Judy Mahachek

Judy Mahachek has worked in the knowledge management/library/information science field for three decades. The focus of her work for much of that time has been the creation and optimized use of POPLINE, the world’s largest bibliographic database on population, family planning and related health issues. She has managed the production of POPLINE bibliographic records, developed comprehensive standards for metadata, collaborated on selection and acquisition policies, contributed to the content of four editions of the POPLINE thesaurus, and served as primary POPLINE searcher.

Judy has been devoted for over a decade to the transformation of the closed corporate concept of knowledge management into an open and vital instrument in international public health. She is interested both in its theory and its application in creating, organizing, and synthesizing the explicit and tacit knowledge of the field. She particularly enjoys investigating the role of controlled vocabulary databases in knowledge management.

Judy and her family are currently absorbed in finding and adopting their fifth elderly golden retriever from golden rescue.