After a long and distinguished career in health sciences librarianship, Naomi Broering has announced her retirement from the profession in March, 2018, after having served in a number of key leadership positions. Naomi was most recently the Dean of Libraries at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, since 2001. Previously, she was Director of the Herrick Library at Grossmont Healthcare District in La Mesa, CA. Prior to her relocation to the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region in 1999, Naomi was the Executive Director of the NNLM South Central Region at the Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center Library in Houston for nearly five years, and the Director of the Biomedical Information Resources Center and Medical Center Library at Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. for 22 years. Naomi received her M.L.S. from UCLA, followed by a one-year NLM Postgraduate Fellowship at the UCLA Biomedical Library. She also completed all coursework for a PhD in history at UCLA, and earned an MA and BA (cum laude) from California State University, Long Beach. She served as Reference Librarian at the USC Norris Medical Library, completed a year of law school from West LA University in 1970-71, while serving as Hospital Librarian at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and earned a Government Management Certificate from George Washington University (CGS) in 1973.
During her tenure at PCOM from 2001-2018 and years at the Grossmont Healthcare District, Naomi was a strong advocate for the Network. She could be counted on to participate in an NNLM focus group, assist at an exhibit and demonstrate NLM resources, contribute to any NIH or NLM Request for Information, or provide other assistance to the RML as needed. Naomi has an exceptional track record of successfully applying for NNLM and NLM outreach awards. She conducted a series of projects involving extensive outreach to various communities in San Diego County. The projects had timelines ranging from 12-18 months, targeting both health care professional and consumer audiences. In developing and implementing projects, Naomi has developed collaborations with many community organizations, including public libraries, churches, community centers, veterans centers, and HIV/AIDS clinics. She has reached underserved communities populated by Hispanics, African Americans, Native and Pacific Islander Americans, immigrants, refugees, and areas of high HIV incidence. Naomi is well known and respected for promoting access to health information resources of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
A particularly notable result of Naomi’s successful efforts with the Senior Health Project: Access to Electronic Health Information in San Diego was the PCOM Library being named one of the top ten finalists for the 2006 U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) Health Information Awards for Libraries. In addition to NNLM outreach awards, Naomi also successfully competed for several NLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program awards, furthering the outreach penetration in the San Diego area. She also received an NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Award in 2012, to conduct a project reaching out to San Diego County’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). To enhance the visibility of these significant outreach contributions, Naomi highlighted them as an author of many scholarly articles and presenter of papers and poster sessions. As an example of her efforts, Naomi published three articles in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, most recently in 2012, “HIV/AIDS Health Information Outreach Service in San Diego.”
Naomi has accumulated an extensive list of professional honors, awards, and contributions during her long career. She served as President of the Medical Library Association (MLA) in 1996-97 and received MLA’s Marcia Noyes Award in 2003, the association’s highest professional distinction. She was named an MLA Fellow in 1995, and a Distinguished Member of MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals. Naomi was editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (formerly the Bulletin) from 1991 to 1996. In 1986 she received MLA’s Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award. In service to the National Library of Medicine, Naomi was a member of a Planning Panel for the NLM Long Range Plan (2000-2005) and a member of the NLM Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee. In 2015, Naomi received MLA’s first Hispanic Heritage Award in recognition of her past accomplishments in medical librarianship and library informatics. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Friends of NLM.
Naomi was the Principal Investigator of the Georgetown University IAIMS Program, an NLM grant program. She oversaw development of the Georgetown University Library Information System, which included a “Mini-MEDLINE” Search System component. She has authored over 200 scholarly journal articles, two books, and has presented papers at national and international library conferences. At other related associations, Naomi was Secretary and Board member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 1992-1996 and was elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in 1989-90. Other professional honors include the Special Libraries Association (SLA) 1999 Winifred Sewell Award, the SLA 1987 Professional Award, and the Vicennial Award from Georgetown University in 1995. She has been an active ALA member her entire career, serving on committees and programs, and is a lifetime member of ALA, MLA and retired member of AMIA/ACMI.
Join us in congratulating Naomi on her outstanding achievements in health sciences librarianship and wishing her the best in retirement!