Submitted by Mary K. Taylor
Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Lisa Berrones is a Student Reference Librarian at the Ebling Health Sciences Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to staffing the reference desk, she creates and maintains subject guide pages. Her professional interests include consumer health, bioinformatics, information architecture and database management. Lisa, who is from Gurnee, IL, has an undergraduate degree in Genetics. She is attending the School of Library and Information Studies at UW-Madison, and will graduate in 2008.
Brooke L. Billman is Education and Outreach Librarian at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. She is the liaison to the College of Nursing, and the Nursing, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry Departments at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Brooke’s interests include nursing information, distance education, and learner-centered teaching. She also teaches classes on searching and conducts one-on-one consultations with faculty, staff, and students. Brooke holds an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science. This native of Sullivan, OH, enjoys “Caring for my spunky 10 year old Cocker Spaniel, reading, sewing, learning Hebrew, [and] cycling.”
Marci Brandenburg provides references services as a Student Library Assistant at the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries. Her interests include medical informatics, bioinformatics, general sciences, and health sciences. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Bowdoin College, a Master’s degree in Biology from Ohio University, and will receive her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Information in Spring 2008. Marci’s home town is Atlanta, GA.
Betsy Bromley is a Student Reference Assistant at the Ebling Health Sciences Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She provide reference services at the desk, develops subject guides, and assists librarians with other projects as requested. Betsy, who has an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will graduate from that institution’s School of Library and Information Studies in May, 2008. Her home town is Lancaster, WI.
Jodi Jameson is the College of Nursing Librarian at the Mulford Health Science Library on the University of Toledo Health Science Campus in her home town of Toledo, OH. As the liaison to the College, she provides reference and research assistance to students, faculty, and staff. She also does all the collection development for nursing materials, and enjoys being a guest lecturer in various nursing courses. Jodi also serves as the library representative for the UT Medical Center's Nursing Research Council. She states, “It is very worthwhile and rewarding to run literature searches for busy (yet appreciative!) staff nurses, and eventually see that research being applied to nursing practice.” Jodi received her MLIS from Kent State University in 2005, having previously majored in English and minored in Art History as an undergraduate at Lourdes College. She adds, “One of my greatest pastimes is shopping for new clothes, shoes, and handbags! I also enjoy cooking, reading, and watching old movies. My current source of daily entertainment is my newly adopted calico kitten Neely. She is a true bundle of energy and curiosity.”
Stacey Knight-Davis is a librarian at the Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, in her home town of Charleston, IL. Her responsibilities include reference, instruction, and collection development for Health Studies, Nursing, Geology, Geography, and Physics. Stacey has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received a Master’s degree in 2001 from that institution’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She also has an M.S. in Technology from Eastern Illinois University.
Janna Lawrence is Assistant Library Director for Collections and Outreach at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. Her main responsibilities include collection development, administration, and reference and education. She is also the library's liaison to the College of Public Health. She states, “Although my current job consists of mostly collection development and administration, I am a public services person at heart. If we aren't constantly thinking about our clientele and how they use the library and its resources, we're not doing our job.” Janna received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. She has an undergraduate degree in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a native of Raymond, IL (near Springfield), but has spent the past twenty-three years in San Antonio, TX. She adds, “Although leaving San Antonio was a difficult decision, I'm really happy to be back in the Midwest, where my roots, and most of my family, are.” She says she is “a rather obsessive knitter” and likes to bake “and do all sorts of crafty stuff (scrapbooking, stamping, needlework).”
Michael McGraw is Reference and User Services Librarian at the Health Center Library (part of Cleveland Health Sciences Library) at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to his primary role in reference, he is responsible for circulation, does “some cataloging,” and provides one-on-one and group bibliographic instruction via appointment, faculty invitation, and scheduled tutorials. Mike has taken continuing education classes in Evidence-Based Practice, and is the subject specialist in that area for the library. His other professional interests include literature searching and reference and instruction. He received his undergraduate degree in Government at Harvard University, and is a 2003 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. This Toledo, OH native’s hobbies and interests include “exercise, quality cinema, Celtic folk-rock music, [and] major league baseball.”
