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MLA ’19 Session Overview by Topic

Picking what session to attend, meeting to participate in, or poster to study can be overwhelming. To make it easy to identify learning opportunities that serve your professional development goals, more than eighty MLA ’19 educational opportunities are organized into seven areas of health information professional practice.

MLA ’19 sessions include:

  • 4 keynotes: 60 to 90 minute plenary sessions featuring outstanding speakers on leading-edge topics
  • 2 MLA leadership updates
  • 1 NLM update
  • 23 Immersion Sessions: 80 minute in-depth perspectives on a specific topic in a smaller, interactive setting
  • 105 Papers in 21 sessions: paper presentations (15 minutes each) on scholarly topics
  • 52 Lightning Talks: brief verbal presentations (5 minutes each) focused on 1 main point
  • 200+ Posters: visual presentations with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and more
  • 16 Continuing Education courses: pre-meeting (separate registration fee required)

Information Services

Professional practice area covers: research assistance, outreach to specific communities, subject knowledge development, expert searching

Librarians have an inexhaustible interest in improving their information services skills and knowledge! Elevate your performance with the latest in systematic reviews, searching, data visualization, artificial intelligence, and more.

Developing a Systematic Review Service: Blueprints for Success

If you are considering developing a review service or refining one you have, this session will help you create a blueprint for a successful service for your library. Through a panel discussion and small group work, you will learn about the essential elements of a successful service and you will address key operational questions. For example: Should there be one point of contact? Should librarians request coauthorship? How should the service be assessed? You will leave the session with a blueprint for success at your library.

Megan Van Noord, Erik Fausak

Establishing a Successful Data Visualization Service: Lessons from the Field

Learn what you need in order to offer a successful data visualization service at your library. A panel of public service librarians will share the challenges that they encountered and the solutions that they implemented on their paths to creating their services. You will understand what data visualization services are, what the librarian’s role in offering the services is, and how to identify patron data visualization needs.

Tania P. Bardyn, AHIP, Terri Gotschall, AHIP, Benjamin Hoover, Emily Patridge, AHIP, Vedana Vaidhyanathan

Harness the Power of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Change the Way You Approach Large, Complex Research Questions

Learn how machine learning algorithms can transform the way you approach large, complex searches. You will gain an overview of basic concepts, see validation data that demonstrates the efficacy and efficiency of this approach, and view demonstrations of how machine learning can refine search strategies, de-duplicate search results, and reduce the volume of search results that must be screened manually. Small-group discussions address barriers to implementing artificial intelligence (AI)–enabled searches. For information professionals who regularly contribute to large-scale literature reviews. Skill with machine learning not required.

Michelle Cawley, Nandita S. Mani, AHIP, Arun Varghese, Jamie L. Conklin, Adam Dodd, Rebecca Carlson McCall, AHIP, Elizabeth Moreton, Jennifer S. Walker, Fei Yu


  • Bibliometric Benchmarking of Pediatric Cardiovascular Centers
  • Design of a Data Catalog to Support Discovery, Acquisition, and Use of Data Sets in a Secure Research Environment

Scholarly Communication

  • Anatomy of a Clinical Research Paper: IMRAD and CONSORT
  • Biomedical Preprints and the Future of Scholarly Communication: The Librarian’s Role
  • Elevating Researchers’ Impact: Turning Posters into Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Optimizing ORCID Membership: A University-Wide Outreach Plan


  • Evaluation of Literature Searching and Article Selection Skills of an Evidence Synthesis Program

Systematic Reviews

  • A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Authorship Requirements among Systematic Review Services
  • Search Strategy Protocol Compliance and Reproducibility in Nursing Systematic Reviews

Text Mining

  • Applying Text Mining Analytics to Virtual Reference Services: A Case Study on the Email Question & Answer (Q&A) Service at an Academic Health Sciences Library
  • Informing Users and Ourselves: A Systematic and Holistic Approach to Communicating Resources and Services

Librarians’ Role in Supporting Public Access Mandates to Publications and Data Generated through Federally Funded Research: Learn how to support researchers in complying with federal funder open access mandates for publication and data access.

A selection from 200+ posters and 52 lightning talks.

Information Management

Professional practice area covers: meta data, representation of information, collection of information, research data management.

MLA ’19 offers powerful and fun opportunities to develop your information management skills and knowledge. Elevate your performance in open access, data sharing, data repositories, data management, and more, and learn by playing Jeopardy!

“Information Management for a Thousand, Alex”: Play Jeopardy! to Develop Your Understanding of the MLA Information Management Competency

This session is a fun way to become more familiar with the MLA Information Management competency. All participants will play a multimedia PowerPoint Jeopardy! game hosted by MLA’s own version of Alex Trebek. Each audience member will have a Jeopardy! board for point gathering to self-grade their basic-to-expert competencies on the seven performance indicators. All participants will win a greater understanding of information management and increased skill in participating in information management–related work at their institutions!

Michelle B. Bass, AHIP, Sharon Renee Willis

Reach Out to Elevate Your Research Data Management Services

Successful research data management (RDM) services require librarians who are talented in data management and skilled in outreach and relationship building. Learn how to assess and understand the data management needs at
your institution, identify potential new relationships, plan and market your services, and “talk” data management support
to researchers and students. You will participate in a guided brainstorming activity to identify stakeholder groups and RDM opportunities, draft your own outreach plan, and role-play data management discussions with researchers and other stakeholders.

