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Future Plans of the 2010-2011 NLM Associates Fellows


The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library (, in Bethesda, Maryland, is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2010-2011 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 2011.


Julie Adamo 

Julie Adamo will spend the second year of her fellowship at the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University, along with devoting a portion of her time to working with the Exhibitions Program in the History of Medicine Division at NLM. 

Ms. Adamo received her MSLS in 2010 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While working on her MSLS, Ms. Adamo worked as a Research Assistant for a research funding library at UNC, and as a Knowledge Services Assistant for Ipas; a non-profit, international women's health research organization. She also completed internships in the Instruction and Outreach department of Duke University's library system, at the Health Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, and at the Duke University Medical Center Archives. 

Prior to attending library school, Ms. Adamo worked as an Indexer and Associate Editor for the Alternative Press Index, and had previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She has a BA in English Literature.

During her fellowship year at NLM, she worked on an outreach project focused on health-related blogs, contributed to data analysis for the U.S. National Resource Description and Access (RDA) Test, and conducted interviews throughout the History of Medicine Division to assist in establishing a collective vision and a series of use cases for curated websites.


Kristen Burgess 

Kristen Burgess will soon be starting the second year of her fellowship at the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library at the University of Cincinnati.

Ms. Burgess received her MSLS with a specialization in Health Informatics from the University of North Texas in 2010. She received her BA in International Studies from Emory University during which time she studied in France and interned at a primary school and health clinic in Uganda. While completing her MLS, Ms. Burgess worked as the Senior Administrator at KDH Research & Communication, a public health and public policy research institution. During this time she interned with the MetaArchive Cooperative and the Morehouse School of Medicine Library in Atlanta, Georgia.  She also volunteered in the Family Library and the Inman Medical Library at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Ms. Burgess worked on several projects during her first year at the National Library of Medicine, including data analysis from the US National Resource Description and Access (RDA) Test, research and planning recommendations for clinical coding system changes expected for MedlinePlus Connect, an environmental scan of patient health resources used in electronic health records, and tracking of legislation.


Kristen Greenland 

Kristen Greenland will be spending her second year of the fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.  She is interested in outreach to the basic science research community and in promoting scholarly communication issues.

Dr. Greenland received her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2010.  She received a PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Washington in 2008, and a BA from Carleton College in 2001 with a major in Biology.  During her time in the MLIS program, she worked as a research scientist in the biochemistry department where she studied cell division regulation in yeast.  Dr. Greenland completed an internship at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library.  She also participated in a study abroad program to the Netherlands in the summer of 2009, where she helped with a research project on innovation in Dutch libraries.

Dr. Greenland's projects while at NLM include researching the impact of MEDLINE selection on journal price, tagging item records as part of the Medical Heritage Library digitization project, and analyzing the feasibility of automatically indexing comment articles.


Stephen Kiyoi 

Stephen Kiyoi will complete the second year of the NLM Associate fellowship at UCLA's Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. 

Mr. Kiyoi received his MLIS from UCLA with a focus on Medical Informatics in 2010.  While pursing his degree, he worked as a Public Service Assistant at UCLA's Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library and as a student assistant to Christine Borgman, Presidential Chair of the Information Studies department. He also interned at the Norris Medical Library at the University of Southern California. Mr. Kiyoi is a recipient of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona's student scholarship of 2010. Mr. Kiyoi received his Bachelor's degree from the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in English Literature.

His projects at NLM include the creation of a mobile version of DailyMed,  NLM's drug label website, the creation of a report to convey the value of NLM services and resources to a legislative audience, and research into the health information needs of the social work community. 


Salima M'seffar 

Salima M'seffar will return to her previous position in the National Institute of Hygiene, Morocco, where she is the Head of the library in September 2011.  In the future, she would like to pursue a degree in Global Health.

Ms. M'seffar received her BA in June 2004 from L'Ecole des Sciences de l'Information in Morocco with honors, and her certificate in Spanish in 2008. She joined the National Institute of Hygiene (Rabat, Morocco) in November 2004. She reopened and reorganized the library after 14 years of closure, giving the collection a new age and wider access. Being the only librarian in her institution, she provided reference assistance, managed new acquisitions and circulation. During her six years in the National Institute of Hygiene Ms. M'seffar was in charge of searching online databases in English, Spanish and French. Since the National Institute of Hygiene started working on its transition to becoming the National Public Health Agency, Ms M'seffar has supported its decision making through online searching and survey, and supporting ISO quality certification in Laboratories.

Ms. M'seffar has spent the past year at the National Library of Medicine, working on projects related to developing a digital library for the National Institute of Hygiene (Morocco), adding Arabic scripts to Voyager catalog and translating the Old Medline articles' titles from French to English.


 Caitlin Sticco

Caitlin Sticco will continue the second year of her fellowship at the National Library of Medicine, under the auspices of the Bibliographic Services Division.

Ms. Sticco received her MLS in 2009, and a Specialist Certificate in Library and Information Studies in 2010, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She received her BS in Biomedical Science from Antioch College, and worked as a technician in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Chicago. While completing her graduate education, Ms. Sticco worked for the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources as assistant special librarian and the UW Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation as a bioimaging informatics research assistant.

During the first year of her fellowship, Ms. Sticco analyzed error submissions to SNOMED CT and led the development of a prototype tool for partially automating gene indexing, the Gene Indexing Assistant. In her second year, she will expand her work improving the efficiency of gene indexing through automation and workflow revision.