Beverly Murphy, MLS, AHIP, FMLA

Beverly (she/her) serves as the Assistant Director, Communications and Web Content Management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives where she manages and maintains the Library’s Website, marketing, and digital communication. She is also the Hospital Nursing Liaison for the Duke Health System, teaching and assisting nurses with their research needs for publication, quality improvement, performance evaluation, and graduate residency. Additionally, she serves as Liaison for the students and faculty at the Watts College of Nursing in Durham, NC.


Beverly has been a librarian for 42 years and is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, where she received a BS in Biology and Masters in Library Science. She is a Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has served in a variety of capacities for the Medical Library Association (MLA) including serving as the first African-American President of the Association, an MLA Fellow, MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Board Liaison (now Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee), and Chair of the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee. In 2021, she was the first African American to receive the Marcia C. Noyes Award, MLA’s highest professional distinction. In addition to MLA activities, Beverly is active in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA and the Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries (ANCHASL).


Her research interests include librarian core competencies; diversity, equity, and inclusion; health literacy; library administration; and leadership and management. She is co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success published in 2019 and is co-editing a second book planned for publication in 2023

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