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NLM’s Jerry Sheehan Receives CENDI Meritorious Service Award

Jerry Sheehan

Jerry Sheehan

Jerry Sheehan, Assistant Director for Policy Development, National Library of Medicine, has been honored by CENDI, the federal Scientific and Technical Information Managers Group. The 2013 CENDI Meritorious Service Award was presented at the CENDI meeting on January 9, 2014, at the National Technical Information Service in Alexandria, Virginia.

CENDI is an interagency consortium of senior STI managers from 14 US federal agencies that represent over 97% of the federal research and development budget. The CENDI Secretariat is headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and managed by Information International Associates, Inc. CENDI's Meritorious Service Award recognizes an individual(s) or team that makes "a noteworthy contribution to CENDI and to federal interagency cooperation through its events, publications, administration, or outreach."

CENDI recognized its deputy chair, Jerry Sheehan, for his significant contributions to its information policy programs and discussions over several years. His service includes being a CENDI alternate and then principal, deputy chair of CENDI and chair of the CENDI Policy Working Group.  He was a key contributor to development of white papers presented to the Obama Administration on scientific and technical information (STI) issues, and to the CENDI Grand Challenge document, iScience to Jobs, in 2012. Sheehan's support of CENDI has significantly increased the CENDI focus on data and promoted closer CENDI interactions with the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy on open/public access issues. At a time when CENDI agencies are grappling with big data and open science, his contributions that have helped to expand CENDI's attention to a range of scientific information policy issues.

Mr. Sheehan came to NLM in 2006 from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he had served as Principal Administrator and Senior Economist since 2000. He holds BS (electrical engineering) and MS (technology and policy) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Sheehan held positions as Senior Program Officer, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council, and in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest library of the health sciences and a component of the National Institutes of Health. NLM collects, organizes and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals and the public.