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David Weinberger, Senior Researcher, Berkman Center at Harvard University and Co-director Harvard Library Innovations Lab

David Weinberger, Ph.D., writes about the effect of the Internet on ideas. He is a co-author of the bestseller, The Cluetrain Manifesto (2000) and is the author of "Small Pieces Loosely Joined" and "Everything Is Miscellaneous." His new book, "Too Big to Know" (2012), looks at how the networking of knowledge and expertise is changing how we understand our world and make decisions in it; it has won two international "book of the year" awards.

Dr. Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, where he is also leading the Harvard Library Interoperability Initiative. He has been a marketing adviser to many high tech companies, and adviser to several presidential campaigns, and was for two years a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and lives in Boston.

Joanne Gard Marshall, Professor, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill

Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, alumni distinguished professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, has had a wide variety of experience in medical librarianship, ranging from practice to research to administration to teaching. Marshall earned master’s degrees in health sciences from McMaster University and library sciences from McGill University and received her doctorate in public health from the University of Toronto. In 2005, she received an honorary doctorate from McGill University in recognition of her contributions to health sciences librarianship research and practice.

In 1982, she was awarded the MLA Ida and George Eliot Prize for an article describing her evaluation of clinical medical librarianship. Since then she has been honored by MLA numerous times: doctoral fellowship (1987); Academy of Health Information Professionals Distinguished Member (1991–present); MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant (1991); a second Eliot Prize (1993); MLA Fellowship (2002); and Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship (2010). Marshall has also been honored by the Special Libraries Association, Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothéques de la santé du Canada, and American Society for Information Science and Technology. Marshall has a long and impressive record of contributions to and leadership in MLA as a member of the Board of Directors, as a continuing education instructor, and in committee and task force roles. She showed her passion and commitment for the profession by serving as MLA president in 2004/05.

Marshall is known for being at the forefront of research activities in the medical library field. She produced the highly cited report on the impact of the hospital library on clinical decision making known as the “Rochester Study.” This report led to two other studies that used similar methodologies to study the impact of special libraries on corporate decision making and the impact of government libraries in Canada. The “Rochester Study” is one of the profession’s major research reports and has led to a succession of studies in other areas of librarianship. Marshall’s original research became the foundation for a new nationwide study reported in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), in 2009, “Measuring the Value and Impact of Health Sciences Libraries: Planning an Update and Replication of the Rochester Study,” of which she is a coauthor. The January 2013 JMLA contains an article by Marshall and her colleagues on the “Value of Health Library and information Services on Patient Care” study funded by the National Library of Medicine and the Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. A number of MLA sections and chapters also supported the study.

Julia Sollenberger, Associate Vice President & Library Director, U. Rochester Medical Center

Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, FMLA, AHIP, is Associate Vice President and Director of Medical Center Libraries & Technologies, and Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center.  She has over 30 years of experience in health sciences librarianship, beginning her career at the National Library of Medicine as an Associate Fellow.  At Rochester she has held successively more responsible positions; before becoming Director she served as Deputy Director of the Miner Library, as well as Project Coordinator for the Medical Center's IAIMS planning grant. 

Julia has a notable record of presentations and publications, as well as teaching and mentorship.  She has held leadership positions in numerous professional associations, at local, regional, and national levels, including President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), Chair of the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of MLA.  Julia has received several awards, including the Medical Library Association’s Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year, and the National Institutes of Health Award of Merit.  In 2005 she became a lifetime Fellow of the Medical Library Association. 

Julia participated in the original Rochester Study and has been Chair of the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region’s Planning Team for the multisite study of the value of information in patient care (the Value Study).  Results of this study were published in the January issue of JMLA.

Katherine E. Gregory, Haley Nurse Scientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Katherine Gregory is a researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in addition to her academic responsibilities as an Assistant Professor at the Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing.

She received her master's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and doctorate from Boston College in 2005. Dr. Gregory's clinical background is as a neonatal intensive care nurse. Her research interests pertain to disease prediction strategies, feeding, growth, and development of preterm infants. She is especially interested in the attributes of the premature gastrointestinal system and development of immunity.

In 2007, Dr. Gregory became the first Haley Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  In this role, she also collaborates with clinical staff on a variety of research initiatives and evidence based practice endeavors.

Clark Merrill, Master Trainer, Dale Carnegie & Associates and Vice President of Instruction, Performance Training Associates

Clark has worked with all organizational levels, from the executive suite to line managers responsible for direct results.  His worldwide clients include Investment banking, bio tech, IT, and manufacturing.

