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Biographical Sketch, Betsy L. Humphreys, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine

Betsy Humphreys

Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
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Betsy L. Humphreys, Deputy Director,
National Library of Medicine

Betsy L. Humphreys is Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). As Deputy Director, she shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. In addition, the Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Library, and in the absence of the Director, assumes full responsibility for all functions performed by the National Library of Medicine. Ms. Humphreys also coordinates the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced retrieval and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources, and NLM's activities related to health data standards. She contributes to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting.

Ms. Humphreys received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association.  She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association's highest honor, the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics and the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service, conferred by the President of the United States.  Ms. Humphreys presents and publishes widely. A selected bibliography is available.