Chabha Shams

D.P.S. Candidate

Chabha is the Senior Director of Library Services at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Prior to joining Palmer College, she was the Director of the Learning Resources Center at Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs. Chabha brings to librarianship years of experience in leadership and management, teaching at college and university levels, curriculum development, and research. Chabha served at different times on numerous committees and has been active in professional organizations: the Missouri Library Association, the Saint Louis Regional Library Network, the Medical Library Association, American Library Association, American College and Research Libraries, and the American Chiropractic Association-Chiropractic Libraries Collaboration.

Chabha’s research focuses on Organizational Change and resistance to change with special attention to cynicism, and employee perception about change, students’ attitudes towards learning, the role of Academic libraries in developing information literate communities, Evidence-Based-Informed-Practice, and support programs to enhance information retrieval.

Chabha earned her Bachelor in Jurisprudence from the University of Algiers, Algeria. She earned an MA in Interdisciplinary French Studies in 2001 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Between 2001-06, she taught Foreign Languages, French and Francophone Literature, French Cinema and Theater, and Humanities. She earned her MLIS from UIUC in 2008. She assumed the positions of the Learning Resources System Manager of four school libraries in the St. Louis area, at Vatterott College, the LRC director at Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs from 2009 – 2013. She joined Palmer College of Chiropractic as the Senior Director of Library Services to oversee the three campuses: IA, FL, and CA.

Chabha’s goal is to facilitate a progressive movement in librarianship, to contribute in building the community of learners: students, faculty, and professionals as consumers of information, to promote and support life-long learning by building bridges between knowledge communities through communication, collaboration, programming, and leadership.


Organizational Change and Resistance to Change,

Cynicism and failure to change,

Managing resistance to change,

Users’ needs,

Motivational theories,

Role of librarians in supporting EBE and EBIP,

Librarians’ advocacy/participatory role in improving communities, and

Physical and Virtual learning spaces.