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Ohio Resource Libraries: Tour Day 2

Posted by on June 8th, 2017 Posted in: Site Visits


I’ll bet you wondered what happened to the posts for the second and third day of our journey! Well, the charger for my laptop was mislaid at the airport (likely O’Hare) and my laptop became an expensive paperweight for the remainder of the trip. My plans to use the computer at the hotel were dashed when we stayed at a decidedly dodgy Hawthorn Inn and Suites near Toledo, which didn’t have such luxuries.

Photo at NeomedOn the second day of our journey across Ohio, we got up at the crack of dawn (not Linda’s favorite time of day) to visit Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. There, we met with Tom Klinger, the new health sciences library director, and his enthusiastic staff in their beautifully remodeled library. Here, we shared ideas about potential outreach projects with the Family & Community Medicine department at Neomed (as the Northeast Ohio is nicknamed) as well as potential projects utilizing K-12 resources developed by the National Library of Medicine.

Did you know that Neomed’s mascot is Ned the Walking Whale? I didn’t, and I think it’s hilarious! Tom stopped us off at the gift store on our way out, Stacks at Neomedand I am now the proud owner of a Ned the Walking Whale t-shirt.

Linda and I drove from Rootstown to Columbus, Ohio, stopping for what now ranks as one of the best slices of cherry pie I’ve ever eaten. In Columbus, we met with Pam Bradigan, Lynda Hartel and their staff at their spacious Health Sciences Library on the Ohio State University campus. One of these was our very own partner outreach librarian, Judy Wiener, who give us some background on the work she’s been involved with. Just last fall, Judy was featured on WOSU Public Media, for her work presenting the National Library of Medicine exhibit on African American Physicians during the Civil War at the Ohio State Medical Heritage Center, located in the library. Linda and I brainstormed potential outreach projects with staff, some of who grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Ohio.

Visit to Ohio StateThis visit also allowed me the opportunity to commiserate with my pal Stephanie Schulte, who serves as the secretary for the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. I’m serving as the treasurer of the same organization, so Stephanie do a lot of back and forth via email.

After a lovely dinner with Pam, Lynda and Julie (what a delicious salad! let’s all take note that I ate something healthy on this trip), Linda and I said our goodbyes and impulsively decided to drive to Dayton to spend the night. We had originally planned to spend the night in Columbus and get up early to get to our meeting at Wright State, but remember, Linda is not a morning person. And who knew that all of the hotels in Dayton would be booked up on a Tuesday night? We were fortunate to locate a motel in Huber Heights, just on the outskirts of town.

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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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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346-01 with The University of Iowa.

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