I am Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI), Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). Prior to joining BMI, I was a health sciences librarian focusing on instructing health care professionals and biomedical scientists of the importance of evidence-based practice, medical informatics, and lifelong learning. I taught learners and practitioners in all health care disciplines how to conduct quality searches of the literature, how to use information to create new knowledge, and how to value, use and recognize the expertise of the health sciences librarian. I have practiced a non-traditional form of librarianship as a result of my work at UB where I served as a faculty member embedded in the educational domain of the medical school; teaching medical students and residents, conducting research, serving on university committees, writing grants, and publishing the results of my work.
As a hospital librarian I made a major commitment to developing educational programs for patients and families to ensure that they had access to quality, reliable, understandable health information. I was a member of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who taught refugee mothers from Somalia best practices for managing the health and wellness of their children. With funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, I created a program to teach diabetic patients with limited health literacy skills, how to find quality, reliable, and understandable health information to enable them to better manage their disease. I designed outreach programs for hospitalized patients to deliver information to their bedside, and also mailed material to patient’s homes. I persuaded the hospital’s CEO to provide space and support for a Wellness Center Library in the new vascular institute to meet the information needs of outpatients seeking day treatment for their disease.
I will always apply the knowledge, skills and expertise that I have acquired throughout my career to my current appointment.