Free Webinar from EMTS – Delving into Distance Support: Instructional Design, Library Role, and Social Media

The Educational Media and Technology Section is proud to sponsor a free webinar. Join colleagues and educators on September 24th at 2:30 pm CDT for “Delving into Distance Support: Instructional Design, Library Role, and Social Media.”  This one hour webinar includes 10-15 minutes of presentation by each of our panelists with time at the end for questions.  Please invite anyone you think might be interested in attending.

You can access the webinar at

At this time, attendance is capped at 250 participants.  Below are some short bios for our fabulous presenters.

Max Anderson will be talking about instruction design since he is the Instructional Designer at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. In his role, he works closely with course directors and faculty for the first two years of medical school on improving various aspects of their courses. He most recently worked with the faculty and a focus group of students to completely re-organize their courses in Blackboard. He gets these fantastic organizational skills from his experience being a librarian. He graduated with his MLIS from Florida State University in 1999, and is in his last semester of a 2nd Masters in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.

Michelle Kraft will be discussing the ins and outs of social media. She is the Senior Medical Librarian at the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library.  Michelle monitors technology and social media trends within libraries, medicine and medical librarianship.  She is the author of the Krafty Librarian blog where she writes about items of interest for medical librarians and she participates regularly as @Krafty on #medlibs discussions held every Thursday evening on Twitter.  Michelle was a member of the Medical Library Association’s Social Networking Taskforce and is now the board liaison to the Technology Advisory Committee.  She’s also been known to sleep with her phone under her pillow (but really, who hasn’t?)

Ginny Pannabecker will be discussing library roles in distance education. She is the Life Sciences & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech, University Libraries, as of August 2014. Previously, she was Health Sciences Librarian for Arizona State University, ASU Libraries at the Downtown Phoenix campus, and has held other positions involved in undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research and course support . Over the last five years, Ginny has worked to learn and apply best practices and tools to provide online library support for learning, research, and teaching in higher education. During the last two years, she’s increased her involvement and collaboration with university staff and faculty in support for online courses and programs. She is excited to have this opportunity to share what she’s learned and tried out, and to learn from the other webinar presenters and audience members.

If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Hoogland ( or (660) 626-2340.


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MLA 2015 Programming


Thanks to your great input with programming ideas for MLA’15!

EMTS will be sponsoring an invited panel and I’d like your suggestions for speakers for the session “Shaken, Not Stirred: Recipes for Supporting Blended Learning”: Trends in health sciences education are blending a variety of instructional designs, such as online learning, “flipped classrooms,” problem-based learning, and team-based learning. Medical librarians should be well versed in these instructional methods in order to best support learning. Speakers will provide an overview of instructional trends and how librarians can play a role in such learning, including addressing copyright issues in online education and providing resources and services for different learning designs.

EMTS is also co-sponsoring:

Top Tech Trends

Lucha Libra Distance Education: How are libraries working with the campus teaching and learning scholarly community to improve graduate education? Are we still teaching our faculty and students like they are in high school? How can we improve our own teaching and work with our faculty to add to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL)?

Education without Limits: This program is a showcase for librarians to present their educational collaborations and initiatives. We are looking to hear from librarians who are involved in new, interesting, or nontraditional educational activities either online or in person. Possible topics: being embedded in a curriculum, partnering with the community and/or health practitioners, working with students and faculty, participating in scholarship in teaching and learning (SOTL), and so on. This is your chance to share the interesting things you are doing with your colleagues!

Libraries, Adult Learners, and SOTL, Oh My!: In today’s world, librarians must remain pertinent to their campuses or organizations. How are librarians working with their campuses’ teaching and learning scholarly community to improve graduate and undergraduate education? Are we still teaching our faculty and students like it’s 1999? Where does instructional design fit into this picture? How can we improve our own teaching and work with faculty to add to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL)? Topics of interest include adult learners, SOTL, and instructional design.

All program themes are available at:

I’d love to hear from you with ideas of speakers for the invited panel.


