John Wiswell

Email me with a question or for an appointment, wiswellj@ .  For appointments, please suggest a few times and state your topic.  I can meet in Zoom, at Levine, or on main campus.

Liaison Responsibilities, including instruction, consulting, and collections

  • Rehabilitation Sciences:  Communication Sciences & Disorders, Athletic Training, and Occupational Therapy
  • Public Health and Exercise Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Health Care Management
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Recreation Management
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program

Other Library Responsibilities

  • Collection strategy and scholarly communication.  Evaluate, monitor, and select information sources for liaison programs
  • Liaison. Consult with faculty and others concerning curricular and research needs
  • Teaching.  Evidence-based practice and information literacy instruction for students, in classes and individually
  • Develop and manage learning objects, such as library guides and short videos.

Scholarly Interests

  • Information behavior of students and faculty
  • Collection management and scholarly communication for health and physical sciences
  • LIS and health science methodologies and data
  • Evidence-based practice in libraries and health services, evidence-based assessment
  • Public health and 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
  • BA, Texas


  • American Public Health Association, ALA/ACRL, NCLA, Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, MLA, ANCHASL
  • University: University Research Council, Work-Life Council
  • Libraries: STEM/Sciences and Social Sciences Liaison Groups

Selected Presentations

Wiswell, John. 2018. “What would you do if your collections budget was cut 20%?” Carolina Consortium annual meeting. Greensboro, May 2018.

Wiswell, John. 2017. “Comparing use and usability of ebooks to near-at-hand pbooks.” ER&L Conference, April 2-5, 2017, Austin, Texas.

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.

Title: Interim Coordinator of Collection Management, Health Sciences Librarian, Associate Professor
Department: Nursing, Nutrition & Health Care Management, Public Health & Exercise Science, Recreation Management, Rehabilitation Sciences: CSD, AT, and OT, Physics and Astronomy, Veterinary Technology, Wake Forest Physician Assistant

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7853

Office address
225 Belk Library and 542F Levine Hall


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