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“Rock Star” Medical Librarians, Part 2

This week, we’re posting pictures and profiles of medical librarians. It’s in response to a recent blog post by the Director of the National Library of Medicine Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, who wrote, “I’m all for the ‘rock star’ librarian idea.” We are, too. So, please check back every day this week. Tomorrow, we’re featuring…

Headshots of six women and one man

“Rock Star” Medical Librarians, Part 1

In a recent blog post, Director of the National Library of Medicine Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan wrote, “I’m all for the ‘rock star’ librarian idea.” So are we. NLM in Focus reached out to some of the many rock star medical librarians in the field to find out about their current gigs, how they’re shattering…

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NLM’s Sandy Triolo Sprints into the Record Books

Here at NLM, we like to think of our staff as quick—as in intelligent, bright, clever, and sharp-witted. But one member of our staff recently proved on the world stage—or shall we say world track—that she’s also quick footed. Sandy Lee Triolo just returned from competing in the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships in Daegu,…

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Every Reference Librarian Has at Least One

Every reference librarian has at least one—the question that makes you scratch your head in bewilderment or even literally laugh out loud. Public libraries are magnets for the odd and unusual questions, but the National Library of Medicine gets them, too. Mixed in with the questions you might expect—the cost of developing new medications, the…

Wanda Whitney in front of NLM's circulation desk

Wanda Whitney—Librarian and Parent

This story is a part of our weeklong series on reference librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Tomorrow we’ll tell you about some of the more unusual requests that NLM reference librarians have received. Wanda Whitney, PhD, was desperate. “My baby was having seizures and I didn’t know why. I went online and read forums…