Mary Grace Flaherty

Associate Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science
Manning Hall 204
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Faculty Expertise:

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

BS, Pennsylvania State University
MS (Applied Behavioral Science), Johns Hopkins University
MLS, University of Maryland
PhD (Information Science and Technology), Syracuse University 

Dr. Mary Grace Flaherty is an associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science. She received her PhD from Syracuse University where she was an IMLS Fellow from 2008-2012. She has her MLS 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: 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:
Fulbright Scholar Award, U.S. Dept. of State, Mzuzu, Malawi, 2016-2017
Carnegie-Whitney Grant Award, American Library Association, May 2015
Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, December 2014
Kilgour Research Award, UNC SILS, August 2013

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations: 
Flaherty, M.G., Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library (ALA Books, 2018).

Flaherty, M.G., The Library Staff Development Handbook: How to Maximize Your Library’s Most Important Resource (Rowman & Littlefield: Medical Library Association Books Series, 2017).

Flaherty, M.G., Kaplan, S.J. & Jerath, M.R. (2017). Diagnosis of life-threatening alpha-gal food allergy appears to be patient-driven. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 1-4.

Flaherty, M.G. (2016).  From Google to MedlinePlus: the wide range of authoritative health information provision in public libraries. Library & Information Science Research, Vol. 38(2), 101-107.

Flaherty, M.G. (2016). Good value: health information and the MSLS librarian. The Bottom Line: Managing library finances, Vol. 29(3), 173-179.

Flaherty, M.G. & Kaplan, S.J. (2016). Health information: print materials assessment in public libraries. Reference Services Review, Vol. 44(2), 163-177. 

Davidson, E., Østerlund, C. & Flaherty, M.G. (2015). Drift and shift in the organizing vision career for personal health records: An investigation of innovation discourse dynamics. Information and Organization, 25(4), 191-221.

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

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

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