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Martha F. Earl, MSLS, AHIP, CHIS

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Preston Medical Library


Martha Earl received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee. She is a native Knoxvillian and obtained her undergraduate degree from UTK. Prior to assuming her position at GSM, she served as Head of Reference/Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University College of Medicine Library where she was involved in the Medical Student Education Committee, the Committee on Women and Gender Issues, and outreach to health professionals in rural and underserved areas.   Before ETSU, she worked at Meharry Medical College as a Clinical Medical Librarian and also organized information services for the Institute on Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. At Preston, she serves on the Foundational Curriculum Committee and the IRB. Martha teaches a myriad number of classes for health professionals, students, consumers, and other librarians; and is involved in grant funded outreach to consumers and health professionals. She also teaches as adjunct faculty for the UT School of Information Sciences. She has published numerous articles in library and information science journals and co-authored a book chapter and a book.  She served on the editorial board of Hypothesis and currently serves on the editorial board of Tennessee Libraries. She presents regularly at professional meetings.  She chaired the Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association Research Committee and is a past chair of the Medical Library Association Books Panel. Martha is a Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and winner of the UT School of Information Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award for 2006.

Research Focus

Impact of library instruction and involvement related to clinical decision making, quality of care, and the information seeking habits of health care professionals; impact of consumer health information on patient attitudes and interactions with healthcare professionals; impact of library involvement in how nurses seek and use information in a magnet environment; impact of consumer health information training on public library staff; evidence-based medicine/practice; impact of medical library training and mentoring on career paths of School of Information Sciences graduate students

Mentoring Interests

How to practice and teach evidence-based medicine
Impact of knowledge-based information on clinical decision making
Communicating with health consumers
Library and information sciences related to science, particularly health sciences, librarianship
Interrelatedness of health sciences, public, and academic librarianship

Published Book Chapters

Oelschlegel SI, Earl M, Leonard, K. Consumer health information services and programs: Best practices. London: Rowman & Littlefield; 2016. Chapter 2, The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Preston Medical Library and Health Information Center; p. 19-34.

Current Publications

Quesenberry AC, Oelschlegel S, Earl M, Leonard K, Vaughn CJ.
The impact of library resources and services on the scholarly activity of medical faculty and residents. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2016 Jul-Sep;35(3):259-265.

Leonard K, Earl M.
Health information without limits: A print collection for consumers in the heart of the hospital Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 2016;16(2):132-144.

Earl M.
Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: Helping the community understand health-care options. Journal of Medical Library Association. 2015 Oct;103(4):232–233.

Lindsay JM, Earl MF.
Investigating mobile device use by medical residents, nurses, and consumers. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 2014 Mar;18(1):1-14

Current Presentations

Leonard KE, Oelschlegel S, Earl M, Doyle D. Marketing a consumer health service: A mosaic of cultures to promote patient education. Presented at 116th Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association; 2016 May 13-18; Toronto, Canada.

Earl M, Oelschlegel SI. Managing up and demonstrating value through monthly metrics. Presented at Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference; 2016 Apr 6-8; Kingsport, TN.

Earl M, Greenwald D, Jennings S, Holderman S, Kinnersley R, Groves R. Leadership institute. Presented at Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference (Invited Lecture); 2016 Apr 6-8; Kingsport, TN.

Lindsay JM, Earl ME. Learning from library users’ mobile app preferences: Using research to inform service. Presented at Southern Chapter Medical Library Association 65th Annual Meeting; 2015 Oct 21-25; San Juan, PR.

Hurst M, Cook E, Lindsay JM, Earl M. Libraries respond to mobile ubiquity: Research and assessment of mobile device usage trends for academic and medical libraries. Presented at Charleston Conference; 2014 Nov 3-8; Charleston, SC.

Oelschlegel S, Earl M, Vaughn C, Lindsay JM, Leonard K. Improving a library outreach service by targeting community partners in ZIP Codes identified as health information disparity area. Presented at Southern Chapter Medical Library Association; 2014 Oct 26-30; Mobile, AL.

Earl M, Vaughn C. Making a difference in the global community: An action workshop model. Presented at Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association; 2014 Oct 28-30; Mobile, AL.

Lindsay JM, Earl M, Altmyer E. How our users make a difference in journal title selection: A longitudinal view of journal use. Presented at Medical Library Association 64th Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter; 2014 Oct 26-30; Mobile, AL.

Madson A, Durman C, Dobbs A, Williams N, Lindsay JM, Earl S, Earl M. Telling the story of what to do with a library degree. Presented at Tennessee Library Association; 2014 Apr 30 - May 2; Murfreesboro, TN.

Doyle D, Earl M, Oelschlegel S. The art of adding value to a medical library: Integrative rounds with writers and therapy dogs authors. Presented at The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association; 2013 Oct 17-20; Ridgeland, MS.


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