March/April 1999

CONTENTS: Suit Up for MAC ’99 | Where Can You Be Welcomed in a Southern Mansion and Party on the Beach All in the Same Week? | MAC/MLA Annual Business Meeting Minutes | Medical Librarians Can Do It Better! | Mid-Atlantic Chapter AHIP Counselors | Hospital LibrariesMACLend NewsJCAHO Watch | MORE Hospital Libraries | MAC Nuggets | Posters and Papers at Port o’Wilmington | News from the States | MAC/MLA Awards 1999 | Access Services SIG Meeting | Publication Deadline | MAC Officers, Committee Chairs, Editor, and State Reporters

Suit Up for MAC’99

by Steven J. Squires, MAC Chair-Elect

MAC at the beach! Down by the river-side! MAC ’99 will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina, right beside the Cape Fear River and close to famous North Carolina beaches. The conference hotel is the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, at river’s edge and in full view of the U.S.S North Carolina. The conference will boast of all the usual excitement: provocative speakers, stimulating courses, posters, papers, skills sessions, updates, an awards lunch, and much more. Of course, there will also be the social events; for two of the most important, see Lynn Eades’ article on page 2.

So make your plans early. The dates are Wednesday through Saturday, October 6th – 9th. Stay the weekend for more surf and sun.

The programs of this conference address some of the discomforts we experience when confronted by the past roles of librarians and libraries and their roles in a rapidly changing future, by library services associated with buildings and those associated with the new “digital” age. Speakers will discuss how traditional buildings, services, collections, skills, or practices are being “shored up” to provide a foundation for new configurations of library places and library services that “sail forth” into the future. The conference will be about those things and it will be, as always, about us, the MAC members, and our association. Hence the conference title: U.S.S. MAC: Shoring Up, Sailing Forth.

On Wednesday and Saturday, there will be Continuing Education opportunities. Thursday morning will start with a Keynote Address and a General Session featuring speakers to spark discussion and perhaps debate throughout the conference. MAC awards will be presented over lunch, then some of our own will tell us what they are doing and thinking in Contributed Papers. After all that, we’ll attire ourselves appropriately for the evening’s banquet on the beach.

Next day, a general session, issues and update sessions, an appetizing luncheon speaker, and several unique concurrent sessions will further deepen our look at the current state-of-affairs in our profession. We’ll have State Meetings and Business Meetings and Committee Meetings and Board Meetings and Meetings about Meetings and it will all be fun because it’s about us. Some of you tempted me to call this meeting No Day at the Beach or A Perfect Day for Bananafish, but it’s not going to be like that at all. This meeting will be a perfect few days at the beach and a perfect last meeting of the century. You need to be there; we need you to be there.

Q: Where can you be welcomed in a southern mansion and party on the beach all in the same week?

A: MAC99!

by Lynn Eades, LAC Publicity Chair

The 1999 MAC Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC is shaping up to be a grand event. The Local Arrangements Committee has been working hard to make this a memorable meeting!

For starters, we want to welcome you to Wilmington in style. The Welcome Reception will be held at the Bellamy Mansion. This 22 room landmark was built prior to the Civil War and was the headquarters of the Union Army when Wilmington was captured in 1865. Built by Dr. John D. Bellamy, the mansion remained the family residence until 1946, when the last child died in the mansion. Today, the Bellamy Mansion is a museum of history and design arts.

The Welcoming Reception will begin at 6:30 on Wednesday, October 6. The New Members Reception will begin at 6. Gowns with hoop skirts are optional, but pearls are appropriate.

Thursday evening, prepare to party! The Blockade Runner Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center will be the site of our Shrimperoo. The Blockade Runner is located on Wrightsville Beach Island. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway harbor, the Blockade Runner provides a splendid atmosphere for our banquet, we mean Shrimperoo. Want a preview of the beach? Visit the beach cam at

What does one eat at a Shrimperoo? The proposed menu includes: Fresh Local Shrimp Boiled in Beer, Steamed Oysters, Fried Fresh Local Catch, Southern Fried Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Creamy Cole Slaw, Southern Potato Salad, Relish Tray, Golden Fried Hushpuppies or Cornbread, Sliced Fresh Fruit, and Chef’s Choice Assorted Desserts.

