Elaine Wells, MS

Library Director


I have worked at the SUNY College of Optometry since 1997. I am a "second career" librarian (like many librarians). My interest in health science librarianship comes from a history of work with non-profit health organizations. At the National Hemophilia Foundation I managed the Information Center and at that point decided to pursue a professional degree in medical librarianship. I also hold a Master's Degree in French Language and Literature and am fluent in the language.


  • MS, Medical Librarianship, Rutgers University, 1996
  • MA, French, Montclair State University, 1979
  • MA, French Language and Literature, Montclair State University, 1977


  • Distinguished Librarian, 2019
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Chapter Member, 2018
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2016
  • Chancellor's Award for Service, 2001
  • Chair's Great Work Award, 1996

Professional Experience

  • Director of Library Services, SUNY College of Optometry, 1999 - Present
  • Reference Librarian, SUNY College of Optometry, 1999 - Present
  • Medical Librarian, Helene Fuld Medical Center, 1996 - 1997
  • Reference Librarian, Saint Peter's College, 1996 - 1997
  • Director , National Hemophilia Foundation, 1989 - 1994

Teaching Interests

Evidence-Based Medicine
Integrating information resources into Patient Care
Use of Clinical Point of Care resources
Use of library resources to promote life-long learning
Connecting alumni and other practitioners with library resources

Research Interests

Medical Subject Headings in PubMed
Library Renovation based on Student Input
Information provision to eye care practitioners
Open Access

Clinical Interests

Integration of clinical information into patient care


  • Wells, E. (2019). Hypothesis: Library renovation: from setbacks to success. , Hypothesis-Journal of the Medical Library Association Research Caucus 31 (1): online online, 2019
  • Concept Mapping as a Tool for Didactic Learning and Case Presentation in an Optometric Curriculum, Journal of Optometric Education 42 (1): 1-6 1-6, 2016


  • Combat Predatory Publishing by Learning How to Develop your Own Vetted Journal Program, Step-By-Step, 2022
    Oral Presentation
  • Reflect, Renew, Reconnect to Envision a New Service Model for Your, Your Customers, and Your Library, 2022
    Oral Presentation
  • Supporting our Graduates through a collaborative information hub, 2021
  • To Browse and Connect: Creating a browser extension for PubMed that allows "anywhere" access to holdings, 2021
  • The Perfect Storm: Using the Potential Loss of the "Big Deal" to promote Open Access Publishing, 2020
    Oral Presentation
  • “Drawing on Pedagogies beyond the Info Lit Classroom: The One-Two Punch of Teaching Information Retrieval Skills.” , New York, NY. November 13, 2017., 2019
    Oral Presentation
  • “If you build it they will come: Re-imagining our space, rethinking our collection” , 2016
    Oral Presentation
  • Finding the Silver Lining- What Crisis Management can Teach Us”. Presented May, 2004 at the National Meeting of the Medical Library Association, Washington, D.C. , 2004
    Oral Presentation



  • 2004 - Present : Chancellor's Awards for Excellence - Chair
  • 2004 - Present : Committee on Honorary Degrees - Chair
  • 2004 - Present : Curriculum Committee - Member
  • 1999 - Present : Learning Resources Committee - Chair
  • 1999 - Present : Dean's Council - Member
  • 2013 - 2016 : Committee on Professional Qualifications - Chair

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