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A Message from Associate Director, Beth Layton

I’ve begun my orientation to RML life and the details of overseeing the programs of the Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM. What strikes me the most is the talent of librarians in the region, and the passion they bring to ensuring that consumers, health care providers, students in health care and researchers have the information they need.

BusinessDictionary.com defines communication as a “two-way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning.” The focus of the GMR Office for this contract year will be reaching a mutual understanding of network members’ needs, strengths and opportunities in light of the changing landscape of our world—changes in health care, academia, roles of librarians and libraries, and technology. We also need to understand the health information needs of the residents of the states in the Greater Midwest Region.

Listening is an important aspect of communication. Since a large part of my job is to listen and learn about network members’ environments, concerns, and successes, I’ll be attending the upcoming MLA Midwest Chapter meeting to meet people. On a similar note, I want to thank all of the people in the GMR Office for the warm welcome. Colleagues that I know and those I have yet to meet have reached out to me; I look forward to listening to you all.

Enjoy your summer.

Beth

You can reach Beth via email at: balayton@uic.edu.

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