Informatics Research Seminar: The New Digital World and the Transformation of Information and Libraries

October 26 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Patricia L. Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
Presented from Duke University



New technologies and digital formats are changing how information is created, delivered and used at the point of need.  Information has become easier to search and locate, but obstacles still remain in terms of restrictive licenses, remote access, and the high cost of electronic formats.  These changes and challenges have driven the transformation of the traditional library facilities and services that have been the caretakers and providers of knowledge-based resources in the past.  This session will focus on the major changes that have occurred due to the digital world, and its impact on user behavior, developments in scholarly publishing, and how libraries are responding to these trends.


Ms. Thibodeau is Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives and director of the Duke University Medical Center Library. Since coming to Duke in 1993, she has been involved in curricular revisions, the implementation of new technologies within the medical center as well as the library, and the development of archival and digital services. As a member of the School of Medicine Curriculum Committees and Administrative Group, she has had significant involvement in the revision of the curriculum. She was a co-investigator of an Institute of Museum and Library Services’ federal grant that focused on recruiting medical students into a dual degree program to create physician informationists.

Ms. Thibodeau currently serves as the study program director for medical students pursuing this dual degrees in information or library sciences. Ms. Thibodeau was elected to the Board of Directors for the Medical Library Association and AAHSL, and served as MLA President from 2003-2006. She received the MLA President’s Award for her work in scholarly publishing and communications, and was elected an MLA Fellow. She was recently elected President-elect of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). She has served as a mentor to leadership fellows through an AAHSL and National Library of Medicine program, and is one of the initial AAHSL representatives to the Chicago Collaborative, an initiative involving associations of STM librarians, publishers, and editors. Ms. Thibodeau has extensive experience in health sciences libraries. Her first health sciences position was Director of the Health Sciences Information Center and Research Administration at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, which was a teaching and research facility. She later became Director of Information and Media Services at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina, serving health professionals and facilities in a sixteen-county region.