John Wiswell

Belk Library: Room 225
Collection Management Services
Health Sciences Librarian
Assistant Professor


Library Responsibilities

  • Scholarly Communication.  Evaluate and select information sources in all formats for these programs:
    Chemistry, Communication Sciences & Disorders, HES (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Health Promotion/Public Health), Nursing, Nutrition & Health Care Management, and Physics & Astronomy.  Also WFU--Boone Physician Assistant program, Environmental Science, Fermentation Science, Gerontology, and (in part) RMPE. 
  • Monitor usage and functioning of electronic resources, especially for these programs.
  • Liaison. Consult with faculty and others concerning curricular and research needs, especially for these programs.
  • Teaching. Information literacy instruction for students in classes and individually, especially for these programs.
  • Participate in the Library's instruction and information literacy program.
  • Manage change in streaming video and anatomy visualization collections

Scholarly Interests

  • Information behavior of students and faculty
  • Collection management for health and physical sciences
  • LIS and health science methodologies and data
  • Evidence-based practice in libraries and health services
  • Global health and injury epidemiology


  • Masters in Library and Information Studies, 2007, UNC Greensboro.
  • Masters in Public Health 1997, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University, concentration in Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods (= using health data, health research methods and design, statistics, understand health and healthcare)


  • ALA/ACRL, NCLA, Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, MLA, ANCHASL, and NC Public Health Association
  • Charlotte Initiative User Experience team
  • University: Undergraduate Academic Procedures & Policies
  • Library: Sciences liaison group, Social Sciences Liaison group, Web Content Committee, Diversity Committee
  • Library task forces: Full Text Finder Working Group, Service Implementation Team, Service Plan Working Group, Scholarly Communication Working Group


Wiswell, John. 2016.  "Delays in Availability of Faculty Journal Articles?: Local Effects of Open Access Policies."  Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association, May 13-18, Toronto.

Wiswell, John. 2015.  "Delays in Open Access Availability of Faculty Journal Articles."  Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter/MAC of the Medical Library Association/MLA, October 18-20, Asheville, NC.

Wiswell, John. 2016. “Creating a Sample of Journal Articles Published by Faculty at a Comprehensive University.” Lightning talk presented at the Empirical Librarians Conference, North Carolina A&T University, February 29, Greensboro.


Johnson, Megan, Andrea Leonard, and John Wiswell. 2015. “Deciding to Change OpenURL Link Resolvers.” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 27 (1): 10–25. doi:10.1080/1941126X.2015.999519.

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