RML Staff Changes
This is a good news/sad news message about the RML staff. Two of our coordinators are leaving the RML and taking new positions. We’re excited for them and the challenges they’ll encounter in their future jobs, but will really miss their expertise and the fun of working with them.
Rebecca Brown, Kansas/Technology Coordinator started with the NN/LM MCR on January 31, 2007. She’s introduced many of you to web 2.0 and other technologies through her RML News items and presentations on Breezing Along with the RML. And even more important she’s been instrumental in getting many of you to adopt new technologies through training sessions both online and in-person. Remember taking 13 Things or 6 Things parts 1 and 2? Out in Kansas, the NN/LM has a great partnership with the state library, the public health department, and other organizations developed by Rebecca. She’s introduced their staff to NLM and NN/LM resources and services by exhibiting at meetings, offering webinars, and making presentations. She’s been active with the Kansas Biomedical Librarians (KBML) and Health Sciences Librarians Network of Kansas City (HSLNKC) hosting and organizing meetings. Even in Kansas, many of you met Rebecca first via video before you “friended” her in person. On August 8th, Rebecca will start as the NTC Trainer/Curriculum and Content Specialist of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She’s not moving from Kansas but will be based at her home office. She’ll be teaching PubMed and TOXNET via in-person and online classes. Additional good news–she’s not leaving the chapter.
Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Health Information Literacy Coordinator, has taken a position with Aquilent. Aquilent is a contractor for NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, so Siobhan will be working on promoting and developing resources for emergency preparedness. Her last day will be August 31st. Siobhan is leaving the region and will be moving to the Bethesda area. Siobhan was the RML’s first Community Outreach Liaison and created the program personalizing it to fit her strengths. She developed the Bringing Health to the Community blog that went national this year. It brings much appreciated news on funding and health issues of particular interest to organizations working with minority, low income, and health stressed populations. She has lead many of the collaborations among the NN/LM coordinators resulting in presentations and posters at national meetings. Siobhan has worked hard to bring community organizations, public health agencies and librarians together in each of our states to form partnerships. After nine years, Siobhan started in October 15, 2002, she is one of the RML’s most senior members.
Please join me in wishing Rebecca and Siobhan the very best as they take on their new responsibilities. /ch