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Virtual Mid-Winter HMRC Meeting Minutes

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Health and Medical Reference Committee
Virtual Midwinter Meeting
January 12, 2016

Present: Ann Glusker, Toni Hoberecht, Karen Vargas, Laura Haines, Qiana Johnson, Kelli Hamm, Gwen Geiger Wolfe


  1. Next chair?

Ann Glusker has kindly agreed to become the next chair for the HMRC.

  1. RSS Section Review, information from our committee.

The committee carefully considered the questions posed by RSS answering each one as a group. Laura Haines agreed to write up the HMRC’s portion and send it to Crystal Lentz. After running a draft by the full committee, Laura sent the HMRC’s report to Crystal on January 15.

  1. Promoting the Guidelines.

It was agreed that a lot more promotion has to happen. We talked briefly about spreading the word among our regional committees and colleagues, but agreed to move this item to next meeting’s agenda since the Section Review took a long time to discuss.

  1. Promoting MEDREF list.

Toni Hoberecht drafted a “press release” about MEDREF for all members to share. The group had a few suggestions and amendments for the release, which Toni changed on the spot. Each agreed to send the release to a list: Laura to RSS-L and RUSA-L; Ann to MLA/MEDLIB-L and PLA, Kelli to CAPHIS, Karen to ACRL and Qiona to LIBREF.

  1. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida: Discussion Forum.

Everyone was supportive of the idea of submitting a Discussion Forum to be held with ACRL’s HSIG (Health Sciences Interest Group). Laura and Nadia will be attending ALA and can help run the forum. Laura and Karen will reach out to the folks on ACRL HSIG to further discuss planning for the forum. Laura agreed to spearhead this.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Haines, Chair