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Jones, Shannon D. (PhD)

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • 2024 National Program Committee, Member
  • President, 2022-2023
  • President-elect, 2021-2022
  • Finance Committee, Member 2018–2019; Chair 2019-2021
  • Treasurer, 2019-2021; Treasurer-elect, 2018-2019
  • Executive Committee, 2019-2024
  • Community Transition Team, Member, 2018-2021
  • Annual Meeting Innovation Task Force, Member, 2018-2021
  • Board of Directors, 2018-2021
  • Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee, Member, 2017-2018
  • Nominating Committee, Member, 2016
  • Rising Star Award Jury, Chair, 2016-2017
  • MLA News, New Members Column, Co-editor, 2006–2008
  • African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus, Convener, 2008, 2016-2018
  • New Members Caucus: Convener 2004–2010; Co-convener, 2011


  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter
    • Annual Meeting Committee, Co-chair, 2011
    • Membership and Recruitment Committee, Chair 2006-2009
  • Southern Chapter
    • Membership Committee, Chair, 2017-2019
    • Annual Conference Committee, Registration Chair, 2016


Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 2022
  • President’s Award, 2020
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Senior Member, 2013-2018; Distinguished Member, 2013-
  • Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award recipient, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 2005

Other Awards

  • Library Journal Mover & Shaker - Change Agent, 2021


Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)

  • Medical References Services Quarterly, Editorial Board, 2020-
  • New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Committee, Member, 2020-
  • Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries, Chair, 2020-2021
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Program and Education Committee, Chair, 2016-2021
  • American Library Association, Reference and User Services Association, Learning Opportunities & Knowledge Coordination Task Force, Co-chair, 2013-2016


Publications (5 representative)

  • Jones, SD, Bartley, K, DeSantis, M, Harris, R, Jason, D, Rios, D. Braving our blind spots: Using a virtual book discussion group to continue conversations on implicit bias in libraries. In: Lee C, Lym B, eds. Implementing excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion: A handbook for academic libraries. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2022. p. 231-255.
  • Jones, S. The academic trinity: African American, female, leader. In: Ruffin, I, Powell C, eds. The emotional self at work in higher education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2021. p.147-164.
  • Jones, SD, Murphy, B, eds. Diversity and inclusion in libraries: A call to action and strategies for success. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019.
  • Jones, SD. Staff recruitment, retention, and reward. In: Norton M, Rupp N, eds. Transforming medical library staff for the 21st century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 201, p.115-130.
  • Jones, SD. Leadership begins with you. In: Olivas A, ed., Choosing to lead: The motivational factors of underrepresented minority librarians in higher education. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2017. p. 35-46.


Professional Positions

  • Medical University of South Carolina
    • Director, Region 2, Network of the National Library of Medicine, 2021-
    • Director of Libraries, 2015-
    • Assistant Director for Program Development and Resource Integration, 2014-2015
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
    • Associate Director, Research and Education, 2010-2013
    • Head, Outreach Services, 2007-2010
    • Interim Head, Education Services, 2006-2007
    • Education Services Outreach Librarian, 2004-2006
  • National Library of Medicine, Associate Fellowship, 2002-2004


 MLA published statements about the fellow

  • Bartley K, Nelson TM, Williams J, Weeks A. Shannon D. Jones, MLS, MEd, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Library Association President, 2022-2023. J Med Libr Assoc. 2022 Oct;110(4):530-40. DOI:



  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Sciences Librarianship, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • MEd in Adult Learning, Human Resource Development, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 2012
  • MIS, North Carolina Central University, Durham, 2004
  • MLS, North Carolina Central University, Durham, 2002
  • BA, English - Writing and Editing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1998


Contributed by Shannon D. Jones and Jean P. Shipman




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