John Wiswell

Wiswell portrait photo
John Wiswell
Phone number: 
(828) 262-7853
Office address: 
Belk Library 225
Job title: 
Health Sciences Librarian
Assistant Professor
Collection Management Services

Assistant Professor

Liaison (Outreach) Responsibilities

  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • HES: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Health Care Management
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Recreation Management, Health and Physical Education (RMPE)
  • Wake Forest SoM--Boone Physician Assistant program

Other Library Responsibilities

  • Scholarly Communication.  Evaluate and select information sources in all formats for my liaison programs
  • Monitor usage and functioning of electronic resources, especially for these programs.
  • Liaison (outreach). 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.
  • Develop and manage learning objects, such as library guides and short videos.

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, evidence-based assessment
  • 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
  • University: Undergraduate Academic Procedures & Policies
  • Library: Scholarly Communications Librarian Search Committee (2018), Web Content Committee (through July 2018), Diversity Committee (through July 2018)
  • Library task forces: Liaison Guidance Council (through July 2018), Scholarly Communication Working Group


Wiswell, John. 2016.  "Delays in Availability of Faculty Journal Articles?: Local Effects of Open Access Policies(link is external)."  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(link is external)."  Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter/MAC of the Medical Library Association/MLA, October 18-20, Asheville, NC.


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