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About the Library: Sarah Clarke, MSLS, AHIP

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Sarah Clarke, Medical Reference Librarian

Sarah Clarke, MSLS, AHIP

Medical Reference Librarian

(301) 319-2484

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Sarah Clarke, MSLS, AHIP


Sarah Clarke joined the Darnall Medical Library (DML) team in September 2019. Her role as the library's Medical Reference Librarian allows her to assist patrons with reference questions and literature searches, while also helping maintain the library website. She has a special interest in empathy and medical humanism, and co-directs the library's medical humanism collection and book club. She serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee, and is a liaison to the Department of Quality and Patient Safety. Sarah created and maintains the DML COVID-19 LibGuide. She also helps manage the MilMed App 

Sarah is an elected member of the 2022-2024 DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) User Council. 

Sarah is the 2021-2022 Chair of the Federal Libraries Caucus of the Medical Library Association. 

She is the Medical Library Association's 2020 Rittenhouse Award Recipient for her research report, "Data Sharing Barriers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks."

Sarah received a Civilian Achievement Award for her service and response to COVID-19, January-June 2020. 

Background and Education

Sarah Clarke came to WRNMMC in 2019, after completing her fellowship at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. From 2011-2018, she was employed at Fort Detrick, working for the Office of Research Protections Office at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and later at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases Library.

She has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLS) from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion PA, and a BA in English with a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi MD.

She is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), a peer-reviewed, accomplishment/portfolio-based certification and career development program for health information professionals. She has an advanced Disaster Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association. 

Additional training courses completed include:

  • RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 2018
  • RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 2019 
  • Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act. National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD, 2019 
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Certificate. Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD, 2013
How I can help

Sarah can assist with any reference questions you may have: questions regarding library policies, book or journal recommendations, content access issues, etc; or more in depth questions resulting in comprehensive literature searching. 

She can provide one-on-one tutorials on database searching or citation management. 

And if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the library's website, quarterly newsletter, or MilMed, she is all ears!   

Posters, Presentations, & Publications

Haddow, A., Clarke, S. Inaccuracies in Google's Health-Based Knowledge Panels Perpetuate Widespread Misconceptions Involving Infectious Disease Transmission. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Apr 26. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-0216. PMID: 33901005.

Clarke, S., Han, S., and Shohfi, E. Keeping Pace with COVID-19 - Federal Library LibGuides During the Pandemic. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Virtual. 2021. 

Federer, L., Clarke, S., & Zaringhalam, M. Developing the Librarian Workforce for Data Science and Open Science. OSF Preprints. 2020. doi: 10.31219/

Norton, C., and Clarke, S. Pairing Health Sciences Librarians with Research Data Management Training. Information Outlook: The Magazine of the Special Libraries Association, 23(6), 11-12. 2019. 

Brody, S., Clarke, S., Llorens, A., Vetter, C., and Wilson, P. Women in Medical Librarianship: A Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Towson Conference for Academic Librarians; Towson, MD. 2019.

Clarke, S., Arnesen S., and Champ-Blackwell, S. Data Needs During Infectious Disease Outbreaks. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL. 2019.

Clarke, S., and Norton, C. Which Research Data Management Course is Right for Me? A Decision Tree to Pair Librarians with Training to Meet Professional Goals. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL. 2019. doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/Z6R4Q.

Clarke, S., and Norton, C. Which Research Data Management Course is Right for Me? A Decision Tree to Pair Librarians with Training to Meet Professional Goals. Special Libraries Association; Cleveland, OH. 2019. doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/Z6R4Q.

Clarke, S., Arnesen, S., and Champ-Blackwell, S. Data Sharing Barriers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Roles for Librarians. 44th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Broomfield, CO. 2019.

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