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NLM Announces Two New Appointments in Library Operations!

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Amanda J. Wilson as Head of the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO); and the appointment of Mark Ziomek as Chief, Public Services Division, both in NLM Library Operations.

Amanda WilsonMs. Wilson will lead the office responsible for coordinating NLM’s nationwide program designed to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing access to biomedical and health information for both health professionals and the public. Eight Regional Medical Libraries and five National Offices lead a collaboration of members that includes academic health sciences libraries, hospital, pharmaceutical and other special biomedical libraries, public libraries, information centers and community-based organizations. Ms. Wilson assumed her new position on January 9, 2017. Mr. Ziomek will lead the Division responsible for several key NLM programs including MedlinePlus, the main NLM web site, customer service, management and preservation of the collection, and delivery of onsite services and interlibrary loans. Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy.

Mark ZiomekMs. Wilson brings considerable experience in leading a national network of library members, leading change in large organizations, and collaborating across organizations to produce positive results for users. She joins NLM from the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she has been an Assistant Director, Office of Transportation Information Resources, for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and the Director of the National Transportation Library. She has served in these roles since 2006, leading the operations and expansion of the National Transportation Library and establishment of the National Transportation Knowledge Network. Since 2015 she has chaired CENDI, an interagency federal scientific and technical information managers group. Ms. Wilson’s professional experience and service include Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America; CUA Department of Library and Information Science Board; and the ALA Committee on Accreditation External Review Panels. Ms. Wilson has a MS in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in music and psychology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy. He joins NLM from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he served as the Manager of Library Services since 2008. In that role he oversaw reference and research for GAO staff, collection development, contract management and procurement, cataloging, interlibrary loan, and electronic content management. From 1995-2008 he was Chief, Library Services Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, directing acquisitions, cataloging, reference, and collection development. From 1990-1995 he was a Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist and from 1984-1990 a Senior Music Cataloger, both at the Library of Congress. He has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in history and music from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Wilson and Mr. Ziomek to their new positions!

Updated Online CE’s Now Available for the Disaster Information Specialization

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):

Do you have some down time as 2016 comes to a close? Or maybe you made a resolution way back in January that you would learn something new this year?  We have a suggestion for how to end 2016 with a flourish!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

  • Information Roles in Disaster Management presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

 

Two additional courses are available online, (more…)

MedlinePlus Text Messaging Campaign on Holiday Mental Health

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Anxiety, depression, and stress can be experienced at any time of the year but the holiday season can be especially taxing with added expectations and demands. How to cope with these emotional challenges? The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on holiday mental health. Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Subscribe now by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online: http://bit.ly/2eDe91j

Recruitment of the 2017-2018 NLM Associate Fellows

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Position(s): National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows
How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year
Fellowship: one-year with an optional second year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services
Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

When: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Stipend: $53,435; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding
Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past two years) with a master’s in information science/library science
Deadline for applications: January 27, 2017 (more…)

New National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibit- Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine, in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society, launches Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care, a traveling banner exhibition with an online adaptation. This exhibition was curated by Loren Miller, PhD, an independent historian and curator.

Collaboration has been the foundation of the Physician Assistant (PA) profession since the first three PAs graduated from Duke University’s training program in 1967. PAs practice medicine as a dynamic part of a team, alongside doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals; and work within diverse communities to treat patients and improve lives by addressing health care shortages. Originally focused on general practice, today’s PAs serve in a variety of medical specialties and settings. The field continues to widen, as PAs aid populations all over the world in times of need and training programs proliferate globally.

Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care describes how the profession developed as a solution to meet the social and health care needs of the mid-20th century and continues to evolve today. The exhibition features stories of PAs in communities all over the world and on the front lines of health crises, like the recent Ebola epidemic. It also features PAs from the highest echelons of government, including Congresswoman Karen Bass from California and George McCullough, the first White House PA.

The online exhibition offers resources for educators and students, including lesson plans for middle school and high school classrooms, a higher education module, and a robust selection of related links and suggested readings.

Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care will travel to 50 sites across the country over the next four years. Please visit the Traveling Exhibition Services Web site to see the tour itinerary and find this exhibition near you.

Dr. Patricia Brennan, the new Director of the National Library of Medicine

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

On September 12, 2016, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, was sworn in as the 19th director of the Library and the fourth person to serve as director since the institution became the National Library of Medicine 60 years ago. She is not only the first woman but also the first nurse to hold this position.

In her remarks, Dr. Brennan addressed a number of health and information issues. She relayed that her focus, while working as a nurse and an industrial engineer, was of reaching into the home because the place where most health occurs is in the home. But since most people do not want strangers traipsing through their private domain, addressing the health needs of individuals at the point of when they need it presented a challenge and required innovative solutions. She made further comments about the role of NLM and the need to make health information accessible at the point of need for both professionals and for consumers and innovative solutions will be required to meet those needs. Dr. Brennan remarked that by looking at the past  it can become part of our present. She recognized the work of past NLM leaders which has led to some wonderful contributions over the years and even will continue to influence the present and the future. Dr. Brennan’s speech illustrated her knowledge and awareness of the present needs of researchers, healthcare professionals, and healthcare consumers but also emphasizing that NLM be ready for what lies ahead.

Dr. Brennan mentioned she would be working with the NLM Board of Regents on a one-year strategic planning initiative to create a vision for the future of the National Library of Medicine. She looks forward to working with all those associated with the National Library of Medicine to work together in achieving future goals so that NLM can continue to be a vital component in the world of research, information, and health. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health,  shared “We’re on your team and want to make this dream turn into something really spectacular and you’re just the right leader to make this happen.”

We all welcome Dr. Brennan as she takes the helm of NLM and leads it into the future. Watch the full swearing in ceremony https://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?Live=19671&bhcp=1