Samanthi Hewakapuge Biography

Samanthi HewakapugeSamanthi Hewakapuge has served as the Consumer Health Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region since May 2008. She is responsible for coordinating the consumer health program within the GMR’s 10 state region, including developing instructional materials, training librarians to provide consumer health information services, and promoting NLM’s consumer health resources. She also oversees consumer health subcontracts awarded to libraries and community-based organizations. Her consumer health information workshops are mainly targeted for public libraries, but she also presents at meetings organized by health science libraries, community based and non-profit organizations that have health outreach as part of their mission. Prior to joining the GMR she was the Health Sciences & Outreach Librarian at Ohio University and the Outreach Information Specialist for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona. She earned her MLS from the University of Arizona and holds a second masters degree from Ohio University in Communication and Development Studies.

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