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Future Plans of 2013-2014 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2013-2014 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 ended the first year of the fellowship in August 2014, with two taking positions at health sciences libraries, and three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship program in libraries in Maryland and Arizona.

Don Jason

Don Jason was appointed to the position of Clinical Informationist and Associate Professor at the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library at the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Jason has spent the past year at NLM working on projects that encompass a wide-array of disciplines. These project areas include: web metrics and analytics, assessment of outreach initiatives, identification and evaluation of core competencies for librarians as well as video production.

Mr. Jason received his MLIS and MS in Information Architecture Knowledge Management (with an emphasis in Health Informatics) from Kent State University in 2013. While completing his degrees, Mr. Jason worked as a library student assistant in the Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) where he specialized in reference, circulation and community outreach. He also worked as a graduate assistant in the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED.

Mr. Jason received his BS in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Kate Masterton

Kate Masterton accepted an NLM Pathways position at the conclusion of her year as an NLM Associate Fellow. Ms. Masterton has joined the Health Information Products Unit within Reference and Web Services, Public Services Division.

In the past year as an NLM Associate Fellow, Ms. Masterton worked on developing a web page for SciENcv, testing and developing automated customer support responses, and analyzing uses of MeSH in informatics research.

Ms. Masterton received her MLIS from Drexel University in 2013. While obtaining her master's, she worked as a Library Services Assistant at the Drexel University Hahnemann Health Sciences Library providing support in access services, reference, and interlibrary loan. Ms. Masterton also served with Americorps VISTA, and worked and volunteered in academic, public, and state libraries.

Ms. Masterton has a B.A. in English from Hope College in Holland, MI.

Christian Minter

Christian Minter will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She will be involved with informationist services to students, faculty, and staff.

While at NLM, during the first year of the Fellowship, Ms. Minter worked on several projects including developing files for the MedlinePlus Connect service to map dietary supplement information to RxNorm medical codes, creating a video tutorial for Semantic MEDLINE, and leading a user-centered redesign of the Associate Fellowship Program website.

Ms. Minter received her MS in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 2013. While pursuing her degree, she worked for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in Maryland, providing reference, instruction, and community outreach services. She also completed a practicum at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and interned with the National Resource Center on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Landover, MD.

Ms. Minter received her BA in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College in Lanham, MD.

Nicole Pettenati

Nicole Pettenati will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

While at NLM, during the first year of the Fellowship, Ms. Pettenati worked on several projects including strategic planning and development of the NLM History of Medicine Division’s presence on Pinterest, tracking legislation of interest to NLM and other stakeholders, and developing a strategy for management of internal video files.

Ms. Pettenati received her Master of Science in Library Science from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. While pursuing her degree, she worked for the UNC Health Sciences Library as the NC Health Info Research Assistant, coordinating volunteer editors’ contributions to the consumer health website. She also interned at NPR’s music library in Washington, DC and worked as the Youth Services Humanities Coordinator for the Durham County Library, where she promoted literacy and science education in afterschool programs for teens and elementary students.

Ms. Pettenati received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and English from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

While at NLM, during her first year of the NLM Associate Fellowship, Ms. Thompson worked on several projects, including de-identifying personally identifiable information (PII) from MEDLINE records, investigating the users and uses of the RxNorm API, and researching the use of structured abstracts for improved Medical Text Indexer (MTI) performance.

Ms. Thompson received her MS in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School of Library Science, at Long Island University. While completing her graduate degree, Ms. Thompson worked at the NYU Health Sciences Library and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center library providing document delivery, circulation, and reference support. Ms. Thompson’s more recent work as the inaugural NYU Health Sciences Librarian Fellow involved her in the development of the NYU liaison program as a member of the NYU Health Sciences Libraries’ division of Research, Education, and Clinical Support.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Thompson worked as a library student assistant at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Biomedical Library where she first gained exposure to and interest in health sciences librarianship. Ms. Thompson received her BA in Literature from UCSD.