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About Michele R. Tennant


Michele R. Tennant, PhD, MLIS, FMLA

University Librarian


  • MLIS, Library and Information Science ~ University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D, Biology ~ Wayne State University
  • BS, Biological Sciences ~ University of Southern California

​University of Florida work history:

  • University Librarian (tenured), Health Science Center Libraries (July, 2006 - ), 
  • Associate University Librarian (tenured), Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (July 2002 – June 2006) 
  • Assistant University Librarian (tenure track), Health Science Center Libraries (Aug. 1996 - June 2002), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Michele's current role at the University of Florida is Head of the Smathers' Libraries' Academic Research Consulting and Services (ARCS) Team. ARCS is a one-stop shop to support campus research from project inception through publication and beyond. ARCS team members include experts in data analysis and management, bioinformatics, informatics, data visualization, geographic information systems, digital humanities, scholarly communication, research impact and metrics, and the responsible conduct of research, among other research-related topics. To learn more about ARCS, or to request a consultation, see

Michele's research interests include library-based bioinformatics support; assessment of library liaison and other services; and the relationships between biodiversity, health and human well-being, conservation and culture. Her current teaching and scholarly work centers around the island of Madagascar, with the recent publication and distribution of a children's A-Z book featuring Malagasy animals and plants, and credit-bearing courses on global biodiversity and a study abroad in Madagascar.

At the Health Science Center Library, Michele is part of the management group and is a member of  teams such as Wellness; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Assessment. She is completing her term on the libraries' Tenure and Promotion Committee, and at the university level, is a member of the Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards Committee. At the national level she has served on a variety of committees of the Medical Library Association and Special Libraries' Association, has served on numerous funding review panels for the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health and taught for the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Michele was named a Fellow of the Medical Library Association in May, 2019.




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