200 ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, MC-633
1101 South Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
The majority of my research relates to biomedical literature. Incorporating research findings into practice is a challenge in most professions, and there are few that have more of a challenge than the health sciences professions. My experience as a registered nurse in very dynamic healthcare settings for over twenty years provides me with insights on how difficult it is to find and utilize current research in practice for nurses and physicians. My interest lies in how librarians can help healthcare professionals to connect with knowledge from current biomedical and nursing research so that these research findings can be incorporated into clinical practice.
Areas of research interest includes:
The identification and organization of important literature sources
The identification and evaluation of important information resources
Literature use studies
Translation of nursing and biomedical research findings into clinical practice
Librarians as social entrepreneurs, especially regarding gender-specific biomedical research
Allison, Melody M. "Internet resources: gender biology." MLA News, 406:12 (May 2008):12.
ALA Council Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, Appointed by President-Elect Michael Gorman and the ALA Committee on Committees, 2005-2007; re-appointed by President-Elect Loriene Roy and the ALA Committee on Committees, 2007-2009
ALA Task Force on Librarians and Caregiver Issues, member, 2008-2009
New Members Round Table (NMRT), member, 1999-2004
President's Program Committee, member, 1999-2000; Chair, 2001-2002
Midwinter Discussion Forum, Event Moderator, 2000-2001
Conference Coordinator, 2002-2003
Conference Planning Task Force (CPTF), Chair, 2002-2003
Governance Committee, Chair, 2003-2004
Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS), 2002-2003; 2011-present
The CAPHIS Top 100 [list of consumer health Web sites] Committee, 2002-2003. http://caphis.mlanet.org/consumer/Top100.html.; Women’s Health Web Sites, pagemaster, 2002-2003 http://caphis.mlanet.org/consumer/consumerWomen.html..
Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS), 2000-present
Task Force on Mapping the Literature of Nursing, 2000-2009; Co-Chair, 2008-2009
NAHRS Executive Board, 2005-2008
Chair-Elect and Program Chair, 2005-2006
Section Chair, 2006-2007
Task Force to Create Standards for Nursing Information Resources and Services in Healthcare Settings, 2006-2007
Immediate Past Chair and Nominating Chair, 2007-2008
Nominating Committee, Chair, 2007-2008
Strategic Planning Committee, Chair, 2007-2008
Task Force for Policy and Procedure Manual Revision / Bylaws Synchronization, Chair, 2007-2008
Standards Committee, member, 2007-2009 [newly formed 2007 ]
Research Committee, member, 2008-2009
MLA White Paper, Invited, 2007 (See Publications above)
One of two co-authors of the white paper Medical Library Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center: Magnet Recognition Program® Collaboration Proposal which was sent by MLA to the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program in support of MLA/ANCC MRP collaboration as they deliberated over the new edition of the Magnet application manual.
MLA Donald A. B. Lindburgh Research Fellowship Jury, member, 2008-2009; 2013-2014; chair, 2014-2015
MLA Allied Representative to Allied Organization: URAC [Utilization Review Accreditation Commission] Health Standards Advisory Committee. Appointed by President Jerry Perry, 2011-2014; Invited/Re-appointed by President-Elect Linda Walton, 2014-2017 [Note: Also serve as non-MLA healthcare consumer rep. on this committee]
MLA Continuing Education Jury, member, 2015-2016
MLA/CHLA/ICLC Annual Meeting 2016, abstract reviewer, 2015-2016
MLA Scholarship for Minority Students Jury, 2016-2017
Doody’s Core Titles in the Health Sciences (DCT). Chicago, Doody Enterprises, 2004-2006
Health information management, health policy/reform, informatics, legal/ethics, library and information science, and maternal/child, 2004
Informatics, legal/ethics, library and information science, and maternal/child, 2005
Legal/ethics, library and information science, and maternal/child, 2006
Healthcare Consumer Representative. URAC [Utilization Review Accreditation Commission] Health Standards Advisory Committee, 2011-present. Note: URAC is the largest accrediting body for health care. See URAC FAQs for more information. Additional Note: I wear two separate hats on this committee - MLA Rep. AND Health Care Rep.