We invite you to visit our beautiful library and meet our friendly staff, or to explore our superb electronic resources and services. The Health Sciences Library resources are available to College of Medicine students, full-time and volunteer faculty, researchers, staff, and the UCF community.
Raney Collins joined the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library in September 2011 as a Senior Library Technical Assistant. She holds an Associates in Arts degree from Valencia Community College. Raney joins the library from a multitude of experiences, most recently working as a background screening investigator for nuclear power plant access. Prior to that Raney has worked as a project manager in corporate construction, an animal services officer, and a veterinary technician.
In addition to her primary tasks, the management of mobile technical devices, such as iPads, iPods, and laptops, to the faculty, staff, and students, Raney can also be found at the circulation desk nights and weekends to aid and answer any questions you might have.
Ms. Dexter is responsible for the successful start-up, planning, direction, and operation of all administrative and service functions of the Health Sciences Library. She is currently working with faculty and staff to create an environment that promotes growth, creativity and motivation throughout the College. She is also working on developing and applying technology tools for teaching, learning, assessment and outreach; as she is preparing for integrating library training programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment. Nadine will also provide for the strategic use of knowledge resources and developing partnerships that support sources of external funding.
Beginning in 2000 until her hiring at UCF in 2008, Dexter developed and implemented a plan for creating the newest medical library in the nation at Florida State University in Tallahassee. This task involved identifying both print and electronic resource providers for monographs, journals, databases and on-line journals that would fulfill the mission of the new College of Medicine. She also created a successful hiring plan for the library. In addition, Nadine developed, defined and implemented all medical library policies that affected collection development, patron usage, database vendors and cataloging. She was also responsible for managing a $1.5 million budget for medical library development.
From 1994 to 2000, as Coordinator of Media Service for the FSU PIMS Program, Nadine provided medical library reference service to staff, teaching faculty and students. Ms. Dexter provided bibliographic searches for reference and teaching materials. She taught COM students in the use of multimedia computers, accessing medline, internet resources and e-mail, while providing instructional assistance to faculty in the development of computer multimedia teaching tools. Dexter also assisted the teaching faculty in designing and editing handbooks and materials for COM students.
Natasha Fortune joined the library in September 2010 as a Library Technical Assistant, and now serves as a Sr. Library Technical Assistant working primarily to deliver Interlibrary Loan services to the College of Medicine, in addition to providing circulation desk assistance at varying times throughout the day. Natasha holds a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from the Florida State University, and is currently in the process of working towards a Masters in Library Science as a Distance Learner at FSU.
Melodie Gardner joined the library in March 2010 as a Senior Library Technical Assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Central Florida. Melodie comes to the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library from the Public Library system and has several years of customer service experience. She works primarily at the Circulation desk and ensures that all the links to the library’s electronic resources are working correctly and are up-to-date.
Michael Garner joined the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library in June 2010 as the library's Instructional Medical Librarian. Michael earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Central Florida and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Florida State University. Michael has ten years of technical support experience, which informs his current role in the library as mobile technology expert.
Ms. Gillum is responsible for public services, including reference and circulation. She provides support to the faculty, students, and staff in the areas of research and literature searching. Ms. Gillum received her specialization in Consumer Health Information from the Medical Library Association, and is available to assist library customers from the community with their consumer health information needs.
Beginning in 2005 until her hiring at UCF in 2010, Ms. Gillum worked as a licensed Florida attorney in South Florida and Central Florida in the areas of real estate, probate, family law and general corporate law. While receiving her Master's degree in Library and Information Science, she was awarded the National Library of Medicine and Medical Library Association joint Spectrum Scholarship, which promotes diversity in the library and information science field. She also worked as a graduate assistant under Dr. James Andrews at the University of South Florida, and assisted in the editing of a new clinical research informatics textbook.
Ms. Gillum is a member of several professional library organizations including the Medical Library Association, Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association, Florida Library Association, Tampa Bay Medical Library Network and the Florida Health Sciences Library Association. She is the secretary of the Florida Health Sciences Library Association and has served on the Medical Library Association's T. Mark Hodges International Service Award jury.
