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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dr. Joanne Gard Marshall
PhD (Toronto), MHSc (McMaster), MLS (McGill)
Alumni Distinguished Professor
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Keynote Title: The Value and Impact of Health Library and Information Services

In 1992, Joanne’s study of physicians and residents in 15 hospitals in Rochester, NY found that information provided by librarians in the form of mediated MEDLINE searches had a beneficial impact on patient-centered outcomes, such as reduction of adverse events and decreased length of stay. She is currently in the process of replicating the Rochester study in hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada. Joanne will give an overview of research on the value of libraries and present early results from the current value of health libraries study which is being funded by the National Library of Medicine. More information is available at

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Biography: Dr. Marshall is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of  Information & Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she served as Dean from 1999 to 2004. Dr. Marshall is also a Senior Research Scientist at the UNC Institute on Aging. In 2005 she received an honorary doctorate from McGill University in recognition of her contribution to improving research and practice in health library and information services. Professor Marshall is currently conducting a study "Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study" funded by the National Library of Medicine and developed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Andrew Brash
Calgary Climber and Teacher

Keynote Title: The Profound Impact of Commitment and Compassion

Mountain climber Andrew Brash is uniquely positioned to speak on the subject of ethics and compassion, and of the profound results they can bring. Whether in business, government or everyday life, commitment and compassion will be the way forward in the post economic meltdown era.

Having long term goals and plans is vitally important for individuals and organizations. We must have an understanding of what we want from life. Asking ourselves the question “what is life for?” can help in that respect.

And while goals and dreams are important, we must not lose sight of the importance of the need to our fellow man and woman with respect and kindness. To take other people into consideration along our path and make decisions that will benefit the largest number of people, is a crucial approach. Sometimes we have to put aside our personal ambition for the benefit of others.

The Impact
The most interesting thing about taking others into account and the result of taking such action, are the unexpected benefits. Not only does looking out for others help them – but it will bring good things to you as well.

The presentation uses images and anecdotes from my climbing career to illustrate the above points, and is largely centred around my expedition to the North Ridge of Mt. Everest and our discovery of Lincoln Hall.

Biography: Andrew is a Calgary climber and teacher who has been chasing his climbing dreams for over 20 years in many of the most impressive mountain environments in the world, including Tibet, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Alaska, Chile and Nepal.

In May of 2006, Calgary teacher Andrew Brash and teammates made international headlines when they stopped 200 metres from the summit of Mt. Everest to assist Australian climber Lincoln Hall. Hall had been declared dead by his own team and left for dead, spending the night alone on the mountain above 8,600m. Thankfully Lincoln was able to survive, but Andrew’s summit ambitions had to wait.

In the spring of 2008, Andrew returned to Everest, this time forced to the Nepali side of the mountain after Chinese officials closed access to Tibet, fearing Olympic protests on the mountain, sending his return expedition into turmoil, proving that adventure on Everest is not quite dead yet!

He is married to Jennifer and is the father of three young daughters, Anna, Jaime and Alexandra.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Dr. Eddy Lang
Senior Researcher, Alberta Health Services
Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Keynote Title: Information Science in the Evidence Based Era: Meeting the Perceived and Unperceived needs of Evidence Consumers.

The age of medical informatics has exploded on to the healthcare scene in a way that was almost unimaginable just a few years ago. In fact, some would suggest that the medical internet has dwarfed every single health science advance and now constitutes the most important element in the physician’s armamentarium. As with any new technological innovation, the unprecedented growth may have exceeded our ability to harness this power in a number of important ways? Can healthcare providers be expected to master the vast resources available at their disposal? Do they have the knowledge and expertise to evaluate the information that is being pushed to them or that they are pulling off of e-resources in a way that best serves the interests of their patients? Consider the patient perspective. Through a paradigm shift in medical decision-making and a virtual inundation with online information, patients are now actively engaged like never before in determining the paths of their illnesses and their health. This presentation will explore the double-edged sword that is medicine in the information age, considering some of the remarkable innovations that can genuinely improve healthcare delivery and consumption as well as the pitfalls that may lead to suboptimal outcomes or even harm.  Specifically, attendees will be provided insight as to how health librarians can demonstrate their expertise as an indispensable resource in these exciting times.

Biography: Dr. Eddy Lang is an academic emergency physician and holds the position of Senior Researcher in the division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary as well as adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine at McGill University. His areas of interest are Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and Knowledge Translation (KT).  He served as principal co-chair of the 2007 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference on Knowledge Translation and is now the Research Chair for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. He is a founding member of the GIN Emergency Care Interest Group and has been working with US-based federally funded agencies to develop GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels.  He also serves as an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine. He has coordinated the McGill undergraduate course in EBM for the past 6 years as well as CME conferences on EBM and now co-writes a bi-monthly column for the Montreal Gazette on EBM as it relates to the latest discoveries in medical research that are important to the public.