Professionalism & Leadership

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Diversity in Degrees in Libraries

Tuesday, May 7
4:50 PM - 5:05 PM
Room: Columbus GH (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Libraries have taken advantage of the opportunity to include non-MLS members on their health information team to better serve their clients. With the addition of PhD’s, bioinformatics specialists and others, libraries are adding expertise in data management and big data that improves our value to those we serve. As MLA strives to engage non MLIS team members in professional activities; this discussion will provide an opportunity for this group of members to share their experiences and how the libraries, as well as, they have learned and benefitted from being a member of health information teams.
Description : The goal of this panel discussion will be to engage attendees in understanding the roles and opportunities for non MLS colleagues and how these professionals can improve the ability of libraries to serve patrons by helping to build interdisciplinary teams. Participants will also gain perspective on how working with colleagues from different disciplines can help librarians understand the needs of patrons more effectively. This session will also include a panel discussion and non - MLIS team members will share their experiences in the health information profession and the benefits of inclusion on our library teams.

Sponsors: AAMLA, LMS and MLES

Kristi L. Holmes, PhD, Northwestern University, Galter Health Sciences Library

James "Jim" Anderson, PA-C, MPAS - Evergreen Treatment Services

Shenita Peterson, MPH - Emory University, Woodruff Health Sciences Library

Jackie Wirz, PhD - Ohio State University(video)

Conclusion : In conclusion, as a profession it is important that we continue to embrace the concept of diversity in degrees and seek individuals who will enhance our instruction and learning.

The growth in importance of the research enterprise in medical education has revealed the need for library expertise in bioinformatics, big data, biostatistics, and research data management. As a profession it is important that librarians embrace the concept of diversity in degrees and seek individuals who will enhance our instruction and learning.

Tara Douglas-Williams

Library Manager, Information Services
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Tara is the Library Manager for Information Services at the M. Delmar Edwards, M.D. Library- Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
Tara holds a Master’s in Library Science from Clark-Atlanta University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Natural Sciences from Spelman College. Tara is a 2013/2014 graduate of the AAHSL/NLM Leadership Fellowship Program and a 2005 Fellow of the NLM/ Biomedical Informatics program. She also served on the MLA Futures Task Force in 2014.
Over the span of her career, Tara has held various positions in academic, hospital and health sciences libraries. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of innovative library services and provides effective leadership in transforming service models.
She is an innovative, knowledge strategist with 30+ years of library experience. Tara is very active in professional associations and has served in leadership roles in local, state, regional and national associations, as well as, presented at professional meetings.

I have expertise in the areas of leadership, training and community engagement. As Information Services Library Manager, I lead the team that has successfully delivered numerous health information and health literacy seminars for children, teens, adult learners, senior citizens, public librarians and diverse populations to empower the citizens in our community to become more knowledgable and actively engaged in their health care experience. I am a motivational speaker for youth and enjoy volunteering in my community and spending quality time with my children.


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Brenda M. Linares, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian
University of Kansas Medical Center
Olathe, North Carolina

Brenda M. Linares, MLIS, MBA, AHIP
Health Sciences Librarian at the Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.


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J. Michael Lindsay, AHIP

Head of Collections and Access Services
Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Knoxville, Tennessee

Michael Lindsay, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences class of 2002, has been Serials/E Resources Librarian at the Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine since 2008, and was promoted to Head of Collections and Access Services in 2018. A native of East Tennessee, Michael served as Electronic Resources/Collection Development Librarian for the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library in Mobile, Alabama from 2003 - 2008. Michael has been active in local and regional medical library organizations, having served in a number of local, regional and national associations. And because he just can't avoid the lure of additional knowledge, is pursuing an MBA at the University of Tennessee. Prior to becoming a librarian, Michael worked for six years in the insurance industry, in underwriting and sales. He, his wife Samantha, and two cats reside in South Knoxville.


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