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  • 12 Sep 2023 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • CCML Member Achievements, September 2023



      Congrats to Catisha Benjamin, who renewed her AHIP certification at the Senior level. 


      Catisha Benjamin has been promoted to the Doody’s Library Board of Advisors.


      Carole Durst participated as a List Selector for Doody’s Special Topics Booklist: PTSD and Informed Trauma, published July 2023.


      Carole Durst was also accepted to be trained as a mentor for The Kindred Mamas, a program which has the support of Children's Hospital Colorado. The program helps connect African American women who are new moms with the resources they need, such as hospital and community partner resources and medical information, fosters self-efficacy, and offers emotional support.


      Nina McHale who was selected to receive a Sewell Fund stipend that will allow her to attend the AACP (Amer Assoc of Colleges of Pharmacy) Annual Meeting.


      Congrats to Hannah Pollard who was recently accepted as a member of the Fall 2023 cohort of the Data Services Continuing Professional Education (DSCPE). DSCPE is a ten-week online intensive learning experience geared toward preparing working librarians to provide needed data services.


      Ruby Nugent was selected to enroll in the Fundamentals of Health Data Science course, hosted by the NNLM National Center for Data Services. This 9-week class covers the basics of programming in Python for data science projects in health sciences and enrollment was limited.


      Jensen Fisher was awarded the "Research Support Person of the Year" award by Rocky Vista University on July 17, 2023. This award is given to the research support staff member who has made the most significant contributions to the university's research program. Jensen was recognized for his dedication, expertise, and commitment to excellence in research support.


      Publications and Presentations


      Lehn C, Chipman C, Augustine S, Lyon C, DeSanto K. Trigger point injection for low back pain. American Family Physician. 2023;108(1):85-86. PMID: 37440745


      Morse B, Soares A, Kwan BM, Allen M, Lee RS, Desanto K, Holliman BD, Ytell K, Schilling LM. A transgender health information resource: participatory design study. Journal of Medical Internet Research – Human Factors. 2023;10:e42382. PMID: 37318836. doi: 10.2196/42382


      Gates M, Beagle M, Bull L, Radi R, Lyon C, DeSanto K. Does hormone replacement therapy prevent cognitive decline in postmenopausal women? Journal of Family Practice. 2023;72(4):E10-E11. PMID: 37224546. doi:10.12788/jfp.0594

      Tavee J, Brannagan TH 3rd, Lenihan MW, Muppidi S, Kellermeyer L, D Donofrio P; AANEM. Updated consensus statement: Intravenous immunoglobulin in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders report of the AANEM ad hoc committee. Muscle Nerve. 2023 Jul 11. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37432872. doi: 10.1002/mus.27922

      Kondrad E, Westling A, Burke E, Weldon S. Metformin vs. Lifestyle Changes for Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Am Fam Physician. 2023 Apr;107(4):422-423. PMID: 37054421.

      Svoboda E. Creating a Curated Open Educational Resource (OER) Guide on a Health Sciences Campus. Doody’s Core Titles.

      Submitted for publication:


      Lon J Van Winkle, Shane L. Rogers, Bradley O Thornock, Brian D Schwartz, Alexis Horst, Jensen Fisher, and Nicole Michels, "Survey of attitudes toward performing and reflecting on required team service-learning (SASL): Psychometric data and reliability/validity for healthcare professions students in preclinical courses" to be considered for publication in Frontiers in Medicine, section Healthcare Professions Education.


      Jean M. Bouquet, DO, FAWM, FACOFP, Rayyan Naji, Carlos Armas, Valentina Roldan, Shadi Selkhi, Camille Bentley, DO, MPH, FACOFP, Isain Zapata, Ph.D., Jensen Fisher, MLIS, "An Innovative Design for the Vaginal Speculum" to be considered for publication in the Journal of Medical Devices and Research.




      The following paper and lightning talk presentations were given at the annual MLA conference:


    • ·       Hannah Pollard (paper): "An Analysis of Publications Regarding Scholarly Activity Among Osteopathic Education Institutions" with Molly Montgomery, Megan DeArmond and Katie Hoskins
    • ·       Dana Abbey (paper): “Piloting a Buddy Program for New Hires”
    • ·       Dana Abbey (paper): “Mentoring Health Science Library Students: Practices and Perceptions from a Regional Program” with David M. Brown
    • ·       Ellie Svoboda (lightning talk): “Filling the Gaps: Collecting Instruction Data for Meaningful Benchmarking”



    New Members

    We are happy to welcome Lori Micho as a new member to CCML. Lori is the Special Collections Librarian for the Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous & Integrative Health Collection at Strauss.

