The National Library of Medicine has announced the selection of the five members of the 2018-2019 Associate Fellows cohort. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Md. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.
Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, had this comment on the incoming Associate Fellows:
“The 2018-2019 Associate Fellows cohort arrive at an exciting time for NLM and for biomedical libraries. NLM is embarking on an implementation of the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. The Associate Fellowship Program is one component of the third pillar in NLM’s strategic plan foundation: inspire and empower the data-driven workforce of the future. We are looking forward to seeing and realizing with the Associate Fellows their next steps as the workforce of the future.”
Stacy Brody received her MI degree from Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, in May 2018. While completing her degree, Stacy worked for the Rutgers University Libraries, providing reference and instruction services for students and faculty. Additionally, she interned at the New York Botanical Gardens Mertz Library and Cornell University Mann Library. She holds a BS in Agriculture and Plant Science from Rutgers University.
Sarah Clarke received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2017. While completing her degree, Ms. Clarke was employed as a contract librarian at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), where she provided reference support, performed animal alternatives literature searches, and delivered interlibrary loan requests. Prior to working at USAMRIID, Ms. Clarke worked at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of Research Protections, where she worked on projects tracking international human use protocols, and managed the Volunteer Registry Database System. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has a Disaster Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland University College.
Amelia Llorens received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Llorens worked as Serials Intern and later as Monographs Intern at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, where she selected collection items for preservation and assisted with technical services. She spent her final semester of her MSIS working at the Dell Medical School Library creating online instructional materials and teaching instructional sessions. She holds a BA in women’s and gender studies from Carleton College.
Cecelia Vetter received her MLIS degree from University of Maryland, College Park, in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Vetter worked in the University of Maryland Special Collections and University Archives providing reference services, teaching information literacy sessions, and planning outreach events. At the University of Maryland, Ms. Vetter was also a Research and Teaching Fellow providing information literacy sessions to first-year students and serving as a mentor to other MLIS students. Ms. Vetter has also interned at the Smithsonian Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and holds a BA in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Paije Wilson received her MLIS degree from the University of Iowa in 2018. While completing her degree, Mrs. Wilson worked at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library as a graduate student processor, where she processed rare and archival materials and retrieved materials for researchers. She also worked as a research assistant for the University of Iowa’s Department of Dentistry, which entailed carrying out research requests and managing citations for a professor of pediatric dentistry. Additionally, Mrs. Wilson completed a mentorship with the Hardin Library for Health Sciences, where she shadowed medical librarians in their daily activities. Preceding graduate school, Mrs. Wilson worked as a part-time librarian at the Spirit Lake Public Library, and as a student reference librarian at Buena Vista University. Mrs. Wilson holds a BA degree in English and a minor in biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA.