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Advisors to the NN/LM MidContinental Region

The Regional Advisory Board serves as an additional source for the staff of the NN/LM MidContinental Region to hear from our constituency. We usually have some non-librarians on our board, but this year we decide to jump out of the library box and heavily recruit from among library and information users. Five of the members represent schools (pre-school to higher education) and a non-governmental organization. Their professional interests include patient safety, online education, bio-informatics, and electronic health records. We still have two librarians on our board. Lori Phillips, from the University of Wyoming Libraries, represents our Resource Libraries and Darrel Willoughby, Library Manager for the VA in Nebraska, represents the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association.

During their orientation session at the end of June, members identified the challenges that they have with information. They will sound familiar to librarians. Their challenges range from gathering, formatting, inputting, and distributing information. In future meetings MCR staff will be discussing with them similar challenges that we have in carrying out the mission of the NN/LM.

We appreciate the commitment of the following Regional Advisory Members in sharing their time and their expertise:

Eric Jones, Associate Vice President, Virtual Campus of Central Community College (NE)
E. LaVerne Manos, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing (KS)
Becky Miller, Executive Director, Center for Patient Safety (MO)
Nancy Nickman, Professor and Presidential Teaching Scholar, University of Utah College of Pharmacy (UT)
Lori Phillips, Associate Dean, University of Wyoming Libraries (WY)
Megan Schmid, School Nurse, Graland Country Day School (CO)
Darrel Willoughby, Library Manager, Medical Library VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System (NE)

-C. Hamasu, Associate Director

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