Tania P. Bardyn, MLIS AHIP
Associate Dean of University Libraries and Library Director
Tania P. Bardyn is the Associate Dean of University Libraries, and Director of the Health Sciences Library and NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region at the University of Washington since November 2011. She was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the US School of Medicine BIME in 2012. The Health Sciences Library serves six health sciences schools, including UW School of Medicine; four hospitals (Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, Valley Medical Center and UW Medical Center); a network of primary care clinics (UW Neighborhood Clinics); and WWAMI region. She chairs the Library Management Team and Graduate Student Advisory Committee.
Ms. Bardyn graduated from Queen’s University in 1993 with Honours in Political Studies and received her MLIS from the University of Western Ontario in 1996. She began her career as a medical librarian at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; moved on to NYU Langone Medical Center in New York to be the Assistant Director for Affiliated Libraries; and most recently was Associate Director for Public Services at the UCLA, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Bardyn’s research has focused on evaluating the information needs of clinicians and translational researchers in various disciplines; how to deliver information programs and librarian services to develop collaborative partnerships and library buildings and space planning. She is a member of AAHSL Education Committee, American Library Association LLAMA, Buildings and Equipment Section Committees, and a member the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) .
Partnering for Success: Message from the Director
The expectation that the practice of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy and social work be evidence-based compels educators and librarians to effectively incorporate research education into health sciences curricula. With curriculum renewal efforts well underway in the UW School of Medicine and standards of care in a constant state of flux, it is imperative that health sciences professionals have the ability to competently interpret the quality of evidence in medical research publications and have access to the essential resources. Our librarians at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library must effectively teach students and clinicians how to think about the problem, which information to access, how to interpret the available evidence, and what to do if no or weak evidence exists. The librarians at the Health Sciences Library offer a fee-based systematic review service to researchers and faculty who are interested in having an expert searcher perform a review of the literature. We also teach classes to departments and schools on various topics and lay a foundation of critical thinking and lifelong learning skills to support research literacy.