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Megan von Isenburg: About

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Megan von Isenburg
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As Associate Director for Research and Education, I support education, research, and evidence-based practice at Duke University Medical Center. I develop and teach classes for groups and work one-on-one with students, faculty, residents and staff to refine their literature searches and assist with information management.

As the Liaison to Graduate Medical Education and to Global Health, I work closely with house staff, program directors and GME administrative staff as well as Duke Global Health Institute faculty, staff and global health residents and students across campus and around the world.

Research interests:

Instructional design and teaching; using mobile devices and other technology to improve access to information locally and internationally; evidence-based practice; evaluation of library services.


Graduate Certificate in E-Learning, North Carolina State University
MSLS, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Recent Publications & Presentations

von Isenburg, M. and Lackey, M. (2014). “Global Health Sources.” In Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences. Chicago, IL: Medical Library Association.

Perez BA, von Isenburg MA, Yu M, Tuttle BD, Adams MB. (2013). Exploring the impact of tablet computers on medical training at an academic medical center. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 101(2): 154-7.doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.2.012.

von Isenburg, M., Shurtz, S. (2011). Exploring E-Readers to Support Medical Education. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 99(2): 110–117.

von Isenburg, M. (2010). College Students in an Experimental Study Took Longer to Achieve Comprehension when Instant Messaging while Reading (Evidence Summary). Evidence-based Library and Information Practice, 5(3), 46-48.

von Isenburg, M. (2009). Undergraduate Students Perceive Reference Encounters to be Teaching and Learning Activities (Evidence Summary). Evidence-based Library and Information Practice, 4(1), 39-42.

Tuttle, B., von Isenburg, M., Schardt C., Powers, A. (2009). PubMed Instruction for Medical Students: Searching for  a Better Way. Medical Reference Services Quarterly 28(3), 199-210.

Murphy, B., Thibodeau, P., von Isenburg, M., Peterson, R., Vines H., Berney, E., James, R., and Rodriguez, M. (2008). Revolution at the Library Service Desk. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 27(4), 379-393.

von Isenburg, M. (2007). Electronic Resource Review of HubMed. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 95 (1), 95-97.

Articles in PubMed


“Surveying the landscape: A bibliometric analysis of global health literature,” Megan von Isenburg and Jean Ferguson. Poster. Medical Library Association. Chicago, IL. May 2014.

“Systematically Supporting Research: Standardizing our Systematic Review Search Service,” Adrianne Leonardelli, Connie Schardt, and Megan von Isenburg. Poster. Medical Library Association. Boston, MA. May 2013.

“EBM in CPX: EBM as a Standardized Patient,” Emily Mazure, Megan von Isenburg, Connie Schardt, and Jane Gagliardi, MD. Poster. Medical Library Association. Boston, MA. May 2013.

“Team Based Learning - Creating a Better Learning Experience for PubMed Instruction,” Leila Ledbetter, Adrianne Leonardelli, Emily Mazure, Connie Schardt, Brandi Tuttle, and Megan von Isenburg.  Poster. Medical Library Association. Boston, MA. May, 2013.

"Global Health Partnerships in Medical Education: A View from the Wards, Boardroom, Director’s Office, and Teaching Lab" (Paper) Lauren Maggio (Stanford University) and Megan von Isenburg. MLA. Seattle, WA, May 2012.

"Implementing the Infobutton for the Library" (Poster) Emily Mazure, Beverly Murphy,  Connie Schardt and Megan von Isenburg. MLA. Seattle, WA, May 2012.

"HINARI Training: A New Free, Interactive, and Accessible Tutorial with the Hopes of a Community-Sourced Future" (Poster) Megan von Isenburg, Associate Director, Research & Education Services; and Marc Alan Sperber (Duke Global Health Institute). MLA 2012. Seattle, WA, May 2012.

“Global Effectiveness Starting with Local Collaboration,” Megan von Isenburg and Mellanye Lackey. MAC 2010: A New Vision for Health Sciences Libraries. Chapel Hill, NC, October 14, 2010.

“Kindling Learning in Medical Education,” Megan von Isenburg and Suzanne Shurtz. The Sixth Graylyn Conference on Technology Innovations in Medical Education. Winston-Salem, NC, April 22-24, 2010.

“Educational Uses of Mobile Technology,” Invited panelist, @ Hand: Mobile Technologies in Academia and Medicine. University of Maryland at Baltimore. April 21, 2010.

“Kindles: Exploring and Exploiting Technologies to Benefit Our Students and Communities.” Invited speaker, Librarians Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Annual Meeting. March 9, 2009.

“Weaving Evidence-based Medicine into the School of Medicine Curriculum: The Library’s Role in Developing Evidence-based Clinicians,” Connie Schardt, Anne Powers, Megan von Isenburg. Paper, MLA 2007, Philadelphia, PA.