Featured Speakers


Featured Speakers



 Lorri Zipperer

Lorri Zipperer, Cybrarian, is the principal at Zipperer Project Management in Albuquerque, NM. Lorri has been in the information field for over two decades, over half of which have been focused on health care.  She was a founding staff member of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) as the information project manager.  Ms. Zipperer was also the managing editor of Enhancing Patient Safety and Reducing Errors in Health Care, the proceedings of the 1998 Annenberg meeting in Rancho Mirage, California, Lessons in Patient Safety, a compendium of important topics and literature in patient safety and presently serves as managing editor for the NPSF's newsletter Focus on Patient Safety, a publication she launched for the Foundation.  Lorri currently works with clients to provide patient safety information, knowledge sharing, project management and strategic development guidance.

Paul Uhlig, MD

 Dr. Paul Uhlig, a practicing cariothoracic surgeon, is a nationally recognized authority on healthcare practice culture, high reliability healthcare teamwork, and patient safety.  Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Dr. Uhlig was associate professor of surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Vice President, Medical Administration, at the Health Alliance in Cinncinati, OH.  In October 2002, Dr. Uhlig and the cardiac team he led at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH, received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award for System innovation given by the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.  This award was for developing the Concord Collaborative Care Model, a method of collaborative practice based on human factors science, with active involvement of patients and families in all aspects of care and decision making.  Dr. Uhlig was the founding president of the Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation in Wichita.  He is the member of the board of directors of the Center for Health Design, is past chair of the education committee of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and is past chair of the health policy committee of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.  His research concerns the use of social science to study and reconfigure clinical care processes.  He is particularly interested in healthcare teamwork, patient and family involvement in care, and interprofessional healthcare education. 


Friday, October 8th
 9 - 10:30 a.m.

New possibilities: the catalytic role of librarians as front line partners for transforming clinical care

Patient safety and clinical care improvements require innovative strategies and partnerships to enhance communication, teamwork and awareness of opportunities for change. This keynote session will illustrate new ways of looking at the role of the librarian in the clinical environment. Speakers Zipperer and Uhlig will discuss the genesis of their work together in the context of the patient safety movement and their efforts to enable collaboration of clinical care teams. They will then reflect on their experience with multidisciplinary research and interprofessional care to explore new opportunities for librarians who seek to engage with clinical and administrative leadership in innovative ways beyond the librarian’s role of clinical informationist. How might librarians and clinicians partner to strategize, design and implement knowledge transfer and sharing mechanisms in health care environments, in the service of patients, families, health care professionals, and health care organizations?    


John Madden helps businesses and people become more successful.  He does this by sharing effective techniques, which have worked for him and others.  John is an international speaker, author and trainer, who formerly managed multiple hotels and restaurants in Europe and in the United States.  He presents lectures and seminars in all industries, associations, and government, throughout The United States and overseas, on leadership, personal success, customer service, coaching skills, time and stress management, and the power of humor.  John is a member of the National Speakers Association and has authored articles and audiotapes on his various topics.  His first book, "Leap, Don't Sleep!" - How to get different results by doing something different - was published in 2002, and is now in its fourth printing.
Friday, October 8th

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 


Stress Down with Humor


In today’s radically changing world, everything is moving faster, and being stressed-out is for many a way of life. It doesn’t have to be!  Learn to reduce worry and stress by injecting laughter and humor into your business, your job and your life.   


John Madden will show us, with anecdotes, cartoons, and stories, how to enhance our communications with others through humor, how to build rapport, how to solve business and personal problems by getting a different perspective, how to stimulate creativity, and how to capitalize on the magic of self-effacing humor.


John is a professional speaker, trainer, and author of “Leap, Don’t Sleep!” (How to get different results by doing something different.) He has lived and worked in Ireland, England and in the United States, where he formerly managed multiple hotels and restaurants. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, and presents keynotes and seminars on success and leadership topics to all businesses and associations throughout the USA and abroad.


John’s style is motivational, upbeat, and entertaining.


Connie Schardt

Connie Schardt is the Past President of the Medical Library Association and Associate Director for Public Services at the Medical Center Library at Duke University.  During her presidential year she promoted the Rising Star program to nurture emerging MLA Leaders, the MLA Boot Camp to provide immediate training for new health sciences librarians, and the Conference Community which created a virtual Conference experience for all MLA members.  At the Medical Center Library her main focus is to support the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine.  Some of her activities include:  coordinates an academic EBM Course for MS3 students; maintains the EBM Tutorial, a web-based tutorial used by health professionals across the country to introduce the concepts of evidence-based medicine; teaches a distance education course (EBM and the Medical librarian) for the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; serves as co-director of Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Teachers and Champions of Evidence-Based Medicine an annual weeklong workshop for clinicians held at Duke University since 2003; and maintaining the EBMLibrarian wiki.


Saturday, October 9th
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MLA Update


David Rothman

David Rothman is a triple-threat: a Nerd, a Dork, and a Geek.  Named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal in 2008, David is co-creator of LibWorm.com (a free current awareness service for LIS professionals), the co-author (with Melissa Rethlefsen) of Internet Cool Tools for Physicians, and the author of serveral articles about Web technologies in LIS journals.  Before his son was born, he frequently blogged at davidrothman.net on topics relating medical libraries and Web geekery.  When he is not writing, consulting, playing with a computer or blaming his kids for his decline in productivity, David manages the Medical Library at Community General Hospital of Greater Syracuse, performs data analysis tasks for the hospital's Quality department, and troubleshoots users' computer problems around the hospital.


Saturday, October 9th
12:35 - 2:00 p.m.

Cheap and Easy: Bang for Your Buck
The Easiest & Most Inexpensive Ways to Use Technology to Expand Services