Make plans today to join us in Wilmington. From the splendor of the Bellamy Mansion to a beachfront Shrimperoo, MAC99 will be an extraordinary last meeting of the 20th Century. More information can be found at the conference web site:

MAC/MLA Annual Business Meeting Minutes

Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, October 6, 1998

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 am by Julia Shaw-Kokot, Chair.

The minutes for the October 17, 1997 Annual Business Meeting in Rosslyn, Virginia were approved as submitted.

Executive Board Reports

Chair, Julia Shaw-Kokot spoke to the membership about her year as Chair of MAC. She thanked everyone for allowing her to serve, and thanked all of the committee members for their hard work. Copies of the Committee reports were distributed to all attendees.

Chair-Elect, Terry Burton discussed his upcoming goal of working on MAC’s strategic plan for the next five years. A committee will be appointed for review.

Secretary, Elaine May Banner reported that the January, 1998, Board Meeting minutes are available. The Secretary will hold on to MAC archival materials until it is decided whether to move them from NLM.

Treasurer, Beverly Murphy handed out the Treasurer’s report to attendees, and reported that the treasury has a balance of $29,787.81 for the July 1, 1997 – June 30, 1998 year.

Past-Chair and Nominating Committee Chair, Brenda Seago reported the newly elected officers for 1998/1999. Steve Squires was elected Chair-Elect; Pat Hammond, Treasurer; Janie Trumbull, Secretary; and Gretchen Arnold was elected to run for the nominating committee of MLA. 128 election ballots were returned.

Chapter Council, Ed Dzierzak explained that money contributed by vendors is more difficult to obtain especially as MLA competes for the same funds.

Committee Reports

Lisa Boyd suggested that Government Relations disband as a standing committee, and instead appoint an individual to be responsible for the duties. The MAC listserv, because of its timeliness, should be utilized more often to educate members on upcoming political issues.

Sarah Wright reported for the Honors and Awards – MAC honored the following recipients of the 1997/1998 MAC awards: One Person Library – Kathryn Chmiel; two Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Awards were given to Beverly Murphy and Diane McKenzie. Forms are available on the MAC webpage and in MAC Messages (September 1998) for members who wish to participate in the MAC Bibliography. Dan Horne serves as the MAC Bibliographer. Lucinda Edwards is the in-coming chair.

Virginia Carden reported for the Membership Committee – There were 26 new members in 1998. Methods used to increase membership include sending reminder notices for renewals, and developing and printing a new brochure. Lynn Eades is maintaining the membership database. Russet Hambrick is the in-coming chair.

Janie Trumbull reported for the Professional Development Committee – The PDC webpage was re-designed to include educational events and general information. The attendance at this meeting’s Continuing Education courses was very successful. No applications were received for the MAC Internship. The Committee will look at new ways to advertise the position and discuss potential projects. The items on sale for the scholarship are a toolkit and a solar calculator for $5/each. Beth Layton is the new Committee Chair.

Julie Garrison reported for the Publications Committee- Attention was focused this past year on redesigning MAC’s webpage. The current issue of MAC Messages was added in addition to the “Library Histories” page, and the Policy and Procedure Manual. Barbara Kuchan assumed the position of MAC Messages editor in May of 1998.

Kathryn Chmiel and Alice Kuller reported for the Local Arrangements Committee – Kathryn thanked participants for coming to Pittsburgh and contributing to the meeting’s success. There were 190 registrants for the Pittsburgh meeting; 132 are inclusive, 13 are for CE only, 12 are Monday only, and 1 for Tuesday only. Participants were encouraged to submit their filled-out evaluation forms.

Diane McKenzie and Janie Trumbull reported for the Centennial Committee – Every member should have received a MAC pin and history booklet. Members are encouraged to wear their pins until the end of the Centennial which is after the Chicago MLA meeting.

MAC Intern Report

Julia announced that Karen Thomas, the MAC Intern for 1998 was unable to attend the meeting to discuss this year’s project, an Electronic Journal Club for Librarians to earn CE credit. Karen had submitted a report, which will be published in full in MAC Messages.

