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MLA ’20 Featured Speakers

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Julia Esparza, AHIP

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–10:20 a.m.
Welcome, Awards, and Presidential Address

esparza_julie.jpgJulia Esparza, AHIP, is the associate director for the Health Sciences Library, Louisiana State University (LSU) Health–Shreveport. She is a professor in the Department of Medical Library Science and is the Stafford and Marianne Comegys Endowed Professor in Medical Library Science.

In her presidential address, Esparza will spotlight the amazing changes that have occurred in the structure of the organization and highlight the many accomplishments of the members of MLA who make up the success of the organization.

Esther Choo, MD

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3:30 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
John P. McGovern Award Lecture

Choo headshot ekc_revised web.jpgEsther Choo is a clinician, researcher, and advocate. Currently an associate professor in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, she is a practicing physician and National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded investigator, with expertise in drug policy, injury, and gender disparities in health care. She is also cofounder of Equity Quotient, a company that provides metrics on health care culture. She is a founding member and strategic lead for TIME’S UP Healthcare, an initiative of the TIME’S UP Foundation that advocates for safety and equity in the health care workforce. Her published work on gender inequity and sexual harassment in health care includes pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, The Lancet, BMJ, and Harvard Business Review.

In her research on harassment in health care, Choo has advocated that organizations, including professional societies, need to fix organizational structures that create inequities. Choo and the 2020 National Program Committee believe that there is a role for health sciences librarians to play in making these changes whether they are working in a hospital, academic institution, or any of other many places librarians are employed.

Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP

Monday, May 18, 2020, 3:30 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
MLA Business Meeting, Awards, and Presidential Inaugural Address

traditi_revised web.jpgLisa Traditi, AHIP, associate professor and deputy director, Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus–Aurora, was a hospital librarian for nine years in the Denver metro area before joining the faculty of the library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 1996. Traditi has served MLA as a member and secretary of the Board of Directors, cochair of the Annual Meeting Innovation Task Force, chair of the MLA News Editor Search Committee, and member of the Journal of the Medical Library Association Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, Nominating Committee, and Chapter Council. She has also been active in the Educational Media and Technologies Section, Leadership and Management Section, Medical Informatics Section, and Public Services Section. Traditi has twice been chair of the Midcontinental Chapter of MLA (MCMLA) and was president of the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML). Traditi received her master’s in library science from the University of Arizona in 1984 and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

In her presidential address, Traditi will share MLA’s vision and plan for 2020/21 and the personal journey that led her to this day.

NLM Update

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–9:55 a.m.
NLM Update

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.

Chris Shaffer, AHIP

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Janet Doe Lecturer

Shaffer_revised web.jpgChris Shaffer, AHIP, joined the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) as university librarian, assistant vice chancellor for academic information management, and adjunct professor, Department of Medicine, in August 2017. Previously, he was university librarian and associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for nine years. He has helped plan interprofessional education initiatives and worked with research offices and Clinical and Translational Science Award centers to develop new library services for researchers. At OHSU, he worked with Melissa Haendel to establish the Ontology Development Group, which promoted research innovations, service development, and education through semantically enabled technologies for the purposes of data management and publication, research reproducibility, and the building of novel tools for biomedical data exploration.

Shaffer is an active member of MLA, where he recently finished a term as treasurer on the Board of Directors and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. His other past positions include assistant director for technology and outreach at the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences; technology coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region; and resident librarian at the University of Illinois–Chicago. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Texas A&M University and a master of science degree in information science from the University of North Texas.


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