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Sandra I. Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP

Associate Professor

Research Focus

Delivery of health information to patients and consumers
Analyzing calls to Consumer Health Information Service and relating calls to socioeconomic indicators
Health information disparities in consumer populations
Health information literacy
Evaluation of library services and resources

Mentoring Interests

Research assistance in literature searches for evidence-based medicine
Resources for health information literacy
Medical Librarianship profession for School of Information Science student
Medical Library Association mentoring
Methods of research in the field of 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

Tester E, Grabeel KL, Oelschlegel S, Heidel RE, Russomanno J.
Call to action: Librarians promoting health literacy assessments in oral communication. Journal of Hospital Librarianship . 2019 Apr;19(2-3):129-143.

Oelschlegel S, Grabeel KL, Tester E, Heidel RE, Russomanno J.
Librarians promoting changes in the health care delivery system through systematic assessment. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2018 Apr-Jun;37(2):142-152.

Grabeel KL, Russomanno J, Oelschlegel S, Tester E, Heidel RE.
Computerized versus hand-scored health literacy tools: A comparison of Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) and Flesch-Kincaid in printed patient education materials. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2018 Jan;106(1):38-45. Epub 2018 Jan 2.

Leonard K, Oelschlegel S, Doyle D.
Collaboration, visibility, and relationship marketing: Driving use and demonstrating value of a consumer health information service. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 2017 Oct;17(4):272-281. Epub 2017 Sep 12.

Lindsay JM, Oelschlegel S, Earl M.
Surveying hospital nurses to discover educational needs and preferences. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA. 2017 Jul;105(3):226-232. Epub 2017 Jul 1.

Oelschlegel S, Luhrs J, Lindsay JM.
Transitioning technologies: Pathfinders of the future. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 2017 Jan;21(1):1-10.

Lindsay JM, Partee RP, Oelschlegel S, Leonard K.
Mapping the changes to a health information service. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. 2016;13(3):124-130. Epub 2016 Oct 10.


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