SILS welcomes new faculty member Mary Grace Flaherty

February 13, 2013

Mary Grace FlahertyThe School of Information and Library Science (SILS) welcomes Mary Grace Flaherty, who will join the faculty as assistant professor on July 1, 2013.

Flaherty comes to SILS from Syracuse University where she is a doctoral candidate and an Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) fellow at the School of Information Studies. The title of her dissertation is, "The Public Library as Health Information Resource?" Her research interests include the role of public libraries in society, health information and health literacy. 

Flaherty has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of library settings, including academic, medical research and public libraries. Her most recent experience was as director of the Sidney Memorial Public Library in Sidney, NY where she managed a staff of 18 and a $500,000 annual budget. She was the principal investigator for the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH) Health Information System grant: Health Information Outreach to Rural Providers and Consumers.

“Mary Grace is an excellent fit with our School,” said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean of SILS and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. “Her experiences in libraries and her current research in health information will be assets for our students and for her peers. We are delighted to welcome her to the faculty.”

Flaherty received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland and her Master’s in Science in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University. She will be teaching INLS 513, “Resource Selection and Evaluation” in the fall 2013 semester.