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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.

  • April 01, 2013 6:19 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    I have gone through my Kubler-Ross stages of grief after hearing of the upcoming demise of Google Reader, and I have finally reached acceptance. This has been made much easier thanks to the many other devoted Google Reader fans who are going through the same process, and the fact that there are quite a few powerful alternatives out there.

    My choice, and the choice of over 3 million new users since Google's announcement, is Feedly. It is very easy to import your feeds- just log in using your Google Reader info, and voila, there they are! It also has apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It offers many of the functions that Google Reader has including sharing, saving and tagging. They even have information for those of us new to Feedly. Very handy!

    So, if you get your HealthLINE blog updates via Google Reader, remember to import the feed to a new service before Google pulls the plug on July 1st!
  • March 13, 2013 3:49 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    The International Council of Nurses (ICN) updates its code of ethics. The ICN, a federation of more than 130 national nursing associations, revised its code of ethics in 2012. The new code reflects the current professional emphases on positive work environments and the use of evidence-based practice. According to David Benton, chief executive officer of the ICN, the publication is “an essential tool” for nurses as they navigate challenges and face major ethical dilemmas.

    The ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses can be downloaded for free (and in several languages) at .

  • March 05, 2013 10:44 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    I've finally found the time to read this article "Bitter Pill:  Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us."  (Thanks Elaine Cox!)  It's definitely worth reading and to be shared with others.
  • February 22, 2013 2:39 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    I've been following the case of librarian Dale Askey being sued by Edwin Mellen Press for his comments. The outcome of this lawsuit has freedom of speech ramifications and the work of librarians. I value the comments of fellow librarians for collection development purposes.

    MLA and AAHSL has come out in support of Askey by asking Edwin Mellen Press to drop the lawsuit.

    [The comments posted are the sole opinion of Lisa Huang.]
  • February 20, 2013 7:59 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Hi everyone:

    Michelle Kraft of the Krafty Librarian blog will present at The Evolving Librarian Workshop in OU-Tulsa Schusterman Campus.  The workshop will look at these changes and provide examples of how librarians can meet them head on. Librarians will be asked to analyze their library and library services and create a strategy plan to position it for the future.  Check out for more information.  Registration is open but space is limited.
  • January 18, 2013 5:11 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Press Release:
    Date: January 17, 2013

    HealthLINE Announces Librarian of the Year 2012

    HealthLINE is excited to announce that Jon Crossno from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has been named HealthLINE’s Librarian of the Year for 2012.

    The LOTY Award is the highest honor HealthLINE can bestow on a member. The purpose of this award is to recognize the contributions of a member who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in medical librarianship. Special consideration is given to accomplishments either in the recipient’s home library or that directly benefit HealthLINE and its members.

    Crossno, known throughout MLA’s South Central Chapter as its President for 2011-12, has just completed a 3-year rotation through HealthLINE’s executive offices. During that time he modernized and streamlined HealthLINE’s inner workings, developing computer programs to handle electronic voting and interlibrary loan statistical reporting, both of which had previously been done in print. He also coordinated a panel discussion on opportunities in medical librarianship that included graduate school professors and the President of MLA.

    HealthLINE is the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, organization of health science librarians and libraries, with members representing medical and allied health schools, hospitals and health-related companies and associations throughout the DFW Metroplex.

    CrossnoLOTY2012Jon Crossno


    Contact: Mary Peters, Past Chair
  • January 03, 2013 12:21 AM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    "Happy New Year HealthLINE!

    My 2013 resolution is to improve my librarian skills/knowledge and to keep up with emerging trends and technologies. Frankly, I have a greater shot at success with this resolution than anything related to exercise, weight loss or organization! Another great resolution- be realistic! :-)

    Here are a selection of webinars for this month and beyond:<\p>

    • Dr. Jane Borzath, an eLearning coordinator for the state of North Carolina, teaches two webinars a month related to online learning. A list of classes through June can be found on her website.
    • OCLC Webjunction has a very nice list of free webinars being held in January from variety of sources.
    • The Infopeople website has a list of four webinars being held in January in February. One I'm very interested in taking is called, 'Keeping Your Library Safe- Black Belt Librarians'.
    • The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has a list of classes as well. Most are aimed at a school or public library, but I have signed up for their four-part leadership webinar.

    I'll be happy to add to this list- just let me know what classes you're looking forward to taking in 2013."

  • November 19, 2012 5:33 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    2013 Officers: Teresa Hansen, Treasurer; Mary Peters, Past President; Lisa Huang, President; Shelley Burns, President-Elect; Pat Reese, Secretary2013 Officers: Teresa Hansen, Treasurer; Mary Peters, Past President; Lisa Huang, President; Shelley Burns, President-Elect; Pat Reese, Secretary

    2012 President Mary Peters2012 President Mary Peters

    Presenter Danelle Orange discussed the UNT Oral History ProjectPresenter Danelle Orange discussed the UNT Oral History Project

    Presenter Dr. Joseph Warren on forensic investigations with introductions by Michele WhiteheadPresenter Dr. Joseph Warren on forensic investigations with introductions by Michele Whitehead
  • November 19, 2012 5:12 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    At the recent SCC-MLA meeting in Lubbock, Texas, Dan Burgard, Director of the UNT Health Science Center Library, gave a short light hearted presentation on medical eponyms. If you missed it, or would like to view it again, you can find it here:
  • November 13, 2012 4:30 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The Internet Librarian conference is a great place to keep up on what all types of libraries are doing with online tools. Many of the presentations get posted on the IL conference website. Good news for those of us not lucky enough to get to spend a few days in Monterey!

    Ellyssa Kroski who blogs at iLibrarian, has posted 10 presentations that she particularly enjoyed.
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