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Technology Forum 2011

The GMR Technology Forum will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Indianapolis, IN on October 10, 2011.


Arlis Dittmer
Arlis has a masters in history from Loyola University of Chicago and a masters in library science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has managed Blessing Health Professions Library, which serves all the entities of Blessing Health System in Quincy, Illinois since 1988.

Heather Holmes
Heather is the Clinical Informationist for Summa Health System’s Akron City & St. Thomas Hospitals in Akron, Ohio. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Prior to accepting the position at Summa, Heather worked for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, PA, Mount Carmel Hospitals in Columbus, OH and at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. She’s presented at several international meetings including the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME), MLA, and was invited to ICML in Brisbane, Australia in 2009. Heather is a 2010 recipient of the National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Informatics fellowship held in Woods Hole, MA, as well as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers for 2011. The position she holds currently is a newly created one that evolved from the clinical work she’s been doing over the past several years. She is also a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Misa Mi
Misa, Associate Professor, serves as an Information Literacy and e-Learning Librarian at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Library. Misa received her Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University, specializing in instructional design, program evaluation, and performance improvement. Before joining the faculty of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, she was a medical librarian and education coordinator at the Mulford Health Science Library at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus and a faculty member of the University of Toledo College of Medicine (Medical College of Ohio), serving as the Course Director for an elective course for fourth-year medical students. Prior to that, she was a senior information resource specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center. Misa is an active member of several health information professional organizations and a recipient of many awards/grants from the organizations. Her publications include peer-review journal articles, a book chapter, websites, and online video productions. Her research and teaching interests include information literacy instruction and evaluation, evidence-based medicine, medical informatics, e-learning, and faculty development.

Ruti Volk
Ruti is the University of Michigan Health System’s patient education librarian.  Prior to this she was the manager of the Patient Education Resource Center in the Cancer Center (PERC) and the Mardigian Wellness Resource Center in the Cardiovascular Center (MWRC) at the U-M health system. Ruti is the author of “The Medical Library Association Guide to Cancer Information: Authoritative, Patient-Friendly, Print and Electronic Information Sources” published by Neal-Schumann Publishers in 2007. She also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented in professional conferences. Ruti is the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Consumer Health Information Service Award of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of Medical Library Association (CAPHIS).


Hospital, academic, and patient education librarians representing different types of libraries will share their experiences and strategies and ideas of how they utilized technologies funded by the NN/LM GMR Technology Improvement Award to carry out innovative projects in reaching out to healthcare providers, medical educators, and patients.

  • Blessing Health Professions Library collaborated with faculty in designing a pilot project utilizing webinar and Smart Board technology as a distance learning modality. The target audience was senior nursing students preparing for their licensure exam and nurses seeking continuing education units.
  • Summa Health System's Akron City Hospital acquired a tablet-style laptop computer to be used by the clinical librarian during teaching rounds. The computer is used to access evidence-based resources at the point of care to give physicians immediate responses to their clinical questions.
  • The University of Toledo Mulford Health Science Library provided online training tutorials created with Camtasia for community-based physicians who serve as volunteer faculty teaching medical students in clinical settings. The tutorials aimed to develop faculty's awareness of library services and resources and to enhance their information seeking skills.
  • The University of Michigan Health System implemented a patient-education Clearinghouse to provide quick and easy access to approved materials. This web-based database was created with Sitemaker, an open-source application. It facilitates resource-sharing, reduces duplication of effort, and improves the quality of patient-education materials.

These projects were key in promoting and strengthening the vital roles of librarians as services and medical/health information resources providers and educators. Please come to join the panel participants in discussing important, relevant issues in the application of technologies in achieving strategic goals in different library settings.

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