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November 2012 News Releases

Washburn University Librarian Gwen Wilson co-authors MCMLA award winning paper

Washburn University Librarian Gwen Wilson, along with Kalyani Ankem, associate professor at Emporia State University and Jayme Johnson, an ESU student, are the winners of this year’s Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MCMLA) Best Research Paper Award. They presented their paper “Role of Libraries in Disaster Relief” at the MCMLA Annual Meeting Oct. 2-5 in Kansas City. Ankem is first author of the paper and lead the research at Emporia State University.

The findings of their preliminary study show that there is an immediate need for disaster preparedness plans in libraries in Kansas and Missouri.

MCMLA is a regional chapter of the Medical Library Association for health sciences librarians, students, and faculty interested in health information issues in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

“As you can well imagine, here in the Mabee Library we are all proud of Gwen for this outstanding accomplishment.” said Alan Bearman, dean of libraries, Washburn University, “In every way, Gwen is a fine addition to our team and as a new librarian is already making waves in library scholarship.”

Wilson is a graduate of the SLIM program at Emporia State and has been with Mabee Library since spring 2012.

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Sean Bird, Assistant Dean of University Libraries, 785-670-1550
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153