  • 03 May 2023 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CCML Member Achievements, April 2023


    Congratulations to Ruby Nugent, who was named a co-recipient of the Medical Library Association’s 2023 Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award! This award recognizes Ruby for her work leading a group of medical librarians and subject experts in creating new MeSH terms for the MLA Latinx Caucus Hispanic/Latinx Inclusive Terminologies Project.  


    Hannah Pollard  renewed her AHIP certification at a higher level! Hannah is now at the Senior level. 


    Hannah Pollard was elected as the MCMLA Chapter Council Representative and will begin her three-year term at the close of this year’s MLA business meeting.


    Publications and Presentations


    Herman D, Ghazipura M, Barnes H, Macrea M, Knight SL, Silver RM, Montesi SB, Raghu G, Hossain T. Mycophenolate in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2023 Apr 7. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202301-054OC. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37027538.


    Radi R, Ng W, Simcoe R, Lyon C, DeSanto K. (2023). Dry needling for low back pain. American Family Physician, 107(3), 299-300. PMID: 36920827.


    Connolly, T., & Svoboda, E. (2023). Open Educational Resources in Nursing Curricula: A Systematic Review. Journal of Nursing Education, 62(3), 147-154. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20230109-04


    Makic, MBF., & Svoboda, E. (2023). Staying Informed of Best Evidence to Guide Practice. AACN Advanced Clinical Care, 34(1), 63-66. doi: 10.4037/aacnacc2023372


    Misky GJ, Sharpe B, Weaver AC,Niranjan-Azadi A, Gupta A, Rennke S, Ludwin S, Piper C, et al. (2023). Faculty Development in Academic Hospital Medicine: a Scoping Review. J Gen Int Med.


    Accepted for publication:


    Spencer C, Sitarz J, Fouse J, DeSanto K. Nurses’ rationale for underreporting of patient and visitor perpetrated workplace violence: a systematic review. BMC Nursing.


    Zachary Vinton OMS IV, Kevin Wolfe OMS IV, Jensen Fisher MLIS, Amanda Brooks Ph.D. Calcific Aortic Valve Disease and the Implications of Celecoxib Use. Journal of Clinical Medicine.




    Rachel Linger Ph.D., Jaqueline Powell Ph.D., Jensen Fisher MLIS. Oral Presentation: "Using Course Evaluations as a tool to mitigate implicit bias and stereotypes in educational content." International Association of Medical Science Educators Conference 2023, June 11, Cancun, Mexico. 


    Amanda Brooks Ph.D., Lynne Stephenson M.Ed., Jensen Fisher MLIS. Poster session: "Pursuing Scholarly Activity Without Overburdening Your Schedule (249)". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Conference: Educating Leaders 2023, April 28, Baltimore, Maryland.


    Jensen Fisher was also a featured speaker at the 2023 NNLM National Virtual Health Misinformation Symposium. The session was held on April 6th from 11:30-12:30, and titled "Turning The Tide Against Medical Misinformation About Transgender Youth and Gender-Affirming Care Will Take All Of Us."

  • 07 Mar 2023 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ruby Nugent was elected Chair-Elect of the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association in a special election. She begins her term immediately and assumes the Chair position in October.

    Marie St. Pierre renewed her AHIP membership at the Distinguished level.

    Raven Morrigan presented about the Strauss Library’s repository migration experience at the Special Library Association Rocky Mountain fall meeting and the 2022 Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium. You can find her MIRL presentation in the repository.


    Midcontinental Chapter Of The Medical Library Association, & Morrigan, R. (2023). MCMLA 2022. In MCMLA 2022 Virtual Meeting October 27-28, 2022.

    Piper, C., & Wilairat, S. (2022). Graduate library student interest in health sciences graduate employment positions: A think aloud study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 48(6), 102600.

    Mullen R, Cogburn J, DeSanto K. (2022). NSAID use and effects on bone healing. American Family Physician, 106(5), 578-579. PMID: 36379477.

    Mullen R, Aho H, DeSanto K. (2022). Recreational cannabis and emergency department visits. American Family Physician, 106(3), 322-323. PMID: 36126015.

