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CHIPIG Executive 2015-2016
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Bozenna Karczewska, Coordinator, Patient & Family Library
Bozenna’s library experience includes public, academic and special libraries. Her primary area of responsibility has been reference services but she also managed other areas including electronic resources, online databases, circulation, ILL and other.
Bozenna’s involvement in consumer health information started 5 years ago when she was hired as a Coordinator of the Patient and Family Library and the Sun Life Financial Health Information Centre at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.
In addition to library work Bozenna was involved in research, working as a research associate with the Research Department at the Catholic District School Board in Toronto and as a contract researcher for the Education Quality and Accountability Office, Ontario (EQAO). Over the last 10 years she has been part of the teaching faculty with the Library & Information Technician Program at Seneca College teaching several library-related courses.
Susan Murray retired in 2014 and most recently was the Head Librarian, Life Sciences Library at McGill University. From 1992-2009, she developed and managed the Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS), an Ontario-wide service located at the Toronto Public Library that provided reliable health information to the public. CHIS served as the Complementary Health Affiliate for the Canadian Health Network, a national, online bilingual health promotion service operated by the Public Health Agency of Canada. She also worked at the University of Toronto Science and Medicine and Dentistry libraries. Susan has undertaken leadership roles within the Canadian Health Libraries Association and the Medical Library Association. In 1999, she was awarded the Margaret Ridley Charlton Award of Outstanding Achievement by the Canadian Health Libraries Association. Susan has published in the field of consumer health and made many presentations at various conferences. She has a Master’s in Library Science, as well as a M.A. in History.
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B.A. M.A. MLS
Recently ‘retired’ from the Toronto Public Library, Marietta’s career in the health information field is extensive. It includes positions as Manager of the library at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Head of the Learning Centre at the Naturopathic College (CCNM) and 20 plus years as health librarian at the Toronto Reference Library (TRL), most of it at the Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) - a provincially funded service assisting consumers in accessing reliable health information.
Marietta’s passion of sharing health information with consumers is documented by the numerous health blogs she wrote and workshops she gave at the Toronto Reference Library on “Locating Reliable Health Information on the Internet”. She was also instrumental in setting up HealthLink, a mini CHIS at the Kitchener Public Library. She is also an ardent supporter of Health Literacy, having given continuing education courses for CHLA/ MLA.
Even in ‘retirement’ she is a volunteer trainer for Community Matters Toronto, a Toronto Public Health Project aiming to better the lives of newcomers and residents in the St. James Town settlement in Toronto.
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Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Erin graduated with a Master of Information (MI) degree from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information in 2012. She is the Librarian/Information Specialist at the Peter and Melanie Munk Patient & Family Learning Centre and Library at the Toronto General Hospital.
Erin has been a part of the Patient & Family Education Program at the University Health Network since 2011, supporting the Princess Margaret Hospital Patient & Family Library and the Sun Life Patient & Family Resource Centre at Toronto Rehab during this time.
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Tara Zarrin, Information Specialist
Tara has MLS and a Certification in Records & Information Management from recognized Institutions in North America. She has been engaged in various projects and brings with her 10+ years' experience in research, provision of information/consultation, information management, client services, marketing, project management, leadership and problem solving.
Tara managed the daily operations of special resources/services/programs at both academic and community organizations settings. She proactively conducted needs analysis and implemented strategic plans and solutions in various areas, including organization, outreach, marketing, communication, business development, data management and member services. She built strong rapport with key stakeholders/clients and engaged them in knowledge sharing and collaborative work to positively influence further enhancements.
In addition to this, Tara brings energy, positively and time to commit to projects that needs extra eyes on and has passion to make a difference in lives of others. She has extensive involvement with several community organizations and has been engaged in various committee meetings, conference activities and special events. Her contributions include maximizing organizational revenue goals, improving conference planning and evaluation process, writing proposals, convening various conference sessions, promoting arts and culture through Gala events and increasing knowledge of public on health and wellness through community health and wellness events.
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Trillium Health Centre
Marg Muir has over 35 years’ experience in the health care sector coupled with an academic background in nursing, health promotion and library science. She has a strong foundation of work-related experience in proposal writing, community development, volunteer management and consumer health in government, hospital and in communities across Canada including Canada’s North . Presently, she is working at Trillium Health Centre in the areas of consumer health and health promotion and at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in consumer health information.
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Mary Anne Howse, Manager, Library Services
Women’s College Hospital
Mary Anne Howse has been a librarian for over 20 years with a strong background in consumer health. She is currently Manager of Library Services at Women’s College Hospital where she manages the Health Sciences Library. She also managed the Marion Powell Women’s Health Information Centre, the consumer health library, until its closing in 2010. Prior to joining Women’s College Hospital, she was a librarian at the AIDS Committee of Toronto where she developed the 3rd and 4th editions of The Living Guide: Services for People in the Toronto Area Living with HIV or AIDS. Mary Anne also worked for several years as a cataloguer for The Roeher Institute, an advocacy organization for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Po-Lin Cheung-Leung, Information Specialist
Patient & Family Education Program
Patient & Family Library
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
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