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Quarterly lists of timely multidisciplinary topics to meet the information needs of health communities across the globe.

First published in October 2020, Doody’s Special Topics Lists are adjudicated book lists on high impact, timely, and interdisciplinary topics that aim to enhance the collection development efforts of health sciences librarians. Published quarterly on topics selected by an Editorial Board of North American librarians, Doody’s Special Topics Lists have addressed topics such as health equity, telehealth, and the cost of health care, among other specialized topics. List Selectors are experienced, Board-nominated librarians and information professionals with a knowledge and passion for the area in which they are selecting.

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Doody Enterprises published a COVID-19 Book List to the Doody’s Collection Development Monthly blog. The aim of this list was to offer bibliographic and expert review information for titles that may be helpful to first responders, clinicians, nurses, public health professionals and the librarians that serve them at the point of need. The list is comprised of 51 titles in public health, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, hygiene, respiratory medicine, and other fields that are most relevant to the pandemic response.

The response to this book list was overwhelmingly positive, from both health information providers and librarians. Industry partners helped share the list with new audiences and some even integrated it into their own workflows and product offerings. This experience prompted us to develop lists of books on a regular basis on timely multidisciplinary topics to meet the information needs of health communities across the globe.

Editorial Board

We are delighted to work with our Editorial Board members:


2024-2026 Seat

Barbara Ruggeri


Advocate Aurora Library

Advocate St. Luke's Medical Center

Meet Barb

Marie St. Pierre

Medical Librarian/Informationist

Children's Hospital Colorado

Meet Marie

Susan Swogger

Director of Collection Development & Acquisitions

David W. Howe Memorial Library

University of Vermont

Meet Susan

Martin Wood


Maguire Medical Library

Florida State University

College of Medicine

Meet Martin

Sandra Halliday

Health Sciences Librarian

Queens University Library


Former Board Members

  • Catisha Benjamin, Manager of Library Services, Children’s Hospital Colorado (2020-2023)

  • Janet Hobbs, Medical Library Services Manager, Community Memorial Health System (2020-2022)

  • Karen O'Grady, Nursing, Health Care Informatics & Allied Health Librarian, Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, University of San Diego (2022-2024)


List Selectors

Black Communities & Health (April 2024)

  • Fatima Barnes, Executive Director, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, Howard University

  • Catisha Benjamin, Manager of Library Services, Children’s Hospital Colorado

  • Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian & Tenured Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • John Mokonyama, Medical Librarian, Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital

Trust & Distrust in Health Care (January 2024)

  • Catisha Benjamin, Manager of Library Services, Children’s Hospital Colorado

  • Francesca Frati, Interim Head Librarian, Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering, McGill University

  • Nitin Verma, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Arizona State University


Active Military & Veteran Health Care (October 2023)

  • Anne C. Baker, Librarian, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

  • Jacqueline M. Luizzi, Medical Librarian, Madigan Army Medical Center

  • Virgie Paul, Medical Librarian, A. T. Augusta Military Medical Center

  • Kristy White, Head of Licensing & Acquisitions, Gumberg Library, Duquesne University

  • Kristen L. Young, Chief of Academic Support and Library Director, Franzello Aeromedical Library, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine


PTSD & Trauma-Informed Care (July 2023)

  • Carole Durst, Senior Library Technician, National Jewish Health

  • Daphne Horn, Manager of Library and Archives, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  • Jyoti Patsourakos, Instruction & E-Learning Librarian, Polk State College


Recruitment & Retention in the Health Sciences (April 2023)

  • Amber Burtis, Health Sciences Librarian, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University

  • Molly K. Maloney, Pharmacy Liaison Librarian, Abbott Library, University at Buffalo

  • Barbara Rochen Renner, Library Services Evaluation Specialist & Liaison, Allied Health Sciences, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Clinical Care of Indigenous Peoples (January 2023)

  • Naomi Bishop, Associate Librarian, The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

  • Alexis Ellsworth-Kopkowski, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, University of New Mexico

  • Deborah Lee, Indigenous Studies Collections & Initiatives Librarian, University of Saskatchewan

  • Janice Linton, Indigenous Health Liaison Librarian, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, University of Manitoba

  • Caroline Monnin, Health Sciences Librarian, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, University of Manitoba


Clinical Research & Knowledge Sharing in the Health Sciences (October 2022)

  • Lindsay Blake, Clinical Services Coordinator, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • Robyn Rosasco, Head of Research Services, Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library, Florida State University

  • Erika Sevetson, Director of Health and Biomedical Library Services, Brown University


Climate Change & Its Effects on Health (July 2022)

  • Carrie Grinstead, Regional Medical Librarian, Providence St. Joseph Health

  • Kristen LaBonte, Research & Engagement Librarian, University of California – Santa Barbara

  • Elaine Walker, Scholarly Communications Librarian, The University of Alabama


Health Insurance & the Cost of Health Care (April 2022)

  • Susan Harnett, Medical Information Services Librarian, Borland Library, University of Florida

  • Irma Singarella, Associate Professor & Health Sciences Librarian, Baptist Memorial Health Care Library, University of Memphis

  • Emily Vardell, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University

  • Abe Wheeler, Health Sciences Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries


Rural Health (January 2022)

  • Jeff Coghill, Head of Outreach Services, Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University; Director of Eastern AHEC Library Services

  • Lisa Milchman, Assistant Director, Norwich Public Library

  • Cecily Tubbs, Electronic Resources & Systems Librarian, Stratton Taylor Library, Rogers State University


Vaccinations (October 2021)

  • Kathleen Carter, Research and Education Librarian, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Libraries

  • Marie St. Pierre, Medical Librarian/Informationist, Clinical and Research Library, Children’s Hospital Colorado

  • Susan Swogger, Director of Collection Development & Acquisitions, David W. Howe Memorial Library, University of Vermont


Health Literacy (July 2021)

  • Christian Minter, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian & Head, Circulation Services, Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Emily Petersen, Family Health Librarian, Health Literacy Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado

  • Judy Stribling, Assistant Director, Clinical Services & Manager, Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, Weill Cornell Medicine


Health Professionals & Stress (April 2021)

  • Tallie Casucci, Assistant Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

  • Melissa Funaro, Clinical Research & Education Librarian, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University

  • Amber Stout, Medical Librarian, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center


Telehealth (January 2021)

  • Kelsa Bartley, Education & Outreach Librarian, Louis Calder Memorial Library, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

  • Emily J. Hurst, Interim Director and Associate Dean, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Terri Johnson, Medical Informatics Librarian, Florida State University College of Medicine


Health Equity (October 2020)

  • Sandra Halliday, Health Sciences Librarian, Queen’s University Library

  • Shannon Jones, Director of Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina

  • Hannah Rutledge, Director, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania

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