Suzanne Shurtz, MLIS, AHIP
Assistant Professor
Instructional Services Librarian
Sshurtz @
Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University
4462 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-4462
Tel. 979.845.7439 | Fax. 979.845.2610
Joint Instructor
School of Public Health
Texas A&M Health Science Center



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Draft of Business Minutes from MLA 2014

EMTS Business Meeting DRAFT Minutes

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chicago, IL


Called to Order 4:37pm

1. Welcome and Introductions – 33 people were in attendance. Sheila Snow-Croft, Amy Blevins, Keith Engwall, Evan Sprague, Tiffany Tawzer, Nikki Dettmar, Emily Hurst, Molly Knapp, Kimberly Barker, Melissa DeSantis, Stephanie Kerns, David Midyette, Hal Bright, Margaret Hoogland, Rae Jessano, Mary Edwards, Linda O’Dwyer, Andrea Wright, Tara Brigham, Amanda Chiplock, Deb Werner, Brandi Tuttle, Ryan Harris, Linda Hartman, Jonathan Koffel, Jeanne Burke, Suzanne Shurtz, J. Dale Prince, Tracy Daley, Julie K. Gaines, Tim Ream, Jenny Pierce, Yini Zhu.

a.        Congratulations to Brandi Tuttle, our Nominating Committee Nominee, and to Suzanne Shurtz, our incoming Chair-designate.

b.      Attendees of the meeting introduced themselves.

2.       Approval of Minutes

a.       Ryan Harris motioned.

b.      Keith Engwall seconded and the room approved

3.       Reports

a.       Travel Grant information – Congratulations to Brandi Tuttle and Jenny Pierce for receiving the EMTS travel grants.

b.      MLA 2014 Programming – Molly Knapp

i.      Flipped conference was a success. Over 100 people showed up. There were some connection issues with the videos in addition to browser issues. Molly will report that to NPC. There were also some issues with people not watching the videos ahead of time. If we are approached to do this again, we will do pre-assigned rooms. We will make sure people know that it’s a breakout session ahead of time. We needed more signage, and we needed the breakout sessions separate from the large room. Dale suggested that perhaps we could do all the sessions in the same room so that people don’t have to move or choose between topics. Another suggestion was to have one topic for the whole session. Official count was 98 in the wrap up room, and 38 said they watched the presentation.

ii.      Top Tech Trends is tomorrow from 6-7:30 on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

iii.      This morning, there was a paper session on mobile devices that was well-received. Tomorrow, Bad Presentation Bingo is taking place.

c.       Section Council – Molly Knapp

i.      The MLAnet redesign was discussed, and one of the main issues was that the Section histories were removed from the site and will not go back up. The TAC is creating a data retention policy, and if we want our histories, we should contact Melissa Rethlefsen. Jeanne agreed to send Melissa Rethlefsen a copy of the poster from our Section poster event so that Melissa can put together a virtual hall.  Someone asked why we need to do this since they are on the conference site, and it was stated that if they are on the conference site, only members who attended this year’s MLA conference can see them.

1. If you have comments about the new MLAnet site, send them to

2.  WordPress is now an option for hosting the new EMTS site.

ii.      EMTS still plans to contribute to the Ysabel Bertolucci fund. The board will discuss this and send out a survey to the membership to decide how much to contribute.

          iii.      SIGs

1.   Distance Education SIG – This is now a part of EMTS.  Margaret Hoogland introduced herself to the group and summarized the recent informal meeting.

2. Several new SIGS were introduced in Section Council: Latino SIG, Systematic Review SIG, Outreach & Marketing SIG, Interprofessional Education SIG

iv.      Austin’s theme is MLA without limits.

v.      AHIP. Credentialing Committee plans to roll out ‘how-to AHIP videos on youtube soon

vi.      Emeritus members for Sections.

1. Should retired members get to be members of sections for free?  We currently have this for MLA and it’s something that is done by the MLA staff on a case by case basis. This came up at PDI section and people were wondering whether they get voting privileges, etc.  Someone asked how many sections the retired member could join? Keith Engwall made a motion to do an informal vote of the room to gauge interest in allowing retired members to join the section for free.  The room unanimously agreed that retired members with MLA Emeritus status should be able to remain a member of EMTS for free. Molly Knapp stated that she believes these people should not run for office, but she’s fine with them being members for free.  We think there needs to be an overall policy, and the board needs to figure out if this is something that would require a bylaws change. The board will bring the discussion back to the membership at a later time.

d.      Current Tech Advisory Committee Chair Report – Delivered by Nikki Dettmar

i.      The Tech Advisory Committee (TAC) would like to find someone who is willing to serve as a liaison to represent their sections to TAC and share technology issues. They aren’t aware of a group that might handle archiving issues, for example. Melissa Rethlefsen is the current chair of this group.

e.      Treasurer – Amy Blevins.

