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Library Staff Accomplishments

October 2021-present

The TMC Library staff participate in a variety of professional activities. Included on this page are recent publications, presentations, courses completed, professional service activities, and major library projects. For staff accomplishments prior to September 2021, visit the Library Staff Accomplishments Archive page.


  1. Beatriz Varman. Distinguished Service Award (DSA), SCC/MLA’s highest honor recognizing outstanding service to SCC/MLA. 2022.
  2. Amy Sisson and Lara Ouellette. First Place Contributed Paper, SCC/MLA Elizabeth K. Eaton Research Award for “It’s Worse than You Think: Significant Search Function Unreliability in the Major Medical Databases.” October 2021.
  1. Mendez-Figueroa, H., Bell, C. S., Wagner, S. M., Pedroza, C., Gupta, M., Mulder, I., Lee, K., Blackwell, S. C., Bartal, M. F., & Chauhan, S. P. (2022). Postpartum hemorrhage drills or simulations and adverse outcomes: a systematic review and Bayesian meta-analysis. The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, 1–12. Advance online publication.
  2. Jamali, T., Raasikh, T., Bustamante, G., Sisson, A., Tandon, P., Duarte-Rojo, A., & Hernaez, R. (2022). Outcomes of Exercise Interventions in Patients With Advanced Liver Disease: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 117(10), 1614–1620.
  3. Holder, T. (2022, August 23). A Review of the Directory of Open Access Journals. Doody’s Collection Development Monthly.
  4. Shields, A. D., Battistelli, J., Kavanagh, L., Ouellette, L., Thomson, B., & Nielsen, P. (2022). Staying Current: Developing Just-in-time Evidence-Based Learning Objectives for a Maternal Cardiac Arrest Simulation Curriculum. Cardiology and cardiovascular medicine, 6(3), 245–254.
  5. Hirzallah MI, Lochner P, Hafeez MU, Lee AG, Krogias C, Dongarwar D, Manchanda R, Ouellette L, Hartman ND, Ertl M, Schlachetzki F, Robba C. Quality assessment of optic nerve sheath diameter ultrasonography: Scoping literature review and Delphi protocol. J Neuroimaging. 2022 Jun 16. doi: 10.1111/jon.13018. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35711135.
  6. Gadot, R., LoPresti, M. A., Smith, D. N., Ouellette, L., & Lam, S. (2022). Firearm-Related Pediatric Head Trauma: A Scoping Review. Neurosurgery, 10.1227/neu.0000000000002025. Advance online publication.
  7. Ouellette, L & Sisson, A. (2022) The Literature Search: Three Levels of Searching. In S. Wallace and G. Gokulakrishnan (Eds.), Evidence-Based Medicine: From the Clinician and Educator Perspective (pp 19-31) Nova Science Publishers.
  8. Van Benschoten, V., Roy, C., Gupta, R., Ouellette, L., Hingorani, S., & Li, A. (2022). Incidence and risk factors of transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA): a systematic review and meta-analysis. Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, S2666-6367(22)00029-X. Advance online publication. PMID: 35042011
  9. Romano J, Huynh N. OpenAthens odyssey: challenges of implementing federated authentication for a multi-institutional user population. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 2021 Oct 1;109(4):648-655. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2021.1170. PMID: 34858097; PMCID: PMC8608206.
  10. Patel, S. R., Kanabur, P., Possoit, H. E., Kinley, A., Varman, B., Coburn, M., & Sukumar, S. (2021). Management of mammalian bites to the external genitalia: a scoping review. BJU international, 10.1111/bju.15671. Advance online publication.
  11. Heitzer, A. M., Hamilton, L., Stafford, C., Gossett, J., Ouellette, L., Trpchevska, A., King, A. A., Kang, G., & Hankins, J. S. (2021). Academic Performance of Children With Sickle Cell Disease in the United States: A Meta-Analysis. Frontiers in Neurology, 12, 786065.
  12. Misra, S.M., Holdstock, N., Baez, J.C., Garcia N., Guiterrez, A., Swamy, P., Lee, K., Bjugstad, A., (2021) Systematic review of former unaccompanied immigrant minors’ access to healthcare services in the United States. Journal of Public Health (Berl.)
  13. Wetherill, M., Duncan, A., Bowman, H., Collins, R., Santa-Pinter, N., Jackson, M., Lynn, C. M., Prentice, K., & Isaacson, M. (2021, July 11). Promoting nutrition equity for individuals with physical challenges: A systematic review of barriers and facilitators to healthy eating. Preventive Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106723

