Miraida Morales
Spectrum Fellow
Doctoral Student
Library and Information Science
Contact Info
Office:
CI 340
Email:
miraidam@gmail.com
Office Hours:
By appointment
Bio

As a second-year doctoral student, I look at health information behavior and health informatics using linguistic methods such as natural language processing.  More specifically, I am interested in community health information practices, language barriers as social contributors to health inequities, and how individuals and communities use technology to manage their health information and health literacy.

During the summer sessions, I also teach the hybrid (online & on-campus) version of ITI 220: Retrieving and Evaluating Electronic Information, a required course in our Information Technology & Informatics undergraduate major.

I previously received my MLIS from Rutgers in May 2012 with a certificate in digital libraries.  As a student in the library program at Rutgers, I worked on a variety of digital library projects including launching a digital library of heraldry at the National Library of Puerto Rico in 2011.  After obtaining the MLIS, I was the taxonomist at 1stdibs, a curated online marketplace of antiques, design, fashion and fine jewelry. 

Prior to the MLIS, I worked in trade book publishing for 9 years, focusing mostly on international export sales to Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as importing Spanish language books for the US market. 

I hold a M.A. in 19th & 20th French Studies from New York University's Institute of French Studies.

I have presented on digital libraries and taxonomy at NJLA and SLA, as well as presented posters at IFLA and NJLA. 

Education
MLIS, Rutgers University, 2012
M.A., New York University, 2003
B.A., New York University, 2002
Research
  • Health Information Behavior & Access
  • Health Informatics
  • Using Linguistic Methods (NLP) to assess health information
  • Multilingual Information Behavior
Publications and Presentations

"The Everyday Practice of Health for Mexican Women in New Brunswick: Barriers and Opportunities." Advancing Health through Community-Engaged Research: Successful & Emerging Approaches: A Symposium. Greater New Brunswick Community Health Collaborative, Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. 31 March 2015. Poster session with Teresa Vivar.

"The Everyday Practice of Health for Mexican Women in New Brunswick: Barriers and Opportunities." 8th Graduate Forum on Race and Ethnicity. Rutgers, Center for Race and Ethnicity. February 2015. Panel Participant.

"The effects of interpersonal communication and enacted support on exercise motivation for high risk breast cancer survivors." Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare. AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, Washington, DC. 15 November 2014. Poster session with Xiaomu Zhou.

"Starting a Taxonomy Project: Case Study." 2013 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. 9 June 2013. Panel Participant.

Student Swing II Job Panel. Special Libraries Association New York Chapter, New York, NY. 15 September 2012. Panel Participant.

“Identifying Key Skills of Transliterate Users.” 2012 IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Helsinki, Finland 11-17 August 2012. Poster session with Anjali Goyal.

“Identifying Key Skills of Transliterate Users.” 2012 NJLA Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. 5-6 June 2012. Poster session with Anjali Goyal.

Digital Library Toolkit: building a small digital library on a shoestring.” 2012 NJLA Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. 5 June 2012. Invited speaker.

Buried Treasure: Digitizing a Hidden Library Collection.” 2011 NJLA Adult Services Forum, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ. 26 October 2011. Invited speaker.