Patricia F Anderson

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1135 E. Catherine
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5726
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Emerging Technologies Informationist, Taubman Health Sciences Library


As Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Health Sciences, I work with social, semantic and emerging technologies, identifying trends relevant to the educational, research, clinical and creative endeavors of the University of Michigan, primarily but not exclusively in the five schools associated with the health sciences (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health). I provide resources, tips, training, workshops, consultations, and collaboration, as well as much more. 

I have an extremely high volume of email. If I do not reply, most likely I have not seen your message. The best way to reach me is via Twitter (@pfanderson). For immediate assistance with general reference questions please contact Information Services (

If you are interested in monthly updates and discussions, you might want to join the Cool Toys Conversations group (join in the UM online directory or contact me to be added). I am active in the #HCSM Health Care Social Media group in Twitter and have a one year appointment to the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board. In my role as ETechLib, I am currently also the community manager for the University of Michigan presence in Second Life (a 3d online virtual world), Wolverine Island. 

Current interests include health care & social media, 3d printing & biofabrication, microbiome, personal genomics, participatory medicine, online patient communities, mobile health, and systematic reviews. 




Largely excerpted from:  Marquis Who's Who in America

Education: BS, Iowa State University, 1979 / Master in Information and Libr. Sci., University Michigan, 1987

Career: Media libr. Galter Health Sci. Libr. Northwestern University, Chicago, 1987—1998; libr. associate Engring Librs. University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1985-87, head libr. Dentistry Libr., 1998—2008, emerging tech. libr., Health Scis. Libr., 2008—

Career Related: Consultant, Consensus Devel. Conference Diagnosis, Management Dental Caries Throughout Life National Institutes of Health, 2001, program planning committee, Working Conference Dental Informatics, Dental Research, 03

Creative Works: Author: (guide book) The Medical Library Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web, 2004

Awards: 1978 - Pearl Hogrefe Award in Creative Writing, Iowa State University. 1986 – American Society for Information Science (ASIS) National Student Paper Award. 1987 - Beta Phi Mu Essay award, University of Michigan. 1987 - Wallace H. Bonk award, University Michigan. 1989 – Rittenhouse Award, Medical Library Association (MLA). 2004 - James Neubacher award, honorable mention, University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns. 2004 - Harriett L. Steuernagel award, Medical Library Association (MLA), Dental Section. 2004 – ICEBD/IADR Systematic Review Prize, 2nd Place. 2007 - Ida Gray Award, UM School of Dentistry.


My research interests have at various time encompassed clinical decision making; dental informatics; e-health; evidence-based health care methodologies;  educational technologies and media; emerging technologies (3d printing, augmented reality, bioprinting, gesture-based computing, personal genomics, personalized medicine, quantified self, self-tracking, virtual reality, wearable technology, etc.); health literacy & plain language best practices; healthcare social media; information seeking behaviors; internet search engines; medical and dental history; dental informatics; neural networks and artificial intelligence; patient information needs and behaviors; technological gatekeeping; technology and information transfer; user interface design for education; web accessibility; and educational strategies related to the above.