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MAHSLIN: 2015 Annual Meeting

The Massachusetts Health Sciences Libraries Network (MAHSLIN).

2015 Annual Meeting Documents


It feels like a long time coming, but Spring is on the way.  The MAHSLIN Annual Meeting couldn't come at a better time when we are emerging from the long and challenging winter and approaching life with fresh eyes and renewed energy.

Chances are that as a health sciences information professional, your role or your library has faced some type of change in recent years.  We all know that change is constant and unavoidable, so what are you doing to stay afloat?  How are you meeting new challenges arising in your workplace?  What skills do librarians need to thrive in this ever-changing landscape?

The MAHSLIN Annual meeting presents a slate of speakers who will address the various ways in which health care organizations are evolving, and how librarians can participate and become an integral part of ongoing change.

What are the New Basics?  The answers are unique to all of us.  Hope to see you on May 1st.

    Meaghan Muir, MAHSLIN Chair-Elect



Jean Shipman is Director, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the MidContinental Region and National Training Center of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at the University of Utah and Director for Information Transfer, Center for Medical Innovation.  She served as president of the Medical Library Association for 2006-2007 and promoted health literacy as her primary presidential initiative.  Jean graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Gettysburg College. She has worked in academic health sciences libraries (Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, VCU), a hospital library (Greater Baltimore Medical Center) and with the Southeastern/Atlantic NN/LM, University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Professional interests:  health literacy, scholarly communications, innovation and LEAN principles. 




Varang Parikh is a Sr. Process Improvement Specialist with the Center for Innovation and Transformational Change at UMass   Memorial Healthcare, Worcester, MA and acting as the Lean Program Manager for UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. He has worked to improve the patient flow in the hospital along with enabling process improvements in the Emergency Room, Information Services, Registration, Hand & Physical Therapy clinics etc. Currently he is focused on initiating Lean and building a continuous improvement culture at UMass Medical School. He earned his MBA degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a multi-faceted focus on operations, technology and project management. Prior to his MBA degree, Varang worked as a Software Engineer for a few years after completing his Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology degree.


MAHSLIN 2015 Annual Meeting

"What Are the New Basics?"

Friday, May 1, 2015

Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street, Waltham Woods Corporate Center
Waltham, MA 02451-1411


8:00 - 9:00   Registration 

9:00 -9:30    Vendor Lightning Rounds

9:30 - 10:30  Varang Parikh (Senior Process Improvement Specialist, UMass Memorial Healthcare) 

"Lean Process Improvement : Eliminating Waste and Adding Value Everyday"

10:30 - 11:00  Break/Vendors

11:00 - 12:15  Jean Shipman (Director, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah)

"Getting Lean: Tools and Tips for Being More Efficient"

12:15 - 12:30  Q&A for speakers

12:30 - 1:30    Lunch

1:30 - 2:00      Business Meeting and Awards

2:00 - 3:00      Pull Up a Chair Panel- Moderator: Margo Coletti and panelists Anne Connor, Anne Fladger and Len Levin 



Good news...the registration fee is the same as last year!  Late registration rates are:

  • $90 for MAHSLIN members
  • $90 for other health science librarians
  • $129 for non-members OR become a member and attend the meeting for the same price
  • $40 for students 

Make sure to take advantage of the above "early bird" rates as the price will increase closer to the meeting.  Access the registration form.

Not sure if you have registered yet?  The list below is current as of April 7th: 

2015 Meeting Partners

  • Access Medicine
  • Basch Subscriptions, Inc.
  • CyberTools for Libraries
  • EBSCO Health
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Rittenhouse Book Distributors
  • Wolters Kluwer


Set-up will begin at 7:30am May 1, 2015

Conference ends at 3:00pm

Materials can begin to arrive at conference site beginning April 27, 2015.  

Please send materials to:

Conference Center at Waltham Woods

860 Winter Street

Waltham, MA 02451

Attn: Carol Ferris

MAHSLIN 5/1/2015

[Contact Meredith Solomon at with questions]