Nina Exner, Jessica Koos, Shannon Sheridan, Nicole Contaxis, Tisha Mentnech, Melissa A. Ratajeski, AHIP


  • Leading Easy Access to Content: RA21’s Final Recommendations and Insights from the RA21 Hospital Clinical Access Working Group
  • Reinvigorating the Open Access Movement on Campus Data Management
  • Using an Electronic Lab Notebook System to Promote Data Management Plans at an Academic Medical Center

Data Sharing

  • Creating Institution-Specific Resources on Data Transfer and Data Sharing
  • Developing Work Flows to Facilitate the Sharing of Research Data Sets from Electronic Health Records
  • From Conception to Action: Elevating Library Projects through Collaboration between Librarians and Developers
  • Quantifying Biomedical Data Reuse: Do Citations Tell the Whole Story?

Institutional Repositories

  • Building a Health System Institutional Repository: Setting Yourself Up for Success from the Start
  • Elevating Institutional Knowledge by Capturing, Preserving, and Repurposing: A New Type of Library Repository
  • Increasing Visibility of Research in an Institutional Repository through the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI’s) LinkOut
  • Organizing Your Organization: Taxonomy and Organizational Schemes in a Health System’s Institutional Repositories

Research Data Management

  • Elevating Research Data Management Services through Relationships and Outreach
  • Leading University Researchers in Research Data Management Planning and Curation


Librarians’ Role in Supporting Public Access Mandates to Publications and Data Generated through Federally Funded Research: Learn how to support researchers in complying with federal funder open access mandates for publication and data access.

A selection from 200+ posters and 52 lightning talks.


Professional practice area covers: pedagogy/andragogy, instruction to health professionals, educational technology, librarian as instructor, instructional design, information literacy.

Librarian educators never stop learning. Elevate your skills and knowledge in teaching evidence-based (EBP) practice, and supporting active learning at your institution, innovative pedagogies, interprofessional education, and more. 

Katherine (Katie) L. Watson

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 10:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m.

KatieWatson.jpgKatherine (Katie) L. Watson, JD, is a lawyer who clerked in the federal judiciary and practiced public interest law before coming to Northwestern University (NU). She is also a bioethicist who completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School MacLean Center and medical humanities at the NU Feinberg School of Medicine. She currently teaches law, ethics, and humanities to medical students and students in the NU master’s program in bioethics and medical humanities.

Look forward to an engaging session on innovative instructional techniques for medical education: Katie Watson, also a talented playwright and an adjunct faculty member at the training center of Chicago’s Second City theater, will share her story that started in 2002, when she created a seminar in what she calls “medical improv” to improve doctor-patient communication. In 2013, in response to national recognition of her new training approach, she began leading a yearly train-the-trainer workshop.

MLA is delighted to work with Women & Children First bookstore to offer Watson's book, Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion for purchase onsite at a price of $33. At noon, Katie Watson will be available to autograph her book

Activate Your Evidence-Based Practice Instruction!

Reimagine and reinvigorate your evidence- based practice (EBP) teaching! Skilled EBP instructors share strategies and guidance for teaching EBP using flipped classroom, case-based learning, and other active learning strategies. You are invited to discuss and design practical EBP activities and assessments to use at your home institution. For experienced and novice EBP instructors. Bring an activity to enhance or share.

Kathryn (Katie) Houk, AHIP, Laura Menard, Stephanie M. Swanberg, AHIP, Hanna Lee Schmillen, AHIP

Active Learning and Librarians: An Evolving and Impactful Partnership

Health professional programs are increasingly using active, self-directed learning approaches to foster students’ lifelong learning and effective practice. A panel of veteran instructors will show you how to increase your visibility and your impact on learning by supporting active learning at your institution. Through presentation, discussion, case examples, and audience participation, you will learn how to participate in active learning sessions, use collection development to support active learning, and influence pedagogy by serving on curriculum committees. You will understand the principles of active learning and how to embed and integrate librarians into active learning activities at your institution. No prior knowledge required.

Bradley A. Long, Misa Mi, AHIP, Stephanie Schulte, Annie Cloud Nickum, AHIP, Lori B. Snyder

Active Learning

  • Activate Your Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Instruction: Designing Learner- Focused Sessions [Active/Self-Directed Learning]
  • Elevating Library Learning: Implementing “Self-Directed Learning” as an Educational Framework
  • Librarian Support for Active Learning
  • Raising Frames of Mind: Elevating Learners Using the ACRL Framework and Active-Learning Strategies


  • Improvements to Assessment of Library-Led Doctoral Class Lead to Insights into Library Programming
  • Integrating Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Skills into a Medical School Curriculum: A Longitudinal Approach

Data Management, Science, and Visualization Training

  • Building a National Training Program for Research Data Management
  • Current Practices in Data Management Education: Surveying Nursing Doctoral Programs
  • Data Science Training for Library and Information Science Graduate Students and Practicing Health Sciences Librarians
  • Excel-evate: Developing a Data Visualization Workshop in Excel

