MLA Webcast: Presenters
MLA Distance Education
Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices: Discovering the Participatory Web
MLA's Educational Webcast
Held Wednesday, March 5, 2008
J. Dale Prince, AHIP
J. Dale Prince, AHIP, is technology coordinator for the National Network of
Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region located at the Human Services
Library of the University of MarylandBaltimore. Prince provides Internet
and technology instruction to medical librarians and health professionals in
the region, as well as training and outreach for a variety of NLM programs and
services. He received his master of library science from Indiana University,
is a member of Beta Phi Mu, and is a member of the Academy of Health Information
Michelle Kraft, AHIP is the senior medical librarian at the Cleveland Clinic
Alumni Library. She is the author of The Krafty Librarian, a blog for medical
librarians. Recently, she published the paper, "Mashing Up the Internet,"
in Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Previously, she was the hospital
librarian for South Pointe Medical Library. She received her MLS from the University
of MissouriColumbia and is member of the Academy of Health Information
Professionals, a member of MLA, and the president of the Ohio Health Sciences
Through his widely-read medical library blog, davidrothman.net, David Rothman
keeps his readers up-to-date on the latest web tools and technologies relevant
to health information needs and medical libraries. His blog has been ranked
among the top English-language health care blogs in the world and has been mentioned
in the Medical Journal of Australia, the Journal of the European Association
for Health Information and Libraries, and Ophthalmology. In less than 2
years, davidrothman.net has had more than 100,000 unique visits and gained an
RSS following of more than 1,800 subscribers.
Rothman's knowledge of medical web tools has earned him considerable praise
from many prominent librarians, physicians, and publications. His expertise
on medical wikis is frequently sought by publications such as the American
Medical Association News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and ACP Internist
. He has authored articles on third-party PubMed tools and the web-based communal
evaluation of medical literature in MLA News and the Journal of the
Medical Library Association.
An enthusiast of the application of RSS to current awareness services, Rothman
coauthored the chapter on RSS in Haworth Press's Medical Librarian 2.0,
contributed to the design of MedWorm.com and cocreated LibWorm.com, a free library
and information science RSS portal and search service that allows professionals
in library and information science to search the biblioblogosphere for their
interests and subscribe to their searches via RSS.
When he isn't writing or playing with computers, Rothman runs the medical library
at Community General Hospital in Syracuse, NY, where he successfully encouraged
the hospital's president and CEO to start a blog of his own.
Bart Ragon is the associate director for library technology services and development
at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of VirginiaCharlottesville.
He chairs MLA's Task Force on Social Networking Software. In the past, Ragon
has spoken on web 2.0, web application development, and technology planning
in academic health sciences libraries. He received a master of library and information
science from the University of South Carolina.
Gabriel R. Rios
Gabriel R. Rios recently accepted the position of deputy director at the Lister
Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of AlabamaBirmingham.
He will represent the library in the directors absence and is responsible
for the day-to-day administration of operations, including oversight of budgetary
and personnel functions. In previous positions, Rios provided leadership and
vision for key public services, including reference, information technology,
Web presence, PDA support, education programs, liaison programs, and outreach.
Over the last six years, Rios has coordinated the integration of emerging technologies
in the library environment. He has also taught classes on emerging mobile technologies
at regional and national meetings. Rios received his master's in library and
information science from the University of TexasAustin.
Andrea Lynch graduated from the master's program at the University of CaliforniaLos
Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in June 2004.
In her current position as health and life sciences librarian and instruction
coordinator at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, she is responsible
for research, instruction, and collection management in the areas of dentistry,
public health, and nursing as well as coordination of instructional sessions.
She is a member of MLA and the Medical Library Group of Southern California
and Arizona (MLGSCA) and serves as the chair of the MLGSCA Electronic Information
Resources Committee and the MLGSCA web editor. She recently codeveloped a MLA-approved
course, "Incorporating Web 2.0 Tools into the Research Process: Making
the Most of Instruction and Outreach Efforts," with her University of CaliforniaSan
Diego colleague, Dominique Turnbow.
Melissa Rethlefsen is an assistant professor of medical education and education
technology librarian at the Mayo Clinic's Learning Resource Center. She is a
frequent contributor to Library Journal and Library Journal's
netConnect technology supplement, where she writes about using social software
tools in libraries. She also authored the chapter on social networking in the
recent book, Medical Librarian 2.0, and she comanaged a multistate version
of the Learning 2.0 program tailored to medical library staff.
Max Anderson earned his master's in library and information science in 1999
from Florida State University. Shortly after graduating, he worked as a public
access computer trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, installing
granted computer technology and training librarians in rural libraries across
the country. While working with the Gates Foundation, Anderson became involved
with the creation of what became WebJunction, an online portal for libraries.
He serves as an advocate for WebJunction, in addition to teaching an informational
course online about the portal.
Since 2003, he has worked at SOLINET as an educational services instructor.
He writes and teaches classes on OCLC products and services, web design, application
of social software to libraries, and general technology to librarians around
the Southeast. Anderson is a well-known speaker and has presented at various
conferences, including Computers in Libraries, SOLINET Users Groups, and state
library conferences. In 2007, he was invited to Australia and New Zealand by
CAVAL to teach classes about social software in libraries. He recently published
an article in the Georgia Library Quarterly on RFID in libraries. Some
of his interests include emerging technologies, web design, planning for library
futures, cataloging, and advocacy and support for libraries.
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