Sunday, Oct. 7, Keynote Speaker #1

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, MLIS
Owner, Libraries Thrive Consulting

Renew You: Work/Life Balance

If someone told you that, with just a little effort and reflection, you could find a way to feel more useful, more energized, and just plain happier about getting up every morning and going to work, would you want to know how? In order to renew yourself and your career, you don’t have to quit your job and go live on the beach. What you DO have to do is spend a little time re-thinking your goals and your options and, as a result, you just might find some opportunities you didn’t even realize were there.


Catherine Hakala-Ausperk is a 32-year Ohio public library veteran, with experience in everything from direct customer service to management and administration. Now an active library planner, speaker, consultant, and trainer, she is the author of:

She also serves as an adjunct instructor for Kent State (OH) University’s School of Library and Information Science, for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA), for InfoPeople and more. She writes the Demco blog, “Library Advice: That’s a Great Question!” and owns Libraries Thrive Consulting. She frequently presents at conferences, facilitates workshops, connects Boards and Directors, designs and runs leadership academies around the country, and helps libraries develop truly 21st-century strategic plans. Her passion is for supporting, coaching, and developing great libraries, successful team members, and – especially – strong and effective library leaders.

(source: Libraries Thrive: About Catherine Hakala-Ausperk)

Monday, Oct. 8, Keynote Speaker #2

Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan
Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD
Director, National Library of Medicine

The Role of Librarians, Libraries and the NLM in Achieving the Promise of Precision Health

Keynote: (Download PowerPoint Slides)
NLM Update: (Download PowerPoint Slides)
NNLM Outreach – Wash & Learn: (YouTube Video)

Precision health portends an era where health promoting and disease mitigation strategies are designed and delivered mindful of a person’s, family’s, or communities’ genetic make-up, phenotype expression, social assets and behavioral experiences. Librarians, libraries and the NLM play key roles in creating and enabling this expanded definition of precision health, including proper indexing of the literature, creating consumer-friendly educational resources, and funding research into design and application of new medical informatics and data science strategies for patient engagement and personal health management. Come and explore how libraries will help achieve the promise of precision health.


Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. She assumed the directorship in August 2016.

In January 2017, with the transition of the trans-NIH data science initiatives to NLM, as recommended by the NLM Working Group Report to the NIH Director, Dr. Brennan also assumed the role of NIH Interim Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS).

Dr. Brennan came to NIH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also led the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

Dr. Brennan is a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Dr. Brennan has conducted external evaluations of health information technology architectures and worked to repurpose engineering methods for health care.

She received a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

A selected bibliography of her publications is available.

(source: U.S. National Library of Medicine)