Katherine Chew Librarian

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Position title
Research/Outreach Services, Mortuary Science, Center for Allied Health Programs and Center for Bioethics Librarian
Libraries department
Health Sciences
Alternate profile
Full profile at the Health Sciences Library site
Subject Librarian for
Center for Allied Health
Mortuary Science
Occupational Therapy


Katherine Chew, MLS, is an Associate Librarian and the Research/Outreach Services, Mortuary Science, Center for Allied Health Programs and Center for Bioethics Librarian for the Health Sciences Library at the University of Minnesota.  She provides research support and consultation to University of Minnesota researchers in the health sciences including support for NIH Public Access Policy Compliance.  As Outreach Librarian, Katherine provides education and training on consumer health and health information literacy issues to health professionals, public librarians, and the general public across the state, including exhibiting at health fairs and other health oriented events on National Library of Medicine resources. 

Before becoming the Research/Outreach Services Librarian, Katherine was the Collections Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries for over 10 years. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in 2001, Katherine has been an Air Force Base Librarian in Montana, Colorado (Air Force Academy) and Germany (Sembach Air Base), before switching career paths into medical librarianship.  As a medical librarian she has worked in community, urban and academic health sciences libraries and has presented at regional and national conferences on collections, scholarly communications, metrics and NIH public access polices.


Aspinall, E., Hunt, S.L., Theis-Mahon, N.R., Chew, K.V. & Olawasky, E. (2020)     Addressing Disparities in Physician Access to Information in Support of Evidence-based Practice, Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1723049  

Bakker, C., McBurney, J., Chew, K., Aho, M., & Reed, D. (2019). Implementing and assessing a service to demonstrate public impact of faculty research in news and policy sources. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 107(4), 579–587. doi: https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2019.709  

Chew, K.  (2018). Helping decipher doctorspeak: health literacy and the library community.  Against the Grain, 30(4), 22, 24-25.  https://www.against-the-grain.com/2018/10/v304-helping-decipher-doctorspeak-health-literacy-and-the-library-community

Chew, K., Schoenborn, M., Stemper, J., & Lilyard, C. (2016). E-Journal Metrics for Collection Management: Exploring Disciplinary Usage Differences in Scopus and Web of Science. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 11(2), 97-120. 35% contribution.  http://dx.doi.org/10.18438/B85P87

Aspinall, Erinn; Chew, Katherine; Watson, Linda; Parker, Mary. (200(). A Case Study: Planning a state-wide information resource for health professionals: an evidence-based approach. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 97(4):246-252.

Lindell, Colleen and Chew, Katherine. "Wading through the Web: Internet research for the health care professional." NursingMatters 14(3):7 March 2003.