Five questions with HSL’s new clinical librarian Rebecca McCall

By Lynn Eades July 7, 2017

Rebecca McCall has been appointed as a clinical librarian at the Health Sciences Library.  Prior to this appointment, Rebecca worked as the library director of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University in Springfield, Missouri.

Rebecca McCall, clinical librarian

Rebecca holds an M.S.L.S. from the UNC School of Information and Library Science and a B.A. in English from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

What made you decide to come to Chapel Hill?

I was already a member of the Carolina family (MSLS ’12), already loved the research, service, and teaching environment at UNC-Chapel Hill, had been hearing about the successful work and innovative goals of the Health Sciences Library, and I wanted to be a part of it.

What is your role here at HSL?

I am a clinical librarian, a member of the Clinical Services Team in the User Services department. I work with care providers in specific departments at the hospital, answering clinical decision support questions, providing literature to support evidence based practice, consulting on research projects, and completing systematic review literature searches.

What challenges do you see ahead for the library?

The changing health care environment means the HSL needs to keep adapting to the evolving needs of NC care providers and health consumers. This flexibility, in response to health care law, policy, research, and technology evolutions, is nothing new for libraries and librarians, but it continues to be a key challenge.

What has impressed you most about HSL?

The librarians here have wide-ranging expertise across health sciences librarianship and it is impressive how everyone works together and learns from each other in order to provide collaborative service to our constituents.

What one thing would you want faculty, staff, and students to know about you?

There are no stupid questions. If there is something you need to learn more about, I’m here for you.

Reach Rebecca at or (919) 966-0951.

Last modified: 09/05/17