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Judy M Spak, MLS

Head of Academic Research and Education

Contact Information

Judy M Spak, MLS

Mailing Address

  • Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

    333 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208014

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States


As Head of Academic Research and Education at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I provide expert research assistance and collaborate with faculty and learners on a broad range of topics. I am particularly interested in health professions education scholarship and the role of librarians in teaching and assessing the evidence-based information-seeking skills of trainees. I am also interested in healthcare and education topics related to the LGBTQIA+ population. I collaborate on evidence and knowledge syntheses projects by providing expert searching and methodological expertise. I lead a team of seven information professionals dedicated to providing exceptional research and education services to the health sciences community at Yale.

When not at work, I enjoy playing with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi and knitting.

Education & Training

  • MLS
    Southern Connecticut State University, Master of Library Science (1996)
  • BA
    Hofstra University, Humanities with New College Honors in the Humanities (1985)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Beta Phi MuInternational Library and Information Science Honor Society1996

Professional Service

BMC Medical EducationI have authored a paper in BMC Medical Education and served as a reviewer for several years. 2019 - Present
AAMCI have served as a reviewer for Academic Medicine for several years. I am usually assigned manuscripts of evidence-synthesis projects because of my methodological expertise.2018 - Present
Morse CollegeServe as a Fellow of Morse College, Yale University. I am a College Advisor for first- and second-year undergraduate students.2015 - Present

Departments & Organizations