K. Ann McKibbon

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K. Ann McKibbon, retired Canadian health librarian, information retrievalist and researcher, born in Lowbanks, Ontario is well-known to health librarians around the world for her work in information retrieval, search strategies and filters (ie. hedges). She was a health librarian for well over thirty years, with twenty years of research experience at the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. She was a member of the renowned McMaster's Health Information Research Unit which is dedicated to developing new information resources to support evidence-based care. McKibbon obtained her bachelor of science (B.Sc.) degree (honours chemistry) from the University of Guelph and a Master of library science (MLS) degree from the University of Western Ontario. McKibbon completed her PhD (2005) in Medical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh; her dissertation was entitled "Effect of risk attitude and uncertainty comfort on primary care physicians' use of electronic information resources".

McKibbon currently holds a faculty position in the School of Medicine at McMaster University. She has authored many articles and monographs, including the PDQ Evidence-Based Principles and Practice (BC Decker, Hamilton, 1999), ~100 peer reviewed articles and delivered more than 200 workshops in information retrieval, evidence based medicine and knowledge translation. Her current research interests are in the areas of medical and health informatics, translational medicine and information retrieval. McKibbon is interested in how health professionals use information resources, the results they get and how identified information is used in practice. Recently, she was involved in setting up a new Masters program in eHealth at McMaster University.

In 2013, McKibbon announced that she would retire in 2014. In the field of medical librarianship, it is thought that perhaps only Joanne Gard Marshall has contributed more to the medical literature than McKibbon.


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