University of Houston Libraries welcomes Ana Corral as the new medical and health sciences librarian.
Please describe your role at UH Libraries and talk about some of your professional goals.
I am a medical and health sciences librarian in the Health Sciences Library. I primarily support the College of Medicine students and faculty with liaison services, research support, and evidence-based practices. Some of my goals are to complete my Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) and my Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) credentialing. Long-term, I would love to explore how libraries can support and partner on community-inclusive health research and initiatives.
Please share a bit about your background and interests. How do these inspire and shape your approach as a librarian?
Prior to my arrival, I was the community engagement and research librarian at Virginia Tech where I provided support for community-based research and initiatives. My research interests include community-inclusive research methods and the interactions between language and western research practices and their impact on information access and dissemination. As a librarian, I try to not just focus on providing equitable access to information, services, and programming but take a critical look at who is lacking access and why.
What is your first impression of the University?
My first impression was how friendly and welcoming everyone has been. They have all been excited to share what they enjoy most about working at UH and of course, all wearing red!
What is your favorite hobby/cuisine/book/movie/TV show?
I am a foodie so I love good food, but I would say my favorite hobby is writing and playing with my fountain pens and ink.