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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Ryan Rafferty - Regional Assistant Librarian - Urbana: About

Biographical Information

I am an Assistant Professor and Regional Head Librarian for the Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana (LHSU).

I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in 1999. I taught middle school science for a number of years before attending the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. While working toward my degree, I was a graduate assistant at LHSU. I earned a Masters in Library and Information science in 2006 and became the Visiting Health Sciences Librarian at LHSU in 2007. In 2015 I was named the Regional Head Librarian.

I am married to a wonderful wife and have two spectacular children, a girl and boy. Together we live in a ranch-style home located just outside Champaign-Urbana that, when we moved in (sans children), seemed spacious, but now, not quite so much. In addition to fun family activities, I enjoy reading, playing golf, running, and other sports, helping out on the family farm, taking photographs, tinkering with technology which I have little prior knowledge, and traveling.


My research interests include facets of library instruction, in-person and online.


I manage reference services and instruction for LHSU. I teach in-person and online sessions. Currently, I coordinate the online workshops and webinars for the Library. I contribute to numerous subject and course guides.


  • College of Medicine-Urbana Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Team
  • College of Medicine-Urbana Local CME Committee

Subject Guide

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Ryan Rafferty
470 Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
1301 West Springfield Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Subjects: Medicine, Nursing