Future Plans of the 2008-2009 NLM Associate Fellows
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library (www.nlm.nih.gov), in Bethesda, Maryland, is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2008-2009 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive 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 health services research. In fact, many leaders in those fields, in the US and Canada, point to the Associate Fellowship Program as their career "launch pad." This talented and diverse group will end its first year at NLM in August 2009.
Kathleen Amos will soon be starting the second year of her fellowship at the University of Utah, where she is looking forward to pursuing opportunities within the health sciences library and the informatics department. In the future, she would like to pursue graduate education in public health.
She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May 2008 and has a BA in sociology and social anthropology from the same university. Amos has previous experience working as a cataloguing student assistant in the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary's University, as a practicum student in the IWK Health Centre's libraries for health professionals and for patients, and as a patient database volunteer in the Maritime Medical Genetics Service. Amos has also worked as a graduate research assistant in Dalhousie's School of Information Management where she was involved in an historical GIS user study and a blogosphere mapping project.
Amos has spent the past year at the National Library of Medicine, working on projects related to retracted publications in MEDLINE, environmental health mapping systems, citation analysis for assessing research grant impact, patient safety event reporting, and OLDMEDLINE.
Amy Donahue will be spending the second year of her fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She is honored that she will be the first Fellow hosted at that University.
She received her MLIS in 2007 from the University of Washington (UW), where she concentrated on coursework in information organization. She has worked as a content indexer for MSN Shopping, a processing assistant for the UW Henry M. Jackson Archive, and as a library intern for the biotechnology company, Amgen. Her first library job was at the circulation desk at Bucknell University's Bertrand Library in 2002 during her first college summer break, and she hasn't stopped with library-related work since.
Donahue has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and Russian language and literature from Grinnell College. She has been an active member of the Special Libraries Association since 2006, and feels that it fits her liberal arts personality well. She also joined the Medical Library Association recently and is looking forward to taking advantage of opportunities there.
Donahue worked on several projects while at the National Library of Medicine. They included an environmental scan on next-generation discovery interfaces, a citation analysis on the translation of NIH-funded research into clinical applications, and a study on the preservation status of MEDLINE journals that have moved from print to electronic-only.
Paula Maez will be spending her second year as a Fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
She received her MLS in May 2008 from the University of Arizona and also holds a BS in speech and hearing sciences and a BA in education from the same university. While in graduate school, Maez a was a Knowledge River Scholar and received specialized education that "fosters understanding of library information issues from the perspectives of Hispanic and Native Americans and advocates for culturally sensitive library and information services to these communities." She is interested in using her education and background to serve as a leader in overcoming health disparities among underserved populations.
During her fellowship at NLM, Maez focused on developing her outreach skills and has worked with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network and the Specialized Information Services of NLM on exhibiting, as well as teaching NLM resources to local high school students and students from the NIH Youth Initiative. She also worked with the Bibliographic Services Division developing a suite of ClinicalTrials.gov Quick Tour learning packages and with Specialized Information Services enhancing the circumpolar health topics section for the Arctic Health Web site.
Patrick McLaughlin has been hired by the National Library of Medicine. He will become a member of the MEDLARS Management Section in the Bibliographic Services Division following his tenure as an Associate Fellow.
He came to the Associate Fellowship Program from the University of South Carolina, where he received his Master of Library and Information Science degree in May of 2008. In addition to his coursework at USC, McLaughlin completed internships at the Rodale Library and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Library and Information Center. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston, SC.
McLaughlin earned his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University in December of 2002. During his time as an undergraduate, he had some unique work experiences, including jobs as a research assistant in a genomics center, a veterinary assistant on a monkey farm, and a shoe salesman in a mall.
His projects at NLM include the creation of a Web site for the international Associate Fellows, the development of an application and toolkit for the Community Day project for NNO, the conversion of UMLS user documentation to the NCBI Bookshelf, and the optimization of the MedlinePlus and NLM Main Site search engines.