Collection Number: 40247

Collection Title: Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2014

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Size 16.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 10,000 items)
Abstract The Health Sciences Library (HSL) was established as a unit of the Division of Health Affairs at the University of North Carolina in 1952. However, it was not named Health Sciences Library until 1968. It served as the central library for the University hospital and the division's five schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health) and their associated programs. Myrl Ebert (1913-2001) served as director of the HSL from its founding until her retirement from the University in 1975. She led the effort to develop the new library building, and she was also involved in the creation of MEDLARS, the biomedical bibliographic retrieval system that later became the online database MEDLINE. Records consist of correspondence and other files related to the development and operation of the Health Science Library, including annual reports, budget and grant materials, committee materials, minutes of HSL department heads and council meetings, departmental reports, salary information, newsletters, and a 1973 self-study. Also included are files relating to the development of the new library building in 1970, to the development of MEDLARS, and to the UNC Literature Exchange (UNCLE). Early files are those of Myrl Ebert, director of the library, 1952-1975.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting these materials.
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No usage restrictions.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40247, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Health Sciences Library in July 2002 (RT 20020731.1), December 2009 (RT 20091209.2), March 2011 (RT 20110309.1), February 2017 (RT 20170130.1), and June 2017 (RT 20170619.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Health Sciences Library (HSL) was established as a unit of the Division of Health Affairs at the University of North Carolina in 1952. However, it was not named Health Sciences Library until 1968. It served as the central library for the University hospital and the division's five schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health) and their associated programs, consolidating the holdings of several smaller libraries that had existed prior to 1952. Originally located in MacNider Hall and later in the Clinic Wing of North Carolina Memorial Hospital, the library moved in 1970 to a new building constructed in MacNider Hall's courtyard to accommodate a growing student enrollment and added programs. Myrl Ebert (1913-2001) served as director of the HSL from its founding until her retirement from the University in 1975. She led the effort to develop the new library building, and she was also involved in the creation of MEDLARS, the biomedical bibliographic retrieval system that later became the online database MEDLINE.

Dorothy Long, Head of Readers' Services, served briefly as acting director of the Health Sciences Library following Ebert's retirement. Sam W. Hitt became director in 1976 and served until 1986; he was succeeded by Carol Jenkins.

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Records consist of correspondence and other files related to the development and operation of the Health Science Library, including annual reports, budget and grant materials, committee materials, minutes of HSL department heads and council meetings, departmental reports, salary information, newsletters, and a 1973 self-study. Also included are files relating to the development of the new library building in 1970, to the development of MEDLARS, and to the UNC Literature Exchange (UNCLE). Early files are those of Myrl Ebert, director of the library, 1952-1975.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001.

3600 items.

Note that, for the most part, original file titles have been retained.

Box 1

Annual Report, 1991-2000 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 1

Annual Report Statistics, 1983-1990 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 1

Change Budget Request, 1981-2001 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 1

Box 2

Committee Materials: Division of Health Affairs Library Committee, 1951-1975 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

See also Correspondence: Alexander, Sydenham, below.

Committee Minutes: Acquisitions/Serials and Collection Development, 1979-1982 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Minutes: Acquisition Services, 1984-1989 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Minutes: Online Search Services, 1991-1993 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Minutes: Education Programs, 1991-1994 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Minutes: Circulation Services, 1990-1993 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Minutes: Learning Resources, 1988-1993 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Minutes: Cataloging, 1988-1990 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Correspondence: Resources Management, 1994 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Correspondence: Online Search Services, 1995-1996 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Correspondence: Education Services, 1986-1990 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Committee Correspondence: Curriculum Support, 1988-1995 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Council Minutes, 1984-1992 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Department Heads Minutes, 1982-1986 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Department Heads Minutes, 1987-1992 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 2

Box 3

Correspondence: Alexander, Sydenham, 1963-1965 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Alexander was Assistant Administrator of the Division of Health Affairs and chair of its Library Committee. See also Committee Materials: Division of Health Affairs Library Committee, above.

Correspondence: Ebert, Myrl, 1953-1975 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Director of the Health Sciences Library, 1952-1975.

Correspondence: Long, Dorothy, 1970-1977 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Long was the library's Head of Readers' Services and acting director following Mryl Ebert's retirement.

Exempt from the State Personnel Act Salary Increase, 1989-2000 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Health Sciences Library Resources Grant, 1967-1972 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Health Sciences Library Development #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Health Sciences Library Building #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Portrait: Dr. Margaret L. Moore #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

North Carolina-Virginia Cooperative Group #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Regional Medical Libraries IV, 1968-1975 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Contains material regarding the development of MEDLARS.

Report: Health Affairs Learning Resources Committee, 1986-1990 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Report: Circulation System, 1975 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Report: Serials Control Automation Project, 1983 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

Self-Study, 1972-1973 #40247, Series: "Health Sciences Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1951-2001." Box 3

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4800 items.

Acquisitions information: Addition of February 2017 (RT 20170130.1)

Records include Health Sciences Annual Reports, records of HSL committees, and records of the UNC Literature Exchange (UNCLE).

Box 1

Health Sciences Library Annual Reports, 1976-1986, 1988-2016 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 1

Box 2

Library Management Council minutes, 1992-2014 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 2

Box 3

Library Management Council minutes, 1992-2014 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 3

Box 4

Health Sciences Library Advisory Committee, 1985-2014 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 4

Health Sciences Library correspondence, 1983-1994 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 4

UNCLE advisory board, 1997-1998 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 4

UNCLE Steering Committee, 1995-1999 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 4

Box 5

UNCLE Steering Committee, 1999-2000 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE Steering Committee, letters and flyers #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE history #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE slides and instructional materials #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE Steering Committee email, 1995 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE sample form #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

Dental alumni and UNCLE #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

Pharmacy School alumni and UNCLE #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE resources subgroup #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

URL contest #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE contest #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE meeting notes, 1996-1999 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE planning team, 2000 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE funding task force, July 2001 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE usability #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE upgrade #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

Silver platter ERL #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

Web page: UNCLE #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

Authorization: UNCLE #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE access #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

Team presentation #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE funding, business plan #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget, 1992-1997 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

"Information Connection" #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget, 1996 and 97 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget, 1997 and 98 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget 1998 and 99 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget 1999 and 2000 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE and OVID, 2000-2001 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget 2000 and 01 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget 2001 and 02 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

UNCLE budget 2002 and 03 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 5

Box 6

UNCLE OPSP Steering 1994-1997 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE policies, reports, press releases 1992-1995 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE memos and publicity 1990 and 91 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE strategic plan, 2000 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE planning team #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE operations #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE budget memos, 1995-1997 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

New UNCLE, 1996 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE alumni #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE future planning #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE user council #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE funding #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

Plans and proposals and TOXNET #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE use memos #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE help statistics and summary reports, 1992-2000 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE Help Desk statistics, 1995-1996 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE user resources #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE use statistics, 1992-1996 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

UNCLE and MEDLINE baseline survey report, 1992 #40247, Series: "Addition of February 2017: Annual Reports, Committee Files, and UNCLE Records, 1985-2014" Box 6

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Processing Information

Processed by: Lori Neumeier, February 2012; Carson Fish, February 2017; Carson Fish, June 2017

Encoded by: Lori Neumeier, February 2012

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