Prior to his role with Dale Carnegie® Clark held senior management positions in sales and the food service industry with responsibilities including franchise development, training and operations for retail chains in the eastern United States.

Clark is a Master Trainer for Dale Carnegie & Associates and was recognized as one of the Top Three Master Trainers in the world by Dale Carnegie & Associates.  In this capacity Clark travels the world to work with and develop the skills of Dale Carnegie trainers.  His Master Trainer Certifications include the Dale Carnegie® Course in Effective Communication and Human Relations, High Impact Presentations Program, Leadership Training for Managers, Dale Carnegie Seminars, World Class Customer Service/High Performance Teams and The Dale Carnegie Core Competencies.

Clark is licensed and delivers 11 Dale Carnegie® programs, including The Dale Carnegie® Course, Leadership Training for Managers, High Impact Presentations, World Class Customer Service and The Sales Advantage.  He has been recognized as a top trainer world-wide.

Since 1990, Clark has worked full-time to develop Dale Carnegie®’s cadre of trainers in the New England area.  They are recognized as one of the top training teams in the Carnegie family worldwide.

National & Regional Updates

Martha Fishel, Chief, Public Services Division, NLM (Tentative) - NLM Update

Martha Fishel is Chief of the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine, the Division that is responsible for directing programs and services which provide access to the collections, centralized reference and customer service support, and preservation and collection management.

Ms. Fishel has been at the National Library of Medicine since 1976, starting as an acquisitions librarian in the Serial Records Section. She was involved in the early development of the DOCLINE and SERHOLD systems from their inception in the early 1980s. She worked with the Grateful Med development team in 1990s to formulate the document delivery portion of that program called Loansome Doc. For the past 15 years, she was responsible for the Public Services Division budget, contracts, and oversight of document delivery activities. Most recently she is the LO lead on the PubMed Central back issue scanning project, responsible for managing the contracts and LO staff working on this important archive of full-text biomedical journals. Prior to coming to NLM, she worked at the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals Law Library in Arlington, Virginia.

Ms. Fishel received a B.A. in English and Sociology from the American University in Washington D.C. and a M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the Medical Library Association and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the MLA.

Mary Piorun, Associate Director, NN/LM New England Region - NN/LM NER Update

Mary Piorun, MSLS, AHIP is the Associate Director for NNLM/New England Region, based  at the Lamar Soutter Library of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Before joining UMass in 1999, Mary was a systems librarian at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD, and served in various professional and intern positions in libraries in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area. She received her M.S.L.S. from Catholic University in 1995, and completed an M.B.A. from Bentley College in February 2008. Mary is a member of the Medical Library Association and is on its Section Council and Task Force for Social Networking. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Professionals. Mary is also a member of the ACRL New England Chapter. Mary recently (2007-2008) completed the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. In May 2008, Mary received the W. Michael Hoffman Prize for Business Ethics from the Bentley College, Center for Business Ethics. Currently, Mary is pursuing a PhD in Managerial Leadership at Simmons College. Mary is a member of the Medical Library Association, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter.

Her recent publications are in the area of institutional repositories, inter-library loan processes and using teams to manage library remodeling projects. Her areas of interest are library administration, management, leadership, ethics, integrated library systems, digital repositories, scanning and digitization programs, process improvement, and library and Internet technologies.

Carla Funk, Executive Director, MLA - MLA Update

Carla Funk has been the executive director of the Medical Library Association (MLA) since 1992. MLA, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a not-for-profit professional educational association serving 4,000 individuals and institutions in the health sciences information field.

Ms. Funk previously worked for the American Medical Association in several positions including director of medical student services, the women in medicine project, and director of the library's automation and technical services. She was also a consultant for a library system in the Chicago suburbs and a public library director.
Active in several professional associations, Ms. Funk has been a president of the Illinois Library Association and been active in the American Library Association and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She was also an adjunct faculty member for the Dominican University (formerly Rosary College) Graduate School of Library and Information Science from 1984-2000 and currently serves on its advisory committee.

Ms. Funk holds an MBA from the University of Chicago a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. She is a Certified Association Executive granted through the ASAE certification program. She is also a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library honorary society, and is listed in several Who's Who publications. She is an Honorary member of the Medical Library Association and an Honorary Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK). She is a current member of the Board of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.


Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth, MA

Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth, MA

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