MAC Retiree: Carol Jenkins
After 26 years of outstanding leadership and dedication to the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carol Jenkins retired on June 30, 2013.
The UNC HSL accomplished much under Jenkins’ leadership including being one of the first libraries in the country to provide access to MEDLINE and other databases to users’ desktops anywhere on campus; the AHEC Digital Library, providing online books, journals and databases to health professionals throughout NC and beyond; and NC Health Info, a unique web database of authoritative health sources and local health resources for the public. Jenkins oversaw an extensive renovation of the centrally located library building in 2005, adding spaces and technology to meet the changing expectations and needs of library users.
Her publications, consulting, and research are in the areas of information outreach, changes in scholarly publication, new library buildings and preparing health sciences librarians to advance in the profession. She has served on the Boards of Directors and is a past president of both the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) in 2001 and the Medical Library Association (MLA) in 2002, and served as member and Chair of the National Library of Medicine Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee (NIH Study Section, 2002-2006). She led a program to prepare future directors of academic health sciences libraries, and participated twice as a mentor in the program. She continues to support library leadership development by teaching in the AAHSL New Directors program and by chairing an MLA task force on Emerging Leaders. Jenkins is also Professor of Practice in UNC’s School of Information and Library Science.
Prior to coming to North Carolina in 1986, Jenkins held library administrative positions at the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and Oregon Health Sciences University. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and received her MLS degree from the University of Oregon. She has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1991 and was named a Lifetime Fellow of the MLA in 2001. In 2010, she was awarded the Cornerstone Award from the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries for her significant impact on academic health sciences librarianship. Her impact on librarianship was also recognized in 2011 with the Marcia C. Noyes Award, the highest honor conferred by the Medical Library Association (MLA).