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Laurel Graham

Laurel is primarily responsible for the development and management of the Dental Library, teaching of evidence-based dentistry skills and application, in addition to her everyday role of bibliographic instigator. She incites proper citing, thoughtful application of study methodology, and systematic review of evidence.

Laurel's wide range of experience includes both operational and research expertise, including evidence-based dentistry research, teaching, and systematic reviews. She came to Penn from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in Chicago, where she worked as Senior Evidence-based Dentistry Manager. 

Laurel has co-authored Systematic Reviews specifically related to dental medicine. She earned her BA and MLS at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Samuel Pfeiffer

Sam is an intern at the Leon Levy Dental Library. He recently graduated from Drexel with his Master of Science in Information degree in June 2023 and completed his bachelor's in Philosophy at Ithaca college in 2020. While interning at the library, he has worked on projects including creating Libguides to assist researchers, collating data for faculty year-end reviews, and organizing events through the library including student engagement events and academic forums.

Mety Damte

Mety Damte is an Information Desk and Departmental Library Intern at the University of Pennsylvania. She has experience working in academic libraries as a circulation services assistant at the University of the Sciences. Through her internship, Mety assists the dental library as well as the digital preservation department at Penn Libraries with numerous research and library projects. Mety holds a B.S. in Biology from University of the Sciences with a minor in Environmental Sciences. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Library & Information Sciences (MLIS) at Drexel University.

Elizabeth Blake

Elizabeth S. Blake is the 2022-2025 Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship. She has past experiences in working in public libraries as a circulation and technical services assistant and the Head of Technical Services where she would manage acquisitions and collection development in Delaware County Library System and in the Lower Merion Library System. Elizabeth's experience includes reference and instruction, database searching, social media, bibliometric reports, and information literacy.

Elizabeth holds an A.S. in Psychology from Delaware County Community College, B.S. in Psychology from Temple University, and M.L.S. from Pennsylvania Western University. She is also a student in the Penn LPS Online in Professional Writing Certification.

Kevin Thomas

Kevin helps students, staff, and faculty find and analyze business data. He offers guidance in quantitative data analysis techniques; resources for data discovery, collection, and management; as well as instruction and troubleshooting for data visualization and analysis software. You may have seen Kevin leading workshops in Excel or R programming among other topics.
 
Kevin holds a Master's degree in Applied Statistics from Colorado State University and Bachelor's in Sociology from Messiah College. Before joining Penn, he practiced analytical skills in a range of business capacities including optimizing operational performance with Lean/Six-sigma tools at Merck subsidiary Telerx Marketing (now C3i Solutions), managing web-based retail marketing at Famous Smoke Shop, and assessing wellness program efficacy for 3:1 Corporate Health and Productivity Management Solutions.

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