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MLA 2020 – Presentations from Members of the GMR

Posted by on July 16th, 2020 Posted in: Blog


With the 2020 MLA conference going virtual this year we wanted to create a place to list and promote presentations from members of the Greater Midwest Region. If you have a presentation you’d like to add to the list please email details to gmr-lib@uiowa.edu.


Title: Health Sciences Librarians’ Engagement in Work-Related Reflection: A Qualitative Exploration of Why They Invest in Reflective Practice  (RTI Fellows Open Forum)
Presenter: Jolene Miller
Video Session Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Video Session Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Title: Identifying Barriers to Citing Retracted Literature

  • Elizabeth Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries
  • Jennifer Deal, MA, MLIS, Advocate Aurora Health Library
  • Karen Hanus, MLIS, AHIP, Advocate Aurora Health Library
  • Barb Ruggeri, MLIS, AHIP, Todd Wehr Library, Carroll University
  • Liz Witkowski, MILS, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries

Video Session Date: Monday August 10, 2020
Video Session Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Title: Kickstarting Use of Electronic Lab Notebooks at an Academic Medical School 

Presenters: Erin Foster, Elizabeth C. Whipple, Hannah J. Craven 
Video Session Date: Monday August 10, 2020 
Video Session Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM 

Title: You Can Do It: Developing Your Research Identity within Health Sciences Librarianship 

Presenters: Ayaba Logan, Laura Menard, Lisa A. Marks, AHIP, and Alexander J. Carroll, AHIP 

Video Session Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020 

Title: Mobilizing Librarian Engagement with Computable Biomedical Knowledge: Our Roles in Curation, Stewardship, Dissemination, and Advocacy for Equity  

Presenters: Marisa Conte, Jerry Perry, Terry Wheeler, Philip Walker, Gabriel Rios, and Chris Shaffer 

Video Session Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020 
Video Session Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Title: Roles for Librarians in Research Impact Services
Description: Demand for research impact services at medical libraries is growing, but guidelines and best practices on providing these services are scarce. In this session, we reflect on the ways that research impact services have been implemented at our and other organizations and, based on those experiences, offer a preliminary set of roles that medical librarians can fill in providing these services. Through a series of guided discussions with the audience, we will introduce and refine both the roles themselves and the knowledge and skills necessary to perform each role. By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the different forms that research impact services can take in medical libraries and how those services can be implemented at their own institutions.

  • Christopher Belter – Informationist, National Institutes of Health Library, National Institutes of Health
  • Karen Gutzman – Head, Research Assessment and Communications Department, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
  • Tyler Nix – Informationist, University of Michigan
  • Amy Suiter – Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Video Session Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020 
Video Session Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Title: Streamlining Library Classes: Scheduling, Marketing, and Data Gathering in Order to Increase the Value of a Library Service 

Presenters: Hannah Craven and Julia Stumpff 
Video Session Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020 
Video Session Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM 

Title: Focus on Outreach: A Pop-Up Library Commemorating Florence Nightingale’s 200th Anniversary in 2020
Presenters: Dana Gerberi & Julie Taylor (Mayo Clinic)
Video Session Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020 
Video Session Time: 1:30 PM 

Title: The Future Is Now: Physician Assistant Programs, Practice, and the Library Immersion Session
Presenters: Caitlin Meyer, Brandi Tuttle, Jolene M. Miller, Justine Strand de Oliveira, and Laura Zeigen
Video Session Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Video Session Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

Title: National Health Observances: Content to Promote Health Information Resources and the All of Us Research Program
Presenters: Liz Kiscaden, Lydia Collins, Susan Wolfe, Asih Asikin-Garmager and Brittney Thomas
Video Session Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Video Session Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Title: Promoting the Work of Librarians through the Academic Pediatric Association Educational Scholars Program
Presenters: Elizabeth C. Whipple, Caroline R. Paul, Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer
Video Session Date: Wednesday August 12, 2020
Video Session Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Title: Building a Partnership with Bariatric Surgery to Educate and Support Patients
Author: Kathy Koch
Video Session Date: Wednesday August 12, 2020
Video Session Time: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Title: MLA Safe Zone Immersion Program
Description: Join your colleagues to discuss LGBTQIA+ inclusive language and practices in a safe learning space online. Together, we will explore the basics of vocabulary, pronoun usage, gender and sexual identities, intersectionality, and privilege. Participants will engage in reflection, discussion, and scenario-based learning in an intensive, fast-paced immersion session, facilitated by librarians knowledgeable in Safe Zone training. Due to scaffolded content and collaborative activities, attendance will be limited to the first 100 participants; attendees are requested to be on time.
Video Session Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Video Session Time: 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Title: Immersion Session: Focusing on Health Sciences and Public Library Collaborations for All of Us
Description: Recognizing the important role that public libraries play in the health and wellness of their communities, NNLM funding has enabled academic health sciences and public librarians across the country to make precision medicine and health literacy primary components of their institutional programming. Four librarians will share stories of collaboration with multiple community stakeholders to lead their communities to quality health information while raising awareness of All of Us. From their successes and challenges, discover tips, techniques, and resources to develop similar community engagement strategies for your health outreach endeavors.


  • Darlene Kaskie – NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa
  • Rachel Tims – NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, South Central Region, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Lynda J Hartel – Director, Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University,
  • Debra A. Werner – Director of Library Research in Medical Education, The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago
  • Mary Sue Houser – Health Educator, Albuquerque Public Library
  • Dana Wilkosz – Health Literacy Educator, New Orleans Public Library

Video Session Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Video Session Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Title: Integrating Evidence-Based Medicine Skills into a Medical School Curriculum: A Quantitative Outcomes Assessment 

Presenters: Laura Menard and Amy Blevins  
Video Session Date: Thursday August 13, 2020 
Video Session Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Poster Title: Partnership for Success: Developing a Health Education Outreach Program with a Local Public Library. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2020
Authors: Swanberg SM, Look E, Jayakumar M, Shubitowski T, Yuen EW, Bulgarelli N, Wedemeyer R, Lucia V.

Poster Title: Applying the Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome (PICO) Format to Research Queries of Home Birth Midwifery Students
  • Nora Barnett, Outreach Specialist, NNLM Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa
  • Daina Dickman, Scholarly Communications Librarian, California State University, Sacramento.

Poster Title: Preserving and Honoring the Legacy of World War II Medical Efforts

  • Gabrielle Barr – Archivist, NIH (*)
  • Corinne Miller – Clinical Informationist
  • Annie Wescott – Research Librarian
  • Mary Anne Zmaczynski – Public Services Librarian
  • Ramune Kubilius, AHIP – Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian
  • Abebi Espinoza – Special Collections Assistant
  • Katie Lattal – Special Collections Librarian
  • Karen Gutzman – Head, Research Assessment and Communications Department

All: Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
*NLM 2nd year fellow at Galter Library Sept 2018-August 2019

Poster Title: Focus on Nursing Point-of-Care Tools: Developing Criteria for an Evaluation Rubric

  • Emily Johnson-Barlow – Associate Professor & Regional Health Sciences Librarian
  • Annie Nickum – Information Services and Liaison Librarian
  • Rebecca Raszewski – Associate Professor & Information Services & Liaison Librarian
  • Ryan Rafferty – Visiting Instructor & Regional Health Sciences Librarian

Poster Title: Exploring Mental Health First Aid Training as a Library Staff Burnout Prevention Tool

  • Judith A. Wiener, MA, MLIS – The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library
  • Lynda J. Hartel, MLS – The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library

Poster Title: Vision of Increased Vigilance for Predatory Publishing: Focus on Educating Future Authors and Users of the Literature
Authors: Dana Gerberi, Cynthia Beeler, Julie Taylor (Mayo Clinic)

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