New Member Profiles

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen is a librarian at the C.S. O’Brien Eye Library of the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She is responsible for reference, acquisitions, and publication tracking. Her professional interests include research support, evidence-based practice, and scholarly communications. Caroline earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Iowa and an MLIS (2018) from the university’s School of Library and Information Science. Her personal hobbies and interests include writing, boxing, reading, knitting, and sewing.

Emily Cukier

Emily Cukier is a graduate student at Dominican University and works at the Rebecca Crown Library. Her professional interests include clinical trials, clinical informatics, and regulatory affairs. This East Lansing, Michigan, native has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College (2003) and a M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago (2005). She states that “Librarianship is a second career for me after working as a reporter and consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. I’m excited to learn more about how librarianship and good information management practices can help advance science, medicine and research.” Emily is “a fan of cooking, knitting and other craftwork, playing jazz on the double bass and a cappella singing.”

Terry Duncan is a graduate student in the online Master of Science in Library Science program offered through the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky.

Pamela Hatch is the Medical Librarian at the OSF Healthcare / St. Anthony Medical Center Medical Library. She is responsible for maintaining the branch, performing literature searches, handling article requests and eTOCs, and collection development. Her professional interests include collection development, outreach, and mentoring. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Pamela received her MLS from the University of Alabama. Her hobbies and interests include writing poetry and Christian romances, and the healing properties of essential oils. She adds, “Been in libraries since the age of 7 – served in church libraries, public libraries, medical libraries, and state library of Alabama – I love libraries.”

Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie Henderson is the Nursing Liaison Librarian at the Medical Center Library of the University of Kentucky. She says that in the course of her job “I answer reference questions, perform complex literature searches, give instruction on how to best utilize the library resources and I participate in systematic review teams.”  She also has earned the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Berea College, and her MLS from the University of South Florida (2004). She enjoys traveling with her husband and three children. This Somerset, Kentucky, native adds that “I have worked in academic libraries in Tennessee, Florida, Ohio and Kentucky.  I started my position at the University of Kentucky in January of 2019. I am thrilled to be back in my home state.”

LaTeesa James is a Health Sciences Informationist at Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. When asked about her main responsibilities, she shared that “I partner with our health sciences schools and Michigan Medicine to advance the research, academic, and clinical enterprises of the university. I focus on teaching, curriculum integration, and systematic searching. I am also the informationist for Obstetrics and Gynecology.” LaTeesa has a Master’s in Communication Pedagogy from Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. In 2017 she received her MLIS from Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science. Her home town is Northville, Michigan. She enjoys “reading, traveling and spending time with my husband and 2 children.”

Sara Samuel

Sara Samuel is an Informationist at Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. She is a liaison to the Rogel Cancer Center, the Hematology & Oncology Department, and the Radiation Oncology Department. She is interested in “data management/sharing education, research impact, and in learning more about [ontologies, taxonomies, and classifications].” She received a BA in Computer Science and Communications from Hope College, and, in 2009, she received a Master of Science in Information (MSI) from the University of Michigan School of Information. Her hobbies and personal interests include “listening to podcasts (my favorites are Radiolab, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, This American Life, and Freakonomics), reading and listening to audiobooks (fantasy and sci fi are my favorite genres), going on walks/jogs and, more recently, learning how to take care of a growing baby (currently almost 7 months old).” She adds, “Prior to my current position I worked for a couple years with think tank that is doing research in the area of manufacturing, and prior to that I was an engineering librarian for 7 years.“ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6808-2514

Julia Stumpff is an Instructional Design Librarian at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine. Her main responsibilities include reference, instruction, systematic reviews, and serving as a liaison to the department of Graduate Medical Education, several academic departments, and as liaison to other IU School of Medicine campuses. Her professional interests include travel, especially international travel. Julia’s undergraduate degree in History is from Denison University, and she has a MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Born in Warrensburg, Missouri, she now lives in Columbus, IN. She states, “I attended one Midwest Chapter annual meeting in Springfield, Illinois, almost 20 years ago.  I began my career as an academic medical librarian at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I then stepped out to stay home with kids, re-entered as a community college librarian, and am now pleased to be back in academic medical librarianship.”

Submitted by Mary Taylor

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