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NLM Announces 2019-2020 Associate Fellows

May 21, 2019

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest biomedical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce our 2019-2020 class of Associate Fellows.

Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, said about the incoming Associate Fellows, “We’re excited to welcome the 2019-2020 Associate Fellows who arrive at a critical time for NLM.  As we begin to implement the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, we’re investing in data science research and in data-driven decisions that shape our products and services with a common technical platform and outreach programs that meet our users where they are. We look forward to having these 2019-2020 Associate Fellows contribute to shaping our future, even as they shape their own. “

The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. 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.

More information on the Associate Fellowship Program is available at:

Brenna Cox

Brenna Cox received her MLIS from the University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, in June 2019. While completing her degree, Brenna worked for the University of Denver Libraries in both the Reference & Instruction and the Design & Discovery departments providing reference services to students and assisting with website usability projects, respectively. Cox completed her culminating internship with the nonprofit Realm of Caring in Colorado Springs, where she collaborated on the construction of a new research library web page. Additionally, she worked at the Red Rocks Community College Library providing information literacy instruction. She holds a BA in Sociology and Economics from Drake University.


Sharon Han

Sharon Han received her MSLIS degree in Spring 2019 from the iSchool at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Han uses she/her/hers pronouns. At Illinois, Han worked as a graduate assistant at the Funk Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Library providing reference services, developing social media campaigns, and editing LibGuides and other instructional materials. She was also a Community Educator at the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, a university-affiliated makerspace, where she facilitated making activities for K-8 students and educators, as well as lead a user experience working group. Her time at the iSchool included being a research assistant for Young Researchers, an IMLS grant-funded project focused on developing camps to connect teens to the original research process in public libraries. Han holds a BA in Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.


Eden Kinzel

Eden Kinzel received her MLIS degree from Western University in 2019. While completing her degree, Kinzel worked at Western Archives, preparing comprehensive listings of fonds’ materials and arranging fonds for appraisal. While achieving her degree, Kinzel completed an internship at Western Archives where she preserved, arranged, and described the records of a world-renowned neurosurgeon. Additionally, Kinzel fulfilled an internship at the Bracken Health Sciences Library at Queen’s University where she delivered library orientation sessions to first year medical residents, led research consultations with graduate students, and responded to reference questions from students, faculty, and physicians. She holds a BSc majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Guelph.


Louise To

Louise To received her MLISc and MEd in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2018. While completing her degrees, To interned at the Hawai‘i Pacific Health medical library where she provided reference and instructional services to the researchers, physicians, and health professionals within the hospital network. At Hawai‘i Pacific Health, she also conducted research on the impact of resource awareness in evidence based practice. Outside of health sciences, Louise has curated digital collections on Asian Pacific American communities for the Smithsonian Libraries and served as a school librarian for ‘Iolani School. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.



The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a leader in research in biomedical informatics and data science and the world’s largest biomedical library. NLM conducts and supports research in methods for recording, storing, retrieving, preserving, and communicating health information. NLM creates resources and tools that are used billions of times each year by millions of people to access and analyze molecular biology, biotechnology, toxicology, environmental health, and health services information. Additional information is available at

Last Reviewed: May 21, 2019