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Subject Liaison Librarian: Davida Scharf: Bio

Director of Reference & Instruction

Davida Scharf
Director of Reference & Instruction
Van Houten Library, CAB 1036



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Brief Bio

Davida Scharf has been  Director of Reference at the NJIT Van Houten Library since 2004.  She heads a team of teaching librarians and subject specialists and occasionally adjuncts in the Writing and Business programs.

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 wide 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.


Doctoral Dissertation

Scharf, D.  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  (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).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

Dera, J., Scharf, D., Borgaonkar, A. (2020) Promoting engineering research early – Using the Question Formulation Technique:  A case study of first-year engineering course.  Paper accepted for the 2020 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 21 – 24, 2020.  Manuscript accepted.

Scharf, D., Vasquez, R., Dera, J., Mercuri.  (2019).  We stopped lecturing: They weren’t listening, VALE Conference in January 2019, Piscataway, NJ.

Scharf, D., Borgaonkar, A., & Sodhi, J. (2018).  Collaborating with Librarians to Help First Year Students Explore Engineering Disciplines and Improve Research & Writing Skills.  10th First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE). Glassboro, NJ. link

Egan, R., Fjermestad, J. Scharf, D.  (2017). The Use of Mastery Quizzes to Enhance Student Preparation.  Conference paper accepted to the Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI) Conference 2017.  April 4-8, 2017, Vancouver, BC.  abstract

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

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.  Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).  Princeton, NJ.  March 8, 2014.  Link

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 WorkNew 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.

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.

Subject Expertise

Business and Management

Information Systems & Technology

Social Science and Education

Educational Assessment & Instructional Design

Humanities and Art History


Research Methods

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