Program Session

Engaging Strategies to Teach Information Literacy to Distance Learners

Monday, May 29
10:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Room: 613

Distance learning is a growing area of focus in today’s medical schools and health sciences departments. Libraries are seeking new and innovative ways to teach information literacy to distance learners who are not based on the physical campus, or may be attending classes and completing coursework online. What are some engaging strategies to reach these learners, and to teach them research skills and information literacy? What are good methods of evaluating whether our approach is working? This special content session will feature a panel of speakers who will share their strategies of teaching and evaluating information literacy, and how to apply these lessons at your own institution and within your own library.

Program Session

Molly Knapp

Training Development Specialist
NNLM Training Office
Houston, Texas

Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, is a Training Development Specialist for the National Training Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. A librarian with over a decade of experience in academic health science libraries, she received her Master of library and information science degree from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) in 2002. Ms. Knapp is a Distinguished Member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals, and a 2010 NLM Fellow in Medical Informatics at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. She received the 2012 Librarian of the Year award from the South Central Chapter of MLA for her development of the online class “Get Mobilized: an introduction to mobile resources and tools in health sciences libraries.” She has previously worked for LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans John P Ische Library (2002-2012) and the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University (2012-2016). Her research interests include information literacy, distance learning and hashtag communities.


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Margaret A. Hoogland

Clinical Medical Librarian
Mulford Health Sciences Library, The University of Toledo
Temperance, MI

Margaret A Hoogland, MLS, AHIP, serves as the Clinical Medical Librarian in the Mulford Health Sciences Library at The University of Toledo. She worked for four years as the Distance Support Librarian serving completely onliine programs and during this time developed an interest in using technology to enhance teaching and providing reference services. Her research interests include Outreach, Instruction, Usability, and Health Literacy.


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Terri Ottosen

Consumer Health Coordinator
Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

Terri Ottosen, MLIS, AHIP, has served as the consumer health coordinator for the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since February 2005. She has worked in public, academic, and medical libraries for over nineteen years. She provides outreach under a contract with the National Library of Medicine, one of the National Institutes of Health, to a large area of the United States through consumer health information training, exhibiting and managing funding subcontracts. Terri has experience teaching, developing classes, and consultation. Her area of expertise is consumer health, and she teaches many classes online and in-person on topics such as consumer genetics, veterans' resources, patient informatics, and health literacy. She recently earned a certificate in patient advocacy from the University of Miami and is a passionate advocate for the empowered health consumer. She has served on many professional committees and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.


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Virginia Pannabecker

Health Sciences Research Support Coordinator
University Libraries
Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Pannabecker is Health Sciences Research Support Coordinator at Virginia Tech, University Libraries where she supports students, staff and faculty in their research projects and in adopting open research practices. As a liaison, she collaborates with instructors to provide information literacy instruction for health and life sciences areas multiple formats.


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