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Member Spotlight: Tim Kenny

Posted by on March 11th, 2022 Posted in: Communities of Interest
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photo of Tim KennyIf you had 25 hours in a day, what would you do with the extra hour?

Probably tell myself I am going to exercise, but then gradually rationalize my way out of it over the course of the hour.  Assuming I scrap the exercise idea, I would probably use it to practice guitar or try to advance my very novice woodworking skills.

Tell us about your position/institution.

I work as a medical librarian at Maine Medical Center in beautiful Portland, ME.  The medical center is part of the larger MaineHealth organization.  I work with a great team in the library.  We all get to do a bit of everything which keeps things interesting and engaging.  Everything from literature searches and interlibrary loan to instruction and troubleshooting EndNote along with any other special projects that may be in progress.

What special projects are you working on?

I have a few projects in the works including delving into our Digital Commons repository, completing a self-paced course in medical writing in line with plans to expand support of that nature, and a telehealth support related project still in the early stages.

What National Library of Medicine resource is the most useful to your work, and why?

I am in PubMed pretty much every day, even days I am not at work.  It is immensely valuable both in my professional capacity as well as for personal information & research.

What is the coolest thing about your library/organization/county/state?

Our library is quite well in-tune with larger institution…credit to our director and team here.  I love Portland and Maine.  I am new to the area as of February 2021.  Portland has such a unique feeling to it.  It is a city, but also feels like a college town.  Extremely walkable, bike-able, with a great food scene and truly unique independent businesses.  It is such a change from my last location.  I’ve told people it feels like I moved to a different country.  Parts of the city have almost a European feeling.  Maine overall is a beautiful state and I still can’t believe I can be at the coast in less the five minutes and in the mountains in an hour or two.

Speaking of PubMed…

If you are new to PubMed or looking for a refresher, please consider signing up for How PubMed Works. This is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx.

The individual classes are:

  1. How PubMed Works: Introduction
  2. How PubMed Works: Selection
  3. How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  4. How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)

Register for each class separately.
Each class is eligible for 1.5 MLA CE credits.

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