Description & Speaker Bios: Please join us in a special plenary open forum session sponsored by MLA’s Governmental Relations Committee (GRC) to discuss how MLA as an organization and you as members can affect government decision making in the area of health information. The discussion will be moderated by GRC Chair Cristina Pope, AHIP, with two distinguished panelists.
Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer, and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her doctorate at the University of Ottawa researching threats to endangered species, she was one of the lead organizers of the “Death of Evidence” rally, which was one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. Gibbs is a cofounder and executive director of Evidence for Democracy, a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that promotes science integrity and the transparent use of evidence in government decision making. She has a diverse background organizing and managing various causes and campaigns. Gibbs is frequently asked to comment on science policy issues and has been quoted and published in numerous media outlets, including the Guardian, Science, Nature, and the CBC.
M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president, Academic Affairs; executive director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library; and director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland–Baltimore, was president of MLA in 2005/06, is a member of the Joint MLA/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Legislative Task Force, was a member of the MLA Futures Task Force, and led the Vital Pathways Project, which identified directions for hospital librarians to prove their worth. She has served on a number of publisher and consortial advisory boards advocating for the medical library community. Through these roles, she has had extensive experience furthering MLA’s legislative priorities at the grassroots and federal levels, meeting with Congressional leaders during the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force’s annual Capitol Hill Day.
Introduction: Cristina Pope
First Speaker: Katie Gibbs