Your Information Team
To meet the information needs of health and human service professionals who practice in MAHEC’s 16 counties, our Department of Library Science has 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 Science
Access to quality health information is essential to excellence in healthcare and lifelong learning. Joan oversees MAHEC’s Department of Library Science for health and human services professionals throughout Western North Carolina. She is the liaison librarian for MAHEC's administrative staff and collaborates with NC AHEC librarians statewide to provide access to the vital resources in the AHEC Digital Library.
With a background in computer programming, Joan has led efforts to automate library services and MAHEC’s virtual library environment to enhance access to information for our rural region. She earned her master’s degree in library and information studies from UNC Greensboro and has an undergraduate degree in geography. Joan enjoys creating maps in support of MAHEC programs and initiatives to visually present information that cannot otherwise be seen.
Joan enjoys balancing the fast-paced and technical work in her job at MAHEC with being co-owner of Crystal Visions and New Visions Marketplace in Naples, NC, and 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 Library Science team in 2017 and enjoys exploring this WNC gem, especially while hiking with her family.
Emily Mazure, MSI, AHIP
Clinical and Research Librarian
Ob/Gyn Residency Program
General Surgery Residency Program
Emily is embedded in the Ob/Gyn Residency Program and is the liaison to the General Surgery Residency Program. She has many years of experience in academic health science libraries. Emily enjoys helping connect people to the information they need. She can assist with searching the literature to answer clinical or research questions, managing information, conducting systematic literature reviews, and more.
Emily received a master of science in information degree from the University of Michigan. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, and traveling.
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 Department of Dentistry and our Asheville Family Medicine Residency Program. 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.
Elisabeth Wallace, MSIS
Health Sciences Education Librarian
Continuing Professional Development
Center for Health Professions Education
UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus
UNC Gillings School's Master of Public Health Program in Asheville
Elisabeth provides educational and research support for the Department of Continuing Professional Development, the Center for Health Professions Education, the UNC School of Medicine Asheville campus, and the UNC Gillings School of Public Health Program in Asheville. She also provides copyright support across the organization. She received her masters of science in information science from the University of Tennessee. Outside of work, Elisabeth enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
Library Technical Assistant, BS
Department of Research and Library Science
Scout provides technical and administrative support to library patrons and staff. She can assist with article requests, library accounts, navigating information resources, triaging information requests, and more. For many, she will be the first point of contact for the Department of Library Science and is, therefore, always eager to connect people with the information they need. Scout received her Bachelor of Science degree from Samford University and has spent her years since working in libraries. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, creating art, and baking.
For general library information, contact:
Phone: (828) 257-4444; Fax: (828) 257-4712