STEMM Idol Speaker Candy Winteregg

Candy Winteregg met with students Tuesday during homeroom periods and discussed emerging technologies used for research and education in the health care arena as CJ's first STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter of the 2011-12 school year.

As a medical librarian, Candy talked about her job helping all people at Good Samaritan Hospital through assisting patients and families, physicians, nurses, nursing and medical students, athletic trainers, therapists and others. Even whole communities can benefit from the resources available in libraries at medical institutions as they are great places for advice and help in sorting through information about current suspected epidemics (e.g. MRSA, SARS, the flu), possible medical conditions and diagnoses of friends and family.

She also discussed the many opportunities available in the Library and Information Science field. There are as many types of librarians as there are high school students' hobbies – from music and sports librarians to newspaper and law librarians. According to Candy, the demand for librarians is predicted to grow 8 percent through 2018, with most positions requiring a Masters degree.  She recommended students interested in librarianship look into two reputable programs at nearby Kent State University and Indiana University.

For more information on medical libraries, check out the Medical Library Association’s Web site at www.mlanet.org or the American Library Association’s site at www.ala.org.

ABOUT CJ'S STEMM SPEAKER
Candy has been a hospital librarian for 36 years, and a member of the Good Samaritan Hospital family since 2002.  She received her B.A. from Capital University, and her Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.  She supports the physicians, employees and patients of Good Sam by providing an up-to-date medical library and computer lab, assisting with medical literature searches, and accessing online resources through the Good Samaritan Hospital Library website.

Her personal experience as a survivor of three major illnesses (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a heart attack at age 48, and breast cancer in 2006), has deepened her commitment to patient education.  She has shared her knowledge with others by serving on the boards and committees of Wright State Library Affiliates, the Ohio Health Sciences Librarians Association, the Medical Library Association, and the Regional Medical Library Association. Candy is a 2009 Samaritan Star and a past recipient of the National Library Award for professionalism.

Bio provided courtesy of Good Samaritan Hospital.