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Biographical Sketch, Martha Fishel

Martha Fishel

Chief, Public Services Division

National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bldg. 38, Rm. 1S33
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda MD 20894


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Martha Fishel is Chief of the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine, the Division that is responsible for directing programs and services which provide access to the collections, centralized reference and customer service support, and preservation and collection management.

Ms. Fishel has been at the National Library of Medicine since 1976, starting as an acquisitions librarian in the Serial Records Section. She was involved in the early development of the DOCLINE and SERHOLD systems from their inception in the early 1980s. She worked with the Grateful Med development team in 1990s to formulate the document delivery portion of that program called Loansome Doc. For the past 15 years, she was responsible for the Public Services Division budget, contracts, and oversight of document delivery activities. Most recently she is the LO lead on the PubMed Central back issue scanning project, responsible for managing the contracts and LO staff working on this important archive of full-text biomedical journals. Prior to coming to NLM, she worked at the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals Law Library in Arlington, Virginia.

Ms. Fishel received a B.A. in English and Sociology from the American University in Washington D.C. and a M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the Medical Library Association and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the MLA.

Recent publications:

Fishel, Martha R., Myers, Carol C. PubMed Central Archive and the Back Issue Scanning Project. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and E-Reserves, April 2006

Kiley, R., Fishel, M., Myers, C. Biochemical Journal – the first 100 years online. The Biochemist Feb 2006 p. 46-48

Arnold, Gretchen Naisawald and Fishel, Martha R. "Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery" in: Information Access and Delivery in Health Sciences Libraries / edited by Carolyn Lipscomb. Volume 3 / Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship. 1996.