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MLA Mentoring Program

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Visit a Connecticut Health Sciences Library

There are medical libraries throughout Connecticut that would love to give you an opportunity to see more. You may want to talk with a medical librarian about "what they really do" or perhaps spend some time in a library, either visiting or they'd be happy to put you to work.  Feel free to contact these CAHSL members to gain a peek into the world and work of medical librarianship.

Library name: Health Sciences Library
Institution: Hospital for Special Care
Address: 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT
Contact info: Amy Frey, MA AHIP; 860-827-4875
Hours of operation: M-F 7:30 am - 7 pm; staffed 7:30 am - 2 pm
Description of environment: A specialty hospital library serving the staff and patients/families at HSC. The collection focuses on rehabilitation and long term acute care issues.
Opportunities available: Welcome opportunity to talk with individuals as well as have them develop a special project as part of a library school program. Will mentor through the project. In addition, as an active member of the Hospital Library Section of MLA (Editor, National Network - the HLS newsletter; former Secretary of Section), glad to talk with individuals about that, too. There are opportunities to create a special project focusing on patient issues, serving patients & families. Our hospital is a "special" environment and individuals interested in seeing the variety of opportunities that exist within the healthcare spectrum will find it an interesting counterpoint to acute care hospitals.

Library name: Health Science Libraries
Institution: Hartford Hospital
Address: 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT  06102-5037
Contact info: Shirley Gronholm, MLIS, AHIP; 860-545-2420
Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description of environment: A large medical library with 19 staff members, approximately 28,000 monographs, and 750 current journal subscriptions located in 656 bed tertiary care medical center.
Opportunities available: I am willing to discuss anything from an appointment for a short interview to providing an opportunity for an internship or practicum for one semester.

Library name: Health Sciences Library
Institution: New Britain General Hospital
Address: 100 Grand Street, New Britain, CT  06050
Contact info: Linda Spadaccini, Library Manager; 860-224-5900 x2570
Description of environment: Acute care teaching hospital affiliated with Bradley Memorial Hospital

Library name: Health Sciences Library
Institution: Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
Address: 365 Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320
Contact info: Anne-Marie Kaminsky, MS, MLS, Library Manager; 860-442-0711, ext 2238
Hours of operation: Staffed, Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Description of environment: L&M is a not-for-profit, general, acute care, private hospital providing patient care to medical, surgical, pediatric, rehab, psychiatric and obstetrical patients.

The Library is staffed by a full-time Library Manager and a part-time Library Technician. The Library's collection includes over 400 journals, a core reference collection, online databases, an online catalog, and computer workstations for library users. The collection also includes an employee wellness collection, leadership/management collection, and college catalogs. The Library is located in a high-traffic area across from the cafeteria and down the hall from the doctors' lounge.

Opportunities available: Lunch and library tour

Library name: Richard & Jonathan Sackler Medical Library
Institution: Greenwich Hospital
Address: 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830
Contact info: Katherine Stemmer Frumento, MLS; 203-863-3285

Library name: Patient Resource Library / Cancer Center
Institution: Middlesex Hospital
Address: 536 Saybrook Middletown, CT 06457
Contact info: Ellen Brassil, MLIS; 860-358-2020

Library name: Tremaine Library
Institution: Middlesex Hospital
Address: 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457
Contact info: Nancy Goodwin, MLS, Library Director; 860-344-6286;
Hours of operation: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
Description of environment: Hospital library serving a community hospital with a Family Practice Residency Program. We also have a library for patients and families at our outpatient Cancer Center staffed by a professional librarian.
Opportunities available: Would be happy to provide a tour and discuss hospital librarianship with interested individuals.

Library name: Library Services Department
Institution: Bristol Hospital & Health Care Group
Address: P.O. Box 977, Bristol, CT  06011-0977
Contact info: Marilyn Pitman, MLS, Director; 860-585-3239
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8 a.m-2 p.m.
Description of environment: Bristol Hospital is a 134-bed community hospital, located close to Route 72, serving the greater-Bristol area. The Library Services Department is staffed Monday through Friday weekly by two librarians, one 32-hours and one 12-hours, and a per-diem specialist. We maintain a pleasant, user-friendly environment as we serve physicians, hospital staff, patients, and the general public.
Opportunities available: We would be happy to send you a brochure about us and/or schedule a visit. If we decided together to explore an internship or volunteer possibility, we would work to include exposure to all aspects of running a hospital library.

Library name: Ryan Matura Library
Institution: Sacred Heart University 
Address: 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825
Contact info: Mary Ellen Bowen, MLS, AHIP, Head of Library; 203-365-4818
Hours of operation: 8:30a.m. - 12a.m.
Description of environment: The Ryan Matura Library is the main library for Sacred Heart University. The library has 131,000 volumes, over 900 journal subscription and access to 57 online databases. The library is staffed by 10 FTE librarians and 9 clerical staff. Among many undergraduate and graduate degrees offered are Masters degrees in Nursing, Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. A baccalaureate degree in Human Movement & Exercise Science is also offered.
Opportunities available: Learn about academic librarianship with an emphasis on health sciences. I would be happy to discuss my role as library liaison to the health sciences and as head of library automation.

Library name: Lyman Maynard Stowe Library
Institution: University of Connecticut Health Center
Address: 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06034
Contact info: Evelyn Morgen, MLS; 860-679-3323
Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm
Friday 7am-7pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday noon-10pm
Description of environment: Academic Medical Center library that serves the clinical, research and educational communities of the UConn Health Center.  Also serves the general public.
Opportunities available: Would be happy to arrange tours and a discussion about health science libraries.