Need help with learning PubMed? Arlene Freed says: “Call Me!”
When asked what does Arlene Freed do for the NN/LM NER, she reponded:
“I answer questions on searching PubMed and general questions about PubMed. Librarians can call or email me. I respond quickly and cheerfully!”
NN/LM NER has enlisted Arlene Freed, an instructional consultant, to provide individual consultations to network member to better understand PubMed database changes and functionality.
Since becoming an Instructional Consultant, Arlene has done webinars for member libraries like Aroostook Medical Center and Kennebec Valley Community College. At the request of UConn HealthNet, Arlene recently taught PubMed to public librarians at Connecticut State Library.
Having spent more than 20 years at Hartford Hospital Health Science Libraries, she says:
“I came to medical librarianship circuitously and brought all my previous skills to this wonderful profession. Though I am retired from full time work, I’m not ready to completely retire from a profession that I love.”
Having been a web resource librarian, Arlene loves ending each of her instructional sessions with a web resource that might interest librarians. Arlene offered this advice and resource tip: “… administrators, department heads and others in hospitals may be thinking about more than medicine. The business of medicine and healthcare is on everyone’s minds” Arlene recommends a resource like the Health Affairs blog (http://healthaffairs.org/blog) as a reliable source for health administration, policy, and research.”
What does Arlene do when she isn’t imparting her love and passion for the profession? Currently living in Boston, she and her husband, David, walk everywhere exploring all Boston has to offer, often finding that there are more to do than one has time.