Speakers & CE instructors

Featured Speakers

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD

Image of Lisa GualtierriLisa Gualtieri is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she teaches courses on Online Consumer Health, Social Media and Health, and Web Strategies for Health Communication. She received an Innovations in Education grant from the medical school to investigate the use of social media in medical school courses.

A frequent conference speaker, she presented "Communicating the Experience of Illness through Patient Blogs" at the CDC Health Communication, Marketing, and Media Conference and a keynote on "The Future of Online Consumer Health" at the Medical Library Association ePatient Symposium.

She writes a blog about health and consults with healthcare organizations to improve their use of the web and social media. Dr. Gualtieri earned a PhD in computer science from Harvard University.

Pat Wagner

Image of Pat WagnerPat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries of all types since 1978. She has been an CE trainer for MLA since 2001 and is known for her good-humored and practical programs. Pat is a frequent speaker at national conferences such as MLA, SLA, AALL, and ALA. She has also been a producer and facilitator for local, state, and national library leadership institutes, focusing on executive topics such as strategic planning, forecasting, ethical politics, marketing, innovation, crisis management, and ethics.

Coming from a medical family, she knows something of the pressures of working in hospitals, medical schools, government agencies, and research labs. Besides her work with libraries and universities, she has also been a trainer and consultant for hospices, hospitals, nursing organizations, drug companies, think tanks, and home health care agencies.

Pat had a checkered past in the performing, visual and literary arts as a poet, graphic designer, publisher, writer, radio talk show host and printer She has a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in print communication and performance. You can find her on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (pat2pattern).

Molly Bishop Shadel

Image of Molly Shadel Molly Bishop Shadel graduated magna cum laude in 1991 from Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American literature and language. She earned her law degree from Columbia University in 1997, where she served as a note editor for the Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After graduation, Shadel clerked for Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She then spent four years as a litigation associate with the firm Covington & Burling, first in Washington, D.C., and then in New York. In 2002, Shadel joined the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, where she represented the United States on terrorism-related matters before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She taught oral advocacy classes at Virginia for a year as a lecturer before joining the faculty in 2005. She also served as the Law School's director of public service from 2005-07.

Prior to attending law school, Shadel studied theater at Northwestern University’s M.F.A. directing program and directed plays professionally in New York. She recently co-authored a book with Robert N. Sayler titled Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion (Aspen Publishers 2011).


Jane Blumenthal - Medical Library Association Update

Image of Jane BlumenthalJane Blumenthal is director of the health sciences libraries at University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Michigan, she was assistant dean for knowledge management at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Ms. Blumenthal has also worked at the American Medical Association and the National Cancer Institute-Frederick Cancer Research Facility.

Ms. Blumenthal has a BA degree from the College of William and Mary and an MSLS degree from Catholic University of America. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has been active in a variety of professional organizations, including the Medical Library Association (MLA) and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. She is currently president-elect of MLA and represents AAHSL as chair of the MLA-AAHSL Joint Legislative Task Force. She has previously served as an MLA board member, AAHSL board member, MLA treasurer, and co-chair of the MLA’08 annual meeting. In addition, she is currently chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Publication Policy Committee.  

Her interests include the intersection of libraries and informatics, community partnerships and outreach, and the application of social media and other technologies to scholarly and informal communications.

Betsy L. Humphreys - National Library of Medicine Update

Image of Betsy HumphreysBetsy L. Humphreys is Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). As Deputy Director, she shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. In addition, the Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Library, and in the absence of the Director, assumes full responsibility for all functions performed by the National Library of Medicine. Ms. Humphreys also coordinates the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced retrieval and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources, and NLM's activities related to health data standards. She contributes to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting.

Ms. Humphreys received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a Fellow of the Medical Library Association, and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association's highest honor, the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics and the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service, conferred by the President of the United States.  Ms. Humphreys presents and publishes widely.

J. Dale Prince - NNLM SE/A

J Dale Prince Image J. Dale Prince is Executive Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland. Dale has been on the staff of the NN/LM SE/A since 2002. He received his MLS from Indiana University in 1998, a Bachelor degree in English from the University of Alabama in 1989, and a MA in English from Alabama in1995.

Dale has been a member of MAC and MLA since 2000. He is active in MLA at both national and local levels, having served as Chair of the Membership and Professional Development Committees of MAC, Local Arrangements co-chair for MAC 2001, Program Chair for MAC 2007, and MAC Chair 2008-2009; he has also served on the Continuing Education and Technology Advisory Committees, the Taskforce on Social Networking Software, and served as Chair of the Relevant Issue Section, and is current Chair of the Educational Media and Technologies Section of MLA. He is a distinguished member of AHIP.

