Health Science Libraries of New Hampshire and Vermont


Volume 12, no. 1 Spring 2000


Many of us live and work in areas that are isolated from large medical centers. Most of us are solo librarians and we network with colleagues infrequently. Have you every experienced feeling out of touch with our changing profession? Service on an association board or committee has its merits. Working in this capacity provides an opportunity to be part of ateam that looks at the issues we face professionally and then work toward offering programs that address these issues.

The regular communication with librarians with whom we share many of the same concerns and interests is motivating and nurtures camaraderie. There are many highly qualified and talented librarians among us. More importantly, they are wonderful people.

I would encourage members of Health Science Libraries of New Hampshire and Vermont to JOIN IN and serve on a committee, in particular, the Program Committee. We are attempting to limit the number of formal board meetings to one per year. Juggling meeting schedules can be overwhelming; we have been using e-mail communication for much of the planning over the past year. HSL-NH/VT will be hosting the annual NAHSL meeting in the fall of 2002; let's step up our participation so that we can successfully carry this off!

If you are interested in becoming more involved in our association, please contact Norma Phillips, Chair, Nominating Committee (603) 527-2837 ( or Anne Conner, President (802)748-7501 (

-- Anne Conner NE Vermont Regional Hospital St. Johnsbury, VT


A funny thing happened while I was waiting for Divine Inspiration to befall me with an idea for this column-my self-designated deadline expired.

I could tell you that the plethora of meetings I've suddenly found myself seated in have taken up an inordinate amount of my time. I could also plead that the steep grade of that learning curve I'm peddling up, with new Docline, new PubMed, new Internet resources, et cetera, is taking its toll on my creative juices. Or, I might say that in pursuing the usual, chaotic life of a solo librarian, which involves the ability to adjust rapidly and completely to new challenges, to keep up with new information sources and resources, to learn new techniques and procedures, to unlearn previous techniques and procedures, and to do all these things seamlessly without any visible signs of wear and tear so that our customers are hardlyinconvenienced, I may have given you, my forgiving colleagues, a little short shrift.

As all the above are true, I do humbly apologize for the tardiness of this Newsletter. I hope that in the true spirit of professional collegiality, and in the recognition that all of the above can conspire to cause us to refigure our own deadlines, you will excuse me. I know you will understand that, as they say on Southwest Airlines, "shift happens."

-- Jan Silver, MA, AHIP Editor Health Sciences Library Southern NH Medical Ctr. 8 Prospect St./PO Box 2014 Nashua, NH 03061-2014


It's Membership Renewal time! And, there's still time to pay your 2000 HSL dues!

As of March 13, twenty-nine (29) members have renewed their commitment to HSL. But, we've missed hearing from many of you. The Spring meeting is only a month away and it promises to offer an informative and practical approach to Evidence-Based Medicine. Please keep in mind the professional and collegial benefits of HSL membership!

If you've misplaced your coral-colored renewal form, just consider dropping your $20.00 dues payment in the mail to:

Marion Graney, HSL Treasurer 5 Walton Heath Drive P.O. Box 554Grantham, NH 03753

and stay in the swing of things!

- Nancy Bianchi Dana Medical Library, UVM



March 31, 2000 (Coffee begins @ 8:30) ILL/Document Delivery Meeting Publick House, Sturbridge, MA RSVP: Cheryl Sinkler 1-800-338-7657 Sponsors: NAHSL, NN/LM NER

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April 6-9, 2000 14th Annual AIIP Conference (Assoc. of Independent Information Professionals) Georgetown University Conference Center Washington, DC Contact: AIIP 7044 South 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-766-0421 Fax: 414-768-8001


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April 11, 2000 (9:00 am Registration) HSL-NH/VT Research & Education Building VA Medical Center, White River Jct., VT Contact: President, Anne Conner

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May 5-11, 2000 Medical Library Association Hotel Pan Pacific Waterfront Centre Hotel Vancouver, BCContact: MLA 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 60601-7298 312-419-9094; Fax: 312-419-8950

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May 16-18, 2000 National Online Meeting/IOLS New York Hilton, NY Contact: Information Today, Inc. 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055 609-654-6266; Fax: 609-654-4309

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May 24-25, 2000 Vermont Library Association Contact: Vermont Library Association P.O. Box 803, Burlington, VT 05402 802-253-6145;

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June 10-15, 2000 Special Libraries Association PA Convention Center, PA Contact: SLA 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20009-2514 202-234-4700; Fax: 202-265-9317

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July 6-13, 2000 American Library Association Chicago, IL Contact: ALA 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611 800-545-2433; Fax: 312-440-9374