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Congratulations, Linda Milgrom!

As many know, Linda Milgrom, the RML’s Outreach Coordinator will be retiring on March 1, 2010.

To celebrate her long and wonderful career, we gave her a party. Guests included former RML and HSLers, as well as her family (even from faraway Washington DC)! It was a festive occasion, complete with a kazoo serenade to send her off in Italian style (think: That’s Amore!). Check out photos from the party on flickr.

Reflecting on my years with Linda, as I think about her role in the RML, I think of:

A Very Friendly, Open, and Generous People Person. Linda instantly finds ways to connect with whomever she meets… when she’s exhibiting, attending conferences, answering questions over the phone, making connections at the UW, and throughout the region. Through these connections, Linda spreads the word about valuable local resources and libraries, and relevant NLM services, to find online and throughout the PNR.

A Highly Effective Outreach Coordinator. When the RML announces new funding opportunities, the phone starts ringing from community organizations and libraries with questions about the application process, or to discuss whether their idea has merit for funding. In her friendly, casual style, Linda has helped many a network member through the application process. All the while generating or encouraging new ideas, her mentoring has resulted in a number of creative and resourceful projects funded in the PNR.

A Trusted and Knowledgeable Resource … whose opinion and advice command respect and credibility throughout the entire NN/LM and by staff (all the way to the top!) at National Library of Medicine.

A PubMed guru… who not only loves the database, but loves to teach and train others about getting the most out of its powerful features.

Lastly, and most importantly, I think of Linda as a phenomenal colleague and good friend who will be greatly missed in the RML office and throughout the PNR.

It’s been almost 29 years since Gerald J. Oppenheimer, then director of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and the Regional Medical Library, had the wisdom and foresight to hire Linda.

Please join me in congratulating Linda, and wishing her a well deserved and fabulous retirement!

9 Responses to “Congratulations, Linda Milgrom!”

  1. Hope Leman Says:

    Linda Milgrom is one of the most generous, wisest, skillful, funniest, kindest people it has ever been my pleasure to deal with in any realm. She makes me proud to work in the field of librarianship. She is an outstanding mentor, coach and supporter of professional development of a vast number of us and never fails to encourage us in our studies and projects.

    I completed several awards projects under Linda’s guidance and she is my guru, angel (and, when necessary, tough editor and gentle scold). If I have accomplished anything at all in my career, it is due to Linda’s unfailingly patient, insightful nurturing and example of all that is noble and worthwhile in our profession. She is a model of collegiality, intelligence and excellence in project management, report writing, budget handling (I needed lots of help there, as I am not good with numbers!) and the recognition of what is of true value in the many technological changes librarians have had to absorb and address in recent years. She always made me feel that what we do is important and was always simply interesting to talk to and learn from and I was always very proud if she seemed to find something I wanted to work on promising and worth doing.

    Linda shepherded us all through the many changes PubMed has undergone. Her expertise in that realm is unchallengeable, but she never comes across as pompous or supercilious. She is approachable and never, ever treated any question as unimportant. She is a teacher of the highest order and instilled in us the importance of continuing education and skill building.

    And she works very, very hard. The time she devoted to me alone was astonishing and her emails were models of cogency and astute analysis when it came to distilling into coherence whatever mishmash I would ask her to help me thrash out. She is able to tactfully but firmly make clear what is doable and what is beyond silly. She would respond to emails with much appreciated rapidity and following her advice was invariably the best course.

    I am personally extremely grateful to Linda (and to Maryanne Blake, who is also a sterling example of service to the library community) because when my much loved manager had to retire suddenly Linda and Maryanne were stalwart supports for months, helping with an endless series of questions about such things as copyright and just about every conceivable aspect of the operations of hospital libraries. Linda comes through when you need help, be it seeing you through an awards-funded project or keeping you going through two long years of library school. She is a warm, reassuring presence in stressful situations. She is also an amusing raconteur and cultivated, cultured person of wide reading and knowledgeable in many areas such as the arts and literature. She is a true Renaissance woman.