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  1. Sandra Yates was a speaker in the panel session, Calling all CAWs: Training of Trainers (TOT) Project, at the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Annual Conference 2022, Pittsburgh, PA, December 7, 2022
  2. Amy Sisson, Bronwyn Sutherland and Joanne Romano held a panel discussion at the Texas Library Association District 8 conference, November 12, 2022, University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas entitled: How We Get from There to Here: The Many Paths Leading to Medical Librarianship.
  3. Alice Sherwood presented a lightning talk, entitled: Bringing Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journals to the Community and Beyond: Using DigitalCommons@TMC As Example at Digital Commons North American Conference 2022.
  4. Katie Prentice delivered a paper at the SCCMLA 2022 Houston conference entitled: Finding Space to Complete Major Renovations. This papers shares the adventures and successes of a major library renovation, completed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  5. Amy Sisson delivered a paper at the SCCMLA 2022 Houston conference entitled: Too Many Cooks Make an Excellent Broth: A Comparative Analysis of Five Independently Developed Search Strategies on the Same Topic. This paper sought to compare and analyze the respective literature search
    strategies and results from several librarians working independently on the same topic.
  6. Sandra Yates, Matt Richardson, Kelly Caldwell, and Javier Garza facilitated a roundtable discussion at the SCCMLA 2022 Houston conference entitled “It’s Mutual: Challenges and Opportunities Working with Medical Archives and Special Collections”
  7. Sandra Yates presented a poster at the at the SCCMLA 2022 Houston conference, We Have Your Records II: Using & Contributing to the Archives of the South Central Chapter.
  8. Joanne Romano, Beatriz Varman, Amy Sisson & Kelsey Koym delivered a paper at the SCCMLA 2022 Houston conference entitled: All in This Together: Team Collaboration Improves Services, Expands Outreach, and Demonstrates Value at the Texas Medical Center Library. This paper demonstrates how collaboration between reference and resource management librarians can enhance customer service, outreach and value at the Texas Medical Center Library.
  9. Joanne Romano delivered a Lightning Talk at the SCC MLA 2022 Houston conference entitled: Where’d you say you were from? Publishers’ extra steps to full text. This two-minute talk exposed the extra identity layers some publishers are adding to their websites, making the user experience for full text access less than optimal.
  10. Alice Sherwood delivered a Lightning Talk at the SCC MLA 2022 Houston conference entitled: Tracking & Presenting Your Library Website Usage: Google Analytics 4 and Google Dashboard This two-minute talk discusses how implementing Google Analytics 4 and Google Data Studio helps improving library web traffic to help enhance user experience.
  11. Sandra Yates chaired focused session, Community Archiving Workshop: Kick-starting Audiovisual Preservation at the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting 2022, Boston, MA, August 25, 2022
  12. Alyssa K. Crain, Zhia N. Lim, Chloe J. Sarfatis, Magela Arias, Alvaro Moreira, Travis F. Holder, Antonio F. Corno, Tina O. Findley. Impact of sex on mortality and neurodevelopment in congenital heart surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Poster presentation. Neoheart Conference, Anaheim, CA, August 2022.
  13. Kelsey Koym participated in the creation of this case study: ProQuest RefWorks. (2022). Texas Medical Center Library: From Managing Citations to Advancing Collaboration.
  14. Kelsey Koym participated this panel discussion: YouTube (Producer), ProQuest RefWorks. (2022, March 17). RefWorks Medical Library Panel Discussion 2022. [Video]
  15. Grappone, T., Jones, S., Prentice, K., & Speer, E. The Increasingly Flexible and Agile Role of the On-Campus Library [Panel moderated by S. Ekebuisi]. OnlineEd 2022. May 19, 2022.
  16. Haygood, L., Wright, L., Dobbins, M., Burgard, D., Steelman, S., Lloyd, J., Prentice, K., & Duggar, D. Cultivating Member Engagement the Armadillo Way: A Practical Guide for Chapters and Caucuses, Immersion Session. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. May 6, 2022.
  17. Romano, J. & Huynh, N. (2021, October 14). Where's the fire? Resource Access Diagnostics at Your Library [paper presentation]. 2021 South Central Chapter virtual meeting.
  18. Sisson, A. & Ouellette, L. (2021, October 13). It’s Worse than You Think: Significant Search Function Unreliability in the Major Medical Databases [paper presentation]. 2021 South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Virtual Meeting.
  19. Holder, T.F. (2021, October 12). The Most Successful Predatory Publisher: OMICS in PubMed Central [paper presentation]. 2021 South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Virtual Meeting.
  20. Prentice, K. Leveraging Data and Statistics During Transitional Times. Invited Speaker. Resilience: Returning after the Pandemic. Council of Research and Academic Libraries (CORAL) Spring Meeting. June 17, 2021.

