Ask her for help: Cancer Center librarian enjoys finding answers for patients, the public

Librarian Sarah Lawler with free books that are available at the Upstate Cancer Center. The Family Resource Center has computers so that Lawler can assist staff, patients and family members with online searches. (photo by Richard Whelsky)

Librarian Sarah Lawler with free books that are available at the Upstate Cancer Center. The Family Resource Center has computers so that Lawler can assist staff, patients and family members with online searches. (photo by Richard Whelsky)

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 lawlersa@upstate.edu 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.

Cancer Care magazine spring 2019 coverThis article appears in the spring 2019 issue of Cancer Care magazine.

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