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NAHSL Conference 2014, October 19-October 21, 2014: Speakers

Information pertaining to NAHSL (North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries) Annual conference October 19-October 21, 2014

Plenary Speakers

Four Plenary Speakers Will Widen the Lens

Widen the Lens on Patients:
Haider Javed Warraich, MD
Humanism in Medicine

Haider Javed Warraich, MD

A clinical resident and research fellow at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Warraich is involved in clinical research and is an active writer.

His writings on various medical issues have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases and the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. He has also written on humanism in medicine for various international news outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, The LA Times, The Guardian and Foreign Policy. His first novel Auras of the Jinn – A Pakistani Story was written while he was in medical school.

Widen the Lens on Healthcare:
Carrie Colla, PhD, Assistant Professor, Geisel School of Medicine
The Shift to Value-Based Care: An Unfolding Story

Carrie Colla Dr. Carrie Colla is an Assistant Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel School of Medicine;and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College. She is a health economist specializing in health insurance markets, insurance benefit design, provider payment, and the care and needs of the elderly. Her research examines the effectiveness of payment and delivery system reform. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Widen the Lens on Research:
Paul A. Harris, PhD
Building and Evolving Informatics Programs and Services to Support Clinical and Translational Research

Paul A. Harris

Paul A. Harris, PhD, is an associate professor of biomedical informatics and biomedical engineering who has approximately 15 years’ experience working in the field of clinical research informatics.  Dr. Harris earned his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1996 and now serves as Director for Vanderbilt's Office of Research Informatics.  

 Dr. Harris devised and created REDCap (, a research data collection and management software platform that has seen widespread adoption by 986 academic and non-profit institutions in 79 countries.  He also created and runs a national program ( designed to 'match' volunteers wishing to volunteer for studies and scientists recruiting participants for research at any CTSA institution.  The ResearchMatch program is currently serving approximately 55,000 volunteers and 1900 researchers across 87 institutions.

 Dr. Harris is interested in problems associated with: 1) novel strategies for data collection, analysis and dissemination in patient-oriented and translational research; 2) noninvasive methods for determination of physiological properties; and 3) software collaboration and dissemination models.  He currently serves as co-PI for the PCORI Mid-South CDRN, co-PI for the NIH/NHGRI eMERGE Coordinating Center and PI for one of four NIH/NICHD Information Management System hubs serving the National Children’s Study.

Widen the Lens on Libraries:
Stephen Abram, MLS
Provocations – Leadership in Transformational Times

Stephen Abram

Stephen Abram, MLS, is a strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry as managing principal at Lighthouse Partners, an associate of Dysart& Jones. He is also CEO of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. He is a renowned library trend watcher and innovator and author of Stephen’s Lighthouse blog, one of the most popular blogs in librarianship. He has been president of the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June 2011. He has held international executive leadership positions at Cengage Learning (Gale), SirsiDynix, Thomson, ProQuest Micromedia, and IHS. He has lead several libraries and served on the advisory boards of six LIS schools. He was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries as one of the first LJ "Movers and Shakers." He has been awarded the SLA's John Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information iSchool at the University of Toronto where he received the 2010 Outstanding Teaching Award. He speaks internationally on innovation, technology, marketing and strategic success in libraries and is the author of hundreds of articles and ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram.

Workshop: Grants and Proposal Writing



Presenter:  Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy & Community Engagement Coordinator, NN/LM NER

This presentation, designed for beginning proposal writers, will teach you how to apply for funding opportunities. Each component of the proposal writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan; an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.  We will explore National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) funding opportunities and examples of successful projects.  The presenter will share tips from her experiences with planning, writing, and reviewing proposals.

Approved for 1 MLA CE credit.


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.

Linda Walton, President, MLA - MLA Update

 Photo of  Linda  Walton

Linda J. Walton, Associate University Librarian at University of Iowa Libraries, is the current President of MLA. MLA is a not-for-profit professional educational association serving 4,000 individuals and institutions in the health sciences information field.

Linda J. Walton has worked in a variety of health sciences libraries including hospitals and academic. For several years she was the associate director of regional offices for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, a regional outreach program of the National Library of Medicine. Ms. Walton came to the University of Iowa Libraries-Hardin Library for the Health Sciences from Northwestern University where she had been the associate director of the Galter Health Sciences Library for nine years. Her career has focused on the use of technology in libraries and outreach to the health care community. Ms. Walton has been the lead on several grants and subcontracts primarily from the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She has written several articles that have appeared in the Journal of the Medical Library Association and Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Ms. Walton is the recipient of the Medical Library Associations’ Academic Medical Librarian of the Year and has been a Leadership Fellow awarded by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. She is currently President of the Medical Library Association. Ms. Walton received her B.A. and her M.L.S. from Indiana University.





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