Agenda and Reports for EMTS Business Meeting 2015

Below, you will find the agenda with a list of all of the available reports for our upcoming business meeting. As a reminder, the meeting will take place on May 18 from 4:30-6pm in room 410 at the Hilton Austin. Everyone is welcome, and we’re giving away a couple of solar phone chargers and FitBit Zips. See our previous post for more information.

We will only be bringing a few print copies of the reports since they will be available online.

MLA Educational Media & Technologies Section
2015 Business Meeting
Monday, May 18, 2015; 4:30 PM – 5:55 PM
Room 410, Hilton Austin, Fourth Floor


    1. Welcome- Suzanne Shurtz
    2. Travel Grant Award Winners – Amy Blevins
    3. General section update – Suzanne Shurtz
    4. Old business – Approval of 2014 business meeting minutes
    5. Reports
      1. EMTS MLA Programming Report 2015: Suzanne Shurtz
      2. Section Council report: Sheila Snow-Croft
      3. EMTS Treasurer’s and CE Committee Reports 2015: Amy Blevins
      4. Website report: Brandi Tuttle
      5. EMTS Membership Report 2015: Jeanne Burke
      6. Nominating Committee Report: Sheila Snow-Croft
      7. Continuing Education Report (none) : Ryan Harris
      8. Bylaws Committee Report : Melissa De Santis
      9. Communications update: Amy Blevins
      10. Since last May, there have been 10 blog posts, 56 Facebook posts (by several members in addition to the communications coordinator), and ~33 tweets with the #mlaemts hashtag.  The list serv seems to have been more active as well.
    6. New Business
      1. Website migration
      2. Mission statement
      3. Other new business
    7. EMTS group picture
    8. Raffle (see previous post)
    9. Adjournment

More reports may be added later on.

Respectfully submitted by,

Amy Blevins

EMTS Secretary/Treasurer

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EMTS Treasurer’s and CE Committee Reports 2015

Treasurer’s Report

Current balance in the treasury is $14037.76

MLA 2014 balance was $13716.38

Review upcoming/expected expenditures for the meeting

  • 2 meeting attendance grants  — $500
  • travel support for elected officers- 2 @ $125/pp — $250
  • Programming lead-sponsoring programs & co-sponsoring programs
    • Two speaker stipends at $150/pp –$300
    • Top Tech Trends Internet – $250
    • FitBit Zips and Solar Phone Chargers  – $210.55
    • Others I’m missing?
      • Estimated Total Meeting expenditures 2015 = $1510.55
      • Total Meeting expenditures 2014 = $1620.90

 CE Committee

I have no report, the CE group from MLA has very limited contact with EMTS throughout the year.



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EMTS Membership Report 2015

As of Dec. 31,  2014 EMTS had 194 members.  Renewal numbers for this year so far are at 148 but many don’t renew till after the Annual Meeting.  EMTS participated in the MLA 2014 Poster Session and we will also exhibit a poster at the 2015 Meeting.  We encourage everyone at the meeting to come by during one of the poster sessions and say “hello”.  EMTS contacted MLA about sending an automatic welcome letter out to new Section members.  MLA liked the idea so much that they decided to do a pilot project with some sections.  Unfortunately, the project has been delayed with the changes at MLA Headquarters including the new Executive Director and a reorganization of technological and software resources.  EMTS worked with a group starting a Distance Education SIG to encourage them to join with us since we have many of the same objectives.  We helped them set up a list serve that discusses distance education related issues.  Going forwards EMTS might also look at other SIGs or sections for other support and collaboration activities beyond just annual meeting programming.  Please feel free to send membership ideas and suggestions to Jeanne.  If anyone wants to volunteer to work on membership projects, please contact her as well.

Jeanne wants to encourage all members to check to see that they are registered for the EMTS List serves and blog.  Individuals are not automatically added when they join a section.  It only takes a few minutes and the messages are not overly burdensome.  Go the EMTS pages on the MLA website to sign-up!

