Global Health & Health Equity

Immersion Session

Microaggressions and More: Continuing the Conversation on Implicit Bias

Tuesday, May 7
2:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom A (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

This session is part of an ongoing series of MLA programs exploring implicit bias. Participants will learn about and discuss key themes on implicit bias. We will focus in particular on the concept of microaggressions, including defining the term, providing concrete examples of microaggressions, and sharing techniques for responding to them. An expert on these topics will share evidence on how microaggressions and implicit bias impact patients with marginalized identities, after which a panel of MLA members will share their experiences with implicit bias and microaggressions. There will be a variety of opportunities for audience participation in this highly interactive session, including Q&A for the panelists and the opportunity for audience members to share their own perspectives.

Diana Almader-Douglas, AHIP

Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, AZ

Diana Almader-Douglas received her MA in Library Resources from The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science in 2011, and is currently a librarian at Mayo Clinic Libraries- Arizona. Prior to earning her library degree, Diana was a licensed behavioral health therapist interested in evidence based clinical practice. Diana is dedicated to research, consumer health, health disparities, and health literacy. From 2012-2014, Diana participated in the National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program.

In her current role as hospital librarian, Diana conducts literature searches for patrons, assists patrons with research projects, and teaches patrons how to access and utilize library resources. She is a member of the Nursing Research Subcommittee and the Patient and Family Education Subcommittee.

Diana lives in Glendale, Arizona with her family and enjoys running, reading, cooking, and painting.


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James Eddy Anderson

Physician Assistant
Evergreen Treatment Services
Seattle, Washington


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Shannon D. Jones, AHIP

Director of Libraries
Medical Univ. of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Sannon D. Jones is the Director of Libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In this role, Shannon assumes leadership for all aspects of the library including strategic planning, budgeting, technology integration, facility management and operation, and personnel administration. Prior to her arrival at MUSC, Shannon worked as the Associate Director for Research and Education at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Shannon received her MLS from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In addition, to the MLS, Shannon also holds a BA in English from North Carolina State University, a MIS from NCCU, and a M.Ed. in Adult Learning from VCU. Shannon is an active member in both the American Library Association and the Medical Library Association where she is currently serving on the Board of Directors. Her research interests include staff recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion in libraries, organizational learning and development, and leadership in academic health sciences libraries. In her spare time, Shannon serves as a leader for Girl Scout Troop 263.


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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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Hannah Rutledge, M.A., AHIP

Head of Clinical Informationist Services
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Hannah Rutledge PhD, MLIS, AHIP is the Head of Clinical Informationist Services at Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) Library. Based out of branch libraries in multiple hospitals, the team of Clinical Informationists serve and collaborate with clinical faculty, residents, and fellows from the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, as well as Emory Healthcare staff. Additionally, Hannah represents the WHSC Library as a founding member of the Emory Libraries Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, established by the University Librarian in 2016.


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Megan Threats

Doctoral Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Information and Library Science
Durham, North Carolina

Megan Threats is a Doctoral Candidate in Information Science at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies health information behavior, digital health, and the use of information and technology for the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Her dissertation research focuses on the effects of information behaviors, HIV/STD information, and technologies on the adoption of HIV protective and risk reduction behaviors among young, Black men who have sex with men living in the United States. Threats earned her MSLIS from Syracuse University, and a dual BA from Michigan State University.

She is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, and a recipient of the 2018 Clarivate Analytics/MLA Doctoral Fellowship and the UNC Chancellor's Doctoral Candidacy Award.


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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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