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Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond

Class Details

Join Medical Librarians to hear about how they use Graphic Medicine in their work with colleagues, students, and staff. Panel participants will also discuss the past, current and future role of Medical Librarians in the Graphic Medicine Community and take questions from attendees.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify how Medical Librarians have used graphic medicine in their work with colleagues, students and staff.
  • Discuss the role of Medical Librarians in graphic medicine and ways in which Medical Librarians support the wider graphic medicine community.
  • Apply strategies for integrating graphic medicine into health science libraries and the organizations they serve.

Alice Jaggers (she/they), MSLS, is a co-editor of graphicmedicine.org. She has a BA in Anthropology and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas. She has been studying graphic medicine since 2015. She created a graphic medicine collection while working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences March 2017 and developed programming for the library and for the institution until June 2019. You can find information about Alice in her blog, Alice Jaggers on Graphic Medicine. Alice has also created a preliminary database of graphic medicine titles.

Ariel Pomputius (she/her) is a Health Sciences Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida's Health Science Center Library. Her interest is comics and healthcare started when she was asked to create fun cartoon materials to teach children about health and safety, and now she teaches pre-med and medical students about graphic medicine.

Elisa Cortez, MILS, is the Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian at the University of California, Riverside. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Information and Library Science. As an embedded librarian, her interests have combined in building a graphic medicine collection and promoting graphic medicine throughout the curriculum.

Marna M. Clowney-Robinson, LLMSW, MLIS is a Clinical Social Worker and the Access & Information Services Librarian at the University of Michigan. She is currently completing a Fellowship at Simmons University in their Interprofessional Informatics. At the intersection of social work and librarianship, she has utilized Bibliotherapy and Graphic Medicine to treat mental health issues with specializations in eating disorders and identity issues. She is currently building a searchable database of Graphic Medicine Books used for mental health issues for use in therapeutic settings.

Patricia F. Anderson is the Emerging Technologies Informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, where she works with graphic medicine through organizing events, building collections, negotiating access solutions, creation, and more. You can find examples of her comics explorations at Leopardskin Librarian, with a published example from JACR.

Rachel Walden is the Associate Dean and Professor of Learning Resources and director of the Medical Library for the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. She has a strong interest in elevating the healthcare stories of marginalized populations through graphic medicine and other media, and formerly did healthcare advocacy writing and social media for women’s health organization Our Bodies Ourselves.

Rich McIntyre, MSLIS, MSIS, is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at UConn Health, located in Farmington, CT. Rich’s work primarily includes designing and maintaining technologies that support library services, staff, and the UConn Health community and improving digital systems and services by prioritizing usability and drawing from experience working for Apple. He also curates the library’s Graphic Medicine collection and teaches a 5-day Graphic Medicine elective course open to first year medical and dental students.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National, NER
Aug 5, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Continuing Education Credits: 

Graphic Medicine, comic books and graphic novels that tell personal stories of health and wellness, is an up and coming area of interest in medical education and health outreach. 

But how can graphic medicine be used to improve health literacy?  How can programs be built around graphic medicine?  What graphic medicine resources and supports are available for librarians, public health professionals, community organizations and others?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of using these resources for outreach and education?  What are the best practices for including graphic medicine?

Hear from librarians, creators, community organizations and others who are creating and using graphic medicine to teach students, staff and the general public about health, wellness and disease.

For a refresher on the field of Graphic Medicine, check out Matthew Noe's 2017 webinar, Introduction to Graphic Medicine


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