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WMLA Annual Meeting 2010

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March 25th:
Member Non-Member Student
CE Session 1 $20.00 $25.00 $10.00
CE Session 2 $20.00 $25.00 $10.00
March 26th:
Conference $30.00 $40.00 $10.00







Registration from 8-8:30am

Getting Started with LinkOut

Instructor: Patricia Devine

LinkOut is the system which allows participating libraries to link directly from PubMed citations to their library's online full-text holdings. The use of LinkOut is a very visible way to show your library's value and increase services to your users. This hands-on class is designed to introduce students to LinkOut. Topics covered are registration for LinkOut, entering electronic and print holdings, and displaying your library's icon. If you are not already a LinkOut user, I can give you information about registering for LinkOut in advance of the class if you would like. Contact me at

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Pat is the Network Coordinator at the Regional Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, where she has worked for 10 years. She helps Network members with DOCLINE, LinkOut and other resource sharing issues.

Doing more with less? Streamline Your Work with Project Management

Instructor: Margaret C. Mullin

Doing more with less? Streamline Your Work with Project Management, is a course tailored to the needs of Medical Librarians, whether they are project managers or project team members. Using a practical approach, the course offers an overview of basic project management best practices, combined with “hands-on” experience working on simple projects; this course will help you use the best of project management to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your project work. You will learn project management terminology, processes and knowledge areas. Regardless of your previous project management experience, you will learn to use tools and techniques that you can put to use immediately at work and in your personal life. Get more done with less!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Margaret C. Mullin has been managing projects and programs most of her life. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) with 10 plus years expertise leading enterprise wide projects and programs in a variety of industries including health care, hospitality, insurance, utilities, finance and non-profits. She is a consultant and a Project Management Instructor at Everett Community College. She is a member and volunteer for the PMI Puget Sound chapter. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland. She has added value to organizations by streamlining processes, developing teams and achieving strategic objectives through project management. She maintains a Project Management Blog, For more information, please see her profile on LinkedIn,


Registration from 8-8:30am

AM sessions (Start @ 8:30):

  1. RML Update, Cathy Burroughs, MLS, Associate Director, NN/LM PNR, Libraries-Health Sciences Libraries
  2. HEAL-WA Update, Valerie Lawrence, MLS, AHIP, HEAL-WA Resources & Resource Sharing Coordinator, Health Sciences Library at University of Washington, Seattle
  3. Health Data for Secondary Analysis -- Challenges and Opportunities, Peter Speyer, MBE, MBA, Director of Data Development, Promotion and Dissemination at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington

PM sessions:

  1. Making it Work: Contextualizing the UBC Library Strategic Plan for the Life Sciences Libraries, Greg Rowell, MSc, MISt, Head Librarian for the University of British Columbia's Life Sciences Libraries
  2. All Together Now: A Panel Discussion on Innovation and Alignment within Research Environments
    • Nancy Sutherland, MLS, Director, Library & Information Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
    • Diana Nelson Louden, MLIS, Principal Patent and Biomedical Librarian at ZymoGenetics
    • Betsy Rolland, MLIS, Project Manager, Asia Cohort Consortium Coordinating Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  3. iSchool Report


RML Update

Speaker: Cathy Burroughs

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Cathy Burroughs is Associate Director of the Regional Medical Library (RML) program for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR). The RML office is located at the University of Washington and staffed by eight professionals. The RML supports libraries and information centers in the NN/LM PNR that provide health information resources and services. Cathy's previous positions include: Assistant Director of the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resources Center from 2001-2004; Project Manager for an RML outreach evaluation project from 1997-2001; reference librarian at Georgetown University Medical Center Library in Washington DC; and research librarian/ project manager for NIH health promotion and education contracts in Rockville, MD. She received her MLS, with a health sciences specialization, from UCLA.

HEAL-WA - One Year Out

Speaker: Valerie Lawrence, MLS, AHIP

The HEAL-WA portal ( launched on January 1, 2009. During 2009, we have added resources, kept an eye on the Legislature, and taken every opportunity we can to promote the service. Valerie Lawrence, MLS, AHIP, will recap HEAL-WA's first year, give a preview of what's coming in 2010, and answer your questions.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Valerie Lawrence, MLS, AHIP, is HEAL-WA Resource Coordinator at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. She received her library degree from the University of Washington and has been a health sciences librarian for far longer than she can believe or cares to admit. She has worked in hospital, consumer health, and academic libraries, and has also managed a regional clinician portal in a large vertically-integrated health care system. Valerie currently serves as the Recording Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA and has also served as Chair and Treasurer (at different times!) of the Washington Medical Librarians Association. She is a Distinguished Member of the Medical Library Association's Academy of Health Information Professionals.


Health Data for Secondary Analysis -- Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Peter Speyer, MBE, MBA

This presentation introduces the work of IHME and includes a discussion on health data availability and challenges, existing data repositories and initiatives, and the Institute’s work on data management. IHME is an independent research center at the University of Washington rigorously measuring the world’s most pressing health issues and providing scientific evaluations of health system and health program performance in order to guide health policy and accelerate global health progress. IHME’s research areas include health outcomes, health services, resource inputs, decision analytics, evaluations and tools and instruments.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Peter Speyer, MBE, MBA, is Director of Data Development of the Global Health Data Exchange at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). He oversees the creation and implementation of a platform for data management and data sharing, and supports and coordinates the Institute’s data seeking and data management activities. Peter is a seasoned strategy and product management professional with extensive experience in negotiating license agreements and interfacing between creative, marketing, sales, and IT teams. Prior to joining the Institute, Peter spent most of his career in strategy and product management positions at Corbis, Thomas Cook, and Bertelsmann, the global media company. He holds an MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia and a Master’s in Business and Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Peter is also multilingual, speaking German, English, French, and Spanish.


Making it Work: Contextualizing the UBC Library Strategic Plan for the Life Sciences Libraries

Speaker: Greg Rowell MSc, MISt

UBC Library has just undertaken a lightning fast strategic planning process that provides the framework for the organization over the next 3 to 5 years. The new strategic plan is based on 5 key pillars and 4 foundational enablers. This presentation will provide the audience with an overview of the UBC Library Strategic Plan and how the four Life Sciences Libraries will use it to design an implementation plan grounded in what we do well and what we need to do well into an exciting but uncertain digital future.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Greg Rowell is the Head Librarian for the University of British Columbia's Life Sciences Libraries, which includes Woodward Library and the university's three offsite hospital libraries. In 2000, he left Ontario for British Columbia and started his career as a clinical librarian and eventually became manager of Library Services for the BC tertiary care mental health and addictions hospital in Vancouver. Serving as managing librarian of Library Services for the Fraser Health Authority from 2006-2009, he was also member of the Library Working Group that created the provincial library consortia - the e-Health Library of British Columbia (eHLbc). Greg was an inaugural co-chair of the eHLbc Steering Committee's Management Group. Currently, he is teaching a health librarianship course at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at UBC and sits on a number of university committees including strategic planning.


All Together Now: A Panel Discussion on Innovation and Alignment within Research Environments

Panelists will share their strategies for becoming (and staying) integral members of a research environment and will discuss innovation for library and information services within their organizations. This will be an interactive session for all to participate, share and learn from with discussion notes recorded and shared with attendees afterwards.

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