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Archive for the ‘Bios’ Category

Meet the NTC Staff: Matt Steadman

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Hello, I am Matt Steadman, I began working with NN/LM in July of 2011 and am the web software developer for NTC, and also work with the MidContinental Region. I’m responsible for the underlying code of the NTC website, the NN/LM Class Registration System, NTC’s graphics and course logos, ensuring compliance with regulations and best practices for the website, and whatever other similar tasks come up.

I received my Bachelor of Science in 2012 in Computer Engineering from the University of Utah in 2012. Throughout my education I applied my skills in various capacities, I have worked as a web developer, business analyst, data analyst, graphic artist, and as an assembler of electronics. Although until I found myself working with the NTC, I didn’t even know that Medical Librarians existed. Since then I have learned a lot about the role that Medical librarians play and am very honored to assist both my coworkers and the many librarians that we train.

My wife Emily and I are about to celebrate our 8th anniversary, and are expecting our first child in July!
Matt&Emily

Meet the NTC Staff: Sarah Dickey

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Hello, my name is Sarah Dickey, and I’m the Program Manager for the National Library of Medicine Training Center. I joined the NTC in June 2013. As the program manager I handle the day to day activities of the NTC including course registration, behind the scenes course administration, troubleshooting, and general administrative duties. If you ever have questions or concerns, you know who to call!

In 2009 I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with my BS degree in Digital Media and an emphasis in project management and web development. After college I worked as a substitute teacher, printing services technician, elementary school media assistant, and most recently administrative assistant at a local engineering firm. I am so happy to have made my way to the University of Utah working with the fine people of the Eccles Health Sciences Library.

I was married in 2010, and live in the suburbs of Salt Lake City with my husband and twelve year old step daughter. My husband and I are expecting our first child together (a boy) in March! In my free time I love hiking, exercising, touring the national parks, (we have five here in Utah), spending time with my family and crafting. I have lived in Utah my entire life and I can’t really imagine living anywhere else.

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This is me snowmobiling in Yellowstone last January, (it was -20 F!)

Meet the NTC Staff: Rebecca Brown

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Hi. My name is Rebecca Brown and I work for the National Library of Medicine Training Center. My full title is: Trainer/Curriculum and Content Specialist.

 Rebecca Brown

I received my MLS from Texas Woman’s University. Before grad school, I held several non-professional jobs in public libraries in the Kansas City area. During grad school I worked in the Copyright and Document Delivery Department of the Archie Dykes Health Sciences Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

After graduation, my first professional job as a librarian was with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – MidContinental Region (NNLM-MCR) as the Kansas and Technology Liaison. I held that position for almost 5years.

I love teaching and have wanted to be a database trainer for years. I teach PubMed and the TOXNET suite of databases that cover toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

I hope to see you online or at your library!

Meet the NTC Staff: Jessi Van Der Volgen

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Hi Everyone!

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!

Photo of Jessi Van Der Volgen

Jessi Van Der Volgen

Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Sharon Dennis Photo

I received my M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 1983.   My first professional positions included working reference desks in a public library, hospital library, and academic health sciences library.  In 1986 I became Manager of the Microcomputer Laboratory at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). Though it sounds quaint now, at the time offering a microcomputer facility to medical students was quite “radical.”  I worked with medical school faculty and students to develop computer-based instruction tutorials related to biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, and environmental health.  I enjoyed the camaraderie with the medical students as well as forming close long-term working relationships with several members of the medical school faculty.

In 1991 I moved to Utah and it was a natural fit for me to join the faculty of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at University of Utah, where the pioneering “Slice of Life” videodisc and associated tutorials were developed.  From 1995-2000 I led a team that developed open source Web-based health sciences instructional tutorials. With funding from NSF from 2000-2004, along with collaborators at UCLA and University of Oklahoma, I was Co-Director for the Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) project, which now contains over 20,000 freely available learning objects.

In 2003 I became the Technology Coordinator for the NN/LM MidContinental Region at University of Utah, where I enjoyed the opportunity to “push the envelope” with new technologies and train other librarians about technology using a variety of computer-based systems such as Moodle and Adobe Connect.  In 2007 I also became Technology Coordinator for the Pacific Southwest Region, working from University of Utah but sharing my job between the two regions.

Based on my long interest in computer-based learning and training, I led the effort by the Eccles Library to apply for the NTC contract in 2011.  I’ve greatly enjoyed my time with NTC and it’s hard to believe it is already Year 3 of the contract!