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Jennifer Walker, MLS: Cancer Information Librarian: About Jennifer

Librarian for Dentistry and Oncology

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Office Hours

Personalized help is available by appointment for both online and in-person consultations.


Current Position

Jennifer provides specialized information services about cancer research and resources to the faculty, students, researchers, and staff from UNC's schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.  She also serves as a resource for the clinicians and patients of UNC Hospitals and the citizens of North Carolina.


Prior to joining UNC, Jennifer was research assistant professor and liaison to the College of Nursing at East Carolina University.  She has also served as a clinical informationist intern at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., and manager of the Medical Library at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla.


M.L.S, concentration in health informatics, University of North Texas

B.A., public affairs journalism, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

systematic review searching, evidence-based practice, information literacy

Research & Presentations


Pinheiro LC, McFatrich M, Lucas N, Walker JS, Withycombe JS, Hinds PS, Sung L, Tomlinson D, Freyer DR, Mack JW, Baker JN, Reeve BB. Child and adolescent self-report symptom measurement in pediatric oncology research: a systematic literature review. Qual Life Res. 2017 Sep 6. doi: 10.1007/s11136-017-1692-4. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 28879501.

Yeo S, Walker JS, Caughey MC, Ferraro AM, Asafu-Adjei JK. What characteristics of nutrition and physical activity interventions are key to effectively reducing weight gain in obese or overweight pregnant women? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2017 Apr;18(4):385-399. doi: 10.1111/obr.12511. Epub 2017 Feb 8. Review. PubMed PMID: 28177566.

Harris BS, Bishop KC, Kemeny HR, Walker JS, Rhee E, Kuller JA. Risk Factors for Birth Defects. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2017 Feb;72(2):123-135. doi:10.1097/OGX.0000000000000405. Review. PubMed PMID: 28218773.

Samuel CA, Pinheiro LC, Reeder-Hayes KE, Walker JS, Corbie-Smith G, Fashaw SA, Woods-Giscombe C, Wheeler SB. To be young, Black, and living with breast cancer: a systematic review of health-related quality of life in young Black breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Nov;160(1):1-15. Epub 2016 Sep 6. Review. PubMed PMID: 27601138; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5111400.

Birken, SA, Ellis, SD, Walker, JS, DiMartino, LD, Check, DK, Gerstel, AA, & Mayer, DK (2015). Guidelines for the use of survivorship care plans: A systematic quality appraisal using the AGREE II instrument. Implementation Science : IS, 10(1), 63. doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0254-9


Moreton, EO, Conklin J, Ledbetter L, McCall RC, Walker JS (2017, October). From screaming to screening: An evaluation of free systematic review software. Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Staunton, VA

Posey, RE, Walker JS (2017, May). Quality of data downloads: Bibliographic databases frequently used for systematic reviews. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Posey RE, Walker JS, Crowell KE (2016, May). Knowing when to stop: Final results vs. work involved in systematic review database searching. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.

Brody ER, Walker JS (2015, October). Evaluating resources for cancer caregivers on cancer hospital websites. Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC.

Walker JS, Mayne LA, & Russell RG (2013, May).  One world - Online education: Integrating information literacy and research skills into an online, graduate nursing curriculum.   Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass.

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