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Emerging Roles in Libraries Symposium
Friday, October  12, 2012
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (with reception, 6-7 p.m.)

Ecotrust Building
721 NW 9th Avenue Portland, Oregon

The Emerging Roles In Libraries Symposium is being funded by the National Library of Medicine under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C with the University of Washington.

This event has been approved for 6.5 hours of MLA CE credit.

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    Free to PNC/MLA members.
    $50 for non-PNC/MLA members.
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  • Hotels/Lodging
  • Directions and map to Ecotrust Building
  • Parking: If you are driving, park at the Smartpark at Station Place. It is 3 blocks away (Ecotrust=A and Smartpark at Station Place = B)
  • Taking the Portland Streetcar to the EcoTrust Building – From downtown, go to 10th Avenue to one of the stops, catch a streetcar (they will all be going north on 10th) and get off at the Johnson Street stop. Streetcar Route Map. Proof of valid fare required to ride on Portland Streetcar. You can purchase tickets online or on-board the Streetcar at fareboxes. Streetcar fare is $1.00. TriMet fare ($2.50) is also valid on the streetcar.

Description of the Program

This one-day Emerging Roles Symposium is scheduled for October 12, 2012 in Portland Oregon and will be held in the Ecotrust building.The primary audience we are trying to reach is health science and hospital librarians working in the Pacific Northwest, but we believe we've crafted a program that will also appeal to librarians working outside of the health sciences realm. Topics that some of our speakers will be addressing include the Alt-Librarian Model, involvement with EHR integration, data curation, e-science, scholarly communication issues, providing services to geographically dispersed populations and institutional policy and procedures management.


9-9:15 a.m. - Welcome/Introductions

9:15-10:30 a.m. - Opening Keynote 

Evolution of the Alt-Librarian: Design for an Emerging Role
Steven Bell, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

Are librarians changing to keep pace with the expectations of their community members? To remain relevant to their community and colleagues, librarians need to adapt to constant internal and external forces of change. Influences from fields such as design and user experience may help to shape a new emerging role that will better enable librarians to cope with these challenges. In this presentation, Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University and ACRL vice-president/president-elect, proposes an Alt-Librarian model. The Alt-Librarian is a design-influenced model that proposes an enhanced professional skill set to help librarians retool themselves for the challenges of an uncertain tomorrow.

Steven J. Bell is Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University and ACRL’s president. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, higher education, design thinking, user experience and library leadership. Steven is a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online Learning Community on the Learning Times Network and is a frequent virtual presenter. He blogs at Kept-Up Academic Librarian, ACRL Insider, and Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. His columns “From the Bell Tower” and “Leading From the Library” appear in Library Journal’s weekly newsletter, Academic Newswire. He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design”. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to

10:30-10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45-11:45 - Panel, Part 1

There's a Librarian in My Living Room: Library Instruction from Afar

Mary Anne Hansen, Distance Instruction Librarian, Montana State University (Bozeman, MT)
PowerPoint slides

Mary Anne Hansen will discuss how she and her colleagues are using web conferencing software (Adobe Connect) to provide real-time library instruction and research assistance to distance students and faculty.

New Rules: Librarian before E, No Exceptions. Supporting eScience without Losing Your Self
Sally Gore, Research and Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Boston, MA)
PowerPoint slides

For many years, science has been practicing, using the tools available, perhaps unknowingly, to prepare itself for a time when it could work more collaboratively both within and across disciplines. That time is now and while there's still a good bit of tweaking to be done before this occurs seamlessly, those of us watching, supporting and/or participating in research closely are beginning to see the possibilities of the world of e-Science. eJournals and institutional repositories are just two tools changing the way we think about and use scholarly publishing. The role of research librarians in this area is filled with possibilities we'll explore in this talk.

Clinical Librarians in the ICU: From Providing Just-in-Time Information to Creating Ubiquitous Information Solutions
Amy Harper, Hospital Librarian, Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA)
PowerPoint slides

Amy Harper, the clinical librarian for Harborview Medical Center, will discuss her role in creating OCCAM: Online Clinical Algorithms & Messages, a mobile-optimized content management system for collecting and presenting UW Medicine-specific clinical algorithms and protocols. The idea for OCCAM emerged from observed information needs while rounding in the trauma/surgical ICU.

11:45-12:45 p.m. - Lunch (Pizza, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, provided)

12:45-1:45 p.m. - Panel, Part 2

Learning to Surf the Data Deluge
Stephanie Wright, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
PowerPoint slides

The last several years we have seen an increase in articles and presentations referring to the "Data Deluge" and its impact on academic research. Three years ago the University of Washington Libraries began investigating the data management needs of students and faculty on campus and identifying skills and services required to meet those needs, either by the Libraries or through collaborative relationships with other entities. Stephanie will talk about how the Data Services Program formed, services developed so far and where it's going.

Getting Your Foot in the EMR Door
Erica Lake, Associate Director, Hope Fox Eccles Health Library University Hospital, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

Hospital librarians can be valued contributors to the EMR process at their organizations. Erica Lake will share her 11 year experience as a Senior Medical Librarian at Intermountain Healthcare, where she played a leadership role in coordinating corporate-wide availability of online biomedical resources through EMR and Infobutton functions. In addition, she will briefly share her contributions towards integrating patient education and consumer health information into the EMR at University of Utah Health Care, since becoming Associate Director of the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library in March 2011.

Notes From the Field: Emerging Roles for Biomedical Librarians
Christian Patrick, Director of Sales, Western States and Provinces, EBSCO (Seattle, WA)

Christian travels the Western US and Canada meeting with librarians from the biggest academic medical centers to the smallest community hospitals. He will highlight the emerging trends on the role for information professionals across all aspects of the healthcare continuum.

1:45-3:00 p.m. - Roundtable discussion, reports
Speakers from both panels will each have a table and moderate discussion around their topic.

3:00-3:15 p.m. - Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote

Emerging Roles as (R)Evolutionary Adaptive Strategy
Jerry Perry, Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado (Denver, CO) and Past-President of the Medical Library Association

Jerry will address emerging roles for health information workers, summarizing key observations from the day and offering his own observations filtered through the lens of evolutionary science, where the "adaptive unit" is the profession.

4:30-4:45 p.m. - Wrap-up

6-7 p.m. - Reception on balcony of Ecotrust building

7–11:00 p.m. - Pub Crawl - FULL
There will be a pub crawl following the Emerging Roles Reception. The Pub Crawl is FULL as of 8/27/2012. Email Todd Hannon ( if you want to be put on the waiting list. Space is limited to ten people and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The crawl will include 2-3 pubs, a stop at a Portland food cart pod, up to ½ mile walking and the use of public transportation. A final list of participants will be shared with all who indicate interest.

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