Congratulations, Linda Milgrom!
As many know, Linda Milgrom, the RML’s Outreach Coordinator will be retiring on March 1, 2010.
To celebrate her long and wonderful career, we gave her a party. Guests included former RML and HSLers, as well as her family (even from faraway Washington DC)! It was a festive occasion, complete with a kazoo serenade to send her off in Italian style (think: That’s Amore!). Check out photos from the party on flickr.
Reflecting on my years with Linda, as I think about her role in the RML, I think of:
A Very Friendly, Open, and Generous People Person. Linda instantly finds ways to connect with whomever she meets… when she’s exhibiting, attending conferences, answering questions over the phone, making connections at the UW, and throughout the region. Through these connections, Linda spreads the word about valuable local resources and libraries, and relevant NLM services, to find online and throughout the PNR.
A Highly Effective Outreach Coordinator. When the RML announces new funding opportunities, the phone starts ringing from community organizations and libraries with questions about the application process, or to discuss whether their idea has merit for funding. In her friendly, casual style, Linda has helped many a network member through the application process. All the while generating or encouraging new ideas, her mentoring has resulted in a number of creative and resourceful projects funded in the PNR.
A Trusted and Knowledgeable Resource … whose opinion and advice command respect and credibility throughout the entire NN/LM and by staff (all the way to the top!) at National Library of Medicine.
A PubMed guru… who not only loves the database, but loves to teach and train others about getting the most out of its powerful features.
Lastly, and most importantly, I think of Linda as a phenomenal colleague and good friend who will be greatly missed in the RML office and throughout the PNR.
It’s been almost 29 years since Gerald J. Oppenheimer, then director of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and the Regional Medical Library, had the wisdom and foresight to hire Linda.
Please join me in congratulating Linda, and wishing her a well deserved and fabulous retirement!