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Goodbye, friends, and a warm welcome to Derek Johnson!

Posted by on February 17th, 2020 Posted in: Blog


I want to share with everyone that this is my final week serving as the Associate Director for our program, I am beginning a new position at Creighton University in Omaha next month. I’m excited about the new challenge, but sad to be leaving so many outstanding colleagues and friends behind – as well as letting go of the many projects that

GMR staff at MCMLA exhibit

Darlene, Jacqueline, and I with Balloon Man!

we’ve brainstormed and not yet had the chance to implement yet! This position has been a career milestone, it’s been a rare opportunity to serve in the same organization that helped me get my feet under me as a new hospital librarian long ago. By far, my favorite part of this position has been connecting with our members and hearing about your successes and challenges. Our region is proud of our member organizations, there’s nothing I enjoy more than bragging about our funded projects, which you all make successful.

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Linda & I touring the new space for the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library

In my place, our very own Health Professionals Outreach Specialist, Derek Johnson, will be stepping up to take on the Associate Director role on an interim basis. I’ve never received so much praise (unsolicited, even!) for a team member as I have for Derek, which is a testament to the collaborative work Derek has been a part of nationally. In my time working with Derek, I’ve valued his strategic thinking and deliberate process – a good contrast with my runaway enthusiasm to undertake new projects. Derek has great ideas of his own in the works and I am confident that he will elevate the success of the program and of our region. You are in good hands!

I want to thank you all for sharing your time with me and wish you all future success!

Image of the author ABOUT Elizabeth Kiscaden
Elizabeth Kiscaden has been a health sciences librarian for over a decade, working in both hospital and academic libraries. Originally from Minnesota, Liz now lives in Iowa City with her mixed-breed hound, named Tammy. She enjoys old martial arts movies, roadside historic markers, prairie plants, and afternoon naps.

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