Davies named Outstanding Faculty for the Libraries

Congratulations to Kathy J. Davies as being named the as the 2014 Outstanding Faculty for the University Libraries! She was presented a plaque during the GRU Faculty Spring Assembly on Thursday, March 13, 2014.


Kathy J. Davies currently serves as the Chair of Research and Education Services at Greenblatt Library, but her service to the institution spans over thirteen years. She received multiple nominations for the award from her colleagues. Her dedication to the Libraries is clear in the accomplishments outlined in her nominations:

Kathy Davies’ service to GRU and the University Libraries is commendable. Currently, she is a member of the GRU SACS QEP Core Action Team, the Cultural Competency Learning Group, and the Healthy Perspectives Advisory Committee. She is part of the Online Education Development Committee for the libraries as well. Her contributions to these committees are invaluable as she collaborates well with her colleagues, offers invaluable insight and perspective on key issues.

Kathy is the embedded librarian for the Medical College of Georgia and actively participates in the MCG Curriculum Oversight Committee. She develops curriculum for a library and research instruction to first and second year medical students. She is currently working with Dr. Christie Palladino in the Educational Innovation Institute (EII) to integrate library research instruction into a bioinformatics component. She has worked for the past two years with the EII on the DREAM database. DREAM, Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures, is a database of free, publicly available, and peer reviewed medical education assessment tools located on the MedEdPORTAL. Kathyidentified assessments tools and helped create the taxonomy used to structure the database online.


Kathy served as the Project Manager for an innovative collaborative grant with the Greenblatt Library and the East Georgia Central Health District. Funded by The National Library of Medicine, this grant helped bridge the information gap between health professionals and vital disaster information resources. The public health partners received hands-on training focused on mobile information and key resources from the National Library of Medicine. A guide to disaster medicine information has been developed for the library website to link public health professionals to local and global disaster resources.

Kathy Davies is an active participant in regional and national medical library organizations. She has served as a member of the Medical Library Association Membership committee and a conference mentor. She participates on both the History and Nominating committees for the Southern Chapter of MLA. She currently involved in the embedded librarian project, which has been funded by a grant from the Southern Chapter of MLA. Kathy has presented papers at Southern Chapter Annual Meetings related to her work with Healthy Perspectives, GRU consolidation, disaster medicine, and the DREAM database. Kathy has published peer-reviewed publications with both GRU faculty and library faculty:

  • Internet Resources: Cultural competency. Davies, KJ. MLA News, October 2013.
  • Consolidation: A tale of two libraries. Heck, J, Davies, KJ, Verburg, FL, Brown, M, Loveless, VL, Bandy, SL, Seago, BL. Library Leadership & Management, 2013; 28(1).