative Action Center” on their Web site. Available through the Action Center is a “Congressional Directory” which includes congressional committees and telephone numbers. If you don’t know your Congressperson you can find them by using the “Find your Representative” link simply by putting in your zip code. “Write to Congress” contains congressional e-mail lists and automated form letters ready to send electronically or mail to your representative. “ACT Now”! is a current awareness list of library issues being considered by Congress. There is even a “Capitol Hills Basics” which gives tips on communicating with Congress and helpful information on the legislative process. The URL for the “Legislative Action Center” is

Update on Library Laws and Issues

  • Congress gave final approval to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Copyright Treaties Implementation Act signed into law (Public Law 105-304) by President Clinton on October 28th. The law updates the Copyright Act for the new technologies now widely used and conforms US law to the Geneva WIPO treaties negotiated in December, 1996. The Collections of Information Anti-Piracy Act was dropped from the WIPO bill. The database protection measure contained in this Act would have adversely affected the library community as well as other educational and research institutions. One of the provisions included in the bill would have allowed facts to be copyrighted.
  • The Istook Amendment was dropped from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Education Appropriations Bill. The Amendment would force libraries and schools which were receiving federal funds to install and use filtering software.
  • The Boucher/Campbell Digital Era Copyright Enhancement Act is now before the House. The Act would protect fair use, digital preservation, library lending, distance learning and access to the technologies needed in each of these educational activities.
  • The House is also considering several database protection initiatives such as H.R. 2652 that would restrict the use of many scientific databases.
  • Implementation of the E-Rate is being threatened on Capitol Hill. The E-rate is a telecommunications discount for libraries and schools contained in the Telecommunications Act universal service legislation for connecting rural America and low-income communities to the Internet.
  • President Clinton has asked that the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) be funded at its current level of $146.3 million. ALA is lobbying for an increase to $160 million. LSTA offers federal assistance to all libraries for a variety of crucial activities such as connecting to the Internet, providing consumer health information, supporting literacy and life-long learning and training the public in the new technologies that are now available.

There are many issues now before Congress that will have a lasting impact on libraries. It is important that we all make our voices heard and our influence felt by our representatives!

Highlights of the MAC/MLA Committee Reports

Treasurer’s Report….

July 1, 1997-June 30, 1998

Balance as of July 1, 1997 $25, 819.54
      Scholarship Sales
      CD Account Increase
      1997 Meeting
      1998 Meeting
TOTAL INCOME $42,494.37
      1997 Meeting
      1998 Meeting
      1999 Meeting
Balance as of June 30, 1998 $29,787.81

Beverly Murphy, Treasurer

Honors and Awards Committee….

Committee members: Sarah Towner Wright, Chair; Myra Binau, Chair-Elect; Lucida Ewards; Jean Hiebert; Mary Hyde; Brenda Seago, Board Liaison.

The Committee’s main accomplishment this year was the implementation of the MAC Bibliography. The purpose of which is to encourage research and professional development, and to honor chapter members by publicizing chapter activities and the accomplishments of its members at a national level. Dan Horne serves as the MAC Bibliographer and the Honors and Awards Committee Chair serves as the Co-Project Leader. MAC Board members submitted their entries during the month of April. The next few months were spent developing the database in Procite. In September, 1998, the database was opened to Chapter members for their input. The Bibliography forms (for material written during the last two years) are located on the website and in MAC Messages, September 1998. The MAC bibliography will be on ongoing project with submissions accepted year-round.

Membership Committee….

The Membership Committee met in January to discuss the coming year. In February, reminder notices were sent out to members needing to renew their membership. We had 26 new members join MAC in 1998.

The database of members is now being maintained by Lynn Eades. The question of whether or not to move the database to another program has not been decided.

The new brochure was reviewed at the January Executive Board meeting. Several minor changes were made to it. Lynn Eades was directed to spend up to $500.00 having the brochure printed.

