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Joyce Backus Named NLM Associate Director for Library Operations

Joyce Backus National Library of Medicine Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg has announced that, effective December 16, 2012, Joyce Backus will become the NLM Associate Director for Library Operations and a member of the Senior Executive Service. NLM is the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Ms. Backus began her NLM service in 1985, as a member of the 1985-1986 class of Associate Fellows. Since then, she has served in a number of key positions of increasing importance and responsibility, culminating most recently with her appointment as the Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations in June 2011. "With every new challenge, she has demonstrated extraordinary qualities of leadership, analytical ability and management skill that have contributed immeasurably to the successes of NLM and Library Operations," Dr. Lindberg noted.

Among many other achievements, Ms. Backus was a key player in the development of the Library's primary consumer health Web site, MedlinePlus. She also led the creation and implementation of MedlinePlus Connect, the free service that allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record systems to MedlinePlus. In her past NLM positions, Ms. Backus has represented NLM and NIH in many contexts and in collaborations with other federal agencies, libraries and professional associations.

Joyce Backus holds a Master's of Science degree in library science from Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and English from Duke University.