Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker- Thank you Karger (Gold Sponsor)

Andrew Radin

Bio: Combining his experience as an entrepreneur and technologist with his passion for social responsibility, Andrew co-founded Aria Pharmaceuticals to develop life-saving medicines to help treat patients in need. Prior to co-founding Aria, Andrew held Chief Technology Officer roles at several early-stage companies where he managed teams as large as a hundred technologists distributed around the world. Andrew developed the company’s proprietary platform and as Chief Executive Officer is focused on overall company strategy, product development and fundraising. Andrew studied biomedical informatics in Stanford University’s SCPD graduate program and holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Keynote Address
 “Innovation in Drug Discovery and Development using Artificial Intelligence”

Brief Description: Too many patients today are in need of breakthrough treatments across many complicated diseases. Aria has accelerated the drug discovery process saving years and increasing success 30x compared to traditional methods at in vivo milestones. Andrew will provide some background on artificial intelligence concepts and share an overview of how Aria utilizes AI to achieve these success rates and provide an example by sharing data from their lupus program. Guest Speaker: Name: Andrew Radin

Member Presentations

Thursday 10/28

9:05 am (1st speaker)   

Title: Virtual Services for Frontline Nurses         

Speakers:  Abigail Smith ( and Olivia Tsistinas (, SUNY Upstate Medical University          

Abstract: SUNY Upstate Medical University employs nearly 4000 nurses, most of whom provide direct patient care and have served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to the pandemic, librarian engagement with these nurses focused on a robust rounding program, in-person teaching sessions, and meeting participation.   In March 2020, restrictions on in-person gatherings, meeting cancelations for clinicians, and policies prohibiting non-clinical staff on patient units drastically changed how the library provided services to this large group of users.  This presentation will focus on the strategies librarians used to continue to build and strengthen relationships with nurses throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, including adopting ANCC accredited courses to a virtual format, advocating for nurses’ ability to participate remotely in education sessions, increased marketing of literature searching services, and continued participation in Upstate’s journey toward Magnet designation.

9:25 am (2nd speaker)  

Title: Safety Net: Universal Design for Learning and the New Pharmacy Librarian

Speaker: Molly  Maloney (, University at Buffalo          

Abstract: For a librarian new to the health sciences, transitioning to the role of Pharmacy Liaison Librarian at the University at Buffalo in February 2021 brought an array of challenges related to team and relationship building in a remote setting, cultivating new skillsets within Health Sciences Librarianship, and more.

However, a robust knowledge and application of accessible and inclusive instruction strategies through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) acted as a safety net in two ways: to open a dialogue with faculty with interest in this area and to reach the broadest range of students. In this presentation, impactful utilization of UDL will be discussed with examples in pharmacy information literacy instruction, outreach to student research groups, and faculty development. Practical strategies for shifting current instruction towards more accessible and inclusive models will be highlighted. A deep understanding of UDL by attendees is not a prerequisite.

9:45am (3rd speaker)

Title: Kyle to the Rescue: Re-framing Evidence-Based Practice course assignments around a clinical scenario

Speakers: Lorraine Porcello ( and Linda Hasman (, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)

Abstract: This presentation describes the evolution of a credit-bearing course about the principles of EBP at the University of Rochester Medical Center, from a collaboration between librarians and clinical faculty. In 2021, new requirements from the curriculum committee required that the course be re-designed to be taught in half the time, and enroll twice as many students.  Previously the course was organized around the 5A’s of EBP.  With the re-design, we wrote a clinical scenario to use as a scaffold for course content and assignments. We will demonstrate how posing the same discussion questions to all students in an online environment can simplify the grading process and increase efficiency when providing feedback.

Friday 10/29

10:00 am (1st speaker) 

Title: Tracking Outcomes at Three Hudson Valley Hospital Libraries

Speaker: Mary Jo Russell (, Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Abstract: Three hospital libraries located in the Hudson Valley of New York came together to establish standard definitions to track the outcomes of research requests for 2020. Outcome definitions were crafted, requests for research were tracked and categorized, and comparisons were made between a regional medical center, a general hospital and a critical access hospital. An outcomes summary and conclusions drawn from the experience will be presented.

10:15am (2nd speaker)

Title: Findings from a Crisis Period

Speaker: Liz Grace (, University of Rochester

Abstract: In March 2020, the University of Rochester shifted to remote work and education. The staff at Miner Library worked tirelessly to ensure that the transition would be as seamless as possible for all patrons and staff. Through communication and teamwork, we embraced change and successfully supported the needs of our patrons. Many of the lessons learned throughout this period continue to influence our library operations today.

10:30 am (3rd speaker)

Title: Searching for Ourselves: Librarians Promote Institutional Achievement in Research

Speaker: Jeanette Aprile (, New York Medical College

Abstract: The Health Sciences Library takes on a diverse mission in supporting the research efforts of students, residents, administration and faculty in addition to the education of students and residents in a range of fields and specialties. One perhaps under-considered role of the traditional research library is in uncovering and promoting the very research achievements we support in the first place. Librarians are in a unique position to identify, quantify, describe, and promote its institution’s particular contribution to scholarship. For 27 years, the Health Sciences Library at New York Medical College has held its Annual Faculty Author Celebration and Awards, emphasizing the College’s collective research impact and intellectual engagement through a community-centered event. This presentation will describe the event’s adaptation to a digital video experience in 2020, including the library tools utilized, the challenges faced, and the institutional significance of the event.

10:45 am (4th speaker)

Title: REDCap to the Rescue: Streamlining Library Statistics Collection Across a Health System

Speaker: Jean Jenkins (, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital

Abstract: INTRODUCTION: After librarians at Ascension Health were merged into a single national department, a measurements team was tasked with collecting statistics about library services. We requested statistics on usage of electronic resources, interlibrary loans and website visitors.

METHODS: A Google Form was initially used for data collection. The form asked whether a library had access to a particular resource, and if so, whether the librarian had statistics to report. There was a separate screen for each resource, making the submission process tedious. There was no way to review entries or correct errors before submission. To address these shortcomings, we imported the questions from the Google Form into a REDCap survey. We distributed a PDF of the survey to assist librarians in compiling statistics. Using REDCap has four benefits: 1) It allows users to scroll through all the questions on a single page; 2) It allows longitudinal data collection, with scheduled events, automatic survey invitations and reminders; 3) It offers a “Save and Return” option, so that librarians don’t need to enter all data in one session; and 4) It prevents data loss; once a project is in production no changes can be made without administrator approval. 

RESULTS: The librarians reported that data entry using REDCap was faster and easier. One librarian who reports statistics for four different libraries said she was able to complete the four surveys in a half hour. The feedback was uniformly positive. Data can be exported to Excel or Tableau for analysis and data visualization.

DISCUSSION: REDCap is free survey/database software available to non-profit organizations. It has a steep learning curve, but the REDCap consortium provides videos and numerous training resources to help users create surveys and analyze their data. It’s an excellent tool to collect and analyze data for medical libraries.”