2021 LAMPHHS Annual Meeting (Online/Remote meeting)

LAMPHHS 2021 Annual Meeting (Virtual, original planned for Madison, Wisconsin)

Because of travel and physical distancing restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 crisis, the LAMPHHS 2021 Annual Meeting was held virtually/remotely on May 4th and May 5th instead of in Madison, WI. This virtual conference was free and open to all current, dues-paying members. The Program Committee, chaired by Emily Novak Gustainis, worked with presenters and the Remote Arrangements Committee (chaired by Micaela Sullivan-Fowler) to set up the final schedule. The Zoom link was posted to the society’s new members-only google group, LAMPHHS-L, to which all members are subscribed.

LAMPHHS 2021 Annual Meeting Final Program

LAMPHHS2021 Registration Information

LAMPHHS2021 Social Events Schedule and Coloring Activity and Breakfast Social / Recipes!

The social media hashtag for this year’s meeting is #LAMPHHS2021. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook!

The annual Steering Committee meeting was held Tuesday, April 27, 4:00-6:00pm Eastern time.


Annual Business Meeting Attendees, May 4


Save the Dates for LAMPHHS2021: May 4th and 5th

The LAMPHHS 2021 Annual Meeting will be held remotely on Tuesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 5. The program and activities are in development. Note that these dates are a full week before the American Association for the History of Medicine virtual meeting, which is scheduled to encompass full days from Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16 (see AAHM2021/Madison).

Call for Proposals

Change is constant. Whether socio-cultural, economic, scientific, political, ecological, environmental, or technological, drivers of change – and change itself – are critical to how we function in our roles as librarians, archivists, and museum professionals.

In the realm of professional practice, sometimes these changes are so considerable they fundamentally challenge existing concepts of who we are as professionals, what the impact of our work is, and how we engage our constituencies. They represent a paradigm shift in our underlying assumptions and affect the why of what we do.

This year, Librarians, Archivists, and Museum Professions in the History of the Health Sciences (LAMPHHS) invites you to share how you are challenging or changing practice to meet institutional and patron needs. We welcome all proposals, but are especially interested in those that address fundamental changes in the way library, archival, and museum professionals are engaging with:

  • Deprecated notions of neutrality as they apply to acquiring, describing, accessing, and exhibiting special collections, archives, and museum collections
  • Collections access and expectations of privacy
  • Legacies of racism, sexism, and other forms of anti-inclusivity in our home organizations
  • Collaborative or non-custodial collecting
  • Contested collections, problematic histories, and creating a cultural environment relevant to a diverse public


Session Formats: The Program Committee encourages submission of proposals that may include, but are not limited to, the following formats:

  • Individual Presentations: Speakers should expect to give a presentation of no more than 15 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Individual papers will be combined into panels.
  • Panel Discussion: Open session with a panel of three (3) to four (4) individuals informally discussing a variety of theories or perspectives on the given topic(s). Please confirm participation with all panelists before submitting the panel proposal.
  • Traditional: Open session with two to three fully prepared papers of fifteen (15) minutes each and a comment and discussion period after the presentations.
  • Special Focus Session: 50-minute session designed to highlight innovative archives or museum programs, new techniques, and research projects. Audience participation is encouraged.


Proposals for 2021 are closed.

This will be a virtual conference.


LAMPHHS Program Committee 2021

  • Emily Novak Gustainis, chair (Contact), Harvard Medical School
  • Brandon Pieczko, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Ashlynn Rickord, Public Health Museum
  • Paula Summerly, University of Texas Medical Branch


LAMPHHS Remote Arrangements Committee 2021

  • Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, chair (Contact), Ebling Library for the Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Rachel Ingold, History of Medicine Collections, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
  • Technology Subcommittee: Katherine Isham, Cushing/Whitney Medical Historical Library, Yale University
  • Technology Subcommittee: Kegan Tehoe, Paul S. Russell, M.D., Museum of Medical History & Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital