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NLM Library Operations Division Announces Two Appointments: John Kilbourne and Dianne Babski

National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations (LO) Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Dr. John Kilbourne as the head of the Medical Subject Headings Section (MeSH) and Dianne Babski as the deputy associate director for Library Operations.

John KilbourneDr. John Kilbourne began as the head of the Medical Subject Headings Section (MeSH), Library Operations, on March 25, 2013. Dr. Kilbourne has been a Medical Officer in MeSH Section since 2005, serving as the lead on RxNorm, NLM's resource providing normalized names for clinical drugs using drug vocabularies commonly found in pharmacy management and drug interaction software. As the RxNorm lead, Dr. Kilbourne established key relationships with industry and improved RxNorm data structures and data content to better serve users' needs. Additionally, he worked closely with other Federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Veterans Administration (VA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to facilitate NLM's role of providing drug information for use in electronic health records. Having also worked at the American College of Pathologists, Dr. Kilbourne is knowledgeable in evaluation of emerging clinical data standards. Dr. Kilbourne completed his residency and Board Certification in Family Practice and holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago.

Dianne BabskiDianne Babski began serving as the deputy associate director for Library Operations on April 22, 2013. Head of the MEDLARS Management Section (MMS) in the Bibliographic Services Division in LO since 2008, Ms. Babski first joined the MMS as a librarian in 2005. In her role as head of MMS, she led NLM's 2011 "Show off Your Apps" challenge which successfully showcased five winning software applications that successfully used NLM data. She also chaired the NLM API committee, resulting in improved coordination and communication of these key tools for external developers. Ms. Babski co-chaired the Library Operations strategic planning group on the Workforce of the Future which recommended many effective ways to better recruit and engage the LO staff in their professional development. She has also worked in positions for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NASA, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Walter Reed Army Institute. In these previous positions, Ms. Babski developed expertise in NIH peer review, workflow tracking systems and bibliographic databases. She holds a master's in information management and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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