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Goodbye from Alison

This post is to say goodbye and thanks for your friendship and support during my 3+ years with NN/LM PNR. This is my last week in the office. I have accepted a position as Clinical Informationist at The Ohio State University, Prior Health Sciences Library, and will begin work there in mid-October. I look forward to exciting new professional challenges and being closer to family.

It’s been quite an adventure! Three months after starting here, I found myself on a cattle ranch outside of Butte, Montana with Laurel Egan and Gail Kouame. They don’t prepare you for that in library school. Big Sky Country is an amazing place where, as I learned, deer and antelope actually do play. It is also home to champion tennis ball-chasing dogs:

champion tennis ball chasing dogs

and to some of the best health sciences librarians anywhere.

I got to be an honorary member of the Oregon Health Sciences Libraries Association. OHSLA hosts what has to be one of the last remaining off-the-grid library conferences. They meet every summer at Silver Falls State Park:

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

It’s amazing how much networking and learning happens when we all put our smartphones away. (I bet you didn’t expect to hear that from me, did you?)

Then there was the time Sally Bremner showed me her expert winter driving skills, getting us outside of Anchorage in time for me to snap this photo just after the sun went down at 3:45 in the afternoon:

Sunset in Alaska

The staff of the Alaska Medical Library do an incredible job serving the unique health information needs of the largest state in the nation.

I had the pleasure of visiting Idaho three times, most recently last week for the National Association of Local Boards of Health conference, where I was inspired by the dedication of public health workers and volunteers from across the country. Here is beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene:

Lake Coeur d'Alene

Of course, I also got to live and work in a place that looks like this:

Seattle skyline

with these fine people. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I don’t have to tell you. This is a very special place to be, and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience life here for awhile. I hope we will stay in touch. Let’s connect on LinkedIn!

Kind regards,

13 Responses to “Goodbye from Alison”

  1. Margo Harris Says:

    Oh no, Alison. Tell me it isn’t true! As a denizen of Ohio for a while, living/working at Ohio University in Athens, you better learn that is a capital “T” on The Ohio State University! Happy Trails. Thanks for being such an engaging and enthusiastic professional! Margo

  2. Alison Aldrich Says:

    Margo, oh no! You’re right! I will correct that immediately! Thanks to you and all of the great health educators out there.

  3. Linda Milgrom Says:

    I’m so glad we overlapped at the RML. You are a burst of energy and great ideas. THE Ohio State University will be lucky to have you. All the best.

  4. Beth Hill Says:

    What a wonderful opportunity for you! Best of luck- keep in touch and let us know of all your new adventures.
    Beth Hill

  5. Susan Barnes Says:

    Gosh, Alison, by the time I get back to the office, you’ll be history! But at least we get to do lunch. Very, very best wishes, we’ll miss you, and I look forward to working with you in other contexts over the coming years. Congratulations, and good luck!

  6. Maryanne Blake Says:

    Alison, I am glad our paths crossed, however briefly. Your technology and public health expertise will be missed, as will your wonderful baked goods. Biscotti, yum! Now the burning question; who will take over my beloved HLIB-NW? Best wishes as you go back to your roots.

  7. Alison Aldrich Says:

    @Maryanne, Linda, and Susan: I’m so very glad we overlapped/are overlapping too. HLIB-NW will be left in good hands, and like many who have gone before me, I’ll be subscribing with my personal account so I can keep tabs on you all. @Beth: Thanks and good luck with your new adventures, too!

  8. Ken Willer Says:

    Alison, best of luck with your new position. You have been a greatresource all the years I have been in the PNW and you will be missed. All the best and continue to let us know how you are.

  9. Kathy Fatkin Says:

    You will be missed Alison, but clinical librarian is such a great opportunity even if it takes you out of the best region of the country!

  10. Anita Cleary Says:

    Alison, all the best to you. We’ll miss you!

  11. Hope Leman Says:

    Oh, nooooo! Alison is leaving. That is such a loss for our region, Alison. You have been a huge help to all of us here many, many times and in many, many ways. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us and being such a fount of moral support and such a source of techno-know-how. We will miss you hugely. Hope to see you at national conferences and in the pages of journals.

  12. Kristine Ogden Says:

    You will indeed be missed. Over the years, I’ve looked forward to every blog post knowing that you’d deliver some super-helpful nugget of information about searching the medical literature or leveraging the technology to address our unique research needs. Best of luck in your new role!

  13. Ann Madhavan Says:

    Glad we had a chance to connect while you were at the RML. Public Health will miss you! Best of luck in your new position!