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  1. Jasmin Legaspi completed the American Library Association’s six-week course, Fundamentals of Cataloging in June 2022. This course focused on AACR2 and RDA cataloging rules, and subject analysis using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and other classification systems.
  2. Joanne Romano attended the NNLM class “What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling” webinar in October 2020
  3. Nha Huynh completed Scrum Master training for IT project management, May 2021.
  4. Charles Njilefack completed Scrum Master training for IT project management, April 2021.
  5. Emma Silva completed the course “Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications” in December 2020. This is a 14-week self-paced course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine worth 30 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association.
  1. Matt Richardson is the 2023 Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO)
  2. Sandra Yates is 2023 President of Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!)
  3. Travis Holder is serving on the Texas Library Association's Research Work Group.
  4. Travis Holder served on the Programming Committee for Texas Library Association's District 8 2022 Fall Conference.
  5. Joanne Romano is an invited member of the American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) new Library Advisory Group.
  6. Katie Prentice is a member of the Medical Library Association 2023 National Program Committee, 6/2022-12/31/2023.
  7. Katie Prentice is an invited editorial board member and peer reviewer for the open access journal Advances in Online Education: A Peer-Reviewed Journal 2/2022-present.
  8. Beatriz Varman is 2022-2023 Chair Elect of the Public Services Caucus of the Medical Library Association.
  9. Katie Prentice is the 2022-2023 Chair-Elect of the Leadership & Management Caucus of the Medical Library Association.
  10. Emily Tuck is serving on the ELUNA (Ex Libris Users North America) 2022-2023 Steering Committee.
  11. Katie Prentice is the 2021-2022 Past President of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association.
  12. Joanne Romano will serve a three-year team as medical library representative for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Electronic Information Working Group, September 27, 2021
  13. Emily Tuck was accepted as an IRB member for TWU's panel on human studies in diet and nutrition, July 2021.
  14. Travis Holder is serving on the Scholarship & Stipend Committee for the Texas Library Association's College & University Libraries Division.
  15. Matt Richardson is serving as Registration Chair and a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the Society of Southwest Archivists 2022 Annual Meeting in Houston.
  16. Travis Holder featured by Texas Library Association online (2021, April 8). Between the Lines: April Member Spotlight.
  17. Joanne Romano joined, by invitation, the Ovid Leaders Advisory Council, April 2021.
  18. Travis Holder served on the Programming Committee for the Texas Library Association (TLA) 2021 conference. Travis was also on the Programming Committee’s Contributed Papers subcommittee and was the liaison to the Special Libraries Division.

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  1. Sandra Yates and Matt Richardson were awarded SCAMeL Speedy Startup funding for the project “Texas Medical Center Historical Audiovisual Resources Digitization” 2022.
  2. Yates, Sandra, Project Staff: Mentor, Web Resources Consultant; Audiovisual Care in Tribal Archives (2021-2021); National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Preservation Education and Training; Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA),  Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM), Community Archiving Workshop (CAW).
  3. Yates, Sandra, Project Staff: Mentor; Web Resources Consultant; Community Archiving Workshop - A Regional Training of Trainers: Southwest (2021); Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program (Supplemental Funding); AMIA, CAW.
  4. Yates, Sandra, Project Staff: Web Resources Consultant manages the web development for CAW Toolkit and CAW Handbook websites; Community Archiving Workshop - A Regional Training of Trainers (2018-2021); IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program; AMIA, CAW.
  5. Terrie Smalls-Hall and Jasmin Legaspi created and followed new procedures to catalog and prepare 12 board games and 100 books for the TMC Library humanities and health/wellness collection in the Dr. Fred Study Area, June-July 2021.
  6. Terrie Smalls-Hall and Jasmin Legaspi compiled updated cost per use reports including: Top 10 Most Expensive Journals, Top 10 Least Expensive Journals, and Cost per Use per Journals Package, showcasing library resource value. April 2021.
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