MSLS student Jordan Wrigley awarded MLA scholarship

April 9, 2019

Jordan Wrigley, a second-year Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Medical Library Association (MLA).

Jordan Wrigley in front of some research posters at SILS.
MSLS student Jordan Wrigley

She will accept the award in May at the MLA Annual Conference in Chicago, where she will also present a poster on internal collaboration titled “Using Bibliometric Analysis and Visualization to Identify Current and Potential Collaborator.” Wrigley, an intern at the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) Library, co-authored the poster with Duke Administrative Research Librarian Virginia Carden and DUMC Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives Megan von Isenburg (MSLS 2004).

Wrigley said her interest in medical and health sciences librarianship began with her internship, which also gave her the opportunity to grow her skills in systematic review searching and bibliometric analyses such as collaboration detection. Her master’s thesis centers on bibliometric analysis of Millennium Goal 5 maternal mortality publications to identify key concepts and trends about the generated literature and knowledge.

Wrigley said she is grateful to SILS Associate Professor Claudia Gollop, SILS Assistant Professor Mary Grace Flaherty, and her Duke mentors, in particular Head of Research and Education Sarah Cantrell and von Isenburg, for encouraging her to apply for the MLA award.

After graduation, Wrigley hopes the combination of her MSLS and her previous master’s degree focused on public health and environmental policy will help her find a position at an academic or research institution, where she can liaison for subject areas like environmental science, public health, geography, or translational science.

When she isn’t working or studying, Wrigley can be found rock climbing, hiking, or trying out the latest food truck fare with her husband Scott and her dog Chai. She also co-teaches the “Finding Good Health Information” class with the Community Workshop Series.