Speakers and panelists

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gunter

Dr. Jen Gunter is an internationally bestselling author, obstetrician and gynecologist with more than three decades of experience as a vulvar and vaginal diseases expert. Her New York Times and USA Today bestselling book, THE VAGINA BIBLE, has been translated into nineteen languages and The Guardian calls her “the world’s most famous—and outspoken—gynecologist.” The recipient of the 2020 NAMS Media Award from The North American Menopause Society, she is a columnist for The New York Times and the star of Jensplaining, a CBC video series that highlights the impact of medical misinformation on women. Dr. Gunter also appears in the Netflix series A User’s Guide to Cheating Death and her TED Talk reached 1 million views in its first month. For more information, follow @DrJenGunter or visit www.DrJenGunter.com

MLA President: Lisa Traditi

Lisa Traditi, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, was a hospital librarian for 9 years in the Denver metro area before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library in 1996.  In addition to being the 2020-21 MLA President, Lisa is a two-times past chair of the Midcontinental Chapter of MLA and an advisory board member for the University of Denver School of Library and Information Science.  She received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Arizona and is a Distinguished member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals. 

In addition, Lisa is:

– The local co-coordinator for Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians;
– A chapter contributor for Evidence-Based Practice: An Implementation guide for healthcare organizations, published in 2011; the MLA Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries, published in 2011; and Nursing Research Secrets, published in 2003; and
– A recipient of the CCML Marla Graber Award and the MCMLA Bernice Hetzner Award.
– An avid camper, spending almost every weekend from May through September somewhere in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Frank. 


Early Career Panel

This panel is intended for library students and those new to the profession and will be an open conversation with 4-5 librarians from different health science library environments discussing their career.

Lisa Traditi and the following panelists will be discussing careers in health sciences libraries.

Kate Anderson

Head of the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library and interim Assistant University Librarian for Science Libraries, has been at the University of Missouri since 2005. At MU and previously at the University of Wisconsin, she has worked in a number of academic libraries – education, pharmacy, engineering, health sciences, veterinary—a variety that has spurred a deep interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. She is the incoming Chair Elect of MCMLA and has previously served as Chapter Council Alternate and Recording Secretary. She has also served as the Chair for the Veterinary Medical Librarians Section of MLA and is currently a member of the JMLA editorial board. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Colorado College and her graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin (MA in English; MA in Library and Information Studies).

Nicole Strayhorn

Nicole Strayhorn is the Data Informationist at the American Dental Association (ADA) Library and Archives in Chicago, IL. In this role, Nicole answers reference questions for ADA members and staff and partners with ADA staff including data analysts and statisticians to build data-driven systems to improve membership outcomes and oral health information to ensure the highest quality of dental care. Prior to joining the ADA, she was a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow from 2017 to 2019 and has previous library experience at the CDC, US Department of Transportation, and Florida State University.
Nicole received a Master of Science in Information from Florida State University. In addition, to the MSI, Nicole also holds a BA in Geography from Georgia State University.
When Nicole is not cleaning data or making beautiful charts, she enjoys reading, music, crafting, and taking naps.

Elizabeth Kiscaden

Elizabeth Kiscaden is the Assistant Vice Provost of Library Services at Creighton University, where she leads the Reinert Alumni Memorial Library and Health Sciences Library. Originally from Minnesota, Elizabeth worked at the Mayo Clinic in the Center for Translational Science Activities before relocating to Iowa. Elizabeth started her library career as a solo hospital librarian at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Following this, she served as the Library Director of the Luis V. Hanson Library at Waldorf College before returning to health sciences librarianship. Elizabeth worked at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa from 2016 to 2020, first as the Head of Library Services and later as the Associate Director of the Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, established within Hardin Library.

Addressing Disparities in Health Literacy Panel
This panel is will discuss health disparities within different populations and how librarians can be part of the solution.


Christian Minter
Christian Minter
Christian I.J. Minter is the Head of Circulation Services and the Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian at McGoogan Health Sciences Library at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She manages the library’s statewide Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) and leads outreach and training activities to promote access to quality information and improve health literacy. Christian is passionate about increasing health equity and is involved in several projects in the Omaha area related to reproductive wellbeing, maternal and child health, and health and housing. Christian holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College, a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a concentration in maternal and child health. 

Anna Wirta Kosobuski

Anna Wirta Kosobuski EdD is a Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe band member and an Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of MN Medical School, Duluth.  She has over 25 years’ experience developing and implementing programs serving Native American students, youth and communities. Her children’s projects include community-based programming and printed resources that focus on math and science as well as health, nutrition and wellbeing. To make learning relatable and meaningful for Native American youth, Dr. Wirta Kosobuski’s projects incorporate hands-on learning, Native American culture and ways of knowing and where possible, align with Minnesota academic standards and bring children and their loved ones together in the learning process. A set Kindergarten-6th grade math and science activity books and a similar set that addresses healthy eating and nutrition are grounded in Ojibwe culture and designed to resonate with all children. The overall goal of Dr. Wirta Kosobuski’s work is to facilitate a life-long love of learning and wellness.

Emily Vardell

Emily Vardell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She teaches graduate courses on the foundations of library and information science, research methods, reference, consumer health, and health sciences librarianship. Her research interests are in the area of health information behavior with a focus on health insurance literacy and how people make health insurance decisions. Dr. Vardell earned her PhD from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 and her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. She began her medical librarian career as a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow and then served as Director for Reference and Education at the Louis Calder Medical Library at the University of Miami. Dr. Vardell is an active member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and has served on the 2019 Nominating Committee, as Chair of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration Section, as Chair of the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee, and Section Council Liaison to the National Program Committee for the 2017 annual conference. She is the Online Updates Column Editor for Medical Reference Services Quarterly where she reviews a health-related database each quarter. Her first book, The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act (Rowman & Littlefield) has been called “impressively accessible” and “an important book for librarians in all types of settings.” Vardell has conducted research presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences, received grants from the Medical Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, been awarded the Beta Phi Mu Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and served as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna, Austria.

Lakesha Kinnerson

Lakesha Kinnerson, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Undergraduate Program Coordinator at Samford University.  She is also a doctoral learner, with research interest in health literacy, health inequities, and consumer informatics.   Ms. Kinnerson holds a Master of Public Health in Healthcare Organization and Policy, and Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently a doctoral learner.  She is past president of the Alabama Health Information Management Association and serves on national health information workgroups.