Developments, v.16 no.2 (Spring 2004)

The Newsletter of the Collection Development Section
of the Medical Library Association

In this issue:
Message from the Chair
Message from the Chair-Elect/Program Committee Chair
More on:Seize the E-Journal: Models for Archiving, Symposium at MLA in Washington, D.C.
Louise Darling Medal
MLA President’s Award
Message from the Editor
New CDS members
CDS Members Author Books and DocKits
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Receives International Medical Theses
Open Access Issues
Society for Scholarly Publishing Conference
Annual MLA Section Financial Report For January 1 to December 31, 2003

Message from the Chair
Greetings Collection Development Section Members! I hope that your plans to attend MLA 2004 are well underway. The meeting promises an array of interesting programming for collection managers.

Mark Funk, Program Chair, and the Program Committee have coordinated the co- sponsorship of two section program sessions and a Morning of Innovation session. The section program sessions include Building Your Power Base: Collection Development in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics on Monday, May 24 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and Cease the Power: Libraries and the Open Access Movement on Tuesday, May 25 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. The Morning of Innovation session is entitled Cease the Power: Returning Scientific Publishing to the Academy and will be presented during Plenary 3 on Wednesday, May 26. Thanks to Mark Funk and the Program Committee for their work in planning an excellent suite of programs.

The Section is also sponsoring a symposium on Wednesday, May 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. entitled Seize the E-journal: Models for Archiving. Thanks to Ramune Kubilius and Linda Walton, Co-Chairs, and the Symposium Planning Committee for putting together an excellent symposium. I hope all of you will be able to attend. More details about the symposium can be found in the MLA Preliminary Program, on the CDS website, and in this newsletter.

The section business meeting will be held on Monday, May 24, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Come and meet your colleagues and find out about section initiatives for the coming year. This is also an opportunity to find out about openings on section committees for the coming year. If you are interested in serving on a committee but cannot attend the business meeting, please contact me prior to the meeting.

I would like to welcome our newly elected officers:

* Hope Barton, University of Iowa, Chair-Elect
* Lynda Hartel, The Ohio State University, Secretary-Treasurer
* Linda Walton, Northwestern University, MLA Nominating Committee Candidate

Congratulations to Gayle Willard of Kansas State University – Manhattan, the 2004 winner of the Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences! Gayle will receive her award at the MLA Awards Presentation. The Daniel T. Richards Prize for Writing Related to Collecting in the Health Sciences will not be awarded this year. Please consider submitting a nomination in the fall for next year’s prize.

The second revised edition of MLA DocKit #3, Collection Development and Management for Electronic, Audiovisual and Print Resources in Health Sciences Libraries is now available. Congratulations to authors Linda Walton, Christa Modschiedler, Patricia Rodgers, BJ Schorre, Julie Schneider, Judith Rieke, and Hope Barton.

It has been a privilege to serve as Chair this past year. Thanks to all of the section officers and committees for their service. Together we have accomplished a lot.

See you in Washington, D.C.

Deborah Blecic, Chair

Message from the Chair-Elect/Program Committee Chair
The MLA Annual Meeting is always jam packed with interesting and provocative sessions. However, be sure to mark your PDA, Pocket PC, Day Planner, or other peripheral brain so you can attend the sessions sponsored by the Collection Development Section. We think our sessions are sure to give you useful information for the CD trenches back home.

Session Title: Building Your Power Base: Collection Development in Molecular Bioinformatics
Session Type: Invited Papers
Session Time: May 24, 2004 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Georgetown East
Co-Sponsor: Pharmacy and Drug Information Section and Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG
Description: Recent developments in molecular biology research have increased the need for molecular sequence data and other molecular biology information. An expanding array of printed and electronic bioinformatics resources is available to meet this need. This session will explore collection development issues and opportunities in molecular biology and bioinformatics. Learn strategies for empowering research in genomics, proteomics, and drug discovery through selection of bioinformatics resources.