i. Current balance is $13,716. Expected expenditures include $500 for meeting attendance grants, $125 for officer travel support (elected board members are eligible for a $125 stipend to offset meeting attendance expenses), $400 for Top Tech Trends internet, $200 for Bad Presentation Bingo (co-sponsored with Public Services Section and recommended by the MLA Academy of Teaching Excellence (aka MATE), $199.90 for FitBit Flexbands, and ~$80 for the EMTS poster.  EMTS is in good financial shape.

f.        Membership – Jeanne Burke.

i. We still have around 235 members and 14 corporate members.  People can sign up for a free section for six months and we will get that report after the meeting.  Jeanne Burke staffed the EMTS poster.

ii.      Jeanne asked if people saw the posters and if they liked it or not, and stated that she missed the section shuffle (which the posters replaced this year).  The reason we did posters was because the Section Shuffle was very expensive and the chapters did not participate in the event.  EMTS spent $500 on the shuffle in 2012.

iii.      People said they didn’t realize the posters were for the chapters or sections, today.  Since this was at the same time as the other posters it was really hard to see them. Someone also suggested that it might be better to have this as it’s own event and to have tables where you could put materials on the tables.

iv.      Keith Engwall said maybe the New Member SIG meeting could be set for the same time as this event.  Someone said the poster session felt redundant. He likes the idea of matching it to the new members program. The cost of the breakfast and the number of new members as compared to established members is unbalanced.  But maybe we could put the posters up at the event. Keith Engwall asked that representatives of the sections come to the New Members SIG. Perhaps this is something Sheila Snow-Croft can mention to the Section Council.

g.       Continuing Education – Ryan Harris

i.      MLA wants us to come up with new CE ideas. Instructional design was something that came up.  Maybe a CE on LibGuides. If people come up with CE ideas, send them to Ryan Harris.

h.      ByLaws – Nothing to report at this time.

i.        Nominating Committee – Sheila will be working on putting together a committee to select candidates for the upcoming election after the meeting.

j.        Website – Brandi has been waiting for the new version of the MLA website, and now she is restarting the project and will be seeking volunteers.

k.       Communications Coordinator – Amy Blevins

i.      At this time, the list serv is restricted to members. There was some discussion about adding new members automatically in the future. At this time, people receive a welcome letter with instructions for signing up for the list-serv themselves.

ii.      As the Communications Coordinator (a relatively new position), Amy Blevins has been working to cross-post from the list-serv to Facebook (which anyone can join), to Twitter.  She also posts information to the EMTS blog. EMTS is always happy to receive guest blog posts. This was done last year by Keith Engwall and Natalie Clairoux.

iii.      If someone wants to take on this position, they can contact Amy Blevins after the meeting. She would be happy to pass the torch to someone new.

iv. Amy suggested having the minutes out to the membership shortly after MLA to encourage membership participation and keep up the enthusiasm after the meeting.

4.       Discussion – Lead by Sheila Snow – Croft

a.       EMTS Mission Update – The EMTS executive board has been discussing updating the Mission statement for EMTS. Discussion has been tabled for the list-serv.

b.      Distance Education SIG – This has been absorbed by EMTS and we are working to make our interest and work in this area more transparent.

c.       Webinars – We are looking for people to do webinars. Margaret Hoogland is currently working on setting up a webinar on distance education with an emphasis on instructional design after MLA. A few names were recommended to her as people to contact.

d.      Useful Technologies Wiki – If people are interested in this, we’re happy to work on updating this tool. This item has been on the list for a long time while EMTS waited for the proper technology to host the information.  Since it is out of date, if no one is interested in picking up this project, it can be abandoned.

e.      EMTS Mailing List – The MLA Membership Committee is going to establish best practices for contacting new members. This is something Ryan is working on as the incoming chair for the Membership Committee.

f.        Budget Ideas

i.      Pay a graphic designer to put together a new logo to go with the new website for EMTS.  The people present unanimously approved the idea of doing this through an informal vote by raised hands.

ii.      Scholarships for education and technology related events – We are considering working on putting together an award to help people attend CE events. It would be for any conference or meetings. It was suggested that the person receiving the scholarship would be required to submit a blog post about their experience. Further discussion has been tabled and will resume via list serve.

g.       MLA charitable event – Sheila Snow-Croft

i.      We may want to do a charitable event for next year’s MLA. Sheila will put together a taskforce to work on this project.  One suggested charity is a group that does tutoring for kids.

h.      EMTS Meeting Photo was taken.

i.         Meeting was adjourned at 6:05pm.

