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MAHSLIN: 2020 Annual Meeting - RESCHEDULED

The Massachusetts Health Sciences Libraries Network (MAHSLIN).

2020 Invitation

This year the Annual Meeting's focus is on numbers and the details related to how and why librarians use them, track them, and display and portray them. We have put together a program full of practical sessions with instruction and information you can put to use back in your library.

We hope you'll join us for a day of interactive programming and networking with colleagues and our vendors

Stephanie Friree Ford

MAHSLIN President Elect 2019-2020

Conference Chair 2020



Tyler Nix, MSLS

Tyler NixTyler is an informationist at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and co-leads the Taubman Research Impact Core. He is also active with the library's data visualization working group, and is a liaison to the School of Dentistry and Department of Emergency Medicine. Prior to joining Taubman, he was an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine and worked at the Frontier Nursing University and University of Arkansas libraries. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.

Judy Smith, MSLIS (Co-creator of program. Unable to attend.)

Judy is an informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library and co-leads the Taubman Research Impact Core. In addition to her work with the research impact core, Judy serves as a liaison to the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health, and partners closely with faculty and students affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Judy previously served as the Virtual Library Services Coordinator within the Entrepreneurial Library Program (ELP) of the Sheridan Libraries at the Johns Hopkins University. She received a BA from the University of Michigan, and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS

Sally is the Manager, Research & Scholarly Communication Services at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Sally oversees the LSL's collaborative efforts with basic science and clinical researchers on campus, including expanding support and instruction in data services. Her department leads all scholarly communication endeavors for the Library, including providing bibliometrics analysis, tracking research impact, ensuring funder-based public access compliance, promoting open science initiatives, and managing eScholarship@UMMS, the University's institutional repository. Sally also serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association and as the Associate Editor of the Journal of eScience Librarianship. She was the President of MAHSLIN from 2011-2012.

Tess Grynoch, MLIS 

Tess is a Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Tess provides instruction and resources on how to securely and efficiently find, store, share, and track research data and publications. Tess holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University and she is the current Chair of the NAHSL Technology Support Committee, a certified Carpentries Instructor with NESCLiC, and enjoys all things data related. When not at work or reading, Tess can be found exploring her newest hobby which is currently knitting.

Jessie Casella, MLIS

Jessie is a clinical librarian at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System where she serves the main campus in Leeds and 7 outpatient clinics.  She received her MLIS from Drexel University and is currently a senior member of AHIP.  Jessie is a member of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries chapter of the Medical Library Association (NAHSL/MLA) and serves on the Education Committee.  She is also a member of the Massachusetts Health Sciences Libraries Network (MAHSLIN) and currently serves as chair of the Bylaws Committee.

Tara Breton

Tara is the Research Services Manager at Health Advances LLC, a global strategic management consulting firm opening in the healthcare field. When she joined the firm 17 years ago, she was the solo librarian. Thanks to hard work and successful tracking of usage metrics, the team has now grown to 6 people in 2 countries. Research covers all areas from biosimilars to treatment patterns or rare disease, from core epidemiology requests to tracking digital health applications. She has spoken at SLA conferences in the past, and has written multiple in-depth articles for Online Searcher magazine over her years at HA.

Vivian Okyere, MLS

Vivian is currently the Library Manager for Access Services at UMass Medical Library.  She oversees the daily operations of the Access Services and Interlibrary Loan. She was born in Ghana, West Africa. She moved to New York where she worked as a Circulation Assistant at the Levy Library, Mount Sinai Medical Hospital, NY. She earned her BS from Hunter College, City University of New York and her MLS from the University of Rhode Island.

Michelle B. Bass, PhD, MSI, AHIP

Michelle started as the manager of research and instruction at the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in March 2019. She has spent much of the past academic year focused on data collection and analysis of the library’s vast user communities and time spent on working with these users.  She has been a very busy but happy dog-owner of Norman, a therapy dog in training, since late spring and enjoys exploring New England with him and friends in her free time.



Save the Date

Get ready for the Annual Meeting:

Rescheduled to

June 26, 2020

We've Got Your Number!

Massachusetts Medical Society
Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451

Registration is now open!

Cost: $65 for MAHSLIN or other library society members

$90 for non-members (become a member and attend the conference at the same price!)

$40 for students (includes membership and conference)


The 2020 meeting will focus on numbers: how and why librarians use, track, portray and display them. 

Program (see below for program details):

8:00 - 9:00        Registration, Coffee, Continental Breakfast / Visit with Exhibitors

9:00 - 9:30        Business Meeting. Includes ebook access instruction

9:30 - 9:45        Break with Exhibitors

9:45 - 11:15      Research by the Numbers: Publication Metrics in Context.

   Tyler Nix

11:15 - 11:30    Break with Exhibitors

11:30 - 12:30    Who’s Tracking What: Statistics in the Library.

Panel Moderator: Jessie Casella. Panelists: Michelle Bass, Tara Breton, Vivian Okyere.  

12:30 - 1:15      Lunch. Includes NAHSL update and NN/LM NER update at 1:00

1:15 – 1:45       Exhibitor Lightning Rounds & Final Break with Exhibitors

1:45 – 3:15       You’ve Got the Numbers, Now What? (see important note in

                          program description for this Hands-on session)

    Sally Gore and Tess Grynoch

3:15 - 3:45        Wrap-Up


Research by the Numbers: Publication Metrics in Context

This session will focus on familiar, and some less familiar, publication metrics (e.g., H-Index, Journal Impact Factor, Relative Citation Ratio, alternative metrics) often used to quantify and demonstrate scholarly impact in the health sciences. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the limitations and strengths of several metrics, and some of the tools used to gather this data (e.g., Scopus, Altmetric Explorer for Institutions, NIH iCite). Using several case studies, the session will present metrics through the perspective of our consultation and education initiatives at the Taubman Health Sciences Library. The session will also present tips for promoting the responsible use of publication metrics, and resources for exploring the broader research impact evaluation landscape.


Who’s Tracking What: Statistics in the Library

The statistic tracking panel discussion will focus on what statistics librarians are tracking, why those numbers are important, and what tools they use to track statistics. Panelists will discuss statistical use in their libraries followed by Q&A from the audience.


You’ve Got the Numbers, Now What?

Collecting and analyzing data are everyday aspects of our lives working in libraries and information centers. Being able to effectively tell stories with this data is becoming a sought-after skill for academic, research, and medical librarians. Whether you need to convince stakeholders of essential findings from library-generated data, or you’re seeking out a new opportunity for patron instruction, gaining proficiency in data visualization can be valuable tool in your professional toolkit. This hands-on workshop will let you dive in and practice (1) how to choose the correct chart type for the data you have at hand, (2) design basics for presenting visualizations effectively in reports, slides, and posters, and (3) how to create a standard set of charts including bar charts with benchmark lines, dot plots, and stacked bars using Excel. We’ll use some fun data sets and provide step-by-step instructions to ensure an engaging and satisfying learning experience for all.

A couple of IMPORTANT notes:

  1. If you wish to fully participate in the workshop, you need to bring a laptop with Excel (preferably the Office 365 version of Excel, Excel 2019, or Excel 2016) installed. You may use Google Sheets or other alternatives to Excel, if you wish, but note that the instructors will have limited time to troubleshoot and/or assist in navigating the differences. If you want to use something else, please be proficient enough in doing so that you can translate from Excel to your choice.
  2. If you choose to watch and take notes, but not do the hands-on activities, that’s okay! You’re guaranteed to still learn a tip or two that will be useful.