1-3 JUNE 2022



Paul Smit

Philosopher and Comedian

Paul Smit is one of the most in demand speakers in the Netherlands. He gives interactive and humorous presentations about human behavior and the brain and talks about influence, change, innovation and collaboration. Paul Smit graduated with an essay on ‘the evolution of human consciousness’. He wrote ten books about philosophy, psychology and neuroscience and knows how to convey complex issues in a comprehensive, humorous and practical way.

Wednesday 1 June 09:15-10:15


Guus van den Brekel

Medical information specialist

Guus van den Brekel is medical information specialist at the Central Medical Library of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), in north of the Netherlands. His work includes developing, maintaining of library services and tools for staff and students, as well as innovation. As such he is also the ‘go-between’ for the IT-departments regarding library systems and services. Research Impact and Support is his major focus currently.  He is coordinator for the UMCG’s current research information system (PURE). In general, he is always on the lookout for tools & services that make the workflow of hospital staff, researchers, teachers and students easier and more efficient.

Wednesday 1 June 15:45-17:00

"Into the User Environment 2022!

« Into the User Environment Now!»  was the title of my first plenary presentation at an EAHIL conference.

It pictured how -back in 2006- how users and the information landscape changed rapidly, and what we needed to do about it as medical libraries, to keep up the pace, to not loose the connection with the user.

Technologies to embrace, actions to take…

This update pictures where things went right, wrong or very different! And it discusses where we are now in 2022, with a peek into possible futures, from the perspective of a medical library in a Dutch academic hospital, facilitating patient care, education ánd research support." 

DEU, Köln, 28.1.20: ZB MED

Jasmin Schmitz

Jasmin Schmitz received a PhD in information science. She worked as a freelance trainer for a commercial provider for scientific information and as scientific project coordinator in the field of bibliometrics. At ZB MED she is responsible for the publication advisory services.

Wednesday 1 June 15:45-17:00

"Scientific misconduct in the medical and health sciences and means to avoid it (at least partially)

Scientific misconduct and good scientific practices/research integrity are two sides of the same coin. Especially in the medical and health sciences misconduct can cause severe damage. Therefore, if errors are spotted publications should be corrected or retracted.

Scientific misconduct can either be performed deliberately or by mistake or rather lack of knowledge.

Besides a general introduction to the topic, the talk will also give an overview on practices and tools that can help to reduce at least such forms of misconduct that happened unintentionally."

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Melissa Rethlefsen

Executive Director of the Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center

Melissa Rethlefsen is the Executive Director of the Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico, a position she began in January 2021. Prior to her current position, she was the Associate Dean, George A. Smathers Libraries, and Fackler Director, Health Science Center Libraries, at the University of Florida. She has also worked at the University of Utah, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the role of librarians in improving research integrity, particularly in the reproducibility of systematic review searches.

Friday 3 June 09:00-10:00

"Researching Ourselves: A Critical Role for Librarians

Conducting research is a critical aspect of our work as librarians, so that we can understand what works, what doesn't, and why. It can also help us demonstrate our value to others outside our profession by providing evidence of how what we do improves health, education, and research outcomes. Starting in research can be a challenge, but it starts with identifying questions that should be answered. Using the story of how I got involved in (and continue to do) research, we'll talk about the process of research and the benefits it can offer to one's career, library, and the profession."