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New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Gerald (Jerry) Perry, University of Arizona Libraries

By Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP
Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning
University of Arizona Libraries
Tucson, AZ

What’s that saying about bad pennies? Hopefully my return to Arizona will not depress or annoy anyone! I am the new Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning for the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL). This is an entirely new position for UAL, subsequent to the ongoing consolidation of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) with the University of Arizona (UA) University Libraries. As noted, however, I am not new to Arizona, nor to UAHSL; I served as Head of the Information Services Department of the library from 1997 to 2003 and during that time was an active member of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). Some Latitudes readers might recall the 2002 Joint MLGSCA and Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) meeting for which I was Program Chair, held in Scottsdale, AZ, in the snow! (more…)

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! (more…)

NN/LM PSR Welcomes 2015 Fall Quarter Intern: Jonathan Ballak

Jonathan BallakMy name is Jonathan Ballak and I am extremely pleased to be currently interning at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, for the fall quarter of 2015. At present I am a second-year student in UCLA’s Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program because I believe that libraries are an integral part of a healthy and progressive society. In addition, I am also interested in how librarians and information professionals utilize new information gathering technologies as they relate to health and medical services. My specialization in the MLIS program is Informatics.

My internship projects will include needs assessments related to the areas of data management training and website user experience, in order to determine how best to meet user needs of regional Network members. During the course of these projects, I hope to meet as many UCLA library and information science professionals as possible in order to gather intelligent advice on data management and website design. In addition to these projects I also hope to glean as much information as possible about how the NN/LM PSR communicates and interoperates with its Network members and other NN/LM regional offices.

I earned my BFA in Visual Design from the University of Oregon, and it is this previous training that I hope to draw upon in my appraisal of the NN/LM PSR website design. Combining this facet of design knowledge with Information Architecture and user experience design concepts from the MLIS program will provide a base of information which will impart knowledge to the project from multiple viewpoints. In the upcoming years I look forward to pursuing my interests in health and clinical informatics. I am grateful for this internship opportunity and look forward to working on the upcoming projects at the NN/LM PSR, and learning as much as possible from the staff and other library professionals that I meet during the quarter!

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Cynthia Henderson, University of Southern California

By Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries and Director, Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

I am the new Associate Dean for Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) and Norris Medical Library (NML) Director at the University of Southern California. I previously worked in Southern California as the Assistant Director of Library Services at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Health Sciences Library. In between then and now I have worked at four other libraries: the University of Illinois at Chicago (although my library was in Urbana-Champaign), the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt College (now Samuel Merritt University) in Oakland, the Morehouse School of Medicine Library in Atlanta, and Howard University’s Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library in Washington, DC. I received my Masters in Information and Library Studies (MILS) from the University of Michigan. My first professional position was in Iowa State University’s Parks Library as an Assistant Professor/Special Collections/Collections Development Librarian. (more…)

Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2015-2016!

Congratulations to the members of the 2015-2016 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries, and is jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL. Five Fellows were selected for the 2015-16 cohort. The candidate pool for Fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognizes a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential for a director position. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven Fellow graduates have assumed director positions. The list of 2015-16 Fellows includes one NN/LM PSR Network member, Stephen Kiyoi. (more…)

NLM Announces Future Plans of 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2014-2015 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 group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2015, with one taking a position as a contractor at the National Library of Medicine, and three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship program, one of whom will be based at the University of California, San Francisco, Library and Center for Knowledge Management! (more…)

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! (more…)

Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2014, we have welcomed two new affiliate members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

Final Report Issued by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director NLM Working Group

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward. (more…)

NLM Announces Selection of 2015-2016 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the selection of its 2015-2016 class of Associate Fellows. Three fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2015. The Associate Fellowship Program is residency fellowship at the NLM located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage. (more…)