Erin Reardon, reference librarian, has been selected through a competitive process to participate in a course called Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. The goal of the course is to help librarians implement or enhance research data management training and services at their institutions. The online course runs from October 15 through December 14, 2018. The course is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office at the University of Utah.
Congratulations to Montie’ Dobbins, assistant director of technical services. Ms. Dobbins won a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, and a Postell Professional Development Award, from the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Both awards will be used to offset the cost for Ms. Dobbins to attend the Charleston Conference in November 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. Since 1980, the Charleston Conference has been devoted to issues related to acquisitions and licensing resources in all types of libraries.
Congratulations to the following Library staff and faculty who celebrated service anniversaries announced on September 14, 2018:
- Kathleen Bloomingdale, Business Manager – 15 years of service
- Julia Esparza, Associate Director – 10 years of service
- Will Olmstadt, Executive Director – 5 years of service
New computers were recently installed in the Health Sciences Library's two computer labs (rooms 1-417 and 1-419). The new computers would not be possible without the administrative support of Dr. Jane Eggerstedt, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Dennis Wissing, interim dean of the School of Allied Health Professions and long-time chair of the Library advisory committee. We are also grateful to the Information Technology Group for facilitating the purchase. In addition, several Library faculty and staff members worked to be sure that the new computers were installed correctly, and that the old computers were properly surplused or repurposed. Special thanks to Mararia Adams, the Library's Assistant Director of Systems; Katrina Bell, Library Associate in Systems; and Dakota Arnold.
Congratulations to Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, who recently received an award for a paper presented at the Medical Library Association (MLA) 2018 Annual Meeting. The paper, “Community Knowledge Assessment of HPV Vaccination in Males,” was awarded second place by the MLA Research Section. The paper was co-written with students Grace Dodd, Derrick Murcia, and Jessica Sims; Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dr. Meher Sindhoora, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana; Dr. Eric Thomas, Section Chief, Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana; Dr. Afaf Abdulbaki, Clinical Pharmacist; and Dr. Lois Anderson - Director of Pharmacy, CHRISTUS Shreveport – Bossier Health System.
The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) is the professional development and career recognition program of the Medical Library Association (MLA). Julie Esparza, Head of Education & Outreach, was recently approved for renewal at the highest AHIP level, Distinguished. Ms. Esparza holds the Stafford & Marianne Comegys Professorship in Medical Library Science, and is the President-Elect of the Medical Library Association. Two other Library faculty also have Academy credentialing at the Distinguished level, as recognition of their academic preparation, professional experience, and professional accomplishment: David Duggar, Head of the Liaison Program, and Will Olmstadt, Executive Director of the Library.