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Staff Profile

Katherine Downton, MSLIS

Katherine D. Downton, MSLIS

Head of Research Education & Outreach Services

Current Role at UMB

Head of Reseach, Education and Outreach Services

Katherine oversees a team of Librarians who provide expert searching, teaching, and consultation service to the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Social Work at UMB.  She is available to provide research assistance, conduct searches for systematic reviews, meet for consultations by appointment, and teach classes and workshops on finding and evaluating information and locating evidence.


MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA, University of Colorado at Boulder


Expert literature searches

Systematic reviews

Information literacy

Evidence-based practice

Research data management support

Leadership and mentoring

Professional Affiliations / Activities

Professional Service

Medical Library Association

  • Member and Chair, T. Mark Hodges International Service Award jury, 2012-2014
  • Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section
    • Honors Committee, 2011-2013
    • Continuing Education Committee, 2011-2013
    • Membership Committee, 2013-2015
    • MidAtlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC-MLA)
      • Chair, Membership Committee, 2013-2014
      • Membership Committee, 2011-2013
      • Quad Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, 2012
      • MAC-MLA 2011 Conference Planning, Exhibits Committee

Recent Posters and Presentations

Ludeman, E., K. (October 2011). Nurse Residency Programs: Creating New Avenues for Collaboration. Poster session presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Richmond, VA.

Young, K., Downton, K. Progress Without Pain: Tailoring Services to an Interdisciplinary Research Center. Poster Presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Chapel Hill, NC, October 15, 2010.

Downton, K., Ludeman, E. Nurse Residency Programs: Librarians supporting New Nurses in Evidence-Based Practice. Paper presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 21, 2012.

Ludeman, E., Downton, K., Simply Put: Improving Patient Outcomes Through Health Literacy. Presentation at the Maryland Nurses Association, October 13, 2011.

Downton, K. Discovering Evidence: Nursing Resources for Patient Care. Presentation at the Nursing Practice Based on Evidence National Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 31, 2011.

Downton, K. Locating the Evidence: Medical and Legal Literature. Presentation at the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants National Educational Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 1, 2011.