Davida Scharf, MLS, Ph D.

Director of Reference & Instruction
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Robert W. Van Houten Library
323 ML King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102-1982
Office phone: 973.642.4397
Fax: 973.643.5601

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I am the Director of Reference and Instructional Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Van Houten Library, a position I have held since April 2004.   I serve as the library's liaison to the School of Management, History, Humanities and Social Sciences.   At NJIT I serve on the Committee for Undergraduate Education, the Subcommittee on the General University Requirements (GUR), the Program Assessment Committee, the Writing Committee, and the School of Management Assessment Committee.  I am also a member of the American Library Association, the ACRL User Education Committee, and the Society for Competitive Intelligence (SCIP).

My Philosophy:

Since a university library no longer provides one-stop shopping for research, our 21st century students and scholars must use the materials regardless of location or format....the open web, the library's online subscriptions and printed materials, along with library document delivery services to get their work done.  Therefore, one goal of the reference librarians at NJIT is to actively engage with students and faculty in exploring authentic research questions to promote development of the critical thinking and effective research skills needed for lifelong learning.

Education and Experience

Ph D. Educational Assessment, Rutgers University
M.L.S. Master's in Library and Information Science, Columbia University.
B.A. Art and Architectural History, Barnard College, Columbia University.

I have worked in academia, corporate, and non-profit sectors in the areas of library administration and information management, database development, technology, strategic planning, and research.  I have been online since the 1970s.

Research interests:

I am interested in critical thinking, information literacy instruction and assessment, online communications, knowledge management and digital libraries.

Some of my work:  

Thomas, E., Scharf, D.  (2016).  Practical Assessment of Business Research & Writing: Metrics and Methods.  AACSB International 2016 Assessment Conference:  Driving Accountability and Innovation, Charlotte, NC, March 6-8, 2016.  abstract and ppt  Manuscript in preparation

Terng, C., Scharf, D.  (2016).  Online Research Profiles:  Helping Faculty Make their Research More Visible on the Web.  VALE (Virtual Academic Library Environment) Annual Conference., Friday, January 15, 2016.  Piscataway, NJ.  (peer-reviewed). abstract

Dempsey, M.E., Dalal, H., Dokus, L.R. , Charles, L.H., Scharf, D. (2015) Continuing the Conversation: Questions about the Framework.  Communications in Information Literacy. 9(2): 164-175.  Link

Scharf, D.  (2015), Research Roadmaps:  A practical model for embedding critical thinking, research skills and their assessment across the undergraduate curriculum.  17th Annual International Conference on Education sponsored by the Education Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece. May 18-21, 2015. abstract

Scharf, D.  (2014).  Instruction and Assessment of Information Literacy among STEM Majors.  IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

Katz, I. R., Elliot, N., Attali, Y., Scharf, D., Powers, D., Huey, H., et al. (2008). The Assessment of Information Literacy:  A Case Study. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service. Document Number RR-08-33.  Abstract

Orzano, A. J., McInerney, C. R., Tallia, A. F., Scharf, D., & Crabtree, B. F. (2008). Family medicine practice performance and knowledge management. Health Care Management Review, 33(1), 21-28.

Orzano, A. J., McInerney, C. R., Tallia, A. F., Scharf, D., & Crabtree, B. F. (2008). A knowledge management model: Implications for enhancing quality in health care. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 59(3), 489-505.

Scharf, D., Elliot, N., Huey, H.A., Briller, V., & Joshi, K.  (2007). Direct Assessment of Information Literacy using Writing Portfolios. Journal of Academic Librarianship.  33(4),  462-477.