SOIS Welcomes Karen Davies

Dr. Karen Davies has been appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and will take up her new position in Fall 2009.

Coming to Milwaukee from the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University in England, Dr. Davies specializes in the information needs of the health profession. Her interests include evidence-based medicine, job searching behavior in health workers, bibliographic analysis, and research methods in the field of library and information science. For her dissertation, Dr. Davies researched how doctors in the UK gather health information, studying the journals and databases that they prefer. She brings to SOIS a wealth of practical experience in health informatics, having worked as the Library and Knowledge Manager for the National Public Health Service for Wales. She has published on the information seeking behavior of physicians and has presented papers at international conferences related to the information needs of the health field, , and has served as an invited reviewer for well-respected journals including Health Information and Libraries Journal, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, and Computers in Biology and Medicine. For the past three years she has taught courses at Loughborough University on evidence-based medicine and electronic patient records.

“We are very excited about the addition of Dr. Davies,” said Dean Johannes Britz. “Already a leader in the field of library and information science, SOIS is building strength in the specialty of Health Informatics and Dr. Davies will play a big role in that strength. Developing this focus on health informatics will not only benefit the school and the university, but also the larger community of Milwaukee through potential partnerships with local health care providers.”

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