Librarian integration into health care conferences: a case report


  • Carrie Price Librarian, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Sapna R. Kudchadkar Physician, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Pragyashree Sharma Basyal Staff, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Archana Nelliot Resident, Department of Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
  • Madison Smith Staff, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Michael Friedman Physical Therapist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Dale M. Needham Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; and School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD



Health Care Conferences, Librarians, Social Media


Background: Health care continuing education conferences are important educational events that present opportunities for structured learning, interactive sharing, and professional networking. Conference presenters frequently cite published literature, such as clinical trials, to supply an evidence-based foundation, with presenters’ slides often shared with conference attendees. By using social media, these conferences can have greater impact, assist in supporting evidence-based clinical practice, and increase stakeholder engagement.

Case Presentation: The authors present a case of embedding a health sciences librarian into the Annual Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference. The librarian served multiple roles, including social media ambassador, conference exhibitor, and presenter. We explore how these roles contributed to the field of early rehabilitation research through information dissemination and education. We also address best practices for librarian support of the conference, with a discussion of tools, platforms, and work flows that were beneficial.

Conclusions: Librarian integration facilitated education about bibliographic literature database content, database searching, critical appraisal, and reporting of search methodology. Additionally, the librarian contributed to real-time distribution of scholarly literature through proficiency with web platforms, citation management programs, and social media. Librarians’ expertise in information organization and dissemination, as well as various technology platforms, make them a valuable addition to health care conferences.

 This article has been approved for the Medical Library Association’s Independent Reading Program.


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