Jean P. Shipman, Executive Director, Knowledge Management and Eccles Health Sciences Library

Jean Shipman

Contact Info
Phone: 801-581-8771

As Executive Director, Knowledge Management and Eccles Health Sciences Library, Jean administers the health sciences library and its branch library, the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library. She is the Director for Information Transfer for the Center for Medical Innovation and is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of BioInformatics, School of Medicine. She serves as principal investigator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the NLM Training Office. She administers budgets, strategic planning, and formulates policy for information resources, programs, and services; advances new and innovative technologies in the health professions; supports health sciences faculty development in using new technologies for patient care, education and research; and provides campus leadership in scholarly communications and research support.

Full resume (pdf)


M.S.L.S. Library Science. Case Western Reserve University, 1980.
B.A. Biology. Gettysburg College, 1979.

Previous Professional Experience

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences and Associate University Librarian,
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000-2008

Associate Director, Information Resources Management
Health Sciences Libraries, University of Washington, 1995-2000

Acting Head, Access Services
Health Sciences Libraries, University of Washington, 1993-1995

Outreach Information Services Librarian
Health Sciences Libraries University of Washington, 1993-1995

Coordinator, Resources Management
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Health Sciences Library, Baltimore, MD, 1990-1993

Library and Audiovisual Services Manager
Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 1988-1990

Various positions
Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, 1980-1988


Reich, Margaret, Jean P. Shipman, Scott P. Narus, Charlene Weir, Randy Madsen, Dustin Schultz, Justin M. Cameron, Abby L. Adamczyk, Joyce A.Mitchell. "Assessing clinical researchers' information needs to create responsive portals and tools: My Research Assistant (MyRA) at the University of Utah: a case study." Journal of the Medical Library Association. Vol. 101(1), January 2013:4-11.

Shipman, Jean P., Joan M. Stoddart, Wayne J. Peay. "Building projects: redefining hospital libraries." Journal of the Medical Library Association. Vol. 100(3), July 2012:166-70.

Kennedy, May G, Laura Kiken, Jean P. Shipman. "Addressing underutilization of consumer health information resource centers: a formative study." Journal of the Medical Library Association. Vol. 96(1), January 2008: 42-49.

Shipman, Jean P. "Informationists or Information Specialists in Context (ISIC): six years after conception." IFLA Journal, Vol. 33(4), December 2007: 335-339

Lubker, Irene M., Alan T. Williams, Barbara A. Wright, Catharine S. Canevari, Patricia Flanagan, Jean P. Shipman. "Cooking Up Customer Service: A Recipe for Success.& Poster for the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Medical Library Association meeting, Baltimore, MD., October 10, 2007.

Leisey, Monica, Jean P. Shipman. "The Journey Project." Poster for the 2007 Southern Chapter, Medical Library Association meeting, Charleston, SC, November 14, 2007.

Shipman and Sarah Watstein. "Emerging Roles of Health Sciences Librarians." Reference Services Review (special themed issues) 32(1) and 33(1) (Jan 04+05).

Shipman and Michael Homan. "Medicine's Library Lifeline: Librarians in the New Role of "Informationist" can Help Doctors and Researchers Stay ahead of the Curve and May Help Save Lives Along the Way." Library Journal 128(6) (4/1/03).

Shipman and Andrew C. Morton. "The New Black Bag: PDAs, Health Care and Library Services." Reference Services Review 29(3) (2001).

Shipman and Diana J. Cunningham, Ruth Holst, Linda Watson. "The Informationist Conference: Report." Journal of the Medical Library Association 90(4) (10/02).


Adamczyk, Abby, Jeanne M. Le Ber and Jean P. Shipman. "Identifying an Opportunity and RISe-ing to the Challenge." Poster for the 2012 Medical Library Association meeting, Seattle, WA, May 22, 2012.

Weber, Alice, Peter Jones and Jean P. Shipman. "Getting in the Game: A Health Literacy Tutorial Homerun." Poster for the 2012 Medical Library Association meeting, Seattle, WA, May 20, 2012.

Beaudoin, Denise E., Amy E. Honisett, Jeanne M. Le Ber, Joyce A. Mitchell, and Jean P. Shipman, "Teaching Third-year Medical Students at the University of Utah: A Partnership between Biomedical Informatics and a Health Sciences Library." Poster for the 2012 AAMC Western Regional WGEA/WGSA/WOSR Conference, April 2, 2012, Pacific Grove, CA.

Beaudoin, Denise E., Jeanne M. Le Ber, Amy E. Honisett, Jean P. Shipman, and Joyce A. Mitchell. "The Biomedical Information and Informatics Curriculum Thread: A Partnership between Biomedical Informatics and a Health Sciences Library." Poster for the 2011 AMIA annual meeting, October 22-26, 2011, Washington, D.C.

Shipman, Jean Pugh. "Successful "Chat with a Librarian Roundtable" Session." Society for Scholarly Publishing News, July 15, 2011, ,

"What's being Served Up in Scholarly Communications", Crisis? What Crisis? The Future of Scholarly Communications and the Health Sciences Academy Panel, 5th Anniversary of the Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado, October 18, 2012, Aurora, CO.