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Instruction

  • Activate Your EBP Instruction: Designing Learner-Focused Sessions [Active/Self- Directed Learning]
  • Designing a Brand New Evidence-Based Research Course to First Semester Physical Therapy Graduate Students
  • Integrating EBM Skills into a Medical School Curriculum: A Longitudinal Approach
  • Learning and Teaching Evidence-Based Chaplaincy
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles? Engaging Medical Students with Interactive, Skills-Based, Multimodal Evidence-Based Practice Instruction

Embedded Librarianship

  • Embedded Librarianship in a First-Year Experience Program for Future Health Professionals

Innovative Pedagogy and Services

  • Developing a Robust Makerspace through Librarian Engagement and Collaboration
  • Evolving Curricular Assistance Using Custom Question Banks
  • Exploring Best Practices for Librarian Integration into Case-Based Small Group Learning
  • Preparing Health Sciences Students for Real World Information Gathering Using Teams, Cases, and Critical Pedagogy
  • Using Comics to Discuss the Geriatric Clerkship Experience

Interprofessional Education

  • Health Sciences Librarians’ Perceptions of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
  • Medical, Nursing, and Health Education
  • Elevating Nursing Librarianship: Assessing Trends in Distance Librarian Services for Advanced Practice Nursing Programs
  • Librarians Co-Teaching a Graduate Medical Education Research Practicum
  • Situating Systematic Reviews and Librarians at the Nexus of Teaching and Research
  • Understanding Nursing Faculty’s Perceptions of the Role of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework in Nursing Instruction

Medical, Nursing, and Health Education

  • Elevating Nursing Librarianship: Assessing Trends in Distance Librarian Services for Advanced Practice Nursing Programs
  • Librarian Co-Teaching a Graduate Medical Education Research Practicum
  • Situating Systematic Reviews and Librarians at the Nexus of Teaching and Research
  • Understanding Nursing Faculty’s Perceptions of the Role of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework in Nursing Instruction

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching: This workshop gives you a hands-on opportunity to create instructional content using the new Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education.

Developing Library Data Visualization Services from Scratch: Learn data visualization best practices and how to create publication-worthy graphics using Excel and PowerPoint and develop a plan for developing data visualization services at your institution.


Teaching Critical Appraisal Skills: This interactive course prepares you to teach research article critical appraisal skills using engaging practical and active- teaching strategies.

A selection from 200+ posters and 52 lightning talks.

Professionalism & Leadership

Professional practice area covers: ethics; equity, diversity, and inclusion; development of leaders; management (human resources, fiscal, project, etc.); influence in health care organizations; education of and advocacy for health information professionals.

Did you know you can exercise your improvisational theater skills at MLA ’19? Elevate your leadership in project planning, grant funding, diversity, ethics, communication, new librarian roles, advocacy, and more. 

Clueless at MLA: New Member Immersion Session

If you are new to MLA or MLA annual meetings, this session will help you get the most out of your MLA membership and help you orient and take care of yourself during MLA ’19. Roundtable discussions provide opportunities to address and learn about early career questions, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), and MLA continuing education specializations. And you will have a great opportunity to develop connections with other MLA members, new and old!

Nisha Mody, Keith Engwall, AHIP, Kelsa Bartley, Jahala Simuel, Erin Reardon, Alice Jean Jaggers

Find the Right Planning Framework for Your Library

Everyone knows that success requires planning, but not everyone knows which planning framework is right for their environment and their goals. Three presenters share their experiences implementing three different planning models. You will discuss the models in small groups and identify the model that is best for your purposes. For library leaders who are involved with strategic planning and any librarian who manages projects, large and small.

Ariel Deardorff, Keith W. Cogdill, AHIP, Mary Beth McAteer

Tips for New Leaders: Advice from the Trenches

If you are a new or aspiring leader, this panel discussion and Q&A will help you prepare to lead successfully. Five first-year health sciences librarian leaders will give you their top advice for starting a leadership position. You will learn the characteristics of successful leaders, how to prepare for a leadership position, and how to find a mentor, and you will expand your network of supportive colleagues.

Catherine Soehner, Melissa L. Rethlefsen, AHIP, Nicole Capdarest-Arest, AHIP, J. Dale Prince, AHIP, Stephanie C. Kerns

Use Improvisation to Enhance Your Communication Skills

Librarians, particularly those who teach, need
to communicate effectively to do their jobs well. This session draws on improvisational theater practices that are used in health care education and other settings to promote robust communi- cation skills. You will learn basic concepts of improvisation and gain experience through short warm-up exercises and improvisational games in a supportive, collegial environment. You will begin to experience firsthand some of the surprising benefits of improvisation, which include strengthened mindfulness, memory, understanding, and nonverbal communication skills. For all librarians who are interested in new, creative ways to improve their work and their lives.

