New Members’ Profiles August 2018
Sarah Jane Brown is a Clinical Information Librarian at the Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Minnesota. She is a liaison to the medical schools, and supports “evidence-based practice in the curriculum,” as well as supporting “faculty, trainees, and students through personalized, user-focused instruction and research support services.” Her professional interests include evidence based practice, systematic reviews, and health literacy. Ms. Brown earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, and received a Master of Science in Information and Library Studies degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. This Green Bay, WI native enjoys yoga, running, cooking, and her dog, Tammy.
Annette Gill is Patient Education Librarian at the John & Nettie Mooney Library of the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. She is responsible for promotion, maintenance, and programming for the main consumer health library. Ms. Gill grew up in Pewaukee, WI, but has lived in La Crosse for 36 years. She says she started her current position after being a teacher and school librarian for 35 years. She hold degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She add that she loves “to read, knit and spend time at our cabin with family and friends
Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely is Clinical Librarian and Clinical Professional Development Consultant. She is based at All Saints Hospital Library & Community Resource Center, part of the Ascension Wisconsin system, in Racine, WI. Her responsibilities include librarian-mediated literature searching, health literacy instruction, and resource management. She states, “I have experience in consumer health and I still provide consumer health information to patients and their families, etc., but it is not a service we heavily market.” This Racine, WI native earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. She has a BA in English and Anthropology with a minor in German from Marquette University, and received her MA in Anthropology from Western Michigan University in 2003. Ms. Kinzelman-Vesely says that “I love gardening, flower arranging, cooking, fountain pens, stationery, calligraphy, and I’m a sucker for a British murder mystery (book or movie).” She adds, “My husband keeps me on my toes. He’s a professor at the University of Toledo.”
Darla Komora is the Audiovisual Librarian at Mansfield / Richland County Public Library in Mansfield, OH. She works with the Audiovisual Team at the library to care for the audiovisual collection and assist customers. She is also a student at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science and will graduate in 2019. Ms. Komora recently completed a health informatics course and will be fulfilling her practicum requirement at a medical library in January 2019. She has a BA in History from Ohio State University at Mansfield. Her professional interests include medical libraries and 23 and Me. She enjoys gardening, bee keeping, libraries and genealogy. She adds, “A 14-year-old chihuahua named Blue lives with me. She doesn’t know she is a pet!”
Samantha Loster is a Library Assistant II at Boxner Library, Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, IL. She is responsible for filling all interlibrary loan requests and billing. She helps train new student workers for the circulation desk, where she also works during breaks.
Has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Biotechnology from DePaul University. Ms. Loster is enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and plans to graduate in May 2019. In regard to her professional interests, she states, “I’m still seeing what all is out there. I love doing interlibrary loans but I also like reference work. I may go for a Consumer Health Information Specialization down the road… I wanted to be a forensic pathologist when I was younger, which is totally normal for a 4th grader (NOT!). Before going to DePaul, I received a certificate in baking and pastry. I also was previously a regulatory specialist for a local beverage company before committing to librarianship. You could say my background is pretty diverse. I like to think that it gives me an edge at trivia night. Ms. Loster, who is originally from Chicago, IL, enjoys listening to audiobooks and music, and says that she has “also been known to belt out a tune or two at karaoke.”
Heather McEwen is an assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pharmacy Practice in in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). She also has “graduate faculty status” for the Master of Public Health program. Part of her time is spent teaching courses in the College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy. She is the course director for Evidence Based Medicine I and an assistant course director for the EBM II course. She is also part of the College of Medicine curriculum mapping team, and is involved in writing a yearly report about the committee’s findings for AAMC. Her professional interests include evidence based medicine, instruction, curriculum mapping, basic sciences, and drug information resources. Ms. McEwen has a B. S. in zoology and pre-medicine from Kent State and an M.S. in ecology from Kent State. She worked in the basic science labs at NEOMED before going to library school. She received her MLIS from Kent State in 2006. Her hobbies and interests include going to zoos, reading mystery novels, history and genealogy, and British television. Her home town is Randolph, OH.
Katherine Orze is a Research and Education Librarian at the Health Sciences Library of Loyola University Chicago. She is liaison to the Stritch School of Medicine and Center for Translational Research and Education. Her professional interests include Evidence based medicine, adult education, and scholarly publishing. Ms. Orze has a undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. She enjoys “spending time with family and friends, going out to eat, volunteering, watching movies, and online games.”