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Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!

Connie Schardt is retiring from Duke University at the end of June, 2013! A hearty “thank you” for the two evidence-based medicine workshops she conducted in the Pacific Southwest Region last year, at UCLA and UC San Francisco. Her future plans include staying active with the Medical Library Association and teaching classes when invited.

Jacque Doyle, Head Librarian of the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Phoenix Campus, is also retiring at the end of June, after a long and productive career in medical librarianship! In addition to being an MLA Fellow and Past President, Jacque received the Marcia C. Noyes Award in 2012, the highest professional distinction of the Medical Library Association.

Fran Smith, Medical Librarian at Straub Clinic & Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, is retiring at the end of April after 38 ½ years. She joined Straub in 1974. Her many and varied contributions included introducing MEDLINE to the hospital, and creating and maintaining the library full-text books & journals web page for all four Hawaii Pacific Health hospitals: Straub Clinic & Hospital, Kapi‘olani Women’s & Children’s, Pali Momi Medical Clinic, and Wilcox Hospital on the Island of Kaua‘i.

Rikke Ogawa, Resource, Instruction and Collection Services (RICS) Team Leader at UCLA’s Biomedical Library, is one of the authors of the article “Applying the cognitive theory of multimedia learning: an analysis of medical animations,” published in the April 2013 issue of the journal Medical Education.

Amy Knehans, former Pharmacy and Health Sciences Librarian at University of Hawaii in Hilo, began working at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PA, on April 1, 2013.

Helen Wong Smith has replaced Amy Knehans as the new Pharmacy and Health Sciences Librarian at University of Hawaii at Hilo, College of Pharmacy.

Dawn Humay is the new Medical Librarian at Banner Gateway Medical Center/Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ. Dawn began work there on March 18, 2013.

Charlotte McClamma retired in February, 2013, after 21 years of service at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Her plans include volunteering to help others learn to read, cuddling babies, and looking for other ways to be of help to the community. “Thanks for all of your support through the years!”

Jackie Davis, MLIS, Health Librarian in the Consumer Health Library of the Cushman Wellness Center, Sharp Memorial Hospital Outpatient Pavilion, in San Diego, CA, wrote the article, “Health Information Ambassador Program for Patient Education: A Best Practice for Bringing the Consumer Health Library to the Patient” in the latest issue of the Journal of Consumer Health On the Internet.

Mathew Bellhouse-King, formerly of Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) in Honolulu, has been admitted to the nurse practitioner program at the University of Hawaii.

Lauren Maggio, Academic Librarian at Stanford University and Jackie Davis, Consumer Health Librarian at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, were announced winners of CENGAGE Learning Gale’s Librarian Superheroes. A PDF copy of the comic book is available.

Kathy Zeblisky, Medical Librarian at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Becky Birr, Director of the Health Sciences Library at Maricopa Integrated Health System and April Aguiñaga, Medical Librarian, co-authored an article in the January—March 2013 Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Reachout Through Outreach “Rethinking Your Involvement: A Survey on Hospital Library Committee Participation.”

Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona and the Oviatt Library of California State University at Northridge were selected as sites for a pilot program for information outreach dissemination projects to promote the NLM-ORWH Women’s Health Resources Web Portal, and to support the ORWH Strategic Goals. The project will aim to create a library guide on sex and gender differences/research information resources at the university/college and promote The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health online curriculum to students and faculty.

Pima County Public Library in Tucson, AZ, received a grant from the National Library of Medicine, to fund the Pima County Public Library’s Health Initiative Project. The project aims to build capacity for women’s health literacy awareness including self-health, family health, health care decision making/being the family health care giver; and resources, including those from the National Library of Medicine, for healthy living. The main objective is to support the library’s health literacy initiative and Health Information Literacy team in developing a toolkit that includes sustainable programming, partnerships, and resources for library community engagement.

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