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NLM Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus Announces Retirement on February 29!

Posted by on February 6th, 2020 Posted in: Announcements, General

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Joyce Backus, NLM Associate Director for Library Operations

NLM Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus will be “taking the leap” and retiring on February 29, after more than 34 years of excellent service at NLM. In honor of Joyce’s legacy, the lecture Leading Culture: Diversity and Inclusion in Action will be videocast globally on February 12 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST. Throughout her career, Joyce widely encouraged and supported diversity and inclusion in NLM’s workforce, so it is no surprise that Joyce wanted this diversity lecture on the occasion of her retirement. For anyone unable to attend on the session on February 12, the session will be archived for future viewing.

The lecture will feature special guest DeEtta Jones, Principal and Founder of DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA). DeEtta has been a leading voice in shaping contemporary thinking and practice around integrated and sustainable approaches to workplace culture, diversity and inclusion. She also served for ten years as Director of Diversity and then Director of the Office of Leadership and Management Services at the Association of Research Libraries.

Please join us in congratulating Joyce on her retirement and career at NLM!

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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