Session Title: Cease the Power: Libraries and the Open Access Movement
Session Type: Contributed Papers
Session Time: May 25, 2004 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Monroe East
Co-Sponsor: Technical Services Section
Description: The open access movement in journal publishing is a response to runaway pricing and severely restricted licensing contracts from traditional publishers. This session will focus on how librarians are nurturing this movement by publicizing open access journals and educating faculty about the advantages of publishing in open access journals.


Our third session is on Wednesday morning during the “Morning of Innovation” program following Plenary 3. The featured speaker for Plenary 3 is Ray Kurzweil, well known inventor and innovator. Following his presentation and a break, three simultaneous sessions on innovations in medical librarianship will be presented. This was a competitive process, and our submission was one of three selected.

Session Title: Cease the Power: Returning Scientific Publishing to the Academy
Session Type: Invited Papers
Session Time: May 26, 2004 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: International Ballroom East
Co-Sponsor: Technical Services and Public Services Sections
Description: This invited paper session will focus on the open access movement as an innovative alternative to the serials crisis currently threatening access to the scientific literature. Invited speakers will represent the main players in this movement: open access publishers, academicians, and librarians. An open access publisher will speak on the overall philosophy of open access. An academician will speak on faculty publishing habits and how to encourage submissions to open access journals. A librarian will focus on how we can help grow the open access movement within our own institutions.


Please remember that room assignments are subject to change.

Program Committee
Kevin Messner
Susan Kendall
Mark Funk, Program Committee Chair, Chair-Elect

More on: Seize the E-Journal: Models for Archiving
Symposium at MLA in Washington, D.C.
The Fall 2003 issue of Developments included basic information on the Collection Development Section sponsored half-day Symposium scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 26, 1-5 p.m. after the conclusion of the 2004 MLA Annual Conference. Early registrations are going quite well and planning committee members have heard from a few non-MLA members, including publishers, who plan to attend. Let’s hope we reach the magic 100 maximum attendance!

Here some updates for Developments readers:

* The roster of speakers is now complete. Moderator Betsy Humphreys (NLM) and speakers Eileen Gifford Fenton (JSTOR) and Victoria Reich (LOCKSS) will be joined by Edwin Sequeira, Project Manager, PubMed Central, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, and Erik Oltmans, Manager, e-Depot, National Library of the Netherlands.

* Reaction panelists are: Britain G. Roth, Director, Academic Information, Geisinger Health System; Mark Danderson, Director, Sales and Business Development, New England Journal of Medicine; and CDS member T. Scott Plutchak, Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama, and Editor, Journal of the Medical Library Association.

* The planning committee is in the final stages of planning the breakout session, an essential “audience participation” component of this continuing education event. We hope that this innovative approach (called “wandering facilitators” by incoming CDS chair and planning committee member Mark Funk) will work well in our venue. If you’re curious about what that involves, you’ll have to register and come to the Symposium!

* The CDS website’s Annual Meeting section ( has been enhanced with biographies of the speakers and a bibliography of pertinent references and articles. Symposium attendees cannot say we left them unprepared!

We hope that CDS members will take advantage of this Symposium. Registration information can be found on MLANET ( Hopefully, MLA CDS members will be visible not only as Symposium organizers but also as active participants! However, the Symposium is open to all interested parties--MLA membership is not required for registration.

We wish to thank our colleagues on the planning committee who have participated in conference calls, “suffered” from our numerous e-mail reminders, questions, and announcements, and of course, who have assisted in the preparation work that will ensure success of our Symposium. Our work will not be completed until after the Symposium. (Committee members are listed in the Fall 2003 issue of Developments and also on the CDS Web site.)

Ramune Kubilius and Linda Walton, Symposium Planning Committee co-chairs

Louise Darling Medal
After another extraordinary year of applications, Gayle K. Willard emerged as the winner of the 2004 Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences. Ms. Willard’s work in creating the Kansas Animal Welfare Information Collection has had a large impact beyond her own institution. Her collection was started with a grant in 1994 and has received additional grants to support and expand the collection. To quote the nomination letter:

“The collection is of interest and importance to medical as well as veterinary professionals because of the many aspects of human-animal relationships that occur in human life. The collection covers aspects of veterinary and human medical topics that are not easily found in traditional medical literature.”

Ms. Willard has been active in MLA, particularly in the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section, and in her institution.

Eric D. Albright, Chair, Louise Darling Medal Committee

MLA President’s Award
Congratulations to Collection Development Section member Betsy L. Humphreys who, along with Martha R. Fishel, received the MLA President's Award this year. Note: Betsy Humphreys will serve as moderator for the CDS-sponsored half-day symposium Seize the E-Journal: Models for Archiving.

Ramune Kubilius, CDS membership chair & Co-chair Symposium Planning Committee

Message from the Editor
Hello, it hardly seems possible, but it’s almost time for another MLA meeting. I hope to see you at some of the sessions and the Symposium. Why don’t you introduce yourself and volunteer to write about one of the MLA sessions or another good collection development meeting that you attended? Or just e-mail me with your contribution. I love to get mail from real people (rather than spam from anonymous senders.)

Melissa Nasea, Developments editor

Developments is issued twice a year and is sent electronically to all members of the MLA Collection Development Section. The newsletter accepts original articles, announcements, and other items of interest to section members. Opinions expressed are purely those of the authors. Contributions should be submitted electronically to the editor, Melissa Nasea:

Note: The web addresses are accurate when published but are not updated after publication.

Speaking of spam, I was fascinated by the recent e-mail exchange “spam/scam?” on the CDS electronic discussion list. The discussion began with our Chair-Elect Mark Funk and included contributions from CDS officers Catherine Reiter and Hope Barton. Apparently some book authors and publishers are sending e-mails or completing web-based forms claiming they are local faculty who request we buy their materials for our collection.

I guess this is a technological step up from those ads in the no-return-address envelopes with the yellow sticky notes saying something like “This is great! Let’s add this to our collection! J.” Everybody knows someone with the initial J. Caveat emptor!

Melissa Nasea

New CDS members

Welcome to 33 new CDS members! I welcomed you to the Section by e-mail, but a new member list hasn’t appeared in Developments since former CDS Membership Committee Chair Gin Lingle welcomed 15 new CDS members in the Spring 2003 issue.

* Sandra A. Al-Abdulmunem, Health Science Library, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
* Ginger Bopp, Health Sciences Library, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH
* Manuela Prates Caetano, Biblioteca, Serv. Doc. Info, Fac. Ciencias Medicas, Lisboa, PORTUGAL
* Esther E. Carrigan, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
* Sally Carroll, Nursing Education Center Library, Northwestern State University, Shreveport, LA
* Janet Dadoly, Lamar Soutter Library, Worcester, MA
* Angela Dixon, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
* Adrienne Dodson, King/Drew Health Science Library, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, Los Angeles, CA
* Ewen Galbraith, Swets Blackwell, Runnemede, NJ
* Brigitte Glockner, Medical Library-KEMH, Women’s and Children’s Health Services, Subiaco WA, AUSTRALIA
* Won K. Ha, Las Vegas, NV
* Holly Hubenschmidt, Emerson Library, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
* Wendy Johnson, Annadale, VA
* Christee King, Health Sciences Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
* Carrie Kocela, Allyn & Betty Taylor Natural Sciences Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, CANADA
* Michael Lindsay, Baugh Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
* Leopoldo M. Montoya, Hahnemann Library, Drexel College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
* Sandy Oelschlegel, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN
* Sherrill M. Olsen, Amgen, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA
* Ann Pederson, Altru Medical Library, Altru Health System, Grand Forks, ND
* Rebecca Raszewski, Hahnemann Library, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
* Crystal Renfro, Bloomfield, CT
* Patricia Rodgers, Library Consultants NA, Inc., Mobile, AL
* Jacqueline K. Ryan, St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Oviedo, FL
* Jeanne B. Sadlik, Health Sciences Library, Loyola University of Chicago, Maywood, IL
* Cynthia Schmidt, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
* Barbara L. Shipman, Taubman Medical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
* JoAnne Sparks, Medical Library, Nathan Cummings Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
* Susan Suess, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville College, Pikeville, KY
* Pauline Todd, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
* Katherine Vargo, Learning Resource Center, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Jersey City, NJ
* Deborah C. West, Library of the Health Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Odessa, TX
* MLA Institutional member: Wahlstrom Library, College of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT

Please visit and use our section’s Web site ( If you haven’t yet signed up for the CDS electronic discussion list, view the instructions in the “Communications” portion of the site.

Ramune Kubilius, Chair, CDS Membership Committee

CDS Members Author Books and DocKits
Collection Development Section Members have been very active in authoring books and DocKits recently. Deb Blecic has already mentioned the second revised edition of MLA DocKit #3, Collection Development and Management for Electronic, Audiovisual and Print Resources in Health Sciences Libraries in her Chair’s column. Congratulations are also in order for the fourth edition of the Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences, compiled and edited by Jo Anne Boorkman, Jeffrey Huber, and Fred Roper.

Both titles are available from the MLANET Online Store at The DocKit is in the “Acquisitions and Collection Development” section and the book is in the “References & Information Services and Sources” section.

Melissa Nasea

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Receives International Medical Theses
The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently received a major collection of international medical theses from the New York Academy of Medicine. The theses are from the 19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries and include theses from Algiers to Zurich. Particularly well represented are theses from Paris, Berlin, Lyon, Strasbourg, Munich, Bonn and Buenos Aires, but there are many others. The library will begin cleaning, inventorying and cataloging the collection when our renovation is completed late in 2004.

Diane McKenzie

Open Access Issues
The Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science promote increased access to new research findings, while maintaining high standards for responsible scientific publishing. These Principles outline practices endorsed by the 48 organizations that created and signed the document ( ).

Presentations made at the January 7, 2004 Open Access Publishing Conference sponsored by the CDC and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University are available on the web at . Harold Varmus, M.D. provided an introduction to open access issues, followed by “Changing the Paradigm: Panel on New Models in Publishing”.

Ramune Kubilius, Hope Barton, and Melissa Nasea

Society for Scholarly Publishing Conference
FYI, if you are still in the meeting mode after the 2004 MLA conference, the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s 26th annual meeting will take place at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA on June 2-4, 2004. The theme is "Toward New Economies of Information Access". The SSP Website has meeting/speaker updates:

Ramune Kubilius

Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
The 24th Annual 2004 Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition will take place Thursday, November 4 - Saturday, November 6, 2004 in Charleston, South Carolina. Preconferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2004. This will be the first year the conference will be held entirely in the Francis Marion Hotel. The adjoining College of Charleston Conference Center, familiar to past attendees, is being reclaimed for additional educational space.

The call is out for papers, ideas, conference themes, panels, debates, diatribes, speakers, preconferences, etc. Offer to lead a discussion, act as a moderator, coordinate a lively lunch or panel. Recommend a speaker or a topic. As the promotions indicate, the conference prides itself on creativity, innovation, flexibility, and informality. In recent years, health sciences librarians have been more visible as attendees and as organizers of sessions. STM publishers have attended the Conference for years. The Health Sciences Collection Development Lively Lunches have been held for the past three years, and if all goes as planned, there will be a 4th annual Lively Lunch in 2004.

Send your ideas by June 30, 2004 to Charleston Conference Chairs Rosann Bazirjian, Penn State University, or David Goodman,, or to Conference founder Katina Strauch, College of Charleston, or

The Conference Web site ( is updated as the conference date approaches.

Ramune Kubilius, one of the Charleston Conference Directors

Annual MLA Section Financial Report For January 1 to December 31, 2003

Prepared by: Hope Barton, 2/16/04

Beginning Balance:15,422

Income and other cash received during the year:
Membership dues:1,403
Interest and investment income:71
Total income & cash:1,474

Disbursements & expenses paid during the year:
Annual meeting speakers expense: 375
General communication, e.g., telephone:300
Louise Darling Award Luncheon (award paid by MLA):178
Total disbursements & expenses:853

Total Net Revenue/(loss) for the year:621

Ending Balance:16,043

Hope Barton, Secretary/Treasurer

2003-2004 Collection Development Section Officers