Lauren Tomola, MSLS: AHEC Knowledge Management Librarian

Lauren Tomola


Current Position

Lauren works with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), serving as an embedded knowledge management librarian for the NC AHEC practice support program. She organizes, creates metadata for, and maintains the practice support program's digital collection of emails and internal documentation on healthcare policy, quality improvement, and electronic health records.

Lauren also works with other outreach services of the Health Sciences Library. She helps support NC Health Info, the HSL's consumer health website. She also works with the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) on partnerships between health informatics and librarians. Her research interests include metadata, data management, and health informatics.



Some examples of Lauren's services include creating a wiki to organize and archive the NC AHEC practice support program's internal documentation, designing a metadata vocabulary to describe healthcare policy documentation, performing literature searches on healthcare quality improvement topics for NC AHEC practice support staff, and consulting on knowledge management principles for other groups.



MSLS, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Certificate in Clinical Information, Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Bryn Mawr College


Professional Activities


McDuffee, D., Schell, M.B., & Tomola, L. (2015, Oct.). Development of an Embedded Knowledge Librarian Role. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Asheville, NC.



Tomola, L. (2016, Feb.) PBworks Wiki Redesign FAQs. Conference call presentation, Practice Support Monday Training Series.

Tomola, L. (2015, July). PBworks Searching and Organization. Conference call presentation, Practice Support Monday Training Series.

Tomola, L. (2014, Oct.) PBWorks. Breakout session presented at the 2014 Practice Support Discipline Meeting of the NC AHEC Practice Support Group, Chapel Hill, NC.