The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the selection of its 2015-2016 class of Associate Fellows. Three fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2015. The Associate Fellowship Program is residency fellowship at the NLM located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health 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.
Becky Baltich Nelson received her MLS degree from the University of Maryland in 2015. While completing her degree, Ms. Baltich Nelson interned with the National Library of Medicine, where she evaluated consumer-oriented resources for the Genetics Home Reference handbook. She also worked on several projects as an intern with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. Additionally, Ms. Baltich Nelson served as a board member for her school’s student chapter of the American Library Association. During her MLS program, she worked as the Assistant Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Office at UMD. Ms. Baltich Nelson holds an MS in college counseling and student development from St. Cloud State University and a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Kim-Loan Nguyen received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2015. While completing her degree, Ms. Nguyen volunteered at the Inova Fairfax Hospital Health Sciences Library in Fairfax, VA, providing reference services and expanding the library’s digital repository. As a master’s student, she completed a field study with the National Library of Medicine to create effective search strategies that allow researchers to obtain reliable information on specific topics from PubMed. Ms. Nguyen’s interests and work have always revolved around health and information, beginning with her first job out of college as an information specialist at the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information in Rockville, MD. She also holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Nguyen completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and economics at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, with a year spent abroad in Angers, France.
Tyler Nix received his MSLS degree from the University of Kentucky in 2015. While completing his degree, Mr. Nix worked as a graduate assistant supporting faculty research in the School of Library and Information Science. He also worked as a digital resources technician with the Frontier Nursing University library’s institutional repository in Lexington, KY. As a master’s student, he interned with the National Library of Medicine, developing a user guide template for the TOXMAP database. Before starting graduate studies, Mr. Nix worked in serials processing and claims for the University of Arkansas Mullins Library. He also worked in development research and major gift fundraising for the University of Arkansas Office of Development. Mr. Nix holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.