Mary Grace Flaherty

Assistant Professor,
School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
919/962-5982
Manning Hall, Room 204
mgflaher@email.unc.edu  

HOMEPAGE

Expertise and Interests: Health information, information seeking in the medical context, public libraries and health promotion

Education:
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.S. (Applied Behavioral Science), Johns Hopkins University
M.L.S., University of Maryland
Ph.D. (Information Science and Technology), Syracuse University 

Biography:
Mary Grace Flaherty is an assistant professor at the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University where she was an IMLS Fellow from 2008-2012. She has her M.L.S from the University of Maryland and MS from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Flaherty has worked in a variety of libraries, including academic medical, health research, and public. She is a current member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Courses Regularly Taught:
​INLS513: Resource Selection and Evaluation
INLS690: Management Issues for Small Libraries
INLS690: Disaster Planning for Libraries
INLS705: Health Sciences Information
INLS 781: Proposal Development
INLS842: Seminar in Popular Materials
INLS843: Seminar in Public Libraries

Awards and Recognition:
Carnegie-Whitney Grant Award, American Library Association, May 2015.
Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, December 2014.
Kilgour Research Award, School of Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, August 2013.

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
Flaherty, M.G. & Grier, P.J. Statewide initiative to embed consumer health librarians in public libraries: A case study. Public Library Quarterly, 33(4) December 2014: 296-303.

Flaherty, M.G. Consumer health information provision in rural libraries: A comparison of two library systems. Library Quarterly, 83(2) April 2013: 155-165.

Flaherty, M.G. & Luther, M.E. A Pilot study of health information resource use in rural public libraries in Upstate New York. Public Library Quarterly. 30(2) June 2011: 1-15.

Flaherty, M.G. Health Literacy: An overview of an emerging field. SLIS Student Research Journal. 1(2) 2011: Article 4.

Flaherty, M.G. Anatomy of one public library’s response to the devastating flood of 2006 (or beware of a River Street address).  JLAMS. 6(1) Fall 2009-2010: 19-27.

Flaherty, M.G. & Roberts, L. Rural Outreach Training Efforts to Clinicians and Public Library Staff:  NLM Database Promotion. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 13(1) Spring 2009: 14-30.

Flaherty, M.G. Strategic planning for success. Chapter 3 in The Medical Library Association Guide to Providing Consumer and Patient Health Information. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014.

Flaherty, M.G. Collaborating with Public Libraries to Promote Community Health: Preliminary Results of Pedometers and Pedal Power. Library Research Seminar VI Conference, Oct. 7-9, 2014, Urbana, Illinois.

Flaherty, M.G.  Outreach for rural public library staff: an effective means for consumer health information dissemination, Proceedings of the IFLA 75th General Conference and Council, Aug. 21-26, 2009, Milan, Italy.