Karen contributes to the support and development of a number of systems at NYUHSL.
In partnership with the Medical Center's Archives and the libraries' new Division of Knowledge Informatics (DKI), Karen works on the design, creation, and maintenance of NYUHSL's digital repository and archive services. She provides technical support for the Archivist's Toolkit and helps maintain the historical faculty and alumni database.
Karen also works on ways to connect library and public data in order to enrich the quality of resources. In this capacity she works collaboratively with the Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics (CHIBI), performing research, generating scripts, and configuring systems to support development of new tools for collaboration and citation analysis. Working with the Division of Educational Informatics (DEI), she co-wrote an educational module on copyright for online educators, which is available to faculty through the institution's online course management system (ALEX), and was later published in MedEdPORTAL.
More recently, Karen has been increasingly involved with DKI, supporting key projects and enhancing the libraries' statistics dashboard.
Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from University College London and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S) from Rutgers University. She has worked in a clinical trials laboratory and has over ten years of experience in creating database-driven web applications and database programming/design.
Karen's research interests include digital repositories, digital preservation, data management, and the legal issues of small-scale digitization projects. She is also interested in finding ways to streamline and integrate disparate library systems through appropriate use of standards, data sharing, software selection and styling, whilst also creating multiple access points by pushing library content out to appropriate non-library sites.
Hanson, K. L., & Surkis, A. (May 2013). Introducing researchers to data management: Pedagogy and strategy. Paper to be presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Hanson, K. L., Bakker, T., Maher, S., Morton-Owens, E.G., Peters, D. Yacobucci, K., Dement, D., Spore, S., Williams, J. & Rambo, N. (May 2013). Instituting a library dashboard as a foundation for evidence-based strategic decisions. Poster to be presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Surkis, A., Hanson, K. L., Fung, R., & Aphinyanaphongs, Y. (May 2013). A collaborative tool for improving the quality of grant aims. Poster to be presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Yacobucci, K., Hanson, K. L., Maher, S., & Spore, S. (May 2013). E-resources and statistics: Getting the big picture. Poster to be presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
Hanson, K. L., Aphinyanaphongs, Y., & Fu, L. D. (November 2012). Using Knowledge from APIs to Disambiguate Affiliation Names in MEDLINE. Poster presented at American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, Chicago, Illinois.
Dement, D., Hanson, K. L., Fung, R., & Bakker, T. (October 2012). Crowdsourcing as a tool for rapid library data cleanup. Paper presented at MLA Quad Chapter Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
Maher, S. Bakker, T., Hanson, K. L., Surkis, A. & Yacobucci, K. (October 2012). Usage Statistics in SFX and UStat: The Good, the Bad and the Robots. Paper presented at Ex Libris Northeast Users Group, Ithaca, NY.
McCrillis, A., Hanson, K. L., & Aphinyanaphongs, Y. (May 2012). Analysis of PubMed Query Logs to Inform Teaching Strategies. Poster presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.
Morton-Owens, E. G., & Hanson, K. L. (October 2011). Trends at a glance: A management dashboard of library statistics. Paper presented at Library Information Technology Association Forum, St. Louis, MO.
McCrillis, A., Graham, J. M., Hanson, K. L., Maher, S., McGowan, R., Yacobucci, K., Vieira, D. L., & Morton-Owens, E. G. (May 2011). Librarians’ involvement in a course management tool and an evolving instructional design role. Paper presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
Molanphy, E., Hanson, K. L., & Walls, I. (May 2010). Implementing open-source for three core library functions: A timeline of challenges and solutions. Paper presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
Maher, S., Cuddy, C., English, K., Graham, J. M., Hanson, K. L., McCrillis, A., McGowan, R., Molanphy, E., Strange, A., and Vieira, D. L. (October 2009). Using a Team Approach to Support Faculty Curriculum Development. Poster presented at NY-NJ Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ.