SLA 2012 Info for Medlibs

I sent this out as a message through several email lists, but figured I might as well throw it up on the old blog for an easy Twitter link.  🙂

**Only on the blog bonus: my own schedule (missing only a couple of social/vendor activities), in case you want to be as cool as me:**

The Special Libraries Association’s 2012 annual conference officially opens tomorrow, July 13th. If you find yourself in Chicago over the next few days, there are a few sessions that might be of particular interest to medical librarians and information professionals, including a panel on knowledge management featuring some of our medical librarian colleagues. (It’s not too late to register for the full conference or for just a day – visit!)

If you won’t be in Chicago, you can still visit the SLA Planner and see the sessions and any uploaded handouts by visiting And you can follow along from home with the Twitter hashtag #slachicago (!/search?q=%23slachicago)!

Tuesday July 17, 2012 – Knowledge Management across the Health Care Spectrum 10:00am – 11:30am @ Convention Center, Room E264

The 2012 DBIO Medical Section program will take a look at the KM world within the health care spectrum. During the panel discussion, we’ll take a look at what knowledge management means within this field, hear how one medical librarian is playing a role in knowledge management at her organization, and learn how we can advocate for ourselves to take on knowledge management responsibilities. There will be plenty of time for audience questions and discussion. While this panel will focus on various roles in the health sciences, anyone interested in learning more about KM and getting involved in this new role is welcome to attend!

MODERATING: Amy Donahue, Aurora Health Care
SPEAKING: Barbara Jones, National Network of Libraries of Medicine; Carrie Papa-Schold, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Lorri Zipperer, Zipperer Project Management
PRESENTED BY: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division, Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division
SPONSORED BY: Springer, Rittenhouse

Sunday July 15, 2012: PubMed for Experts 11:00am – 12:30pm @ Hilton Chicago, Boulevard Room BC

Designed as an advanced class for experienced MEDLINE searchers, this hands-on session will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches. Attendees are encouraged to share difficult search experiences (both past and present) to discuss with the class. Participants are eligible for two MLA continuing education credits. *Please bring your own computing device; Internet access WILL be provided but laptops/iPads will NOT.

SPEAKING:Holly Ann Burt, National Library of Medicine

Sunday July 15, 2012: Using the TOXNET Toxicology Data Network 1:00pm – 2:30pm @ Hilton Chicago, Boulevard Room BC

This session is designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM’s TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. Participants are eligible for two MLA continuing education credits. *Please bring your own computing device; Internet access WILL be provided but laptops/iPads will NOT.

SPEAKING: Holly Ann Burt, National Library of Medicine

Monday, 7/16: Sixty Sites in Sixty Minutes 10:30am @ Convention Center, Room E451B

This wildly popular session will give you all sorts of new, useful and fun tools to take back home.

Tuesday, 7/17: Evidence-based Healthcare and the Cochrane Collaboration (Pharma lead; DBIO co-sponsor) 4p.m. @ Convention Center, Room E261

This session will provide insight into Cochrane’s purpose, scope, goals and processes as the global focus on evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research intensifies, while also providing a “behind the scenes” look at the role of information professionals in the creation of these reviews.

Wednesday, 7/18: Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences Contributed Papers & Breakfast 8am @ Convention Center, Room E256

  • “The STEP (Safety and Toxicity of Excipients for Paediatrics) Database: International cooperation between US and European Paediatric Formulation Initiative” (Barbara Brandys, National Institutes of Health Library, National Institutes of Health, MD);
  • “Taxonomy Creation for AAAS by Vantage Information Services SM” (Jean Fisher, MLS, Vantage Information Services, PA);
  • “Retracted Publications: The Hidden World of Biomedical Literature” (Merle Rosenzweig, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Katy Mahraj, and Irina Zeylikovich, University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library, MI);
  • “Collaboration, Innovation and Diversity: Keys to Building a Cost-Effective and High-Impact Biomedical Instructional Program” (Christopher Stave, MLS, Instructional Program Coordinator, Lane Medical Library, Stanford University, CA)


Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian/Informationist
Aurora Health Care – Aurora Medical Center Grafton
975 Port Washington Road, Grafton, WI 53024
p. 262.329.1025
f. 262.329.1021


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