- Serve at library reference desk - Assist WCU students, instructors, staff, and community patrons in finding and evaluating information on any and all topics - Interact with library patrons in person, via electronic chat, and by telephone - Act as primary point of contact for students and faculty in all 20 departments, programs, and concentrations granting Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees within College of Health and Human Sciences - Provide individual research consultations in person, electronically, and via phone - Conduct on average more than 1,000 research consultations with individual students per year - Lead courses on basic to advanced information finding and evaluation - Stress importance of information literacy throughout academic, professional, and personal lives - Teach on average more than 50 discipline-specific sessions in person and electronically per year and 5 to 10 general-focus library sessions per year catering to undergraduates from all disciplines - Manage online, print, and audiovisual collections in all health and human sciences subject areas - Due to nature of subject areas covered, collections require continuing vigilance pertaining to clinical credibility, timeliness, and best practice - Conduct and collaborate on original research projects with colleagues from various disciplines
I lead one or two-occurrence instruction sessions for courses in my discipline areas plus ENG 101 and 102 on basic to advanced information finding and evaluation. I stress the importance of information literacy throughout academic, professional, and personal lives.
My primary area of interest is the level of health information literacy held by health care professionals. Of particular interest to me is how those individuals decide what information to apply within their practice. While similar questions have been explored in the consumer population, education for and research on the health information evaluation skills of health care providers has not received a great deal of emphasis. While health care professionals may be quite able to competently evaluate information provided in non-professional resources, information provided through traditional peer-reviewed resources may offer a much larger challenge in their evaluation process.