I am pleased to share several recent updates about our ongoing program review, staff additions, and other activities.
In January we began a systematic program review of all activities and services performed since the beginning of the 2011-2016 funding cycle. What I am really enjoying about this is that we get to review many of the projects that have been funded by our program over the last several years. The impact to the Resource Libraries and our region has been significant! This process is an essential step toward preparation for the 2016-2021 funding cycle. I want to thank the TMC Library’s Planning & Assessment Coordinator Ashlynn Kogut and Chief Operating Officer Owen Ellard for their leadership and support in our program review. We are continuously identifying ways to improve services in support of the NN/LM mission and those living and working in the South Central Region.
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Learn more about the NN/LM program.
Moving on to staffing: I want to recognize Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Administrative Assistant Jasmin Legaspi, and Technology Assistant Melissa Salas as they have been critical in ensuring continuity of services and institutional memory in recent months. Carrie has been my right hand, making travel arrangements, organizing subcontract reports, and has been an asset in so many other areas. Jasmin has done great work in office operations and preparing conference exhibit materials. Melissa has made substantive progress as the lead on our migration to a new website content management system. It addition to these three staff, our Director Dr. Buja and myself, four additional librarians work on the program.
In January, Adela Justice, MLIS, transitioned from the TMC Library Client Relationship Management department as a Liasion Librarian to Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. In 2002 she joined the Texas Medical Center Library as a Consumer Health and Outreach Librarian, and in 2008 received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association. For the past two years Adela has managed the Resource Library Outreach subcontract between The TMC Library and the NN/LM SCR. This is the first time we have had someone with this high level of previous experience in the SCR program in recent memory and it really shows!
Lindsy Frazer, MS, MLIS, PhD, joined us in mid-February as our new Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator and Oklahoma Liaison. Originally from Chicago, Lindsy came to us from an Arkansas public library where she was the manager of an outreach department. One of Lindsy’s roles is to manage our Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) program. Many libraries recognize the value in having a position focused on assessment of library services and we are very fortunate two have two; albeit focused on different service areas in our organization. I meet with Lindsy, Ashlynn, and Owen every Wednesday to discuss program assessment.
Marcus Spann, MLIS, began the first week in March as our new Community Health Coordinator and Arkansas Liaison. His previous position was as a librarian with outreach responsibilities at a Louisiana public library. I met Marcus in October 2013 at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, the year he received our Library Student Outreach Award. Marcus is also our new DOCLINE Coordinator. DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) system.
Our new Technology Coordinator and Louisiana Liaison is scheduled to begin work later this month. She has an MLIS and JD, with experience in libraries, sponsored programs, and university level teaching. I am very excited she will be joining us soon!
You can see our contact information on our Staff Directory.
Earlier this week I attended the South Central Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) ILL Committee meeting as part of our role in supporting DOCLINE in the South Central Region. About 18 representatives from NN/LM SCR Resource Libraries attended this biannual meeting.
And on a personal note, I recently played a wonderful concert program with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra. Scroll down to the second article of the library’s News Room to read more about the TMC Library’s longstanding involvement with the TMC Orchestra. NN/LM South Central Region Director, and TMC Library Executive Director, Dr. Maximilian Buja, then Dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, supported the TMC Orchestra from its very beginning in 2001. As a lifetime amateur violinist I cannot begin to express how fulfilling it is to work for an organization that inspires this type of creative outlet.
I am very interested in your feedback and thoughts as we work to support the progress of medicine and improve the public health in the South Central Region. Please call me directly at 713-799-7803.
This blog and our NN/LM SCR Email Discussion List are the best places to read about our programs.
Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library