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Irene Lubker

Research and Education Librarian

Assistant Professor
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Research and Education

(804) 828-2004
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 144-A
imlubker@vcu.edu

Education

  • M.L.S. Library Science, North Carolina Central University, 2004
  • M.P.H. Public Health Nutrition, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1999
  • B.A. Business Administration, Warren Wilson College, 1992

Previous professional experience

  • Research Librarian, User Services, Tompkins McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 2005-2006
  • Graduate Intern, contractor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Environmental Health Services, University of North Carolina, 2003-2004
  • Graduate Assistant in Reference Services, North Carolina State University Libraries, 2002-2005
  • Community Nutritionist, Piedmont Health Services, 2002-2005

Selected presentations

  • Hurst, E. J., Lubker, I. M., Wright, B. A. (2016). Examining the pieces: Usability testing to improve outreach to unaffiliated health professionals. Paper submitted and presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada in May 2016.
  • Cyrus, J., Brown, R., Gau,K., Lubker, I., McDaniel, J.,Wright, B.A., Hurst, E. (2016). Seeing the big picture: sustaining success in liaison services. Paper submitted and presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Toronto.
  • Ladd, D., Lubker, I. & Mack, T. (2016). Be Part of the Big Picture through Community Engagement: Collaboration and Partnership Provide Summer Programs for Middle School Students. Poster submitted and presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Toronto.
  • Lubker, I. (2012). Intersection of public health with Christianity in a poor Malawi village: Wellness through taking care of the whole person. Poster presented at American Public Health Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.  
  • Lubker, I. & Wright, B. (2010). Librarians outside the library: Benefits Realized. Paper presented at Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. 
  • Lubker, I., Wright, B. A., Henderson, M. E., Green, M. J. (2009). Restructuring a service desk to refocus reference services outside the library: One library’s experience. Poster presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI.
  • Lubker, I., Williams, A. T., Hughes, K. T., Wright, B. A., Shipman, J. P., Canevari, C. S. (2008). Connecting with customers: Customer service training for library staff. Poster presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Lubker, I., Hughes, K. M., Williams, A. T., Stone, V. L., Canevari, C. S. (2008). Navigating the peaks and valleys of the virtual classroom. Paper presented at Medical Library Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting, Morgantown, WV.
  • Lubker, I., Canevari, C. S., Wright, B. A., Henderson, M. E., Jones, S. D., Green, M. J., Shipman, J. P. (2008). Reconstructing reference to become strategic partners in research initiatives. Paper presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Lubker, I. & Henderson, M. E. (2008). Using RefShare to compliment resource guides. Poster presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Selected publications

  • Vindrola-Padros, C., Dyer, K. E., Cyrus, J., Lubker, I. M. (2016). Healthcare professionals' views on discussing fertility preservation with young cancer patients: a mixed method systematic review of the literature. Psycho-Oncology, n/a. doi:10.1002/pon.4092
  • Dhakal, K., Grigg, K., Lubker, I., & Young, K. (2016). Chapter 6: Research Skills and Competencies Necessary for Librarians in the Digital Age. In Process. In Roger Russell and Jeff Coghill (Eds.), Developing Librarian Competencies for the Digital Age.
  • Brady, K., Brown, R., Johnson, E., Jones, S., Henderson, M., Ladd, D., Lubker, I., McDaniel, J. (2012). Profiles in science for science librarians: John Bennett Fenn. Science & Technology Libraries, 31(1), 46-63.
  • Lubker, I. (2011). 9.7 Epidemiology. In L.L. Thompson, E. Carrigan, M.L. Higa, R. Tobia (Eds.), The Medical Library Association's Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.
  • Lubker, I. (2011). 9.7.1. Molecular epidemiology. In L.L. Thompson, E. Carrigan, M.L. Higa, R. Tobia (Eds.), The Medical Library Association's Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.
  • Lubker, I., Wright, B., Henderson, M. E., Canevari, C. S. (2010). Refocusing reference services outside the library building: One library's experience. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 29(3), 218-228.

Selected university service

  • University Appeal Board

Professional organizations

  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association
  • American Library Association 
  • American Public Health Association
  • Medical Library Association
  • Mid Atlantic Chapter of MLA, Research and Assessment Committee
  • American Dietic Association

Research interests

  • Evidence-based healthcare; public health; adult education; health disparities; diversity in libraries
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