After working as a hospital librarian for ten years in Indianapolis, Chris Bishop brought his expertise to Marian University as the health sciences librarian. Bishop’s main goal is to show students and faculty how to access library materials, do proper research, and critically analyze information. Bishop adds that the instruction can take place in the classroom, his office, the hallway, at lunch, or even via email outside of regular office hours.
Bishop’s day-to-day work varies, but he mainly collaborates with the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Leighton School of Nursing to offer access to the most relevant evidence-based health care information. Bishop recently created a new website for MU-COM that includes board review materials. The website and its contents were all requested items from medical students, and he hopes the site will become a one-stop shop for university-provided board review resources.
Q & A with Chris Bishop
Q: What is your favorite part of working at Marian University?
A: Personally, I enjoy the all-campus Mass. Professionally, as a part of Marian University, I have been blessed with some great continuing education opportunities with the Medical Library Association and the Indiana Health Sciences Library Association.
Q: What is the most frequently asked question by students in the library?
A: I think it would surprise many to know that not all students have access to the latest tablet or laptop. One of the most frequently asked question that I get when I am in the library is, “Do you have laptops I can check out?” The answer is, yes, we do! The most frequently asked question that I get overall via the library, email, or phone has to do with authentication issues with off-site library resources and databases and utilization of those resources on their mobile devices.
Q: When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A police officer. In kindergarten I asked my neighbor who was the chief of police to come to my “show and tell.” He came in uniform with his hat, cuffs, and gun. That was pretty much the high water mark of my elementary school career!