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Library Staff

Library Staff By Name | Library Staff By Unit

Mori Lou Higa
Name: Higa, Mori Lou
Title: eJournal Coordinator
Email: mori.lou.higa@utsouthwestern.edu
Phone: 214-648-2989

Library Responsibilities:

  • Leads, manages, and plans for all aspects of the Library’s collection development activities involving electronic resources.
  • Prepares and manages the Library’s collection budget.
  • Negotiates and maintains all license agreements for the Library’s electronic resources.
  • Collaborates with vendors, publishers, consortia groups, clients and staff in the selection/deselection, acquisition, and successful implementation and support of electronic resources.
  • Manages the collection development department and supervises one Collection Development Librarian and one Electronic Resources Specialist (2.0 FTEs)
  • Leads a multi-university support group to acquire and manage electronic resource resources for a five-state regional academic medical library consortium, SCAMeL (South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium).

Areas of Interest:

  • Academic and research library acquisition and management practices
  • Collection evaluation and analysis
  • Licensing of electronic resources
  • Scholarly publishing trends


M.L.S., San Jose State University, California State University Fullerton Campus Program, 1992

Professional Information:

  • South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, Collection Development Committee, 2004 to present
  • South Central Chapter, MLA, 1993 to present
  • HealthLINE, 1993 to present
  • Medical Library Association (MLA), 1991-2013
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, MLA, 1998-2013

Selected Publications:

  • Thompson LL, Higa ML (Associate Editor and Contributor), Carrigan E, and Tobia R. The Medical Library Association's Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences, Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.
  • Higa, Mori Lou. "Integration of Web 2.0 and Electronic Journals." Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, v.5(1), 2008: 55-64.
  • Thompson LL and Higa ML. "Journal Collection Development: Challenges, Issues and Strategies." In Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship (ed. M. Sandra Wood), Haworth Press, 2008.
  • Carrigan E, Higa ML, and Tobia, R. "Collection Development of Monographs and Digital Resources." In Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship (ed. M. Sandra Wood), Haworth Press, 2008.
  • Higa ML, Bunnett B, Maina B, Perkins J, Ramos T, Thompson LL, and Wayne R. "Redesigning a Library’s Organizational Structure." College and Research Libraries, v.66(1), January 2005: 41-58.
  • Higa-Moore ML, Bunnett B, Mayo HG, and Olney CA. “Use of Focus Groups In a Library’s Strategic Planning Process.” Journal of the Medical Library Association, v90(1), January 2002: 86-92.

Awards and Grants:

2008 Daniel T. Richards Prize Winner Co-Recipient, Medical Library Association Collection Development Section for “Journal Collection Development: Challenges, Issues, and Strategies." In Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship, Haworth Press, 2008.

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