Atlanta resident Christine Willis, AHIP, is the new editor of the MLA News, the bimonthly MLA member publication. Willis will serve a three-year term beginning August 1, 2018. She replaces Jodi Philbrick, AHIP, who served as interim editor following the departure of Cheryl Rowan in October 2017.
Willis received her master of library and information science degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. She is the director of Knowledge Management & Learning Resources at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She oversees the Noble Learning Resource Center and provides research assistance to clinicians as well as consumer health information for patients and families. Her research interests include health literacy, library services for people with disabilities, and clinician access to and assessment of evidence-based research to apply in their practice. Willis is a member of the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA), Southern Chapter of MLA, and the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy (GAHL).
She has written book reviews for the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section newsletter and is a previous coeditor of the Collection Development Section newsletter. She is the Patchwork Column editor for the Journal of Hospital Librarianship and most recently served as the consumer health column editor for the MLA News. She has presented on the history of the Atlanta Health Science Libraries Consortium (now part of GHSLA) and is part of a statewide health literacy campaign with GHSLA and GAHL; both projects have been presented recently at professional meetings.
She has been published in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, and the Journal of Hospital Librarianship. In addition to co-teaching an MLA continuing education course, “Practical Skills and Tips for Research: From Proposal to Presentation,” she has been a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals since 2017.
“I am very excited for this opportunity and am looking forward to leading the MLA News as it continues to foster communication among members and other important stakeholders,” said Willis.
The MLA News is a unique publication and offers updates on news and information for health information professionals. MLA thanks Jodi Philbrick for her support and contributions as interim editor to the MLA News as we extend a warm welcome to Christine Willis and look forward to her hard work and service in making the MLA News a success under her leadership.