Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association
& Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association

Pure Information
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan
October 13 – 16, 2017

Continuing Education

Saturday, October 14 is CE day at the Joint Meeting! The CE courses are all approved for Medical Library Association continuing education credit.

CE Course Time Member Non-member Student
Perspectives in Research Data Management (4 cr) 8am-12pm $150 $200 $50
Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community* (4 cr) 8am-12pm $0 $0 $0
Advanced PubMed** (4cr) 8am-12pm $0 $0 $0
Environmental Health Policy: Sources and Strategies for Effective Searching (2 cr) 2pm-4pm $75 $75 $50
Engaging Assessment to Show Value & Make Decisions: Making the Case for Your Library (3 cr) 1pm-4pm $120 $120 $50
Data Management for Librarians (4 cr) 1pm-5pm $150 $200 $50

*Instruction provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR)
**Instruction from the NNLM National Training Office sponsored by the NNLM GMR

CE Registration

You do not have to register for the meeting to register for the continuing education courses!


Full refunds (minus a $25.00 handling fee) for cancellations submitted before September 1, 2017.


Perspectives in Research Data Management, 4 MLA CE credits
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Salon III

Rapid changes in funder and publisher requirements are creating new opportunities for librarians to play a central role in research data management. This class will provide an introduction to the key topics underlying research data management and the current climate around data management and data sharing, as well as exploring ways in which libraries have become stakeholders in this area. Attendees will learn about the steps of the data lifecycle, the process and culture of different types of research, basic standards for data description and documentation, the key elements of a data management plan, and general methods for storage, archiving and sharing data. The second half of the course will prepare participants to provide services at their own institution through exercises, group discussion, and practical advice on how to get started. Participants will be led through an informationist case study to gain a deeper understanding of the role a librarian can play in research data management. Breakout groups will provide a forum for participants to discuss challenges and opportunities at their own institutions and to develop strategies for initiating data services.

Instructors: Kevin Read & Alisa Surkis, New York University School of Medicine

Kevin Read

Kevin Read is an Assistant Curator at the NYU School of Medicine. He is the lead of the NYU Data Catalog Project, an index of datasets generated by NYU researchers and of local experts for large publically available and licensed datasets. Kevin provides data management training to students, faculty and staff and teaches a data-focused graduate course for first year basic science MD/PhD students. As co-PI of a BD2K training grant, Kevin has developed online training modules for medical librarians to better understand research data management and prepare them to teach research data management at their own institutions. Finally Kevin is a member of NIH bioCADDIE’s metadata working group, where he worked to inform the creation of metadata for the NIH data discovery index now known as DataMed.

Alisa Surkis

Alisa Surkis is the Head of Data Services and the Translational Science librarian. The Data Services unit provides support for research data management and data visualization, maintains an institutional data catalog, and serves as a locus for education on collecting, managing, analyzing, visualizing, and sharing data at NYU School of Medicine.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community, 4 MLA CE credits
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Salon I

This interactive class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved and minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with minority communities. Topics to be covered include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency. Some basic concepts of program planning and evaluation within a culturally diverse environment will be covered. Participants will engage in group discussions to explore models for developing their own programs.

Instructor: Darlene Kaskie, NNLM/GMR

Darlene Kaskie

Darlene Kaskie is an Outreach Specialist with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR). In this role she promotes and supports the mission of the Library of Medicine to improve access to health information through outreach and education. Prior to her current position, Darlene served as the Student Computer Services Librarian for the Law Library at the University of Iowa. In this role, Darlene assisted with technology and network services and served as the editor for the Law Library’s website. Darlene also worked as a temporary librarian for the University of Iowa Engineering Library, helping with marketing and educational outreach using social media.

Advanced PubMed, 4 MLA CE credits
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Salon II

This PubMed class will cover a number of advanced concepts that librarians can add to their PubMed toolkit. Upon completion of the session, attendees will be able to describe: the order of Automatic Term Mapping and the implications on searching; Author searching; Finding drug information to treat diseases; Pharmacologic action terms; Coordinating MeSH terms (like the Indexers do) to focus a search; Tools for finding Evidence Based Medicine in PubMed; Systematic Reviews; and Phrase searching.