Amy Baldwin, Edwin Sperr Jr., AHIP

Legislative Update

Join MLA’s Governmental Relations Committee for an overview of federal government health funding and related issues and legislation. Learn how National Library of Medicine funding impacts library programs and services and how you can use this information in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of the National Library of Medicine.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Diversity in Degrees in Libraries


  • Building a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Tool

Grants and Funding

  • Grant-Funded Research Activities in Academic Health Sciences Libraries 2012–2017 and Opportunities for Career Preparation

Health and Wellness

  • Burnout among Health Information Professionals: Elevating the Issue to Inspire Change
  • Distracted in the Library: Supporting Staff and Patrons with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Librarian Skills and Roles

  • The Evolving Role of Clinical Librarianship in a Value-Based Health Care Environment: A Qualitative Assessment
  • Faculty Status: Academic Elevation, Job Satisfaction, and Performance of Health Sciences Librarians
  • Investigating Emerging Roles for Medical Librarians at College and University Libraries
  • Words Matter: Interpretations and Implications of “Para” in Paraprofessional and Paralibrarian

Library Services and Value

  • Building Library Capacity with a Newly Accredited Graduate Medical Education Program
  • The Goldilocks Method: Demonstrating Your Value in Small, Medium, and Large Bites


  • Collaborative Marketing in a Health Sciences Library: A First-Year Assessment

Staff and Patron Communication

  • Beyond the Elevator: Improving Library Staff Communication Everywhere
  • Informing Users and Ourselves: A Systematic and Holistic Approach to Communicating Resources and Services


Goal: Success at Being a Solo Librarian! If you are a solo librarian, you know you have to do it all and continue to show your value to your institution. Learn how to form alliances, pitch your services, budget your time and money, elevate your profile...and realize you can do it all smartly, wisely, and comfortably!

Making Your Library Positively Accessible: Explore the new functional diversity model; examine the accessibility of your library; learn practical ways to make your library, programs, and website more accessible; and build your skills in assisting people with disabilities in a positive way.

SYMPOSIUM: Managing from the Middle: Learning to Lead from Where You Are: Gain practical guidance from a panel of experienced managers on addressing diversity and inclusion, applying a model
for transforming difficult relationships, creating a strategic plan, securing and managing external funding, managing a budget, creating compelling communications, and leading without authority. Join the panelists for a lunch roundtable!

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. As one of the twenty-seven institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, NLM advances research in biomedical informatics and data science and is the world’s largest medical library. Millions of scientists, health professionals, and the public use NLM services every day.

NLM will present an update that highlights available resources, consumer health news, and accompanying information from MedlinePlus.

A selection from 200+ posters and 52 lightning talks.

Innovation & Research Practice

Professional practice area covers: evidence-based librarianship, informatics, research training, diversity in scientific research, assessment and evaluation.

Librarians are at the cutting edge of innovation and research. Elevate your knowledge and practice with the latest developments in a broad range of high-impact research studies and techniques, or learn and play by voting for your favorite tool.

Beyond the Data Management Plan: Expanding Roles for Librarians in Data Science and Open Science

The National Library of Medicine recently hosted a workshop on developing the librarian data science and open science workforce. A panel of participants will present the workshop’s findings and discuss how librarians can develop the advanced skills and expertise necessary to support these endeavors. You will understand what data science and open science are, what all medical librarians will need in order to succeed in a world of data-driven discovery and data-powered health, and how you can identify and support data science and open science needs at your institution.

Lisa Federer, AHIP

Closing the Circle with Reflection: Elevating Professional Practice

Elevate your practice as a professional by learning how to effectively explore and reflect on your work. You will learn how a panel of librarians engage in reflective practice, and you will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to engage in reflective practice in your professional life. The session features opportunities to practice reflective writing and conversation for yourself.

Presenters: Jolene M. Miller, AHIP, Anna Yang, AHIP, Stephanie Friree Ford

Panelists: Elena Azadbakht, Janet Lindsay Hobbs, AHIP, Misa Mi, AHIP, Lin Wu, AHIP

My Favorite Tool

Join the Educational Media and Technologies Section for a fast-paced, informative, and most of all, unconventional and fun session! We guarantee it will be unlike any other MLA event you have ever attended. You will discover new tools for teaching, managing time, analyzing data, searching, and other tasks you or your patrons may want to accomplish with ease and style. You will also see how you can explain the benefits of specific tools to patrons who may be reluctant to try something new. We encourage you to arrive early or on time, claim a spot with your friends or colleagues, get your device ready, and be an active participant by voting for each contestant.

Margaret A. Hoogland, AHIP; Karen Newmeyer, AHIP; David A. Nolfi, AHIP;Tamara M. Nelson; Suzanne Fricke, AHIP; Emily Vardell; Ariel Deardorf; Margaret Ansell, AHIP; Electra Enslow, AHIP; Denise Rumschlag, AHIP; Jovy O'Grady; Cecelia Vetter; Fred King; Marilia Antunez; Carolyn Biglow; Stephanie Shippey, AHIP; Laura Menard

Assessment and Evaluation

  • Trend and Transformation of Research Measurement Tools in the Field of Health Literacy: An Exploratory and Descriptive Analysis of the Instruments in Chinese Society
  • Using a Reflexive Process to Investigate Organizational Change: The Use of the Research Spider Matrix
  • Using Suma to Assess Space and Resource Use of an Academic Veterinary Medical Library
  • A Year of Creative Assessment: Incorporating Micro-Assessments into the Library


