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Network Members in the Spotlight

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

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!

Sharon Han, NLM Associate Fellow, joins the NNLM PSR team on September 1.  Sharon will focus on public health education and outreach and will be part of the NNLM Public Health Working Group.

Eden Kinzel, NLM Associate Fellow, joins UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library on September 1. She will be working with UCLA’s Sciences User Engagement team learning about general academic health sciences librarianship and engaging with the UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian, retired on July 1. Kelli joined the NNLM PSR staff in 2005 as Consumer Health Librarian. In September, 2017, she transitioned to the new role of Community Engagement Librarian in support of the NNLM All of Us program. During her fifteen-year tenure, Kelli’s determination and dedication have led to an outstanding career of numerous accomplishments. Kelli has excelled at virtually every task she has undertaken.

Alan Carr, Associate Director, retired on July 1, after 18 years of service to the NNLM PSR, the last eight as Associate Director, and overall career of more than 30 years with the UCLA Library. He joined the RML in 2002 as Outreach Coordinator and also briefly served as Member Services & Exhibits Coordinator before his appointment as interim Associate Director in 2012. Prior to these positions, Alan was a librarian in the UCLA Biomedical Library Reference Division.

Nisha Mody, UCLA Health and Life Sciences Librarian, was appointed interim NNLM PSR Associate Director effective June 1.

Julie Botnick, NNLM PSR Education and Outreach Librarian, accepted a position at NLM and will be part of the NLM Traveling Exhibits team. Julie’s last day at PSR was July 3rd.  While at PSR, Julie was actively engaged with public health outreach and in the subaward program.

Rikke Ogawa, director of UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library, was a recipient of the 2020 Medical Library Association President’s Award, given annually to members who have made a notable or important contribution which has enhanced health sciences librarianship or furthered the objectives of MLA.

Darlene Cavalier, the Founder of SciStarter and a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, has been named a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer. She has worked closely with NNLM on several citizen science initiatives.

Megan Rosenbloom, Associate Director for Instruction Services at the USC Health Sciences Libraries, has developed a COVID-19 Resource Guide.

Ruth Amernick, librarian at San Francisco Public Library, retired on June 25 after 37 years of service. Janet Tom will serve as the NNLM Liaison.

Dustin Khebzou, Program Administrator at Alcohol Research Group/Public Health Institute in Emeryville, CA, is the new NNLM Liaison.  Dustin replaces Eric Rosen, former Library Technician, who was responsible for the organization’s DOCLINE activities.

Janis Brown retired on May 5 after 39 years of service to the University of Southern California. She has an outstanding record of service and has served in many roles since 1981 at the Norris Medical Library and the USC Health Sciences Libraries, including: Research Librarian, Coordinator of the Learning Resources Center as well as the Associate Director of Educational Resources. Janis served as the Associate Director of Systems and Information Technology from 2004-2018, and served as Acting Director of Norris Medical Library and Interim Associate Dean for Health Sciences Libraries in 2013 and 2015 and again in 2018 until December of 2019. She was most recently serving as Special Projects Librarian at the USC Health Sciences Libraries. Janis had a career total of 45 years as a librarian.

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Marco Tamase is the Member Services Coordinator for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Network of the National Library of Medicine located at UCLA.

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