Dana L. Ladd, Ph.D, has more than 19 years of experience as a librarian. She first became interested in consumer health she she worked in a public library environment. There, she held consumer health collection development responsibilities and was responsible for the library’s cancer center website. Now an associate professor at VCU working at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, she is the Community Health Education Center Librarian.
In that role, Ladd manages the daily operations of the library, supervises and trains staff, provides consumer health information services for patients, their family members, and the public, and teaches health information classes. She also plans and coordinates health and wellness events and presentations and coordinates the center’s participation in local and community health fairs.
Ladd's doctoral dissertation focused on the information needs and information sources of patients diagnosed with rare cancers.
Ladd has an extensive record of scholarship and most notably co-authored “A Medical Library Association Guide to Diabetes Information and Resources.” The book received a Library Journal Starred review. She also authored several journal articles and a book chapter titled, “What Patients Need to Know: Information Needs and Sources of Patients with Rare Cancer” in the Textbook of Uncommon Cancer. She has presented at state, regional, and national library conferences and is active in the Medical Library Association.
Ph.D in Social and Behavioral Science, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Specialist Degree in Library and Information Science in Health Sciences and Consumer Health Information, the University of South Carolina
M.S. in Information Science, the University of Tennessee