Episode 18: Shannon Jones & Beverly Murphy on Representation, Retention, and Trailblazing


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Shannon Jones (she/her/hers) is the Director of Libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Prior to her arrival at MUSC, Shannon worked as the Associate Director for Research and Education for Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Shannon focuses her research on staff recruitment and retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries, and leadership in academic health sciences libraries. Shannon is the co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success. She holds an MLS from North Carolina Central University and an M.Ed. in Adult Learning from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership at Charleston Southern University. Beverly Murphy (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Director of Communications and Web Content Management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives where she manages and maintains the Library’s website, marketing, and digital communication. Beverly has been a librarian for 40 years and is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, where she received a BS in Biology and a Masters in Library Science. She is a Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has served in a variety of capacities for the Medical Library Association (MLA) including serving as the first African-American President of the Association, an MLA Fellow, MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Board Liaison (now Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee), and Chair of the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee. In addition to MLA activities, Beverly is active in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA and the Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries (ANCHASL). Along with Shannon Jones, Beverly is co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success which was published in August 2019.

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