Global Health & Health Equity

Paper: Program Description Abstract

Raising Awareness of Diversity: One Chapter’s Experience

Tuesday, May 7
5:20 PM - 5:35 PM
Room: Columbus GH (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : In 2015, the Diversity Task Group was appointed to investigate ways the Chapter could encourage, develop and promote diversity within Chapter Membership as well as promote diversity within the profession of medical librarianship. The group developed a survey for its members to get feedback on diversity and important issues the group could address. This presentation will highlight lessons learned about creating a diversity committee/task force, results from the membership survey about diversity topics, and the plan of action to address the issues of diversity in response to the survey results.
Description : To create an action plan to promote diversity within the Chapter membership, the committee developed an in-depth survey of 27 questions approved by IRB. The survey was sent via email to the Chapter membership with a corresponding 39% respondent rate. The data gathered from this survey will be analyzed and evaluated to create an action plan with recommendations for the Chapter to start implementing in the organization. Potential solutions include conference programming and continuing education opportunities.
Conclusion : Analysis is underway. Based on survey results, an initial committee recommendation has been to invite a speaker on implicit bias to address attendees at the Annual Conference.

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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Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA

Asstistant Director, Communications and Web Content, Hospital Nursing Liaison
Duke University Medical Center LIbrary & Archives
Durham, North Carolina


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Tony Nguyen, AHIP

Executive Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SE/A Region
Baltimore, Maryland


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Ene O. Belleh, AHIP

Clinical Information Librarian
Penn Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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