OHSLA Spring 2020 Meeting

OHSLA held its first virtual meeting on Friday, April 17, 2020. Elizabeth Bolander, Director of Audience Insights and Services at The Cleveland Museum of Art presented the program entitled Beyond the Survey-Qualitative Research Practices and Techniques. Sam Watson, Outreach Specialist at the NNLM GMR shared an update on the activities of the NNLM GMR and answered questions about the new version of PubMed. The MLA CE credits were generously underwritten by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR). The business meeting will be scheduled separately and also held online. 


Beyond the Survey-Qualitative Research Practices and Techniques

Elizabeth Bolander, Director of Audience Insights and Services at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Elizabeth will be leading a 3.0 Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education class on qualitative research practices and techniques. This entry-level, hands on workshop will cover ways of gathering, managing, and analyzing qualitative data. Participants will learn best practices for conducting one-on-one interviews with patrons and walk away ready to tackle their own exploratory qualitative research projects. 

NNLM GMR Update and the New PubMed

Sam Watson from the NNLM GMR, will be sharing an update on the activities of the NNLM GMR and answer questions about the new version of PubMed. PubMed is a free database of more than 30 million citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed journals in the biomedical and life sciences. Sam has graciously offered to take our PubMed questions beforehand so that he can customize his presentation. Remember to have your PubMed questions ready to share when you register.

This is a great opportunity to learn about qualitative research, get updated on the latest news in the medical library world, and meet health sciences librarians from all over Ohio!

Class Materials

Business Meeting Materials

The Spring OHSLA Business Meeting will be held on Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The meeting will be held via Zoom, with invitations sent out to current OHSLA members one week in advance, check your emails. Reports and other documentation will appear in this section as they become available.

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Registration Details

  • Cost: $20 per attendee, no special rates, PayPal payments only. You do not need to create a PayPal account to pay online. If you have questions about payment, please contact OHSLA Treasurer, Liz Lyman at Elizabeth.Lyman@nationwidechildrens.org
  • Refundable up to the day before the meeting
  • Online meeting via WebEx, with WebEx invitations, links, and supporting documentation sent out to all participants by 4/13/2020


  • 9:45 a.m. – Log in, technology help and socializing!
  • 10:00 a.m.– Noon – Elizabeth Bolander’s Presentation
  • Noon – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch Break – Off of WebEx
  • 12:45 p.m. – Log in again - check connections
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Elizabeth Bolander, Part II, Exercises and Q&A
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Sam Watson and NNLM GMR Presentation including New PubMed.


  1. Because of the current complicating circumstances around the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking this opportunity to experiment not only with a totally online meeting, but also with a totally online payment requirement. If you have questions about payment, please contact OHSLA Treasurer, Liz Lyman at Elizabeth.Lyman@nationwidechildrens.org  

  2. In the interest of brevity, there will be no Business Meeting included in this event. There will be a separate, free, online OHSLA Business Meeting scheduled at a later date.

  3. Please plan to login and test your connectivity at least 15 minutes before the start time (e.g. plan on logging in at 9:45 a.m for the morning session and 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon session)

  4. Please read and abide by the Virtual Meeting Etiquette as outlined in the handout provided.

  5. Send any comments or suggestions to Don Pearson, dpearso7@kent.edu to be included in a report on the first OHSLA online meeting. Your input is valuable in improving this method of meeting delivery for the future.

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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