Program Session

Clinical Rounding: Tips from the Field

Monday, May 29
10:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Room: 611

Objectives: Educate attendees on perspectives, tips, and scenarios from librarians and others who participate in patient care rounds.
Methods: Panel will discuss roles, competencies, barriers and evaluation of patient rounding in a variety of settings. Panelists will discuss how they got started, what they are currently doing, best practices and tips for getting started and evaluation of program’s effectiveness.
Keywords: clinical librarian, rounds, rounding, hospital librarian
Sponsors: Clinical SIG, Federal Library Section, HLS

Program Session

Angela Spencer

Manager - Medical Library
C. Alan McAfee MD Medical Library
Chesterfield, MO

Angela Spencer, MLS
Manager of the Medical Library
St. Luke's Hospital

Manages a hospital library in a job share position
AND currently works in a school of nursing library.

Currently Advocacy chair for MCMLA and MLANews Hospital LIbrary column editor


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Christine Caufield-Noll

Manager, Library Services
Harrison Medical Library
Baltimore, Maryland

Christine Caufield-Noll, MLIS, AHIP, is the Manager of Library Services at the Harrison Medical Library of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She has worked at Johns Hopkins Bayview since 2006. In her current role, Christine is the primary research librarian for the Medical Center's faculty and staff; she attends rounds five days per week with the resident-led medicine teams to support clinical care; and oversees the Medical Center's Community Health Library. Christine is also the vice-president/president-elect of the District of Columbia Area Health Sciences Libraries association and is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and the Medical Library Association.


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Patricia Wynne

Associate Director, Library Information Services
Thomas Jefferson University Scott Memorial Library
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Patrica Wynne, MSLIS, BSN, RN is the Associate Director, Library Information Services at the Thomas Jefferson University Scott Memorial Library. She and her staff provide information research support to Jefferson clinicians, students, faculty, and staff.


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Kristen DeSanto

Clinical Librarian/Assistant Professor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado

Kristen DeSanto MSLS, MS, RD, AHIP is a clinical librarian and assistant professor at the Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


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Elizabeth Laera

Medical Librarian
Brookwood Baptist Health
Birmingham, Alabama

Elizabeth Laera, AHIP is the solo medical librarian at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. In 2012, she established a clinical librarianship program that has received a 100% satisfaction rating in a recent survey. Her interests lie in bringing the library out of the library and teaching residents to be self-sufficient searchers. Ms. Laera's research includes clinical librarianship in the community hospital setting, communicating with hospital administrators via hard data, and the role of the librarian in diagnosing difficult cases. She can be reached on Twitter @LibrarianLizy or by email at


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Tracy C. Shields

Reference and Clinical Medical Librarian
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Navy)
Portsmouth, Virginia

Tracy C. Shields, MSIS, AHIP, is the Reference and Clinical Medical Librarian at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Her duties include extensive literature searching, patron and GME instruction, clinical and research support, systematic reviews, collection development, and other library services. Tracy serves as the clinical librarian to inpatient Pediatrics and Psychiatry, taking part in clinical team rounds in the provision of evidence-based medicine. In addition, she participates on IRB and IACUC for the medical center as a nonscientist member. During her 10 years as a medical librarian, Tracy has authored two book chapters, along with coauthorship on multiple articles, abstracts, and presentations.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or the United States Government.


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Judy C. Stribling

Assistant Librarian, Samuel J. Wood Library & C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

Judy Stribling is an Assistant Librarrian in the Samuel J. Wood Medical Library at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Judy holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Library Science from the Pratt Institute. Judy appreciates new and interesting challenges and has a variety of professional interests. Prior to joining Weill Cornell’s faculty, she held positions at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Pfizer pharmaceuticals, worked as an information consultant, and as a principal of her own library services company. Judy began working in the consumer health field during the summer of 2013 as the Managing Librarian of the Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and was promoted to Assistant Director, Clinical Services in fall of 2015. Judy currently serves as Chair of MLA's CAPHIS Section. At last year's MLA conference, Judy was one of four panelists speaking at the symposium "Our Role and Impact on Increasing Patient Safety and Reducing Readmissions in the Hospital Setting."


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Kristy Steigerwalt

Clinical Medical Librarian
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri

Kristy Steigerwalt is a Clinical Medical Librarian at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Library. In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) focusing on developing leaders in libraries. She graduated with her MLS from the University of Missouri in 2010 and began working at UMKC as a Clinical Medical Librarian in 2011.

She has presented at multiple conferences on a variety of topics from improving Google Searching techniques (2012) to analyzing what information students find relevant during internal medicine rounds(2015). In 2013 Kristy and fellow Librarian, Sue Sykes Berry, took first place in the international “Health Science Librarians Make a Difference" contest, sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Health. She had collaborated to publish case studies, posters, and a systematic review in 2013. In 2015 she was invited to author a bibliographic essay for CHOICE, a publication of the American Library Association, describingOnline Drug Information resources.

Arguably the most rewarding of her accomplishments, however, has been her commitment to diversity. In 2014 she was honored to coordinate the Social Justice Film Series: Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh, the story of Henrietta Lacks for the UMKC Health Sciences campus and its accompanying panel discussion. Kristy was drawn to librarianship through its professional interest in service. The commitment she has experienced at UMKC to students and faculty has solidified this interest for her. “Above all”, she says, “there is a strong dedication to professional development and the public ‘good’ in libraries that is truly compelling for me.”


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Elizabeth Stellrecht

Liaison, School of Dental Medicine
Health Sciences Library
Buffalo, New York

Elizabeth Stellrecht is a senior assistant librarian for the Health Sciences Library at University at Buffalo. She serves as clinical librarian and liaison to the School of Dental Medicine and assists faculty, staff, and students with their research needs, including conducting systematic reviews. She is also very involved with the dental school curriculum, and teaches integrated library instruction sessions as well as is a course co-director for a first-year dental student class for evidence-based dentistry in clinical practice. As clinical librarian, she spends a portion of her week in the dental outpatient clinics to support evidence-based patient care. Her research interests include integrating evidence-based dentistry into the current curriculum and the utility of social media in an academic setting.


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Jonathan Hartmann

Senior Clinical Informationist and Head, Data Management
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, District Of Columbia

Jonathan Hartmann, MLS is the Senior Clinical Informationist and Head of Data Management at Georgetown University Medical Center. Previously, he was AHEC Program Librarian at the University of South Florida; Reference and Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor of Instructional Resources at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and Outreach Coordinator, AHEC Librarian, and Instructor in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Library Science from Kent State University.


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