Program Session

3 - Librarian Involvement in an Introductory Clinical and Translational Research Course

Monday, May 29
1:35 PM - 1:50 PM
Room: 613

Objectives: To describe librarian involvement in a multi-disciplinary, intensive course designed to introduce junior faculty, PhD students, fellows and others interested in clinical and translational research to study design, data management and grantsmanship. The two week course consists of daily lectures followed by an hour of small group work toward the presentation of a research proposal on an assigned topic.

Methods: Librarians at our library are involved with the course in several ways. New librarians are encouraged to take the course to enhance their understanding of the research process and its complex interactions with the university. Librarians also assist in developing the curriculum for the course and suggest themes for the small group presentations. In addition, they are embedded as guest lecturers on search methods, NCBI tools, and measuring and increasing research impact.
Each small group is advised by a team of faculty members which may include a clinician, an epidemiologist, a biostatistician or other researcher. The librarian assigned to each small group facilitates the discussion of the assigned topic and helps the group discover a manageable research question. She identifies relevant literature and data to support the proposal and provides input on the cohesiveness of the presentation.

Results: Since 2009, eleven librarians have participated in the course as students. Over time, our roles have shifted from class participants to facilitators of the small groups.  The increased level of participation provided impetus to suggest themes for the small group work, which were related to HSCL funded projects. The course coordinator became more familiar with the breadth and depth of librarian knowledge of research methods and tools, increasing the lectures by librarians from 1 in 2003; to 4, scheduled for this coming summer.

Conclusion: The Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research series is designed to introduce the novice researcher to concepts and experts in study design, biostatistics, grantsmanship and information services.  It also serves as a networking experience for those contemplating research projects at the University. Anecdotal evidence indicates that librarian presentations and contributions to small group work have increased student appreciation for the knowledge base of health science librarians and familiarity with research resources available to them through the process of the small-group project while librarians have gained valuable insight into types of information needed by their patrons to execute their research and grants.



Clinical research
Guest lectures




Research proposals

Small group work

Translational research

Program Session

Susan M. Harnett

Medical Information Services Librarian
University of Florida-Jacksonville
Jacksonvilel, FL

Susan Harnett, MLS is Medical Information Services Librarian at the Borland Health Science Library, University of Florida-Jacksonville. She recieved her Masters in Library Service (ML) from Rutgers University back when card catalogs were still a thing, so being chosen as a New Voice is both an honor and an amusement. Though not scientifically minded as an undergrad, she has taught Evidence Based literature seaching, served on several Institutional Review Boards and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees and is interested in exploring non-traditional roles for librarians in research.


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Nancy Schaefer

Reference and Instruction Librarian
University of Florida Health Science Center Library
Gainesville, FL

Nancy Schaefer, MLIS, AHIP, Reference and Instruction LIbrarian, University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries, liaises to University of Florida's public health programs and to other departments and institutes in UF's colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions.


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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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Mary E. Edwards

Reference & Liaison Librarian
Health Science Center Library
Gainesville, FL

Mary Edwards, MLIS, EdD, AHIP is the Distance Learning and Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries, where she has worked since 2004. Mary attended college at Mercer University (Macon, Georgia) where she received a Bachelor of Arts in history, in 2001 and holds a master’s degree from the University of South Florida (2003) in library and information science. In 2011 she earned a doctorate (EdD) in Educational Technology from the University of Florida.
In addition to supporting distance education, Mary liaises to a number of clinical and research departments in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions. As part of her liaison duties Mary collaborates on instruction and research with faculty from her departments and is currently teaching in the course “Interdisciplinary Family Health”, which is the cornerstone of the university’s inter-professional education program. In addition to her library specific publications, she has co-authored a systematic review (on using video feedback in medical education) and book chapter (on assessing the learning needs of medical students) with faculty from the Department of Anesthesiology. Mary’s research interests include instructional design, online teaching and learning, distance education, program evaluation, and new literacies including media, digital, and information.


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Michele R. Tennant

Interim Fackler Director
Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Michele R. Tennant, AHIP, is the Interim Director of the Health Science Center Library (HSCL) at the University of Florida. Michele received her PhD in Biology from Wayne State University, and her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles. At the HSCL, Michele is also head of the Biomedical and Health Information Services (BHIS) unit, which encompasses the library's liaison, instruction, reference, and outreach activities. BHIS liaisons are deeply integrated into the curricula for UF’s health sciences colleges, as well as in coursework for PhD and undergraduate science students. They provide outreach to clinicians through rounding services and to patients in clinic, and develop for researchers services related to bioinformatics, data, and public access. Michele enjoys taking on innovative and new projects, and is always looking for ways to integrate the library and its librarians into the university community.


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