Renae Barger to head Health Sciences Library System

Renae Barger has been named the new associate vice chancellor for the Health Sciences Library System, replacing Barbara Epstein, who retired on July 1.

Woman in peach shirtBarger earned a bachelor of science degree from Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, a master of library and information science from the School of Information Sciences, and masters certificate from the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

She started at HSLS in 2002 as a trainee in the Library and Biomedical Informatics Trainee Program and continued as reference librarian and coordinator for Document Delivery Services, as well as assistant director for Access Services and executive director and then Program Lead for the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

In 2017, she became associate director for Research, Instruction, and Clinical Information Services for HSLS.

“I see the library as a fundamental component of research, clinical care, teaching and learning,” Barger said in the July HSLS Update. “And I recognize the importance of traditional services combined with continual evolution to meet the changing needs of one of the nation’s top universities. It is an exciting time for HSLS and academic libraries.”