AMHL ANNUAL CONFERENCE - Tampa Florida October 12-14, 2001
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Keynotes, Featured Tracks ran on Friday and Saturday, Poster Sessions and an Evening Reception on Friday, and Dinner at the Columbia to conclude out the meeting.

Bienvenidos a Tampa!
Welcome to the 37th annual meeting of the Association of Mental Health Librarians. The topic of this year's meeting, "From Research to Policy: Informing Mental Health in the New Millennium", has been selected to bring new trends, issues, and technologies to the attention of those working in or interested in the area of mental health. We believe that we have an exciting conference planned and, considering the extraordinary effort you have made in choosing to attend this year’s conference in light of the tragedies in September, we hope that you will enjoy the conference and the fellowship of its members.

Our primary sponsors for the conference this year are The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute and The Florida School of Professional Psychology. John Davies and I began planning the conference early this year and have worked with a number of other people to ensure that the conference will run smoothly.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge Patricia Pettijohn, Leslie Chason, Omar Reyes, Walter Cone, and Beth Hemphill-Slater for all their work involved in soliciting donations, setting the menu, scoping out hotel’s accommodations, arranging for the catering for Friday’s reception, and putting together the gift bags. We would also like to thank Peter Paularinne of the de la Parte Institute’s Media Center for his assistance in videotaping and recording this year’s meeting.

We would also like to thank the University of South Florida Library System, Faxon, Pro-Quest, Florida School of Professional Psychology, and the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research for their sponsorship, which is providing the breakfasts and the beverages.

Remember the 2002 conference hosts will be Neal Van der Voorn and Nancy White of Washington State Library

HIPAA and What This Means for Health Services Research.
William D. Kearns, PhD., Internet2 representative, University of South Florida. In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) passed with the intent to ensure appropriate protection of confidential healthcare information. It is wide ranging in scope, covering both storage and transmission of this data, as well as stipulating comprehensive compliance requirements. Quite clearly, it is having a substantial impact upon the healthcare sector.... compliance with HIPAA is not optional... it is mandatory. What does this mean for the data user?

Tips on Internet Searching for Updating the PIE (Policy Information Exchange) Online Database
Bruce Gardham, MLS, Missouri Institute of Mental Health
PIE (Policy Information Exchange) Online is a WEB based electronic resource [ ] devoted to the exchange and repository of mental health and health policy information. PIE Online was designed to link key stakeholders and communities to address policy issues associated with funding, research, community supports, and federal-state/provincial issues in the area of mental health. This presentation will provide an update of the PIE Online system detailing the thesaurus and some of the information needs in the area of mental health policy as well as tips on Internet searching.

Public Health Data: How to Find What You Need from Non-traditional Sources.
Tiffany Vergon, PhD candidate, University of South Florida
Morbidity and mortality data can be found in a variety of non-traditional or academic sources. This session will introduce the librarian to the world of public health data that probably wasn't covered in collection development classes.

From the Consumer Perspective: What We Need from Librarians
John Massolio, Tampa Bay Manic-Depressive Association
Mr. Massolio will address the needs of consumers and family members from an information perspective and exactly how librarians can address those needs.

Reception & Poster Session at de la Parte Institute Research Library

The Florida Commission On Mental Health And Substance Abuse
David Shern, Ph.D., Dean, The de la Parte Institute, USF
David L. Shern was the chair of the Governor's Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Established by the Florida Legislature, with its members were appointed by Governor Jeb Bush, the commission is charged with studying the public mental health and substance abuse systems and services and making recommendations to the governor and legislature. It examined issues concerning access to care, financing, accountability, integration and coordination of services, priority populations, and consumer needs as well as the unique mental health and substance abuse needs of older persons.

By the Numbers: Epidemiology and Mental Health
Kevin Kip, Ph.D., The de la Parte Institute, USF
What is epidemiology? How does it define and determine its data sources? What are the definitions and use of prevalence and incidence? Topics covered include epidemiology and its relation to behavioral health, types of mental disorders, measurement system and issues, a short history of epi studies, comorbidity, influence of SES, race/ethnicity, and genetic epidemiology.

Qualitative Rapid Assessment Procedures For Academic And Research Libraries
Patricia C. Pettijohn, M.A. & Jini M. Hanjian, Ph.D., The de la Parte Institute, USF
Academic and research librarians are under constant pressure to evaluate and improve their services, systems and programs. Librarians need a tool-box of quick and reliable evaluation methods that give them data on staff and patron behaviors and needs, functioning of systems, development of programs, and effectiveness of services. In this presentation qualitative rapid assessment procedures and data collection methods for librarians will be introduced. The discussion will include the identification of critical areas for library evaluation, the basic concepts of rapid assessment, and the qualitative data collection methods most often used for this approach. Examples from an ongoing rapid assessment evaluation on a developing project in the Institute’s Research Library will be used to illustrate this approach.

RevisingfGuidelines for Services to Persons with Mental illnesses: Panel session
Linda Walling, PhD. MLS, Rachel Vigneron, MLS, and Ardis Hanson, MLS
This panel discussion will inform librarians on preliminary points raised in the ALA/ ASCLA workgroup concerning revisions to the 1987 Guidelines for the provision of services to persons with mental illnesses.

E-Reference Roundup
Amy Tracy Wells, MLS, Michigan State University, East Lansing
There are numerous local, national, and international initiatives for the provision of e-reference. These include efforts within centralized library environments, between libraries under different management structures within the same institution, libraries within the same region, as well as larger initiatives such as the Internet Public Library, VRD, or the Library of Congresses’ CDRS which attempt to serve any user, any where. E-Reference means many things to many people such as asynchronous or, conversely, synchronous communication, software tools such as email or a off-the-shelf CRM (Customer Relations Management) package or even an in-house tool built in Perl, to policy and management goals, to cooperative and non-cooperative ventures. However, there are some trends as defined by market-share developing. Join the E-Reference Roundup for a look at significant trends at the national and local level.

