Innovation & Research Practice

Immersion Session

Closing the Circle with Reflection: Elevating Professional Practice

Monday, May 6
2:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom A (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

A recent survey of health science librarians found that some of the common barriers to reflective practice were knowledge and skills (Miller, manuscript in development). The goal of this experiential immersion session is to give participants the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage in reflective practice in their work. Participants will learn about and practice reflective writing and conversation and hear from a panel of librarians who engage in reflective practice. At the end of the session, participants will be able to (1) identify key components of reflective practice from published models; (2) apply the SEA-change model with reflective writing; (3) have a reflective conversation with a colleague; and (4) identify potential barriers and ways to overcome these barriers to using reflective practice. The session is relevant for any conference attendee, regardless of work environment, length of time in the field, or position. All of us can use reflective practice as a tool to improve our professional knowledge and skills. No prior knowledge or skills are required.

Keywords: reflection, reflective practice, reflective writing, peer conversation, professional development

Jolene M. Miller, AHIP

University of Toledo, Mulford Health Science Library
Toledo, Ohio

Jolene M. Miller, MLS, AHIP, is Director of the Mulford Health Science Library and an Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the University of Toledo. She has worked in medical libraries for over 20 years, as a reference librarian and a library administrator. The complex realities of library administration forced her to look for new ways to manage her workload and develop the knowledge and skills needed for success. Reflective practice was a natural extension of her life-long experience keeping a personal journal. It provided the time and space needed to develop as an administrator. She is interested in how health science librarians use reflective practice and how they can learn to apply reflective practice in their positions.


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Stephanie Friree Ford

Manager, Library Resources
McLean Hospital
Belmont, Massachusetts

Stephanie Friree Ford, MLIS, is the Manager, Library Resources at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Boston suburb. Stephanie earned her MLIS through The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies program. She is a detail-oriented, multi-tasker, focused on helping her patrons: residents, fellows, staff, faculty, clinicians, nurses, administration, and any others that might need library services. Stephanie enjoys working on Systematic Reviews, any numerical data projects, and would like to expand her professional work to include more research for publication. In December 2018, she received a 2018 Partners in Excellence Individual Award for outstanding performance and commitment to excellence at McLean Hospital.

Prior to McLean Hospital, she was at the Howe Library at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and prior to that, she was at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER). While there, she taught PubMed and other US National Library of Medicine resources to librarians and medical professionals throughout New England. These former positions have given her the skills to become an expert searcher in PubMed and EMBASE and skilled in literature searches and Systematic reviews through extensive experience searching a variety of databases. She loves the challenge of a complicated search and enjoys teaching classes and working on outreach efforts to promote her library. Stephanie would also like to pursue her AHIP certification. This year she is presenting her first poster at MLA, and her first Immersion Session, which is on Reflective Practice.

She is active in the library community, serving as President-elect on the MA Health Sciences Libraries Network Association (MAHSLIN), on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), Bylaws Chair of the Association of Mental Health Librarians (AMHL), and is a long-time member of both the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) and the Medical Library Association (MLA).


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Anna Yang, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian
California Health Sciences University
Clovis, California


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Elena Azadbakht

Health Sciences Librarian
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada

Elena Azadbakht is Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan in 2011. Elena has experience providing research support and information literacy instruction to faculty, students, staff, and researchers in allied health fields. Her research interests relate to library instruction, user exeprience, and research data management support.


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Lin Wu, AHIP

Assistant Director for Research & Learning Services
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN


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