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Please vote for the positions of CHLA/ABSC Vice-President, CE Coordinator and Secretary
A friendly reminder to all CHLA/ABSC Members to vote for the positions of CHLA/ABSC CE Coordinator, Secretary and Vice-President/President Elect by April 18, 2012.
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Please vote for one of the candidates below for the position of CHLA/ABSC Vice-President/President Elect. There are two nominations for this position:
After moving to Vancouver, BC in 1990 I worked as a Business Librarian at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and as hospital Librarian at the Richmond General Hospital. In 1992 I opted for a career in health librarianship and focussed on setting up and developing the hospital’s library. In 1999 I moved back to UBC and as Resource Sharing and Processing Librarian for the Life Sciences Libraries Network, which consists of Woodward Library and the 3 satellite branches at the teaching hospitals, I coordinated technical services for the 4 sites. Since 2003 I have been the faculty liaison librarian for Physical Therapy, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Audiology and Speech Sciences and the lead on Aboriginal Health and Global Health. My liaison activities have become increasingly embedded and I participated as an active member on a CIHR funded research team in 2009.
My professional association activities include serving on Canadian Health Libraries Association Task Force on Resource Sharing for 3 years, and various executive positions in the Health Libraries Association of British Columbia (HLABC), including President in 1998/99. I received the Hospital Librarian of the Year award from CHLA/ABSC in 1996 and I have maintained membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals, at the distinguished level, since 2003. I served on the Local Arrangements committee for the jointCHLA/ABSC/MLA conference in Vancouver, 2000, and was the CE Chair for the CHLA/ABSC Conference in Vancouver, 2006. I served on theCHLA/ABSC Board for two terms, as Secretary, and on the National Network of Libraries for Health Task Force from 2004 to 2008.
Statement of Objectives
I believe the role of CHLA/ABSC is inestimable. Through its conferences, journal, national endeavours, website, listserv and its adoption of social media, the Association leads and supports a diverse membership through transitional times. When working in a one person library I found the Association to be a tremendous resource; providing appropriate continuing education, practical hospital library management support, and professional validation to the Hospital Administration. As a liaison librarian, the Association continues to support enrichment and learning and provides encouragement and avenues for research. Libraries and Librarians have a promising future but need to maintain relevance and continue to improve meeting our communities’ information needs.
Our Association’s 33 year history is testimony of the strength of its membership and it’s relevance to that group; it can continue to provide the necessary encouragement, knowledge and support to realise a bright future. I believe my broad experience in a variety of health information settings, and in service to the profession, equips me to serve the diverse membership of this organization. As Vice-President/President elect, I will endeavour to further the goals and aims of the Association as advocate and promoter of excellence in health care information.
Patty Fink holds an M.A. (History) from Laurentian University (2003) and an MLIS from Western University (2004). In 2004, Patty began work as the e-Resources Librarian at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). She helped establish the campus libraries at Laurentian University and Lakehead University, and has developed a distributed model of library service that spans the vast geography of Northern Ontario. Patty is currently the Director of the Health Sciences Library at NOSM.
Patty is an active member of local and national organizations such as the Northern Lights Health Library Association (NLHLA) and the Resource Group on Libraries of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). Patty was a founding member of theCHLA/ABSC Mentorship Interest Group and has also held the role of e-Resources negotiator for the Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries (COAHL).
Statement of Objectives
By focusing on the CHLA/ABSC’ Strategic Directions for 2011-2013, my goals are:
Please vote for one of the candidates below for the position of CHLA/ABSC CE Coordinator. There are three nominations for this position:
A native of Miramichi, NB, I graduated in 1999 from what is now Dalhousie University's School of Information Management. Librarianship represented a lateral move for me, as prior to this career I spent five years as an elementary school teacher on the Metepenagiag Reserve in Re Bank, NB. My first professional librarian position was in Dallas, TX, where I spent four years as a reference and instruction librarian at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Discovering there really is such a thing as too much warm weather, I returned to Halifax in 2003 and have been at the WK Kellogg Health Sciences Library at Dalhousie ever since.
Education and teaching in general has always been an interest of mine, as in addition to my experiences as a teacher and a librarian who teaches, I have also been a gliding instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and have in the past been certified by the former Canadian Equestrian Federation as a riding instructor. Also, a highlight of my time at Dalhousie has been serving as co-chair of the continuing education committee for CHLA/ABSC 2008 conference in Halifax.
On a personal note, I also have three cats who seem to have trained me much better than I have trained them.
Statement of Objectives
I would like to further relationships and communication within the organization, so that we all know more about the CE initiatives happening across the country. On a personal level, I always find myself engaged and energized at the CHLA/ABSC annual conferences, and I am enthusiastic about learning more involved with it.
Jennifer McKinnell completed her M.L.I.S from the University of Western in Ontario in 1998. She currently works as the Head of Public Services in the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University and serves as the Liaison Librarian to the Bachelor of health Sciences Program. Jennifer finds her work rewarding and challenging as she focuses on the incorporation of information seeking, evaluation and use skills into an evolving and exciting inquiry based curriculum. As a liaison, she has demonstrated creativity and flexibility in meeting the growing demands of an innovative undergraduate program, resulting in the creation of a for-credit information literacy mentorship course. Jennifer is also interested in the role enhanced library services can play in student learning and efficient library use.
