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About the Library: Michele Mason-Coles, MLS

Profile of Darnall Medical Library Staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Michele Mason-Coles

Federal Librarian of the Year Award

Michele Mason-Coles, MLS

Clinical Librarian

(301) 295-2325

Federal Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Michele Mason-Coles,
Federal Librarian of the Year FY18!

Federal Librarian of the Year is awarded by FEDLINK / Library of Congress

Michele Mason-Coles, MLS


Michele Mason-Coles came to Darnall Medical Library as a Clinical Librarian in 2015.  She serves as the liaison to the Department of Pediatrics, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  In this role, she attends ward rounds, conducts real-time searches of the medical literature to inform patient care, participates in clinically relevant forums, including journal club, morning report.

Ms. Mason-Coles is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and provides guidance and offers instruction on evidence-based practice, database use, searching the medical literature, and citation management to clinicians and trainees; she also provides literature search and database instruction for nursing, various allied health departments, as well as for WRNMMC staff upon request.

Background and Education

  • Teacher Immersion Program, Association of College & Research Libraries, Burlington, VT
  • Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Educators and Champions of Evidence-Based Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
  • Systematic Review Workshop: the Nuts and Bolts for Librarians, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians, University of Calgary, CN
  • Associate Fellowship Program, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, MD
  • Master of Library Science (MLS) - St. John’s University, Queens, NY
  • Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education - Hunter College, City University of New York, NY Community Health Education
  • Cancer Information Specialist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
How I can help

Feel free to contact me with your clinical questions, patient care topics, or literature search topics.  We can meet for a 1:1 consultation or schedule a group session at your office location, the library, or other convenient WR meeting spaces. I am happy to provide instruction on searching the literature, database use, managing citations, your project and other library related topics.

I have a special interest in patient health education and can guide staff and patients in using the patient health education resources that are available including our homegrown Patient Health Education Portal!

Awards, Posters, Presentations, & Publications

Federal Librarian of the Year FY18, FEDLINK, Library of Congress, 2019

Medical Library Association; Health Information Service to Older Adults at the Bedside Seattle, WA, 2013

St. John’s University DLIS colloquium; Health Sciences Librarianship, 2013

Medical Library Association; Pivoting Clinical Librarian Integration in the Wake of The Pandemic. Washington D.C., 2021

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After-hours access to the library is available to WRNMMC Staff via the CDO at 301-295-4611.