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Future Plans of 2012-2013 NLM Associate Fellows Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2012-2013 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This talented and diverse group will end its first year at NLM in August 2013 and begin the second year of the fellowship at health sciences libraries around the country.

Diana Almader-Douglas will be spending her second year of the fellowship at the Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson, AZ. During the first year of her NLM fellowship, Ms. Diana Almader-Douglas worked on several projects, including researching mobile resources for MedlinePlus, revising a Health Literacy Web resource at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and researching the health and medicine blogosphere to expand the archived NLM Health and Medicine Blogs collection.

Diana Almader-Douglas received her MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2011. While there, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, providing document delivery and reference services. During her program, she also was a student affiliate at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System’s medical library, where she provided reference services and assisted with collection development projects. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Almader-Douglas was a licensed professional counselor, helping health consumers manage their care. Ms. Almader-Douglas received her Bachelor of Arts from Northern Arizona University.

Karen Gutzman will be spending the second year of the fellowship at the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. During her first year at NLM, Ms. Gutzman worked on several projects, including researching possible data sources on carbon dioxide emissions for TOXMAP, filming and producing an educational video highlighting NLM’s K-12 genetics resources, and assisting in the development of an extension to the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) to support a new NISO recommendation on tagging supplementary material in journal articles.

Ms. Gutzman received her MS degree in Library Science in 2012 from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in health informatics. While completing her degree she worked as a research assistant with the National Children’s Study, which is the largest study of children’s health in the US. She was a recipient of the Medical Library Association scholarship and she completed an internship with the University of Houston’s digital library. Her background includes teaching biology and English in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, and receiving a Masters of Arts degree in educational leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Ms. Gutzman received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from South Dakota State University.

RoseMary Hedberg will be spending the second year of her fellowship at the Galter Health Sciences Library at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. During the first year of her fellowship, Ms. Hedberg’s projects included characterizing extramural informatics grants investments, assessing the need for a set of guidelines for NLM API documentation, and measuring the performance of individual lexical variants in concept mapping within the UMLS Metathesaurus.

Ms. Hedberg received her MLIS degree in 2012 from the School of Information at the University of South Florida, Tampa. While completing her degree, she worked as a graduate research assistant at the All Children’s Hospital Medical Library and volunteered as an intern at the Moffitt Research Center Biomedical Library. She served as the Student Chapter President for the American Society for Information Science and Technology and was selected as the school’s representative for the 2012 American Library Association Student to Staff program. Prior to completing her graduate studies, she worked at a sleep diagnostic and research center as a patient quality assurance coordinator. Ms. Hedberg received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.

Kevin Read will be spending the second year of his fellowship with the NYU Health Sciences Libraries in New York, NY. During the first year of the fellowship program, Mr. Read worked on several projects, including the development of a Web portal of NIH data sharing policies and repositories, the construction of an e-science and data management thesaurus for librarians in collaboration with the New England Regional Medical Library, and the coordination of two projects focused on developing a minimal set of common metadata elements and analyzing NIH-funded research to discover “orphaned” data sets for the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative’s directive to build an NIH Data Catalog.

In 2012, Mr. Read received his Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and Master of Archival Science (MAS) from the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he received the C. William Fraser Prize for excellence and collegiality in health sciences librarianship. While completing his degrees, Mr. Read was a student librarian at the Biomedical Branch Library at Vancouver General Hospital and the Science and Engineering Library on the UBC campus. Mr. Read also served as an embedded librarian with the palliative pediatric network (PedPalNET) at the British Columbia Children’s and Women’s Centres Hospitals, and worked closely with the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Library to improve their Finding Medical Evidence training workshops.

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