Professionalism & Leadership

Immersion Session

Clueless at MLA: New Member Immersion Session

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

As a SIG, we have observed that newer members are overwhelmed with information about MLA as an organization and the many types of events during the MLA Annual Meeting. We would like to address these concerns proactively with a welcoming Immersion Session. We plan to split this session into two parts.

The first part of the session will consist of a 20-minute presentation about MLA Basics: (1) brief look at MLA organizational structure (2) conference events and format, (3) getting involved during conference, (4) self-care during the conference

The second part of the session will be a 70-minute block of roundtable discussions where members can (but are not required to) rotate through five stations for 20 minutes each (with transition buffers). Members : (1) early career questions (2) mentorship (3) diversity & inclusion (4) AHIP (5) Specializations (Consumer Health Information and Disaster Information).

Nisha Mody

Health & Life Sciences Librarian
Los Angeles, California

Nisha Mody is a Health & Life Sciences Librarian at UCLA. She has clinical experience working as a speech-language pathologist and had dabbled in other careers as well. She loves writing and is a proud cat momma.


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Keith Engwall, AHIP

Web & Emerging Technologies Librarian
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Rochester, Michigan


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Erin E. Reardon

Reference Librarian
LSU Health Shreveport
Shreveport, Louisiana

Erin Reardon, MFA, MLIS, is the Reference Librarian at LSU Health Shreveport in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a co-editor of the Hospital Libraries Section's quarterly newsletter, National Network.


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Kelsa Bartley

Manager, Library Services: Learning, Research & Clinical Information Services
Louis Calder Memorial Library, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

Kelsa Bartley is a manager in the Learning, Research, and Clinical Information Services Department at the Louis Calder Memorial Library, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kelsa is a recent graduate of Master of Science in Information degree program at Florida State University. She is a 2016-2017 ALA/NLM Spectrum Scholar and the recipient of the 2017 MLA Scholarship for Minority Students. She is currently a member of MLA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and serves as the social media coordinator for the Florida Health Science Library Association (FHSLA). Kelsa’s interests include diversity, equity and inclusion in libraries, library marketing and outreach, social media and mobile technology for health information promotion, library instruction and instructional design.


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Kate Corcoran


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Jahala Simuel

Medical Librarian and Head of Access Services
Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
Washington, District of Columbia

Jahala Simuel, MIS, MLS Medical Librarian and Head of Access Services at the Howard University Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library


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Alexandria Leigh Brackett, AHIP

Clinical Librarian
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Alexandria Brackett is a clinical support librarian at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at the Yale School of Medicine. She currently serves on the Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee for MLA, and the 2019 conference planning committee for NAHSL (North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries). She is also the incoming NAHSL chapter council representative, and the CAHSL (Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians) Programming Co-Chair.


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Alice Jean Jaggers

Outreach Coordinator
Little Rock, Arkansas

Alice Jaggers, MSLS, is the Outreach Coordinator for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library and has obtained the Consumer Health Information Specialization. She works with the community to increase awareness of reliable resources, evaluation of materials, and improving health literacy.


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Siobhan Champ-Blackwell

National Library of Medicine/Disaster Information Management Research Center
Bethesda, Maryland

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS Medical Librarian at the National Library of Medicine, promotes and implements the disaster health information goals of the Disaster Information Management Research Center. She also manages the external communication tools of the project, including networking, use of social media, and partnership development.


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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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Stacey Arnesen

Chief, Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services
Bethesda, Maryland


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