    Accepted for publication:

    Brad Morse, PhD, MA; Marvyn Allen, MPA; Lisa M. Schilling, MD, MSPH; Andrey Soares, PhD; Kristen Desanto, MSLS; Brooke Dorsey Holliman, PhD; Rita S. Lee, MD; Bethany M. Kwan, PhD, MSPH. Community engagement in research and design of a transgender health information resource. Applied Clinical Informatics.

  • 15 Nov 2022 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jerry Carlson was a panelist and breakout discussion leader for the Clinical Support Immersion Session “Reflect, Renew, Reconnect To Envision A New Service Model For You, Your Customers, and Your Library” at MLA ’22 in New Orleans, LA.

    Kimberly Kemp was named Interim Dean of Dayton Memorial Library at Regis University.

    Ellie Svoboda won best lightning talk and viewer’s choice lightning talk for her presentation, “Highlighting Hidden Costs: Assigning a Dollar Amount to the Library’s Contributions to Systematic Reviews” at the 2022 MCMLA virtual meeting.

    Dana Abbey, Nina McHale, Kristen DeSanto, Shandra Knight, Christi Piper, Danielle Ostendorff, and Ellie Svoboda won best paper and viewer’s choice paper for their presentation, “Piloting a Buddy Program for New Hires” at the 2022 MCMLA virtual meeting. Ruby Nugent was awarded an MCMLA STARS Award at the 2022 virtual meeting.

    Jensen Fisher was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Library Association.


    Svoboda E, Chatterjee D, Harnke B. Do I Need to Ask Permission? Applying Fair Use to Educational Activities. J Grad Med Educ. 2022 Oct;14(5):515-518. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-22-00082.1. PubMed PMID: 36274768; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9580316

    Marie St. Pierre is an author on a manuscript that has been accepted to Pediatrics, “Defining an Infant’s Race and Ethnicity: A Systematic Review”.

  • 12 Apr 2022 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Catisha Benjamin, Marie St. Pierre, Jerry Carlson, and Liz Kellermeyer were renewed, and Ruby Nugent was appointed, as Adjoint Faculty with the Strauss Health Sciences Library.

    Liz Kellermeyer and the National Jewish Health library were awarded an NNLM grant to host a hybrid event with Colorado’s Poet Laureate, Bobby LeFebre: Poetry as Praxis: an exploration of collective discourse and civic health. Information here.

    Ellie Svoboda has been accepted into the 2022 MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) and was granted a scholarship that will cover the registration fee.

    Carole Durst completed the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level II.

    Big congratulations to Carole Durst, who will be graduating from Texas Woman’s University in May with dual Master’s degrees in Library Science and Health Studies!


    Raybin JL, Harnke BD, Hendricks-Ferguson V. Does Creative Arts Therapy Improve Distressing Symptoms in Children with Cancer? A Synthesis of Extant Literature. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing. 2022 January; 39(1):60-71.

    Phimphasone-Brady P, Palmer B, Vela A, Johnson RL, Harnke B, Hoffecker L, Coons HL, Epperson N. Psychosocial interventions for women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. F&S Reviews. 2022 January; 3(1):42-56.

    Cunningham JM, Persoff J, Piper C, Burger A, Shinnar E, Cunnius P, Stella SA, Frank MG. A Framework for Hospital Medicine's Involvement in Disaster Preparedness and Response. Health Secur. 2022 Mar 24. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35333614.

  • 16 Feb 2022 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Carole Durst successfully earned the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) level 1 through the Medical Library Association.

    Kim O'Neill was awarded Outstanding Affiliate Faculty for the Loretto Heights School of Nursing for 2021

    Ellie Svoboda was accepted as a Provisional member of AHIP – the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

    Ruby Nugent was selected to participate in the Pilot Training Class on Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) from December and January.  This intensive 40 hour, 5 week course included 15 students and 5 mentors focused on teaching attendees how by learning more about computable applications they can be part of delivering this knowledge and resources to other librarians and healthcare providers. 

    Ruby Nugent co-presented at the REFORMA National Conference  with other MLA Latinx Caucus members and academic colleagues outlining a year-long Hispanic/Latinx Inclusive Terminologies Project. This task force was made up of two project teams which conducted  a comprehensive scoping review of Hispanic/Latinx terminology specific to the United States in an effort to capture and recognize the diversity of this population. Based on what they found, they then developed several MeSH and Subject Heading suggestions that were then formally submitted to NLM for consideration.

