25 Years of OHSLA

The Spring 2019 OHSLA meeting was held at OhioNET in Columbus on Friday May 17, 2019. This also marked the 25th year anniversary of the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA), which we celebrated with a cake after the meeting to commemorate 25 years of networking and sharing. After an update from the NNLM Greater Midwest Region, we learned about Trauma Informed Libraries in a presentation given by Dr. Meghan Harper, PhD of Kent State University. Attendees earned MLA CE credit for participation in a group discussion following the presentation, which was based on a pre-assigned reading list on the topic. A portion of the afternoon was dedicated to the bi-annual OHSLA business meeting.

In a special proclamation, President Tucker announced that the OHSLA Board named the annual OHSLA scholarship, the Ohio Health Science Library Association Bette Sydelko Scholarship in honor of Bette’s service and dedication to OHSLA. Bette retired from Wright State University in February 2019.


Libraries Lending Hope: Trauma Informed Libraries

Libraries and library staff are often on the front lines of many issues that deeply affect communities such as homelessness, hunger, addiction, unemployment, violence and healthcare.  Providing an oasis of hope for others can be challenging, but even small efforts can have a big impact. Dr. Harper will highlight how libraries can respond to trauma and need through programming and outreach. She will also discuss the "how to" aspect of lending hope through non-judgmental/non-evaluative service approaches, incorporating an ethic of care and specific suggestions for resources, programming, and staff training.

The CE portion of the program is modeled on the MLA Discussion Group Program, which provides an opportunity for participants to explore a topic of interest with other professionals and earn CE credit. Individuals may use MLA CE hours earned through the discussion group for AHIP credit.

Resources from the presentation

3.0-4.0 MLA CE contact hours were available to attendees who participated.


Meghan Harper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & K-12 School Library Media Concentration Coordinator
Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science



Meghan Harper, Ph.D., is a Kent State University iSchool faculty member and currently serves as the MLIS program coordinator as well as the school library media concentration coordinator. She is also the co-director of the Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Literature Conference, the longest running national conference of its kind. Harper is the author of Reference Sources and Services for Youth and has published numerous articles, chapters, manuscripts and reviews relating to her research interests in school library administration, facility design, multiliteracies, care-based practices, electronic portfolios, cataloging, evaluation and assessment. She received the Presidential Award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association in 2013.

OHSLA Spring 2019 Meeting Handouts & Links

For the CE Program 

For the OHSLA Business Meeting

Past Presenters

Each OHSLA meeting features an opportunity to earn continuing education by attending a class led by a qualified professional in the health sciences field. For a list of past presenters and topics, visit our Past Presenters page.

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