  • Biomedical Bhutan through Bibliometrics Big Data
  • Developing a Suite of BD2K-Funded Learning Modules Related to Next-Generation Sequencing

Data Analysis

  • Using Framework Analysis for Qualitative Research Data: Pros and Pitfalls

Discovery Tools

  • Measuring the Attitudes of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors toward Discovery Tools

Evidence-Based Practice

  • Designing and Teaching a Hands-On Reproducibility Workshop in REDCap and R
  • Reshaping Evidence-Based Practice with Real World Evidence: Opportunities and Challenges for Librarians/Information Specialists
  • Trends in Librarian Evidence-Based Practice Instruction
  • Variation and Outliers in Search Results among MEDLINE-Based Databases: A Longitudinal Study

Information Literacy

  • Elevating Information Literacy Research in Health Sciences Libraries: A Bibliometric Study

Library Services

  • Building an Interprofessional Literature Review and Bibliometric Analysis Service Using a Service Framework and Design Thinking
  • Connecting with Rural Health Care Providers: What Information Do They Need and How Do They Search for It? Results of a Mixed Methods, Multiphase Assessment Project

Open Science

  • Open Science in Biomedical Research in Taiwan: An Exploratory Study

Research Faculty Engagement

  • Elevating Engagement with Health Sciences Faculty: The Implementation of Research Sprints at the University of Minnesota

Research Training

  • Elevating Health Sciences Librarians’ Research Capacity through an Innovative Research Training Institute

Scholarly Communication

  • EEK! Is Everything Predatory? Elevating the Conversation about Predatory Publishing and the Ethics of Scholarly Communication
  • From Global to Local, a Case Study in Using 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication
  • Impact of Retracted Publications in Evidence-Based Dentistry<;li>
  • Transparency in Publishing: How to Best Inform the Journal Selection Process and Avoid the Lure of Predatory Practices

Systematic Reviews

  • #BLESS: Starting a Systematic Review Service from the Ground Up
  • The Impact of Covidence on Systematic Review Projects: Enabling Peak Performance for Researchers and Students

Beyond Pyramids of Evidence: Evaluating Research in the Health Sciences Literature: Learn how to identify and evaluate basic health sciences research methods, apply data literacy concepts, and incorporate these new skills into your work with practitioners, faculty, and students.

Catalyzing Collaborative Culture Change in Support of Research at Your Institution: In this exceptional daylong course, you can master the seven elements of collaboration and develop a plan to build relationships with researchers in your institution. The course includes pre-session webinars and post-course mentorship.

Institutional Review Boards (IRB): Integrating Information Professionals into the Process: Learn how to successfully submit an institutional review board (IRB) application, aid investigators with protocol development and informed consent documents, and gain an understanding of the role information professionals can play on an IRB committee.

Use Your Librarian Skills to Do Real World Research: Learn how to assess the information needs of patient and health care provider groups and design ways to meet those needs.

You Can Do Qualitative Research! Collecting Rich Data through Interviews and Focus Groups: This course introduces you to designing, conducting, and writing up a qualitative study of your own!

A selection from 200+ posters and 52 lightning talks.

Clinical Support

Professional practice area covers: evidence-based practice curriculum and habits in health professions, role of librarianship in clinical settings, provision of high-quality health information to consumers.

Librarians are essential to high-quality clinical outcomes. Elevate your practice to support health professionals at the point of care, identify information bias to clinicians and patients, expand outreach, manage hospital merger disruptions, and more.

Discovering New Pathways to Information: What Today’s Users Tell Us

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m.
John P. McGovern Award Lecture

Sponsored by EBSCO Health
Sponsored by the MLA InSight Initiative, an open circle partnership to advance thinking on health information

When this panel of library “power users” from leading Chicago medical institutions shared their personal experiences on how, where, and on what devices they discover, access, and consume professional-level information at MLA InSight Initiative Summit 2 in September 2018, the twenty librarians and twenty publishing industry representatives there were mostly stunned and fascinated. Join the panelists for a conversation on how librarians and publishers need to adjust to the new pathways to information.

Vineet Arora

Academic Hospitalist, Assistant Dean, Scholarship and Discovery, and Director, Graduate Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, is a board-certified internist, an academic hospitalist, assistant dean, Scholarship & Discovery, and director, Graduate Medical Eduction (GME) Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at University of Chicago. Through her leadership roles, she bridges educational and hospital leadership to integrate trainees and frontline staff into the quality, safety, and value missions of the institution. An accomplished researcher, she is currently principal investigator (PI) of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to develop and evaluate novel interventions that combine systems change with adult learning theory to improve care and learning in health care, with a focus on interprofessional quality improvement projects. She is PI of an FDA U01 project to improve generic prescribing among primary care physicians and nurse practitioners. In addition, with NIH funding, she has developed and implemented an interprofessional intervention to improve patient sleep in hospitals through engaging residents, hospitalists, and nurses. Lastly, with funding from the American Medical Association (AMA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), she is leading innovations to engage trainees in interprofessional quality improvement and learning through projects like Improving GME Nursing Interprofessional Team Experiences (IGNITE). She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, with widespread coverage in the New York Times, NPR, and the Associated Press.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2011, she was named to “20 People Who Make American Healthcare Better” by HealthLeaders Magazine. Dr. Arora earned her medical degree at the Washington University in St. Louis and completed her residency, chief residency, and master’s in public policy at the University of Chicago.

