MLA '14 Featured Speakers
Sunday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.–noon
John P. McGovern Award Lecturer: Aaron E. Carroll
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Aaron E. Carroll, MD, has published some of the seminal work on physician views on various types of health care reform and has been called on to appear on national television and radio programs, including the Colbert Report, to talk about the Affordable Care Act. Carroll is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.
Carroll’s research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care and areas of health policy including physician malpractice, the pharmaceutical industry–physician relationship, and health care reform. He has published on the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and health professionals, and how educational interventions can affect their interaction and behavior.
Carroll was one of the first to study the use of mobile devices in actual care. He is one of the leading pediatric informaticists in the United States. Carroll is also the cofounder of Medical Data Solutions, one of the first software companies to create programs for health professionals for mobile devices, and the coauthor of Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies about Your Body and Health and Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck that Way!
Monday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Janet Doe Lecturer: Margaret Moylan Bandy, AHIP, FMLA
Margaret Moylan Bandy, AHIP, FMLA, has worked as medical librarian and manager of library and knowledge services at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO, since 1979. She served on the MLA Board of Directors from 2005–2008 and was board liaison to the Task Force on Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians, contributing to the final report of the committee and the 2009 Vital Pathways Symposium published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
Considered a leader in patient and consumer health information, Bandy established the first hospital-based consumer health library in Denver in 1985. Bandy has served as an officer and committee member for many committees at the national, regional, and state level, including as chair of the Midcontinental Chapter of MLA (MCMLA) and chair of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section. As chair of the Hospital Libraries Section Standards Committee, she led the revision of “Standards for Hospital Libraries 2007.” As president of the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians in 2003, she established a committee to respond to the crisis facing hospital libraries in Colorado. That committee developed the “Myths and Truths about Library Services” materials for the MLA Vital Pathways website.
She has received a number of awards including the MCMLA Outstanding Achievement Award, the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship, and the Marla M. Graber Award for Excellence and Achievement in Health Sciences Librarianship from the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians. With Rosalind Farnam, AHIP, FMLA, Bandy coedited the Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries, 2nd edition, which received the Ida and George Eliot Prize in 2012.
Wednesday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.–10:20 a.m.
MLA ’14 Panel
Professional Identity Reshaped
Environmental factors in the areas of information, technology, health care, and the economy have accelerated a new cycle of change in the roles of health sciences librarians, challenging our notions of services, policies, collections, and definition of library space. Librarians have responded with new professional roles, redesigned service models, embedded liaisons, transformed collections, enabling technologies, and retrofitted spaces. These changes lead us to ask questions about our professional identity and our professional home, such as do we need a library to be a librarian? Potential new roles, whatever they may be called, will continue to showcase the value of health sciences librarians’ skills and our expert ability to retrieve, access, and evaluate information throughout the scholarly communication process. Panelists will share how they are advancing our field by laying the foundations for broader definitions of librarianship and expanded roles for our professional practice:
Elaine Russo Martin, DA, director, Library Services, and director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School–Worcester, will provide an overview of the current environment and moderate the session. Margo Coletti, AHIP, director, Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, will address knowledge management in the clinical setting. Neil Rambo, director, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center–New York, will explore ideas about what a library and library services might look like if we “built it from scratch.” Jacqueline Wirz, PhD, biomedical research specialist, OHSU Library, Oregon Health & Science University–Portland, will discuss embedded librarians in a variety of settings, the non–master’s of library science perspective, and library support for translational and team science.
Wednesday, May 21, 10:40 a.m.–noon
Anna Deavere Smith
Playwright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Newsweek declared her “the most exciting individual in American theatre.”
Best known for crafting one-woman, multicharacter plays about American social issues, Smith has been awarded the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts, as well as the National Humanities Medal. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre—a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.”
Smith’s most recent play, Let Me Down Easy, examines health care and the resilience and vulnerability of the human body. Opening in 2009, Easy aired on PBS’s Great Performances in 2012. Interviewing real people from all walks of life, Smith turns their words into scripts, transforming herself into an astonishing number of characters.
In 1997, Smith founded the Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard, which is now known as Anna Deavere Smith (ADS) Works. ADS Works “cultivates artistic excellence that embraces the social issues of the day.”
A tenured professor at the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, Smith is also affiliated with the NYU School of Law. The winner of the 2006 Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to advancing civil rights, Smith won a Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, a Fellow Award in Theatre Arts from United States Artists, and the United Solo Theatre Festival’s inaugural award. The artist-in-residence at the Center for American Progress, Smith is writing a new play, The Americans.