Nancy H. Tannery

  • Assistant Provost

Key Areas

Open education resources • benchmarking research • textbook affordability • public art • accreditation

Assistant Vice Provost Role

As Assistant Provost, Nancy Tannery develops, coordinates and helps to implement projects that support the Provost’s priorities. With a focus on projects such as textbook affordability, she has implemented an Open Education Resources initiative to increase the use of these resources by faculty across all campuses. She also co-chairs the Public Art Committee; conducts benchmarking research; and is assisting in advancing the Self-Study evaluation process in preparation for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2022.

Professional Biography

Prior to her appointment as Assistant Provost, Nancy Tannery spent almost 20 years in the Health Sciences Library System at Pitt, most recently as the senior associate director. Nationally she was an active member of the Medical Library Association, where she held several leadership positions and received its Estelle Brodman Award for Academic Medical Librarian of the Year. Tannery served on the Literature Selection and Technical Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine and served one year as chair. She is an alumna of the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program.

Tannery has numerous publications on topics such as evidence-based medicine training in medical education, reproducibility of reviews, and the implementation of a clinical information tool in an electronic health record. and has presented at national and international conferences on topics such as evidence-based medicine training in medical education, training of health sciences librarians, and the information-seeking behavior of nurses and medical students.

She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Medical Reference Services Quarterly and was an advisory board member for the University at Buffalo Department of Library and Information Studies. From 2004-2008, Tannery was a member of Pitt’s Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC).

Education & Training

  • MLS, University of Pittsburgh
  • BS in medical technology, Pennsylvania State University

Representative Publications

  • Maggio, L.A., A. Thomas, H.C. Chen, J.P.A. Ioannidis, S.L. Kanter, C. Norton, N.H. Tannery, and A.R. Artino Jr. “Examining the Readiness of Best Evidence in Medical Education Guides for Integration into Educational Practice: A Meta-Synthesis.” Perspectives in Medical Education 7, no. 5 (2018):292–30. 
  • Lee, K., J.S. Whelan, N.H. Tannery, S.L. Kanter, and A.S. Peters. “50 Years of Publication in the Field of Medical Education.” Medical Teacher 35, no. 7 (2013):591–8. 
  • Maggio, L.A., N.H. Tannery, H.C. Chen, O. ten Cate, and B. O’Brien. “Evidence-based medicine training in undergraduate medical education: a review and critique of the literature published 2006–2011.” Academic Medicine 88, no. 7 (2013):1022–8. 


  • Estelle Brodman Award for Academic Medical Librarian of the Year, 2011