Katie Mihaly is a Library Media Technical Assistant 1 in Circulation and Interlibrary Loan at the Mulford Library on the University of Toledo Health Science Campus in her home town of Toledo, OH. She will receive her MLIS in December 2007 from Wayne State University. She has an undergraduate degree in Literature and Women’s Studies from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. She adds, “With an undergraduate degree firmly in the humanities, I never would have thought about working in the medical library field, but Mulford happened to be the only library in my area that was hiring when I started, a year ago April. I love it because I feel like I am making a concrete difference in people's lives, and I am learning all kinds of medical concepts and terminology (good for crossword puzzles and Scrabble). I enjoy working with the incredibly hardworking medical students and the sometimes eccentric faculty and staff. I can definitely see myself continuing in a medical library after I graduate, and that's why I joined the Midwest Chapter MLA.”
Sandra Lee Nickell is a work-study graduate student at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Library. Her duties include loading electronic journal records into the Voyager ILS for display in the OPAC, copy cataloging electronic journal records, cataloging graduate theses, and searching OCLC Connexion. Her professional interests include “technical services, especially serials, electronic journals, theses, and acquisitions.” Sandra will graduate December 14, 2007 from the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science. This Hazel Green, KY native has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Eastern Kentucky University. Her interests include yoga, bicycling, and pets.
Meredith Orlowski is an Information Services Librarian in the Academic IT & Libraries (AIT&L) department of the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, where she works at the customer service desks, teaches classes, and conducts software training. Her professional interests include “tinkering with new technologies.” Meredith’s home town is Huntington, NY. She has a degree in Business from Wake Forest University, and received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She adds, “I graduated from library school in December 2005. I worked at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine while in library school and then for a short time after. I had to move to Cincinnati because my now husband enrolled at UC, where I was fortunate enough to get a position. I’ve been at UC since September 2006 and am enjoying myself very much!”
Sue Raymond is a solo Hospital Librarian at the University Hospital Library, University of Louisville Healthcare. She performs general reference, literature searching, and document delivery for the University Hospital staff and University’s medical students, residents, and faculty. She also serves on the hospital research committee and attends residents’ conferences in the OB GYN department. Her professional interests include Evidence-based Medicine and Web page development. Sue has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. She received her MLIS from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1971. Her hobbies include rug hooking, bridge, sewing, and reading. Sue, a native of Whitesburg, KY, adds, “I was a long time member of the South Central Chapter, and worked quite a few years at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Those of you who may have known me in a "previous life" might like to know that I moved back to my home state of Kentucky following my husband, Harvey's death in 2005. We were in Omaha, NE, which is a terrific city, but my heart strings were pulling me here. My daughter, Emily and her husband Matt have a beautiful 1 year old son, William Alexander! They live in Independence, MO; I will see them for Christmas. I am happy here with my two black kitties ;>).”
Susan Schleper is Health Science Librarian at the Health Science Library of the St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health System. She says, “I do a little bit of everything from literature reviews to shelving books - I like the variety.” She is interested in how librarians fit into the evidence-based practice process. This 2000 graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a degree in International Relations with an emphasis in Latin American Studies from the same university. Susan was born in Japan, but considers San Marcos, TX her home town because she lived there for twenty years. Her interests include movies and singing. She adds, “I have a wonderful family - three daughters ages 2, 5, and 6 - oh, and a great husband too. Needless to say they take a lot of energy. I did work at St. Cloud State University as an assistant professor and had worked in academic libraries for many years. However, when I was in ‘library school’ I enjoyed my course work in special libraries - so I'm glad to be in a new environment and learning about medical librarianship. I'm very glad to be here at St. Cloud Hospital!
Mary Ann Upchurch is Librarian at the Health Sciences Library in the Covenant Medical Center of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa in Waterloo, IA. She manages “day-to-day operations of the library and provides knowledge-based information for use inpatient care, education, research and management.” She received her MLIS from Valdosta State University and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Mary Ann is a native of Commerce, GA. She adds, “Medical librarianship is new to me. I worked at the Commerce Public Library prior to moving to Waterloo, IA.”