Kat Phillips is the Nursing & Allied Health Librarian at Penn State University. In this role she works with faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students in nursing and health policy and administration and liaises with the Consortium studying Substance Use and Addiction. Her main areas of research encompass development and use of the IF I APPLY methodology for source assessment, bias and misinformation, grey literature use in nursing publications, and a boutique approach to liaison services.
She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Since then she has had the opportunity to build her career, including building a library and all of its services from the ground up for a community and technical college in West Virginia, which eventually lead to her current role at PSU. In the past she has served in roles such as Chair of the Solo Division of SLA and Chair of the Academic Division of WVLA. She has served on multiple conference planning committees, including MAC’s, and co-led the planning and running of the Distance Library Services Conference in 2020. She recently completed a term as chair of Penn State’s Faculty Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Schedules, and Student Aid (ARSSA). Within MLA, she is an active member of MAC, and of several caucuses including NAHRS and Libraries in Health Sciences Curriculums. In 2020 she was selected to participate in the MLA Rising Stars program; her cohort’s work over the course of this year culminated in Advocacy is All of Us report discussing advocacy in MLA and highlighting recommended areas of growth in this realm.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking with her kids, hiking with her family, and binge-watching crime dramas while quilting with her delightful (yet stinky) dog and cats who constantly lay all over the project at hand resulting in fur everywhere.
Statement of Interest
From the moment I joined MAC and attended my first annual conference in Virginia, our chapter has held a very special place in my heart. I immediately felt welcomed, enthusiastic, and comfortable, and have continued to feel as such through harder and easier times alike. Our chapter overall, and our peers that make it what it is, have never failed to keep me engaged, interested, or informed. The experiences, knowledge, and connections it has fostered have enriched my career beyond measure. MAC folks have worked extremely hard to continue access and extend opportunities to folks across the regional expanse of our chapter, and this momentum should not only sustain, but will hopefully grow. Work in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, advocacy, education, and evidence-based everything (to name just a few) all lead down paths that are both intertwined and unique in their own rights, and MAC is an amazing community of folks who continue to add to these areas (and so many more). It would be a privilege to take part in helping to grow and share our chapter’s work with new and returning members.
I was flattered to be nominated for this role, and would love to have the opportunity to grow my involvement within MAC. I have enjoyed my time working on committees with our wonderful peers. Expanding this role into one of leadership has been a goal of mine. I value collaboration, listening, and being proactive in all work I do, and feel that these aspects are especially important in leadership work. My past experiences with leadership internal to Penn State and within the library profession at state and national levels have provided me with many of the skills necessary to be successful as a chapter chair. I feel that MAC’s role in MLA and in supporting medical librarians is ever-growing and changing; we have so much to offer.
Corey Harmon is currently the Head of Access Services at East Carolina University’s Laupus Health Sciences Library where he supervises a team of four is responsible for oversight of circulation, interlibrary loan, reserves, and holds. He also participates in the library’s systematic review service and provides helps with literature reviews and search strategy development as well as collection development for the library’s extremely popular anatomical model collection. He has nearly 20 years of library experience covering almost every area of librarianship and 6 different types of libraries. While he was an undergraduate he worked as a library student employee and he interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Library in Research Triangle Park, NC during library school. Following the completion of his MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009, he has worked at Southern Crescent Technical College, Mauney Memorial Library, the post library at Fort Knox, KY, and the United States Military Academy Library before beginning his current position in 2018. He joined MAC in 2018 and has attended every annual meeting since then. Corey is a member of AHIP, has served on the MAC Nominating Committee twice, and is currently concluding his term as President of the Association of North Carolina Health and Sciences Librarians.
