Degener named HSL’s interim director

Christie DegenerChristie Degener, formerly the head of Resources Management Services and interim assistant director, will move into the role of interim director of the Health Sciences Library, effective August 1, 2015. Degener has served in several administrative roles at the HSL since 1984, including as the head of Resources Management Services since 2007. Degener will serve as the Health Sciences Library Director (Interim) / Head, Resources Management Services.

“Christie brings a wealth of experience and the trust of her colleagues to this interim role. I look forward to working with her in the months ahead,” University Librarian Sarah Michalak said.

During her time as head of Resources Management Services, Degener led the Library in several large-scale negotiations to support the growth of Carolina’s health affairs disciplines within and beyond Chapel Hill. Most notably, this included the expansion of access to a critical clinical reference tool, UpToDate, to the entire UNC Health Care System and integrating UpToDate into the System’s electronic health record system. Recently, Degener also served on a task force to investigate how a university-wide open access policy would affect different disciplines at UNC and make a recommendation on an institutional policy. After 18 months of work, the policy was submitted and approved by Faculty Council in late April 2015. Degener served on faculty council when the original open access policy was created in 2005 and as both co-chair and chair of the Scholarly Communications committee in the University Libraries.

“While enrolled in library school at UNC I aggressively sought out job opportunities at the Health Sciences Library, having heard it described as a good place to work. Thirty years later, I feel that way now more than ever, because of the sustained excellence of the HSL staff and our customer-focused services.”

As head of Resources Management Services, Degener has led a 13-person staff responsible for selecting and providing access to content in support of the curriculum, research, and patient care in the Division of Health Affairs and UNC Hospitals. Degener and her team negotiate licenses with vendors and publishers to maximize client access; create records that let users identify, locate, and access content in a diverse range of formats; obtain content not available at UNC in response to user requests; repair and maintain the electronic links to full text content; build and enhance access to special collections of historical and other valued content in digital and other formats, and more.

In her 31 years at the Health Sciences Library, Degener has held eight positions the Resources Management department including both assistant and acting head of the department, as well as several positions in the areas of cataloging services, serials, selection and access, and acquisitions services. Degener is a member of the American Library Association, the Librarians’ Association at UNC-Chapel Hill, the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), and has served on several committees of the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

Degener received her Master of Science in Library Science from the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also earned a Master of Arts from the Department of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Bucknell University.


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