Submitted by Mary Taylor, AHIP, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Laurin Arnold is the Consumer Health Librarian at the Consumer Health Library (Columbus, OH) of the Mount Carmel Health System. Her professional interests and responsibilities include reference, programming, outreach, cataloging, collection maintenance, etc. She adds, “My library background is actually in public libraries. I have worked for the Columbus Metropolitan Library for over 10 years, working my way up through circulation into reference. The Consumer Health Librarian position I hold now is in addition to an Adult Services Librarian position at the Martin Luther King branch of CML, and these positions complement each other nicely. Both require working directly with the public, programming, collection maintenance, and good, solid reference work.” Laurin earned her MLIS from Kent State University in 2008. She also has an undergraduate degree in History from Ohio State University. This Columbus, OH native enjoys crafting, cooking, biking, reading, and camping.
Morgaine Gilchrist-Scott is a Master’s student and research assistant as the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research involves the sustainability of social science data archives. She is very interested in “preserving scientific data in usable and accessible ways.” She also works at the help desk for the Library Technology Group offering desktop support to all campus libraries. This Canton, OH native has an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Oberlin College. Since moving back to the Midwest from the Bronx, NY, she has taken up hiking and kayaking. She adds, “I’m just really excited to get into medical librarianship!”
Julie Howe is Director of e-Learning and Health Science Librarian at the Learning Commons of Somerset Community College in London, KY. Her responsibilities include being an“embedded librarian in course shells in various disciplines, and creation of instruction materials and resources for off-campus students.” She is also the liaison to the allied health programs which includes providing all instruction and assisting faculty in creating research assignments for those programs. Her professional interests include consumer health and community health, nursing information, allied health instruction, and community health outreach. Julie is a native of Tollesboro, KY. She earned a BA in English with an area of concentration in Education from Morehead State University, and in 2010 received her MSLS from the University of Kentucky. Her hobbies and personal interests include classic film, cooking, and medical anthropology. Julie states that “I love working with our health science students and find that community college students are a unique niche that seems to be gaining popularity, so I’d like to learn from others in this group.”
Katharine “JJ” Pionke is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Social Science, Health, and Education Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her role as liaison to the College of Applied Health Sciences she teaches information literacy sessions, and is responsible for collection development and outreach. As a tenure-track faculty member, she also does service and research. Her current research focus is on disability in the library. Her professional interests also include consumer health and outreach. This Roselle, IL native has both a BA and MA in English from Truman State University. She received her Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Her interests and hobbies include motorcycle riding, Legos, playing with her Maine Coon cats, and video games. JJ adds, “I was an adjunct professor of English and Humanities for ten years before switching over to Librarianship. My time in the classroom has served me very well as I work with students and faculty here at UIUC. I love my research agenda and I love working in health librarianship.”
Pamela Shaw is Biosciences & Bioinformatics Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Her main responsibilities aspects of research support, including: “bioinformatics tool selection and consultation, NIH Public Access Policy assistance (I am the NIH PACR for Northwestern), EndNote and other bibliographic management assistance, and data management consultation.” Her professional interests include bioinformatics, genomics, and NIH compliance topics. Pamela earned her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology (Neuroscience) from Oberlin College. This Zion, IL native also received a Master of Science in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Her previous employment history includes working as a cook at Yellowstone National Park during the summer when she was in college, and owning a small independent gothic and industrial record store. In the twenty years before she became a librarian, she performed human brain autopsies and histological profiles as part of her responsibilities as a laboratory technician in neuropathology and neuroanatomy labs. When asked about her leisure time interests, Pamela states, “In no particular order: I love hockey and am a Chicago Blackhawks fan; I read as much as I can related to science and science literacy; when I read for pleasure, I like Haruki Murakami, Dostoyevsky & Tolkien.” She adds, “I own several cats (insert stereotypical librarian / cat lady comment here).”