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Flake, Donna B.

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Librarians without Borders Committee, member, 2009–present
  • MLA Sister Library Initiative with Latvia and Antigua, chair, 1999–2003
  • European Association for Health Information and Libraries, MLA representative, 1995–2001
  • MLA Taskforce to Improve the Cunningham Fellowship, chair, 1999–2000
  • International Cooperation Section: chair, 2004
  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter/MLA: Local Arrangements Committee, Wilmington, NC, chair, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 1998
  • Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship, 201
  • T. Mark Hodges International Service Award, 2009
Other Awards
  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter/MLA, Librarian of the Year, 2000
Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)
  • Established and maintained a Sister Library Partnership between the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) Library in Wilmington, NC, and the Scientific Medical Library of Moldova
  • EBSCO Advisory Council, member, 2008–present
  • Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program, special advisor and reviewer, 2009–2014
  • Family Physicians Inquiries Network, member, 2003–2014
  • International Federation of Library Association (IFLA), Committee to Award Scholarships to Librarians from African Nations, Boston, member, 2001
  • Integrated the library’s electronic resources with New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s electronic medical record system
  • Obtained funding and created a full-service consumer health library
  • Created and sustained a Friends of the Library program that brought in over $500,000

Publications (5 representative)

  • Matthews A, Flake D. Everything you need in an electronic medical record (EMR): from patients to diagnoses to librarians. J Hosp Librariansh. 2016 Apr;16(2):97–106.
  • Flake D, Poznaka V. Innovative interlibrary loan program linking Eastern Europe’s Latvia with US and Canadian medical libraries. J Interlibrary Loan Doc Delivery Electronic Reserve. 2007;17(3):9–14.
  • Flake D. Consumer health information in action: profiles of 12 innovative libraries. In: Rees A, ed. Consumer health information source book. 7th ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing; 2003.
  • Flake D, Verhoeven A, Robu I. The Cunningham Fellowship: three international points of view. Health Inform Libr J. 2001 Jun;18(2):117–24.
  • Flake DB. The National Health Service and medical libraries in England. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1986 Jan;74(1):6–11 [cited 20 Jul 2016].

Professional Positions

  • Library Director, Robert M. Fales, Health Sciences Library, South East Area Health Education Center, Wilmington, NC, 1992–present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 2007–present
  • Consultant, Coastal Consumer Health Library, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC, 1997–2000
  • Director, Health Sciences Library, Memorial Medical Center, Savannah, GA, 1987–1991
  • Head of Reference, Assistant Professor, Head of Circulation, and Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1976–1986

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • MS, administrative services with a concentration in health administration, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1983
  • MS, library science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 1976
  • BA, English/education, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 1974


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