At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, Couriers and preceptors. Spotlight blogs feature members of our FNU community that are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality health care to underserved and rural populations.
Zach Young is the Assistant Director of Library Services at Frontier Nursing University. His duties include answering faculty, staff and student reference questions, providing research instruction to FNU students, and assisting the Library Director with maintaining an up-to-date and relevant library collection.
Zach is instrumental to the success of both students and FNU’s evidence-based education approach. He shares, “My favorite part is the interaction with the students and seeing their information literacy skills grow from orientation at Frontier Bound to graduation.”
Zach is often asked to present and his work has also been published, evidence of his commitment to excellence at FNU. He participated in writing a book chapter entitled “Evaluating and Using the Evidence,” in the book Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change. Zach has also attended numerous library conferences to present research data on student mobile device usage, culminating with the article “Mobile resources use in a distance learning population: what are they really doing on those devices?” published in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.
Zach joined FNU in 2010 as Information Services Librarian. He previously worked at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Library as a Senior Technician. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.
Zach’s hobbies include reading, photography, soccer and board games. His research interests include open access publishing, consumer health information, mobile device usage, rural health, practice based research networks, distance education and innovative teaching techniques.