Staff Directory

Service desk: 708-216-9192 or email


Gail Y Hendler, MLS
Associate Provost & Director

Welcome to the Health Sciences Library. As library director, my overall responsibilities include budget, facilities, personnel, strategic planning, and programming. I am privileged to work with an enthusiastic and talented library team who share my commitment to service excellence. My professional passion is connecting researchers, clinicians, clinicians-in-training and their educators with library service that anticipates needs and responds with customer-focused services, resources, training, and programming. At home, I indulge my love for the arts and orange tabby cats.

Access Services

Tiffany Tawzer, MLIS
Access Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian

I oversee circulation and interlibrary loan, identify new and emerging technology to incorporate into the library, and lead the development of the library's social media presence and website. Contact me about accessing books and articles not licensed by the library, our Wacom tablets and other hardware, or to recommend technology for the library I spend my spare time playing board games and caring for my menagerie of pets.


Lin Gilley
Library Associate

My main responsibilities are handling inter-library loan and inter-campus requests. Contact me for theses/dissertation binding services. I came to work in the Health Sciences Library after acquiring secretarial/office skills. I left but returned in June 1998.


Bernita Vassar
Library Associate

I work with Interlibrary loan and Intra-campus requests. I'm one of the people to contact with questions about requesting articles or books. I began working in the Health Sciences Library In December 1997. In my spare time, I spend time with my family and friends.

Research and Education

Elizabeth Huggins, MALIS
Research and Education Librarian

I teach classes and workshops, provide one-on-one consults (online and in-person), and perform literature searches. Contact me with questions about any of these services. I am also the liaison to the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing graduate programs, Masters of Public Health, and Bioethics programs. In my free time, I like to bake and share the results with my colleagues and family.


Teresa McClow, MLIS, MS, CCC-SLP
Research/Education and Administrative Librarian

I support research and education at the Health Sciences Campus and act as the liaison to the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health. Contact me about library classes, literature searches, or research support/consultation. In my free time, I read, garden, and enjoy cooking for my family and friends.

Dog in Residence


Miso, a seven-year-old golden Labrador retriever, helps to raise future service dogs at home with Dr. Fran Vlasses, a Professor in the Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing and a volunteer puppy raiser. In addition to the staffing the library Service Desk on Thursday for consults from noon - 1:00 PM he also works part-time at Edwards Hospital. In his spare time he loves playing catch, cuddling with friends, and socializing with his many girlfriends. Come and meet Miso for a guaranteed smile. He is looking forward to seeing you in the library.


Retired: Soren

Soren is a black Labrador Retriever and was bred, trained and worked as a service dog through Canine Companions for Independence. He can pick up anything that is dropped and deliver it where ever his handler tells him to, open doors and drawers, and turn on and off light switches. Now retired due to a medical condition, Soren looks forward to getting to know and interact with library visitors.
Soren was the first Dog in Residence at the Health Sciences Library.


Vincent J. Galante, M.D. Information Commons: Open 24/7

Library staff available: Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-7:00pm
Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm

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