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NLM Announces Future Plans of 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2014-2015 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 2015, with one taking a position as a contractor at the National Library of Medicine, and three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship program in libraries in California, Oregon, and Ohio.

Ariel Deardorff

Ariel Deardorff will spend her second year as an NLM Associate Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

As an Associate Fellow, Ms. Deardorff worked on an assessment of NLM-funded Informationist Supplement Grants in order to measure the value and impact of the informationists’ participation on research teams. Ms. Deardorff also led an initiative that brought together researchers and reference librarians to build a corpus of consumer health questions as part of the development of a tool to automatically answer reference questions. Finally, Ms. Deardorff collaborated with librarians at the NIH Library to develop a data visualization service for the NIH community.

Before coming to NLM, Ms. Deardorff received her MLIS from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. While at UBC, she worked at the Faculty of Medicine, Education Library, Office of Library Assessment, and British Columbia Children’s Hospital Library.

Ms. Deardorff has an undergraduate degree in international studies from the University of Washington.

Kristina Elliott

Kristina Elliott accepted a contractor position with NCBI, a division of NLM. She will be an associate information specialist for

Throughout her Fellowship year, Ms. Elliott has worked with on projects including examining clinical trial registration journal policies and categorizing NIH-sponsored individual participant data sharing systems. She also worked with the Assistant Director for Policy Development to review and analyze public comments on proposed regulations for clinical trial registration and results submission.

Ms. Elliott received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2014. While completing her degree, Ms. Elliott worked as a graduate assistant in the College of Information Studies and interned with the NOAA Central Library and the National Library of Medicine. Before beginning her master’s program, Ms. Elliott worked for a software company.

Ms. Elliott earned her BA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Lori E. Harris

Lori E. Harris is looking forward to spending her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati’s Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library.

During her year at NLM, Ms. Harris has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects which included: assessing the quality of automatically generated responses to consumers’ requests by evaluating a consumer request classifier (CRC); conducting an environmental scan and evaluation of the effectiveness of a third party repository as it relates to assessing the digital preservation needs of NLM: and working closely with the NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development in the Office of the Director to monitor and develop issues relating to NLM’s legislative mission.

Ms. Harris received her MSLS degree in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. While completing her degree, Ms. Harris worked as a project archivist at the Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Ms. Harris worked as a archive and digital intern at the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts conducting research related to health disparity issues among specific populations.

Ms. Harris completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, earning a degree in American studies and two certificates in archival studies and museum studies.

Lori E. Harris

Erin Foster will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR.

While at NLM, Ms. Foster worked on several projects including exploring use of common data elements in NIH-funded research, conducting data analysis of the US SNOMED CT Content Request System, developing a nursing terminology resource web page, and examining health services research projects to determine research outcomes.

Ms. Foster received her MSLS degree in 2014 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While completing her degree, Ms. Foster worked as a graduate research assistant at UNC Chapel Hill's Health Sciences Library. Prior to graduate studies, Ms. Foster worked as a library assistant and data manager at an aerospace and defense company.

Ms. Foster completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she double majored in literature and feminist studies.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. NLM is the world's largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals and the public around the world use NLM services every day.