Emily Vardell, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information Science and Library Science (SILS), has received the 2016 Thomson Reuters/MLA Doctoral Fellowship. Awarded biennially in even numbered years, the fellowship supports research or travel for doctoral work in an area of health sciences librarianship or information sciences. Past recipients include National Library of Medicine Associate Director Valerie Florance and SILS Distinguished Research Professor Joanne Gard Marshall.
Vardell, who was a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow from 2007-2009, said she was drawn to health sciences librarianship because it combined her “passion for getting the right information to the right people and making a difference in people’s lives.”
After completing her Ph.D., Vardell plans to pursue a position as a library and information science faculty member. “In my previous career as a medical librarian, I obtained experience teaching evidence-based medicine, database searching skills, and consumer health information,” she said. “I would like to build on that expertise and teach classes for medical librarians in addition to courses on general reference skills and human information behavior.”
Vardell’s first book, The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015. Earlier this year, she received the Best Paper Award at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting.