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New Community Outreach Coordinator: Lori Tagawa!

Lori Tagawa Hihi! During the last few weeks, you might have come across my name on e-mails or around the website. I’m going to take advantage of Latitudes to properly introduce myself; My name is Lori Tagawa and I am the new Community Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM PSR RML.

During the last two years, I worked closely with RML as an administrative assistant for the UCLA Biomedical Library. Earlier this month, with the support of Judy Consales and Julie Kwan, I was able to obtain a temporary appointment with RML as the Community Outreach Coordinator. My appointment will extend until the end of our current five-year contract, and if I’m lucky, will dip into the next.

In this position, I will be managing subcontracts with community-based organizations to improve access to health information resources. This will include assisting our subcontractors working with various communities to help them provide access to NLM and NN/LM resources and services. I will be communicating with our subcontractors to coordinate quarterly reports, as well as answering any subcontract-related questions.

I am also currently developing culturally and linguistically appropriate instructional and informational materials to support promotion and training efforts. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, with a focus on sociocultural studies, and I hope to use my educational (as well as personal) background to help strengthen our efforts, especially within special population communities.

I would love to hear feedback from our PSR members regarding any cultural or linguistic areas we could improve upon in our promotional material and/or our training courses. Any personal anecdotes regarding these items are useful too. Please feel free to send me any comments at ltagawa@library.ucla.edu. If you have any questions regarding subcontracts, please contact me at the same e-mail address.

Thanks for reading and I hope to meet all of you in the near future!

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