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Donna Gibson's Profile Page: Profile - Donna Gibson, Director of Library Services

Donna's Responsibilities

As the Library Director, my team and I support the Center’s mission by providing the latest published information and customized services, workshops, and information sessions, ensuring excellent customer service for our Library user community. We provide content and negotiate institutional subscriptions for a cost-effective and focused collection that compliments the research and medical activities of our constituents.  Most of the published literature and information we provide is delivered via our Library Website.  Developing a cutting-edge Library is an ongoing activity as well as establishing strong Library partnerships with both MSK departments and external Libraries.  Developing communication and marketing activites to inform our users about all Library initiatives is essential for growth and success.

Donna's Office Hours

Available 8:30am to 5:00pm, please call/email to schedule an appointment. I am interested in hearing about the research and medical activities being conducted by the MSK Library Community and how we can become a part of your workflow process.

About the MSK Library

MSK Library Progress Report, 2012-13

SLA NY Aims High with Mary Ellen Bates and Springer Experts (07/03/2013). D. Gibson contributed as one of the panel experts.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Library (02/15/2013).  Announcement that the Library has joined and supports the ORCID initiative.

OCLC Research Library Partnership Welcomes Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Library (12/20/2012)

Springer, For Hospitals & Health, Interview with a Key Customer: Donna Gibson, Director of Library Services, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (10/01/12)

SLA Podcast: A Partnership for Success at MSKCC (07/10/12)

Member Spotlight from Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) (05/25/12)

MSK Library Progress Report, 2010-2011

About Donna


  • Masters in Library Science (MLS), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • BA in History, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Boston University, Project Management Certificate, Skillman, New Jersey
  • Human Subjects Protection Certificate (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative), New York, New York


  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), 2004 - 
    Member of the Web Editorial Board, 2012-2014 
    Member of the Scholarly Communications Committee, 2014 -
  • JoVE Library Advisory Board Member, May 2015 -
  • MAR Leadership Institute
    Member of Project Team, 2011-2014
    Member of the Academic Special Advisory Group (SAG), 2014 -
  • Medical Library Association, 1990-2002, 2008-
    Member of the Scholarly Communications Committee, 2012-
    Representative from MLA Scholarly Communications Committee to AAHSL Scholarly Communications Committee, 2013-
    Cancer Librarian Section, Chair-Elect 2014/15, Chair 2015 -
  • Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), 2004-
    Hospital Library Services Program Advisory Council Member, 2011-
  • New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Board Member, 2014-
  • NYC Usability Professionals' Association, 2007-
  • Oxford University Press Library Advisory Board Member, March 2015 -
  • Special Libraries Association, 1984-
    Public Relations Advisory Committee (PRAC) Member, 2012-
    Biological Life Sciences Division: Vendors’ Relations Committee, 2011-
    (Chair, 2013-   )
  • Springer’s International Health Advisory Committee Member, 2012-
  • Toastmasters International,  2010 -
    • Toastmasters(at)MSKCC (closed club), VP Membership, 2010 - 2013
    • Founding member of Toastmasters@MSKCC, 2010-

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Research Interests:

Improving the user experience, website and survey design, web 2.0 and social networking applications, the power of the semantic web, user assessment studies, bibliometrics, scholarly communication (open access, ORCID initiative, institutional repositories), knowledge management (sharing institutional knowledge, story-telling techniques, lessons learned, knowledge cafés), project management, developing agile teams, leadership models

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For Help, Contact:

Donna Gibson

Reference: 212-639-7439
Donna: 212-639-2109
Donna (Blackberry): 646-229-7383
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