Submitted by Mary Taylor, AHIP, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Emily Ginier is an Informationist at Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Emily works with the School of Nursing as well as clinical departments including the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Her professional interests include nursing information and evidence-based practice. This Worthington, OH native earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 2012 from Kent State University. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Medical Professions from The Ohio State University. Her interests include “exploring parks, canoeing, and crafting while watching movies — especially movies from the 1940’s and 50’s.”
Karen Gutzman is the Impact and Evaluation Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. She says she “serves as primary liaison for issues related to scholarly dissemination and research impact, grant reporting and renewals, rankings, and unique scholarly identifiers; aggregates and analyzes data from a variety of sources to assist individuals and groups with reporting the impact of faculty and institutional publishing and research activities; provides specialized research support to faculty, students, and administrative staff in areas related to assessment and evaluation; and develops print and electronic support materials on research assessment topics.” Karen’s professional interests include research impact assessment, information visualization, scholarly communication, information dissemination, and tracking and evaluation. A native of Chester, SD, Karen earned an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University, and an MLIS from the University of North Texas in 2012. She likes “walking along Lake Michigan, hiking anywhere, sewing, reading science fiction, and playing with my 2 year-old niece.” She adds, “I am enjoying my new career as a medical librarian very much. There are so many great opportunities for librarians working in the area of research impact assessment! I consider this my new frontier of knowledge, and I’m learning great things every day. I am so interested in hearing from other librarians about projects, stories, ideas, collaborations in this area. I am equally as willing to share information, resources and tools, and helpful hints that I’ve learned along the way. I am excited to begin my membership in the Midwest Chapter, and it reminds me of the many people who have helped me along the journey of becoming a medical librarian. Dr. Ana Cleveland at the University of North Texas provided excellent guidance and support. The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program gave me a broad foundation in health sciences librarianship and provided me with some incredible mentors and life-long colleagues through Dr. Kathel Dunn and Dr. Kristi Holmes, and so many others. I am so thankful to have found a career with so many supportive and encouraging colleagues.”
Liz and her husband, Mike, on a bike trip in Germany last year.
Elizabeth “Liz” Kiscaden is Head of Hardin Library Services, at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She supervises the Interlibrary Loan, Reference, Circulation and Collections departments, and serves as liaison to the Pediatrics department. This Rochester, MN native earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and also had an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She adds, “I enjoy woodworking, and I’ve been building quite the collection of – often imperfect – furniture. I’ve played the bassoon for over 15 years and perform in the faculty and staff orchestra. In addition to this, I enjoy cross-country skiing, canoeing, biking, and gardening. I like adventure travel, and routinely organize low-budget trips and drag my husband and friends across the globe. Since I moved to Iowa City last August, I’ve taken up fencing! I’m married to a delightfully geeky computer engineer and we have a 10-year old hound named Tammy.”
Susan Vossberg is the Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian at Greenawalt Library, Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, MN. Her responsibilities include: “cataloging all materials for the library; coordinating electronic resources, negotiating licenses, and maintaining records for contracts; collection management; and online catalog management.” Her professional interests include digitizing and cataloging library items. Susan earned her MLIS in 2005 from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, and has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Central University of Iowa in Pella, Iowa. This New Brighton, MN native’s interests include biking, cooking, and reading. She adds, “I have been working in technical services departments in academic and special libraries since my freshman year of college. My first job out of college, which lasted for nineteen years, was as the cataloging and acquisitions library tech at Abbott Northwestern Hospital (later/now Allina Health System) in Minneapolis, MN. From there I worked in a law firm library, a seminary library, and then got my first professional position as the Catalog Librarian at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN. I am just one month into my latest position, and I’ve come full circle. I’m glad to be back in the land of medical libraries again!”
Kris Glodoski Wolf is a Librarian at the Truax Library of Madison College in her home town of Madison, WI. Her responsibilities include general reference and information services. Her professional interests include “consumer health information, particularly around health information technology literacy (e.g. health messaging and accessibility) and health advocacy marketing.” Prior to taking the position at Truax Library (in August 2014), she worked in Access Services at Memorial Library, for the University of Wisconsin – Madison General Library System. Kris earned a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in August 2014. She also has a B.A. in History and Communication Arts from the same institution. She adds, “Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner and our 9 year old lab-mix, Paulie. I also enjoy regular travel to Chicago, Illinois.”