Meet our Director
As Director and Associate University Librarian, Nandita Mani oversees one of the nation’s leading health affairs libraries. The UNC Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the primary library for the University’s schools of dentistry, medicine (including allied health sciences), nursing, pharmacy, and public health. It also serves the UNC Medical Center and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), a statewide program for clinical education and health services.
Mani is part of the UNC Library’s Administrative Council and a member of the leadership team reporting to Sarah Michalak, University Librarian and Associate Provost for University Libraries.
At the HSL, she oversees a budget with annual expenditures of approximately $8 million, a workforce of close to 60 FTE, and a recently renovated, technology-adapted building at the heart of the health sciences sector of the Chapel Hill campus. The HSL has a collection of close to 460,000 volumes and, with the UNC University Library, provides access to nearly 148,000 journals.
“Dr. Mani brings a deep knowledge of health sciences librarianship and a strong background in education and technology,” said Michalak. “Throughout her career, she has been deeply committed to improving the experiences of both library users and staff. We know she will do great things at Carolina.”
“Building partnerships and discovering innovative ways that the Health Sciences Library can contribute to UNC’s mission is of great importance to me. I look forward to working with the University Library and the health affairs schools to deepen our collaborations and contributions to the Carolina community and the state,” said Mani.
Mani comes to UNC from the University of Michigan, where she was Assistant Director for Academic and Clinical Engagement at the Taubman Health Sciences Library. She was previously Medical Librarian and Coordinator of Education and Consumer Health at the Henry Ford Hospital’s Sladen Library in Detroit, Michigan. She has held medical librarian and IT positions at the Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library of Wayne State University in Detroit, and the Cross Cancer Institute of the Alberta Cancer Board in Alberta, Canada.
Mani is Managing Editor for the journal Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease. She has published extensively on topics related to librarianship and technology. Dr. Mani’s research interests focus on learning analytics in evidence-based pedagogy and curricular design in health science education.
She holds a Ph.D. in instructional technology and an M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University. Her B.A. in psychology is from Concordia University of Edmonton, Alberta.