SILS Alumna Lara Handler To Be Published in "British Medical Journal"

October 18, 2013

Lara HandlerLara Handler (MSLS '07), a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has had a paper accepted for publication by the British Medical Journal. Handler and her co-author began research on the project in March 2012 and completed it last November. The paper, which is titled, "Non-Publication of Large Randomized Clinical Trials," was accepted for publication in September of this year.

“I had worked with one of the clinician researchers on a systematic review a couple of years ago,” said Handler. “When one of the researchers became involved with this new project, he remembered working with me and contacted me to ask me to help again. Because of the large scope of this research, another librarian, Karen Crowell, from the [UNC at Chapel Hill] Health Sciences Library also was invited to participate. We both did the searching for this project, and are listed as co-authors along with the three clinicians and one biostatistician.”

After leaving SILS in 2007, Handler began working as an outreach librarian for the North Carolina Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. In 2008, she began her current position as School of Medicine Liaison at the Health Sciences Library at UNC at Chapel Hill. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the UNC Department of Family Medicine.

Handler feels that her time at SILS has been vital to her accomplishments since graduating.

“I was an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) intern while at SILS, which was an invaluable experience and an excellent introduction to scientific information and health sciences research,” said Handler. “I also feel that the requirement to take "Research Methods" and write a master’s paper was important in learning how to do research and how to find and analyze information and data.”