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Friday, April 18, 2008
Student Education Center, Des Moines University
9:30     AM Business Meeting (Room 115)
11:00   Tour of Human Simulation Lab
12:00   Lunch (on our own)
1:30     Training session (Room 115): “Prescription for Success: Consumer Health Information on the Web” taught by Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for the GMR
Please RSVP: Larry.Marquardt@DMU.EDU




APRIL 18, 2008

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Iowa Library Association Health Science Subdivision Meeting-Spring 2008 [draft]

Friday, April 18, 2008, Des Moines University 


Larry Marquardt, Chair

Jason Young, Secretary/Treasurer

Janna Lawrence, Representative to the NN/LM, GMR 2005-2008

Special Guest: Holly Ann Burt, NN/LM GMR

Ellen Bergerson, Chris Childs, Jill Edgerton, Mindwell Egeland, Janice Eifling, Emily Erickson, Eileen Hansen, Ed Holtum, Elaine Hughes, Jim Lander, Janna Lawrence, Joyce Lindstrom, Nancy O’Brien, Dennis Peterson, Pam Rees, Chris Shaffer, Jeanette Stonebreaker, Linda Walton, Marcie White.

The meeting was called to order at 9:40 AM by Larry Marquardt, Chair.

Jim Lander, who will be retiring this spring, was honored for his outstanding contributions to the field and the subdivision. Ed Holtum presented Jim with a gift from the subdivision, and Mary Wegner, State Librarian, praised Jim for his years of service.

The Fall 2007 minutes were approved. Emily Erickson moved to approve the minutes, and Ed Holtum seconded. Introductions followed.

New Business

Election of Officers

The following nominations were made and approved by acclamation:
Paula Whannell will serve as Chair in 2009.

Eileen Hansen will serve as Chair-elect in 2009 and Chair in 2010.
Chris Childs will serve as Secretary/Treasurer in 2009.

Fall meeting at ILA

ILA will be Oct. 14-17 in Dubuque. The ILA has requested that the chapter submit three speaker candidates for the 50-minute session sponsored by the subdivision. Larry is checking on a speaker from UNI to discuss health disparities in Iowa.

Bylaws Review Committee and Executive Committee

Larry asked members whether more committees should be added to the subdivision to involve more members in decision-making. Chris suggested that the Executive Committee be reconvened in lieu of having several committees. Chris Shaffer, Mindwell Egeland and Elaine Hughes volunteered to review the bylaws and explain the function of the Executive Committee.

NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan

Iowa’s representative is Linda Walton, who will be working with libraries to promote preparedness and emergency response plans to help network members maintain information services during a disaster. Members are encouraged to develop plans and partner with another library. For more information, contact Linda at (319) 385-9873 or

Iowa Go Local

The database is being populated. The official launch will be at the Iowa State Fair, but the database will go live May 1. Contact Chris Shaffer or Chris Childs if you would like to help with this project.

NIH Public Access Policy

Chris updated members on the federally mandated deposit of documents related to research funded by the NIH. Hardin created a website ( to help researchers understand the requirements.

Starting a Hospital Library Purchasing Consortium

Member Elizabeth Kiscaden, medical librarian at Mercy in Mason City, would like to start a consortium of hospital libraries to receive discounts on electronic databases. Please contact her at elizabeth.kiscaden at if interested.



Jason Young reported a balance of $8,319.14 in the subdivision account. The subdivision has 26 registered members in 2008.


Holly Ann Burt showed subdivision members new electronic resources offered by NLM. For updates, visit

Des Moines University

The DMU Library has hired Joyce Lindstrom as the Education and Digital Services librarian, which is a newly funded position.

The Library has been building its Global Health Collection in connection with a recent initiative on campus. We have also purchased access to the CABI Global Health database.

Larry attended the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) meeting held in St. Louis from April 9-11. One of the major issues discussed was the need for awareness of generational differences, especially in the learning style of current students. He also attended the Council of Osteopathic Librarians meeting while at AACOM and the Resource Library Director’s meeting in Chicago from April 14 and 15.

Hardin Library

Hardin has hired three new librarians: Janna Lawrence, Assistant Director for Collections and Outreach; Christopher Childs, Outreach Librarian; and Gordana Lenert, Biosciences Information Specialist. They are currently recruiting for a Clinical Education Librarian.

The Hardin Library Simulation Center was developed this year and is located in the Information Commons. Its primary purpose is skills assessment for students. Two subcontracts have been implemented: Iowa Go Local, which will be released on May 31, and Empowering Public Health/Patient Safety Outreach through Community Partnerships, a program to promote patient safety concepts for consumers in rural Iowa communities ( Also, the Hardin staff has developed an education and outreach program to promote the NIH Open Access policy.

Hardin will have carpeting installed on the third floor this summer, which may delay interlibrary loan and document delivery. The staff is preparing for the new offsite storage facility. Hardin’s first round of materials for the facility include foreign language and bound journal volumes available electronically.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM and the group toured DMU’s Human Simulation Lab.

Respectfully submitted,

Jason Young, Secretary/Treasurer