Carol Jenkins has been the Director of the Health Sciences Library since 1986. She has provided leadership to the library during an exciting period of growth and change, including an extensive renovation completed in 2005.
Her publications, consulting, and research are in the areas of information outreach, changes in scholarly publication, new library buildings and preparing health sciences librarians to advance in the profession. She has served on the Boards of Directors and is a past president of both the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) in 2001 and the Medical Library Association (MLA) in 2002, and served as member and Chair of the National Library of Medicine Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee (NIH Study Section, 2002-2006). She led a program to prepare future directors of academic health sciences libraries, and participated twice as a mentor in the program. She continues to support library leadership development by teaching in the AAHSL New Directors program and by chairing an MLA task force on Emerging Leaders.
Through more than two decades of service to Carolina Jenkins also has held numerous leadership roles. These include Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women, and founding Board member of BRIDGES, a program preparing women for academic administrative leadership; member of the Executive Committee of Faculty Council and of the University Budget Advisory Committee. Jenkins is also Professor of Practice in UNC’s School of Information and Library Science.
Prior to coming to North Carolina in 1986, Jenkins held library administrative positions at the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and Oregon Health Sciences University. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and received her MLS degree from the University of Oregon. She has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1991 and was named a Lifetime Fellow of the MLA in 2001.