Elizabeth R Lorbeer, EdM
Chair, Department of Medical Library
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Library
1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Ms. Lorbeer began her role as the library director for WMed in 2013. Lorbeer’s career spans over twenty-five years as a librarian and administrator. She previously held positions at Boston University, Rush University Medical Center, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the past-president of the Michigan Health Sciences Library Association, elected board member to both the Medical Library Association and the Society of Scholarly Publishing, and the principal investigator to four National Network of Libraries of Medicine Express Library Digitization Award grants. She regularly consults for publishers and vendors and is a distinguished member of The Academy of Health Information Professionals. She holds the rank of Associate Professor and teaches scholarly communications within the medical education program. Ms. Lorbeer attained her undergraduate degree and earned a Master’s in Library Sciences from State University of New York at Buffalo. She then completed a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration from Boston University.
Education and Training
- EdM 1999, Higher Education Administration, Boston University
- MLS 1996, Information and Library Science, State University of New York at Buffalo
- BA 1995, History, State University of New York at Buffalo
- Scholarly Communications
- Library Management
- Library Collection Development
- Evidence based medicine
- Digital Libraries
Lorbeer E.R. Digital Accommodations for Students Living with Print Disabilities: A Literature Review Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2020;39:139-152. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2020.1738831.
Dexter N., Muellenbach J.M., Lorbeer E.R., Rand D., Wilcox M.E., Long B.A. Building new twenty-first century medical school libraries from the ground up: Challenges, experiences, and lessons learned Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2019;107:6-15. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.493.
Nicholson J., Spak J.M., Kovar-Gough I., Lorbeer E.R., Adams N.E. Entrustable professional activity 7: Opportunities to collaborate on evidence-based medicine teaching and assessment of medical students BMC Medical Education. 2019;19 doi: 10.1186/s12909-019-1764-y.
Lorbeer E.R. , Costello, J.A. Putting Together a Collection to Support a New Medical School Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. 2017; Health Sciences Collection Management for the 21st Century.
Dexter, Nadine Liaison Committee on Medical Education Requirements and the Born Digital Library. . 2016;55:8.
Mitchell N., Lorbeer E. Building relevant and sustainable collections Serials Librarian. 2009;57:327-333. doi: 10.1080/03615260903203645.
McAphee S., Vucovich L., Lorbeer E. Beyond core journal lists: Identifying the best journals for your collection Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. 2008;5:373-377. doi: 10.1080/15424060802453761.
Lorbeer E., Dzierba J., Fleming W., Frank C., Gibson T., Karnoscak W. One work in two places: A ‘Mixed Media’ policy for accompanying media dilemmas Collection Management. 2002;26:77-90. doi: 10.1300/J105v26n01_05.