Medical libraries-Blair

Blair Anton

Blair Anton is the Associate Director for Informationist Services at the William H. Welch Medical Library of Johns Hopkins University.  She came to Hopkins in 2006 and worked as a Clinical Librarian before being promoted to her current position.  She leads a successful team of information experts who are assigned to departments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and deliver “embedded” information services wherever patrons are, whether working in their office, lab, or clinical unit. 

She enjoys working in collaborative environments to facilitate the research process at Hopkins, and is interested in how physicians search for and use information to inform clinical decisions.  Ms. Anton’s background includes over 15 years of clinical experience as a licensed and certified clinical counselor in the behavioral healthcare field.  She has also used her clinical knowledge in the managed care arena, and possesses knowledge of the business and insurance sides of health care.  Her master’s degree in library and information science is from Dominican University; she also holds another master’s in human service counseling from National-Louis University, and a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Lawrence University.  She is a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and most recently won the 2016 Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year Award.


Potent Partnerships: Roles for Librarians in the Advancement of Medical Education, Research and Clinical Practice

A brief overview of Welch Library, its staffing, structure and organization, and the limits of our physical building, that was built in 1929.  We utilize other physical spaces on the medical campus as service points which I will describe.  Access to electronic collections and resources has expanded enormously, and in response to this, users of library services continue to need assistance where they do their work, so I will describe the “embedded librarian” or “Informationist” service delivery model that we employ, and the variety of services that our Informationists provide to faculty, staff and students.  Finally, I will give examples of our roles in the research process, the curriculum, and in clinical practice and teaching settings.Other essential topics are librarian roles for data (and metadata) management.


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