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Cate Canevari, MLS

Branch Chief

Library Science and Services Branch

Division of Epidemiology, Analysis and Library Services

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Catharine (Cate) Canevari is the Library Director of the Public Health Library and Information Center, and Chief of the Library Science and Services Branch. Cate joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November 2011. As Chief, Cate is responsible for managing and directing the multi-site Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC), which provides library resources, services, and products to CDC employees throughout the world. Cate provides leadership developing effective user-centered initiatives to increase library visibility, identify key areas for program emphasis, and foster positive relationships with partners. According to Chief Librarian Cate Canevari, “The CDC workforce is widely dispersed. Even those employees with offices near the main library or one of the branch libraries use our services and resources from off site. Our goal is to provide access to services and resources that are user-friendly and easy to navigate in order to help researchers and scientists save valuable time".

Prior to joining the CDC, Cate was the Chief, Library Science and Knowledge Transfer Branch at the Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE/ARMY/DOD), a multi-site library system providing library research support, digital resource management, and editing services. Before joining federal service, Cate was a library manager at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Initiatives and project activities focused on employing technologies to enhance access to library services and resources, user-focused services, community health, information literacy, enhancing library support for remote users, and strategic planning. While at VCU, she collaborated with research administration to develop services and resources supporting the publishing and grant-seeking efforts of health sciences researchers, and promoted discovery and access to library resources. Cate served on the Institute for Women’s Health Research Committee, Center for Translational Science Award Research Incubator Advisory Committee, the Information Technology Work Group, and the Community Health Education Center Executive and Steering Committees. Prior to VCU, Cate held several positions supporting information literacy and library technology needs, including serving as the Education Librarian at Johns Hopkins University, providing training for all programs, and serving as library for the School of Public Health distance education and basic sciences programs.

Ms. Canevari earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (this program merged into the IUB School of Informatics and Computing in 2013). Cate is active professionally, and has authored and co-authored presentations and publications.