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Libraries and Departments

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library (WHSC Library)

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library connects the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory communities with information and knowledge to support education, research, and patient care. Electronic collections, information management and analysis tools, technology-rich collaborative spaces, and a team of subject experts promote evidence-based care and interdisciplinary study and research.

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library
1462 Clifton Rd, NE
Mailstop 1370-001-1AC
Atlanta, GA 30322

Staff Directory

Information Desk (404) 727-8727

 

Branch Libraries

Emory University Hospital Library
Room H-140, EUH
Phone:  404-727-3090 Fax: 404-727-3033
Clinical Informationist:  Emily Lawson

Emory University Hospital Midtown Branch Library
Davis Fischer Building, room 1308
Phone:  404-686-1978
Clinical Informationist:  John Nemeth

Emory Saint Joseph's Bellman Library
Room G37
Phone:  678-843-7039

Grady Branch Library
1st floor, Glenn Building
Phone:  404-251-8777

WHSC Library Committees

As of June 2020

Steering Committee 
Charge:
The Steering Committee is responsible for the Action Plan and the achievement of outcomes for the WHSC Library.  The Steering Committee will monitor and review the status of library goals and objectives, and members will provide oversight of the projects/activities in their specific functional units.  The Committee is advisory to the Director.  The Steering Committee provides insight on long-term strategies in support of the Emory Libraries’ mission and vision. Members of the Steering Committee ensure business objectives are being adequately addressed. 

Members:

Sandra Franklin, Director

Bonita Bryan, Head of Collection Services
Hannah Rogers, Head of Access Services and Reference Services
Emily Lawson, Interim Head of Clinical Informationist Services/Coordinator of User Outreach

Others may be invited to participate as needed 

Collection Display Committee (temporary)  
Purpose: 
To solicit and approve displays at the WHSC Library Information Desk in order to highlight library collections of interest to Emory’s health sciences community. 
Members:
 
Hannah Rogers, Head of Access Services and Reference Services, Chair

Bonnie Bryan, Head of Collection Services

Communications and Outreach
Committee

Purpose:
To guide communication and outreach efforts of the WHSC Library and to develop and implement communication and outreach activities for WHSC Library products and services.
Members
:
​Emily Lawson, Interim Head of Clinical Informationist Services/Coordinator of User Outreach, Chair (2020)
Shenita Peterson, Public Health Informationist

Jeremy Kupsco, Research Informationist
Sharon Leslie, Nursing Informationist
Ryan Nock, Information Associate

Ashley Stevens, Archives Manager

Exhibits Committee
Charge:
The Exhibition Committee of the WHSC Library is a cross-departmental team charged with recommending policies and procedures for library physical and virtual exhibits from WHSC Library Historical Collections.  This committee will manage exhibits and develop exhibit themes that highlight materials and artifacts available primarily from WHSC Library collections.  This committee will also review collection development policies related to WHSC Library Historical Collections.
Members:

Ashley Stevens, Archives Manager, Chair

Bonita Bryan, Head of Collection Services
Emily Corbin, Archives Specialist, Sr.

Sandra Franklin, Director 
Matthew Miller, Collection Services Specialist, Sr.

Informationist (TBA, rotates per exhibit)

Staff Activities Committee (SAC)
Purpose:
The committee is responsible for identifying and organizing opportunities for the WHSC Library staff to connect on a more personal level outside of work-related projects and discussions. Such as, 1) develop a social program to build a cohesive and an engaged staff. 2) help implement and evaluate staff events, programs and activities sponsored by SAC. 3) advise the library Director regarding staff events, programs and activities.
Members
:

Pam Pope, Office Manager, Co-chair
Maria Flowers-Brooks, Resources Management Specialist, Co-chair
Jeremy Kupsco, Research Informationist
Tim Lammers, Library Specialist
Sharon Leslie, Nursing Informationist
Matt Miller, Collection Services Specialist, Sr.
Tyler Moses, Assessment Librarian and GDBBS Informationist

