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NLM Library Operations Announces Two Appointments

Joyce Backus Named Deputy Associate Director, Jeffrey Reznick to Head History of Medicine Division


National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations (LO) Sheldon Kotzin has announced the appointment of Joyce E.B. Backus to serve as NLM deputy associate director for Library Operations and Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD to serve as chief of the History of Medicine Division (HMD). NLM is the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Ms. Backus was most recently deputy chief of the Public Services Division, where she led the effort to develop and release MedlinePlus Connect, linking patient portals and electronic health records to authoritative health information. She has also served as the head of Reference and Web Services, head of the Web Management Team, systems librarian and reference librarian. She has been at the NLM since her 1985/86 Associate Fellowship. During her career, Ms. Backus has received several professional awards including the Thomson Scientific/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award and the Ida and George Eliot Prize from the Medical Library Association, the NIH Merit Award, NIH Director's Award, the Rogers Award from the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, and, most recently, the HHS Innovates award from the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Backus earned her MSLS from the Catholic University of America and her AB in Sociology and English from Duke University.

Dr. Reznick joined the NLM in November 2009, as HMD's deputy chief, following his tenure as director the Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Previously, he was senior curator of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Reznick was executive director and senior research fellow of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund, the official philanthropy of the U.S. orthotics and prosthetics community. From 1999 to 2001, he served as assistant director of Emory University's Institute for Comparative and International Studies (now Institute for Critical International Studies) and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for the Study of Health, Culture, and Society at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Reznick's record of scholarly historical research is as extensive as career in executive administration and interdisciplinary program design, development, implementation, and evaluation. As a social and cultural historian of medicine and war, he is author of two books, as well as numerous scholarly essays and book reviews, articles for the popular press and new media, and entries in major reference works. Dr. Reznick received his MA and PhD from Emory University and his BA from the University of Rochester. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an honorary research fellow in the Center for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, interprets, and presents materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in all time periods and cultures. It provides researchers and the public with access to manuscripts, books, photographs, films and other historical resources. The Division promotes, conducts, and facilitates scholarly research and public education through seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film programs, Web sites, databases, publications, catalogues, and finding guides.

NLM's largest division, Library Operations traces its roots to 1836 - the founding year of NLM - when the Library of the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army was established in Washington, DC. Library Operations hosts access to the physical library and to its online counterpart, creating places where users can discover and gain access to the world's medical literature. It is also home to the Bibliographic Services Division, History of Medicine Division, National Network of Libraries of Medicine and National Network Office, the Public and Technical Services Divisions, and the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR).



 Joyce Backus

Joyce E.B. Backus, NLM Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations





 Jeffrey Reznick

Dr. Jeffrey S. Reznick, Chief, History of Medicine Division