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Saying Goodbye to a Leader and Friend

ruffinAngela B. Ruffin, Ph.D. is retiring at the end of this month, marking the end of remarkable career.  Angela has been the Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) since the summer of 2000 and is the primary administrator of the contracts awarded to the eight regions of the NN/LM, including the contract to the UIC Library of the Health Sciences which funds the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office and programs.

During her 14-year tenure as the Head of NNO, Angela has been a friend and adviser to the GMR staff, calmly guiding us through the process of implementing our programs and services and making sure that we meet our contractual obligations.  We will miss her greatly.  She has provided strong leadership to the NN/LM during a period of significant change for the role of health information professionals within the health care delivery environment and the health sciences education and research arenas.

Before her appointment as NNO Head, she had 10 years of successful experience in coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. In fact, she spearheaded the first round of 30 Grateful Med outreach projects conducted by hospital libraries nationwide, including six at libraries in the Greater Midwest Region.

Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Please join us in congratulating Angela on her career and her well-deserved retirement!

One Response to “Saying Goodbye to a Leader and Friend”

  1. Janet Stith Says:

    Angela congratulations on your retirement. I’ve been retired 6 months now so can verify that you will enjoy this new stage of your life. I will always remember our Grateful Med projects experiences and all the outreach support and encouragement you gave me while Director of the University of Kentucky Medical Center Library. I wish you peace and happiness . You will be missed. Janet Stith