Instructor: Rebecca Brown, NNLM/NTO

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown received her M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University in 2006. During grad school she worked in the Copyright and Document Delivery Department of the Archie Dykes Health Sciences Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), which lead her to medical librarianship. After graduation, her first professional job as a librarian was with the NNLM – MidContinental Region as the Kansas and Technology Coordinator. In that position she trained librarians and health professionals on resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). For the technology piece of her job she tested and provided training on digital tools such as RSS, social bookmarking, and screen-casting for use in library settings. As a Training Development Specialist with the NNLM National Training Office (NTO) she still focuses on NLM resources, but now her audience is national. Rebecca’s early undergraduate work was in French and Linguistics. Growing from that is an interest in teaching English as a second language. She tutors several children and adults. She loves to cook (for other people). Rebecca is a bird watcher and has participated in several Audubon Christmas Bird Counts.

Environmental Health Policy: Sources and Strategies for Effective Searching, 2 MLA CE credits
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Salon II

Human health is profoundly shaped by our environment. Our interactions with the affects quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. Environmental health questions, which cover everything from the effects of chemicals in the air and water, to noise in the environment and occupational safety, to racial, income and geographic determinants of health can be difficult to answer, and usually require numerous, wide ranging, and often hard to find and use sources. This workshop focuses on the practical and theoretical skills of sifting through the vast array of resources, governmental & non-governmental, grey literature and data sources to find the appropriate resources to answer a particular question. Through hands-on exercises participants will learn how to navigate a variety of resources, reinforcing learning from the initial brief presentations and resource demonstrations. Working in small groups, participants will identify multi-pronged search strategies for more complex environmental health-related topics.

Instructors: Carol Shannon, University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library, & Abraham Wheeler, Michigan State University Libraries

Carol Shannon

As part of the Academic and Clinical Engagement team at THL, Carol Shannon works with the College of Pharmacy, the departments of Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health), the School of Dentistry, the Population Health Program at University Hospital, and the clinical departments of Gastroenterology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Sleep Medicine. She has a special interest in teaching, whether in person or online. Carol has an MPH focusing on health policy and an MA in the History of Art (Japanese Painting), both from the University of Michigan.

Abe Wheeler

Abraham Wheeler is Librarian for the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Division of Public Health, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University. Abraham received his M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and his Master of Theological Studies in Biomedical Ethics from Vanderbilt University in 1998.

Engaging Assessment to Show Value & Make Decisions: Making the Case for Your Library, 3 MLA CE credits
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Salon I

As libraries are increasingly asked to demonstrate their value and the contributions they make to their institutions, library staff need efficient and effective strategies for assessment. Best practice in assessment means embedding assessment into the library’s practices on a continuous basis rather than treating it as a separate and additional task. The workshop will present an integrated and systematic approach to developing and assessing library activities that includes identifying impact outcomes and aligned activities, establishing criteria, collecting and analyzing data and evidence, and using the results for improvement and telling the story of the library’s impact. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using the tools and techniques presented.

Instructor: Lisa Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. At Illinois, she has also served as Acting Head of the University High School Library, Head of the Undergraduate Library, Acting Coordinator for Staff Development and Training, and Coordinator for Strategic Planning in the University Library. Lisa served as the 2010-2011 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, which launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her presidency. Lisa has presented and published widely on information literacy, teaching and learning, the value of libraries, library assessment, program evaluation, and organizational innovation. Lisa received her Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently a PhD student in Global Studies in Education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Data Management for Librarians, 4 MLA CE credits
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Salon III

Every major federal funding agency in the United States is moving towards implementing data management and sharing requirements as part of grant applications. What do funding agencies want and how can researchers meet these increasing demands? How can librarians incorporate research data services into their work? In this session, we’ll discuss elements of successful data management plans, best practices when working with data, and strategies for supporting data management, whether or not it’s your primary responsibility.

Instructor: Caitlin Bakker, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Caitlin Bakker

Caitlin Bakker is the Research Services Liaison at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her focus is on developing and providing research support services for faculty in the Academic Health Center, including data management, scholarly communication, and research impact assessment. She received a BA(Hons) from the University of British Columbia and an MLIS from McGill University, and previously she held positions at the University of Northern British Columbia and Wilfrid Laurier University.