Jennifer plays an active role in the Golden Horseshoe Health Libraries Association (CHLA Chapter), serving as the current President and CE Chair of the CHLA 2012 Planning Committee. Prior to become involved with CHLA, Jennifer spent many years working with the Science and Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, serving on both the Publications Committee (as the Section’s newsletter editor) and the Assessment Committee.
Jennifer is currently a member of the 2011-2012 cohort of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.
Statement of Objectives
I believe that as workplace demands become increasingly complex and challenging, individuals require timely, relevant and accessible opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge. In my role as CE Chair for the CHLA 2012 Planning Committee, and as an educator at McMaster University, I have learned that high quality education must take into account different learning styles and create safe environments where risk-taking is encouraged and rewarded. I understand that learning does not take place in isolation and I value feedback as a mechanism for helping both the teacher and the learner identify new skills and uncover areas for improvement.
As CHLA Director / CE-Coordinator, I believe that I would be able to apply what I know about high-quality education to the strategic directions of the Association. I understand that it essential to harness appropriate technology as a means of creating educational opportunities that are affordable and that take into consideration the diverse needs of our membership. For many practical reasons, CE-opportunities usually take the form of specific courses (online or in person, offered to groups or individuals). However, I am hopeful that as an organization we can create spaces for both theoretical and applied learning that encourage discussion, collaboration and idea sharing between colleagues.
Christine Shaw-Daigle is the hospital librarian for the University of Manitoba at the Carolyn Sifton-Helene Fuld Library, St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. She is responsible for the operation of the Library, including collection development and promotion of library services, as well as providing in-person and virtual reference assistance, literature searches and training to the staff, researchers and students at the St. Boniface Hospital and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority staff.
Christine was Co-Chair for the 2009 Sky’s the Limit CHLA/ABSC conference in Winnipeg. She has served on the executive of the Manitoba Association of Health Information Providers (MAHIP), the Manitoba chapter of CHLA/ABSC, in a variety of positions, most recently as a member of the communication team. Christine was the leader of the MAHIP chapter history project which gathered and organized the Association’s documents, established a digital repository of materials and created a timeline that reflects the historical record of the Association. She was awarded senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals in 2010 and also in that year received the University of Manitoba Outreach award for her leadership in enriching the contacts between the health care community and the University. She is also one of the authors of the popular What Your Patient Reads, series sent out on CanMedLib.
Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1987, a Library Technician Certificate from Red River Community College in 1989 and a Master of Library Science from the School of Information Management Emporia State University in 1996.
Statement of Objectives
As the 2011-2013 Strategic Plan for CHLA/ABSC indicates, professional development for the Association is a priority. To reach this goal continuing education needs to be accessible to all CHLA/ABSC members delivered in a variety of formats. My goal as CE Coordinator will be to continue the work towards making CE programming available online. Health librarianship is an area of change and new developments, as an association we need to be responsive to changes and its educational demands. I will help CHLA/ABSC members byidentifying new educational needs and drawing on member expertise to develop timely programming that willimprove our skills and help to keep a foothold on our ever changing profession.
Please vote for one of the candidates below for the position of CHLA/ABSC Secretary. There are two nominations for this position:
I can honestly say that I love my work as a Health Sciences Librarian—it is an amazing and rewarding gig! I joined Memorial University Libraries in 2006, and began with the Health Sciences Library in 2009. In my role,I provide research support to students/staff/faculty/residents in the Faculty of Medicine, and Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy. I also provide support to physicians, and other health professionals, with the St. John’s Health Sciences Centre. I am a strong believer in ‘librarian as promoter’, and one of my favourite roles is in a liaison capacity.During the last few years I have become increasingly involved with research and open access initiatives at Memorial University, an interest reflected in my involvement with the CHLA/ABSC Open Access Interest Group, and Memorial University Senate Committee on Copyright.
I have always taken an active interest in association work, and began as Secretary with the 2006-2007 Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association Executive. Currently serving as the 2011-2012 President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Libraries Association, I also have experience as Director-at-Large with the 2007-2009 Executive of the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries. A favourite memory of this involvement includes producing tangible member benefits such as the CACUL New Academic Librarian of the Year Award, to help recognize innovative, new librarians.
On a practical level, I have the skills needed to be successful as Secretary: creating unbiased documentation, proactively updating and distributing documentation, participating in board meetings, and most importantly, being a contributing board member.
Statement of Objectives
As Secretary, I will produce unbiased documentation to serve as a record of CHLA/ABSC activities. A core challenge faced by all library associations is remaining relevant, and as Secretary, I will accomplish this through transparency, and representing the interests of CHLA/ABSC members. Ultimately, I believe that my strengths and experience can make a positivecontribution to CHLA/ABSC.
Lorrain Toews (MLIS University of Alberta) is the liaison librarian for Veterinary Medicine and the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the University of Calgary Health Sciences Library. She is also the collections coordinator for the Health Sciences Library, and has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to taking on her current position, Lorraine was involved in teaching information skills related to evidence based practice in human medicine, and served as a librarian-facilitator at the McMaster How to Teach Evidence Based Clinical Practice workshop on two occasions.
Lorraine is active in both local and international library associations, having served as both President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association, and as Co-Coordinator of Volunteers on the conference planning committee for the CHLA/ABSC 2011 conference in Calgary.
She is also active in the Medical Library Association, currently serving as chair of the By-Laws Committee of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Association Section, and as a jury member for the MLA Scholarship for Minority Students.
Statement of Objectives
I believe that professional library associations such as CHLA/ABSC are vitally important to the profession, particularly during this time of rapid change.
If elected as Secretary, my goals would include the following: