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Ohio Resource Libraries: Tour Day 1

Posted by on June 6th, 2017 Posted in: Site Visits


Linda Walton and I are visiting our Resource Library partners across Ohio this week! As we work our way from Cleveland to Cincinnati, we make stops only for the occasional pastry and micro brew…. and to visit our partners, of course.

Our first stop was Case Western Reserve University, where we met with interim director Kathleen Blazar and her team at the beautiful Allen Memorial Medical Library. The Allen Library was built by the Cleveland Medical Library Association in 1925 and it is a librarian’s dream of a library. Pink marble steps lead to solid bronze doors, and within are classic reading rooms, murals, fireplaces, and – of course – books! Allen is also home to the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, where we took a quick browse of the displays.

After meeting and presenting to staff at Allen, Kathleen took us over to the the main health sciences library facility, the Health Center Library, a classic energy-crisis building similar to our own Hardin Library, which houses the bulk of the collection. Kathleen gave us a tour of the space and walked us through recent changes to the facility. Of particular interest were the new “pods,” tiny individual banquettes for library users.

Following our visit to Case, we drove less than five miles away to visit Cleveland Clinic’s Alumni Library, where we met with director Michelle Kraft and her team. The Alumni Library is a beautiful, light filled space on the 3rd floor of the clinic, and was full of library users (always a good sign!).

An extra perk, Michelle joined us for dinner at the Greenhouse Tavern, where this photo was taken.

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Elizabeth Kiscaden has been a health sciences librarian for over a decade, working in both hospital and academic libraries. Originally from Minnesota, Liz now lives in Iowa City with her mixed-breed hound, named Tammy. She enjoys old martial arts movies, roadside historic markers, prairie plants, and afternoon naps.

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