Twitter Team
Purpose:
To write, edit, and launch tweets for the WHSC Library Twitter account.
Members
:
Emily Lawson, Interim Head of Clinical Informationist Services/Coordinator of User
Outreach
Sharon
Leslie, Nursing Informationist, Team Lead
Maria
Flowers-Brooks, Resources Management Specialist
Jeremy Kupsco, Research Informationist
Mia White, Medical Education & Technologies Informationist

Web Committee
Purpose:
To provide oversight and review for content on the WHSC Library’s website and to ensure quality and consistency on the site by implementing standards and guidelines.
Members
:
Mia White, Medical Education & Technologies Informationist, Chair (2018)

Tim Lammers, Library Specialist
Emily Lawson, Interim Head of Clinical Informationist Services/Coordinator of User Outreach

Matthew Miller, Collection Services Specialist, Sr.

Shenita Peterson, Public Health Informationist

 

As of March 2020

Instruction Alignment Project Team
Purpose:
The goal of the library’s instruction service is to educate and empower the library’s user community to select, retrieve, evaluate, and manage information - referred to in this document as information-processing skills and behaviors. This project will focus on the community of health sciences students. Therefore, we are interested information-processing skills and behaviors that health sciences students would use to accomplish coursework and other requirements, such as production of theses and dissertations. 
Members
:
Mia White
, Medical Education & Technologies Informationist, Chair (2019)
Sharon Leslie
, Nursing Informationist

Rigor and Reproducibility Working Group
Purpose:
Purpose statement is in progress.
Members
:
Jeremy Kupsco, Research Informationist, Chair (2019)

Shenita Peterson, Public Health Informationist
Kim Powell, Research Impact Informationist

Bonnie Bryan
Emory University Employee Council
Emory University WHSC Library Exhibits Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Steering Committee

Emily Corbin
Emory University WHSC Library Exhibits Committee

Maria Brooks Flowers
Emory University Libraries and Information Technologies (LITS) Library Employee Advocacy Forum (LEAF)
     Holiday luncheon subcommmittee
     Staff recognition subcommittee
Emory University LITS People, Awards, and Town Halls (PATH) Committee
Emory University LITS Wellness Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Staff Activities Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Twitter Team 

Sandra Franklin
Emory University Libraries Director's Council
Emory University WHSC Library Exhibits Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Steering Committee

Jeremy Kupsco
​Emory University WHSC Library Communications & Outreach Team
Emory University WHSC Library Rigor & Reproducibility Working Group
Emory University WHSC Library Staff Activities Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Twitter Team

Tim Lammers
Emory University WHSC Library Staff Activities Committee
​Emory University WHSC Library Web Committee

Emily Lawson
Emory University WHSC Library Communications & Outreach Team 

Sharon Leslie
Emory University Neil Hodgson School of Nursing Curriculum Committee
Emory University Libraries DiscoverE Advisory Group
Emory University Libraries SpringShare Implementation Team
Emory University Libraries LibGuides Task Force
Emory University WHSC Library Communications & Outreach Team
Emory University WHSC Library Staff Activities Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Twitter Team

Matt Miller
Emory University WHSC Library Exhibits Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Staff Activities Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Web Committee

Tyler Moses
Emory Healthcare (EHC) Patient Education Committee
Emory University Assessment Integration Group (AIG)
Emory University Librarians Assembly Professional Development Subcommittee
Emory University LITS Research, Education, and Scholarly Communications Committee
Emory University LITS E-Book Task Force
Emory University LITS Social Sciences and Sciences Task Force
Emory University LITS Student Services Task Force
     Undergraduate Student Services subcommittee
Emory University WHSC Library Staff Activities Committee

John Nemeth
EHC Nurse Peer Mentoring Committee
EHC Patient Education Committee
Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Council
Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Council
Emory University Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (T&PAC)

