Nina Dougherty, Librarian Extraordinaire

Mary McFarland

Mary McFarland
Information & Technology Consultant

Nina E. Dougherty, M.A., Emeritus Librarian, who served on the faculty of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) from 1974 for 25 years, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

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Nina came to EHSL as the Extension/Outreach Librarian and over the years served in various roles including as Research and Government Documents Librarian, Assistant Director of Information Services, and Program Manager for Academic Integrated Information Medical Systems (IAIMS).   As Government Documents Librarian, Nina initiated the EHSL membership in the Federal Depository Library Program.  Nina also served as Adjunct Instructor and integral/embedded member of the Department of Medical Informatics team.   Nina was  a long time member of the Medical Library Association and American Society of Information Science, and served the University of Utah and the Health Sciences Center as an active member of many campus-wide electronic information access committees and as contributor to numerous projects.

Her most lasting legacy was InfoFair, an annual event spotlighting technologies and computing in the health sciences, which she established in 1983, and planned and coordinated from 1983 until 1989.  Nina was an expert searcher of the health sciences literature, both conducting searches and teaching faculty, staff and students how to effectively search MEDLINE, toxic substance databases, medical informatics and environmental, occupational and public health resources.  Her expertise in these resources was well-known and well-respected.

In addition to her commitment to providing access to health sciences information, Nina was a lifelong environmentalist and clean air advocate.  She joined the Sierra Club in 1972, serving in numerous leadership roles throughout the years.  As a citizen clean air advocate, she participated on air quality related county, state and Western U.S. advisory committees.

Early fighter for clean air in Utah. Salt Lake Tribune, March 11, 2016

Nina’s Obituary

InfoFair 2008 Video Tribute to Nina