    Emily Peterson will be a Doody’s Core Title selector for 2022.

    Alex Austermann created a historical timeline for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 125th anniversary and created a new homepage for the library catalog to showcase it. She is currently working on another timeline for research history.


    O’Neill, K. (2021). The Little Cemetery that Moved. Regis University Magazine, 29(2).


    Connolly, T., Coats, H., DeSanto, K., Jones J. (2021). The experience of uncertainty for patients, families and healthcare providers in post-stroke palliative and end-of-life care: a qualitative meta-synthesis. Age and Ageing. 50(2):534-545. PMID: 33206952.


    Weeks, A., Justice, A. V., Nugent, R., Rodriguez, B., & Linares, B. (2021). ¡Presente!: Affirming Latinx voices within health sciences library scholarship. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA109(4), 693–696.


    Melissa Kovac is acknowledged in the following publications:

    Beraud, M., Goodhue Meyer, E., Lozano, M., Bah, A., Vassallo, R., & Brown, B. L. (2022). Lessons learned from the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 and specific considerations for immunocompromised patients. Transfus Apher Sci, 103355.


    Sethi, D., Martin, K. E., Shrotriya, S., & Brown, B. L. (2021). Systematic literature review evaluating evidence and mechanisms of action for platelet-rich plasma as an antibacterial agent. J Cardiothorac Surg, 16(1), 277.


    New Members

    Alex Austermann is a Research Librarian with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. She states that while she doesn’t provide medical information about people, she does provide articles to researchers, biologists and vets about wildlife.

  • 23 Nov 2021 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dana Abbey and Wlad Labeikovsky have had a chapter proposal accepted for a book to be published by ALA on the topic of spatial literacy in public health. The title of the chapter they are drafting is "Mapping and Evaluation of Local Public Health Resources, Access, and Populations using Free Software and Census Information”.

    Christi Piper and Sam Wilairat received the MCMLA Best Research Paper Award for their paper "Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Apply to our Jobs? A Qualitative Study on MLIS Graduate Student's Perceptions of and Interest in Health Sciences Librarianship".

    Ellie Svoboda received the MCMLA/Midwest 2021 Joint Conference Viewer's Choice Award for Best Lightning Talk. Ellie’s Lighting Talk was titled "To Zoom or Not to Zoom?"

    Jacob Gallay started a new position at the Strauss Health Sciences Library on November 1st as an Access Services Specialist.

    The National Jewish Health library welcomes two new employees: Carole Durst, who joined in November as the Senior Library Technician and Ruby Nugent, who will be starting in December as the Biomedical Research Librarian. Nitzan Watman has left to be the Public Services Librarian at the Denver Botanic Gardens.


    Singh, A., Heet, H., Guggenheim, D. S., Lim, M., Garg, B., Bao, M., Smith, S. L., Garrison, D., Raynor, E. M., Lee, J. W., Wrigley, J., & Riska, K. M. (2021). A Systematic Review on the Association Between Vestibular Dysfunction and Balance Performance in Children With Hearing Loss. Ear and hearing, 10.1097/AUD.0000000000001131. Advance online publication.

    Chadalawada, S., Rassi, A., Jr, Samara, O., Monzon, A., Gudapati, D., Vargas Barahona, L., Hyson, P., Sillau, S., Mestroni, L., Taylor, M., da Consolação Vieira Moreira, M., DeSanto, K., Agudelo Higuita, N. I., Franco-Paredes, C., & Henao-Martínez, A. F. (2021). Mortality risk in chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. ESC heart failure, 10.1002/ehf2.13648. Advance online publication.

    Gilens, J. F., Hoss, M., Lyon, C., & DeSanto, K. (2021). Does Light Therapy Decrease Depression in Older Adults?. American family physician104(4), 417–418.

  • 17 Sep 2021 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marie St. Pierre completed her graduate certificate of Health Data Informatics and Analytics from the University of Denver.

    Catisah Benjamin was named an Editorial Board Member for Doody’s Special Topics Lists.

    Emily Peterson is a slector for Doody’s Special Topics List for Health Literacy, which went live in July.

    Liz Kellermeyer was named an Editorial Board Member for Journal of the Medical Library Association.

    Nina McHale for was accepted into the MLA Research Training Institute for 2021 and received a $750 scholarship. Nina’s research topic is post-MLS training for medical and health sciences librarians in evidence-based medicine and advanced literature searching.

