Submitted by Mary Taylor, AHIP, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Karlene Campbell is the sole Medical Librarian for Genesis Health System in Davenport IA, which includes 3 hospitals and several clinics and outreach facilities. She performs article and literature searches, inter-library loans, gives one-on-one help on a variety of projects, performs presentations about the Library’s webpage and how to do effective evidence-based practice searching, orders and catalogs books, maintains the operating budget for the library, meets and works with vendors, etc. Karlene is from Sherrard, IL. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Karlene states, “I started out working part time as a Library Assistant in the academic library at Black Hawk College, one of the local community colleges; I did that for 8 years. I then received a job working full time as a Technical Library Assistant at Palmer College of Chiropractic. During my time at Palmer, I worked on and acquired my Master’s degree. I was at Palmer for 9 years and just this past February I landed my first librarian job. This position is very new to me and I am enjoying every facet of it, I especially enjoy learning all the medical terminology. I get asked to search a wide variety of medical information and I find it all very interesting and even informative. It’s been a wonderful experience thus far and I look forward to what more is to come in this position. “ In her spare time, Karlene adds, “I love to read, of course. I love to run and do a lot of fitness programs at home. Music is a favorite, I majored in music at one time in my life. I sing in my church choir and used to sing in weddings. I love just spending time with my husband, 2 sons, and 2 cats.”
Erika Fischer is the SE Clinical Campus Librarian at the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, University of North Dakota. Her position responsibilities include orienting new medical students and residents to library resources and answering reference questions for these groups and clinical faculty members. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Concordia College in her home town of Moorhead, MN, and earned an MLIS from College of St. Catherine with Dominican University.
Sue Gerth is Library Manager and solo librarian at Covenant Medical Center for Wheaton Franciscan Health Care in Waterloo, IA. She catalogs, provides instruction on resources to associates, works with the Evidence Based Practice Committee and Clinical Development, conducts literature searches, and conducts outreach for the library within the hospitals. She notes, “My job is always changing and is a wonderful learning experience for a first time librarian.” Sue has an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in English from The College of New Jersey, and received a MLIS in 2015 from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. She lives in Cedar Rapids, IA. Sue states that “My former career was in bookselling; I was an Assistant Manager at Barnes & Noble in Cedar Rapids, IA and was an employee there for 21 years. Books are my life! I have a book review blog: The Bookalicious Babe is in its sixth year. I also garden and love to cook.”
Monica Howell is Serials Technician and Archivist at Greenawalt Library, Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, MN. Her responsibilities include managing and processing electronic and paper serials, working with publishers and vendors; overseeing all aspects of archives, special collections, and preservation. Monica’s professional responsibilities include integrative health care; open access, copyright, and digital rights; medical/health care archives and special collections. This native of Amana, IA and Dickinson, ND has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and earned her MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2001. Her hobbies and interests include: book arts (making books, letterpress prints, paper sculptures), and writing short poems. She adds, “I started an Instagram account for our library and archives (@nwhsulib) and also have a personal IG account for my book arts work (@chibipress) – I’m always looking for new people/libraries to follow!”
Jane Kirkland is the Medical Librarian at Mercy Regional Medical Center. As the sole librarian, she is responsible for running all aspects of the hospital library. This native of Leeds, United Kingdom, received an undergraduate degree in Chinese from the University of Oregon and her MLIS from the University of Washington. She adds, “Since graduating with my MLIS in 2008 I have worked as Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian in a law library and an art museum library, so this is a completely new discipline for me! I moved to the Cleveland area in 2009 to take a job at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and I keep very busy with three kids (9, 6 and 3).”
Kate Kitchens is Reference & Instruction Librarian for the Natural & Applied Sciences at the Charles C. Myers Library, University of Dubuque (IA). She says her main responsibilities include ”Designing, teaching, and assessing the information literacy program for science and health care programs in collaboration with the teaching faculty, coordinating with the other librarians to further develop and teach information literacy in the core curriculum, and juggling a myriad of other campus and liaison responsibilities.” Kate’s professional interests include information literacy, medical librarianship, and distance education. This Stoughton, WI native earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. Her hobbies include running, doing yoga, and making zines.
Anna Beth Morgan
Anna Beth (Crabtree) Morgan, AHIP, began serving as the executive director of the Mayo Clinic Libraries in March 2016. In addition to her work at the Rochester, Minnesota, campus, she will also have administrative responsibility for the Mayo libraries in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Before joining the Mayo Clinic, she served as the associate vice president for academic resources and director of the library for Union University in Jackson, Tennessee (2009-2016). Prior to her employment in Tennessee, she was a technical services librarian for Missouri Southern State University (2007-2009) and the director of Medical Library Services for St. John’s Health System in Springfield, Missouri (1985-2006). She has served on many MLA committees including the Awards Committee, Bylaws Committee, Credentialing Committee, and Grants and Scholarships Committee. She has been a member of the Midcontinental Chapter, South Central Chapter, and Southern Chapter of MLA during her career. She looks forward to working with colleagues in the Midwest Chapter now that she has moved to Minnesota.
Cristen Ross is Coordinator of the Edward L. Pratt Research Library at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for technical services, interlibrary loan, reference, circulation, and social media. Her professional interests also include instruction, data management, digitization, open access and copyright issues. This Cincinnati, OH native has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and earned her MSLS from the University of Kentucky in 2016. She adds, “Although I just graduated with my Masters degree, I have worked at libraries for almost 20 years now. Originally at the Cincinnati Public Library in a small branch where I did a little bit of everything, including reference and circulation; then onto Northern Kentucky University’s library in their Technical Services department, where I dabbled in cataloging, inter-library loan and government documents. Finally, I’ve been at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Library for about two years now, where I am lucky enough to participate in a little bit of everything, from ILL to reference to cataloging to instruction assistance. My experience here has been enlightening and very exciting. I am actively on the hunt for my first professional position. I would love to connect on LinkedIN with anyone interested! (https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristenross) Cristen’s hobbies include “cooking, reading, travel, my kitty cat, sports, home improvement, [and a] new baby… I currently own an old house in Cincinnati that is a never-ending project, and my partner and I are expecting our first baby boy in August!”
Margaret Knapke is the Life & Health Sciences Librarian at Roesch Library, University of Dayton. She is the liaison to and manages collection development for academic departments in life and health sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Health & Sport Science, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Education), and also provides research assistance, library instruction, and serves as an administrator for reference databases. She earned an MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in 2015, and has an undergraduate degree in Horticulture from Purdue University. A native of Rockville, IN, she enjoys gardening, nature walks, and watching movies.
Priya Shenoy is currently the Pharmacy & Science Librarian at Drake University’s Cowles Library. As the embedded librarian in Drake’s PharmD program, she works with Pharmacy Faculty coordinators across the curriculum in the Pharmacy Skills and Applications group to create different drug information related questions for the students including general drug information questions in print titles or Micromedex, Facts and Comparisons, and Natural Medicines questions, to PubMed and literature searching, as well as cdc.gov, fda.gov, and practice guidelines questions. Her professional interests include drug information and pharmacy librarianship. Priya is also liaison to Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, the undergraduate Health Sciences Program and the newly started Occupational Therapy program. A native of Philadelphia, PA, she has a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked for a “brief period” as a nurse before graduating with a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. She adds that her personal hobbies and interests include travelling, cooking, and “looking at too many dog videos :-).”