Your Information Team
To meet the information needs of health and human service professionals who practice in MAHEC’s 16 counties, our Library and Knowledge Services have evolved from having a print-based library space, to providing “just in time” virtual access where and when our customers need information.
On our MAHEC Biltmore Campus, librarians are now embedded within departments, programs, and residencies. Being integrated into clinical and programmatic teams, librarians develop strong relationships with providers and administrators that enhance our ability to meet specific information needs, support departmental goals, and target information delivery.
Joan Colburn, MLIS
Director of Library and Knowledge Services
Access to quality health information is essential to excellence in healthcare. Joan’s oversees MAHEC’s Library and Knowledge Services to health and human services professionals throughout Western North Carolina, is embedded in MAHEC administration, and collaborates with NC AHEC librarians statewide to provide the vital information resources in the AHEC Digital Library.
Joan especially enjoys creating maps that visually present information that cannot otherwise be seen. After receiving an undergraduate degree in geography, Joan earned her masters in library and information studies degree from UNC Greensboro. She is the co-owner of Crystal Visions, a metaphysical shop and event center, and New Visions Marketplace, a gently used home furnishings shop in Naples, NC. She enjoys balancing the fast-paced and technical work in her job at MAHEC with living in a peaceful log home in the woods.
Ellen Justice, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical and Research Librarian
Family Medicine Residency Program, Hendersonville
Psychiatry Residency Program
Ellen is the primary librarian for the Hendersonville Family Medicine and Psychiatry residency programs. Ellen has many years of experience researching and delivering clinical and consumer health information to support clinical decision making, publication and research, and systematic literature reviews. Her areas of interest include evidence-based healthcare, patient and family-centered care, consumer health, community-based participatory research, and informatics instruction.
She received her master of library and information science degree at the University of South Carolina. As a child, Ellen lived in Germany and is fluent in the language. She joined the LKS team in 2017 and enjoys exploring this WNC gem, especially while hiking with her family.
Ob/Gyn Division and Residency Program
General Surgery Residency Program
Kacey is embedded in the Ob/Gyn Division and also provides clinical and research librarian support to the general surgery residency program. She is also a member of MAHEC’s substance use disorders task force. Her areas of research interest include women’s health, substance use disorders, and health disparities. She received her master of library and information science degree from UNC Greensboro. Kacey is fluent in Spanish.
Dental Health Center and Center for Advanced Training
Family Medicine Residency Program, Asheville
Sue has been at MAHEC since 1994 and is currently embedded in the Dental Division and our Asheville Family Medicine residency programs. She is a faculty member in the Family Medicine residency program, where she teaches evidence-based medicine, serves as the corresponding author for multi-disciplinary teams writing Clinical Inquiries for the Family Practice Inquiries Network, and provides information for clinical management and care. Sue received her master of library science degree from UCLA where she focused on medical librarianship. Outside of work, she enjoys reading mysteries, dancing, cooking, and living in these beautiful Western North Carolina mountains.
Beth Wallace, MSIS candidate
Clinical and Research Librarian
Center for Health Professions Education
Beth provides clinical and research support for our Regional Services Division and our Center for Health Professions Education. Her areas of interest include qualitative research and information science. She is currently finishing up her master of science in information science degree through the University of Tennessee.
Library Technical Assistant
Violet joined MAHEC in 1990 and has supported the organization in various administrative roles over the years. She provides specialized information delivery services in support of the WNC regional medical staff in MAHEC’s 16-county region. Violet’s focus includes staffing the virtual library reference desk, triaging incoming information requests, managing document delivery and interlibrary loan services, and managing AHEC Digital Library membership requests. Living in the Asheville area is her dream come true. She enjoys the mountains, flowers, candle-making, live concerts, spending time with her family, special friends and her 4-legged “furry kids.”
For general library information, contact:
Phone: (828) 257-4444; Fax: (828) 257-4712