Humanities and Art History
Social Science and Education
Business and Management
Information Systems & Technology
Educational Assessment & Instructional Design
Davida Scharf has been Director of Reference and Instruction at the NJIT Van Houten Library since 2004. She heads a team of teaching librarians and subject specialists.
She has a B.A. from Barnard College in Art and Architectural History, an MLS from Columbia University, and a PhD from the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information in the area of educational assessment and information literacy.
Before the availability of the Internet, she worked on the first team of librarians and programmers to computerize access to the collections of the Columbia University Libraries. At NYNEX Corporation she worked in strategic planning, and established the corporate research group with a staff of 20 providing business, financial, and technical information to support executive decision-making and R&D. As Director at the United Engineering Trustees, she ran a research and document delivery business serving the public and professionals in all the engineering disciplines. There she also headed the Engineering Societies Library, a large public engineering library and archive established by Andrew Carnegie in 1904. Later she started her own consulting firm, NKR Associates and was among the first members of the Association of Independent Information Professionals. She provided consulting and training in information management, as well as business research to a variety of clients in business, non-profits, and academia before assuming her current position.
Research interests: Critical thinking, information literacy instruction and assessment, program evaluation, online communications, knowledge management and digital libraries.
Scharf, D. (2013). An Intervention and Assessment to Improve Information Literacy. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Rutgers University. School of Communication & Information. New Brunswick, NJ. Link
Selected Scholarly Publications and Presentations
Scharf, D. (2014). Instruction and Assessment of Information Literacy among STEM majors. Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC). Princeton, NJ. March 8, 2014. Link
Scharf, D., and J. Lipuma. "College Students as Wikipedia Editors: New Pathways to Inforamtion Literacy." In Successful Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Student Research, edited by M. Deyrup and Beth Bloom: Scarecrow Press, 2013. See Library Journal Review.
Scharf, D. "Eight Years of Preparation: Information Literacy Assessment and the NJIT Middle States Visit." Presented at the VALE Assessment Fair, Piscataway, NJ, 2012.
Scharf, D. (2010). A New View of Patient Education: How Information and Knowledge Management Can Contribute to Patient-Centered Health Care. In A.W. Hastings, & C. McInerney, (Eds.) Knowledge Work. New Brunswick, NJ. The Knowledge Institute. Rutgers Universtiy. 139-158.
Scharf D. and Lipuma, J. (2009). Mythbusting: College students as Wikipedia editors, a surprising new pathway to information literacy. Paper presented at the Ninth International Conference of MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. Teaching and Learning in a Networked World. August 13-16, 2009, San Jose, CA. http://mic09.merlot.org/proposals/overview.htm
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.
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.
Director of Reference
Van Houten Library, NJIT