John Gallagher, MLS, is the Associate Director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library (CWML), Yale University. John joined Yale University in April 2000 as the Head of Circulation. He pursued his MLS shortly thereafter and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in January 2005. At Yale John has held numerous leadership positions including Access Services Librarian, and Deputy Director for Public Services.
John has led strategic planning initiatives, and co-chaired the inaugural University Library’s Joint Departmental Best Practices effort that strived to improve Labor/Management relations at Yale University. He has been involved in the management of a number of major construction projects at the Medical Library, including The Cushing Center, a museum type space that houses Harvey Cushing’s Brain Tumor Registry, and a complete renovation of the Medical Historical Library’s rare book stacks to upgrade environmental conditions to archival standards.
John has been very active in both state and regional chapters of the Medical Library Association, having served on both the Executive Committees of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries and the Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Libraries. From its foundation in 2010 until 2012, John served on the Governance Committee of the Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, that promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Finally, John has authored a number of articles related to operational management in medical libraries, and has been the Principal Investigator on grants related to the digitization of some of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Historical Library’s remarkable collections.