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NLM Announces Future Plans of 2015-2016 Associate Fellows

August 17, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2015-2016 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. This group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2016, with all three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) in libraries in Maryland, New York, and Michigan.  

Becky Baltich Nelson

Becky Baltich Nelson will spend the second year of the Associate Fellowship Program at the Samuel J. Wood Library at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

During her year at NLM, Ms. Baltich Nelson worked with the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology to develop a process for capturing copyright metadata for standardized instruments in the NIH Common Data Element (CDE) Repository. She also worked on assessing NLM's level of conformance with the NISO Open Discovery Initiative.

Ms. Baltich Nelson received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2015. While completing her degree, she interned with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland-Baltimore and the National Library of Medicine.

Ms. Baltich Nelson earned an MS in college counseling and student development from St. Cloud State University and a BS in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.


Loan Nguyen

Loan Nguyen will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in Bethesda, MD.

During her year at NLM, Ms. Nguyen had the opportunity to work on the MedlinePlus Connect project to expand the list of users, conduct user interviews, and perform a qualitative study of user needs. She also worked with the Director of Extramural Programs using bibliometric and altmetric tools to analyze NLM research grants.

Ms. Nguyen received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2015. While completing her degree, Ms. Nguyen interned at the Inova Fairfax Health Sciences Library and the National Library of Medicine. Prior to the fellowship program, Ms. Nguyen worked as a physical therapist in an acute care hospital.

Ms. Nguyen holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis.


Lori E. Harris

Tyler Nix will spend his second year as an NLM Associate Fellow at the University of Michigan's Taubman Health Sciences Library.

While at NLM, Mr. Nix worked with the History of Medicine Division and NCBI to mine and visualize a subset of the PubMed Central corpus. He also worked with the MEDLARS Management Section to analyze the Unified Medical Language System 2015 annual report, and to identify alternative uses of the NLM Value Set Authority Center.

Mr. Nix received his MSLS from the University of Kentucky School of Information Science. While completing his degree, Mr. Nix worked as a graduate assistant supporting faculty research in the School of Information Science. He also worked as a digital resources technician with the Frontier Nursing University Library in Lexington, Kentucky, and interned with the National Library of Medicine. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Nix worked in serials processing and claims for the University of Arkansas Mullins Library. He also worked in development research and major gift fundraising for the University of Arkansas Office of Development.

Mr. Nix holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


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Last Reviewed: August 17, 2016