Friday, January 21, 2022

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - February 2022

Join the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus for a 3-part discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot during the Experience MLA annual event.  

MLA CE credit will be provided for this activity.

The Experience MLA Events are open to non-MLA members, so feel free to invite others.

In preparation for the discussion attendees should read or watch one of the following:


Read: Skloot, R. (2010). The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Crown Publishers. [Books will not be provided]


Watch: HBO Films, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne



February 1, 8, and 15, 2022

1:00 - 2:30PM (CST)/2:00 - 3:30 PM (EST)


Registration is not required, but encouraged as it gives the organizers an idea of how many facilitators will be needed to lead discussions.



February 22, 2022

1:00 - 2:30PM (CST)/2:00 - 3:30 PM (EST)

The Series will conclude on February 22, 2022 with a presentation from Chris by Analyzing the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: HeLa Cell Impact on Research.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

MLA Webinar: Using EndNote for Librarian-Mediated Systematic Review Searches

Image from Pixabay.

WHSLA has received funding from NNLM Region 6 for the upcoming MLA Webinar:

Using EndNote for Librarian-Mediated Systematic Review Searches.

  •  The webinar will take place on January 25th from 1:00-2:30pm, central time.   

If you would like a code for an individual to view the webinar (live or as a recording for up to 180 days) and also claim CE credits, please email Dora Davis at dora dot davis at phci dot org. 

Thank you!

Dora Davis

WHSLA Professional Development Coordinator

New Year's Resolutions & Professional Development

From Dora Davis

Your WHSLA Professional Development Coordinator

If you’re like many people, the new year is a great time to refocus and recharge.  Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions but if you’re like me, at this mid-point in the month your steam is starting to give out to the pressures of home, work, family etc.  One resolution I’ve set for myself is to try to do at least one “official” professional development activity every month.  What better way to do that than to attend one of MLAs webinars, sponsored by Region 6?


I know some of you may be thinking that this is cheating because I’m the Professional Development Coordinator but the truth is, I haven’t found the latest MLA offerings pertinent to my super limited job as a hospital librarian.  But then a few months ago, I happened to be free and online when one of the systematic review webinars was about to start and though I don’t work on these at all in my role, I decided to log on and watch rather than continue binge watching whatever I was watching at the time.  (Right now it’s Home on Apple TV if you ‘re interested.)  So I fired up the systematic review webinar and then watched and marveled as I learned so much that I could apply to my job:  

  • I learned about being an advocate for myself and my skills, 
  • I got a refresher on Prospero 
  • and at the end of the webinar I had more than a few ideas jotted down to apply to my current position. 

Now unless I leave my organization I don’t anticipate ever working on a systematic review, however I still feel that the 90 minutes I spent in that webinar was value added to my current role.  So I will watch a webinar or attend a professional development activity every month, even if it’s a past webinar and I can’t claim credit.  (And if you’re interested in watching past webinars, I know a girl who can help with that…me!)


On the non-professional side of resolutions, I am making reading-for-pleasure a priority this year.  My goal is to read 75 books.  I’m on book 4 so wish me luck with that one!


What are your New Year’s Resolutions?




PS-If you’re looking for a list of webinars available you can email me and I’ll send you the list.  Or you can check this blog post for a list with a few of them.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Time to renew your WHSLA membership for 2022!

Greetings WHSLA!

It's time to renew your WHSLA for 2022. Visit this link to fill out the membership form and send in your payment (PayPal or check). Dues are just $20 per year.

What are we planning for 2022?

  • Awarding two Professional Development scholarships (worth up to $500 each)
  • Free access to select MLA webinars
  • Networking with fellow WHSLA members
  • WHSLA Wisdom Chats

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" (TED-Ed video)

After attending an immersive Van Gogh exhibit this summer, I've been reading more about him and his work. 

Starry Night is one of those paintings you just recognize. But what I didn't know is the math and science behind it. I invite you to take a break and dive into 'The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" '. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Docline Winter Webinar Recording Available

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Recording Available: DOCLINE Winter Webinar

The December 15, 2021 DOCLINE Winter Webinar Recording and Slide Deck are now posted. 

This webinar provided a brief overview of new DOCLINE features and improvements, discussed the 2022 development roadmap, and answered user questions. 

The recorded session and slides have been added to the DOCLINE system home page under webinars.

Please check back for the Q&A update which will be posted as soon as it is available.

To provide feedback about the webinar, please Contact NLM.

Questions about DOCLINE? See the DOCLINE User Resources home page for quick tour videos, FAQs and more. 

Contact DOCLINE Support with feedback or to report technical issues.


For anyone who missed the live session back in December (like me!)