It is an honor to be nominated as Chair-Elect of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. MAC is the most interesting, engaging, and satisfying professional organization of which I have been a member. Since joining MAC, I have greatly appreciated MAC’s regional focus and loyal supportive environment which has allowed for excellent professional development and networking opportunities, and the best library conferences I have ever attended. While the pandemic is subsiding, the innovation and openness to change that it required libraries and librarians to embrace will continue. I believe that many of those changes are good opportunities for MAC because they can enable the organization to continue supporting its members regardless of who or where they are. I would be thrilled to be able to give back a portion of what this organization has given me as its Chair-Elect.
Jana is the Health Science Librarian at Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences in Southwest Virginia. She previously worked at ECU as the Liaison Librarian to the Brody School of Medicine and at VCOM Auburn as the Director for Library Services. Jana has been a member of MAC-MLA since 2018 and served as a co-chair for the MAC Annual Meeting Planning Committee in 2019. She is also a member of the MLA and several caucuses. When Jana is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, doing DIY projects at her house, and growing orchids.
Tyler Moses is a medical librarian at Novant Health-Presbyterian Medical Center (PMC) in Charlotte, NC. In her position, she conducts literature searches and provides instruction to healthcare professionals to support their clinical practice and research. Prior to coming to PMC, she worked for Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library as a Basic Science and Assessment Librarian where she provided instruction and research assistance to support the information needs of basic sciences students, faculty, and researchers. Her passion to empower people to advocate themselves drives her to identify outreach opportunities both at PMC and MLA; she is presently working with colleagues at Presbyterian Medical Center to initiate a Community Voice Council for People with Disabilities and is planning programs with African American Medical Librarians Alliance’s (AAMLA) Virtual Engagement Committee designed to inspire and encourage librarians of color. Additionally, Tyler’s commitment to support the growth of medical library science push her to serve on local and national committees including MLA Nominating Committee and Chair of the Scholarship Committee of Georgia Health Sciences Library Association.
MAC Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee
Steven Douglas is the Head, Collection Strategies and Management at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library. He has been active in MAC and MLA for over 15years. He served as co-chair for the MAC 2009 and 2012 joint chapter meetings. In MLA he has served as Co-convener of the LBTQ Health Sciences Librarians SIG, Secretary/ Treasurer of the Relevant Issues Section, Chair of the Grants and Scholarships Committee, and currently serves on the 2023National Program Committee. Steven understands that diversity in leadership is one of the strengths of MAC and MLA and is excited to serve as the MAC Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee.
MAC/MLA Chapter Council Representative
Beverly Murphy, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Beverly (she/her) serves as the Assistant Director, Communications and Web Content Management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. She is also the Hospital Nursing Liaison for the Duke Health System and Liaison for the Watts College of Nursing.
Beverly has been a librarian for 42 years and is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, where she received a BS in Biology and Masters in Library Science. She is a Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has served in a variety of capacities for the Medical Library Association (MLA) including serving as the first African-American President of the Association, an MLA Fellow, MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Board Liaison (now Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee), and Chair of the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee. In 2021, she was the first African American to receive the Marcia C. Noyes Award, MLA’s highest professional distinction. In addition to MLA activities, Beverly is active in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA having served as Chapter Chair, Treasurer, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Communications Chair, Annual Meeting Registration Chair, and member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is also the Web Manager and Advisor for the Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries (ANCHASL).
MAC/MLA Chapter Council Representative Alternate
Roger Russell, MLS
Roger received his MLS from North Carolina Central University in 2000 and began working as a Reference Librarian that same year at East Carolina University’s Laupus Health Sciences Library. Currently he serves as Associate Director at Laupus Library, and many of his duties involve serving on teams and representing the interests of the library within the larger university environment, a role that is similar in nature to MAC Chapter Council Representative Alternate. Roger has a long history of service with MAC. He has had roles in multiple capacities in planning the Annual Meetings, including Printing/Publicity and Continuing Education. Most recently he served as Chair of the MAC Professional Development Committee from 2016-2019. Roger’s record of leadership extends to both professional organizations and librarianship, most recently noted by his completion of the 2021-2022 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program.