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Core Investigators


Thomas G. Basler PhD, FMLA
Informatics and Library Science

 Complete Biographical Sketch

Dr. Basler is a Professor and Chair of the MUSC Department of Library Science and Informatics. He completed his undergraduate work in Biology at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL), Master in Librarianship at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), School of Library Science, and Ph.D. at the University of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA).  Also, graduate work at Columbia University (NY, NY) and a internship at Emory University (He is a fellow of the Medical Library Association, Honorary Member of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association and Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Basler has served as the MUSC as Director of Libraries since 1991.  He has served as the Library “director” at a large number of institutions, often known for outreach to the community of health care personnel or the community.  He was the Director of the Information System, Environmental Hazards Assessment Program at MUSC with a project to build and maintain a database and information system for environmental hazards assessment and Project Director of the MUSC Hands-on-Health South Carolina a community health support system for all SC citizens.  He was Director of Libraries at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA;  Librarian, New York Academy of Medicine, New York City; Director; Director of the Regional Medical Library Program of New York and Northern New Jersey; Librarian at The American Museum of Natural History, New York City; and Librarian at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, FL.

His presentations, belie his interests, as they include a wide-variety of topics in the area of electronic delivery of information to the community & to health care workers:

"Partnering for a Healthier Community", Southern Chapter, Medical Library Association

"Hands on Health South Carolina - A Consumer Health Web Site for the Public," South Carolina Public Library Administrators

 “Strategies for Working with Communities”, Presentation to the NIH/National Library of Medicine

 “Community Health  - A Model for Multiple Participation and Support”, Panel on Outreach and Disparity, Presentation to the NIH/National Library of Medicine Board of Regents

 “Community Partnering for Consumer Health:  A Model for Multiple Organizational Participation,” HII’99 Improving Health in a Digital World

"Lessons Learned, Broader Perspectives and Implications," Symposium on Community-Based Health Information Outreach,  National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

"Building Bridges to Cross the Information Divide," Symposium on Community-Based Health Information Outreach,  National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

"Reaching Out:  Internal and External Library Efforts" Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries

“Internet Training for the Rural Health Care Professional.” South Carolina Rural Health Association


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