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Sarah Young - Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA, US

Sarah Young

Principal Librarian | Carnegie Mellon University


Sarah Young is a social sciences librarian, providing teaching and research support.


Sarah Young is a social sciences librarian, providing teaching and research support to the Heinz College, the departments of Statistics & Data Science, and Information Systems and the Institute for Politics and Strategy. She holds graduate degrees in library and information science and development and international relations. She teaches workshops on tools for citation management and data cleaning. In addition, Young provides methodological expertise for evidence synthesis (such as systematic and scoping reviews) in the social sciences, conducts research on evidence synthesis methods and develops and conducts evidence synthesis training locally and abroad. Young is a co-convener for the Campbell Collaboration's Information Retrieval Methods Group.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Information Systems

Social & Decision Sciences



Public Policy





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Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Orientation to Resources and Services



Industry Expertise (2)

Public Policy

Political Organization

Education (2)

University of Pittsburgh: M.L.I.S.

Aalborg University: M.Sc, Development and International Relations

Articles (5)

Searching for evidence in public health emergencies: a white paper of best practices

Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA

2023 Objectives: Information professionals have supported medical providers, administrators and decision-makers, and guideline creators in the COVID-19 response. Searching COVID-19 literature presented new challenges, including the volume and heterogeneity of literature and the proliferation of new information sources, and exposed existing issues in metadata and publishing. An expert panel developed best practices, including recommendations, elaborations, and examples, for searching during public health emergencies.

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Rigour in phenomenological and phenomenography studies: A scoping review of library and information science research

Library & Information Science Research

2023 This scoping review investigates rigour from phenomenological and phenomenographic orientations and their appropriate fit into the discourses identified by researchers. The scoping review addresses the following central research question: Do phenomenological and phenomenographic studies in published library science research share the same criteria of rigour? Library and information science (LIS) multi-disciplinary bibliographic databases were searched. Basic keyword searching was conducted in databases and conference proceedings were hand-searched to ensure that no articles were missed because of indexing lags.

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Leveraging microgrants to support capacity-building workshops in low-and middle-income countries for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals

Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA

2022 Twenty fifteen marked the year of assessment for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs that achieved the greatest success were those where evidence-based practice (EBP) interventions were implemented. The ability to practice evidence-based medicine is grounded in the creation of and access to medical literature that synthesizes research findings. The role that global health literature played in the success of the MDGs demonstrates that medical libraries and librarians have a role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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An Exploration of Business Librarian Participation in Knowledge Synthesis Reviews

College & Research Libraries

2022 Systematic reviews and other forms of knowledge synthesis are increasingly common in the social sciences, including in business and management research. We surveyed academic business librarians to determine the extent of their involvement, in any capacity, in knowledge syntheses. Of 71 eligible responses, 30 percent were involved in supporting knowledge synthesis, while others expressed an awareness of and interest in knowledge synthesis methods and have participated in training opportunities to support these types of projects in the future. While still nascent, knowledge synthesis support by business librarians presents potential as a new service area providing opportunities for deep engagement with faculty research.

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Making the case for librarian expertise to support evidence synthesis for the sustainable development goals

Research Synthesis Methods

2022 Evidence syntheses that engage librarians as co‐authors produce higher‐quality results than those that do not. Trained as teachers, researchers, and information managers, librarians possess expert knowledge on research methodologies and information retrieval approaches that are critical for evidence synthesis. Researchers are under increasing pressure to produce evidence syntheses to inform practice and policymaking. Many fields outside of health science and medicine, however, do not have established guidelines, processes, or methodologies. This article describes how librarians led the creation of an interdisciplinary toolkit for researchers new to evidence synthesis.

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