My name is Jessi Van Der Volgen and I am the Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office, which is housed at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. In 2012, I started working for what was then the NTC, as a backup trainer in the second year of my National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship. I really enjoyed teaching both online and in-person and jumped at the chance to continue as a trainer for the NTC.
As a trainer and Assistant Director for the NTO, I help develop and teach online and in-person classes on PubMed, TOXNET, and other NLM resources. I will be working with my NN/LM and NLM colleagues to help continue to bring you great training and professional development opportunities.
While in library school (University of Wisconsin – Madison), I worked at a very busy undergraduate library answering all kinds of interesting questions, and at the Ebling Library for the Health Sciences. I also had a project assistantship at the Limnology Library. I had to look up limnology before applying to the job — it’s the study of inland waters. With just two library school students running the library, I had a chance to do a great variety of work – organize and weed government documents, copy catalogue new books, develop a class on copyright for faculty and graduate students, and even service a field station on Trout Lake in Northern Wisconsin.
Before becoming a librarian, I was a high school biology teacher at a small school in Beaverton, Oregon. I loved teaching freshman through seniors, and it was wonderfully rewarding to see them be excited by new concepts. If you teach or train, you know how great it is to witness those “a-ha!” moments.
I am enjoying getting to know Utah, which is a great place to be if you love the outdoors. In my off time, I like hiking, cross-country skiing, trying new restaurants, playing with my rascally dog, watching the Packers and rooting for the US Women’s National Soccer Team!
I firmly believe we all have something to learn from each other, so if you have feedback or ideas for making our classes or other materials better, I hope you will take a minute to let me know. I look forward to meeting you – either virtually or in-person!