Thank you, Heidi, for your years of service!
Heidi Sandstrom retired from the UCLA Library and thus from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, as of June 29, 2010. We are grateful for her dedicated service and wish her well on her future endeavors!
In lieu of a retirement gift for herself, Heidi wished to add something to the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library’s History and Special Collections for the Sciences. She specifically wanted something relating to nursing so that the item would represent both her first career as a nurse and her second career as a librarian. Working with librarian and archivist Russell Johnson and antiquarian bookseller Deborah Coltham, Heidi selected an early 1945 poster which recruited assistants for physicians and nurses near the end of World War II. The accompanying pamphlet was of special interest to Heidi, for it described nursing care in the 1940s as well as health issues of returning veterans. Several things converged with this poster and touched Heidi considerably – Heidi’s father served during World War II in the Army Air Force, the poster focused on support for medical care, and today’s military veterans’ face many similar health issues.
Heidi has served the Region for fifteen years, including her first position as Network Assistant while completing her degree from UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and proceeding to positions of Network Coordinator, Consumer Health Coordinator, and most recently, as Associate Director.
The Staff of the Regional Network Office wish Heidi the best in her new endeavors! We look forward to her third career!