My research interests have developed as a result of my experience as head of Information Services. Examining the constantly evolving roles that reference librarians in the health sciences are and should be performing to best meet the needs of our various patron groups is of primary interest to me. To that end, I have published papers that exam the roles librarians can perform to support evidence-based medicine, outreach and JCAHO accreditation at their institutions.
Scherrer, Carol S. “Reference Librarians’ Perceptions of the Issues They Face as Academic Health Information Professionals. Journal of the Medical Library Association. April 2004, 92(2): 226-232.
Armstrong, Anne R. McGowan, Richard, Scherrer, Carol S. “Implementing PubMed’s LinkOut to Full-Text E-Journals: Challenges and Solutions. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. 2004, 1(2):39-48.
Dorsch, Josephine L., Jacobson, Susan, Scherrer, Carol S. “Teaching EBM Teachers: A Team Approach.” Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Summer 2003, 22(2):107-114.
Scherrer, Carol S. “Outreach to Community Organizations: The Next Consumer Health Frontier.” Journal of the Medical Library Association. July 2002, 90(3):285-289.
Scherrer, Carol S., Jacobson, Susan. “New Measures for New Roles: Defining and Measuring the Current Practices of Health Sciences Librarians.” Journal of the Medical Library Association. April 2002, 90(2):64-172.
Scherrer, Carol S. “HealthWeb: Both a Resource for Public Librarians and a Prototype for Collaboration Among Libraries” Public Library Quarterly. 2000, 18(3/4):47-51.
Scherrer, Carol S., Dorsch, Josephine L. “The evolving role of the librarian in evidence-based medicine.” Bulletin of the Medical Library Association. July 1999, 87(3):322-328.
Dalrymple, Prudence W., Scherrer, Carol S. “Tools for Improvement: A Systematic Analysis and Guide to Accreditation by the JCAHO.” Bulletin of the Medical Library Association. January 1998, 86(1):10-16.
My librarianship focuses on meeting the information needs of our patrons. My role as a supervisor dictates that I spend much of my time and effort overseeing that the librarians in Information Services direct their efforts towards this same goal. I train new resident librarians, supervising them as well as more experienced librarians while determining departmental priorities to insure that we place our energies in the most productive areas. I also teach on a limited basis, and provide some direct service at the reference desk to maintain contact with patrons and keep abreast of reference issues.
University of Illinois at Chicago Library
Co-chair of Library’s Strategic Planning, Team Vision 2010 (appointed)
Appointments Committee, 2003-2005 (elected)
Electronic Collections Quadrant, 2002- (appointed)
Lectures and Forums, 2002 (elected)
Digital Services to Users Task Force, 2002-2004 (appointed)
Teaching Support and Documentation Committee, 2001-2003, Chair, 2003 (elected)
Search and Screen Committee, Chair, 2000-2002 (appointed)
Task Force on Peer Review of Teaching, 1999-2001 (appointed)
Faculty Development Allocations Committee, 1998-2000 (elected)
Electronic Resources Quadrant, 1998- 2004 (appointed)
Digital Reference Taskforce, Convenor, 2001
LHS AUL Search Committee, 1998 (appointed)
25 Anniversary of LHS Committee, 1998-1999 (appointed)
Medical Library Association
MLA Section Council: Leadership and Management, 2000/01
MLA Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship Jury, 1999/2000, Chair, 2000-
Medical School Libraries Section Council Alternate, 1999/2000
Co-Chair, Hospitality Subcommittee of the Local Assistance Committee 1999 Annual Meeting
Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association (MC/MLA)
Representative-at-Large, 2001- 2002 (elected)
Conference Registration Chairman, Annual Meeting 1994