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NNLM MAR Says Goodbye to Lydia Collins

Posted by on June 20th, 2018 Posted in: @ the RML

A special message from NNLM MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling:

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

MAR Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins has accepted a position with the All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center, located in the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. In her role as Participant Engagement Lead, Lydia will be tasked with creating an All of Us Research Program Participant Engagement Series, to assist in ongoing education, engagement and retention of All of Us participants. She will also be utilizing her consumer health background and skills to develop educational learning resources related to topics important to the All of Us Research Program, such as genomic data and research ethics, which will be available to wide audiences.

Lydia and I started within days of each other in October 2011 as Coordinators for the new MAR. Since then, she has been our primary liaison to public libraries, community- and faith-based groups and K-12 professionals. Due in large part to Lydia’s efforts, public libraries now make up 30% of MAR members, our largest single organization type.

A few other highlights:

  • Since May 2013, Lydia has conducted 404 outreach activities reaching over 4000 participants.
  • Lydia created three classes for Consumer Health Information Specialization credits:
    • More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals
    • NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources
    • Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
  • With Carrie Banks from the Brooklyn Public Library, Lydia spearheaded the creation of a Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group within the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association.
  • With participation of other NNLM and NLM staff, Lydia led a partnership with ALA to create the Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit that co-brands health-related “Because” statements.

Although we will miss Lydia in the MAR offices, please join me in congratulating her on her new position.

We are currently recruiting a Health Programming Coordinator, who will hope to have on board in the fall. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact nnlmmar@pitt.edu for assistance or training in National Library of Medicine resources.



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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

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