Professionalism & Leadership

Immersion Session

Tips for New Leaders: Advice from the Trenches

Sunday, May 5
4:30 PM - 5:55 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom B (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Join in a discussion with 6 new leaders of health sciences libraries to learn about their first year of leadership. An initial introduction by the panelists will give you their top advice for starting out a leadership position. Participation in the Q&A will assist you with your new leadership role or determine if leadership is for you. The panelists will also discuss how library staff can help prepare for a change in leadership most effectively.

Catherine Soehner

Interim Executive Director
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Catherine Soehner, MLS, BSN, was appointed as the Interim Executive Director of the University of Utah's Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Interim Director of the MidContinental Region & Training Office, National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She maintains 20% of her role as the Associate Dean for Research and User Services at the J. Willard Marriott Library, a position she has held for the past seven years. Prior to this, she served as the Director of the Science and Engineering Libraries at the University of Michigan, and Head of the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California Santa Cruz. She began her career at the National Library of Medicine in the Associate Program and then continued working for NLM on the development, testing, and troubleshooting of Grateful Med. Her book titled, Effective Difficult Conversations, was published in 2017 and other recent presentations and articles have focused on crisis communication, resistance to change, and new library services.


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Melissa L. Rethlefsen, AHIP

Associate Dean and Fackler Director
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida


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Nicole Capdarest-Arest, AHIP

Head, Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, California

Nicole Capdarest-Arest is Head of Blaisdell Medical Library at University of California, Davis. Prior to that, Nicole worked as a clinical librarian at Stanford University School of Medicine and emerging technologies librarian at Arizona Health Sciences Library at The University of Arizona. Nicole's interests include holistic leadership and innovations in teaching and delivery of information services.


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James Dale Prince, AHIP

Director of Libraries
LSU Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, Louisiana


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Stephanie C. Kerns

Director of Biomedical Libraries
Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine
Hanover, New Hampshire


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Jeff D. Williams, AHIP

Chair/Director, NYU Health Sciences Library
NYU Health Sciences Library/NYU Langone Health
New York, New York


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