"Reverse Information Specialists in Context? Bringing users back into the library by creating research and innovation centers and customize support and tools." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association, October 4, 2012, Kansas City, MO (won Innovative Paper award).

Co-instructor with Tom Richardson. "Positioning the Professions: STM Publishing." Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association, MLA Continuing Education Course, October 3, 2012, Kansas City, MO.

"Batter's Up: Librarians Score as Campus Leaders of Interprofessional Education." Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association, May 21, 2012, Seattle, WA.

"Libraries and Librarians: A Changing Landscape." Presented at the 2012 Council of Science Editors 55th Annual Meeting, May 21, 2012, Seattle, WA. >

"Building a Sustainable Research Enterprise." Panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the AAMC Group on Information Resources, June 7, 2011, Miami, FL.

"Vital pathways plus: MLA champions hospital librarians." Co-authored contributed paper presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Midcontinental Chapter, Medical Library Association, October 5, 2008, Cody, WY.

"Change is in the Air". Medical Library Association Presidential Address, May 20, 2007, Philadelphia, PA. 2007

"Health Information Literacy Research Project". AHA Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy 2007 Annual Conference. 2007

"MLA Health Information Literacy Research Project" with Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Carla J. Funk. Poster for the 2007 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. 2007

"Consumer Health Information Patient Bedside Rounds: New Roles for Librarians" with Hammond, Patricia A., Catharine S. Canevari. Poster for the 2006 Medical Library Association meeting, Phoenix, AZ. 2006

"Getting high on MLA". MLA Presidential Inaugural Address, 2006 Medical Library Association annual meeting, Phoenix, AZ. 2006

"Information Rxs: Real and Perceived Barriers to Fulfillment" with Leisey, Monica. Poster for the 2006 Medical Library Association meeting, Phoenix, AZ. 2006

"Informationist or Information Specialist in Context: Who is this?". 72nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Health and Biosciences Libraries Section, August 21, 2006, Seoul, Republic of Korea. 2006

"Librarians as Key Partners in Campus-wide University-Community Initiatives" with Catharine S. Canevari, Jill S. Stover, and Rachel GyoreCatharine S. Canevari, Jill S. Stover, and Rachel Gyore. Poster for the 2006 Southern/Mid-Atlantic Chapters/Medical Library Association Meeting. 2006

"COIN: VCU's Compass in the Quest for Healthy Communities" with Susan J. Phipps, Cynthia J. Simonson. Poster for the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Chapter/Medical Library Association meeting, Charlottesville, VA. 2005

Teaching Experience

Various MLA CE courses, Medical Library Association.

University Committee Work

University of Utah
Health Literacy Interest Group, Co-chair
Student Computing Fees Committee
Teaching & Learning Portfolio Committee
Utah Telehealth Network Advisory Board & Education Subcommittee
University of Utah Health Sciences
HSSC Faculty Advisor
Inclusion Advisory Team
LEAN Trainee
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Co-chair
Biomedical Informatics Department Chair, School of Medicine, Search Committee Chair
School of Medicine Academy of Medicine Science Educators Advisory Committee
Personalized Health Care Education Advisory Committee
Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) Leadership Committee
Health Sciences Chairs (Education, Clinical & Research) and Leadership Team
University of Utah Libraries
Dean of Libraries, Marriott Library Search Committee
Library Policy Advisory Committee
Utah Academic Library Council, past chair 2012-13
Metropolitan Library Directors, Chair 2011-2012

Professional Activities

New England Journal of Medicine. Member, Library Advisory Board 2008-2010.

Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. Member, Editorial Board 2003-.

Chicago Collaborative. Co-convener, 2011-. Member, 2008 -.

Professional Organizations

Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.
Member, Annual Statistics Editorial Board of Directors 2003-2006; Member, (AAHSL/Publisher Liaison Task Force)2007-, Chair 2011-2013; Member, Scholarly Communication Committee, 2007-2010, Chair 2009-2011.

Association of American Medical Colleges. Group on Information Resources 2008-.

Medical Library Association (MLA).
JMLA Associate Editor, Building Projects, 2011-; Immediate Past-President 2007-08; President 2006-07; President-elect 2005-06; Hospital Libraries Vital Pathways Committees 2006-08; Board of Directors 2005-08; National Program Committee 1998, 2001 (co-chair), 2007, 2011; Nominating Committee Chair 2007-08. Member 1980-.

MLA (MidContinental Chapter). Member 2008-. Exhibits & Sponsorship's Committee, LAC Chair, 2012-2013.

MLA (Southern Chapter). 1991-99, 2007-.

Society for Scholarly Publishing. Member 2007-. Program Committee, 2009-2012. Development Committee, Co-chair, 2012-.

Research Interests

Health information literacy; consumer health information; document delivery; library administration; scholarly communication.

Full resume (pdf)

U of U Health