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NAHSL 2019 Full STEAM ahead! Sheraton Springfield at Monarch Place, Friday, November 8, 2019

NAHSL Conference 2019: Program

The official website for NAHSL 2019: November 8, 2019, located at Sheraton Springfield at Monarch Place, Springfield, MA.

Program Schedule

7:15am - 8:00am

Registration & Scholarship


7:15am - 8:00am

Breakfast & Vendors


8:00am - 8:15am 



8:15am - 9:15am

Business Meeting & MLA Update 


9:15am - 10:15am



9:15am - 10:15am  

Visit with the Vendors


10:15am - 11:30am  

Keynote: Joe Diver

(Sponsored by Yale University)


11:30am - 12:30pm



12:30pm - 1:00pm

Dessert with the Vendors


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Panel: Community Engagement


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Round Table Discussions


2:00pm - 2:30pm

Snack Break & Vendor Visit

(Sponsored by Tufts University)


2:30pm - 3:45pm

Short Communications: Member Content


3:45pm - 4:45pm

Networking Happy Hour


Panels & Discussions

Full Steam Ahead Panel Discussion:  All Aboard Community Partnerships

This fast track panel will share their experience with building community partnerships.

  • Elizabeth Irish and Kara Burke (Albany Medical College) will discuss their experience of partnering with public librarians to improve their comfort with consumer health resources and providing training on how to assist patrons in utilizing effective communication methods with their healthcare providers. 
  • Tina Panik (Avon Free Public Library) and Jennifer Bennett (Avon Senior Center Coordinator) will share their collaboration with Take Care of Yourself, a series of community conversations and training that promote good mental health. 
  • Ellen Sulzycki (Springfield City Library) will detail several health initiatives funded through the National Library of Medicine including community gardening, cooking programs, and health resource training. 


Making Headway:  Round Table Discussions

Whether it is a light at the end of the tunnel or just chugging along, meet with colleagues for round table discussions about some of the most pressing topics facing libraries.

Topics will include:

  • Scholarly Communications facilitated by Sally Gore
  • Supporting the Information Needs of Clinical Nurses facilitated by Lisa Liang Philpotts 
  • Emerging Trends facilitated by Teri Shiel
  • Licensing and Budgeting in Hospital Libraries facilitated by Ellen Brassil

Keynote Speaker

Joe Diver headshot

Joe Diver

Innovation Strategist

 Baystate Health


Presentation: "Steady Ahead: Library as the Community Center in the Digital Age...An Innovator's Perspective"