OHSLA Virtual Spring 2021 Meeting

  • 30 Apr 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
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Spring 2021 Virtual Meeting 

Friday, April 30, 2021
10:00* AM - 12:00 PM

Presented by:

Kathryn Houk
Assistant Professor and Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Health Sciences Library.


Ariel Pomputius
Health Sciences Liaison librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida-Gainesville

*The presentation starts at 10:30 am. We will open the Zoom meeting room at 10 am for announcements and conversation.

Registration deadline:
Thursday, April 29, 2021


Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship

Continuing Education Credits: 1.5

Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, we will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, what graphic medicine materials have emerged related to COVID-19, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library.

For additional information, Kathryn Houk has written an article in MLAConnect (login required) entitled Consumer Health: Documentating a Pandemic Through Comics.

This program is made possible through the generous support of an NNLM-GMR Expert Speaker Award.

Presenter Bios: 

Kathryn Houk (she/her), MLIS, MPH, AHIP, CHIS I is assistant professor and Health Literacy and Community Engagement Librarian at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas Health Sciences Library. She began developing a graphic medicine collection at her library in 2017 due to her interest in health humanities, health literacy, and innovative educational practice. Houk hopes to eventually contribute to the fields of public heath and medicine by furthering research on the use of comics as a health literacy tool.

Graphic image description of librarian

Ariel FitzGerald Pomputius is a health sciences liaison librarian at the Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida–Gainesville and works primarily with medical students and various departments in the College of Medicine. Past efforts in graphic medicine include a graphic medicine book club for geriatric clerkship students and courses for undergraduates on palliative care providers and women’s health using graphic medicine materials.  Current efforts in graphic medicine use drawing comics as the catalyst to discuss job satisfaction and burnout with early career academic librarians. 

Registration Details:

  • Cost: $20 per attendee, no special rates, PayPal payments only. You do not need to create a PayPal account to pay online. If you have questions about payment, please contact OHSLA Treasurer, Liz Lyman at Elizabeth.Lyman@nationwidechildrens.org

  • Refundable up to the day before the meeting.

  • Online meeting via Zoom (courtesy of OhioNET). The meeting link will be included in the registration confirmation and reminders. 

  • The meeting room will open at 10 am for announcements and conversation. Please plan to login and test your connectivity at least 15 minutes before the start time of the presentation (e.g. plan to login no later than 10:15 a.m).

  • There will be a separate registration option for anyone who would like to obtain CE credit by watching the recording later. The registration will be posted and opened after the April 30 meeting.


  • Because of the virtual nature of our meeting and social distancing measures, we will continue to implement an online payment requirement. If you have questions about payment, please contact OHSLA Treasurer, Liz Lyman at Elizabeth.Lyman@nationwidechildrens.org  

  • In the interest of brevity, there will be no Business Meeting included in this event. There will be a separate, free, online OHSLA Business Meeting held on May 7, 2021 at 10 am.

  • We will be utilizing live captioning during the presentation and posting the recording to the OHLSA meeting page after the event. Transcripts will also be available upon request.

  • Please read and abide by the Virtual Meeting Etiquette as outlined in this handout.

  • Contact Ximena Chrisagis, ximena.chrisagis@wright.edu, with any questions about the program, CE, or accommodation needs.

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