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Molly Beestrum has 19 years of academic library experience in reference and research assistance, teaching, online instructional support, faculty collaboration, and program coordination. Molly leads and conducts instructional sessions with student programs in Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Through this role Molly integrates library instruction into curriculum threads for clinical programs in both introductory and capstone courses; this includes literature review support for various curricular threads in MD program, as well as literature review support and critical appraisal support for capstone projects and structured orsystematic reviews other programs. Molly also provides liaison support to the departments of Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a liaison, she delivers library orientations, instructs patrons on the use of biomedical databases,provides literature review and systematic review support, and collaborates with students, residents, fellows, andfaculty. These collaborations have resulted in 24 publications since 2018.  

Molly has taught as an adjunct in the School of Information Studies since 2005. She regularly teaches a required introductory course focused on information seeking behavior, reference interview and research consultation techniques, information literacy and fluency and teaching and learning principles in librarianship. Since 2005 she has taught dozens of course sections, mentoring future – and now, current – librarians. Engaging with library students in this manner, and as a practicum preceptor earlier in her career, Molly strives to relate theory to practice, making real-world connections to research services and information literacy instruction. 


Molly served as President of the Illinois Library Association from 2018-2021, working closely with the ILA Executive Director and fellow presidents learning the value of teamwork when accomplishing goals. She oversaw the strategic planning and implementation process for the organization, coordinated the 2019 Annual Conference, and instituted an appropriate conduct policy for ILA events. Her experience as ILA President during the COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice protests of summer of 2020 prepared her for leadership in the face of challenges and uncertainty. Her efforts during this time were recognized when she was named the 2020 ILA Academic Librarian of the Year.  

2004 M.A.L.S. in Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
1999 B.A. English Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1999 B.A. Classical Studies. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Selected Publications

Pizzo, A., Porter, J., Carroll, Y., Burcheri, A., Smeltzer, M., Beestrum, M., Nwosu, C., Badawy, S., Hankins, J., Klesges, L., & Alberts, N. (2023). Provider prescription of hydroxyurea in youth and adults with sickle cell disease: A review of prescription barriers and facilitators. British Journal of Haematology. Wiley Online Library. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bjh.19099. PMID: 37691131. Retrieved from 

Fisher, S., Huang, J., DuBord, A., Xu, N., Beestrum, M., Niznik, C., Yeung, A., Nguyen, K., Klonoff, D., & Yee, L. (2023). Continuous Subcutaneous Infusion Versus Multiple Daily Injections of Insulin for Pregestational Diabetes in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 17(5), 1337-1363. Sage Journals. doi:10.1177/1932296823118662. Retrieved from  

Potapragada, N., Babayev, E., Strom, D., Beestrum, M., Schauer, J., & Jungheim, E. (2023). Intrauterine Insemination After Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Trigger or Luteinizing Hormone Surge: A Meta-analysis. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 142(1), 61-70.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000005222. Epub. PMID: 37290111. Retrieved from

Siddiqui, O., Baskaran, A., Lin, K., Najam, N., Shah, T., Beestrum, M., Thuluvath, A., Bonakdarpour, B., Kim, M., Dietch, Z., Wolf, M., Ladner, D. (2023). Cognitive Impairment in Liver Transplant Recipients With a History of Cirrhosis: A Systematic Review. Transplantation Direct, 9(5):e1479. Lippincott. doi: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000001479. PMID: 37096151; PMCID: PMC10121435. Retrieved from 

Badreldin, N., Ditosto, J., Holder, K., Beestrum, M., & Yee, L. (2023). Interventions to Reduce Inpatient and Discharge Opioid Prescribing for Postpartum Patients: A Systematic Review. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. Wiley Online Library. doi: PMID: 36811227. Retrieved from

Selected Presentations
Fisher SA, Xu NY, Huang J, Dubord A, Beestrum M, Niznik CM, et al. Continuous subcutaneous infusion versus multiple daily injections of insulin for type 1 diabetes in pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2023;228(1):S743-S4.
Potapragada N, Babayev E, Strom D, Beestrum M, Schauer J, Jungheim E, eds. Monitoring with Ultrasound and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Trigger VS. Luteinizing Hormone Surge to Time Intrauterine Insemination: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis ASRM 2022
Guerrieri R, Beestrum M, Heudebert G, editors. Navigating Medical Literature. American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting 2022; Chicago, IL
Nixon KE, Traylor JM, Beestrum M, King LP, Milad MP. Ethical surgical informed consent in emergency obstetrics and gynecology: A systematic review. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021;224(6):S767-S. PubMed PMID: WOS:000655520200059.
Mou T, Warner K, Brown O, Yeh C, Beestrum M, Kenton K, et al. Prevalence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in US Racial Populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Population-Based Screening Studies. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2020;39:S74-S5.


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