English Arabic Chinese (Simplified) French Hindi Japanese Korean Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish

PNR Rendezvous: Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19

Class Details

This is a presentation on librarian visioning, leadership, management, and trial by fire. It provides a unique perspective on launching and leading an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn about
● the process of establishing an international network of volunteers from idea generation to implementation
● leadership successes
● “lessons” learned
In March 2020, Tulane University’s Research, Education and Public Health Librarian Elaine Hicks received a reference request. The task was to review a daily list of new COVID-19-related publications, organize the list by topic, and disseminate the organized list to response teams. Two information problems were evident. The volume of daily COVID-19-relatedpublications increased from a handful to hundreds, and field and keyword inconsistencies prevented completion of the task “to get the right information to the right [response] teams as quickly as possible”.
With a background in public health emergency preparedness and response, Hicks saw this as an opportunity for a team of health science librarians, experts uniquely positioned to help global health professionals navigate the deluge of COVID-19 research, to meet the information needs of international emergency responders. Soon, Hicks recruited an international team. Two volunteers, Sara Loree and Stacy Brody, ushered the Librarian Reserve Corps (LRC) into reality. Nearly a year later, the LRC continues to provide expertise and guidance on a myriad of scholarly communications issues concerning COVID-19 research
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
● Describe how health science librarians are uniquely suited to meet the current health information problem
● List three main activities of the Librarian Reserve Corps in their public health information response

● Elaine Hicks, MS/LIS, MPH, MCHES merged two occupations into the work of a public health librarian: nutrition educator and public health educator. A recent product of this body of knowledge and skills was the creation of the Librarian Reserve Corps, a mash-up of public health emergency preparedness training and library/information science needed to catalog the avalanche of daily scientific publication distributed by the WHO library to the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. She is committed to the development of 21st century information skills among health education students, and consumers. As the public health librarian at the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences of Tulane University, she works with patrons from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine to help them find, retrieve, evaluate and (ethically) use the information which becomes evidence as a result of their scholarship. As a Master-certified health educator, she is formerly a Director of School and Community Health at the Cook County Department of Public Health (Illinois) and SOPHE Secretary.
● Sara Loree, MSLS, AHIP is the Medical Library Manager at St. Luke’s Health System (Idaho) and Co-Director of the Librarian Reserve Corps

● Stacy Brody, MI, is a reference and instruction librarian at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in Washington, DC. She is a two-time alum of Rutgers University, earning her Bachelor's degree from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in 2013 and her Master of Information from School of Communication and Information in 2018. She was a 2018-2019 National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. On her night stand are too many books, including Go with the Flow, Supporting Trans People in Libraries, and Stay and Fight.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Apr 21, 2021
1:00PM - 2:00PM PT
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

Class Overview

PNR Rendezvous is a webinar series presented by the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. Each session focuses on various topics such as health, research, resources, librarianship, and technology for attendees to incorporate into their work.

Sessions from this series are recorded and available usually within 1 week of the live session. Scroll down to see a list of past sessions OR visit the PNR Rendezvous YouTube Playlist

Handout from February, 2021 session, "Serving Library Users with Mental Illness: A Crash Course on Controlling Classes"

Connect to PNR Rendezvous

It is recommended to review this WebEx help document prior to joining WebEx or if you are having trouble joining the webinar:

Registration is encouraged but not required to attend PNR Rendezvous.

To join the training session

Go to current PNR Rendezvous sessionHandout.docx
Enter your name and email address.
Enter the session password: pacific
Click "Join Now".
Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To join the session by phone only

To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll number (US/Canada):1-650-479-3208
Access code: 627 725 018

Need assistance?

For assistance, you can contact NNLM PNR at nnlm@uw.edu