MLA Distance Education
Keeping Patients Safe: Roles for Information Professionals
MLA's Educational Webcast
Held November 16, 2005
Judith G. Robinson
Assistant Dean, Library and Learning Resources, Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library, Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolk
Judith G. Robinson was appointed assistant
dean for library and learning resources at Eastern Virginia Medical School
(EVMS) in 1995. EVMS is a community-based college of medicine and health
professions that provides education, research, patient care, and clinical
training through partnerships with hospitals and practice plans throughout
the eastern region of Virginia.
Over the past ten years, Robinson and her staff have
established a variety of programs to demonstrate the outcome benefits
of integrating knowledge management and evidence-based practice into daily
activities of faculty, students, researchers, and health care practitioners.
Programs include a clinical medical librarian service and evidence-based
health care courses in the medical school and physician assistant programs
with librarians as co-course directors.
In 2001, the EVMS Library partnered with the EVMS Office
of Research to establish an Institutional Review Board librarian program.
The board's primary responsibility is to ensure the protection of human
subjects involved in research at the institution. An EVMS librarian with
expert searching skills was appointed to serve on both of the boards as
an ex-officio member. As such, the librarian's role is that of a consultant,
providing expertise to the boards throughout the review process.
Robinson currently is a member of the How's Your Health
Hampton Roads? Community Action Committee, a branch the Hampton Roads
Health Coalition, a partnership between the regions' major employers and
local health care facilities and insurers. The EVMS library is leading
a project to promote consumer driven health care throughout the region
by improving access to the health sciences literature and decision making
She received her master of sciences degree in library
and information sciences from the University of North CarolinaChapel
Hill. Prior to coming to EVMS, she served as associate director for administrative
and public services at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library
System, associate director for technical services at the University of
Virginia Health Sciences Library, and online coordinator and reference
librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of VirginiaRichmond.
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