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Vision Science Caucus

Members: 62     Discussions: 297     Files: 11

Vision Science Caucus (VSC) members are librarians or people acting in that capacity, whose collections and services include the literature of vision. Members of the VSC work together with the Association of Vision Science Librarians (AVSL) to maintain an online presence of various resources, core competencies, and guides for vision science authors and researchers. VSC/MLA offers a platform for members to develop their leadership skills, present to an international audience, collaborate, and share best practices. It is not a requirement for VSC/MLA members to belong to AVSL, and you may find more information on this free and open organization at

Public Resources

The Vision Science Caucus maintains several lists of resources for librarians, ophthalmologists, optometrists, vision scientists, and the public, many of which are open access. The full collection of resource lists is available here. Selected resources include the following:

  • Opening Day List - A compilation of recommended books and journals for a vision science collection.
  • Vetted List of Vision Science Journals - The journals on this list have been evaluated with a series of standards and criteria by a group of reviewers who are librarians working with vision science collections. Winner of the 2020 Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences.
  • Eye Resources on the Internet List - A curated list of materials online relating to the eye and vision science.
  • Open Access eBooks List - A curated collection of open access eBooks relating to the eye and vision science.

Vision Science Leaders 

Michelle Schonken, AHIP
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Chair; Community Council Alternate
Caroline Allen
University of Iowa Healthcare and Clinics
Deborah Goss
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Immediate Past Chair; Community Council Representative
Karen Alcorn
Massacusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Delegate, Education Domain Hub
Leslie Holland
Southern College of Optometry
Delegate, Professionalism & Leadership Domain Hub
Elaine Wells, AHIP
SUNY College of Optometry
Delegate, Clinical Support Domain Hub