Gerri Wanserski, Ebling Librarian, Retires

Gerri Wanserski, Ebling Library liaison to the School of Pharmacy, will be retiring effective July 6, 2008 after nearly 25 years of employment at UW-Madison. She has been connected with the School of Pharmacy for nearly 12 years (in three locations!), first as a library assistant, then as a librarian and coordinator of the Pharmacy Library in Chamberlain Hall and in the new Rennebohm Hall building. She continued as liaison to the School when the health sciences libraries merged into Ebling Library. Gerri enjoyed the varied facets of pharmacy because it drew on her past experience and interests and provided new challenges. She particularly enjoyed teaching and helping to research special topics.

Before getting her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences in 1993, she worked in campus offices that include the UW-Hospital and Clinics Neurology Department, the Biodynamics Laboratory and Cardiac Rehab Programs in the Natatorium, and at Memorial Library. After receiving her master’s degree, she was a special librarian at the Internet Scout Project within Computer Sciences before moving to Health Sciences Libraries. Gerri has been an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Libraries/Educational Resources Section (AACP/L-ER) and the Medical Library Association/Pharmacy and Drug Information Section, serving as chair-elect and chair for each of those groups, and as liaison between them. For several years, she has managed the Pharm-lib listserv and contributed as a section editor for the AACP/L-ER Basic Resources for Pharmacy Education guide for those developing or maintaining library collections for colleges of pharmacy. Gerri has authored numerous presentations and publications, was a librarian co-author on evidence-based articles published through the Family Practice Inquiry Network (FPIN), and co-founded and led a Libraries in Medical Education Special Interest Group within the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), Central Group on Education Affairs, which later served as a model for other AAMC regional groups.