    I remember how nice it was to actually meet Linda when she took the time during a meeting on Online Northwest to visit our library and how courteous she was to take such an interest in our doings. She was as charming in person as I had imagined.

    Linda has made me see the importance of being helpful to colleagues far and wide, to students and to the broader community. She is a credit to her field and to our region and I wish her the greatest happiness in a well deserved retirement (but will secretly capture her email address somehow for future questions when I need sage advice and moral support!). I am proud (and very fortunate) to know her.

  2. Nancy Schaefer (aka NewNancy in 1999) Says:

    I may only have worked in the PNW RML for 2 months 10 years ago but I still (and always will) remain in awe of Linda’s memory for librarians all around the area, and their searches/patrons, children, parents, dogs, vacations, ailments…. I’ve never met anyone to parallel her in remembering personal details that made “clients” feel comfortable and cared about. Always cheerful, efficient and “wicked” funny, she made the RML bright even on the dreariest days.

    In the interim, I’ve seen her teach and been impressed by her knowledge of PubMed and her ability to get database navigation/function across clearly and logically.

    Here’s hoping you live long and prosper in retirement, Linda! Thanks for starting me on my own bibliography of amusing PubMed titles to lighten classes!

  3. Melanie Jones Says:

    Linda, Can you make an appearance at WMLA in March so that your Washingtonians can give you a hug? Or will you be traveling already has I suspect you will. Thanks for all your support over the years! Congrats many times over and good luck in your next exciting phase of life!

  4. Kathy Fatkin Says:

    Linda is the face of the RML to me. She has always been willing to share and teach and inspire. She has been to Idaho many times and always made the programs fun as well as informative. She expects great things from others and always inspires me to do my best. Have a wonderful journey in retirement, I expect we will continue to learn from your example on how to make everything fun.

  5. Michele Spatz Says:

    I have fond memories of being a new librarian in the Pacific NW and stumbling upon you and the RML. One of the first things I did was to attend one of your NLM online training courses. I needed a huge refresher in searching Medline! You were so welcoming and supportive of me and my new role as a consumer health librarian and, in short order, made me feel part of this regional family of librarians. You’ve been a champion for teaching and training on NLM products and a kind and thoughtful mentor to many over the years. Thank you for your significant contributions. Blessings to you as you retire and live the good life you so richly deserve. Enjoy!

  6. Linda Hendrick Says:

    There isn’t anything but superlatives to be used when describing Linda. I think of her as a role model and mentor. I was a librarian at a very small hospital library and the support I got from Linda and Maryanne was wonderful and fun too. Calling Linda with a question had me laughing as well as getting an answer or advice. She is so much fun. If retirement gives her half what she provided us her life will be full.
    Linda Hendrick
    formerly of Island Hospital Medical Library, Anacortes and Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon.

  7. Connie Schardt Says:

    How can there be a Pacific Northwest RML without Linda??? Thank you for the long years of service. You have always been sensible, in good humor and caring about library services. The Pacific Northwest just won’t be the same without you. And even though you have a difficult time calculating the sensitivity and specificity of a test, your still are the best!!!!

  8. Dolores Judkins Says:

    To answer Connie, it will be hard to think of an Pacific Northwest RML without Linda. Linda has been the face of the RML longer than anyone else and will be sorely missed!!! My fondest memories of you, Linda, are making sure that you knew what’s happening in the Oregon library world. You always wanted to know what was going on in the region, and I was “scolded” a few times for not getting that information to you in a timely manner 😉 You were interested in everyone in the region and were always there to answer questions and help us along. You deserve a wonderful retirement, but I hope you show up every so often so that we can hear about your adventures. Ciao!

  9. Heidi Sue Says:

    Ciao Linda! May you have the time of your life. One of my favorite activities in my life is meeting you and getting to know you. You have a way of connecting and welcoming people; the way you inspire people (me including) will not be forgotten. May you achieve all your Italian dreams! I know I certainly will continue to think of you everytime I see a pomegranate. Ciao! Mi auguro che il sole splende sempre su di voi.