MLA '05: Featured Speakers
John J. Nance, Fred W. Roper, Joycelyn Elders, and the Library of the Future panel and breakout sessions will take center stage to provide insights into challenges and offer motivation for the future!
John J. Nance, a founding board member of the National Patient Safety Foundation, is one of America's most dynamic professional speakers, presenting entertaining and pivotal programs on teamwork, risk management, motivation, coping with competition, and other topics. He is a pace-setting and well-known international advocate of using the lessons from the revolution in aviation safety to equally revolutionize the patient safety performance of hospitals, doctors, nurses, and all of health care.
A native Texan who grew up in Dallas, he holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, and a law degree from the SMU School of Law and is a licensed attorney. He is also a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of the Vietnam War and Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield and is a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. He is well known for his involvement regarding human factors in flight safety education for the US Air Force. Nance has logged over 13,000 hours of flight time in his commercial airline and Air Force careers. He flies his own turbine aircraft, was a veteran Boeing 737 captain for Alaska Airlines, and is an internationally recognized air safety analyst and advocate, best known to North American television audiences as aviation analyst for ABC World News Tonight and aviation editor for Good Morning America. He has logged countless appearances on national shows such as Larry King Live, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio, Nova, Today Show, and many others. His editorials have been published in newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. Nance is the author of seventeen books, five nonfiction and twelve fiction. He latest book, Saving Cascadia, was published in 2005. He lives in University Place, WA.
MLA's Professional Development Programs: A Look Back at the Way Ahead
Fred W. Roper, AHIP, FMLA, was dean and professor at the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Science from 1986-2002, when the college became the School of Library and Information Science in the newly formed College of Mass Communications and Information Studies. He served as director of the school from 2002 until his retirement in June 2003.
Roper is an active member of MLA. He was MLA president during 1994/95 and served on the Board of Directors from 1987-1990 and 1993-1996. His most recent assignments in MLA include chair of the Governance Task Force (1995-1997) and chair of the Task Force on Skills and Knowledge (1989-1992), which produced MLA's educational policy statement, Platform for Change. He became an MLA fellow in 1997 and, in 1998, received the Marcia C. Noyes Award, the organization's highest professional distinction for recognized contributions to health sciences librarianship. In the same year, at MLA's centennial meeting, he was named to the list of 100 most notable members. In 2000, he received the President's Award for his contributions to the association's professional development program. Roper is also active in the American Library Association, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and the Special Libraries Association and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2001.
A native of Hendersonville, NC, he attended the University of North Carolina (UNC), where he earned a bachelor of art's degree in English in 1960 and a master's degree in library science in 1962. He then participated in a federally funded internship from 19621963 at the Biomedical Library at the University of California-Los Angeles, where he remained on staff for three years following the internship. In 1971, he completed his doctorate at Indiana University and returned to his home state and alma mater. He taught for fifteen years at UNC and became associate professor and associate dean before being appointed dean at the University of South Carolina in 1986.
Roper has contributed many scholarly publications to the profession. He coauthored the Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences. MLA copublished the fourth edition of this standard text on medical library information resources in 2004.
Joycelyn Elders was nominated surgeon general of the US Public Health Service by President Bill Clinton in July 1993. She served in this post until January 1995, after which time she went to work at the University of Arkansas Children's Hospital until her retirement in June 1998. She is now a professor emeritus of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Arkansas School of Medical Science.
At fifteen, she received a scholarship from the United Methodist Church to attend Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. Upon graduation at eighteen, she entered the US Army as a first lieutenant and received training as a physical therapist. Elders attended the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS) on the G.I. Bill. After graduation in 1960, she was an intern at the University of Minnesota HospitalMinneapolis and did a pediatric residency and an endocrinology fellowship at the University of Arkansas Medical CenterLittle Rock. She ascended the academic ladder to full professorship after her fellowship and board certification in 1976. She also holds a master of science degree in biochemistry.
Elders joined the faculty at UAMS as a professor of pediatrics and received board certification as a pediatric endocrinologist in 1978. Based on her studies of growth in children and the treatment of hormone-related illnesses, she has written many articles for medical research publications. She was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Health in October of 1987. While serving as director, she was elected president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers.
Panel: 10:00 a.m.11:15
Anurag Acharya, principal engineer, Google Scholar
Alane Wilson, editor, OCLC Environmental Scan The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition report was produced for OCLC's worldwide membership to examine the significant issues and trends impacting OCLC, libraries, museums, archives, and other allied organizations, now and in the future. The scan provides a high-level view of the information landscape, intended both to inform and stimulate discussion about future strategic directions.
Jonathan Handler, Washington Hospital Center and
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Breakout Sessions: 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.