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National Library of Medicine Announces 2012-2013 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2012-2013 class of Associate Fellows. Four fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2012.

The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library.

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Diana Almader-Douglas

Diana Almader-Douglas received her MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2011. Ms. Almader-Douglas was awarded a Knowledge River Scholarship, which focuses on educating information professionals on issues pertaining to Latino and Native American populations.

While completing her degree, she was employed as a Graduate Assistant at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, where she provided document delivery and reference services. During her program, she also worked as a student affiliate at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System's medical library, where she provided reference services and assisted with collection development projects.  Ms. Almader-Douglas earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University in 1998. As a licensed professional counselor, she assisted state-funded behavioral health recipients throughout her career. Ms. Almader-Douglas' undergraduate degree is from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, where she majored in psychology.

Karen Gutzman

Karen Gutzman received her MS degree in Library Science in 2012 from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Health Informatics. While completing her degree she worked as a research assistant with the National Children's Study, which is the largest study of children's health in the U.S. She was a recipient of the Medical Library Association scholarship and she completed an internship with the University of Houston's digital library. Her background includes teaching biology and English in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia and receiving a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  Ms. Gutzman received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University.

RoseMary Hedberg

RoseMary Hedberg received her MLIS degree in 2012 from the School of Information at the University of South Florida, Tampa. While completing her degree, she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the All Children's Hospital Medical Library and volunteered as an intern at the Moffitt Research Center Biomedical Library. She served as the Student Chapter President for the American Society for Information Science and Technology and was selected as the school's representative for the 2012 American Library Association Student to Staff program.  Prior to completing her graduate studies, she worked at a sleep diagnostic and research center as a patient quality assurance coordinator. Ms. Hedberg received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.

Kevin Read

Kevin Read received his MLIS and MAS from the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada. While completing his degrees, Mr. Read worked as a student librarian at the Biomedical Branch and Science and Engineering Branch Libraries performing reference and instructional services.

Mr. Read's most recent work has been collaborating with the pediatric palliative network PedPalNET at the British Columbia Children's and Women's Health Centre building a strategy to provide health information to patients' families, and working with the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Library as a consultant to improve their Finding Medical Evidence training workshops. He has also worked with the Canadian National Aboriginal Health Organization and the UBC Centre for Healthcare Management to help improve their understanding and use of social media tools to promote health information services. Mr. Read received his BA with honors in Islamic art and architecture from the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada.