MLA's Educational Webcast
Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon: Finding Our Way in New Biomedical
Research and Health Care Environments
Originally held Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.,
Donna B. Flake, AHIP
Donna B. Flake, AHIP, is director of the South East Area Health Education Center
(SEAHEC) Medical Library in Wilmington, NC. In 2008, she integrated the library's
digital library into the electronic health record (EHR) at her institution.
Flake received the MLA T. Mark Hodges International Service Award in 2009, currently
serves on the MLA Librarians Without Borders Advisory Committee, was MLA's representative
to the European Association for Health Information and Libraries for six years,
has been chair of MLA's International Cooperation Section, and leads a partnership
between all the North Carolina medical libraries and the Scientific Medical
Library of Moldova in eastern Europe. Flake is a popular speaker, having made
sixteen international presentations and nineteen in the United States, on topics
such as EHR, statewide digital libraries, consumer information, and international
partnerships. She has also published twenty-eight papers. Flake is a Distinguished
Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Sally Gore is head of research and scholarly communication services, Lamar
Soutter Library (LSL), University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS)Worcester.
She is responsible for coordinating the educational, outreach, and support services
of the library to the research community of UMMS, including doctoral students
in the graduate school of biomedical sciences (GSBS). These include support
for issues related to the National Institute of Health (NIH) public access policy,
authors' rights, open access, and (coming soon) data management. Gore's group
manages eScholarship@UMassMed, a digital repository that currently contains
more than 9,000 papers representing dozens of departments, labs, programs, and
projects of the university, as well as a complete digitized collection of dissertations
from GSBS and the graduate school of nursing. The repository also hosts two
e-journals, one a peer-reviewed title for Neurology residents to gain experience
in scholarly writing.
Gore is a member of MLA, the American Library Association, the Association
of College and Research Libraries, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
She is the incoming president of the Massachusetts Health Sciences Libraries
Network, serves on the Executive Board of the North Atlantic Health Sciences
Libraries, and a member of the Scholarly Communications SIG of ACRL New England.
Sally represents LSL on the University of Massachusetts 5 Campus Science Librarians
Group, a committee that plans and carries out professional development activities
for science librarians. Her most important role for this group is serving as
chair of the subcommittee for fun for the annual "Science Boot Camp for
Librarians". These three-day summer camps allow librarians to learn the
basics of different scientific disciplines from University of Massachusetts
faculty and researchers. Here, Gore is responsible for all original, science-related
camp songs and the design of merit badges.
Gore has undergraduate degrees in philosophy and exercise physiology, and graduate
degrees in theology, exercise physiology, and library science. She earned her
master of library science degree from Syracuse University.
Layne M. Johnson, serves as translational science information specialist in
the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of MinnesotaMinneapolis
(UMN) and library fellow in the Institute for Health Informatics. His formal
education is in the life sciences, where he has earned a bachelor's in biology
from Dana College, Blair NE, an master's in bacteriology, and a doctoral degree
in microbiology from Iowa State UniversityAmes. His post-doctoral research
was funded by Monsanto Company and was performed at the University of OklahomaNorman.
He received grants from the National Environmental Health Association and National
Science Foundation as an undergraduate.
He has studied environmental microbiology and ecology and began his pharmaceutical
career as a bench scientist, leading a group of investigators who were aimed
at discovering novel natural products for use in infectious disease, oncology,
cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases, animal health, and molecular biology.
Johnson has always been a heavy user of information and recalls using local
college libraries to support his scientific studies while in high school. Once
end-user search systems became available for biomedical researchers, he was
the first laboratory investigator to use BRS Colleague to search MEDLINE at
Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, NY. From there, his career formally shifted
to the world of information and his first role as senior biomedical information
scientist supported research programs in molecular biology, infectious diseases,
vaccines, and a variety of other areas. He became increasingly curious about
the world of scientific information and held several global information management
roles, the most recent with Pfizer. He joined the Health Sciences Libraries
and Institute for Health Informatics at UMN in late 2009. He works closely with
the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UMN, where he is responsible
for research networking systems, and biomedical health informatics initiatives
and serves on the steering committee of the Office of Community Engagement for
Health. He is active in MLA, Special Libraries Association, and American Medical
Informatics Association and is the recruitment and evaluation lead for the University
Partnership for Health Informatics consortium, a Office of the National Coordinator-funded
university-based training program designed to prepare students to efficiently
implement electronic health records and health information exchange systems.
Johnson lives in downtown Minneapolis with his super-intelligent Scottish terrier,
Cooper, and will be a primary instructor for The
Medical Library's Role in e-Science and Data Sharing, day-long continuing
education course at MLA '11 on May 13.
Marisa L. Conte is the clinical and translational science liaison at
the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of MichiganAnn Arbor (UM).
Her role is to integrate library and information management services into various
clinical and bench research settings, patient care environments, and research
administrative units. She also serves as the library's liaison to the college
of pharmacy, several clinical departments, the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center
and the privately funded Taubman Medical Research Institute. Her professional
interests include biomedical informatics, data curation, and collaboration and
Conte is a 2000 graduate of UM with a bachelor degree in medieval linguistics
and literature, and she earned her master degree in library and information
sciences from Wayne State University with concentrations in health sciences
librarianship and information technology. Prior to coming to UM, Conte was a
National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow.
Julie K. Kwan, AHIP
Julie K. Kwan, AHIP serves as associate director for the National Network of
Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Pacific Southwest Region, located at the Louise
M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of CaliforniaLos Angeles (UCLA).
Prior to serving as associate director, Kwan served as library network coordinator,
managing network membership, maintaining oversight of the regional interlibrary
loan program, and developing an electronic licensing program for hospital libraries.
Kwan is also adjunct lecturer in UCLA's Department of Information Studies, teaching
courses in health sciences librarianship and health informatics. Kwan holds
a bachelor degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University, a master's
degree in library science from the University of IllinoisChampaign/Urbana,
and an advanced management program certificate from the University of Southern
California's Office of Executive Education. She is a Distinguished Member of
the Academy of Health Information Professionals and holds the honor of Distinguished
Librarian in the UCLA Library.
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