Professional Development Committee….

Committee members: Janie Trumbull, Chair; Beth Layton, Chair-Elect; Jean Blackwell; Linda Frank; Kathyrn Kruse; Claire Meissner; Margaret Norden; Anne Powers; and Jean Siebert. With Jean Hiebert’s resignation, Paula Raimondo agreed to serve again as PDC AHIP Coordinator of Counseling, and Susan Feinglos continued as MLA AHIP Liaison. Our MAC Executive Board Liaison was Terrance Burton.

Beth Layton has been our PDC home page web master since early 1997. Using the MAC web template, she designed a page with general information about the PDC and listings of educational events divided into the following sections: regular scheduled classes (for instance, NLM training events); upcoming opportunities (like MAC); lists of CE links; and additional suggestions. The information is current, and is updated about once a month. Web page future: liks to project reports and links to other information about professional development can be added. Because Beth will be the PDC chair in the coming year, a new volunteer is needed to continue the project.

Karen Thomas, our 1997-1998 intern, joined us while she was a student at the School of Library and Information Sciences at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She commenced working with the PDC Committee at the January meeting and chose as her internship project the investigation of members’ interest in electronic journal clubs, with Beth Layton as her mentor for the project. A report of her project is in this issue of MAC Messages.

Publications Committee….

Committee members: Julie Garrison Chair; Beverly Murphy, Chair-Elect; Martha Bedard; Stphan Stackhouse; Paula Raimondo; Jonathan Lord; Barbara Kuchan, Newsletter Editor.

In addition to continuing the production of MAC Messages and maintaining the MACMLA-L listserv, the Committee decided to focus on adding information to and redesigning the MAC website. Some of the major additions to the website in the past year include: MAC Messages (starting with issue 68), the Policy and Procedure Manual, and the “Anatomy of a Chapter” library histories page. The Committee will continue working to add a calendar of events, the MAC brochure, a Publications page, and other information to the website.

A new newsletter editor, Barbara Kuchan, took over for Beverly Murphy as of the May/June 98 issue of MAC Messages. Beverly Murphy has continued to be active with the Publications Committee and has been instrumental in making the web version of MAC Messages available.

Governmental Relations Committee….

The GRC members continue to monitor important legislative initiatives that affect health sciences librarians. We also continue our support of MLA legislative and lobbying activities throughout the year.

During the 1997 MAC Annual Meeting the GRC sponsored a Skills Session on Copyright Law which was very well attended.

An Electronic Journal Club: MAC Intern Project, 1998

by Karen Thomas, MAC Intern


According to Article II of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA “Constitution and Bylaws,” the purpose of this Chapter shall be to advance health sciences librarianship in its geographical area by promoting continuing education; by encouraging the exchange of ideas; by fostering cooperation among health science libraries; and by providing channels of communication between the Medical Library Association and Chapter members.

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) of MAC directly promotes continuing education by sponsoring a MAC intern project. The topic of the 1998 MAC intern project is AA Electronic Journal Club – A Possibility for Continuing Education for MAC members.” In the MLA Journal Club Guidelines, electronic access is introduced. “The Journal Club gives us all local or electronic access to professional growth and educational interaction.”


When the topic of the project was determined, the objective of the project had to be defined. Is the objective to measure interest in an electronic journal club? Is the objective to identify the various aspects of electronic journal clubs; ie, the medium (chat room or e-mail), and/or characteristics of successful journal clubs, and/or learning through an electronic medium? To help define the objective, literature searches were conducted.