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Current EMTS Officers

Hello everyone,

Below is a list of the current EMTS officers. Feel free to contact any of us if you have questions, comments, or concerns. If you’re interested in becoming more involved with EMTS, our new Chair, Molly Knapp, would love to hear from you.

You can find more information on our Current Officers page

Chair: Molly Knapp
Research Support & Education Librarian
Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70112

Section Council Representative: Sheila Snow-Croft
Public Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21201

Secretary / Treasurer: Amy Blevins
Clinical Education Librarian
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

Chair, Membership Committee: Jeanne Burke
Learning Resource Center
Health Sciences Library
Creighton University Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68178-0210

Chair, EMTS Nominating Committee: Sheila Snow-Croft
Public Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21201

Chair Elect: Suzanne Shurtz
Assistant Professor, Instructional Services, TAMHSC Joint Instructor, School of Rural Public Health
Texas A&M University
Medical Sciences Library
4462 Tamu
College Station, TX 77843-0001
(979) 845-7439

Webmaster: Brandi Tuttle
Research & Education Librarian
Medical Center Library & Archives
Duke University
Durham, NC 27710

Chair, Continuing Education: Ryan Harris
Reference & Research Services Manager
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21201

Chair, Bylaws Committee: Melissa De Santis
University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Library
12950 E Montview Blvd
Ms A003
Aurora, CO 80045-2515
(303) 724-1748

EMTS MLA Nominating Committee Nominee: Brandi Tuttle
Research & Education Librarian
Medical Center Library & Archives
Duke University
Durham, NC 27710


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EMTS Programming for MLA 2014

Hey folks, the online course scheduler is live and even better, the videos of EMTS’s flipped session are available for viewing (conference registration required to view.)

Here’s of list of EMTS sponsored & cosponsored events, along w/ our business meeting details. Save the date!

Everyone is welcome! Members are strongly encouraged to attend.

Educational Media and Technologies Section (EMTS) Business Meeting
Monday 5/19/2014 4:30 PM – 5:55 PM Room: Toronto, Gold Level, West Tower


Structural Adjustments Changes in Education **featuring the flipped conference format**
More info:
Sunday, May 18 from 4:30 – 5:55 pm in Room: Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower

Top Technology Trends VII
Tuesday 5/20/2014 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM  Room: Columbus AB/CD, Gold Level, East Tower

Bad Presentation Bingo
Tuesday 5/20/2014 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Room: Columbus KL, Gold Level, East Tower


Educational Technology: We Build It—Do They Come?
Tuesday 5/20/2014  2:00 – 3:25 Room: Columbus AB, Gold Level, East Tower

Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles
Monday 5/19/2014 10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower

M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health
Monday 5/19/2014 10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower

Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences Education: Scholarship and Publishing
Monday 5/19/2014 2:00 PM – 3:25 PM Room: Columbus IJ, Gold Level, East Tower

Mobile Devices in Health Sciences Education and Clinical Practice
Monday 5/19/2014 10:30 AM – 11:55 AM Room: Columbus GH, Gold Level, East Tower


We look forward to seeing you at MLA!

Molly Knapp, EMTS Chair elect


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2014 EMTS Annual Meeting Attendance Grant Winners

After careful review of applications to the EMTS MLA Attendance Grant, the grant subcommittee (Amy Blevins, Dale Prince, and Jim Brucker) has selected the two winners:
Brandi Tuttle
Jenny Pierce

Congratulations, Brandi and Jenny!

Thank you, everyone who applied – all of the applications were quite impressive. Also, thank you to the review subcommittee members for their hard work.

The awards will be issued during our EMTS Business Meeting in Chicago:

May 19th, 2014
Toronto Room on the Gold level in the West Tower of the Hyatt Regency

As a reminder, all members are encouraged to attend the business meeting, and everyone is welcome whether they have joined EMTS, yet, or not. It’s your chance to hear what’s been going on, meet other members, and tell everyone what you think EMTS should be doing.

We look forward to seeing everyone at MLA.

