Phil Willke, Stephanie Michaels, and Josh Jones
November 2, 2022

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce Phil Willke recently joined fellow State Library Reference Librarians Stephanie Michaels and Josh Jones in receiving national recognition by the Medical Library Association (MLA) for earning Level 2 Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certificates.

Earning CHIS certification exemplifies the State Library’s reference librarians’ commitment to offering quality consumer health information services and to staying current with developments in consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

Earning a Level II CHIS demonstrates skills in all 8 Core Competencies for Providing Consumer Health Information Services:

  • Know the Community
  • Know the Health Consumer
  • Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources
  • Evaluation of Health Information
  • Communication, Reference, and Instruction
  • Literacy and Health Literacy
  • Technology and Health
  • Ethical and Legal Issues

“It’s an honor to work alongside such dedicated professionals who recognized the need to ensure Ohioans have access to the most credible and accurate health information, and sought this additional certification,” expressed State Librarian Wendy Knapp. “Josh, Stephanie, and Phil identified a need and rose to the occasion to best serve our patrons.”

The CHIS was created in 2001 with the support of the National Library of Medicine and is conducted in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Phil, Josh, and Stephanie join more than 1,300 medical, public, and consumer health librarians, and allied health and information professionals who have earned the CHIS certificate.
The State Library of Ohio is proud to have our librarians supporting the needs of consumers for accurate and relevant health information.

“The past few years have highlighted the need for library staff to be well-versed in the most current and accurate health information available in order to guide patrons to reliable authoritative resources,” added State Librarian Knapp.

For more information about CHIS, visit htps://

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875