As a starting point, a query was submitted to MLA requesting information on electronic journal clubs (courtesy of Beth Layton). To date, MLA has not responded. To proceed, a literature search was conducted for several topics: “needs assessments”, “electronic journal clubs”, and “learning via an electronic medium”. A search in ABI/Inform, H.W. Wilsons’ Education Index and Library Literature did not produce any substantial articles. For information on “electronic journal clubs” and “journal clubs”, a search was conducted in MEDLINE. Three articles resulted from the MEDLINE search:

Two articles were retrieved on professional education through an online medium:

1. Ziemer, K. Evaluation of a continuing professional education opportunity via an on-line service. Proc AMIA Annu Fall Symp 1996;51-4. (Courtesy of Beth Layton)

This article cites an example of a journal club via a “chat room” via AOL (America-On-Line)for Registered Dietitians (RDs). Survey results indicated that most participants found the journal club to be a convenient way to network and earn continuing education credits. The survey included the following aspects about journal clubs: advantages, disadvantages, readings, etc.

2. Baldwin, F. Earning CME credit online. Pa Med Feb 1996;99(2):20-2.

This article cites an example of an online chat session through AOL. The advantages/disadvantages of interactive discussions were discussed. Interactive discussions require scheduling, but interactive discussions offer the advantages of spontaneity and immediate response to questions or comments. Other issues about electronic discussions were discussed. Participants were impressed with the quality of comments and suggestions made by participating physicians. A technological limitation was the impracticality of accompanying presentations with graphics. The “Interactive Patient” was another online method for earning continuing education credits. Physicians commented positively on the online chat sessions.

*Articles retrieved about journal clubs in the medical field revealed that the survey was the instrument used to obtain more information journal clubs.

One article was retrieved on journal clubs:

3. Sidorov, J. How are internal medicine residency journal clubs organized, and what makes them successful?” Arch Intern Med 1995 Jun 12; 155(11):1193-7.

For information on learning through an electronic medium, I searched MEDLINE and ERIC.

Ferguson, D, Pion P. Distance learning in veterinary medicine: enhancing interactivity in continuing education. Seminars in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Small Animal) May 1996; 11(2):125-131.

Kaplan, H. Interactive multimedia and the world wide web: a new paradigm for university teaching and learning. Educom Review Jan-Feb 1997;32(1):48-51

Kroonenberg, N. Developing communicative and thinking skills via electronic mail. TESOL Journal Win 1994-95;4(2):24-27.

Turbee, L. Educational MOO: text-based virtual reality for learning in community. (ERIC Digest), 1997.


The literature search did not produce any information on electronic journal clubs in the field of librarianship. At the Winter meeting of MAC, the objective of this project was defined as “Are MAC members interested in participating in electronic journal clubs for continuing education credits?” In the March/April issue of MAC Messages questions were posted to measure the interest or likelihood that MAC messages would participate in an electronic journal club.

The requirements for journal club participation were posted. In compliance with the MLA Journal Club Guidelines (April 1997), journal club members would earn 7.5 Academy points under the following conditions:

A sixth-month series meeting once a month; 6-12 articles, 3-10 people; each member would have to post two messages per article. One absence is allowed per series, but absent members would have to complete the assigned reading and complete the evaluation form. No academy points would be awarded for Journal Club participation if there is more than one absence.


One response was received as a result of the solicitation in the March/April issue of MAC Messages. So, in August, this solicitation was posted to the MACMLA-L listserv. This posting resulted in 6 responses. The responses to the 4 questions are the following:

Interest in a electronic journal club for MAC members. (A total of 7 responses)

  1. Have you participated in an electronic journal club? If so, how was the experience?
    No (7 responses)
  2. If you never participated in an electronic journal club, have you heard of any electronic journal clubs?
    Yes (7 responses)
  3. Other comments:

    “I’ve heard of the idea, but not specific ones.”

    “I’ve heard it discussed at meetings in Maryland and Virginia. The biggest obstacles seemed to be compatible technology (perhaps no longer relevant with the popularity of the Web) and organization to meet MLA requirements.”

