The Health Sciences Library is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM (closed Saturday and Sunday), to anyone with a UVA Health ID. (Our large 24 hours space is open to anyone with a UVA Health ID when the library is open or closed.) On-site services are limited. A mask or face covering is required at all times and social distancing must be observed. The majority of Library staff continue to work remotely to provide services. For more information, please visit this page.
Professionally, I have two passions. One is a passion for learning new information gathering skills and teaching information mastery skills to the UVA School of Nursing for use in the classroom, the lab, and at the bedside. My other passion is working with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and libraries across the nation to improve library disaster readiness. All libraries can play an essential role in their community's/institution's emergency preparedness & response planning. Through the use of NN/LM EP&R workshops, training programs, and templates, I can help make that happen. Personal Interests: Sailing, canoeing, and long walks.
Master of Library Sciences at the State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo in 1982
B.A. in History at Bloomsburg State College in 1981
Publications and Presentations:
Public Library Directors Annual Meeting, Sept. 22, 2017, Richmond, Virginia. "Library First Response Efforts in Virginia." One of three panelists.
Facilitated the NN/LM MAR Libraries Disaster Planning Summit, Dover, DE, February 28, 2017
Facilitated the NN/LM PNR Montana State Library Disaster Summit, Helena, MT, Oct. 24, 2016
Presented paper entitled, Aligning Library Customer Service with a Core Initiative of the Health System, at the annual meeting of MAC/MLA, Philadelphia, PA, September 27, 2016
Guest Speaker, Public Library Association Mtg., Denver, CO, April 7, 2016
Facilitated NEFLIN Disaster Summit, Jacksonville, FL, March 29, 2016
Facilitated the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Summit, Wilkes-Barre, PA, April 10, 2015
Facilitated the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Summit, Durham, NC, April 6, 2015
Facilitated the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Summit, State College, PA, Nov. 4, 2014
Book: Halsted, D, Clifton, S., Wilson, D. Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning Response, and Recovery. (2014) Chicago, IL. Neal-Schuman
Facilitated the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Summit, Charlottesville, VA, May 6, 2014.
Facilitated the NN/LM Disaster Summit, Worcester, MA, November 22, 2013.
Presented at an ALA Preconference, Chicago, IL, April 28, 2013.
Presented at the Special Libraries Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 11, 2013.
Facilitated the NN/LM/New Jersey State Library EP&R Summit, Eatontown, NJ, April 8, 2013.
Facilitated the NN/LM Earthquake Summit in Seattle, WA, March 26, 2013.
Facilitated the NN/LM Disaster Communications Summit in Chicago, IL, March 7, 2013.
Facilitated the NN/LM Power Outage Summit in Washington, DC, September 5, 2012.
Facilitated the NN/LM Earthquake Summit in San Francisco, CA, March 6, 2012.
Facilitated the NN/LM Hurricane Summit in Miami, Florida, February 8, 2012.
Texas Library Association Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, April 22, 2011. Presented and participated as a member of a panel discussion on "Library Disaster and Continuity of Operations Planning."
Disaster Information Outreach Symposium, Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine, March 28-29, 2011. Presented, as an invited speaker, "Going After Barriers:Experiences of the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & R
District of Columbia Area Health Sciences Libraries Meeting, March 27, 2011.Presented NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative activities and facilitated discussion.
"What About the Library? The Value of Libraries Before and After a Disaster," Richmond, Christiansburg, and Hampton, VA, October and November, 2010.With the Library of Virginia and sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, facilitated th
"A 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning." Invited speaker at a program offered for North Carolina AHEC librarians and hospital emergency preparedness administrators, Raleigh and Charlotte, March 2010.
"Status of the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative." Invited at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 2009.
"A 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning." Invited speaker at the Mid Continental Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Breckenridge, Colorado, September 2009.
Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Annual Community Forum, July 2009 Invited speaker, to present NN/LM's Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan, highlighting the back-up ILL procedures developed between the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the Univ
Train-the-trainer sessions, "A 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Plan," Spring 2009 Developed curriculum and instructional model for NN/LM's service continuity model, presented training to NN/LM staff nationwide.
2009 ILLiad International Conference, March 2009 Presented, with Melanie Norton, on ILL back-up arrangement between the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia and the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Cha
Taught the "A 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning" on behalf of NN/LM Presented virtual classes to NN/LM members in the Pacific Northwest Region, Pacific Southwest Region, Mid-Continental Region, and Mid-Atlantic Region
University of Virginia Emergency Preparedness Forum, October 2008 Addressed initial meeting of emergency planners from all departments at the University of Virginia, giving an overview of emergency preparedness at the UVa Health Sciences Library as well a
Maine Health Science Libraries Information Consortium (HSLIC), June 6, 2008 Presented overview of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan to the HSLIC annual meeting.
Consortium of Biomedical Libraries in the South (CONBLS), April 2008, Johnson City, TN As keynote speaker, presented overview of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan to the CONBLS bi-annual retreat.
NN/LM Regional Office visits and training, Spring 2008 Between February and June, visited each of the eight NN/LM Regional offices to introduce the plan and provide training for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan.
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, October 2007 Poster Presentation: "Resourceful Blogging: a Fresh Ingredient in the Recipe for Information Sharing," co-presented with Susan Yowell. The poster featured using the Disas
Tennessee Health Sciences Library Association Meeting, September 2007 Hired as a consultant to coordinate and present a day-and-a-half program on emergency preparedness.
NN/LM SE/A Regional Webcast, June 2007 Presented "Promoting Readiness in the SE/A Region: What Your RML is Doing to Help Mitigate Disasters," to hospital librarians.
Association of North Carolina Health Sciences Libraries Meeting, June 2007 Presented "Promoting Readiness in the SE/A Region: What Your RML is Doing to Help Mitigate Disasters," at their spring meeting in Raleigh, NC.
Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, May 2007 Poster Presentation: "Disaster Planning: the Keystone of a Business Continuity Plan for Your Library," co-presented with Susan Yowell.
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, October 2006 Poster Presentation: "Weathering an Uncertain Future: 10 Tips for Planning and Developing an Effective Disaster Response," co-presented with Susan Yowell.
Medical Library Association Meeting, May 2006 Poster Presentation: "Preparing for a Disaster: Taking a Leadership Role in Creating a Comprehensive Disaster Plan for Your Library," co-presented with Susan Yowell.
Medical Reference Services Quarterly, Summer Issue, 2008 Co-authored with Susan Yowell article entitled "Resourceful Blogging: Using a Blog as an Information Sharing Resource," which featured the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit.
Journal of Hospital Librarianship, co-authored with Susan Yowell and Ruth Holst, "Take Ten: A Ten-Step Approach to Emergency Preparedness and Service Continuity," featured the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan's model for service continuity pla
Journal of the Medical Library Association, co-authored with Melanie Norton and Susan Yowell, "Partnering to promote service continuity in the event of an emergency: a successful collaboration between two Interlibrary Loan departments