Immersion Session

Active Learning and Librarians: An Evolving and Impactful Partnership

Tuesday, May 7
4:30 PM - 5:55 PM
Room: Columbus IJ (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Many health profession education programs across the country have been undergoing changes to provide rich learning environments to foster student active, self-directed learning to better prepare students as lifelong learners and future health care providers in the rapidly changing health care system. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the librarian’s role within an active learning environment in health profession education programs. Specific areas that will be covered include the role of the librarian within active learning sessions; collection development in support of active learning; and the role of librarians serving on curriculum committees, in order to better integrate and embed librarians into active learning. Examples from several institutions will be provided to showcase how librarians’ role and contributions to the educational programs help increase the librarian’s visibility and elevate the value of the library in its home institution. The audience will also be engaged through the use of a polling mobile app.

Bradley A. Long, AHIP

Embedded Health Sciences Librarian
Penn State College of Medicine - University Park Regional Campus
State College, Pennsylvania

Bradley A. Long, MSLS, AHIP, is the Embedded Health Sciences Librarian at the Penn State College of Medicine - Universty Park Regional Campus. He has been a professional medical librarian since 1995. Brad was previously employed at Central Michigan University, where he was the founding Medical Librarian for the College of Medicine, which opened in 2013. He has been significantly involved with librarian support of active learning medical curricullums both at Penn State University and Central Michigan University. He has also worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Thomas Jefferson University, Drexel University, Ohio Valley Medical Center (Wheeling, WV), and the former St. Francis Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA). Brad had also served as an adjunct faculty member for Clarion University of Pennsylvania's Department of Library Science. He has earned his Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.


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Annie Cloud Nickum, AHIP

Research and Education Librarian
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Annie Nickum is a Research and Education Librarian at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a university with active learning health sciences curriculum. She liaises with the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines as well as Biomedical Sciences. She also maintains an institutional LibGuide on active learning in health sciences curriculums, in addition to serving on her institution’s Evidence-Based Teaching Group. Annie received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


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Stephanie J. Schulte

Associate Professor/Head, Research & Education Services
Ohio State University Health Sciences Library
Columbus, Ohio


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Lori B. Snyder

Collection Development and Digital Resource Management Librarian
Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Lori B. Snyder is the Collection Development and Digital Resource Management Librarian at the Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons at The Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. She earned her M.S.L.S. from Clarion University in 2009 and has spent her library career primariy in technical services aspects of librarianship. Lori manages library collection building at both the Hershey campus of the College of Medicine and the regional campus located in State College, PA.


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