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Janna Lawrence: Janna Lawrence

Director, Hardin Library

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Janna Lawrence
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences


MLIS, Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin,1988

BA, Rhetoric, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1978

About Janna

I am Director of Hardin Library and also serve as Hardin's collection management librarian. Other areas of interest include scholarly communication, library instruction, and evidence-based practice, all in the realm of the health sciences. I am currently (2021-2024) an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association, was named a Fellow of the association in 2021, and am a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Distinguished level.


Editorial Board, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 2015-present

Editorial Board, Journal of the Medical Library Association, 2013-2016 and 2020-2021

Editorial Board, Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 2011-2012

Section editor, eJournals Forum, Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 2007-2010

Puig-Asensio M, Braun BI, Seaman AT, Chitavi S, Rasinski KA, Nair R, Perencevich EN, Lawrence JC, Hartley M, Schweizer ML. Perceived Benefits and Challenges of Ebola Preparation Among Hospitals in Developed Countries: a Systematic Review. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2020 Feb 14; 70(5): 976-986;

Krasowski MD, Lawrence JC, Briggs AS, Ford BA. Burden and Characteristics of Unsolicited Emails from Medical/Scientific Journals, Conferences, and Webinars to Faculty and Trainees at an Academic Pathology Department. Journal of Pathology Informatics 2019; 10:16.

Lawrence JC. Home Sweet Home: Refreshing MLA’s Section and SIG Structure. MLA News 2018 Mar 1.

Lawrence JC, Childs C. Public Health Research Practices at the University of Iowa. (Written in conjunction with Ithaka S+R) Iowa City: University of Iowa Libraries, 2017.

Cooper D, Daniel K, Bakker C, Blanck J, Childs C, Gleason A, Hanneke R, Hunt S, Lawrence J, Link J, Nunez A, Saranek S, Smith KH, Twose C, Woodson S. Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Public Health Scholars.  New York: Ithaka S+R, 2017.

Lawrence JC. Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, Medical Library Association President, 2016-2017. Journal of the Medical Library Association 2016 Jul; 104(3): 189-192.

Rumsey E, Lawrence JC, Shaffer C. Explosions in PubMed: What Google Doesn’t Do.  MLA News 2015; 55(4): 14.

Rumsey E, Lawrence JC. Searching for Plant-Based Foods in PubMed.  MLA News 2014; 54(6): 1, 3.

Lawrence JC.  eJournals Forum: Libraries as Journal Publishers.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries 2010; 7(3): 235-240.

Lawrence JC.  eJournals Forum: Open Access:  Staying Up to Date.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries 2009; 6(4): 343-348.

Young C, Lawrence JC, Robinson-Bontrager K. eJournals Forum: Providing Access to Electronic Journals in the Face of a Natural Disaster: The Experience of Two Libraries.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries 2009; 6(1): 49-54

Lawrence JC.  Techniques for Searching the CINAHL Database Using the EBSCO Interface.   AORN Journal 2007 April; 85(4): 779-791.

Lawrence JC, Levy LS.  Comparing the self-described searching knowledge of first-year medical and dental students before and after a MEDLINE class.  Medical Reference Services Quarterly 2004 Spring; 23(1): 73-81

Badgett RG, Lawrence JC.  Internet health ratings systems: knowledge vs. Babel [letter].  JAMA 1998 Aug 26; 280(8): 697-8

Invited Presentations

Invited presentation, “Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship and Collection Management,” SLIS 5950 Health Information and Communication, University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, January 23, 2020

Invited presentation, “Navigating New Publication Models without Becoming Prey: from Preprint Servers to Open-Access Journals,” with Dr. Eli Perencevich, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, January 16, 2020

Continuing Education instructor, “Leadership and Management from the Middle,” with Linne’ Girouard, South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association, Oklahoma City, October 12, 2019

Invited PubMed/MEDLINE instructor, Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, 1992-1997, 1999-2006, 2012

Invited presentation, “Databases and Issues in Health Science Libraries,” LIS 021:242 Search and Discovery, University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, April 14, 2009 and April 21, 2011

Invited presentation, “Reference and Instruction in Health Science Libraries,” LIS 5365 Health Sciences Information Management, University of North Texas College of Information (Department of Library and Information Sciences), November 16, 2009 and November 4, 2010

Invited instructor, “Locating Clinically Useful Information” at the 2007 Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice Pre-Conference, July 11, 2007, San Antonio, TX