SILS adjunct professor and UNC Health Sciences Library director receives national award

September 10, 2010

photo of Carol JenkinsCarol Jenkins, an adjunct professor at the School of Information and Library Science and director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Health Sciences Library, will receive the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries’ 2010 Cornerstone Award. 

The annual award is given to a person whose career has assisted the association’s mission and/or had a significant impact on the profession of academic health sciences librarianship.

The Association said Jenkins’ nominators drew particular attention to her leadership role with its Future Leadership Committee, a group she co-chaired from 2003-2009. The program, co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, has helped recruit talented new library directors into leadership positions.

Jenkins has directed the Health Sciences Library for nearly 25 years. The library provides learning, teaching, research and patient care-related services and programming to the UNC schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health and UNC Hospitals.

The library also delivers information to the public and health-care professionals throughout the state. Programs include, an online guide to quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina, and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Digital Library (, an online service for health-care professionals focused on clinical care and continuing education.

She will receive the award during the Association of American Medical College’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8.