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Stephenson, Priscilla L.

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Education Steering Committee, member, 2019–2020
  • Fellows and Honorary Members Jury, Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship Jury, and Section Project of the Year Award Jury, liaison, 2018–2019
  • Federal Libraries Section, secretary, 2017–2019; chair-elect, chair, Nominating Committee chair, 2008–2011
  • Hospital Libraries Section, chair-elect, chair, past-chair, 2013–2016, secretary, 1993–1994
  • Scholarly Communications Committee, member, 2012–2014
  • Section Council, Credentialing Committee liaison, 2010–2014
  • Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship Jury, chair, 2013–2014, member, 2012–2013
  • Ethics Task Force, member, 2008–2011
  • Pharmacy and Drug Information Section, Bylaws Committee, chair, 2006–2009
  • Leadership and Management Section, Section Council representative-elect, 2007–2008
  • Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians Task Force, member2006–2008
  • Research Section, Hypothesis, coeditor, 2005, editor, 2006–2007
  • Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section, treasurer, 2005–2006, secretary-treasurer, 2001–2005
  • Continuing Education Committee, member, 1999–2002, chair-elect, chair, 2002–2004
  • Philadelphia Regional Chapter: secretary, 2010–2012; Quad Chapter Meeting Steering Committee, chapter liaison, 2011–2012; Tri-Chapter Meeting Steering Committee, cochair, 2015–2016
  • Southern Chapter: Research Committee, chair, 2002–2004, chair-elect, program chair, chair, past-chair/Strategic Planning, 2005–2008

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of MLA, 2019
  • Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship, 2013
  • Hospital Libraries Section, Professional Recognition Certificate for Leadership, 1991, 1992, 2010
  • Hospital Libraries Section, Scroll of Exemplary Service, 2013
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), Distinguished Member, 1990–
Other Awards
  • Fellow, BioMedical Informatics, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 2008
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, University of Memphis, 2005
  • Beta Phi Mu, International Library and Information Studies Honor Society, University of Kentucky, 1973

Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)

  • VA Library Network Mentoring Task Force, member, 2018–
  • Medical Reference Services Quarterly, Hospital Information Services [annual column], coeditor, 2012–
  • Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, WebHealth Topics [quarterly column], editor, 2002–2006, coeditor, July 2006–
  • WebHealth for Seniors: Training Seniors to Access Electronic Health Information, principle investigator, NLM contract N01-LM-1-3522, 2003–2005
  • NLM Grateful Med contract, Rural Outreach for Physicians in Central Illinois, project director, 1990–1992

Publications (5 representative)

  • Stephenson PL, Coady TR, Kromke DK, Barnett LA, Camerer CE. Consumer health and the Department of Veterans Affairs Library Network. In: Wood SM, ed. Consumer health information services and programs: best practices. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. p. 103–17.
  • Stephenson PL, Clever S, Coady TR, Ender D, Heyd M, Peth S. Book clubs—outreach opportunities for hospital libraries. Med Ref Serv Q. 2014 Oct;33(4):448– DOI:
  • Stubbs ND, Sanders S, Jones DB, Geraci SA, Stephenson PL. Methods to reduce outpatient non-attendance. Am J Med Sci. 2012 Sep;344(3):211– DOI:
  • Kronenfeld M, Stephenson PL, Nail-Chiwetalu B, Tweed EM, Sauers EL, Valovich McLeod TC, Guo R, Trahan H, Alpi KM, Beth Hill B, Pamela Sherwill-Navarro P, Allen MP, Stephenson PL, Hartman LM, Burnham J, Fell D, Kronenfeld M, Pavlick R, MacNaughton EW, Nail-Chiwetalu B, Bernstein Ratner N. Review for librarians of evidence-based practice in nursing and the allied health professions in the United States. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007 Oct;95(4):394– DOI:
  • Stephenson PL, Green BF, Wallace RL, Earl MF, Orick JT, Taylor MV. Community partnerships for health information training: medical librarians working with health-care professionals and consumers in Tennessee. Health Inf Libr J. 2004;21(suppl. 1):20–6. DOI:

Professional Positions

  • Chief, Library Service, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics, Tampa, FL, 2016–
  • Chief, Library Service, Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2009–2016
  • Chief, Library Service, G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 2006–2009
  • Associate Professor/Coordinator Reference Services, Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center–Memphis, 2005–2006
  • Assistant Professor and Coordinator Reference Services, Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center–Memphis, 1998–2005
  • Director, Medical Library and Office of Continuing Medical Education, Columbia Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Las Vegas, NV, 1995–1998
  • Director, Medical Library, Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN, 1993–1995
  • Coordinator, Perlmutter Library, Illini Hospital, Silvis, IL, 1980–1993
  • Instructor, Reference Services, Library Technical Assistant Certificate Program, Black Hawk Community College, Moline, IL, 1992
  • Medical Librarian, Bristol Memorial Hospital, Bristol, TN, 1979–1980
  • Assistant Librarian for Public Services, King College, Bristol, TN, 1975–1979

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • MSEd, leadership and educational policy studies, Northern Illinois University–DeKalb, 1984
  • MSLS, library and information science, University of Kentucky–Lexington, 1973
  • AB, teaching English and political science, Transylvania University, 1969


Contributed by Jean P. Shipman and Priscilla Stephenson


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