HSLS Professional Activities at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference

HSLS librarians actively participated in the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Annual Meeting held in Chicago, Ill., from May 16-21, 2014.

Contributed Papers

Linda Hartman, reference librarian, presented “Faculty Development Series: Teaching Enhancement for Instruction Librarians.” Co-authors were Reference Librarians Rebecca Abromitis and Ester Saghafi, and Reference & Information Technology Librarian Patricia M. Weiss.

Carrie Iwema, Molecular Biology information specialist, presented “Partnering w/Postdocs: A Library-hosted ‘How to’ Training Series Taught by Postdocs.” Co-author was Ansuman Chattopadhyay, head, Molecular Biology Information Service.

Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, presented “You Do WHAT with Your Data?! Opportunities for Librarians to Teach Data Management Best Practices.” Co-authors were Carrie Iwema, Molecular Biology information specialist, Andrea Ketchum, reference librarian, and Bedda L. Rosario, visiting assistant professor1.

1.  Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Poster Presentations

Mary Lou Klem, reference librarian, presented “Undead PubMed: Raising the Dead to Raise Class Attendance.” Co-author was Rebecca Abromitis, reference librarian.

Pat Weiss, reference and information technology librarian, presented “FlashClass is Born! How Brainstorming, Groupon, and Flash Mobs Revitalized a Library Instruction Program.” Co-authors were Reference Librarians Rebecca Abromitis and Mary Lou Klem.

Other Conference Activities

Kate Flewelling, outreach coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, presented “Infographics” at Top Technology Trends VII; served as official conference blogger; and was moderator of the “Accessibility and Appropriateness in Our Information Future” session.

Carrie Iwema, Molecular Biology information specialist, along with co-instructor Margaret Henderson1, taught the continuing education course,Genetics for Librarians: from Bench to Bedside.” Iwema was also a contributed paper and poster judge for the MLA Research Section.

1. Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, along with Montie’ Dobbins1, co-chaired the MLA Section/Chapter Membership Task Force.

1.  LSU Health Shreveport, Shreveport, La.

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