Meet the NTO Staff: Rebecca Brown
Hi. My name is Rebecca Brown and I work for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office as a Training Development Specialist.
I received my M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University in 2006. Before grad school, I held several non-professional jobs in public libraries in the Kansas City area. During grad school I worked in the Copyright and Document Delivery Department of the Archie Dykes Health Sciences Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC).
After graduation, my first professional job as a librarian was with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – MidContinental Region (NN/LM-MCR) as the Kansas and Technology Coordinator. As the Coordinator, I promoted and trained librarians and health professionals on resources from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. For the technology piece of my job I tested and provided training on digital tools such as RSS, social bookmarking and screen casting for their use in library settings.
Before going to grad school, when my kids were young and I was a stay-at-home mom, I started a small business called Moveable Feast. I cooked meals for delivery and catered in-home dining events. Later I returned to school and completed a Computer Network Administrator Certificate. The certificate gave me a solid background in software, web design and hardware, which propelled my next business, Menu News. Menu News was an email marketing company for local restaurants. I ate very well during those years.
My early undergraduate work was in French and Linguistics. Growing from that is an interest in literacy for non-native English speakers. I have been tutoring political refugees in English since 2009.
I love to cook (for other people). I’m a bird watcher and have participated in several Audubon Christmas Bird Counts.
I love teaching and have wanted to be a database trainer for years. I teach PubMed and the TOXNET suite of databases that cover toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
I hope to see you online!