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Lorely Ambriz worked for almost 10 years (2005-2014) as the Alliances Development and Knowledge Management Specialist for the Pan American Health Organization/ Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S. - Mexico Border Office. As of January 2014, she started as a full-time tenured track faculty librarian for El Paso Community College and simultaneously serves remotely as an adjunct faculty for the Arizona State University  College of Nursing and Health Innovation and its WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health.

Before joining PAHO/WHO in 2005, she also worked for 8 years in various capacities as news assignments editor/producer, health reporter , and newsroom automated system administrator at the Univision local affiliate in El Paso, Texas. Simultaneously, to this job and attending college, she worked from 1995 to 2005 as a Library Technical Assistant at the El Paso Community College Library. From 2005 until 2013 she worked as adjunct faculty part-time librarian.

At PAHO/WHO, she was responsible for the coordination of the Knowledge Management and Communication Center and the U.S.-Mexico Border Virtual Health Library (Border VHL); these are initiatives related to information dissemination, communication technologies , multimedia and mass media campaigns development and research promotion border wide. The Border VHL initiative was recognized in a supplement of The Lancet : Infectious Diseases in 2006 as the “first collaborative effort to make border health information available worldwide.”

She was also responsible for the PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office corporate image including dealing with the media, Office Web site, social media, blogs, list-servers and the overall publications production. Provided guidance to technical staff and external partners to promote research and knowledge generation, this includes co-producing two special issues of the PAHO Regional Journal ( Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública – Pan American Journal of Public Health ) on border related issues: in September 2010 Diabetes along the U.S.-Mexico Border and in May 2012 Health and Human Security .

In the research and policy areas, she was also the liaison for Border EVIPNet (Evidence Informed Policy Network), a collaborative network of researchers, policy makers, and civil society created to facilitate the use of high quality research evidence. Her expertise builds on providing training to others to expand their skills in searching the scientific literature, organizing information, and how to translate that knowledge/information into public policy and actions. She has co-facilitated workshops on systematic reviews development and advance searching with the Canadian Cochrane Collaboration Centre.  Moreover, she has combined her communications, knowledge management and evidence informed skills into knowledge translation; to produce evidence informed media campaigns and information products for chronic diseases prevention and control and for violence and injury prevention .

In 2007, she was profiled in the special edition of the Library Journal: Movers & Shakers ; due to her outstanding achievements and commitment to the information sciences profession. The Library Journal noted her as one of 50 librarians making a difference. In 2017, she was recognized as the Librarian of the Year by the Border Regional Library Association (BRLA).

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mass Commutations and Journalism from New Mexico State University and her master’s degree in Information Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. She has obtained various certifications accredited by the Medical Library Association (MLA) in evidence based medical librarianship and recently obtained a post master’s Certificate of Advanced Studies on Health Sciences Librarianship from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Research Interests

Evidence informed health policy

Knowledge management

Knowledge translation

Information-seeking behavior

Information-retrieval behavior

Qualitative research