  4. Would you be interested in participating in an electronic journal club via e-mail to earn 7.5 academy points?
    6 (interested)
    1 (not interested) – “I would not be interested at this time because I am a member of another health-related journal club. However, I would be interested at a later time.”
  5. Other comments: “I think it would be an excellent opportunity to learn from distant colleagues. Although I admit I prefer face-to-face discussions, it is not always logistically practical. An electronic journal club also offers the possibility of “meeting” during non-work hours.”

  6. What topics would you like to discuss?

    • bibliographic instruction (1)
    • business plans/goal setting (1)
    • collection development (1)
    • copyright (1)
    • electronic journals (1)
    • evaluation of information and learning (1)
    • evidence-based health care (2)
    • how to move into management (1)
    • internet resources (1)
    • issues about our profession reference services (1)
    • “not sure at this time” (1)
    • “open to all ideas” (1)
    • professional development (1)
    • project planning (1)
    • reference services (1)
    • research (1)
    • space planning (1)
    • strategic planning (1)
    • trends/new horizons in librarianship (1)
    • uses of technology (1)


Although only a few MAC members responded to the questions about electronic journals, it is apparent that there is a significant interest in earning continuing education credits through an electronic journal club. Evidenced-based medicine seems to be the hot topic.

I would like to thank Janie Trumbull, Beth Layton, the PDC committee, and all MAC Board members for this experience!


Chair Terrance Burton
Chair-Elect Steven Squires
Secretary Janie Trumbull
Treasurer Patricia Hammond
Chapter Council Representative Ed Dzierzak
(Alternate) Ginny DuPont
Immediate Past Chair Julia Shaw-Kokot
Committee Chairs
Local Arrangements Donna Flake
Publications Beverly Murphy
Professional Development Beth Layton
Membership Russet Hambrick
Honors & Awards Lucinda Edwards
Nominee to MLA Nominating Comm Gretchen Arnold
MAC Messages:
Published bimonthly by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter / Medical Library Association.
Editor Barbara Kuchan
State Reporters:
Velora Jernigan-Pedrick | Barbara Koehler |
Hattie Vines | Rene Mansheim

News from the States…


The Health Sciences/Human Services Library, University of Maryland lost a good friend and colleague when Margaret K. Blair, former Head, Acquisitions/Serials passed away Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1998. Ms. Blair fought a brave battle with cancer for nearly two years before succumbing to the illness. She will be deeply missed.

Ms. Blair started her career at the Health Sciences Library in 1972. She was promoted to the Head of Acquisitions in 1978 and then in 1985 became Head of Acquisitions/Serials when that department was reorganized. Ms. Blair was a dedicated member of the Library staff; she was employed at the Health Sciences Library for 25 years.

Margaret Blair was also active with several professional organizations, including the Medical Library Association and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA. In 1996, she was the Co-Chair of Registration/Local Arrangements Committee for the MAC meeting held in Columbia, MD. In 1982, she chaired the Tours Committee for the MAC meeting held in Baltimore.

Ms. Blair was an aficionado of mystery books, the English countryside, and the cinema. Her absence is keenly felt.


Stephen Stratton has been appointed Health Sciences Librarian, Collection Management at Tompkins-McCaw Library, Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously Steve was Government Documents Librarian at George Mason University and Senior Librarian with the New York Public Library. He received his MA in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and his MSLS from Wayne State University.

From Virginia Commonwealth University:

A number of changes took place on October 1 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s University Library Services (ULS). Barbara J. Ford, immediate past-president of ALA, resigned her position as ULS Executive Director, and will assume the position of Assistant Commissioner for Chicago Public Library in December.

Phyllis C. Self has been appointed Interim Executive Director of VCU’s University Library Services. As Interim Executive Director, Dr. Self will be responsible for VCU’s James Branch Cabell Library on the Academic Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library of the Medical College of Virginia.

