Angela B. Ruffin, Ph.D. has announced her retirement, effective February 28, 2014. This is certainly a significant milestone for her. And, it is the end of an era for all who have worked closely with Dr. Ruffin, known by most as Angela! She has been the National Library of Medicine (NLM) administrator for contracts that University of Washington Health Sciences Library has with NLM. Several of us have worked very closely with her over the years and she has been a very important person in our work lives.
When we say goodbye to her, Angela will have given almost 14 years of distinguished service as Head, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Office in the Division of Library Operations, National Library of Medicine. Before that, she had 10 years of successful experience in coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. In fact, she spearheaded the first round of 30 Grateful Med outreach projects conducted by hospital libraries nationwide, including one in each state of the PNR! She went on to provide unflappable leadership and dedication to the mission of the NN/LM, a program she helped to dramatically expand in scope and focus to reflect paradigm shifts in healthcare and health information delivery, along with changing roles of the information professional.
Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Please join us in congratulating Angela on her career and well-deserved retirement!