New Business

MAC Goals and Objectives – A copy of MAC’s goals and objectives were handed out and briefly discussed.

Donna Flake invited members to next year’s meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina October 6 – 9, 1999. She showed an exciting video to encourage attendance.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Banner, MAC Secretary

Medical Librarians Can Do It Better!

A New Series of Consumer Health Books

by Anne M. Sleeman, Member, MLA Books Panel

This article also appeared in MLA News, March 1999, issue 314, p. 16.

Have you ever felt that a medical librarian “could do it better” when you searched for authoritative consumer health information? Members of the MLA Books Panel voiced this opinion at our November meeting and decided to initiate a consumer health information series of publications. Mary Fran Prottsman, AHIP, will coordinate this year-long pilot program.

We envision a series of short paperback books (150 pages or less), each devoted to a specific health topic from the consumer perspective. Each one could be co-authored by a medical librarian and a practitioner. The contents could include basic information about the topic (provided by the practitioner), how to find additional, reliable information (written by the librarian), and perhaps a glossary. This is a suggested, not required, format. We welcome any and all ideas you may have for consumer health information publications.

In addition to books targeted directly towards consumers, we would like to provide publications to aid our public librarian colleagues who field increasing numbers of consumer health reference questions. Maybe one of our MLA members would be able to provide a BibKit (annotated bibliography) of recommended consumer health titles to aid with collection development? How about guidance on how to set up a consumer health information center? Another member might be able to write some guidance for negotiating medical reference questions (there are issues of terminology, confidentiality, sources, etc.)? Would anyone be interested in investigating and sharing models of cooperation between hospitals and/or academic medical libraries with public libraries? You may have an even better idea to pursue.

The Books Panel encourages you to share your experience and expertise in an MLA publication. Let’s prove that medical librarians can do it better.

The Panel is also experimenting with reviewing proposals electronically; this will eliminate any delays in approvals caused by our semi-annual meeting schedule and allow authors to proceed while the momentum is strong. So, please send your proposals immediately! The Books Panel will review proposals and ideas electronically until its next meeting during the MLA annual meeting.

For guidelines on how to submit your proposal, consult the MLA web site at or contact Sioux Johannsen, MLA’s director of communications, at MLA headquarters (312-419-9094 x23).

You may wish to contact Mary Fran Prottsman, MLA’s Consumer Health Information Coordinator (; 334-255-7350), for more information on the new series;

Kimberly Laird(, MLA’s BibKit coordinator, for more information on BibKits;

or MLA’s DocKit coordinator, Anne Prussing (619-534-2229; aprussing@ucsd,edu) for more information on DocKits.

Send completed proposals directly to:
Kellie Kaneshiro, Chair
MLA Books Panel
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Indiana University School of Medicine
975 West Walnut Street, IB100
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5121
fax: 317-274-2088


In the November/December 1998 MAC Messages, the Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting, p. 2, the following items need correction. Kathryn Chmiel’s name is misspelled under Honors and Awards (Catherine) and under Local Arrangements (Katherine). Under the Nominating Committee section, Steve Squires should be identified as the Chair-Elect, not the new Chair.

Mid-Atlantic Chapter AHIP Counselors

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

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

Claire Meissner
Health Sciences Library
Lynchburg General Hospital

Beverly Murphy
Medical Center Library
Duke University Medical Ctr.
Durham, NC
(919) 660-1127

Anne Powers
Medical Center Library
Duke University Medical Center

JoLinda Thompson
Himmelfarb Health Sciences Lib.
George Washington University
Washington, DC
(202) 994-2982


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

Fastest-Growing Hospitals

The November 9, 1998 issue of Modern Healthcare contained an article listing the “Fastest Fifty” growing hospitals in the United States. The article, entitled “It’s called desire,” appears on pages 41-42. The study reveals that the fastest-growing health systems tend to be concentrated in Texas, the Southeast and eastern parts of the U. S. Several of the hospitals employee MAC Librarians:

  • #8 Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, MD
  • #40 Gaston Health Care, Gastonia, NC
  • #41 Cape Fear Valley Health System, Fayetteville, NC
  • #42 Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • #43 New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC

Congratulations to the Library staffs that have hustled to keep pace with the changes, expansion and diversification of their organization. Most of us are doing more with no increase in staffing and little increase in financial support.

