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Dianne Babski Selected as Acting Associate Director, Division of Library Operations, National Library of Medicine

March 9, 2020

Diane Babski

National Library of Medicine Director, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has named Dianne Babski as Acting Associate Director, Division of Library Operations (LO) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) effective March 1, 2020.

As Acting Associate Director of LO, Ms. Babski is responsible for the budget, facilities, administration, and overall management of one of NLM’s largest divisions. She is responsible for more than 450 staff who provide health information services to a global audience of health care professionals, researchers, administrators, students, historians, patients, and the public. In her acting role, Ms. Babski oversees a national network of over 8,000 academic health science libraries, hospital and public libraries, and community organizations to improve access to health information. Ms. Babski will also serve as the Scientific Review Administrator to the federal advisory committee recommending journals for MEDLINE (Literature Selection Technical Review Committee) and will represent NLM to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the Association of Research Libraries. 

Ms. Babski has served as the Deputy Associate Director for LO since April 2013. As Deputy, she led the inaugural year for the Data Science @NLM Training Program for NLM staff, served as acting head of the Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and Acting Head of the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology.

“Ms. Babski brings an incredible depth of experience to this role” said NLM Director, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “With over a decade of service to the NLM, Ms. Babski has expertise in almost every area of Library Operations, is overseeing a major renovation of the Library’s historic Building 38, and is a visionary and highly respected administrator.”

Prior to joining NLM in 2005, Ms. Babski worked in the Scientific Review Program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, developing peer review tools and database resources. She also worked on the NASA SPACELINE data project that supplied space life sciences citations and indexing to MEDLINE. She has a BS in Biology and Biochemistry and MIM from the University of Maryland, College Park.



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Last Reviewed: March 9, 2020