Happy 25th Birthday ICS!

From MLA ’14 Blog post by Martha Knuth.

The International Cooperation Section celebrated their 25th birthday with a lovely party hosted by Kathy Kwan. Attended by many MLA members both national and international, everyone had a lovely time reminiscing about ICS’s involvement and achievements over delicious hors d’oeuvres and birthday cake. Guests also were encouraged to dress in traditional clothing from their home country which made for a beautiful gathering!


MLA President, Dixie Jones, kindly dropped by to give a lovely speech on behalf of MLA thanking ICS for all their work over the years. ICS also thanked Tovah Reis for her generous contribution to the ICS Treasury on behalf of her late husband. Everyone enjoyed the display table of past activities and pictures. Also included was a magnificent basket to be included in the scholarship auction that included many donations from our international guests. Thank you everyone for attending! It was a lovely time.


Bangladesh Sister Library Ceremony & News

Hello ICS members,

I’m thrilled to share information and photos of a Sister Library ceremony which took place on April 13th in Bangladesh.  The sister libraries are:

  • Bangladesh Health Professions Institute / Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed Library in Savar, Bangladesh
  • Bracken Health Sciences Library at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Our thanks go to Kathy Kwan and Jie Li for arranging the Sister Libraries designation.  The attached document includes additional photos and details about the e-library and Sister Libraries partnership. We were stunned to see the Sister Libraries certificate rendered in marble when we arrived!

More photos:

CRP Librarian Mosammat Mohesana, Suzanne Maranda (Head, Bracken Library) and I provided instruction to 134 faculty, clinicians and students on the HINARI terms of use and resources such as CINAHL, Summon, PubMed full text, Cochrane and Essential Evidence Plus.  Learners also were introduced to the new online catalogue and institutional repository.  The e-library is possible due to Springshare’s donation of a LibGuides site license:

For more information on the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, see  The Centre is located 1.2 kilometres from the site of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse; most of the victims were transported to the CRP for medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Transportation and accommodation and project support were provided under the auspices of Queen’s University’s International Centre for the Advancement of Community-Based Rehabilitation, with funding from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

In addition to continued development of the allied health library, attention will now turn to creating an inviting and accessible library with a thoughtfully planned collection (in English and Bangla) for the Centre’s Inclusive School.

I won’t be attending the MLA Chicago conference but look forward to meeting fellow ICSers in Austin next May.


Paola Durando, BA, MLS

Bracken Health Sciences Library, Queen’s University

Kingston ON, K7L 3N6 CANADA

Email: paola.durando[at]

Message from ICS Chair: Looking Back on 2013-2014

Dear all,

As I prepared the ICS Annual Report to submit to the MLA Board, I fully appreciated that the ICS truly had a productive year!  Following the setting of ICS priorities for 2013/14 this past July, through a combination of hard work and dedication of all ICS members, I am happy to report that most of our objectives were achieved and are detailed in the Annual Report.

Beyond what I submitted to the MLA Board, I would like to share some noteworthy items with you:

  • ICS received a generous contribution from Tovah Reis in memory of her late husband Avraham.  This generous donation strengthens the ICS’s treasury and allows us to plan and develop new activities to further our mission.  In order to express our gratitude, please attend the International Visitors Reception at MLA 2014 (Sunday, May 18, 2014 6:00 pm -7:00 pm, Room: Regency C) to sign a “thank you” card to be delivered to Tovah after the meeting. 
  • On a related note, ICS made a contribution to the endowment for the Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant. This grant will provide a scholarship to be awarded to a librarian involved in nursing, allied health, consumer health, or international librarianship to attend the annual MLA meeting.  Ysabel was a valued member and beloved member of ICS.   I hope that all of you will consider a donation to this grant in her honor – no matter how small – so that the scholarship will be fully funded.   More information about the grant is available at: 
  • In honor of our 25th year anniversary, a group of members wrote an article to highlight ICS accomplishments.  A  concise version will be published in the May issue of MLA News.  The complete version is now posted on the new ICS website.

I know that you are looking forward to attending all of the great ICS activities planned for MLA 2014 in Chicago.  Activity  organizers will update you with further details over the next couple of weeks.  However, the key event this year will be the ICS 25th birthday party at the International Visitors Reception, which is sponsored by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).   Please drop by their booth and thank them for their support for ICS!

In addition, please remember to send in any pictures and/or other objects showing your international activities to me for display at the reception.  This will let the attendees to get to know more about ICS and our members!

Last, but not the least, please bring your coffee and breakfast, and attend the ICS Business Meeting scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7:30 am to 8:55 am in Room: Toronto. Attend to help us to review the past year and plan for the future.   The agenda will be shared with you all in a couple of weeks.

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Best regards,

Kathy Kwan,  ICS Chair 2013-2014

International Cooperation Section, MLA


Submit Your Photos for the ICS 25th Anniversary!

Please take a moment and email any photos you have of ICS activities or events, ICS members past & present, or you somewhere international engaged in librarianship, training, or information sharing.  Please include a short description of the photos. These photos will be used to celebrate the 25 years of ICS throughout the rest of 2014 both at MLA 2014 and on our website.

Please upload your photos and brief description to the ICS’s page on Flickr and tag them with mlaics.

A great example is from our current Secretary/Treasurer and Chair-Elect, Megan von Isenburg’s trip to Tanzania in 2011.

My week at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center Library reinforced the importance of international cooperation. High quality health information is important everywhere!

~Megan von Isenburg,  pictured with Neema Mosha