Program Session

Call to Action for Diversity and Inclusion: Perspectives for Our Patrons and Our Profession

Sunday, May 28
3:00 PM - 4:25 PM
Room: 608

Objectives: We are in a time of movement making, where matters of diversity and inclusion are brought to the forefront of our conversations. Our profession is broadly impacted by current events as we seek to move toward a more equitable society for all. This session covers a wide range of topics related to the unique cultural, gender, and socioeconomic perspectives of the people in our profession and those that we serve. Areas include promoting inclusivity in outreach by identifying unconscious bias, building a diverse profession, providing access to health information for specific populations, being inclusive in our service models, and recognizing developments in biomedical research related to sex and gender specific analysis and health outcomes.

Members from within our profession and others serve as panelists, and they will give short presentations on their areas of interest. Though the presentation topics are diverse, panelists will reflect upon the role each of us play in striving for equality and justice in our world. Following the presentations there will be an interactive discussion with attendees to further discuss issues of diversity and inclusion. The session will conclude with a final perspective drawing together the areas discussed and giving ideas for providing leadership, supporting services, and building relationships that are respectful and thoughtful of our diverse world.

Keywords: diversity, inclusion, unconsious bias, implicit bias, equality

Program Session

Megan Threats

Doctoral Student in Information Science
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC


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James Anderson

Physician Assistant
Evergreen Treatment Services
Seattle, WA


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Annabelle V. Nunez

Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Liaison Librarian
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Annabelle V Nuñez M.A., Associate Librarian at the Arizona Health Sciences Library. She is the embedded librarian at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) at the University of Arizona. In addition to serving and working with faculty, staff, and students at MEZCOPH, she works to promote the library’s outreach efforts by collaborating with the county health department, public library system, MEZCOPH and key community stakeholders on community-campus research and public health education. She is adjunct faculty to the university’s School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS). She serves as an advisor to the Knowledge River Institute, a national exemplar in LIS education reflecting throughout its teaching, research, and outreach activities to promote diversity and inclusion in library communities, particularly in Arizona and in the nation.


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Gerald (Jerry) Perry

Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning, and Director, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona Libraries
University of Arizona, Tucson
Tucson, AZ

Gerald (Jerry) Perry, MLS, AHIP, is Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning, and Director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. He received his MLS degree from the State University of New York-Buffalo. Perry is active in MLA, has served on the Board of Directors, and is a past president. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Medial Library Association and the open access journal, Biomedical Digital Libraries (BioMed Central). Perry is also active in the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), for which he is presently serving on the Board of Directors. Past AAHSL/MLA commitments include service on the MLA/AAHSL Joint Legislative Task Force. He has published extensively on library administration, medical and consumer informatics, and evidence-based practice. His honors include selection as an inaugural fellow in the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow Program.


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Hannah F. Norton

Interim Fackler Director, Associate University Librarian
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Hannah F. Norton is currently serving as Interim Fackler Director of the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries. Her ongoing role is as Reference & Liaison Librarian, serving primarily as liaison to the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Medicine, and the College of Medicine Class of 2019. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College and an M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.


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