MACLend News

Kathryn Chmiel, MACLend State Coordinator for West Virginia, has resigned her job at the Ohio Valley Medical Center as of January 8, 1999. She has accepted a position at the Southern Regional AHEC in Fayetteville, NC. DOCLINE requests routed to Ohio Valley may be delayed until a new Librarian is hired.

Donna Wright, former Librarian at Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia, has resigned. Karen Leach is now Librarian.


The November 1998 update to the Cumulative Accreditation Manual for Hospitals contained no changes to the Knowledge-Based Information section (IM 9). Three new items, listed in the “Suggested Readings and Other Resources” section at the end of the Information Management chapter, may be of interest to librarians:

Elliott C: Is “cyber medicine” safe? USA Weekend, Nov 27-30, 1997.

Stipp D: Health help on the net. Fortune 137 (1): 135-6, 1998. (a company that provides solutions for year 2000 compliance)

Quality Check is a new service offered by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Survey results for hospitals are available through Quality Check at The Performance Areas Surveyed and Resulting Scores section of the Performance Report indicates that as of August 9, 1998, the scores of 652 hospitals surveyed appear in the database. Of the hospital facilities surveyed, 99% scored 1 and 1% scored 2 on the “Literature to Support Decision Making” item. (1 is the best score.) According to the scores, the hospitals surveyed are doing a great job of supplying requested literature! (Or, perhaps the surveyors are not carefully assessing the situation?)


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


A recent memorandum from the North Carolina Hospital Association reported on training held for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations surveyors during the first week of January 1999. In 1999, accreditation surveys should be more rigorous. Scoring “1” on a standard will be more difficult. Nothing was mentioned about knowledge-based information (i.e. – libraries).

Areas identified for attention are staffing levels and competencies, control of high-risk medications, oversight of contracted services, and Year 2000 preparations. Surveyors in hospitals will look at orientation for temporary staff, infection control practices, supervision of house staff and securing and use of information from autopsies.

JCAHO Mock Survey

On March 8-12, Cape Fear Valley Health System had a mock survey. The Director of Library Services participated in three interviews. Some points of interest from the three interviews were:

1. Information Management Interview

a. Surveyor had read and commented on the needs assessment and written information management plan.

b. Are you ready for Y2K? Do you think there has been too much hype about it? –
We shared our planning process, testing process and contingency plans.
We think our problems will result from outside vendors.

c. Has the Library done a needs assessment? – The last was a joint needs assessment with the Information Systems Department.

d. If I were a patient in a clinic tonight and was seen in the Emergency Room in the morning, where are my medical records?

e. Are medical records in the clinics kept locked after hours?

f. Does the Library have up-to-date resources?

g. Who can use the Library?

5. Patient and Family Education Interview –

a. Who are you? (We were asked to introduce ourselves.)

b. Is this a standing committee?

c. Show me your patient education documentation form.

What is the percentage of compliance with use of the form?

Do you audit use of the form?

Where do you keep the form?

d. Where do you identify discussion of the patient’s/family’s rights and responsibilities?

e. Does the committee review patient education materials that are used?

6. Department Directors Interview –

a. How long have you been here? Why did you come here? Why do you stay here?

b. Tell me about your reengineering efforts. What worked? What didn’t work?

c. Comments from surveyor to group:

1) Surveys in 1999 will be more rigorous. Caps have been removed on 300 standards. A score last year in the mid 90’s would go down into the 80’s this year.

2) Surveys will be more fair and accurate.

3) Surveys will be more unpredictable.

4) The surveyors are being evaluated differently by JCAHO. The evaluation will be based on the quality of their recommendations.

5) Staff should bond with surveyor and emphasize the good things that are done.

JCAHO Holds Consumer Forums

The Joint Commission hosted three consumer forums in January and February to hear consumer ideas about health care quality and oversight. Forums were held in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Hospital librarians attended the Los Angeles and Washington, DC. One of the topics included for discussion was public access to health care information, meaning JCAHO information about specific survey results and sentinel events.

