Recap: ICS 25th Birthday & MLA’14

Dear all ICS members,

I just wanted to thank everyone for a special MLA’14 to celebrate ICS’s 25th anniversary in Chicago!!

Please check out a picture of the cake and a write up of the International Visitors Reception by Martha Knuth, ICS Secretary/Treasurer. It was delicious! At the reception, MLA President, Dixie Jones, read a resolution honoring ICS’s 25th anniversary. Read the resolution here.

Once I have access to the pictures taken by MLA headquarters during the International Visitors Reception, I will share them with you all.  However, please view photos of the Reception and events on Flickr by using the mlaics tag to find photos from MLA 2014 and prior conferences.

A small group, led by Donna Flake, wrote an update d history of ICS which included  highlighting the notable ICS events over the past 25 years.  In addition, a summary version was just published in the May 2014 issue of MLA News: https://www.mlanet.org/members/mla_news/2014/may_14/section.html. Thanks to Donna and everyone in the group!

For a write up about other ICS activities at MLA’14,  please read Martha Knuth’s blog postings on the ICS dining circles and open forum, and the ICS session. Thanks Martha!

Last, but not the least, the ICS gift basket, coordinated by Ramune Kubilius, was well received and auctioned off at a great price! Thanks to everyone who donated the items and to Ramune for coordinating the basket!

It has been a pleasure to serve as your Chair over the past year. I’m delighted to pass the baton to Gurpreet (Preet) Rana, your new ICS Chair. I know that Preet will continue to foster ICS to be a stronger section which serves our mission and members better!

Kathy Kwan
ICS Immediate Past Chair


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: http://crplibrary.libguides.com/home.

For more information on the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, see http://www.crp-bangladesh.org/.  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]queensu.ca
Web: http://library.queensu.ca/research/librarian/paola-durando