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EMTS Annual Travel Grant for MLA 2014

The Educational Media and Technologies Section is proud to once again make two scholarship grants available to EMTS members for the 2014 MLA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

One of the goals of the Educational Media and Technologies section (EMTS) of MLA for 2008-2009 was to create a sustainable award that would encourage attendance of EMTS members at the annual meetings.  This award is provided to support this objective and to encourage EMTS member involvement in MLA.  The section will award up to two individuals $250 each to support attendance at the MLA annual meeting. Applicants must be a current member of EMTS. Priority is given to applicants presenting a paper, poster, presentation or other professional commitment in the area of educational media and technology.  Newer members of the EMTS section and/or of MLA are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due to Amy Blevins via email by March 31st and will be reviewed by a jury of EMTS board members. Winners will be notified via email by April 4th (prior to the early bird deadline of 4/9). A certificate will be presented the grant recipients at the EMTS Business meeting on May 19th from 4:30-6pm Toronto Room.
Please direct any questions to Amy Blevins at
Best wishes!  See you in Chicago.

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Distance Support Survey

Margaret Hoogland and Carolyn Schubert have developed a survey that they would like you to take.

Margaret and Carolyn are part of the Distance Support Group which recently became a part of EMTS. The goal of this survey is to help members of the Distance Support Group provide information about librarians who are either distance support, online, or embedded librarians. The questions will ask you:

  • where you work
  • how you define what distance support, online librarian, and embedded librarian mean
  • if you have suggestions for future programs.

There is also a section available for asking questions or providing feedback.

Thank you for taking the time to help with this project.


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Submit now! Tech Trends 2014 application open Dec 8, 2013 – January 17, 2014

The Educational Media Technology Section and the Medical Informatics Section are now accepting applications for the 7th annual Top Tech Trends panel at MLA’s annual meeting in Chicago, IL. The panel is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 from 6-7:30 pm. Applications are open December 8th, 2013 – January 17th, 2014. Nominations are also welcome.

This year the application process has been simplified. If you would like to speak during this fast-paced, highly informative and popular panel, fill out the form at Include the topic you would like to speak about. Please note, the use of PowerPoint is not allowed. Live demonstrations and discussion only. Applications will be reviewed in January, and panel participants will be notified in early February, 2014. For more information, contact program coordinators Molly Knapp or Emily Hurst

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MLA 2014 EMTS Programming Update

The call for posters and papers at MLA 2014 (held May 16–21, 2014 in Chicago, IL) has been announced. Proposals must be entered into the online system by 11:59pm CST on Friday, November 1st, 2013.

Someone got a little sponsor-happy during program planning, so EMTS is on the program with 7 different paper sessions. In addition to our perennial favorite – Tech Trends (now in its 7th year), we’re also presenting:

Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education – using for the first time ever, a flipped meeting format!
This session will explore changes in education as reflected in the practice of librarianship. How do changing curriculum structures, changing subject emphasis (traditional/complementary and alternative medicine), and changing environments affect learning across the spectrum of health professions? The flipped meeting format will require presenters to submit a narrated PowerPoint of their contributed paper by March 14, 2014.

Educational Technology: We Build It—Do They Come? (Dental section)
Librarians in the health sciences educational setting promote and support multiple educational technologies such as LibGuides, video tutorials, audience response systems, quick response (QR) codes, and discovery tools, but are patrons using what we build?

Evolution of the Librarian: New and Changing Roles (Health Association Libraries section)
Just as the styles of buildings that house the books have changed over time, so has the job description of the librarian evolved to meet the changing needs of patrons. This contributed papers session explores the multifaceted roles encountered by the modern health sciences librarian.

M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health (Internal Cooperation Section)
This session will highlight the successful application of mobile resources and innovative information tools to improve and enhance health care in underserved or resource-poor settings around the world and in the United States.

Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences Education: Scholarship and Publishing (Leadership and Management section)
Librarians contribute to and collaborate on scholarship in fields beyond the realm of information sciences. Through this session, librarians will share their experiences with scholarship and publication in health sciences education.

Mobile Devices in Health Sciences Education and Clinical Practice (Veterinary Medical Libraries Section)
As a growing number of health care professionals use mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets in clinical practice and health sciences education, the demand for access to health information resources and library services is moving from the desktop to the pocket. How are health sciences librarians and libraries responding to this demand?

More detailed program themes, FAQs & the Online Abstract Submission Process:

In closing, consider submitting an abstract this year. You are not limited to the themes above – these are just what EMTS is sponsoring this year.

Concerned about travel funding? EMTS offers an Annual Meeting Attendance Grant, and having a paper or poster accepted at a conference is one more justification for attendance. More information on the Annual Meeting Grant will be coming out in early 2014. EMTS looks forward to hearing about your projects!

Submitted by:

Molly Knapp, EMTS Chair-Elect, 2014 Program Committee Chair

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