Publish or Perish? Getting What We Know into Print: Panel session
Mark Stover, MLS, editor for Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian
Jini Hanjian PhD, editor for Journal of Aging and Mental Health
The panel will discuss the journals they edit and the importance of peer review - how it works and why it is done. Other topics under discussion include submission of articles: what editors want and what they don't want, establishing timelines from submission to publication, how to write for a specific audience, strategies for editing and revising, co-authoring and collaboration, and writing reviews for publication. A panel discussion will follow, including a question and answer period with all participants, to answer general questions posed by attendees and to selectively discuss some of the following: the habits of productive writers, the role of creativity in developing ideas and research interests, establishing collegial author/editor relationships, and grants, charts and illustrations: effective tools or eye candy filler?

About the Presenters
Bruce Gardham began his professional career as the librarian-in-charge of Government Documents within the Social Sciences Department of Calgary Public Library. As Manager, Library Research Services with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division his work supported numerous advocacy and public policy projects and initiatives of the Division. In 1994, he received the President’s Special Recognition Award for his work. He has been active in a variety of national professional library organizations and has published in the area of mental health policy collection development.

Jini Hanjian is the Coordinator, Research and Demonstration Unit in the Department of Aging and Mental Health. Her degrees in applied anthropology have given her many opportunities to engage in, and coordinate, research projects at the Institute as well as statewide evaluation projects for the CETA program. Dr. Hanjian was the Quality Management Facilitator and directed the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) program for many years. She is also the Managing Editor for the Journal of Mental Health and Aging.

Ardis Hanson has been director of the de la Parte Institute Research Library for ten years. She has published extensively in mental health policy and administration, with an emphasis on mental health parity. She is currently editing a book entitled The Making of a Virtual Library, due out in 2002. In addition, she teaches as an adjunct in the School of Library and Information Science and in the College of Public Health.

William D. Kearns, PhD. is the director of Computer Support with a dual appointment in research. He serves as USF’s representative to all Internet2 meetings. He obtained his doctorate in psychology from the University of South Florida. He was principal investigator on the State of Florida’s Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Juvenile Justice Community Re-entry Program, and was responsible for its evaluation from 1989 through 1994. He specializes in the incorporation of electronically stored data from multiple sources (e.g., jail criminal histories & clinical treatment records) to produce predictive mathematical models.

Kevin Kip has both his Masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology. Currently, he is developing epidemiological methodology to estimate and forecast the statewide prevalence of mental health disorders, and the extent which mental health services and resources adequately meet these estimates. He is an adjunct instructor in the College of Public Health at USF. His prior training was in industrial/ organizational psychology where he developed and evaluated training programs for the Armed Services and other Federal organizations, including the Federal Emergency Management Association.

John C. Massolio, Jr., is the Founder of the Tampa Bay Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, which has been in existence since 1985. In 1981, he had his first serious manic episode and hospitalized. With the support of his family and others, Mr. Massolio continues to educate the public and try to erase the terrible stigma associated with mental illness.

Patricia L. Pettijohn has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Library Science. She is an experienced instructor in "how to use" the library and has extensive collection development skills. Her areas of interest include southern history, multiculturalism, and women's studies. In addition to her library skills, Patricia also has experience as a book editor for The WomanSource Catalog & Review and as a coordinator for documentary film.

David Shern is the Dean of the de la Parte Institute. As Dean, Dr. Shern oversees the state's only mental health research and training institute. Prior to coming to the University of South Florida, he was the Director of the National Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health - a federally funded services research center in the New York Office of Mental Health. In addition, he directed the Evaluation and Services Research Bureau in the New York OMH. He currently serves on the advisory boards for several national organizations devoted to mental health services research and development.

Mark Stover is Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Librarian at San Diego State University. He holds a masters degree in library science from UCLA and a doctorate in information science from Nova Southeastern University. Mark has published widely in the field of information technology. He is currently the editor for Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian.

Tiffany Vergon is currently working on her Ph.D. in Aging Studies, with a specialization in Traumatic Death in Older Persons, at the University of South Florida. She is a research assistant in the Department of Neurology, College of Medicine and has worked as a research assistant on the Senior Violence and Injury Prevention Program project at the de la Parte Institute.

Rachel Vigneron received M.L.S. at SUNY Albany, and her M.Ed. at Harvard. Her background includes Montessori teaching and school librarianship. She began work as a mental health librarian in 1998 at Austen Riggs Center, where she runs the staff library and helped set up a new Patient and Family Education Library.

Linda Walling is a Professor in the College of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina. Her interest in services to persons with disabilities began when asked to teach a course in library services for people who are institutionalized or disabled. She has served on committees within the American Library Association. In 1985, the Presidents Committee recognized her book, The Disabled Child in the Library, on Employment of the Handicapped.

Amy Tracy Wells has an extensive history in the development and provision of Internet based services. From her early days at the Library of Congress to her work on the Internet Scout Project, Ms. Wells has been on the cutting edge of technology and libraries. She is a prolific authour, having been primary editor of The Amazing Internet Challenge: How Leading Projects Use Library Skills to Organize the Web.

The Association of Mental Health Librarians (AMHL) is a professional organization of individuals working in the field of mental health information delivery. Its members come from a variety of information settings: inpatient hospitals, academic institutions, psychiatric and psychological agencies. AMHL provides opportunities for its members to enhance their professional skills; encourages research activities in mental health librarianship; and strengthens the role of the librarian within the mental health community. AMHL has a 2-1/2 day annual meeting. For more information about the benefits of membership....