Innovation Mindset: How Librarians Can Partner with Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, 6/13/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Innovation and information are a natural duo. During this webcast, the presenters will share through an interview (talk show) approach how librarians can get involved with institutional innovation initiatives, such as medical device development, games, health care apps and innovative publishing outlets. Librarians can be involved throughout the entire innovation process. They can link innovators and entrepreneurs with relevant information resources and services, present innovation-focused workshops and consult individually with innovators and student teams.

We will cover a multitude of topics, including discovering evidence-based information relevant to innovators and how to partner with innovators and gamers effectively. Librarians can enhance product and business start-up development. We’ll give background on how our library houses the main health sciences innovation centers (i.e. creating emerging technologies—medical devices, games, apps, etc.), give a few case examples of how we’ve partnered with these co-located groups, then wrap-up with some recommendations for librarians who want to partner with innovators at their institutions. Audience questions will be taken at the end (roughly 15 minutes).

Learning Outcomes

  • Attendees will be able to explain the process of innovation. By the end of the webcast, attendees will be able to name three components of the innovation process and be able to describe them.
  • Attendees will be able to identify ways to partners with innovators at their own institutions.
  • Many libraries are repurposing their spaces due to digital collections; attendees will be able to list two ways they can enhance these spaces with their expertise.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and institutional innovators interested in how innovation and information are natural partners.


Tallie Casucci is the Innovation Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. She partners with innovators and entrepreneurs to discover evidence-based knowledge, competitive intelligence, prior art, and potential partners for the creation of emerging technologies, such as novel medical devices, games, and apps. In spring 2016, Tallie co-taught a graduate seminar course on serious games with an emphasis on virtual reality.

Jean P. Shipman is Executive Director, Knowledge Management and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library; Director of the MidContinental Region and National Training Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; and Director for Information Transfer, Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah.  She is also Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine at the University of Utah. She served as president of the Medical Library Association for 2006-2007, and promoted health literacy as her primary presidential initiative; including creating a national health literacy curriculum.  Her professional interests are: health literacy, scholarly communications, library administration, innovation and LEAN.




ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

    • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the monthly headings.
    • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
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    Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

    Tech Requirements

    ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


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