Innovation & Research Practice

Immersion Session

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

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.

Karen Newmeyer, AHIP

Medical Librarian
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Provo, Utah

Karen Newmeyer (JD, MLS, AHIP) is the Medical Librarian at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. Her background includes experience as a law librarian, paralegal instructor, government documents librarian, technical services librarian, volunteer at her public library, and substitute elementary school librarian at her daughter's school. Relatively new to the medical library field, she has immersed herself in the joys of proxy servers, website development, MeSH Terms, and new student orientation. It has be a riotous ride and she has loved it all.


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David A. Nolfi, AHIP

Head, Research Engagement, Health Sciences/STEM Initiatives & Assessment
Duquesne University, Gumberg Library
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David Nolfi, MLS, AHIP, is the Head of Research Engagement, Health Sciences/STEM Initiatives, and Assessment at Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library. In that role, he leads the library’s efforts to support students and faculty in the health sciences, natural sciences, and engineering as well as the library’s special services for researchers.

Mr. Nolfi has been active in campus governance and committee work. He currently serves as a member of Duquesne University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Institutional Review Board. He previously served as chair of the faculty grievance committee and co-chair of the campus learning outcomes assessment committee. He previously worked as a medical librarian with responsibility for planning and marketing continuing medical education activities at Washington Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Nolfi has been a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) since 1995, and is a Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. He has served MLA in many roles, including Co-Chair of the National Program Committee, Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and Chair of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS), and member of the MLA Membership Committee.

Given his interest in how librarians can participate in institutional leadership, Mr. Nolfi has presented on related topics at a number of meetings including MLA, MAC, the Association of College and Research Libraries, Library Assessment Conference, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Library Management Institute, and Pennsylvania Library Association. He believes that librarians should seek to be directly involved with faculty research and has published and presented with nursing and health professions faculty in varied publications and conferences.


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Tamara M. Nelson

Instruction & Research Librarian
Rowland Medical Library
Jackson, Mississippi

Tamara Nelson is an Instruction and Research Librarian at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Rowland Medical Library. She serves as liaison to the School of Dentistry, School of Health Related Professions and also the School of Medicine providing instruction and research support. Tamara received both her Bachelor and Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and also holds an Education Specialist in Library Media from the University of West Alabama. She is an active member of the Mississippi Library Association, Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association and the Medical Library Association.


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Suzanne Fricke, AHIP

Animal Health Sciences Librarian
Animal Health Library
Pullman, Washington

After working in the veterinary field for many years, Suzanne Fricke obtained her MLIS degree in 2012 from the University of Washington. She has been the Animal Health Librarian at Washington State University since 2015.


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Emily Vardell

Assistant Professor
Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management
Olathe, Kansas

Emily Vardell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She teaches graduate courses on the foundations of library and information science, research methods, reference, consumer health, and health sciences librarianship. Her research interests are in the area of health information behavior with a focus on health insurance literacy and how people make health insurance decisions. Dr. Vardell earned her PhD from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 and her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. She began her medical librarian career as a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow and then served as Director for Reference and Education at the Louis Calder Medical Library at the University of Miami. Dr. Vardell is an active member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and has served as Chair of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration Section, Chair of the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee, and Section Council Liaison to the National Program Committee for the 2017 annual conference. She is the Online Updates Column Editor for Medical Reference Services Quarterly where she reviews a health-related database each quarter. Her first book, The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act (Rowman & Littlefield) has been called “impressively accessible” and “an important book for librarians in all types of settings.” Vardell has conducted research presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences, received grants from the Medical Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, been awarded the Beta Phi Mu Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and served as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna, Austria.


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Ariel Deardorff

Data Services Librarian
UCSF Library
San Francisco, California

Ariel Deardorff, MLIS is the Data Services Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco. She teaches data visualization and data management for reproducibility and is a member of the library's Data Science team.


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Margaret Emily Ansell, AHIP

Nursing & Consumer Health Liaison Librarian
Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Margaret Ansell is the Nursing & Consumer Health Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida’s Health Science Center Libraries. She works with the College of Nursing and clinical nursing staff at UF Health Shands Hospital, as well as with the College of Health and Human Performance’s Health Education and Behavior department.


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Electra Enslow, AHIP

Head of Library Research and Instruction
Spokane Academic Library/Washington State University
Spokane, Washington

Electra Enslow is the Head of Library Research and Instruction and liaison to the College of Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane, WA.


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Denise Rumschlag, AHIP


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Jovy O'Grady

Scholarly Communications Librarian
New York Medical College Health Sciences Library
Valhalla, New York

Jovy O'Grady is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the New York Medical College (NYMC) Health Sciences Library. She began her career at the NYMC Library as the Instructional Design Librarian in 2010. After a 5-year hiatus, she returned as a part-time librarian in the Information Management department.


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Cecelia Vetter, Ph.D.

NLM Associate Fellow
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Washington, District of Columbia

Cecelia Vetter is an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine. She recently designed and taught a PubMed literature searching workshop to nursing professionals, supporting their work updating national nursing standards. Cecelia has a background in teaching information literacy to undergraduate students and teaching with primary source materials.


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Fred King

Medical Librarian
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC 20010
Washington, District of Columbia

Fred King, MSLS, is a Medical Librarian at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He received his library degree around the time of the dawn of the Internet and spent the ensuing decade immersed in the fields of public policy, disability information, and nursing education. He eventually washed up on the shores of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he has been a medical librarian since 2005. Early in his career as a librarian he discovered he had a knack for working with computers, and despite having little to no formal education in the field he has been a webmaster, director of a computer lab, and Koha system administrator. If he can do it, so can you. In his copious free time he is Member at Large (Unsupported) for the koha-US Board of Directors. He is perhaps best known as a poetaster and the travelling companion of the Avenging Chicken.


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Marilia Antunez

Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio

I am the liaison librarian for the Biology, Nursing, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Sport Science & Wellness Education, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Allied Health academic programs, students, faculty, programs and staff at The University of Akron. My key responsibilities are to support instruction and research, identify needed resources and communicate information about new products and services. I earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and a Master's degree in Gerontology from Appalachian State University.


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Stephanie Shippey, AHIP

Associate Managing Director
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Library
Lubbock, Texas


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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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