MAC member, Cecilia Durkin, will report on the DC meeting in the April issue of National Network. Cecilia noted that most attendees were representatives of consumer advocacy organizations. One of the panel members challenged JCAHO to decide whether they were accountable to consumers or healthcare providers. Or, can JCAHO be a public watchdog and be accountable to providers at the same time? A major issue that was discussed involved multicultural concerns. The concerns included availability of foreign language materials, which could have implications for hospital libraries.


From the Governmental Relations Committee
by Carolyn Willard, Chair

Although the library community hoped that Internet Filtering was a dead issue, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has again proposed legislation (S. 97 – Children’s Internet Protection Act) that requires libraries to install filtering software on computers with Internet access used by children. Although everyone agrees that children should be protected from inappropriate materials found on the Internet, this legislation does not allow for local communities to make choices based on their local norms and values. ALA would like you to urge your Senators to adjust S. 97 to “respect local decision-making”. If you have a written Acceptable Use policy for the Internet, they would like you to send it to your Senators and describe how your library and/or board developed that policy. Although this legislation is directed towards schools and public libraries that receive federal money, hospital and consumer health libraries could also be affected in the future. On March 2, 1999 Rep. Franks (R-NJ) introduced HR 896, the House version of S.97. You could also direct your Internet policies to your Representatives.

Posters and Papers at Port o’ Wilmington!

by Steven J. Squires, MAC Chair-Elect

The 1999 MAC Annual Meeting – U.S.S. MAC: Shoring Up, Sailing Forth – will feature both contributed papers and posters. Take the plunge! Prepare a paper to present or a poster to show. Whether you tell us about successes, failures, forecasts, new services, unique users, or sandcastles in the sky, your colleagues throughout the region are ready to hear and see.

It is the aim of the 1999 MAC Conference to help attendees clarify and resolve the “disconnect” between the roles of librarians and libraries in the past and their roles in a rapidly changing future. The program committee is soliciting papers and posters that build on this theme by providing practical examples or ideas of how traditional buildings, services, programs, collections, skills, or relationships have been “shored up” to provide a foundation for the development of new space or service configurations. Selected papers will describe how librarians have redefined, renovated, enhanced or updated library spaces, services, or professional skills and are “sailing forth” with confidence and creativity to meet needs of users in the new millennium.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: professional competencies, electronic collection development, intranet development, building or renovation programs, changing roles of librarians, organizational development, consortium development, resource sharing.

If you are interested, please submit a 250 word abstract describing your paper or poster. Up to six papers will be selected for 15 minute presentations at the contributed papers session on the first day of the meeting. Posters will be on exhibit throughout the meeting. Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts electronically. For papers, any software applications and reasonably sized GIF images are acceptable.

Please submit abstracts of proposals by June 15, 1999, to the addresses below. You will be notified shortly thereafter of acceptance and presentation details.


Karen Grandage
Educational Services Coordinator
University of Virginia
Health Sciences Library
#234 Health Sciences Center
Chalottesville, Virginia 22908
TEL: (804) 924-0056
FAX: (804) 243-6928


Karen Zeliff
Director of Education Technology
The Moses H. Cone Health System Medical
Library/Greensboro AHEC
1200 N. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-1020

TEL: (336) 832-7483
FAX: (336) 832-7328

News From the States . . .


Barbara Kuchan, NN/LM SE/A Network Access Coordinator, will be leaving the RML to relocate to Pennsylvania. Barbara was also the MAC Messages editor. Janice Mason, Bon Secours Library, will assume the editorship with the May/June issue.


After twenty-five years of service to Duke University, Susan Feinglos has taken another position with the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Development Office. Susan, a nationally-recognized expert on the MEDLINE database, served as the Medical Center Library’s Online Services Coordinator from 1980 to 1991 and then as Director from 1992 through 1998. The Medical Center Library staff wish her great success in her new position.

Patricia L. Thibodeau has been appointed Acting Director of the Duke University Medical Center Library while a national search is being conducted.