Ryan Nock
Emory University LITS Circulation Community of Practice
Emory University Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (T&PAC)
Emory University WHSC Library Communications & Outreach Team

Shenita R. Peterson
Emory University LITS Digital Signage Committee
Emory University LITS Librarians Assembly Council
Emory University WHSC Library Communications & Outreach Team 
Emory University WHSC Library Rigor & Reproducibility Working Group
Emory University WHSC Library Web Committee

Pam Pope
Emory University WHSC Library Staff Activities Committee 

Kim Powell
Emory University Data Science Community of Practice
Emory University Librarians Assembly Council Committee on Relationships
Emory University Librarians Assembly Council Professional Development Subcommittee
Emory University LITS PATH Committee
     Employee recognition and engagement subcommittee
Emory University Provost Faculty Advisory Group
Emory University WHSC Library Rigor & Reproducibility Working Group

Hannah Rogers
Emory University WHSC Library Collection Display Committee (temporary)
Emory University WHSC Library Steering Committee

Mia White
Emory University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Emory University LITS Peer Review Committee
Emory University WHSC Library Twitter Team
Emory University WHSC Library Web Committee

Systematic Review Services Working Group – Retired Spring 2019
Purpose
: To develop a framework for a formal systematic review service, including,

  • Revised and expanded information for the website and other formats 
  • Expanded set of library-sponsored classes that better meet the needs of the systematic review researchers, as opposed to students doing projects related to their coursework.   
  • A menu of services that the library can sustain with our current workforce; this menu should define the deliverable(s) for each service 
  • A plan for ensuring quality, consistency, and continuity in the services provided.  Examples of plan components include continuing in-house training, steps to reduce bias in search strategies, recommended strategies or best practices.

Members:
Hannah Rogers, Head of Access Services and Reference Services, Chair

Sharon Leslie
, Nursing Informationist
Tyler Moses, Visiting Librarian
John Nemeth, Clinical Informationist
Shenita Peterson, Life Sciences Informationist
Hannah Rutledge, Head of Clinical Informationist Services

 Organizational Chart

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History of the Library

The Abner Wellborn Calhoun Medical Library opened on January 1, 1924 and was housed in the Wesley Memorial Hospital, predecessor to today's Emory University Hospital.  The library was established from funds provided by Dr. F. Phinizy Calhoun in memory of his father, Dr. Abner Wellborn Calhoun.  A.W. Calhoun was professor of Ophthalmology in the Atlanta Medical College and other of Emory's predecessor medical schools from 1874 until his death in 1910.

The library replaced the medical school library which was housed in the Anatomy Building of the Medical School and had outgrown its space.  It was intended to serve not only students in Emory's School of Medicine and doctors who practiced at Wesley Memorial, but all members of the medical profession.  In 1924, Miss M. Myrtle Tye was chosen as Emory's first full-time librarian.  During her tenure as Librarian, she directed the steady growth of the collection.  Despite financial limitations imposed by the economy in the early 1930s, she was able to raise funds to purchase for the library a rare 1543 first edition of Andreas Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica.

Following Miss Tye's death in 1933, Miss Mildred McMillan Jordan was appointed librarian and served until her death in 1965.  Miriam H. Libbey served as library director from 1966 until her death in December of 1984, at which time Carol Burns, Director of Public Services for the library, was appointed to the position.

The A.W. Calhoun Medical Library was renamed the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library when it moved to new quarters in the Dental School Building in 1987.  Ms. Burns retired in 2000. Sandra Franklin, who since 1983 had served in the positions Reference Librarian, Assistant Director, and Associate Director, served as acting director until September 2002 when she was appointed to the Library Director position.

Adapted from A. W. Calhoun Medical Library records, 1918-1987, Emory University Health Sciences Archives.
See also A Sesquicentennial Chronicle of The Emory University Library by Thomas H. English