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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Abigail Goben, MLS: About


Abigail Goben joined the University of Illinois-Chicago Health Sciences Library in December 2010. Her primary liaison responsibilities are to the College of Dentistry and the Institute for Juvenile Research. 

Goben earned her Masters in Library Science from St. John's University in Queens in 2005. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Long Island University: C.W. Post Campus.  She is a member of the American Library Association, the Library and Information Technology Association, the Association for College and Research Libraries, the Association for Information Science and Technoloy, the Medical Library Association Midwest Chapter, the American Dental Education Association, the Library Society of the World, and the Code4Lib Community.  


Low entry barrier communication and collaboration tools have emerged and matured with recent web developments and librarians have explored and adopted these social media platforms, research data management tools, and open access publishing software to improve their work and facilitate access to information and data.  As these tools have become ubiquitous, they have also influenced inter-professional collaboration. My primary area of research is to examine the use of early 21st century technologies by librarians in professional communication, collaboration, and continuing education. My goal is to understand how these new tools have changed and expanded inter-professional opportunities and to determine barriers that yet remain as use of these tools evolves.


As an Information Services Librarian I provide reference and research support to health sciences faculty and students though a variety of in person and online venues, including classroom instruction and individual consultations. I am also currently participating in intiatives to faciliate management, preservation and expanded use of research data as these areas grow in relevance to our research community. As the  liaison to the College of Dentistry, I hold office hours at the College to answer student and faculty questions and co-teach the Evidence Based Practice courses for the pre-doctoral and advanced standing dental degrees. 


Currently I serve as Chair for the Education Committee of the Library Information Technology Assocation, which is a division of the American Library Association. Further I am a member of the Association for College and Research Libraries; the Association for Information Science and Technology, the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association; the American Dental Education Association; the Library Society of the World; and the Code4Lib National, Midwest, and Chicago communities.  

At UIC I am a member of the 

  • UI Health Data Governance Oversight Committee May 2015-present
  • UI Health Data Governance Definitions Subcommittee May 2015-present
    • Chair, March 2016-present
  • Data Storage Task Force February 2015-present
  • Curating Library Data Task Force (appointed) January 2015-present
  • Library of the Health Sciences Informatics Committee (appointed) August 2014-present
  • UI Health Guidelines and Protocols Oversight Committee January 2013-present
  • Digital Content Management and Preservation Task Force (appointed) November 2012-present
  • Scholarly Communications Committee (appointed) September 2011-present
  • Library Data Management Task Force (appointed) June 2012-present

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