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New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Marcus A. Banks, University of California, Davis

by Marcus A. Banks, MLIS
Head, Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

It is a pleasure to return to the Pacific Southwest Region, following previous positions as the Director of the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, as well as the Manager of Education and Research Services at the University of California, San Francisco Library. My new position at the University of California, Davis (UCD) returns me to the University of California (UC) system. In addition to these positions, I have been active in the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), including service as Chapter President from 2009-2010. So this is a homecoming in many ways. (more…)

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in June 2015, we have welcomed 2 new full members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

Interpretations and Insights of the 2015 NN/LM PSR Data Management Needs Assessment

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2015 Data Management Needs Assessment! Over 100 responses were received, which was an excellent response rate considering the specialized nature of the topic. We believe that these results show a significant acknowledgement that data management needs and assistance are currently an area worthy of educational programming and support. In addition, many respondents reported that they were in the process of developing data management services. Your feedback will be a great help in developing materials to help provide guidance with your data management needs! (more…)

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Kristen L. Anderson, University of Hawaii at Manoa

by Kristen (Kris) L. Anderson, MLIS, MPH
Director, Health Sciences Library
John A Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI

Aloha! I’m the new Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). After twenty-four years at Hamilton Library on the main campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), I started at JABSOM in January 2015 following the retirement of Virginia “Ginny” Tanji, who many of you know. At Manoa, I started as a Science Reference Librarian and added on experience over the years serving as the Electronic Resource Librarian, Collection Development Officer, Head of Technical Services, and Interim Head of Sinclair Library, with many of these happening simultaneously! What a ride! For sixteen years I was the principle investigator (PI) on a grant to provide research and document delivery service to aquaculture researchers in the US affiliated Pacific Islands. I have always been active in professional organizations, having served on the boards of the local chapter of SLA, the Hawaii Library Association, and the Hawaii Library Consortium. Through my work with aquaculture I got involved in the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA), as well as the International Association of Marine and Aquatic Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) of which I am currently the President. (more…)

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…)