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The HealtLINE blog serves as a means to facilitate communication to HealthLINE members beyond the capabilities of the HealthLINE listserv and provides information about HealthLINE meetings, CE classes, news, website suggestions, and more. It was originally launched in March 2004.

Blog posts from March 2004 through October 27, 2010, may still be viewed at This site includes all posts since October 29, 2010.

  • December 16, 2014 2:10 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    The Texas Woman's University Foundation has honored our very own Elaine Cox by naming her the 2014-15 recipient of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

    Check out the TWU Libraries Blog post to find out more.

    Congratulations, Elaine!

  • December 05, 2014 6:27 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    Please nominate a HealthLINE member Librarian as Librarian of the Year for 2014. Please complete the 2014 Librarian of the Year Nomination Form and return to Mary Ann Huslig by Dec. 22. Award will be given at our 25th Anniversary Meeting on January 22, 2015.

    The HealthLINE Librarian of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of a current member who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in medical librarianship. Winners of the award have demonstrated significant contributions in their home library or accomplishments which directly benefit HealthLINE and its members. Other considerations for the award include service to the profession, current activities, achievements in medical library work, and the impact, visibility, and recognition of that work.

    • 2013: No Award
    • 2012: Jon Crossno, UT Southwestern
    • 2011: Kathy Broyles, UNT-HSC
    • 2010: Clayton Crenshaw, UNT-HSC
    • 2009: Lisa Huang, Collin College
    • 2008: Kelly Gonzalez, UT Southwestern
    • 2007: No Award
    • 2006: Ana Cleveland, UNT SLIS
    • 2005: Brian Bunnett, UT Southwestern
  • December 01, 2014 4:13 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    Please put Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, on your calendar for the next HealthLINE meeting! We will celebrate 25 years of HealthLINE with a luncheon.


    Place: Joe T. Garcia's Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth, just north of downtown
    Time: 11 am - 2:30 pm
    Cost: $10 per person (includes drink, birthday cake, and tip!) -- Note: UNTHSC-Fort Worth and UTSW have offered to partially subsidize the party, which is why our per-person cost is so low!
    Agenda: The business meeting will include transition of officers and the LOTY Award. Program will be based on 25 years of medical librarianship in our Dallas Fort Worth HealthLINE group, with Dan Burgard as Master of Ceremonies.

    What to do:

    1. Register at! Guests are welcome, but seating is limited for the meal (maximum 48), so please register soon!
    2. Do you know how to contact a former HealthLINE member? If so, please let Mary Peters (email: know -- so we don't duplicate efforts -- and tell them about the event in case they want to register.
    3. If you wish to be involved in some way, please let Mary know.
    4. Please submit a recent photo of yourself -- in your library if possible! A group shot of your staff would be great, too, from our institutional members. Please email photos to Kathy Broyles at by Jan. 12 so they can go in the slide show.
  • November 20, 2014 7:05 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Hi All:

    I just wanted to let you know the results of today's HealthLINE treasurer run-off election. We had an outstanding slate this year and I appreciate everyone’s willingness to participate. Congratulations to Jon Crossno on being elected treasurer!

    Lisa Huang, Jean Hillyer, Leah Hamrick - Nominating Committee

  • November 13, 2014 7:30 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Michele Whitehead! Michele was elected chair-elect of HealthLINE and will officially take office at the January 2015 HealthLINE meeting.


    For the treasurer position, it was a tie between Peace Ossom Williamson and Jon Crossno. To break the tie, paper ballots will be distributed to full individual and institutional representatives at the Nov. 20th HealthLINE meeting at UT-Southwestern in Dallas before 9:30 am. If the institutional representative is not attending the meeting, please let me know beforehand who is the alternate representative. The election results should be announced at the end of the Nov. 20th business meeting. Should the paper ballots results in another tie, Peace and Jon will break the tie by drawing straws!


    Hope to see everyone at the Nov. 20th meeting!  Should you have any questions, please let me know.


    Best regards,
    Lisa Huang
    Jean Hillyer
    Leah Hamrick
    Nominating Committee

  • August 29, 2014 3:50 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    The recipient of the 2014 HealthLINE Travel award is Mandrell Bufford. (We had no student applicants this year.)

    Thank you to those who applied this year and to the Travel Award Committee members.

  • May 09, 2014 12:36 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    Quint*Essential: Convergence & CollaborationRegistration is now open for Quint*Essential: Convergence & Collaboration, which will be held October 12-16, 2014, in Denver, Colorado.

    Register for the entire meeting – including the Hospital Librarians' Luncheon – for just $295. Package A includes admission to all ticketed events (2 receptions and 2 luncheons) and offers the best value for attendees. Register for Package B if you don't plan to attend the Hospital Librarians' Luncheon. Special one day, student, and retiree rates are also available!

    To register, go to If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Lynne M. Fox, Registration Chair, by email at or by phone at 303-724-2121.

    This is a joint meeting of five chapters of the Medical Library Association: Midcontinental Chapter (MCMLA), Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona (MLGSCA), Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNCMLA), and South Central Chapter (SCCMLA).

  • March 03, 2014 9:30 AM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following HealthLINE member, who is a recipient of one of MLA's 2014 awards, grants, or scholarships:

    MLA Rising Stars Program

    Lisa Huang, Central Park Campus Library, Collin College, McKinney, TX

    Lisa will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon at MLA 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

  • June 25, 2013 3:04 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    From NLM's Middle Atlantic Region, a webinar for those who want to increase their PubMed knowledge.

    PubMed Tips and Tricks? / July 9, 2013  (Noon - 1 pm ; Eastern Time Zone)

    Presenter: Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

    Description: Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!

  • June 03, 2013 2:59 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    The Central Park Campus Library (2200 W. University Drive, McKinney) of Collin College  is pleased to host a two (2) day boot camp of free continuing education (CE) classes for librarians on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2013.  Collin College is collaborating with the NNLM/SCR Regional Medical Library in the Community College Libraries Initiative.  The classes are open to HealthLINE members. There is no registration cost for the classes; however, space is limited.

    The classes are:

    1. Friday, June 21, 2013 CE class "Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy." The class starts at 9:30am to 4:30pm. There will be a lunch break midway. Lunch is on your own.
    2. Saturday, June 22, 2013 CE class "Keeping Up with PubMed." That class starts at 8:00am to 12p.m. Lunch is on your own.
    3. Saturday, June 22, 2013 CE class "Food for Thought." That class starts at 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

    To register for the classes, please go to

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Lisa Huang (

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