Faculty and Staff Biography
Deborah Charbonneau is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences. Prior to joining the faculty, she held positions at the Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. She also served as Principal Investigator for the Urban Health Partners program, a public health outreach project funded by the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health where she facilitated partnerships between the library and community agencies to address issues of health equity and health disparities. Her research has been funded by various government organizations and encompasses investigations into how information technologies can be effective in enhancing the skills of health providers serving historically underrepresented communities. She has been an invited guest speaker to health departments, community groups, and public libraries.
Deborah was a visiting Research Fellow at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in Fall 2018. She was selected as the 2015-2017 New Leader for the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Deborah also received the 2014 Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship from the Medical Library Association.
Dr. Charbonneau is currently working on research projects that investigate the following:
1. Adoption and acceptance of interactive health technologies among cancer survivors
2. Health disparities among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
3. Digital privacy and online support groups
4. Dementia-friendly and inclusive library environments
Library Administration and Management (INF 7040), Current Issues in Health Informatics (INF 7620), and Research Methods (INF 7996).
Community Engagement Activities
Dr. Charbonneau does significant work in capacity building through collaborations with professional organizations such as the Medical Library Association and Ontario Health Libraries Association. She also coordinates a book donation program for residents in nursing homes in the Detroit area.
Degrees and certifications
- Ph.D., Sociology, Wayne State University
- Master of Library Science (M.L.S.), University of Pittsburgh
- B.A., English Literature, University of Pittsburgh
Vardell, E., & Charbonneau, D.H. (2020). Applying a Health Justice Framework to Examine Health and Social Justice in LIS Course Offerings. In B. St. Jean, G. Jindal, Y. Liao, & P. T. Jaeger (Eds.), Roles and Responsibilities of Libraries in Increasing Consumer Health Literacy and Reducing Health Disparities (Advances in Librarianship, Volume 47). London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (Forthcoming)
Charbonneau, D.H. and Rathnam, P. (2020). Memory cafés and dementia-friendly libraries: Management considerations for developing inclusive library programs. Journal of Library Administration, 60(3), 308-315.
Charbonneau, D.H., Hightower, S., Katz, A., Zhang, K., Abrams, J., Senft, N., Beebe-Dimmer, J.L., Heath, E., Eaton, T., & Thompson, H.S. (2020). Smartphone apps for cancer: A content analysis of the digital health marketplace. Digital Health, DOI:10.1177/2055207620905413
Senft, N., Abrams, J., Katz, A., Barnes, C., Charbonneau, D.H., Beebe-Dimmer, J.L., Zhang, K., Eaton, T., Heath E., & Thompson, H.S. (2020). eHealth activity among African American and White cancer survivors: A new application of theory. Health Communication, 35(3), 350-355.
Charbonneau, D.H. and James, L.N. (2019). FluView and FluNet: Tools for influenza activity and surveillance. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 38(4), 358-368.
Charbonneau, D.H. and James, L.N. (2018). DynaMed Plus®: An evidence-based clinical reference resource. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 37(2), 168-176.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2017). Online social support and privacy risks: Protecting personal health information in the digital age. Advanced Practices in Nursing, 2(3).
Thompson, H.S., Senft, N., Katz, A., Eaton, T., Charbonneau, D.H., Barnes, C.A., Beebe-Dimmer, J.L., Zhang, K., Abrams, J., & Heath, E. (2017). The ehealth activity assessment: Preliminary findings and implications for cancer survivorship and user-centered design. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51, S2012-S2013.
Vardell, E. and Charbonneau, D.H. (2017). Health insurance literacy and roles for reference librarian involvement. The Reference Librarian, 58(2), 124-135.
Charbonneau, D.H. and Freeman, J.L. (2016). Succession planning for libraries. Journal of Library Administration, 56(7), 884-892.
Walster, D., Charbonneau, D.H., and Kumasi, K.D. (2016). Finding and reading reports of research: How academic librarians can help students be more successful. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(6), 732-738.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2016). Privacy practices of health social networking sites: Implications for privacy and data security in online cancer communities. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 34(8), 355-359.
Charbonneau, D.H. and Beaudoin, J.E. (2015). State of data guidance in journal policies: A case study in oncology. International Journal of Digital Curation, 10(2), 136-156.
Charbonneau, D.H. and Ham, K. (2015). The health insurance reference question: A step-by-step approach. In E. Vardell (Ed.), The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act (pp. 37-50). Chicago, IL: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (Medical Library Association Books Series).
Charbonneau, D.H. (2015). Health disclaimers and website credibility markers: Guidance for consumer health reference in the Affordable Care Act era. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 54(3), 30-36.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2015). Consumer health reference revisited: Transforming reference services in the Affordable Care Act landscape. The Reference Librarian, 56(2), 93-101.
Charbonneau, D.H. and Priehs, M. (2014). Copyright awareness, partnerships, and training issues in academic libraries. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(3-4), 228-233.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2014). Public library web sites and adherence to senior-friendly guidelines. Public Library Quarterly, 33(2), 121-130.
Beaudoin, J. and Charbonneau, D. (2014). Transforming the data landscape: Connecting data, policies, and communities. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 51(1). DOI: 10.1002/meet.2014.14505101008
Charbonneau, D.H. (2013). An analysis of benefits and risk information on pharmaceutical web sites for the treatment of menopause. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 30(3), 212-219.
Kumasi, K.D., Charbonneau, D.H., & Walster, D. (2013). Theory talk in the library science scholarly literature: An exploratory analysis. Library & Information Science Research, 35(3), 175-180.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2013). Strategies for data management engagement. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 32(3), 365-374.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2013). Health literacy and the readability of written information for hormone therapies. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 58(3), 265-270.
Charbonneau, D.H. and McGlone J. (2013). Faculty experiences with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, compliance issues, and copyright practices. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 101(1), 21-25.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2012). Readability of menopause web sites: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Women & Aging, 24(4), 280-291.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2010). Manufacturing menopause: An analysis of the portrayal of menopause and information content on pharmaceutical web sites. Ph.D. dissertation, Wayne State University, United States -- Michigan. Retrieved August 17, 2011, from Dissertations & Theses: Full Text. (Publication No. AAT 3427269).
Charbonneau, D.H. (2009). Nurturing a book concept to publishing success: Lessons learned from a first-time book editor. In C. Smallwood (Ed.), Writing and publishing: The librarian's handbook (pp. 159-161). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
Charbonneau, D.H. (2009). Preparing for publication: Strategies for identifying potential library journals. In C. Smallwood (Ed.), Writing and publishing: The librarian's handbook (pp. 47-48). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
Charbonneau, D.H. (Ed.). (2008). Global information inequalities: Bridging the information gap. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. ISBN: 9781843343622 (hardback), ISBN: 9781843343615 (paperback).
Charbonneau, D.H. (2007). Demystifying survey research: Practical suggestions for effective question design. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 2(4), 46-56.
Charbonneau, D.H., Marks, E.B, Healy, A.M., and Croatt-Moore, C.F. (2007, July). Collaboration addresses information and education needs of an urban public health workforce. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 95(3), 352-354.
Gleason-Comstock, J., Spannaus, T., Marks, E., Charbonneau, D., and Streater, A. (2006). Public health emergency preparedness terminology: Using an interactive game to introduce complex words and definitions. Michigan Journal of Public Health, 1(1), 11-18.
Charbonneau, D.H. and Healy, A.M. (2006). Collaborating with community partners to provide health information in Arabic. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 10(2), 1-10.
Charbonneau, D.H. and Healy, A.M. (2005). Genetics home reference: Locating easy-to-understand genetics information. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 9(4), 61-68.
Charbonneau, D.H. and Workman, T.E. (2002). Providing online health information in many languages: A Utah hospital library experience. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 2(3), 39-49.
Awards and honors
- Research Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Fall 2018
- Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) New Leaders Award, 2015-17
- Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship, Medical Library Association, 2014
- Featured during National Medical Librarians Month
- Awarded a scholarship to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (Harvard University)
- Awarded National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellowship to attend training at the Marine Biological Institute (Woods Hole, Massachusetts)
- Invited to attend the Library Leadership Institute at Snowbird, Utah
Outreach, library management, information seeking, health literacy, health communication, consumer health, scientific data sharing, open science, public access, health informatics, health disparities, information privacy, research methods, copyright, and scholarly communication issues.