VCU is currently conducting a national search for its next ULS Executive Director. Recruitment information for this position can be found at:

MAC/MLA AHIP Counselors

Paula Raimondo, Coordinator
Center for Indoor Air Research
1099 Winterson Road
Linthicum, MD
(410) 684-3788

Martha Bedard
Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
(919) 966-0942

Janie Trumbull, Chair-PDC
Medical Center Library
Duke University Medical Ctr.
Durham, NC
(919) 660-1120

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

Claire Meissner
Health Sciences Library
Lynchburg General Hospital

Anne Powers
Medical Center Library
Duke University Medical Center

Have you renewed your membership?

One of the greatest strengths of any organization is its members. The more members, the more we can learn from networking with each other. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please complete the membership form.

If you aren’t sure of your membership status, check the mailing label on this issue of MAC Messages. The two-digit code in the upper right-hand corner indicates the last year for which your dues were paid. If your label has “99” in the corner, then you have already renewed your membership.

Questions about your membership status or any address changes should be directed to: Lynn Eades,

Congratulations MAC Honorees

by Lucinda Edwards, MAC Honors and Awards Committee

At the this year’s MAC and Pittsburgh Regional Chapter 1998 Joint Meeting, the following awards were presented:

Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award:

“She puts the serve in service.” This comment was made by a MAC member about Beverly Murphy, Head, Marketing and Publications, Duke University Medical Center Library, Durham NC, and one of two recipients of the Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award. Beverly has contributed substantially to MAC. She has held numerous positions and has given countless hours of service to our organization. Serving on numerous committees including the Membership and Publications Committee and completing a three year term as editor of MAC Messages are a few of her accomplishments. Beverly is a mentor, AHIP counselor and an instrumental member of the MAC Centennial Task Force. She is currently serving a term on the MAC Executive Board as the Chapter Treasurer and is active on both the local and national level. She has also been chosen as one of the Librarians that was honored by NLM during their National Medical Librarians Month this October. As one MAC member stated, “Beverly has done it all!”

Diane McKenzie, Librarian, University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library at Chapel Hill, NC, is the second of two recipients of the Marguerite Abel Service Award. Diane stated that this award has special meaning for her because her first position in a Medical Library in 1968 was under Marge Abel. Diane has dedicated many years of service to MAC and has served on numerous committees throughout the years. These committees include the Publications Committee, Program Committee, and the Nominating Committee. She is also one of the first members of the Honors and Awards Committee and participated in developing proposals for its first awards. A mentor in almost every sense of the word, she has been a MAC buddy, an AHIP mentor, and the first Liaison to the MAC intern. As one MAC member commented, “She has had many firsts!” She has been the catalyst behind the MAC Centennial Task Force and has published columns in MAC Messages, MAC News and Anatomy of a Chapter, a book about MAC’s history for its members. She has also published a three-part history article in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association. She was instrumental in procuring MAC Centennial pins as well as preparing the MAC Birthday Card for MLA, Centennial poster and web page for the annual MLA meeting in Philadelphia. As one nomination form read, “This is a remarkable accomplishment for the chapter.”

One-Person Library Recognition Award:

Kathryn Chmiel, Director of Hupp Medical Library in Wheeling WV, is this year’s recipient of the One-Person Library Recognition Award. Kathryn is known by many for her diligent involvement in MAC. She has given many hours working on a variety of projects, and you may remember her as Co-Chair of the Local Arrangement Committee for this year’s MAC annual meeting in Pittsburgh. She has hosted round-table discussions at MAC meetings and has also served as Chair of MAC’s Honors and Awards Committee. Kathryn is active in MLA’s Hospital Libraries Section serving on the 1998 Nominating Committee and the 1999 Program Committee. She is also serving her second year on MLA’s Continuing Education Grant Jury. Kathryn has just finished a two-year term as the Secretary of the West Virginia Health Sciences Library Association. She has also published a column about computer training for residents in Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Kathryn’s colleagues have stated that she “enthusiastically supports and participates in our profession” and that “she is a good example of how a one-person librarian can be involved.” Congratulations, Kathryn!

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