Suzanne Lewis

Fellowship citation July 2018

Dr Suzanne Lewis
PhD, BA (Hons), Grad Dip Arts (LibInfSci), GradCertEpid, FALIA (CP) Health

The ALIA Board of Directors is delighted to confer the distinction of Fellow on Dr Suzanne Lewis, with special consideration for her work in the field of health librarianship, as a strategic thinker, advocate, mentor, project leader, researcher, author, speaker and academic.

Suzanne has made a significant contribution to the Association and to the library and information profession through her work in health libraries.

Suzanne has been an active member of the ALIA Health Libraries Australia (HLA) Group, including as convenor from 2010-2013, and of the ALIA Health Libraries Advisory Committee. She was responsible for HLA’s highly successful professional development (PD) program for a number of years, during which time she coordinated many high profile events. She is a member of the HLA Editorial Advisory Group and a regular contributor to HLA News.

She helped design, and taught, the Health Librarianship Essentials Course through QUT, which prepared new health librarians and librarians from other disciplines for the healthcare environment.

Suzanne has been one of the key drivers behind the Australian Evidence Based Practice (EBP) movement. With international colleagues she helped develop the Australian Evidence Based Practice Librarians’ Institute, including its well-subscribed four-day residential program. She has published on the EBP movement and has been a member of the editorial advisory board and peer reviewer for the international Evidence Based Library and Information Practice journal.

Other career highlights include membership of the steering group for Health Librarianship Workforce and Education Research; project leadership for the development of the Integrated Care Search Filter (a free, online tool for identifying the integrated care research literature within PubMed), and winning the HLA/MedicalDirector Digital Health Innovation Award in 2013, with Narelle Hampe.

Health library colleagues say of her:

“Suzanne willingly gives her time and expertise to reference groups that are working on health library projects.”

“Suzanne and her team are always innovating, learning, researching and are keen to share their findings. Over the years she has presented at many national and international conferences and published across a broad spectrum of journals.

“Her dedication to the profession through mentoring new librarians as part of the goal of the Institute has been impressive. She is committed to teaching others and providing outstanding continuing education opportunities in a variety of settings to meet the needs of health librarians across Australia. Her strong content knowledge and practical experience have helped the Institute stay relevant and current in todays' changing healthcare environment.”

For her long standing and dedicated service to health librarianship and to the Australian Library and Information Association, Dr Suzanne Lewis is awarded the ALIA Fellowship.