Some people have questions about a diagnosis or treatment. Others are researching drug interactions. And others seek healthy recipes. Librarian Sarah Lawler strives to help everyone through the “Librarian on Call” service.
She is stationed in the Family Resource Center on the first floor of the Upstate Cancer Center for hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She also responds to email at firstname.lastname@example.org and phone calls at 315-464-7192.
“I am able to provide information on many types of health questions, not just questions related to cancer,” she says. The service is meant to help patients and visitors locate trustworthy, current, evidence-based health information. A similar service is offered in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center.
Lawler is a senior assistant librarian in Upstate Medical University’s Health Sciences Library, which supports the academic, research and clinical activities of the university.
Upstate Cancer Center librarian’s hours:
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m.
This article appears in the spring 2019 issue of Cancer Care magazine.