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NAHSL Conference 2015: Speakers

Amy Dickinson: Syndicated Columnist

Amy Dickinson,
Columnist & Bestselling Author, The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter and the Town that Raised Them, (2010).

As the author of the syndicated advice column, Ask Amy, Amy Dickinson provides thoughtful and often funny answers to readers who supply her with a never ending well of life’s problems, dilemmas, and issues. Often times, the subjects touch on very real health issues. How does Amy resonate with such a large audience? How does she offer advice that she knows is sound? Come discover what she has to say about these questions and her thoughts on the importance of literacy for a healthy society.  

Dipesh Navsaria MPH, MSLIS, MD: Reach Out and Read Wisconsin

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD
U/Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 
Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin

 Dr. Navsaria is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, a pediatrician, and even an occasional children’s librarian. He is passionate about the role of literacy in childhood development and the importance of parents and children reading together. Doctors and other health care providers have a wonderful opportunity to help their patients understand how literacy improves their chances for a healthy life. What is the role of librarians in these efforts and how can partner in this work? Dr. Navsaria has a few answers behind those flashy bow ties.

Frances Groen, AHIP, FMLA: Former Director of Libraries at McGill University

Frances K. Groen, AHIP, FMLA
Director of Libraries Emeritus, McGill University
President, Medical Library Association, 1989-90

For academic health sciences librarians and those who work in health care, gaining access to needed resources isn’t always easy. Digitization, technology, and changing social and economic structures continue to reshape scholarly publishing and the world of academic librarians, faculty, students, and researchers. Fran’s distinguished career as a leader in the field is highlighted by thoughtful research and writing on the subjects of access to medical knowledge, the role of libraries towards the public good, and international librarianship. Where does she see the scholarly publishing world going? What role can librarians play in insuring fair access to medical information for all? Come find out what one of medical librarianship’s most established leaders has to say on these topics and more.


Michelle Kraft, AHIP

President, Medical Library Association

Kevin Baliozian 

Chief Executive Officer, Medical Library Association