Research & Education Librarian
Medical Center Library
University of Kentucky
Editor’s note: On a regular basis, we publish profiles of librarians who have been an integral part of Doody Enterprises, whether they have served on our Library Board of Advisors, as a Librarian Selector for Doody’s Core Titles, or on the editorial board/as a List Selector for Doody’s Special Topics Lists. This month, we are profiling a librarian who has served as a Librarian Selector for Doody’s Core Titles since 2009: Mark Ingram of the University of Kentucky.
Where do you currently work and what is your position?
I currently work in the University of Kentucky Medical Center Library, located on the first and lower level of the William R. Willard Medical Education Building. I am a Research and Education Librarian and a Liaison to the College of Dentistry.
Provide a brief description of your library and its services.
We support students, clinical and research faculty, healthcare professionals, hospital staff, and patients, and serve the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Sciences, and Public Health as well as provide access and help to those using library services for the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment (CAFE).
When did you start in health sciences librarianship? What was your position? With what institution?
My first professional position was in 1978 as a medical librarian at the Hopkins County Hospital, later known as the Regional Medical Center of Hopkins County.
Name two of the most important issues facing the profession today.
One of the biggest problems is keeping up with the rapidly evolving technology and changing needs of our users. Another issue is managing the balance between access and affordability. There is a constant demand for new journals, with ever-increasing prices and a limited budget. Even with the concept of open access, many people will never have full access to the literature they need.
What is one innovation, product, or service in your library that you’re excited about?
Managing research data and working with researchers to create data plans, describe and share data, and finding data sources. These, in combination with our team of librarians trained in assisting with systematic reviews and evidence synthesis projects, are services we look forward to providing.
Why do you serve as a DCT Librarian Selector?
As a hospital librarian, one of my favorite jobs was selecting new textbooks and journals for my small library. I have continued to enjoy reviewing new sources and textbooks for a new generation at university.
Anything else you’d like to share?
It is hard for me to imagine what a medical library or any library might look like in 100 years from now or even in 20. The changes in the last 50 years have been so vast. I remember when our concern was how to produce a cuddly microfiche or microfilm reader, or how doctors were amazed at the speed of a 300 baud modem. I wish good luck to those professionals who shall follow in their footsteps.