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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…)

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in June 2015, we have welcomed 2 new full members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

Interpretations and Insights of the 2015 NN/LM PSR Data Management Needs Assessment

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2015 Data Management Needs Assessment! Over 100 responses were received, which was an excellent response rate considering the specialized nature of the topic. We believe that these results show a significant acknowledgement that data management needs and assistance are currently an area worthy of educational programming and support. In addition, many respondents reported that they were in the process of developing data management services. Your feedback will be a great help in developing materials to help provide guidance with your data management needs! (more…)

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Kristen L. Anderson, University of Hawaii at Manoa

by Kristen (Kris) L. Anderson, MLIS, MPH
Director, Health Sciences Library
John A Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI

Aloha! I’m the new Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). After twenty-four years at Hamilton Library on the main campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), I started at JABSOM in January 2015 following the retirement of Virginia “Ginny” Tanji, who many of you know. At Manoa, I started as a Science Reference Librarian and added on experience over the years serving as the Electronic Resource Librarian, Collection Development Officer, Head of Technical Services, and Interim Head of Sinclair Library, with many of these happening simultaneously! What a ride! For sixteen years I was the principle investigator (PI) on a grant to provide research and document delivery service to aquaculture researchers in the US affiliated Pacific Islands. I have always been active in professional organizations, having served on the boards of the local chapter of SLA, the Hawaii Library Association, and the Hawaii Library Consortium. Through my work with aquaculture I got involved in the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA), as well as the International Association of Marine and Aquatic Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) of which I am currently the President. (more…)

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Gerald (Jerry) Perry, University of Arizona Libraries

By Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP
Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning
University of Arizona Libraries
Tucson, AZ

What’s that saying about bad pennies? Hopefully my return to Arizona will not depress or annoy anyone! I am the new Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning for the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL). This is an entirely new position for UAL, subsequent to the ongoing consolidation of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) with the University of Arizona (UA) University Libraries. As noted, however, I am not new to Arizona, nor to UAHSL; I served as Head of the Information Services Department of the library from 1997 to 2003 and during that time was an active member of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). Some Latitudes readers might recall the 2002 Joint MLGSCA and Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) meeting for which I was Program Chair, held in Scottsdale, AZ, in the snow! (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…)

NN/LM PSR Welcomes 2015 Fall Quarter Intern: Jonathan Ballak

Jonathan BallakMy name is Jonathan Ballak and I am extremely pleased to be currently interning at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, for the fall quarter of 2015. At present I am a second-year student in UCLA’s Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program because I believe that libraries are an integral part of a healthy and progressive society. In addition, I am also interested in how librarians and information professionals utilize new information gathering technologies as they relate to health and medical services. My specialization in the MLIS program is Informatics.

My internship projects will include needs assessments related to the areas of data management training and website user experience, in order to determine how best to meet user needs of regional Network members. During the course of these projects, I hope to meet as many UCLA library and information science professionals as possible in order to gather intelligent advice on data management and website design. In addition to these projects I also hope to glean as much information as possible about how the NN/LM PSR communicates and interoperates with its Network members and other NN/LM regional offices.

I earned my BFA in Visual Design from the University of Oregon, and it is this previous training that I hope to draw upon in my appraisal of the NN/LM PSR website design. Combining this facet of design knowledge with Information Architecture and user experience design concepts from the MLIS program will provide a base of information which will impart knowledge to the project from multiple viewpoints. In the upcoming years I look forward to pursuing my interests in health and clinical informatics. I am grateful for this internship opportunity and look forward to working on the upcoming projects at the NN/LM PSR, and learning as much as possible from the staff and other library professionals that I meet during the quarter!

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Cynthia Henderson, University of Southern California

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

I am the new Associate Dean for Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) and Norris Medical Library (NML) Director at the University of Southern California. I previously worked in Southern California as the Assistant Director of Library Services at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Health Sciences Library. In between then and now I have worked at four other libraries: the University of Illinois at Chicago (although my library was in Urbana-Champaign), the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt College (now Samuel Merritt University) in Oakland, the Morehouse School of Medicine Library in Atlanta, and Howard University’s Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library in Washington, DC. I received my Masters in Information and Library Studies (MILS) from the University of Michigan. My first professional position was in Iowa State University’s Parks Library as an Assistant Professor/Special Collections/Collections Development Librarian. (more…)