Miraida Morales
Spectrum Fellow
Doctoral Student
Library and Information Science
Contact Info
CI 340

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. 

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

"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.