Professionalism & Leadership

Immersion Session

Searching Clinically: How to Search, Find, and Assess Information at the Point of Care, Part 1

Sunday, May 5
2:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Room: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

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

Health Sciences Library
Mt Laurel, New Jersey

After starting out as a hospital librarian doing clinical librarianship and then spending 22 years being a clinical librarian in an academic medical setting, Helen-Ann Brown Epstein MLS, MS, AHIP, FMLA has enthusiastically returned to solo hospital librarianship for Virtua Health. Virtua Health is a 920 bed 3 hospital plus longterm care and rehabilitation healthcare system of about 9,000 employees in southern New Jersey with affiliations with Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Medicine. Her Virtua Health Sciences Library lives in cyberspace, leaving her to have an ambitious 5 day a week rounding schedule and freedom to be at meetings, serve on an IRB, make InfoHouseCalls and teach thinking and searching in an evidence based way. She received a Magnet exemplar in Virtua's Magnet Designation for her use of evidence based information resources. Anchored in the Clinical Learning Team with Nursing Leadership, Clinical Research and Continuing Education, her main constituency is nurses who practice evidence based relationship care.


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Sarah L. Carnes, AHIP

Clinical Librarian
Veterans Health Administration
Bedford, Massachusetts

Sarah Carnes, MLIS, AHIP, is the Clinical Librarian at the Bedford VA Medical Center. A Veteran herself, Sarah is honored to provide support to the clinical and research staff and the Veterans at the Bedford VA. She is specialized in clinical health sciences information needs and resources, outreach and training, research, data management, patient library services, and consumer health information. She lives in Massachusetts with her daughter and they travel as often as they can--in between her daughter's sporting events.


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Timothy Kenny, MA

Clinical Library Manager / Senior Librarian
UNT Health Science Center / JPS Health Network
Arlington, Texas

Tim Kenny, MLS, Clinical Library Manager & Senior Librarian, UNT Health Science Center & JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas.


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Hannah Rutledge, M.A., AHIP

Head of Clinical Informationist Services
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Hannah Rutledge PhD, MLIS, AHIP is the Head of Clinical Informationist Services at Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) Library. Based out of branch libraries in multiple hospitals, the team of Clinical Informationists serve and collaborate with clinical faculty, residents, and fellows from the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, as well as Emory Healthcare staff. Additionally, Hannah represents the WHSC Library as a founding member of the Emory Libraries Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, established by the University Librarian in 2016.


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Shawn Steidinger, Ph.D., AHIP

Assistant Librarian for Clinical Services
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Shawn Steidinger, MLS, AHIP, is on the faculty of the Spencer S Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah as an Assistant Librarian for Clinical Services. She serves as liaison to the University's hospital staff and patients, as well as health sciences faculty and students. A librarian since 1993, she has been engaged in project management, system administration, and staff support, as well as having a strong foundation in classic librarianship with experience as a cataloger and reference librarian in both research and public library settings. Her primary responsibilities include providing research support, embedding information literacy into health sciences curricula, and providing library services to hospital and clinic personnel and their patients.


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