Meet the NTO Staff: Jessi Van Der Volgen
My name is Jessi Van Der Volgen and I am the newest member of the National Library of Medicine Training Center. I joined the NTC in September 2013 after working with the NTC as part of the second year of my National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. In the first year of the fellowship at NLM, I had the opportunity to work on projects for MedlinePlus, LocatorPlus, the Disaster Information Management Research Center, and participate in a natural language processing project. What can I say? My interests are highly varied!
As a trainer for the NTC, I help develop and teach online and in-person classes on PubMed, TOXNET, and other NLM resources. I’ll also be contributing to our blog and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter), so take a minute to follow us, if you’re not already doing so!
While in library school (University of Wisconsin – Madison), I worked at a very busy undergraduate library answering all kinds of interesting questions. I also had a project assistantship at the Limnology Library. I had to look up limnology before applying to the job — it’s the study of inland waters. With just two library school students running the library, I had a chance to do a great variety of work – organize and weed government documents, copy catalogue new books, develop a class on copyright for faculty and graduate students, and even dust the shelves.
Before becoming a librarian, I was a high school biology teacher at a small school just outside of Portland, Oregon. I loved teaching freshman through seniors, and it was wonderfully rewarding to see them be excited by new concepts. If you teach or train, you know how great it is to witness those “a-ha!” moments.
I am enjoying getting to know Utah, which is a great place to be if you love the outdoors. In my off time, I like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, trying new restaurants, playing with my rascally dog, Ruby (a corgi), and watching the Packers!
I look forward to meeting you – either virtually or in-person!