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January 20, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Pope named director of SUNY Upstate’s Health Sciences Library

Cristina A. Pope has been named director of the Heath Sciences Library at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Pope joins SUNY Upstate from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), where she served since 1998 as assistant director for education and public services at the Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center, managing on-line library services serving more than 2 million people, including faculty, staff and students at 10 teaching hospitals. From 1992 to 1997 she managed various library centers and services at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She began her library career at Simmons College.

The only medical library in Central New York, the Health Sciences Library, offers more than 190,000 volumes and 1,450 journal titles as well as more than 350 on line texts and journals. The library is open to the public.

Pope is a member of numerous national organizations, including the American Library Association, Medical Library Association and EDUCAUSE, a national organization that examines ways to use information technology to improving the delivery of education. Pope also was a member of the board of trustees for NOLA, a membership driven regional library system serving the library needs in northeaster Ohio.

She has received funding for various research studies examining the impact of technology on the learning process. She authored a 2002 study assessing the benefits of using PDAs in medical school.

Pope earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and a master’s degree from Simmons College and will complete her MBA at the University of Akron this year.

She lives in Manlius.

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