Respectfully Submitted,

Jeanne M. Burke

EMTS Membership Chair

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EMTS MLA 2015 Programming Report

MLA 2015 programs sponsored by or co-sponsored by EMTS:

1.      “Shaken, Not Stirred: Recipes for Supporting Blended Learning”

    1. Sponsor: EMTS ; Co-sponsors: PDI Section, TSC SIG, and LIC SIG
    2. EMTS organized a panel on blending learning to follow up on the flipped learning program held 2014
    3. Panel includes four invited speakers:
  • two librarians: Anne Linton (Problem-Based Learning instructional experience)  and Lynn Kysh (Flipped-Learning instructional experience)
  •  two non-librarians: Dr. Rebecca Fountain (nursing faculty member with experience in Flipped-Learning instruction) and Dr. Min Liu (faculty member specializing in Problem-Based learning and educational technologies)

2.       “Top Tech Trends”

    1. Sponsored: Medical Informatics Section; Co-sponsored: EMTS
    2. 8th year of program
    3. Top Tech Trends Crew:
  • Moderator: Michelle Kraft
  • Google Jockey: Amy Blevins
  • Twitter Jockey: Emily Hurst
  • Twitter Jockey: Tony Nguyen
  1. Topics/ Invited speakers:
  • The Quantified Self: Jon Goodell
  • The Internet of Things: Kimberly Barker
  • Zombie Emergency! A Tool for Gamification & Promotion: Jason Bengtson,
  • What Will These Technologies Look Like 20 Years from Now?: Eric Schnell
  • Apple Watch/Wearable Technology: Dale Prince

3.      “Libraries, Adult Learners, and SOTL—Oh My!”

    1. Sponsored: Public Services Section; Cosponsored: EMTS and LIC SIG
    2. Contributed papers related to include teaching adult learners, scholarship of teaching and learning, and instructional design
    3. Topics/Speakers:
  • Modernization through Modules: Rebecca Brown, Sharon Dennis, Jessi Van Der Volgen
  • Don’t Evaluate Like It’s 1999: Developing and Using a New Instructional Assessment: Lynn Kysh, Jin Wu, Amy J. Chatfield
  • Scaling the Boundaries of Instructional Design: Forging Partnerships to Link Librarians with an Institutional Mission: Xan Goodman
  • Health Sciences Librarians’ Experience with Instructional Design: Laurie Davison, Michele Malloy
  • Collaborating to Study Medical Students’ Self-Directed Learning Strategies: Jennifer A. Lyon, Casey White, Erik W. Black, Joseph Fantone III, Lou Ann Cooper, Mary E. Edwards

4.      “Luche Libre Distance Education”

    1. Sponsored: Medical Library Education Section; Cosponsored: EMTS, PH/HA Section, PSS Section, LIC SIG, OL SIG
    2. Contributed papers related to distance education
    3. Topics/Speakers:
  • Getting MOOC’ed: Taking Online Training from Many to Massive: Emily J. Hurst
  • New Collaborations: Using a Student Writing Retreat to Embed Library Instruction in a Nursing Program: Rachel C. Lerner
  • Scaffolding Student Research: Collaborating with Public Health Faculty on Embedded Instruction: John Pell
  • Opening Knowledge: Designing and Teaching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for the World and Library Science Classroom: Kevin Stranack, Lauren Maggio
  • Assessing Librarian Learning Needs Over Time: Kay E. Deeney

5.      “Education Without Limits”

    1. Sponsored: Public Health/Health Administration Section; Cosponsored: EMTS
    2. Contributed papers related to educational collaborations and initiatives
    3. Topics/Speakers:
  • Good Information for Good Health: A Collaboration to Educate Unaffiliated Community Health Care Practitioners about Patient Information Resources through Online Continuing Education: Gale G. Hannigan, Eliot Knight, William F. Rayburn, Patricia V. Bradley
  • Beyond the Basics: Pushing the Limits of Data Management Instruction: Lisa M. Federer
  • Data Management Reciprocity: Librarians and Researches Teaching Each Other: Carrie L. Iwema, Andrea M. Ketchum, Melissa A. Ratajeski
  • Using Learning Styles to Educate Health Care Providers about New Treatment Strategies for Breast Cancer: Shelia Kusnoor, Patricia Lee, Ingrid Anderson, Christine Micheel, Mia A. Levy, Katy Justiss
  • How to Win Partners and Influence Students: Collaborating to Teach New Literacies Online: Joelle Pitts, Sara Kearns, Heather Collins

Submitted by Suzanne Shurtz, EMTS Section Programming Chair

May 8, 2015

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EMTS MLA Business Meeting

Are you getting excited about MLA in Austin? I know I am.

