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Archive for the ‘Bios’ Category

Meet the NTO Staff: Matt Steadman

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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 federal 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.

In Fall 2014 I founded the Video Game Heritage Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and recognition of the inherent art of the medium as well as the impact that video games have had on our culture at large, and the role they continue to play. I am currently pursuing my MBA at the University of Utah in the Professional MBA program, and expect to graduate in Fall of 2017.

I live with my wife of 9 years Emily and our 1 year-old daughter Madeline in Taylorsville, Utah.

Meet the NTO Staff: Cheryl Rowan

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Hello! My name is Cheryl Rowan, and I am the newest member of the NTC staff, having worked previously with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region for five and a half years in the positions of Consumer Health Coordinator and Public Health Coordinator. I have also worked in public and elementary school libraries, and, prior to receiving my MSLS from the University of North Texas in 2009, in other careers including medical technology and microbiology. I was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years when my children were young, and did some substitute teaching during those years.

I have had an interest for many years in the country of Guatemala, traveling there for the first time as a high school student. This April [2015], I served as part of a 15-person service team with Librarians Without Borders to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala with librarians and library students from the U.S., Canada, and Switzerland for twelve days. I have now made a total of nine trips to the country.

My husband and I currently live in the greater Houston, TX area, but I have also called Midland, TX, Aurora, CO, Phoenix, AZ, and rural southern WI home, having been born a Hoosier. We have three adult children and one beloved fur-child, and recently entered the world of grandparenting with the arrival of our first granddaughter. Outside of work, I enjoy walking, bicycle riding, knitting, and cooking for my family. I am also currently serving as the editor for MLA News.

I look forward to meeting you soon – in person or virtually!

Lake Atitlan_Feb 2014


Meet the NTO Staff: Sarah Dickey

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Hello, my name is Sarah Dickey, and I’m the Program Manager for the National Training Office. I joined the staff in June 2013. As the program manager I handle the day to day activities of the NTO 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 with 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 two kids. 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.


This is me snowmobiling in Yellowstone January 2013, (it was -20 F!)

Meet the NTO Staff: Rebecca Brown

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Hi. My name is Rebecca Brown and I work for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office as a Training Development Specialist.

Rebecca Brown

I received my M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University in 2006. 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 (KUMC).

After graduation, my first professional job as a librarian was with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – MidContinental Region (NN/LM-MCR) as the Kansas and Technology Coordinator. As the Coordinator, I promoted and trained librarians and health professionals on resources from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. For the technology piece of my job I tested and provided training on digital tools such as RSS, social bookmarking and screen casting for their use in library settings.

Before going to grad school, when my kids were young and I was a stay-at-home mom, I started a small business called Moveable Feast. I cooked meals for delivery and catered in-home dining events. Later I returned to school and completed a Computer Network Administrator Certificate. The certificate gave me a solid background in software, web design and hardware, which propelled my next business, Menu News. Menu News was an email marketing company for local restaurants. I ate very well during those years.

My early undergraduate work was in French and Linguistics. Growing from that is an interest in literacy for non-native English speakers. I have been tutoring political refugees in English since 2009.

I love to cook (for other people). I’m a bird watcher and have participated in several Audubon Christmas Bird Counts.

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!

Meet the NTO 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