Meet Our Newest Staff Member: Caroline McKinley, Public Services Librarian

The Health Sciences Library has hired a new Public Services Librarian, Caroline McKinley. The Public Services Librarian acts as a front of house librarian along side the Access Services (Circulation/ILL) Staff and acts as a bridge between the two departments while offering reference and research assistance and troubleshooting with our library users. We are looking forward to a bright future with Caroline who is new to the health sciences but comes with enthusiasm and drive. As has become our tradition, we asked Caroline a few questions.

Welcome to New York Medical College. Tell us a little about your professional experience.

 As a Youth Services Public Librarian for several years, I had always been drawn to education and turning young minds on to a good read as well as getting them involved in science programs or chemical reactions that make their eyes open wide.

What are you most looking forward to in this new role?

Learning about advances in health care and the new research that is being done to improve and save lives. Getting the current, highest quality information into the hands of those professionals who need it most and who can make a difference is extremely rewarding.

What challenges do you anticipate?

 Health issues and health sciences have always been a strong interest of mine. But the top education level in which I will be working  presents a relatively high learning curve. Still, I do enjoy the learning process and I am ready for the challenge.

 Anything else you might like to share, something personal or otherwise?

I love a good hike in the hills around the Hudson. Being around nature is the best. I am a big animal lover and that, along with my love for literature and reading, propelled me to write my first Young Adult novel entitled, Rescued. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/caroline-mckinley/rescuedJ/

 I have been able to visit animal shelters and other libraries to talk about the story in the hope of motivating young and old to the importance of responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

Please stop in and say hello!

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