Margaret Danilovich

Margaret Danilovich

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, and Assistant Chair, Development and Communications, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD, is an assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Dr. Danilovich’s research investigates physical activity and exercise interventions for older adults with frailty. Her research is funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. As a writer, Dr. Danilovich has had columns published in CNN, the Huffington Post and The Hill on aging, health literacy, and physical therapy.

Allison Lale

Allison Lale

Clinical Associate, Center for Advanced Care at South Loop Family Medicine, University of Chicago Primary Care Network, and 2018 Graduate, Advocate Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency, University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, and University of Illinois’s School of Public Health.

Allison Lale, MD, MPH, is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and University of Illinois’ School of Public Health. She recently completed her medical training in family medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a community-based program. She previously obtained graduate-level training in diagnostic radiology before transitioning to a career focused on primary care, teaching, and public health. Her specific areas of academic interest include diagnostic imaging for clinicians, women’s health, and health inequities. Her publications include a qualitative study on academic medical centers in underserved communities, an epidemiology study on the undertriage of firearm-related injuries, and a comparative review of effective medical treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding. Dr. Lale is currently planning the next steps of her career as a primary care physician and clinical educator.

Janice Phillips

Janice M. Phillips

Director, Nursing Research and Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center, and Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL

Janice M. Phillips, MS, PhD, RN, is an experienced clinician, researcher, educator, and public policy advocate in the health care arena who completed service as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow, working in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. With specialties spanning oncology, public health, women’s health, health care disparities, and research administration, Phillips is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the University of Chicago Medical Center and Nursing Spectrum’s “Advancing and Leading the Profession Award.” Dr. Phillips is the author of more than eighty publications and four edited textbooks. She is the director of nursing research and health equity at Rush University Medical Center and an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Phillips holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing from North Park College, a master’s of science in community health from St. Xavier College, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Illinois College of Nursing. She is a member of numerous professional organizations.

The John P. McGovern Award Lectureship was established in 1983 in honor of John P. McGovern, MD, noted physician, educator, author, and medical historian. The award is given to individuals who are significant national or international figures and who may speak on a topic of importance to health sciences librarianship at the association’s annual meeting.

Disorienting Dilemmas: Transforming the Librarian’s Understanding of How Today’s Health Professionals Discover and Use Information Resources outside the Library Setting

This session provides a deep dive into the topic of the 2019 John P. McGovern Award Lecture, “Discovering New Pathways to Information: What Today’s Users Tell Us.” Through presentations and a fishbowl discussion from a panel of library “power users” from leading Chicago medical institutions, you
will learn how users actually find the information that they need and explore how you can transform the way that you meet users’ information needs at your institution.
Jeff D. Williams, AHIP, Martin Wood, AHIP

Elevating by Evaluating (Implicit Bias)

Elevate your consumer health or patient information service by learning how to evaluate health sciences textbooks, patient handouts, and
other publications for implicit bias and offensive and discriminatory language. Presenters will explore bias and offensive language through a presen- tation, fishbowl discussion, and a panel discussion. You will get hands-on practice using the “Consumer Health Bias Rubric” to evaluate materials and learn how to minimize bias in your materials and presentations.

Karen Stanley Grigg, Terri Ottosen, AHIP

Searching Clinically: How to Search, Find, and Assess Information at the Point of Care

Working with health care teams at the point of care requires clinical awareness and the ability to quickly locate and assess case-relevant information. Through presentations, demonstrations, group activities, and discussion, you will learn about and practice how to quickly meet clinician information needs. This exceptional, double session is for librarians who work in a clinical setting, participate in rounds, or provide instruction at point of care.

Part 1 focuses on identifying questions and key elements in case discussions, conducting “rapid reference” interviews, searching at the point of care and with urgency, quickly assessing articles, developing clinically embedded librarian roles in rounds and case conferences, and contributing to electronic health records.

Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP, FMLA, Sarah L. Carnes, AHIP, Timothy Kenny
M. Hannah Rutledge, AHIP, Angela Spencer, AHIP

Part 2 focuses on searching techniques that rapidly locate high-quality, case-relevant information, particularly for challenging clinical questions, using PubMed and other specialized point- of-care or evidence-based medicine resources, quickly judging quality and relevance of located information, and identifying the best methods of communication and information delivery.

Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP, Kerry Dhakal, Jennifer Lyon, AHIP, Shawn Steidinger, AHIP, Rebecca Carlson McCall, AHIP

Strategies for Library Mergers and Centralizing Library Services

This session will provide success stories and lessons learned from librarians who have gone through library centralization or library integration following hospital mergers. Panelists will address needs assessment, licensing, budgeting, technical challenges, solo perspectives, and other considerations. For hospital librarians who are looking to centralize services, have recently merged, or will be impacted by a planned merger.