    Sam (Kennefick) Wilairat was offered and has accepted a position as one of the NLM Associate Fellows for 2021-2022! The Associate Fellowship program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship with NLM. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research.


    Yumin Jiang was awarded an AAHSL Leadership Diversity Scholarship. Yumin used the scholarship to attend the Siena College Leadership Institute for Academic Library Managers in late July.


    Nina McHale and Christi Piper were promoted July 1, 2021. Nina is now an Associate Professor and Christi is an Assistant Professor.


    Shandra Knight started a new role as the Deputy Director of Strauss Health Sciences Library on September 1, 2021.

    Huge congrats to Lisa Traditi for successfully completing her term as MLA President in May!


    MLA vConference, May 2021


    • ·       Nina McHale Yumin Jiang: Making Hard Choices a Little Easier: Gathering Actionable Data from the Campus Community to Inform Collections Decisions
    • ·       Nina McHaleSam (Kennefick) Wilairat, Ellie Svoboda & Christi Piper: Diversify Your Health Sciences Course Syllabus: A Pilot Program
    • ·       Christi Piper, Dana Abbey & Tina Moser: Facilitating Updates to Faculty Governing Documents: A Better Process for Encouraging Participation


    • ·       Kristen DeSanto: Using an Email Template to Increase Library Class Registrations
    • ·       Nina McHale Lisa Traditi: Librarian Engagement with the Cochrane US Network at Affiliate Institutions
    • ·       Christi Piper Sam (Kennefick) Wilairat: Experience Required: A Survey of MLIS Student Experiences with Graduate Employment in Libraries

    5th Annual Joint Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists and Association of Mental Health Librarians Virtual Conference, April 2021

    • ·       Kate Elder: Library Services to Hospital Patients During the Pandemic

    CLiC Spring Workshop, April 2021

    • ·       Christi Piper and Nina McHale:  Cracking the Code: Applying for Academic Library Jobs


    Colorado Cochrane Affiliate, April 2021

    ACRL meeting, April 2021

    • ·      Sam (Kennefick) Wilairat and Christi Piper: Experience Required: A Survey of MLIS Student Experiences with Graduate Student Employment (poster)

    Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology, August 2021

    • ·      Ben Harnke:  Making it count: Recognizing Open Educational Practices (OEP) and Resources (OER) in Promotion.


    Kovac, M. (2021) HIPAA and Telehealth: Protecting Health Information in a Digital World. Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy. 6:2, DOI: 10.5860/jifp.v6i2.7556

    Patel, A. D., Bullock, G. S., Wrigley, J., Paterno, M. V., Sell, T. C., & Losciale, J. M. (2021). Does sex affect second ACL injury risk? A systematic review with meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 55(15), 873-882.

    Wilairat, S., Svoboda, E., & Piper, C. (2021). Practical Changes in Reference Services: A Case Study. Medical reference services quarterly, 40(2), 151–167.


    Panchal, P., Piper, C., Whitmore C., & Davies, R. D. (2021) Providing supportive transgender mental health care: a systemized narrative review of patient experiences, preferences, and outcomes, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2021.1899094


    Rodrigues Pessoa, R., Mueller, A. C., Boxley, P., Flaig, T. W., Piper, C., Konety, B., Yu, J. B., Gershman, B., Kukreja, J., & Kim, S. P. (2021). Systematic review and meta-analysis of radiation therapy for high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Urologic oncology, S1078-1439(21)00118-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2021.03.009


    Stotz S, Hebert LE, Brega AG, Lockhart S, Henderson JN, Roubideaux Y, DeSanto K, Moore KR (2021). Technology-based health education resources for indigenous adults: a scoping review. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 32:2, 318-346. doi:10.1353/hpu.2021.0066. 


    Lyon C, Iruku S, Hoss M, DeSanto K. Is NPH associated with fewer adverse events than analog basal insulin for adults with T2D? (2021) J Fam Pract.70:4, E5-E6. 

    New Members

    Stephanie Weldon new systems library director for Sisters of charity leavenworth. She used to work for the University Health Sciences Library years ago.

    Teresa McGinley is a Medical Librarian at Harley E. Rice Medical Library/Centura Health.

    Carole A. Durst is a student at Texas Women’s University working  on her dual Master's degree in Library Science and Health Studies. She is also a Library Program Coordinator in the Denver Public Library system.

    You can see Jacob Galley featured in our new member profile on our website or Facebook.

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