Don’t forget to add the EMTS Business Meeting to your calendars. Everyone is welcome, and we’re giving away a couple of solar phone chargers and FitBit Zips.

The meeting will take place on May 18 from 4:30-6pm in room 410 at the Hilton Austin.  You must be an EMTS member to participate in the raffle, but you don’t have to be a member to join in the fun.

This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow EMTS members and to let the executive board know what you want our section to focus on in the coming year.

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New Distance Education/Support List Serv

Greetings, All!
Thanks to a wonderful EMTS Board and assistance from Amy Blevins, anyone interested in Distance Education, Distance Support, etc, can join a new EMTS listserv!  This listserv is not limited to only MLA members.  Below my signature are some general etiquette rules to follow and information about joining the listserv is available at the very bottom.  Yes – you do need to signup separately for it and, if you choose to join, please read to the end!
Hope to see you contributing on the new listserv soon, :)
Margaret Hoogland
Distance Support Librarian, ETDC Missouri Contact
A.T. Still Memorial Library
W. Jefferson Street
Kirksville, Missouri  63501

Phone: (660) 626-2340 or 1 (866) 626-2878 ext 2340
Email: mh or
Twitter Account: @cyberlibatsu
1) Be professional  - I do not anticipate this being an issue for this group, but keeping this in mind is always good.
2) Be courteous - What makes a group unique is that we each bring different perspectives, ideas, and experiences.  If you have follow-up questions or concerns, and the chatter is slowing, consider emailing the person directly or setting up a phone call/video conference to get your questions answered.
3) Participate - Groups need you to participate, even if it is only once in a blue moon, to survive.  So – please participate and get involved.  Please be sure to indicate your message topic or content in the subject line!
4) Spread the Word If you know of someone, who might be interested in this group, please spread the word about it.  Likewise, if you feel the group is no longer suiting your need, do not feel obligated to stick with it.
5) Webinars –  Share your webinar ideas and needs with the moderator (Margaret - & let us know if you’d like to help!
6) Discussion Topics – have a question, comment, link or research article on distance ed? Please contribute! We’re here to strengthen and support librarians involved in distance education.
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Exciting MLA ’15 Programming from EMTS

When planning for your time for MLA 2015, you won’t want to miss EMTS’s programming line-up!

1.      “Shaken, Not Stirred: Recipes for Blended Learning” Invited Speaker Panel: MLA ’15 Session 10 (Monday, May 18th, 10:30-11:55 AM)

Supporting Teaching and Learning with a PBL Approach using Technologies Dr. Min Liu, Ed.D, M.A.: Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Min Liu will discuss current trends in teaching and learning using technologies and share some of her experiences with blended instruction and using Problem Based Learning (PBL). She will also provide some suggestions/resources for medical librarians to consider if planning to be involved in using technologies to support PBL instruction.

The Active Health Sciences Librarian
Anne Linton, MS, AHIP: Library Director, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University

The librarians at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University, played a strong role in supporting faculty in the implementation of the School of Medicine’s revised active curriculum.  They built on past participation in problem-based learning and the informatics curriculum, implemented skills learned in the Master Teacher Leadership and Development Program, and moved from a supportive role in the active curriculum to a participatory role.  The process challenged librarians to expand their expertise, negotiate collaborations on curriculum teams, and interact more regularly with faculty planners.

Preventing faculty from committing Kamikazes: A recipe for success
Dr. Rebecca Fountain, Ph.D.:  Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, The University of    Texas at Tyler

Flipped classrooms in healthcare engage and improve student outcomes with the support of multiple technological advances. Involving students can frequently be challenging to the faculty member who was once the ‘sage on the stage’.  Empowering these faculty members through the firm foundational support provided by medical librarians are essential to reduce the fears and anxieties traditional faculty may experience. Methods to translate the evidence through user friendly technology can include smart phone apps, collaborations during interdisciplinary simulation, service learning projects, etc… The purpose of this presentation is to provide methods for medical librarians to support the faculty member’s “divine wind” within the classroom, thereby preventing the faculty members demise through kamakazi.

