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My path to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information & Library ScienceMaryGraceSmall

My library career began at the circulation desk at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene & Public Health (now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Interdepartmental Library. While I was in that position, I completed a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science, but discovered that my true interest was to work in a library setting with health information. Upon completing my MLS at The University of Maryland, I was hired back at Hopkins as the reference librarian. After three years in that position, I was promoted to assistant director and head of technical services. I left Hopkins and moved to Atlanta to create and manage the staff research library for the Prudential Center for Health Care Research.

Once the PCHCR library was well-established, life circumstances found me moving to Upstate New York, where I was hired as the director of a small rural public library in the village of Sidney. After six years at the helm of the Sidney Memorial Public Library, I accepted a Fellowship from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to complete my doctorate. My dissertation research focuses on health information provision in public libraries. Upon graduating, I joined the faculty at the School of Information & Library Science in July 2013.