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Karen Vargas

Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator

Start date: 2011-10-13

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
South Central Region
HAM TMC Library 1133 John Freeman Blvd.Houston, TX, 77030-2809

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Master of Science in Library Science; University of North Texas, Denton, TX; June 1997.

Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies: Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH; May 1985.

Experience

Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Houston, Texas
December 2012 to present

  • Develops outreach initiatives to community colleges and allied health schools
  • Coordinates the evaluation and needs assessments programs for the NN/LM SCR
  • Oversees document delivery activities for the Region

Consumer Health Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Houston, Texas
August 2003 to December 2012

  • Developed, coordinated, and implemented consumer health information programs
  • Identified populations where there was a need to introduce consumer health information, and identified existing consumer health collaborations and programs
  • Trained librarians, consumers, and healthcare professionals in providing access to consumer health information
  • Taught PubMed/MedlinePlus/Loansome Doc and developed consumer health related courses
  • Coordinated the NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Advisory Committee

Branch Manager, Librarian III

Houston Public Library, Freed-Montrose Branch
Houston, Texas
October 2000-August 2003

  • Developed ways to improve staff morale and customer service: despite dwindling resources, staff and hours, circulation continued to increase
  • Promoted the library through outreach and participation in community activities
  • Budgeted for branch collection and selected adult materials
  • Planned adult and teen programming, including a popular concert series in combination with KRTS radio station
  • Wrote grant applications and news releases
  • Conducted library tours

Branch Manager, Librarian II

Houston Public Library, Lakewood Branch
Houston, Texas
March 1999-October 2000

  • Created strategies to increase circulation and library card ownership in a lower income, culturally diverse community
  • Promoted the library through outreach and participation in community activities; created materials budget and selected adult materials
  • Taught Internet and basic computer classes in the Lakewood Computer Learning Center
  • Planned adult programming, including successful book group

Reference Librarian

Harris County Public Library, Baldwin Boettcher Branch
Humble, Texas
June 1997-March 1999

  • Provided information services at the reference desk
  • Taught online catalog search classes
  • Planned adult programming and organized displays; coordinated book discussion group and brought Tony award winning author Jan de Hartog to discuss his work
  • Wrote news releases and designed flyers
  • Coordinated and recruited volunteers

Archives and Resource Center Administrator

Houston Grand Opera
Houston, Texas
September 1996-May 1997

  • Answered questions about HGO history and filled requests for materials from staff, other opera companies, press and researchers
  • Organized exhibitions for theater foyer
  • Planned itinerary for visiting journalists

Junior Fellow

Library of Congress, Special Materials Cataloging Division, Music and Sound Recordings Team
Washington, D.C.
June 1996-August 1996

  • Created inventory level catalog records for Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Collection
  • Cataloged brief MARC records for band and choral sheet music

Publications

  • "Connecting Public Libraries with Community Emergency Responders."(Author with Michelle Malizia, Deborah Littrell, Rebecca Hamilton, Cynthia Olney),
    Public Libraries, July August 2012, v. 51:2.
  • "Consumer Health Manual." Editor), National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Revised April 2007.
    <http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/> [retired]
  • "Make No Bones About It - Creative Partnerships Work: United States Bone and Joint Decade and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine."
    (Author with Malore I. Brown, Toby King, Kimberly Templeton, Tammy L. Mays), Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 2007, Vol. 7, Issue 4.
  • "Review of Consumer's Guide to Dietary Supplements and Alternative Medicines: Servings of Hope," by W. Marvin Davis.
    (Author), Consumer Connections, Vol. 23 No. 2 2007.
  • "Partnering with Community Based Organizations." National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region. 2006.
    <http://nnlm.gov/scr/outreach/partnercbo.html> [retired].
  • "Teenagers, Health, and the Internet: How Information Professionals Can Reach Out to Teens and Their Health Information Needs"
    (Author), Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 2005 Vol. 9, Issue 3

Teaching Experience

  • "American Indian Health Information Resources"
    (Author and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Sept 2012 to present
  • "From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens"
    (Author and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) November 2010-present
  • "MedlinePlus and More"
    (Author and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) November 2010-present
  • "Health Statistics on the Web: It's as Easy as ... 1, 2, 3!"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) September 2010-present
  • "Healthy Librarian"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) October 2009-present
  • "Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information"
    (Author and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) September 2009
  • "Getting Started with Information Outreach in Minority Communities"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) August 2009-present
  • "Grants and Proposal Writing"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), November 2008-present
  • "Can You Hear Me Now? How to Make a Podcast"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) September 2008-present
  • "Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) May 2008-present
  • "ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) March 2008-present
  • "TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) March 2008-present
  • "Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) December 2006-present
  • "Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine"
    (Author and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) December 2005-present
  • "Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), December 2004-present
  • "No Comprende - Spanish Health Information Resources for English Speaking Librarians"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), September 2004-present
  • "Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information in the Library"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), July 2004-present
  • "From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), July 2004-present
  • "PubMed for the Rest of Us: Searching the Medical Literature for the Non-Expert"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), July 2004-present
  • "NLM's Consumer Health Databases"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), July 2004-2011
  • "Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), March 2004-present
  • "About MedlinePlus"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), February 2004-2011
  • "Keeping Up with NLM's PubMed"
    (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), February 2004-present
  • "Computer Basics," "Internet Basics," "Microsoft Word," and "Microsoft Excel,"
    (Instructor) Houston Public Library Computer Learning Centers, 1999 to 2001
  • "Online Catalog"
    (Instructor) Harris County Public Library, 1997-1999

Distance Education Training

  • "American Indian Health Information Resources" (Presenter) SCR CONNECTions Webinar, November 14, 2012
  • "Senior Moments: Health Information for Older Adults" (Presenter) SCR CONNECTions Webinar, September 21, 2011
  • "Opening the NLM Toybox: K-12 Resources" (Presenter) SCR CONNECTions Webinar, February 16, 2011
  • "Review of the MedlinePlus Redesign" (Presenter) SCR CONNECTions Webinar, July 21, 2010
  • "Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine" (Instructor and Designer) Moodle class, March 8 to April 19, 2010
  • "Reliable CAM Websites" (Presenter) SCR CONNECTions Webinar, March 17, 2010
  • "Improving Health Literacy in Your Community" (Presenter) Texas State Library and Archives Commission Webinar, June 9, 2010
  • "The Boomers are Coming" (Presenter) SCR CONNECTions Webinar, November 18, 2009
  • "Consumer Health: NLM, NN/LM and More" (Presenter) University of North Texas Medical Informatics Class, Webinar, October 14, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • American Library Association, 2001 to present
    Reference and User Services Association, Health and Medical Reference Committee, chair 2012-2014
  • Public Library Association, 2001 to present;
    Branch Library Committee, chair, 2002-2004
  • Medical Library Association, 2003 to present
  • South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association, 2003 to present
    Bylaws Committee, 2005-2007
  • Texas Library Association, 1997 to present
    2003 Conference Program Planning Committee, 2001-2003
    2006 Local Arrangements Committee, 2005-2006
    2011 Conference Program Planning Committee, 2010-2011
  • Greenwood Publishing Group, Public Library Advisory Board, 2003-2004
  • Project Row Houses, Facility and Archive Planning Committee, 2001-2003