A Flip or a Flop?: Flipped PubMed Instruction for Health Science Students
Lynn Kysh, MLIS; Information Services Librarian, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California

With expertise in information literacy and search skills, librarians are poised to instruct students in improving their abilities to search medical literature. However, librarians’ access to students if often relegated to a one-time workshop with limited impact. Flipped classroom methodology offers a potential solution by supporting in-person instruction with self-directed asynchronous material.  In August of 2014, first year medical students were introduced to PubMed through a flipped classroom module built around six interactive video tutorials that were followed by a ninety minute in-person session. The strengths and weaknesses of this module will be highlighted through website analytics, student feedback, and instructor experiences. Participants will leave the session better prepared to create successful flips and completely avoid total flops!


2.      MLA Session 19: (Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00-7:25pm) Top Tech Trends VIII

Sponsored by Medical Informatics Section and Educational Media & Technologies Section.  Want to know what’s on the technology horizon? Come here what this year’s tech pundits have to say.

Speakers and topics include:

The Quantified Self, Jon Goodell
Microsoft Hololens, Kimberly Barker
Zombie Emergency! A Tool for Gamification and Promotion, Jason Bengtson
Privacy & Security Issues: Protecting Yourself and Your Researchers, Missy Harvey
What Will These Technologies Look Like 20 Years from Now? Eric Schnell

EMTS is also co-sponsoring the following sessions (speakers yet be announced):

3.      MLA ’15 Session 20 (Monday, May 18th, 3-4:45 PM)
Program Title:  Lucha Libre

4.      MLA’15 Session 26 (Monday, May 18th, 10:30-11:55 AM)
Program Title: Education without Limits

5.      MLA ’15 Session 28 (Tuesday, May 19th, 3-4:25 PM)
Program Title: Libraries, Adult Learners and SOTL, Oh My

Many thanks to our fabulous program planner and incoming chair, Suzanne Schurtz!

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EMTS Travel Scholarship/Grant

The Educational Media and Technologies Section is offering a scholarship grant for EMTS member for the 2015 MLA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

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/MLA are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due to Amy Blevins via email by March 27 and will be reviewed by a jury of EMTS members. The application is available on the EMTS website.

Please direct any questions to Amy Blevins at

Best wishes,
Amy Blevins
Secretary/Treasurer EMTS

[Ad Hoc Committee for Annual Meeting Grant: Amy Blevins (Secretary/Treasurer), Brandi Tuttle (Webmaster), and Melissa DeSantis (Bylaws Committee Chair)]

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Volunteers needed for EMTS Nominating Committee

We are looking for 2 volunteers to serve on the EMTS Nominating Committee. If you’re interested, please email me, Sheila Snow-Croft, at THIS WEEK. Sorry for the rush, but MLA wants our new officials in place by mid-February.

If you’d like the Committee to consider you for another position of leadership in EMTS, let me know. Officer responsibilities are listed on our website at

Thanks for your participation and continued support of the Educational Media & Technology Section.


Sheila Snow-Croft
Past Chair, EMTS
Chair, EMTS Nominating Committee
Section Council Representative, EMTS
Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A

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Slides and Recording from “Delving into Distance Support: Instructional Design, Library Role, and Social Media”

The Educational Media and Technology Section was proud to sponsor a free webinar on September 24th at 2:30 pm CDT for “Delving into Distance Support: Instructional Design, Library Role, and Social Media.”  This one hour webinar included 10-15 minutes of presentation by each of our panelists with time at the end for questions.

Max Anderson’s slides, “From Ranganathan to Vygotsky: Librarian as Instructional Designer” can be accessed here

Ginny Pannabecker’s slides, “Integrating the Library into Online and Distance Learning Environments” can be accessed here

Michelle Kraft’s slides, “Social Media in Medical Libraries” can be accessed here

You can access the recording of the webinar at

1)Check your Java and see what is the most current version.  If you are not current, become current before trying to login.

2)Click on the link – collaborate will open in your browser (Do not use iPhone or an iPad – it does not play nicely with these!)

3)Click on the download and it will take 3-5 minutes (depending on your network speed) to launch and open into the platform.

4) Use the option for “Playback” near the top of the page. Then selected Player –> Play. You also have the option of displaying the “recording index” and pick where you want to start watching.

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.

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