Library and Information Services

The Sheps Center Library houses some pertinent reference materials, including basic statistical and demographic reference works; classic health services texts, North Carolina, AMA, and AHA guides; directories; and the Sage series on research. A small number of current periodical titles are donated to the Sheps Center Library.

The Library also contains a special grey literature file compiled over the lifetime of the Center, the Rural/Policy Literature file, a file that held classic and ephemeral materials pertaining to rural health and health policy. Due to space considerations, this file was reduced to materials covering the following topics: 1) materials related to original research projects performed at the Sheps Center and not available electronically, and/or historically significant ; 2) select publications that staff and researchers recommended retaining; 3) publications containing raw data not available at other UNC libraries or online; 4) original surveys, questionnaires, or “tools”; 5) original hard copy grant applications of historical importance to the Sheps Center. The Rural/Policy File is supplemented with information from newspapers, government documents, state reports, and other sources and librarians maintain a database of bibliographic records, electronic holdings and relevant .PDF documents.

Two professional librarians and one part-time library assistant support the activities of the Sheps Center. Librarians are generally available for quick consultation and routine requests, such as help with finding full-text articles. HSRProj, a database of on-going health services research, was developed and is maintained at the Sheps Center and distributed through the National Library of Medicine. You may submit your projects to us for addition to this resource at any time.  Additionally, librarians are key staff for RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center research contracts (from topic refinements and white papers to full systematic reviews) and similar research projects. If your group would like Library and Information Services staff to work on a systematic review-level project, please consult with Christiane Voisin and with an appropriate Sheps Center Business Office contact to request staff time.

Library and Information Services staff is available for personal or group instruction for two bibliographic software packages, EndNote, and RefWorks.

Christiane Voisin

  • Acting Associate Director for Information Services
  • Room 316, (919) 843-2298

Laurie Leadbetter

  • Research Librarian
  • Room 317, (919) 966-7928

Rachel Hinrichs

  • Library Assistant
  • Room 360, (919) 966-3031