Karen Crowell, Clinical Librarian at the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, retired at the end of January 2017. Crowell came to UNC to accept a fellowship in Health Informatics. Her interest in consumer health led to her work on an HSL guide to consumer health resources. She also collaborated on a consumer health project led by two Department of Family Medicine physicians who host a radio talk show called Your Health.
Crowell’s role as a liaison to clinical departments in the UNC Hospitals began when she started attending the “Morning Report” for the Infectious Diseases (ID) department. She continued in this role for several years, during which time she helped coordinate support for establishing a medical library in a UNC clinic in Llongwe, Malawi. Crowell officially became a clinical liaison when the Department of Surgery approached the library with a request for a librarian to round with Gastrointestinal Surgery hospital residents. She later participated in Surgical Oncology team meetings as well.
Crowell has been active in several organizations over the years, such as the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) of the MLA, and the Association of North Carolina Health and Sciences Librarians (ANCHASL). She was Secretary of MAC in 2002/2003 and chaired the ANCHASL Ad Hoc Scholarship Committee in 2003. She was a member of the Professional Development Committee of the Library Association of UNC (LAUNC-CH) in 2003/2004 and the Professional Welfare Committee in 2006/2007. She also served as LAUNC-CH’s Secretary in 2005/2006. Crowell served as Associate Editor of Education in the Medical Literature for the eFACS Medical Student Community of the American College of Surgeons from 2008 to2011. She was appointed Archivist of MAC in 2010, and served on the Hospitality Committee for the 2010 Annual MAC Meeting in Chapel Hill. She served as a member of the Library Community Build-A-Block Task Force, for which she received a University Library Spotlight Award in 2012. She once again served as Archivist of MAC in 2014, and served as a member of the Chapter’s Task Force for Communication Planning. Her long-standing service to MAC was honored when the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Honors and Awards Committee (MAC/MLA) selected her as the recipient of the 2016 Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award.
Crowell’s retirement plans include serving as an advisory member of the Board of the Chatham Artists Guild, supporting the arts and local artists. She will continue work on three artists’ exhibits at the HSL this spring. Crowell also hopes to spend time in Cody, Wyoming.