UK Libraries will honor Frank Davis with the 2016 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award. Davis is a clinical liaison librarian in the Medical Center Library division of Research, Education and Clinical Services. He has served more than fifteen years at UK.
“Frank is a friend and valued colleague. He is actively engaged in the profession, contributes to the field of health sciences librarianship, and is a dedicated and devoted faculty member within UK Libraries,” said Rick Brewer, director of the Medical Center Library. Brewer nominated Davis for the award.
Davis is the liaison to the UK College of Pharmacy, the Markey Cancer Center, and the Department of Internal Medicine within the UK College of Medicine. He interacts with a diverse group of patrons including students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians throughout UK HealthCare and the health colleges.
Davis serves each of his areas in an exemplary manner. For Internal Medicine, Davis attends morning report three days a week and provides support for learning issues identified during case discussion. He also works with Internal Medicine residents who request his expertise concerning case report publications and grand rounds presentations.
At the College of Pharmacy, “Frank is a valued colleague and appreciated for his commitment and service to this nationally ranked program,” said Brewer. He is an active member of the COP curriculum committee, where he employs highly specialized, expert literature searching skills and provides input on issues relating to information resources. At the request of faculty, Davis presented on options and procedures for electronic books. He has participated in two accreditation reviews for COP, and in the most recent accreditation process he was instrumental in writing the standard focused on library resources.
The Markey Cancer Center utilized work by Davis in their successful application for National Cancer Institute status as an NCI designated research center.
“For years, Frank has maintained an EndNote library of publications authored by Markey researchers that has enabled faculty to track such scholarship,” said Brewer. “Frank has provided assistance on grant applications by conducting complex and intense literature reviews.”
Davis has also demonstrated leadership and service at the national, regional, and local levels. He served as chair of the Cancer Librarians Section of the Medical Library Association. He was selected as a reviewer for submitted papers for the 2015 National MLA annual meeting. Davis has also served as web editor for topical areas for the MLA cancer Libraries Recommended Web Sites project. Regionally, Davis has invested substantial time and resources in the work of the Midwest Chapter of the MLA.
“Within UK Libraries, Frank has consistently volunteered for committee assignments. He is a respected colleague and valued for his input and contributions. Whenever called to step up, one can always count on Frank to do just that,” said Brewer.
In addition to his clinical and service work, Davis teaches more classes than any other MCL librarian. He lectures to upper level pharmacy students on evidence-based pharmacy resources, is regarded by COP faculty as an expert on the topic. He is also an expert trainer on the use of EndNote – a product designed to manage bibliographic references.
Davis will receive the Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award during the UK Libraries Spring Gala on May 10, 2016. The Willis Award is named for Paul A. Willis, former director of UK Libraries.