Current Role at Stanford

Research Services Librarian and Nursing Liaison Librarian for Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Education & Certifications

  • AHIP, Medical Library Association, Provisional Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (2017)
  • MSI, University of Michigan, Information (2015)
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Psychology (2012)
  • BS, University of Rochester, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (2007)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Love Your Data Week 2017 Planning Committee (9/2016 - 2/2017)


    Stanford, CA

  • e-Science Curriculum and Education Development Committee, Network of National Library of Medicine, New England Region (6/2016 - Present)


    Worcester, MA

  • Great Lakes Science Boot Camp Planning Committee, University of Chicago, John Crerar Library (2015 - 2016)

    Served as University of Chicago representative starting in July of 2015 and led the sponsorship sub-committee from August 2016 until December 2016.


    Chicago, IL


Work Experience

  • Research Services Librarian, Stanford University, Lane Medical Library (1/4/2017 - Present)


    300 Pasteur Drive L109 Stanford, CA 94035

  • Science Research Services Librarian, University of Chicago, John Crerar Library (7/1/2015 - 12/16/2016)

    A primary focus of this position was to serve as a liaison between the library and researchers with a focus on research support services, including scholarly communication, data information literacy, and data management.


    5730 S Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Chapter Council Alternate, Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) (2017 - Present)
  • Research Section Chair, Medical Library Association (2017 - Present)
  • Research Section Chair-Elect, Medical Library Association (2016 - 2017)


All Publications

  • Blue-collar work and women's health: A systematic review of the evidence from 1990 to 2015. SSM - population health Elser, H., Falconi, A. M., Bass, M., Cullen, M. R. 2018; 6: 195–244


    Despite the implications of gender and sex differences for health risks associated with blue-collar work, adverse health outcomes among blue-collar workers has been most frequently studied among men. The present study provides a "state-of-the-field" systematic review of the empiric evidence published on blue-collar women's health. We systematically reviewed literature related to the health of blue-collar women published between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 2015. We limited our review to peer-reviewed studies published in the English language on the health or health behaviors of women who were presently working or had previously worked in a blue-collar job. Studies were eligible for inclusion regardless of the number, age, or geographic region of blue-collar women in the study sample. We retained 177 studies that considered a wide range of health outcomes in study populations from 40 different countries. Overall, these studies suggested inferior health among female blue-collar workers as compared with either blue-collar males or other women. However, we noted several methodological limitations in addition to heterogeneity in study context and design, which inhibited comparison of results across publications. Methodological limitations of the extant literature, alongside the rapidly changing nature of women in the workplace, motivate further study on the health of blue-collar women. Efforts to identify specific mechanisms by which blue-collar work predisposes women to adverse health may be particularly valuable in informing future workplace-based and policy-level interventions.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.08.002

    View details for PubMedID 30417066

  • The Representation of Gender and Race/Ethnic Groups in Randomized Clinical Trials of Individuals with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Current rheumatology reports Falasinnu, T., Chaichian, Y., Bass, M. B., Simard, J. F. 2018; 20 (4): 20


    This review evaluated gender and race/ethnic representation in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).Whites comprise 33% of prevalent SLE cases and comprised 51% of RCT enrollees. Blacks encompass 43% of prevalent SLE cases, but only represented 14% of RCT enrollees. Hispanics comprise 16% of prevalent SLE cases and 21% of RCT enrollees, while Asians comprise 13% of prevalent SLE cases and 10% of RCT enrollees. Males encompass 9% of SLE cases and 7% of RCT enrollees. The reporting and representation of males have remained stable over time, although their representation in RCTs is slighter lower than the prevalence of SLE in males. The representation of Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans increased over time. However, the representation of blacks among RCT participants has decreased since 2006-2011. RCTs among SLE patients need larger sample sizes in order to evaluate heterogeneity in outcomes among racial subgroups. It is imperative that novel strategies be developed to recruit racial minorities with SLE by identifying and improving barriers to RCT enrollment in order to better understand the disease's diverse population.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11926-018-0728-2

    View details for PubMedID 29550947

  • Sharing Success: A Review of Strategic Planning, Annual Reports, and Publicly Available Information from Academic Libraries EVIDENCE BASED LIBRARY AND INFORMATION PRACTICE Springmier, K., Edwards, E., Bass, M. B. 2018; 13 (2): 70–82
  • A day in the life of third-year medical students: using an ethnographic method to understand information seeking and use JOURNAL OF THE MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Twiss-Brooks, A. B., Andrade, R., Bass, M. B., Kern, B., Peterson, J., Werner, D. A. 2017; 105 (1): 12-19


    The authors undertook this project to learn how third-year medical students seek and use information in the course of daily activities, especially activities conducted in clinical settings in a variety of institutions.We recruited sixty-eight third-year undergraduate medical school students to create a mapping diary of a day that included clinical activities. We conducted semi-structured interviews based on the mapping diaries. Using content and thematic analyses of the resulting interview transcripts, we developed an ethnographic case study for each participant.In the studied sample, we identified a broad range of information resources used for personal, clinical, and educational use. Participants relied heavily on technology throughout their day, including desktop computers, smart phones, handheld tablets, and laptops. Time management was a pervasive theme in the interviews, with participants squeezing in time to study for exams wherever and whenever they could. Selection of a particular information resource or technology to use was governed largely by the convenience of using that resource or technology. When obstacles were encountered, workarounds might be sought, but in many cases, the resource or technology would be abandoned in favor of a more convenient solution. Convenience was also a consideration in choosing spaces to use for clinical duties or for study, with specific considerations of available technology, proximity to clinical areas, and security for belongings contributing to choices made.Some of our results align with those of other recent studies of information use among medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. In particular, the fast-paced clinical setting favors use of information resources that are fast and easy to use. We demonstrated that the methods used are suitable to better understand clinicians' discovery and use of information.

    View details for DOI 10.5195/jmla.2017.95

    View details for Web of Science ID 000396390600004

    View details for PubMedID 28096741

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5234461