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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. (more…)

Report on the April 18 Symposium “Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries”

by Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries and
Director, Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

I received NN/LM PSR professional development support to attend the one-day symposium Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries in Philadelphia on Monday, April 18. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR); the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL); and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A). The day opened with a discussion of findings from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) strategic forecast for academic medicine, which was followed by a panel of experts from various disciplines, who envisioned new teaching and learning spaces for libraries, based on the AAMC report. In the afternoon there was a presentation on design trends in academic libraries, and how even modest changes can make a big impact. A panel discussion Reducing the Footprint, Expanding the Neighborhood featured a discussion by library leaders about their experiences in converting space reductions into opportunities for new partnerships and programming. The day concluded with contributed Lightning Talks, with participants sharing their renovation experiences, focusing on practical examples, best practices, and lessons learned. The workshop was very well attended, with 140 participants from 29 states. (more…)

Coming May 1: Meet the New NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO)!

On May 1 the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will be replaced by the new National Evaluation Office (NEO). The NEO will have the same staff, Evaluation Specialist Karen Vargas and Acting Assistant Director Cindy Olney, and same location at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle; but it has a new and evolving role in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), with the establishment of a new five-year cooperative agreement funding cycle covering May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2021. (more…)

NLM Announces Awards for 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements!

Today the National Library of Medicine announced five-year cooperative agreement awards for eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices (DOCLINE, web services, training, evaluation and public health) in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations. The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library will continue to serve as the RML for the Pacific Southwest Region, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin. A complete list of awarded institutions is available on the NLM web site. (more…)

Farewell to Lori Tagawa

NN/LM PSR Community Outreach Coordinator Lori Tagawa has accepted a new position in the UCLA Office of Academic Services beginning April 4. Her last day in the RML will be Friday, April 1. Lori has been an employee of the UCLA Louise M. Biomedical Library for a total of 7.5 years, the last five as NN/LM PSR Community Outreach Coordinator. Lori has been a great asset to the RML, and she will be deeply missed. The good news is that she is not going far away, just to the other end of the UCLA campus! (more…)

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Alison Regan, University of California, Irvine

by Alison Regan, MLS
Assistant University Librarian, Public Services
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Alison Regan

I am the new Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Public Services at the University of California, Irvine, Libraries. I provide leadership of the Libraries’ Public Services Division that supports the research, teaching, learning, and clinical activities of the campus, including providing oversight and direction for the Grunigen Medical Library, located at the UC Irvine Healthcare Campus in Orange. I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Texas – Austin, an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland – College Park, an M.s.Ed. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently I served as the Head of Scholarship and Education Services at the University of Utah Marriott Library. Previous roles have included Acting Head of Digital Scholarship Lab, Faculty Outreach Fellow, and Head of the Technology Assisted Curriculum Center. (more…)

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! (more…)

Native Voices in the Southwest: Traveling Exhibit Visits Tucson!

by Yamila El-Khayat, M.A.
Outreach Services Librarian
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
Tucson, AZ

Collage of attendees at the Native Voices in the Southwest Conference

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) hosted the very successful Native Voices in the Southwest Conference, a two-day event held in October, 2015, featuring the National Library of Medicine’s Native Voices traveling exhibit. The Conference provided time and space to discuss and learn more about health, wellness, and medicine among Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The event was launched with an insightful talk given by a panel of Native American health care professionals, highlighting Native American Culture in Patient- Centered Care. During lunch, attendees were treated with the opportunity to meet Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine Director Emeritus, who provided an insightful talk, illuminating his progressive vision for the world’s largest biomedical library, and how he foresaw the important role that information technology would play. The day concluded with a screening and discussion about the film, Carlos Montezuma: Changing Is Not Vanishing, about a Native American Arizonan physician in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The second day of the Conference featured opportunities to have additional interactions with Dr. Lindberg, including a Q&A session and informal conversations held on both the University of Arizona health science and general academic campuses. These casual moments gave students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet this groundbreaking professional “up close and personal” and learn more about this highly influential and innovative leader. The Native Voices exhibit was on display at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library from August 24 through December 8, 2015, attracting many community members and increasing the visibility of the library.

NN/LM PSR Welcomes 2016 Winter Quarter Intern: Kendra Godwin

Kendra Godwin

Hello, my name is Kendra Godwin and I am the intern this quarter for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region. I am excited to learn from the experienced staff here at the Regional Medical Library and to explore all the ways they serve and communicate with the region.

Currently I am a second-year Master of Library and Information Science student within the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. My interests are varied and rooted in the three specialties of the degree: health sciences librarianship within an academic setting, archives as they relate to the history of medicine, and informatics within the cross section of data management and the health sciences.

I am passionate about how information is collected, shared, and discovered. During this internship I hope to draw from my classes as well as my practical experience as a Public Service Assistant at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. My primary task for the quarter is to create a data management LibGuide for the region based on the data management needs assessment conducted during the fall 2015 quarter. I also plan to develop a Moodle course based on this resource.

My internship will challenge me to examine, question, and synthesize a wealth of data management resources developed by individuals, universities and institutions, and other NN/LM regions. While experiences like this are integral to my professional growth, my greatest hope is to develop a resource that many of you will find clear and useful.

We are in a fascinating time both for medicine and libraries, and I am looking forward to this opportunity!

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Marcus A. Banks, University of California, Davis

by Marcus A. Banks, MLIS
Head, Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

It is a pleasure to return to the Pacific Southwest Region, following previous positions as the Director of the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, as well as the Manager of Education and Research Services at the University of California, San Francisco Library. My new position at the University of California, Davis (UCD) returns me to the University of California (UC) system. In addition to these positions, I have been active in the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), including service as Chapter President from 2009-2010. So this is a homecoming in many ways. (more…)