Mary Grace Flaherty

Assistant Professor,
School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
Manning Hall, Room 204  


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

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 

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.