Pamela Herring joined the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library in September 2012 as an Electronic Resources Librarian. As an Electronic Resources Librarian, Ms. Herring is responsible for assisting with collection development, negotiating and licensing electronic resources and content management, and maintenance of electronic resources on the library’s website.
Ms. Herring was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, a distinction not many Floridians can make! She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Central Florida, and worked as a Student Assistant in the UCF library her last semester there. It was during that time she found her love of Librarianship. She applied to the University of South Florida and earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She worked at Keiser University as Assistant Librarian, then moved back to Orlando and started part time at the Osceola Library System, where gradually she went from part-time Librarian I to full time Librarian II over the course of 6 years. During the course of her career at OLS, she was responsible for reference assistance, staff development, ordering print and electronic materials, maintaining the website, creating graphics, computer and technology training, and other miscellaneous duties. She’s also worked part-time at Valencia College as a Copy Cataloger.
Kerry McKee joined the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library in September 2012 as the library’s Instructional Medical Librarian. Kerry received a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Before joining the Health Sciences Library team, Kerry had the opportunity to work and intern in various public, academic and corporate libraries in Toronto, New York, and Florida.
As one of the newest members to the library team, Kerry is responsible for cataloging new materials as well as content management and maintenance of electronic resources on the library’s website. On some evenings and weekends, Kerry can also be found at the circulation desk assisting students, faculty and staff and answering any reference or service inquires that may arise. In addition to her role in the library, Kerry is also a member of the Knowledge Management team where she is responsible for tagging and organizing curriculum data on the College of Medicine’s learning management system.
Faith Schafer-Moody joined the College of Medicine as the Sr. Library Technical Assistant in February 2009 and is now the Coordinator of Health Sciences Library Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University and State of Florida certification in three areas: PreK/Primary Education, Elementary Education, and Educational Media Specialist. Her passion for developing lifelong learners has been proven many times during her 38 year career in education. She has held positions as a library/media specialist, classroom teacher, reading specialist and school administrator. In 1980 and 2007 she helped with the opening of two new elementary schools as the Library/Media Specialist and Reading Specialist, respectively.
Ms. Schafer was selected to receive the 1992 Leon County Reading Council Literacy Award for her work in coordinating the Leon County Literacy Fair. In 1997 she was named, Leon County Schools Adult and Community Education "Teacher of the Year". While Director of First United Methodist Christian School, Homestead, FL, Ms. Schafer facilitated the completion of a new school facility and administered both the Preschool and Elementary School programs.
Denise Suits joined the library in July 2012 as a Senior Library Technical Assistant after 30 years with Lockheed Martin. She started at (then) Martin Marietta as a secretary, then moved into Human Resources, where she was part of an award-winning team implementing PeopleSoft HR and Payroll. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, she spent her last eight years there designing and developing online courses for internal use. She now works nights and weekends at the circulation desk assisting library guests, checking links in electronic resources, and various small projects to assist the other library staff.
Deedra Walton joined the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library in January 2009 as the library’s Electronic Resources Librarian. As Electronic Resources Librarian, Ms. Walton is responsible for collection development, negotiating and licensing electronic resources and content management and maintenance of electronic resources on the library’s website.
From 1993 until 2009, Ms. Walton was the Systems Librarian for the Health Sciences Library at Orlando Health. As Systems Librarian, Ms. Walton was responsible for licensing, managing and maintaining access to the library’s electronic resources, maintaining content on the library’s intranet website and cataloging the library’s print and electronic resources.
Ms. Walton earned a Master’s degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and is a member of several professional library organizations including the Medical Library Association, Academy of Health Information Professionals, Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association, Tampa Bay Medical Library Network and the Florida Health Sciences Library Association. She has held several positions in the Florida Health Sciences Library Association including Treasurer, Membership Directory Editor and Nominating Committee Member.