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Dana Ladd

Community Health Education Center Librarian

Associate Professor
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Research and Education

(804) 628-2429
Community Health Education Center, Gateway Building Ground Floor


  • Ph.D., Social and Behavioral Health, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016. Dissertation: The Information Needs and Sources of Patients Diagnosed with Rare Cancers 
  • S.L.I.S. Specialist in Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, 2007
  • M.S. Information Science, University of Tennessee, 2000
  • B.A. History, College of William and Mary, 1994 

Previous professional experience

  • Electronic Resources Librarian II, Williamsburg Regional Library, 2004-2006
  • Adult Services Librarian I, Williamsburg Regional Library, 2001-2004
  • Assistant Branch Manager, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, 2001

Teaching experience

  • Health and Human Performance Community Health Education Internship Site Supervisor, VCU
  • Multicultural Health Resources: Finding Spanish Language Consumer Health Information, VCU
  • Providing Health Information to Patients: An Elective for Fourth Year Medical Students, VCU
  • Pulling it All Together: Finding Consumer Health Information, VCU

Selected publications

  • Ladd D. (2017). What Patients Need to Know: Information Needs and Sources of Patients with Rare Cancers. In: Raghavan D, ed. Textbook of Uncommon Cancer. 5th ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Ladd D. and Barker S (2017). Dogs on Call in a Patient Library. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. February.
  • Ladd. D., Lubker I., Mack T., (2017). Collaboration and Partnership Provide Summer Library Programs for Middle School Students. Journal of Hospital Librarianship.
  • Ladd D. (2016). Health and Wellness Programs in a Patient Library: Program Development and Brief Assessment. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. July/August.
  • Ladd D. (2015). Patients with Rare Diseases’ General and Health Information Challenges: The Importance of Health Information Provision and Websites for Locating Rare Disease Resources. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 15(2), 189-197. doi:10.1080/15323269.2015.1014762.
  • Ladd, D. & Altshuler, A. (2013). Medical Library Association guide to finding out about diabetes: The best print and electronic sources. Neal-Schuman Publishers.
  • Brady, K., Brown, R., Johnson, E., Jones, S., Henderson, M., Ladd, D., Lubker, I., McDaniel, J. (2012). Profiles in science for science librarians: John Bennett Fenn. Science & Technology in Libraries, 31(1).

Selected presentations

  • Ladd, D. & Amick, S. (2011). Building relationships through monthly health and wellness presentations. Presented at MLA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Ladd, D. & Amick, S. (2010). Building relationships through monthly health and wellness presentations. Presented at MAC/MLA Annual Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Ladd, D. & Jones, S. (2009). Developing a consumer health library orientation and class for library interns and volunteers. Poster presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI.
  • Jones, S. & Ladd, D. (2009). iFusions: Integrating a consumer health library into the academic medical center community. Poster presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI.
  • Ladd, D. & Leisey, M. (2008). CHEC at five: History, lessons and challenges of opening and operating a consumer health library. Presented at MAC/MLA Meeting, Morgantown, WV.

Selected university service

  • VCU Libraries Peer Review Committee
  • VCU Health System Health Literacy Task Force 
  • Community Health Education Center Advisory Committee, Co-chair
  • Community Health Education Center Steering Committee
  • Interdisciplinary Patient Education Committee

Professional organizations

  • Medical Library Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
  • American Library Association  

Collection management subject areas

  • Consumer health

Research interests

  • Consumer health; health literacy 

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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