The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC has appointed Debra Warner as Head of Information Services Department. Debi is from Auburn, Maine where she served as chair of Library Services and Distance Learning at Central Maine Technical College. Debi has worked in both academic and mdeical centers libraries in Maine and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Science.


Elizabeth “Libby” Samuel has joined the reference staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital Health Sciences Library. Libby started her career at Alexandria Hospital in 1973 as an assistant and served as head librarian there from 1976-1988.

VaCOHSL (Virginia Council of Health Sciences Librarians) is holding their annual meeting, “Revising Yesterday, Creating Tomorrow,” at the Four Points Hotel: Sheraton in Harrisonburg, VA on March 25-26. CE Courses on March 25 from 1:00-5:00 are: 1) Understanding Meta-Analysis, Instructor – Richard Harris from EVMS; and 2) Advanced Searching of the WWW, Instructor – Gabe Rios from UVA. A reception will be held at the Hotel in the Tropical Courtyard from 6:30-8:00 with Dine-a-Rounds beginning at 8:00. On Friday, March 26, there will be a Panel Discussion on “Creating an Intranet”; NN/LM Update; Medicine on the Web: Integrating Clinical and Education Applications by Stephen Borowitz, MD; Telemedicine Update by Gene Sullivan; Telemedicine & Information Services in a Rural Residency Training Program by Carol Hampton; and an AHEC Update. There will also be a VaCOHSL Business meeting and a Board meeting. Everyone is welcome! For further information or if you need a registration form/brochure, please call Ilene Smith at (540) 433-4166.


Terry Burton, West Virginia University Health Sciences Library Director, has recently been designated as the Principal Investigator for the WVU IAIMS Planning Grant and Director of the IAIMS Program.


MAC/MLA offers three awards to its members:

    1) One-Person Library Recognition Award
    2) MAC Librarian of the Year Award
    3) the Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award.

One-Person Library Recognition Award

This award is given to a MAC member who heads a library with up to 0.5 paid staff. A plaque and paid MAC registration will be awarded to the recipient.

Criteria used to determine the recipient of the award include, but are not limited to:

  • leadership in the profession at a local or higher level
  • publications
  • teaching/training/mentoring
  • development of special projects at a local or higher level

MAC Librarian of the Year Award

This award is presented to a MAC member for outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship. A plaque and paid MAC registration will be awarded to the recipient.

Criteria used to determine the recipient of the award include, but are not limited to:

  • leadership in the profession
  • professional activity
  • service to the health profession
  • scholarship/publications/research
  • development of special projects
  • teaching/training/mentoring

Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award

This award is given to a MAC member for exemplary service to the Chapter during the past year. A plaque and paid MAC registration will be awarded to the recipient.

Criteria used to determine the recipient of the award include, but are not limited to:

  • serving as an officer or committee chair/member
  • working on special MAC projects
  • developing/teaching courses for MAC members
  • representing MAC to other groups
  • presenting papers or posters at MAC meetings
  • writing/editing for MAC publications
  • acting as a mentor or consultant for MAC members

Submit nominations to the Honors/Awards/Recognition Committee using the MAC/MLA Nomination form included in this issue or via the website, and describe why the nominee should be considered for the award. Nomination information will be treated as confidential.

Deadline for nominations is JULY 15, 1999

Access Services SIG Meeting at MLA

In lieu of a formal meeting this year, the Access Services SIG will hold an informal meeting to share innovations and the challenges we face. We will also discuss what members want from this SIG, and begin planning next year’s program. Topics for discussion suggested so far include the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, authentication for database/ejournal access, and electronic reserves copyright compliance. Our meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 17, 1999, 2 – 3:30 p.m. The location is undecided and will be listed in the MLA program under “Informal Meetings.”

Please call or email me if you have other topics for discussion. If you would like to serve on the Access Services SIG committee, please let me know :

Beverly Gresehover, Access Services SIG Chair
Assistant Director for Access Services
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Phone: 410-706-7995

Publication Deadline

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


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
Governmental Relations Carolyn Willard
Professional Development Beth Layton
Membership Russet Hambrick
Honors & Awards JoLinda Thompson
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 | Nancy Wasson

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