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Former NN/LM PSR Associate Director Julie Kwan Announces Retirement!

Julie Kwan, former Associate Director of NN/LM PSR, has announced her retirement on June 29, after an illustrious 48-year library career at UCLA and the University of Southern California (USC). Since May 2012, Julie has served as the Associate Director of the UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library. She was the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, (NN/LM PSR) from March 2010 through April 2012. During that time, Julie organized and led the effort to prepare the five-year proposal for the Regional Medical Library (RML) contract period of May 2011 – April 2016, which scored in the upper echelon of proposals submitted to the National Library of Medicine. She was recognized for her leadership with the 2012 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award. Image of Julie Kwan with award

Prior to her tenure as NN/LM PSR Associate Director, Julie served as Library Network Coordinator in the RML from 2001 through February 2010. During that time she managed network membership, maintained oversight of the regional interlibrary loan program, and developed an electronic licensing program for hospital libraries with the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC). Julie began her career as a reference librarian at the UCLA Biomedical Library in 1968. In 1973 Julie became Head of the Reference Division and served in that capacity through February 1989. Then she moved across town to the University of Southern California, where she stayed through February 2001, serving in the positions of Head of the Science & Engineering Library, Chair of the Sciences Libraries Center, and Executive and Research Programs Librarian at the Crocker Business Library. Julie holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University, an M.S. degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and an Advanced Management Program Certificate from USC’s Office of Executive Education. She is a Distinguished Member of the Medical Library Association Academy of Health Information Professionals and holds the honor of Distinguished Librarian in the UCLA Library.

In April 2012, Julie received the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) Louise Darling Achievement Award. The award recognized Julie’s leadership in spearheading several vital initiatives facilitating regional resource sharing efforts during her tenure in the RML as Library Network Coordinator and Associate Director. The initiatives included moving libraries from paper interlibrary loan coupons to the Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS); the management of FreeShare, a free reciprocal interlibrary loan cross-regional DOCLINE Group; and implementing regional electronic resources licensing with SCELC.

Julie’s professional association activities include service on the MLA 2009 Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee. She also served as Secretary/Treasurer and Chair for MLA’s Medical Library Education Section. Over the years, Julie has made numerous presentations and contributions at MLA Annual and Chapter meetings on various resource sharing topics. Julie’s most significant MLA contribution has been to the credentialing process. She took the Certification Examination in 1978 and then became a member of the Certification Examination Review Committee (1981/1984), the Task Force on Certification and Registry (1984/1985), the Certification Committee (1984/1986), the Editorial Panel for the Certification and Registration Examination (1987/1989), and the Professional Recognition Review Panel (1988/1992). She served as MLGSCA liaison to the MLA Credentialing Committee from 2001–2007. Her most enjoyable activity was team teaching Item Writing Workshop with MLA’s Director of Education.

In addition, Julie served as Adjunct Lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, and was the course coordinator for numerous health sciences librarianship and informatics courses. She has also mentored many new professionals. In June, 2011, Julie participated as an interviewee in the UCLA Library Paths to Leadership program. In this one-hour interview, Julie addressed questions and recounted her experiences regarding professional development strategies, career progression, and leadership decisions during her vast experience as a manager. Twenty-seven people attended this event, which was extremely well received. And just this month, Julie received one of the jane b semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) Appreciation and Recognition Awards at the 2016 HCI Celebration, honoring her contributions towards promoting health and wellness at UCLA.

Please join all of us at UCLA in congratulating Julie on her well deserved retirement!

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