I am pleased to present the Health Sciences Library’s Year in Review Report for 2013-2014. Highlights of this year’s report include:
- The completion of our new strategic plan, our first joint strategic plan with University Libraries;
- Librarians’ response to increased research activities in Dentistry and Nursing, as well as aiding interdisciplinary research among health affairs schools;
- Changes in HSL staff and resources to support new health affairs curricula and professional education programs, as well as regional campuses;
- HSL’s role in supporting health informatics and health information technology
- The value of the HSL’s information to practitioners making clinical decisions as shown by an international study.
All of this took place during a time of transition, at the HSL specifically, and at UNC-Chapel Hill in general. UNC opened FY2014 with a new Chancellor, Carol Folt, a new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, James Dean, and a new North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Director, Warren Newton. In addition, FY2014 saw new leadership at the HSL when I took over for Carol Jenkins following her retirement after 26 remarkable years of leadership at this library.
This report shows how our library staff continues to adapt services and information to the latest technology, the needs of our users and the changes in their fields. And it gives a glimpse of how we will continue to respond to and anticipate the evolving needs of our users. This work would not be possible without a talented and dedicated staff, tremendous support from our colleagues in health affairs and across campus and the continued generosity of our donors, who enable us to remain one of the greatest libraries in the world.