Andrew Hamilton


Liaison Librarian
Assistant Professor


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Major Responsibilities

Employed as Senior Reference & Instruction Librarian and serving as Librarian for the OHSU Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC). Responsibilities and activities include:

  • Identifying databases and creating and updating database search strategies in support of OHSU EPC projects.
  • Providing individualized bibliographic instruction to OHSU staff and students pertaining to the effective on and off campus use of library resources.
  • Presenting orientations for new students, residents and interns.
  • Staffing the Library Information Desk and assisting patrons with the in-house use of OHSU library resources.
  • Teaching courses to OHSU staff and students on database searching.
  • Developing new classes and instructional materials for OHSU students and staff.
  • Serving as Library Liaison for Oregon State University students at OHSU serving clinical clerkship rotations for their PharmD. Degrees.
  • Assisting with maintenance and collection development of Reference resources.
  • Coordinating thesis binding for Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Dentistry graduates.

Previous Positions

National Training Center & Clearinghouse, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY September 1996 to November 2002
Employed as an Online Analyst. Responsibilities and activities include: Teaching Advanced and Introductory level classes across the US on the use of PubMed, NLM gateway, MeSH,, and TOXNET; Testing and evaluating new WWW-based interfaces for the NLM products and services; Developing & updating instructional material in collaboration with NLM Staff using Word, Pagemaker, Powerpoint, Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro; Attending training courses in Dreamweaver 4, Flash 5, & Windows 2000; Contacting host sites for NTCC training classes and coordinating with their administrators to set up yearly NTCC Schedules of classes; Arranging air, rail and lodging accommodations; Providing specialized presentations for Pharmaceutical Corporations and Professional Organizations; Creating and maintaining content for Pharmaceutical, Vaccination, and Genetics Pages for NOAH (New York Online Access to Health) consumer health web site; Writing articles for RML newsletter; Supplying individualized instruction via phone and email on effective strategies for specific inquires; Consulting with NYAM reference staff on patron requests.

New York Academy of Medicine Library, New York, NY September 1993 to September 1996.
Employed as a Clinical Medicine Information Specialist. Responsibilities and activities included: Providing walk-in patrons with traditional reference service and individualized bibliographic instruction in use of Innovative interfaces OPAC, Grateful Med, & Web browsers; Answering telephone reference requests; Providing Fellows of the Academy and Corporate Subscribers with fee-based in-depth research service; Performing online bibliographic database searches in Dialog, Ovid, and MEDLARS systems; Selecting material for acquisition; Troubleshooting public workstations and printers; Planning & coordinating student outreach teaching programs to local high school and colleges; Designing and implementing the library instruction phase of the Academy's Junior Fellow Program.

St. John's University, Jamaica, NY - September 1990 to January 1993.
Worked as a graduate assistant in the Department of Library & Information Sciences. Responsibilities and activities included: managing the departmental microcomputer lab; Supervising the computer lab duties of six graduate assistants; Troubleshooting microcomputers & peripheral equipment; Installing & updating software on laboratory and office microcomputers; Tutoring students in online database searching.


  • Awarded B.S. in Microbiology, B.S. in Biology/Genetics from Oregon State University - June 1985
  • Completed Ph.D. level molecular biology core curriculum at the University of Utah - September 1986 - December 1987
  • Awarded M.S. - Pharmaceutical Sciences/M.L.S. from St. John's University through their Dual Master's Program for Drug Information Specialists - January 1993

Invited Presentations

  • "Beyond Google" Presented at the Washington Medical Librarian Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, March 30, 2005.
  • "Beyond Google" Presented for PORTALS at Portland State University on February 23, 2005.
  • Served as Invited Reviewer to evaluate rehearsal presentation of new Five-day NCBI Advanced Workshop for Bioinformatics Information Specialists in Bethesda, MD
  • "Quality Consumer Health Information Sites on the Internet" Presented as a colloquium for the St. John's University Division of Library and Information Science. April 17, 1996
  • "How to Effectively Use Electronic Pharmaceutical Information Resources" Presented for the NY/NJ MLA CD-ROM Online Searcher Special Interest Group. November 16, 1995

Awards and Offices Held

  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the National Library of Medicine in November, 2002, in recognition of six years of dedicated service to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
  • Editor of the MLA Pharmacy & Drug Information Special Interest Group Newsletter, PDI Alert, 1996-99.
  • Chosen as a participant for the 1994 Snowbird Leadership Institute for Librarians.
  • Selected by the faculty of the Department of Library & Information Science of St. John's University to receive the Daniel B. Quinlan Award as Student of the Year for 1993.