Meet our Director
Nandita S. Mani, PhD, MLIS, AHIP
Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences and Director of the Health Sciences Library
Nandita S. Mani is the Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences and Director of the Health Sciences Library
As AUL & Director, Mani reports to the University Librarian and Associate Provost for University Libraries and serves on the University Library Leadership team (LLT) contributing to library-wide strategic planning, program and policy development, budget formulation ($46M), collections negotiations and analysis, fundraising and development, allocation of resources in support of the Library’s mission and values, and represents the library system in national and international venues.
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, 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.
As Director, she provides leadership and general administration of the HSL, which includes leading a workforce of over 50 FTE, oversight of a budget with annual expenditures of approximately $8 million, planning and policy formulation around collection development programs, facilities, infrastructure, technology innovation, cooperative activities, and outreach to the five Health Affairs schools and the hospital. In her role, she participates in fundraising and revenue development including contracts, grants, and other sources. In this role, she has built new programs and partnerships in areas including community and global engagement, research informatics, and clinical engagement.
Mani’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University, and a subsequent Masters degree in Library & Information Science and Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University, where her primary areas of focus and expertise were in instructional design, evaluation, and performance improvement.
Prior to coming to Carolina, she led projects related to health literacy and community engagement in Detroit, Michigan and worked on curricular transformation projects at the University of Michigan where she lead the development of a 4 year longitudinal multi-disciplinary curricular thread for the School of Medicine, taught information synthesis and evidence- based techniques to graduate students in the health professions schools, served as faculty for the UM Masters of Health Professions Education program, and taught and worked closely with clinical departments, residency programs, and community partners during her tenure at Henry Ford Hospital.
Mani served a 10 year term as Managing Editor for Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, is currently an Assistant Editor for the journal Consumer Health on the Internet, and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She has published in the areas of health literacy and global health, information science, data science, and instructional design and technology. Her grants participation spans the areas of chronic kidney disease, technological innovation integration, and online learning.