Renae Barger - NNLM MAR

Renae Barger imageRenae Barger is the newly appointed Executive Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM-MAR).  In May, the University of Pittsburgh was awarded the 2011-2016 contract to serve as the Regional Medical Library representing New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  Ms. Barger is responsible for leadership, development, administration, and evaluation of all programs of the Middle Atlantic Region. 

Ms. Barger is also an adjunct faculty member in Pitt’s School of Information Sciences (SIS).  She helped develop and team-teach a 4-credit online course in Management of Collections and Resources for the SIS-HSLS HealthCAS Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Sciences.

Ms. Barger earned an MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in health librarianship and medical informatics, as well as a post-master’s certificate in biomedical informatics as an NLM-funded trainee.   She joined the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, first as a reference librarian and then was promoted to Head of Access Services and then Assistant Director for Access Services.   As leader of a team of three librarians, she developed and implemented a program for information instruction and support for clinicians, patients and families using tools such as PubMed, MedlinePlus and other NLM Resources.  She developed training on Evidence Based resources and searching skills to Nursing Research Council Groups, as well as supported consumer groups through tailored MedlinePlus training.

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Joanne Gard Marshall

Image of Joanne G. MarshallJoanne Gard Marshall joined the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill, USA, in 1999 where she served as Dean from 1999 to 2004. Since returning to the faculty, she has taught courses in evidence-based library and information practice, research methods and health information. She is currently involved in federally funded research projects on workforce issues in library and information science and the value and impact of health libraries and information resources. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Joanne worked was librarian in various academic and health sciences libraries in Canada for over 15 years. Joanne chaired the EBLIP4 meeting that was held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2007.



CE Instructors

Ann Duesing

Ann Duesing is the Southwest Virginia Outreach Librarian for the University of Virginia's Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Ann is based at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and has served in this position since 1995. Prior to then she served as a Hospital Librarian for two community hospitals in Pennsylvania. And in her early years of librarianship, she laughingly says she served from Duke University to kindergarten. In Southwest Virginia, there have been many opportunities for partnerships to assist with health information support for students, health care providers, health institutions, patients, families, community health coalitions, and others. Ann has taught classes, coordinated projects, helped develop partnerships for health programs, served on professional committees, chaired programs and organizations and currently works with several local, state and regional health projects to advance the resources and opportunities for cancer patients and survivors.

When Ann became a caregiver herself, the reality of the difficulties in navigating the health information and health care system, while under emotional duress, truly hit home. She decided to exploit her health information searching experience, access to specialty health professionals, large and small health care facilities review, health care support team availability and the awareness of the explosion of online tools and patient networks. All of this was incorporated into creating a class for teaching others to fight the good fight for positive health care outcomes and to navigate the system successfully.

Cindy Olney

Cynthia Olney, PhD, joined the staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center in 2006, where she provides evaluation training and consultation to the libraries and organizations in the NN/LM. She has more than 20 years of experience with applied research and program evaluation.  During the past 10 years, her work has focused primarily on planning and evaluation of health-related projects, particularly those related to health information outreach. Dr. Olney also owns a planning and evaluation consulting business and has worked with a variety of organizations, including health sciences libraries, medical residency and nursing programs, a health professions high school, and a community-based health coalition.   

Terri Ottosen

Terri Ottosen has served as the consumer health outreach coordinator for the Southeastern Atlantic region since February 2005. She has worked in public, academic and medical libraries for over 15 years enjoying every aspect of library work from shelving to management. Terri began her professional career as a reference librarian at Charles Drew University in south central Los Angeles and continued in an academic medical center as the bibliographic instruction coordinator and reference librarian at the University of Southern California. Prior to her current position, Terri was the manager of a hospital library in Virginia, bringing a variety of knowledge and understanding of the field that assists her in this role. Terri has experience teaching, developing classes, budgeting, and consultation. She has served on many professional committees and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Nancy Patterson

Nancy Patterson is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region. The NN/LM is a national network of medical libraries served by 8 regional medical libraries, contracted through the National Library of Medicine. Ms. Patterson's role in her region is to find ways to increase access to health information for underserved populations through her work with community and faith-based organizations. Together with community groups in her region, she strives to decrease health disparities while increasing health literacy.

Connie Schardt

Connie Schardt is the Associate Director for Public Services at the Medical Center Library at Duke University. At the Medical Center Library her main focus is to support the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine.  Some of her activities include: coordinating an academic EBM Course for MS3 students;  maintaining the EBM Tutorial, a web-based tutorial used by health professionals across the country to introduce the concepts of evidence-based medicine; teaching a distance education course (EBM and the Medical librarian) for the  School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; serving as co-director of Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Teachers and Champions of Evidence-Based Medicine an annual weeklong workshop for clinicians held at Duke University since 2003; and maintaining the EBMLibrarian wiki.