Tania Bardyn serves as the NNLM’s director for Region 5. She completed her BA in political studies at Queen’s University and her MLIS at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research interests focus on innovation in health sciences libraries, medical library renovations and new construction, equitable access to health information and cultural barriers; substance use and mental health; and indigenous subject headings. She now has the unique opportunity to blend her commitment to the improving health of the region, passion for equitable access to high quality health information in health, with research.
Tania Bardyn began her medical librarianship career more than 25 years ago as a public services librarian in San Antonio at UT Health San Antonio. From there she went to work at NYU and UCLA. As Associate Dean for the Health Sciences at UW Libraries, she provides strategic vision for the roles of libraries and works with six health sciences schools, nearly 80 degree specialties, to prepare healthcare professionals to serve WWAMI and Washington state, and Region 5 state including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
She has extensive practice experience in leading teams to create mobile apps, data roles for librarians, and community advocacy. She serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries representing over 160 academic health sciences libraries in the US and Canada.
Tania is also the Principal Investigator for HEALWA Health Evidence Library – Washington State. She co-led the team that won the 2021 Association of Academic Medical Colleges (AAMC), Group on Information Resources (GIR) Excellence Award, that collaborated to support COVID-19 researchers using REDCap for timely clinical data use.
Tania enjoys making recycled glass artwork, home baking artisan delights, and growing unusual, exotic, tropical plants like sea beans (legume family). She participates in craft shows and fundraisers taking part in the simple joys of baking, home decorating, and smooth jazz music. Her favorite home décor is Grange Furniture and Valerie Parr Hill Collection. She spends her free time with her husband Todd and son Stefan who plays hockey with the Seattle Junior Hockey Association.