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Dee, Cheryl Rae (PhD)

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Lindberg Research Fellowship Jury, member, 2008–2009, 2004–2005
  • Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award Jury, chair, 2003–2004
  • Fellows and Honorary Members Jury, chair, 2001–2002
  • MLA 2001, Local Assistance Committee, member, Orlando, FL, 2001
  • Mentoring Task Force, member, 1999–2001
  • Hospital Libraries Section (HLS), Award Jury, chair, 1997–1998; Strategic Planning Committee, member, 1990–1991; Professional Recognition Committee, member, 1991–1993, 2001–2003, chair, 1984–1985
  • Medical Library Education Section, chair, 1996–1997
  • Rittenhouse Award Jury, member, 1996–1997
  • Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship Jury, chair, 1994–1995
  • Research Task Force, member, 1993–1995: issued: Using Scientific Evidence to Improve Information Practice: The Research Policy Statement of the Medical Library Association, 1996. Developed by: Dalrymple PW, Bastille JD, Bradley J, Dee CR, Humphreys BL, Marshall JG, Weller AC, Webb RE
  • Doctoral Fellowship Jury, member, 1991–1992
  • Hospital Libraries Section, chair, 1984–1985


  • Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association, Honors and Awards Committee, chair, 2002–2003; Communications Committee, chair, 1995–1996; Research Committee, chair,1994–1996; Research Committee, ex-officio member, 1996–present; research mentor, 1996–present

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 2015
  • Continuing Education Committee article selection, 2005, Dee C, Stanley EE. Information seeking behavior of nursing students and clinical nurses: implications for health science librarians. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005 Apr; 93(2):213–22
  • Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association, Research Poster First Place Award: Dee CR, Teolis M, Todd A. Multi-state study of health professionals’ use of the personal digital assistant (PDA). Presented at: MLA ’03, the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association; San Diego, CA; 12 Oct 2003
  • Hospital Libraries Section/Medical Library Association, election to “Scroll of Exemplary Service” May 2002
  • Hospital Libraries Section/Medical Library Association, Professional Recognition Award for Research, 1992, 1993, 2002
  • Ida and George Eliot Prize for best-published paper, 2000: Dee C, Rankin J, Burns C. Using scientific evidence to improve hospital library services: Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association Journal Usage Study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998 Jul;86(3):301–6.
  • Majors Chapter Project of the Year Award, 1998: chair of the Southern Chapter’s Research Committee that designed and executed this research project
  • Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship, 1997
  • Research Section, Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association Award, for best-contributed paper, “Journal Usage Study,” 1996
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals Distinguished Member, 1993–present
  • Thomson Reuters MLA Doctoral Fellowship, 1990
Other Awards
  • Emerald Highly Commended Article Award, 2008: Spink A, Dee C. Cognitive shifts related to interactive information retrieval. Online Inf Rev. 2007;31(6):845–60
  • Florida and Caribbean Chapter/ Special Library Association Scholarship Award, Special Library Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2008
  • Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, spring course, 2002, fellowship, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine
  • Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)
  • Medical Reference Services Quarterly, Editor, Hospital Information Services Column, 1995–present
  • Biomedical Digital Libraries, Associate Editor, Library and Information Science Education/Clinical Librarianship/Cultural Competence, 2003–2005
  • Florida Consumer Health Information Network, Statewide Steering Committee, member, July 2007–2010
  • Polk County [Florida] Library Association, co-president, 2002–2005
  • Florida Health Sciences Library Association, Research Committee, chair, 2004–present; Strategic Planning Committee, member, 2001–2004; president, 1982–1983; treasurer, 1979–1980
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, Regional Advisory Council, member, 1996–2001
  • Special Library Association, Florida and Caribbean Chapter, Executive Board, member, 2001–present; Local Arrangements Committee, Creativity in the Workplace: How to Be Your Creative-Best in Today’s Challenging Information Environment, workshop co-chair, November 2002

Publications (5 representative)

  • Dee C. In his own words: Martin Cummings and the NLM [Internet]. National Library of Medicine; 2013 [cited .14 Apr 2016].
  • Dee C, Abrams S, Hunt, D. Part 2: information professions. Chapter 9: Information centers: special libraries. In: Hirsh S, ed. Introduction to today’s information services. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; 2015.
  • Dee C, Rankin, J. Medical and allied health sciences literatures and their users. In: Bates M, ed. Encyclopedia of library and information sciences. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis; 2009.
  • Dee CR. Development of the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS). J Med Libr Assoc. 2007 Oct;95(4):416–25. DOI:
  • Dee C, Stanley E. Information-seeking behavior of nursing students and clinical nurses: implications for health sciences librarians. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005 Apr;93(2):213–22. (Selected for the Medical Library Association’s Independent Reading Program by MLA’s Continuing Education Committee.)

Professional Positions

  • Instructor, San Jose State University, 2009–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida State University, 2000–present
  • Assistant Professor, University of South Florida, 2001–2009; Visiting Professor, 1999–2001; Adjunct Professor in Health Science Librarianship, University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science, 1993–1999
  • Assistant University Librarian, Courtesy Appointment, Health Center Library, University of Florida, 1993–2000
  • Library Director, Watson Clinic Medical Library, Watson Clinic, 1975–1999
  • Hospital library consultant, set-up over 12 hospital libraries, 1980–2003

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • PhD, Florida State University, School of Library and Information Services, 1990
  • MLS, George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University (Beta Phi Mu)
  • BA, Michigan State University
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