Angela Spencer, AHIP, Janet Lindsay Hobbs, AHIP, Linda Schwartz, AHIP, Patricia Ulmer, AHIP, Heather J. Martin, AHIP, Michelle Kraft, AHIP, Michele Matucheski, AHIP, Angela Faye Tucker, AHIP

Clinical Research Support

  • Strengthening Institutional Partnerships to Support Clinical Research: Hosting a Clinical Data Training Series in an Academic Medical Center
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • More Instruction Time for Evidence-Based Dentistry: How I Learned to Love Dental Curriculum Change

Evidence-Based Medicine

  • Real-Time Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM): An Innovative Approach to Searching at the Point of Care

Evidence-Based Practice

  • Elevating Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): A Multisite Workshop Pilot for Nurses

Health and Information Literacy

  • Connecting Consumer Health Information with Clinical Care
  • Creating and Implementing an Integrated Information Literacy Roadmap for a Nurse Practitioner Program
  • Criteria for Evaluating Deception, Disinformation, and Controversy in the Evolving Digital Consumer Health Information Universe
  • A Health Sciences Library’s Role in Raising Clinician Genetics Information Literacy
  • The Information Sources and Preferences of Patients Diagnosed with Rare Cancers

LGBTQ+ Health Care

  • Librarians and ECHO: Forging High-Impact Partnerships to Improve LGBTQ+ Health Care Outcomes


  • It Takes All of Us: Engaging the Community in Biomedical Research and Precision Medicine

Patient Education

  • Elevating Patient Education through Statewide Instruction of Nurses and Patient Educators on Consumer Health Resources
  • Factors Affecting Clinical Referrals to the Medical Library

Pediatric Dentistry

  • Connecting Systemic Diseases and Oral Health of Children: Helping Families Understand the Relationship

Teaching Evidence-Based Practice

  • Revising a Journal Club to Upgrade Pediatric Residents’ Understanding of Evidence-Based Practice


  • Collaborating with Clinical Faculty to Create a Library-Based Virtual Reality Studio

Text Mining

  • Text Mining for Clinical Support Veterinary Medicine
  • Reinventing the College of Veterinary Medicine Curriculum

We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making: Learn
how to improve the quality of your service to clinicians who use genetic information in their practice and consumers who struggle to understand the health implications of their genetic information.

A selection from 200+ posters and 52 lightning talks.

Global Health & Health Equity

Professional practice area covers: development of health information professionals globally, equity in access to health information, international collaborations for MLA and medical librarianship.

Librarians believe that access to health information and health literacy are fundamental to achieve health equity in a global setting. Elevate your knowledge and develop your awareness by participating in inspiring MLA ’19 sessions on those topics.

Nadya Okamoto

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecturer

okamoto headshot_cropped.jpgNadya Okamoto is a social entrepreneur and activist, known as the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization PERIOD: The Menstrual Movement. PERIOD is a global, youth-run nonprofit that aims to achieve gender equality and equity through education, health care, employment and economic mobility, and representation in politics and decision-making. Her association is one of the fastest growing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in health care in the United States. She founded the organization four years ago, when she was just sixteen. 

Nadya Okamoto will share her thoughts on access to health information in underserved communities, health literacy, health disparities, gender identity, volunteer engagement, and the Gen-Z perspective as well as the role of NGOs such as hers in providing health information and how it connects trusted health information to a broad audience.

Nadya Okamoto was featured on an August 20, 2018 Huffington Post article.

MLA is delighted to work with Women & Children First bookstore to offer Okamoto's book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement for purchase onsite at a price of $15. At noon, Nadya Okamoto will be available to autograph her book,

Elevating Health Equity Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

With seven billion health topics page views a year, Wikipedia may be the most popular online health information resource. Members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Wikipedia Working Group will describe the importance of Wikipedia as a resource for health information and show you how to use your research skills to make Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource. You will not only receive hands-on instruction in editing Wikipedia articles, you will also become part of a community of Wikipedians dedicated to improving health information.

Aimee R. Gogan, AHIP, Alicia Lillich, Elaina Vitale

Elevating the “Open” Conversation: Access to Health Information as a Social Justice Concern

Open access and social justice concerns intersect in equitable access to information, bridging of the digital divide, and other areas. Learn how you can advocate more confidently for open access from a social justice perspective and how open access initiatives can help you better serve underserved groups in your community. This session may be of particular interest to public and consumer health librarians serving diverse populations.

Caitlin Ann Pike, AHIP, Beth St. Jean, Barbara Shaw

Microaggressions and More: Continuing the Conversation on Implicit Bias

This session and a companion continuing education course continue the conversation that began with last year’s special content session, “Transforming Libraries Using Implicit Bias Training.” You will learn the concept of microaggression, examine examples of microaggressions, and share and explore techniques for responding to them when you experience or witness them. You will learn how to recognize and avoid your own unintentional microaggressions. A guest expert discusses implicit bias in relation to conducting research and developing health and library programs.

Shannon Jones, Diana Almader-Douglas, AHIP, Hannah Rutledge, AHIP, James Anderson,

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Raising Awareness of Diversity: One Chapter’s Experience Outreach
  • Creating HOPE: A Directory of Local Health Resources for Community Engagement
  • Motivated to Engage in Creating Healthier Communities: Evaluation of a Workshop for Public Librarians on Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy
  • Providing Cost-Efficient Health Information Sessions through a Grant-Funded Partnership with a Public Library: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Health Sciences Libraries

Professional Development

  • Elevating Public Librarians to Empower Patients

Advancing Health Equity through Evidence-Based Public Health: How to Find the Evidence: Learn the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and its role in advancing health equity.

