It is my pleasure to serve as the new President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association for 2019. I have some big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of those who served before me, and hope I live up to their examples. See you all at the Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA and SWHSL 2019 Annual Meeting!
I have a B.A. from Wayne State University and an M.A.L.S. degree from the University of Michigan. I served as a reference librarian at the UM Kellogg Eye Center and, in addition, during my tenure there served as a reference librarian on the journal Ophthalmology which is the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. After leaving the position at the Center and the journal, I joined UM’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, where I am the Informationist to the Departments of Human Genetics, Psychiatry, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, the UM Medical School Office of Research, and the Office of Research & Special Projects. I am a member of the UM Grant Proposal Administrator Committee and the Medical School Grant Proposal Editors / Writers Group. I provide support to NIH Grantees in complying with all aspects of the NIH Public Access Policy. I am Past Chair of the Research Section of the Medical Library Association, Current Member of the Continuing Education Committee of the Medical Library Association, Past President of the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association, Past President of the Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, and President-elect of the Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group.
For more information about Merle, go to her ORCID page: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4422-5490