MAR Appoints New Associate Director
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Bur Oliver, MSLS, MPH, as Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. Most recently Kate’s career focus has been in strategic leadership and planning initiatives. She has been an investigator on many funded projects and is particularly interested in information access for public health professionals. Kate is scheduled to start in her new role as Associate Director on May 11th.
In her most recent position, Kate was Associate Director for Information Services Research, Development, and Communication at the Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, where she held a faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Division of Health Sciences Informatics. In 2007- 2008, Kate completed a Research Library Leadership Fellowship (RLLF), a program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Prior to her current position she directed education programming for the Welch advanced technology group and the development of the Welch liaison services program.
Before coming to Hopkins in 1998, Kate managed a number of small scientific and medical libraries including those of NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratory, American College of Cardiology, and AMA Washington Office. She has served as a reference librarian and search analyst at the NIH Library, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association, and UCLA’s Biomedical Library. Kate was a project director for Georgetown University’s Public Services Laboratory in the conduct of a literature review of a 20th-century cost of illness study, and developed science Web resource pages for the public radio documentary group, Soundprint. Kate holds a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on health policy, planning and evaluation from Johns Hopkins University and, has an MLS from Columbia University. Please join me in welcoming Kate to the NYU Health Sciences Libraries.
As you join me in welcoming Kate to our Region, please also join me in a round of applause and appreciation for Arpita Bose who has worked with you so graciously as Interim Associate Director for the past eight months, while she continued her responsibilities as MAR Outreach Coordinator.
Karen Brewer, Ph.D.
Director, Middle Atlantic Region