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Appointment of the NLM Associate Director for Library Operations

I am very pleased to announce that effective Sunday, December 16, 2012, Joyce Backus will become the National Library of Medicine’s Associate Director for Library Operations and a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Joyce has been at the NLM since 1985 when she joined us as an Associate in the NLM Associate Fellows Program.  Since that time she has served in a number of key positions of increasing importance and responsibility, culminating most recently with her appointment as the Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations in June 2011.  With every new challenge she demonstrated extraordinary qualities of leadership, analytical ability, and management skill that have contributed immeasurably to the successes of NLM and Library Operations.   Among many other achievements, Joyce was a key player in the development of MedlinePlus and led the creation and implementation of MedlinePlus Connect.   She has been a highly effective representative of NLM and NIH in many contexts and in collaborations with other federal agencies, libraries, and professional associations.  Joyce holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Library Science from Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and English from Duke University.

Please join me in congratulating Joyce on this well-deserved appointment.

Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD


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