Christie Silbajoris Retires
Christie Call Silbajoris, AHIP, Consumer Health and Patient Education Librarian at the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, retired at the end of December 2016 after a seventeen-year career at HSL. Silbajoris came to HSL in 1999 as a graduate student to help develop the Go Local initiative in collaboration with NLM and the UNC School of Information and Library Sciences. In 2003, Silbajoris became the director of NC Health Info, the country’s first Go Local site. Over the years, Silbajoris has worked to grow NC Health Info into HSL’s primary consumer health service.
Silbajoris has collaborated with several organizations over the years to teach, provide health information, and increase awareness of the importance of quality information for the public. In 2008-2011, she served on the Governor’s Task force for Returning Combat Veterans and their Families and worked with the Citizen Soldier Support Program to build one of the first collections of health information for military families. In the last several years, she has consulted with NC Live (North Carolina’s digital library) to recommend resources and assist them with the redesign of their health information portal. Silbajoris’ interests include health literacy, e-health and doctor-patient communication. She co-chaired the UNC Medical Center Patient Education Committee from 2013-2015.
Silbajoris has been active in several professional organizations: Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries, Mid Atlantic Chapter of MLA, Consumer Health Regional Advisory Committee of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), and MLA where she was a member of the Consumer Health and Patient Information Section. Silbajoris retires as a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals of MLA and member of Beta Phi Mu.
Her retirement plans include traveling, working with pet therapy programs, helping to care for her grandchildren and maybe getting back into singing and music.