Implicit Bias Training for Information Professionals: Gain a deeper understanding of bias, implicit bias, stereotype threat, and microaggression; increase awareness of your biases; and acquire practical strategies to overcome biases and incorporate cultural competence into your library services. 

A selection from 200+ posters and 52 lightning talks.

Sponsored by NEJM Group

MLA’s International Cooperation Section members will host and welcome our international attendees, and those with and interest in international relations.

MLA Association Keynotes

Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Welcome, Awards, and Presidential Address

BeverlyMurphy.gifBeverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, is the assistant director for communications and web content management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives, Durham, NC, and the hospital nursing liaison for the Duke Health System and Watts School of Nursing.

As 2018/19 MLA president, she has led MLA during a time of growth and change, inspired us with her optimism and energy, and challenged us to be engaged and to embrace diversity and inclusion at the highest levels. Highlights include the successful launches of MLA’s Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians, MLA’s InSight Initiative to advance thinking on health information, and MLA’s Diversity and Inclusion strategic goal, as well as the November 2018 MLA Board of Directors decisions that will transform MLA communities and change the MLA staff and headquarters management model.

In her presidential address, Beverly Murphy will highlight those achievements and how they benefit MLA members, share personal insights, and recognize the many MLA members whose contributions have been essential to MLA’s success.

Gerald (Jerry) Perry, AHIP, FMLA

Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Janet Doe Lecturer

JerryPerry.jpg Gerald (Jerry) Perry, AHIP, FMLA, is associate dean for the University of Arizona Libraries and director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. Perry has been active in MLA, serving as president in 2011/12. His academic and publishing interests originally were centered on the fight for equitable, life-saving access to health information in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Perry was co-convener of MLA’s LGBTQ Health Sciences Librarians Special Interest Group and began his association involvement as a member of Relevant Issues Section, now known as the Social Justice Section.

“The Activist Health Sciences Librarian: A Perspective from Jerry Perry”

There were times when I never expected to make it out of the 1980s alive. At the remove of 2019, it is hard for many to imagine the sense of apocalypse that was palpable throughout the gay community at that time. Then, I believed it was entirely possible that I, too, would die of the “gay cancer.” Many people I know did. Looking back, I also believe it was my activism that, in my case, helped enable me to live through that time. And, I hope, that advocacy work helped others to live as well.

My professional career was launched at the height of the AIDS pandemic, before the discovery of the “AIDS cocktail” that reduced viral loads such that HIV infection could be medically managed. With my coauthor Robert Malinowsky, the great University of Illinois–Chicago sciences bibliographer, in 1988, we wrote the following in the introduction to our reference book, AIDS Information Sourcebook: “The need for education about AIDS is so crucial that words fail to adequately address the problem. There can never be too many resources for AIDS education. We all need to be educated because AIDS is everyone’s concern...Compassion empowered with knowledge can achieve miracles. Short of a miracle, education is the only way to prevent the spread of AIDS and save lives.” That became my mission, saving lives through librarianship. It informed the scholarship I produced and the service I performed, and was both a pathway forward and source of energy and purpose.

Through my research, and the diversity and equity work in which I have engaged, as I learned more about the social determinants of health and why it was that some communities experience a heavier burden of illness and disability, I learned about intersectionality. My points of reference shifted. I became a social justice activist.

My Janet Doe Lecture, “The Activist Health Sciences Librarian,” presents my story but also the story of activism around social justice issues for our association, by groups such as the Relevant Issues Section, now the Social Justice Section, and by the work of past Doe Lecturers Rachael K. Anderson, AHIP, FMLA, and Gerald Oppenheimer. It is also the story of an association that has at times been conflicted about the role of such activism in our niche of librarianship.

With anchors in the poetry and prose of Audre Lorde, Patti Smith, Langston Hughes, Leonard Cohen, and others, my aim is to share a story of hope through justice and convey a message of the essentialness of our work as librarians and health information professionals to the mission of saving lives. Please join me.

The Janet Doe Lectureship was established in 1966 by an anonymous donation to support a lecture in honor of Janet Doe (1895–1985), former librarian of the New York Academy of Medicine, historical scholar, past president of MLA, and editor of the first two editions of the Handbook of Medical Library Practice. The lectureship is awarded to individuals for their unique perspectives on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship.

Julia Esparza, AHIP

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
MLA Business Meeting and Inaugural Address

JuliaEsparza.jpgJulia Esparza, AHIP, is associate director at the Health Sciences Library at the Louisiana State University (LSU)–Shreveport.

A professional librarian since 1993, Julia Esparza has worked in a variety of jobs from serials management, electronic resource management, and management of library services. She currently serves as a professor at LSU Health, where she enjoys her dream job of searching, teaching, and completing original research.

Julia Esparza has a deep knowledge and experience of the health sciences librarian profession and a long-standing engagement with and experience in all facets of MLA. In her presidential inaugural address, Julia Esparza will share MLA’s vision and plan for 2019/20 and the personal story that led her to this day. 

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