Submitted by Mary Taylor, AHIP, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Juan Armijo is in his last year at the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Studies, a fully online program. He anticipates graduating in May 2015. He originally planned on becoming certified as a school librarian, but is now considering health sciences librarianship, public libraries librarianship, and academic librarianship after taking courses about these specialties. His professional interests include media in public libraries, young adult services, health sciences librarianship, and information literacy for high school students. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and an MA in Political Science and an MA in History from New Mexico State. He has a Ph.D. in Secondary Education from Arizona State. He is a full-time social studies teacher at a high school in his home town of Las Cruces, NM. Juan’s hobbies and interests include sports, reading, and his pets.
New Member: Becky Hines
Becky Hines is an Education Librarian at Des Moines University in Iowa, where she “provides comprehensive research, reference, and instructional services in the fields of medicine and the health sciences for the students, faculty, and staff.”Her professional interests include technology and information literacy. Becky received her MLIS from Louisiana State University. This Connecticut native has undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from Skidmore College. Becky’s hobbies include reading and hiking. She adds, “After a long hiatus outside of academia, it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be back in a medical library again!”
New Member: Don Jason
Don Jason is a Clinical Informationist at the University of Cincinnati’s Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. He serves as a liaison to the university’s College of Medicine and Medical Center. He will be traveling and working with researchers and health care professionals in the field who are affiliated with the University of Cincinnati’s medical programs. Don’s professional interests include software and the intersection between informatics and health. He has a degree in journalism from Ohio University, where he developed a love of computer and video software. He received a MLIS and a Master of Health Informatics from Kent State University. Don was an ALA Spectrum Scholar, an ARL Diversity Scholar (part of the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce), and an ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow. He also spent one year as an Associate Fellow with the US National Library of Medicine. His hobbies and interests include creative writing, and he enjoys writing all kinds of fiction.
Martha Knuth is a Librarian at Western Michigan University (WMU) School of Medicine. She works with students, residents, faculty, and personnel at community clinics. She participates in morning report, teaches evidence-based medicine and citation management classes, and works with the journal club. Martha reports that the library opened in July 2013, and all resources are in digital formats. Her professional interests include statistics, health informatics, and international cooperation and exchange. She belongs to MLA’s International Cooperation Section, and spent some time in South Korea teaching library science. Martha received an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services from WMU, and her MLIS (focusing on health sciences) from the University of Pittsburgh. This Kalamazoo, MI native enjoys reading, music, hiking, and travel.
New Member Rachael Lebo
Rachael Lebo is currently employed as a library assistant with the Siouxland Libraries, at the Main Branch (downtown) in Sioux Falls, SD. She works the circulation, information, and youth services desks in addition to handling special projects. Prior to the library, she worked at Prairie Creek Pet Hospital for almost six years. While there, Rachael ran the lab work, assisted in surgeries, filled prescriptions, and assisted in other patient care. She is also a SLIS student at the University of Kentucky with a specialization in Health Sciences, and anticipates graduating in December of 2015. She is interested in medical informatics and helping doctors and medical students acquire the information they seek. Rachael received a B.S. in English with minors in biology and classical studies (Greek emphasis) from Iowa State University in 2006. When she has free time, she loves to spend it with her husband Todd) and their 17 month-old daughter, Gretchen, and their two cats, Domino and Jenga. In addition to swimming, biking, and walking, Rachael enjoys playing the bassoon in the High Plains Woodwinds, a woodwind ensemble in its 3rd season in Sioux Falls. She is a member of PEO. Her favorite sports teams are: DC United (MLS), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), and the Green Bay Packers (NFL).
Laura Menard is a Health Sciences Librarian embedded in the College of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She is liaison to the Pharmacy and Physician Assistant programs, as well as the Communication Sciences & Disorders and the Science, Technology, & Society programs. In addition to instruction and outreach, she is responsible for collection development. Laura’s professional interests include instruction (she likes the new ACRL Information Literacy Framework) and data management: her school has an institutional repository, and they want to develop its use in order to manage research data. She has an undergraduate degree in English Literature, Spanish, and Ancient Greek from Denison University in Ohio, and received her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This Mukilteo, WA native was active on swim teams during high school and college, and is a Master Swimmer.
Joshua Michael is Information Services Librarian and Health Sciences Liaison at Centennial Library, Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH. He is responsible for promotion of library resources and services and outreach to faculty and students. A native of Xenia, OH, Joshua received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.
Valerie Moore is a librarian with the Saskatoon Health Information Resources Program in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine-affiliated program is unique in Canada because it provides access at no charge to a website with a secure suite of resources to health care practitioners across the entire province. Valerie’s main responsibilities include outreach and marketing. Her professional interests include technology and outreach. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Guelph, and an MLIS from Western University in London, Ontario. Her hobbies include knitting.
Debi Orr is the Librarian for the College of Health Sciences and Professions and is the Learning Resource Center Librarian for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens, OH. She does literature searching for faculty and staff, teaches workshops and one-shot instruction sessions, and does collection development. Debi is a voting member on the university’s Institutional Review Board and a non-voting member of the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. She is involved in the development of distance learning programs for the Heritage College’s extension campuses at the Cleveland Clinic and in Dublin, OH. Her interests include research about medicine and policy. Debi is the President-Elect of the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association. This Johnstown, OH native has a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Ohio State University, and an MLIS from Kent State. She also has a MA in Social Sciences from Ohio University. Debi’s hobbies include running, bicycling, and flower gardening.
Mary Beth Reidner is a retired academic librarian who is currently a volunteer at the Gail Borden Public Library District in the Elgin, IL area. She is part of a team of librarians “seeking to reconnect people with dementia to books and reading via library programming.” Mary Beth states, “I retired in 2008 from my position as University Librarian for Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL to care for my husband who was diagnosed with a young-onset dementia. In retirement, I developed a series of 24 programs centered on books and reading called Tales & Travel that was successfully implemented with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As a volunteer for the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL, I am currently helping to replicate the Tales & Travel program at several memory care facilities in the Elgin area. I am also the chair of the newly created ASCLA [Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies] Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias.” Mary Beth received both her undergraduate degree in history and her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Her professional interests include consumer health and programming for both persons diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers.
Gabriel Rios is Director of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He is responsible for strategic planning and staff supervision. Since recently moving from his position as Deputy Director and Associate Professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Library of the Health Sciences, he and his staff have been reviewing work processes and experimenting with different approaches for services, including distance services for the nine campuses affiliated with the IU School of Medicine. He has just finished a term on the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association. He is a member of the Biomedical and Library and Informatics Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine. Gabriel has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently teaching spin classes at the YMCA in Indianapolis.
Chad Statler is a Reference Assistant at the Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center. He will receive his MLIS from Kent State in December 2014. Chad’s professional interests include public health, consumer health, and rare books. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. This South Euclid, OH native enjoys exercising, bike riding, and cooking.