Immersion Session

Activate Your Evidence-Based Practice Instruction!

Sunday, May 5
4:30 PM - 5:55 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom A (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

This immersion session will share pedagogical approaches for creating active learning activities for evidence-based practice (EBP) instruction. Participants will learn from experienced panelists about different instruction modalities and then have the opportunity to discuss and practice designing EBP activities in small groups. Activities developed during the breakout session can be applied at participants’ own institutions or used to help reimagine instructional approaches for EBP concepts. Panelists will have 40 minutes for brief presentations and Q&A, followed by a 5-minute break, and then participants will have 45-50 minutes for guided practice and discussion. Session participants are strongly encouraged to bring an example of a current teaching approach and a laptop or iPad for the interactive portion. If you prefer pen and paper, please bring a hard surface to write on.

Kathryn Houk, AHIP

Medical Education Librarian
University of Nevada Las Vegas, Health Sciences Library
Las Vegas, Nevada

Kathryn Houk, MLIS, AHIP is assistant professor and Undergraduate Medical Education Librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas' Health Sciences Library. In her current position, she has been instrumental in the development of services, instruction, collections, and space for a new medical school. Kathryn has a decade of experience as a life & health sciences librarian, including subject-focused positions at San Diego State University in San Diego, CA, Tufts University in Boston, MA and Miami University in Oxford, OH.


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Stephanie M. Swanberg, AHIP

Associate Professor, Information Literacy & eLearning Librarian
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Rochester, Michigan

Stephanie Swanberg, MSI, AHIP is Associate Professor, Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). She received her Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan School of Information and is a senior member of the Association of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). Stephanie primarily designs and delivers integrated educational sessions for medical students on the research process, scholarly dissemination, and evidence-based medicine and teaches faculty development workshops in information searching, evaluation and management. She also strives to fulfill the medical school's community-focused mission through leading the library's community engagement initiatives, both on campus and in the local community.


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Hanna L. Schmillen, AHIP

Health Sciences & Professions Librarian
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio

Hanna Schmillen, MLIS, AHIP is the Health Sciences and Professions Librarian at Ohio University. She has been in this position since July 2015 after graduating with her MLIS from the University of Denver in June 2015. Hanna is the sole liaison to the College of Health Sciences and Professions, which includes the following departments: Nursing, Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences and Disorders, Social and Public Health, Interdisciplinary and Global Health, and Applied Health Sciences and Wellness. Her role as a liaison includes: instruction, reference, research support, collection development, outreach, programming, and any special projects that may enhance the user experience and the library. Hanna was a cohort member of the MLA Rising Star Leadership program (2017/2018) and has been a member of MLA since 2015. She is the Representative-at-Large for the Midwest Chapter of MLA and has been involved with conference planning as well as statewide professional organizations. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, kayaking, sampling craft beer, and blues music.

Selected Professional Works and Presentations:
Bryant, R., Alonzo, A., & Schmillen, H. (2017). Systematic review of provider involvement in heart failure self-care interventions. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 29(11), 682-694. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12501
Hoag, B., Saunders, D., & Schmillen, H. (2018, August). Opioids in Communities, Libraries in Response hosted by the State Library of Ohio. [Panel presentation]. Gallipolis, Ohio.
Saines, S. & Schmillen, H. (2018, June). How information works: Making the information world scalable for educator assessment. [Presentation]. 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, Miami of Ohio University.
Schmillen, H. (2018, July). From systematic reviews to routine information skills: Two sides of the same coin. [Continuing education course]. European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL).
Schmillen, H. (2017). Librarians as methodologists: Project management, co-authorship, and quality assurance of systematic reviews. [Presentations]. North East Normal University, Changchun, China and Beijing Normal University, Beijing, University.
Schmillen, H. (2017). Serving online, nontraditional students: Online consultations, direct char, patience, and more strategies. [Presentation]. Bridging the Distance in Distance Librarianship: Meeting the Needs of Today's Diverse Online Learners - DLIG Workshop. Available from
Schmillen, H., Russell, J., & Saines, S. (2017). Reimagining a research assignment in performing arts medicine: Librarian-faculty collaboration to increase information literacy skills and student success. [Poster]. Dare Dream Do: MLA Annual Meeting.
Theis-Mahon, N., Menard, L., Schmillen, H., & Kieko-Stark, R. (2018). Defining a project proposal to enhance the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting through session-level assessment: The exploration of the 2017-2018 Rising Star Cohort. Hypothesis: Journal of the Research Section of the Medical Library Association. Available from


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Laura Menard

Assistant Director for Medical Education and Access Services
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana

Laura Menard is the Assistant Director for Medical Education and Access Services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis, IN. In her role, she is responsible for designing and delivering EBM instruction for medical students from year one through residency. She provides training to liaison librarians at the RLML on critical appraisal and pedagogy, and enjoys working on assessment projects. Her research focuses on EBM skillset retention by medical students from the foundation sciences component of their education to the clerkship phase. Laura is the Membership Secretary of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, as well as being active in her state professional association.


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