Kevin Read, NLM Associate Fellow, 2012-2014

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Kevin Read, Canadian health librarian, archivist and data specialist, completed his dual Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Archival Studies degrees at the University of British Columbia's iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, SLAIS)in 2012. At the University of Victoria, he completed his Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) degree in history and art with a concentration in Islamic art and architecture. Read's research interests are in the areas of data management, point-of-care tools, social media and teaching. During his MLIS/MAS program at UBC, Read worked at the UBC Biomedical Branch Library and Science and Engineering Branch Library at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library.

Kevin has collaborated with medical professionals on a number of projects. In Canada, he worked with the pediatric palliative network PedPalNET at the British Columbia Children's and Women's Centres Hospitals to help them develop a coherent social media strategy. He worked with the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Library to improve their Finding Medical Evidence training workshops. Read is interested in engaging users to help them become more aware of health information (and health literacy) needs and would like to do this through teaching, research services, advocacy and discovering new ways to engage the medical professionals, students and faculty.

NLM Fellowship Year

In September 2012, Kevin moved to Washington, District of Columbia (DC) in the United States to participate in the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Associate Fellowship program. There, he completed comprehensive training with leaders in each division of the NLM and its operations including biomedical resource instruction, scholarly communication, product and service development as well as maintenance and library-related research activities.

In 2013, Read began his work on data-related projects including the development of web portals of NIH Data Sharing Repositories and NIH Data Sharing Policies with the goal being to encourage data sharing activities amongst NIH researchers. Working with the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative at the NIH, Kevin completed several studies to assist in the development of an NIH Data Catalog that will create, store and make accessible data publications from the NIH research community that will link to the scientific literature in PubMed. Read worked with the University of Massachusetts' Lamar Soutter Library to build a web resource for health sciences librarians to learn about e-Science, research data management and digital scholarship activities so that librarians interested in these new roles can implement what they learn into their own professional practice.

NYU Health Sciences Libraries

Read currently works at the New York University's Health Sciences Libraries where he is involved in their new embedded liaison program. Kevin serves as the dedicated liaison librarian for emergency medicine and the Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine where he is responsible for teaching evidence-based training workshops to residents, collaborating with researchers to develop search strategies for systematic reviews, and providing data management research support to researchers throughout the NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition, Kevin is in the process of building an institutional data catalogue for research datasets produced at the NYU Langone Medical Center to augment the library's new data support services.

Read is interested in promoting data management and sharing by encouraging researchers to practice better data management within the academic research environment through consultations and instruction; providing hands-on research assistance to the health sciences community in an embedded role; introducing researchers, faculty and students to the possibilities of open data to increase exposure to research data and foster a more collaborative research environment; and promoting librarians and library-related services to patrons by providing effective, high-quality, and evidence-based instruction.



Research interests

  • Embedded librarianship and hands-on library instruction
  • Teaching and health-related research
  • Promoting health sciences libraries and advocating for librarians in the research environment


Publications and Presentations

  • Read K, Creamer A, Kafel D, Martin, E. Building an eScience Thesaurus for Librarians: A Collaboration between the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine. Journal of eScience Librarianship. 2013;2(2).
  • Barsky E, Read K. Teaching matters: increasing library visibility through integrated classroom instruction. Partnership: Canadian J Libr Info Practice Research. 2011;6(1).
  • Berzowska J, Read K, Freund L. Emerging genres in online news. Presented at the 2011 GRAND conference, Vancouver, BC.
  • Freund L, Berzowska J, Lee J, Read K, Schiller H. Digging into Digg: Genres of online news. Proceedings of the 2011 iConference (pp. 674-5). iConference ’11, Seattle, WA: ACM.
  • Read K. Building a portal of NIH data repositories and policies: A contribution to the NIH data sharing effort. Presented at the Medical Library Association annual conference: 2013 May; Boston, MA.
  • Read K. Building an NIH Data Catalog: Bit by Bit. Proceedings of the 2013 the Board of Regents Meeting. National Library of Medicine: 2013 Sep; Bethesda, MD.
  • Sheehan J, Read K. Developing an inventory of NIH data sharing policies and repositories: A contribution to the NIH-wide Big Data discussion. Presented at the trans-NIH Biomedical Informatics Coordinating (BMIC) Committee meeting: 2012 Dec 5; Bethesda, MD.
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