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Rachel Blume

Rachel Blume has moved to a new position at Utah State University as of July 1, 2024. For UW School of Medicine or UW Medicine support, please use the Ask Us form.

My Library Services

For Students:  

  • Recommend the best databases to search for your research topic 
  • Answer your research questions via email, phone or in-person 
  • Meet with you individually to hash out your topic or discuss search strategies 

For Faculty: 

Research and reference assistance  

  • Provide extensive evidence synthesis services including designing your systematic review search and supporting your reviews 
  • Track down tricky citations 
  • Do a quick literature review 

Instruction/webinars/workshops/orientations for students and or faculty 

  • Introduce your students to research tools and strategies via a workshop  
  • Create a webpage tailored to your class assignment 

Curriculum development 

  • Discuss ways to best incorporate research skills and library materials into your class assignments 
  • Purchase books and other material needed for your research 
  • Act as a liaison communicating the department's concerns and needs to library administration

Publications and Presentations


  • In progress: Blume, R. (2023). Experiences in Academia as a Former Teen Parent. In K. Crawford (Ed.). Academic Chutes and Ladders: How the Hidden Curriculum Makes or Breaks Academic Careers.
  • In progress: Blume, R, James, A. (2023). Developing a Student Parent Space at the Baylor Libraries. K. Keyes and E. Dworak. Children are Welcome Here: Designing Spaces, Policies, & Services to Support Student Parents in the Academic Library.
  • Rachel Blume (2022) Learning Instructional Methods and Practices: An Early Career Health Sciences Librarian Perspective, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 41:1, 117-125, DOI: 10.1080/02763869.2022.2021049
  • Blume, R., & Roylance, A. (2020). Decolonization in collection development: Developing an authentic authorship workflow. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(5), 102175. doi:
  • Blume, R. (2019). Balance in Demand Driven Acquisitions: The Importance of Mindfulness and Moderation When Utilizing Just in Time Collection Development. Collection Management, 44(2-4), 105-116. doi:10.1080/01462679.2019.1593908


  • Waltz, Micah, Fulton, Stephanie, Blume, Rachel, et. All. “Aligning a medical science library’s instructional vision for local professional health programs curricula using the steps of evidence-based practice.” Medical Library Association Conference. May 2021.
  • Blume, Rachel. “In Defense of Happiness: Strategies for Analyzing the Cultural Fit of a New Position.” Society of American Archivists Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon, April 2017.
  • Blume, R. (2021). A Positive in the Midst of it All: The effects Covid-19 has had on creating more inclusive library services. Paper presented at the South-Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association.
  • Blume, Rachel and Dale Larson. “Perspectives on Collaborating Partnerships Between Collection Development and Library Instruction.” Utah Library Association Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2019
  • Blume, Rachel and Allyson Mower. “Connecting RPT Cultures, Publishing Expectations, and Reproducibility.” University of Utah Reproducibility Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2018.


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Rachel Blume
Health Sciences Library
Office T208


M.L.I.S., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2017. Library and Information Science

B.A. Honors, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR, 2014. English Literature & Digital Humanities

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