Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Noted & Quoted

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Noted & Quoted

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The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that Karen A. Wetzel will be its first standards program manager. In this role, she will manage the process of standards development, oversee the activities of the technical committees creating standards, and organize outreach and education programs related to those standards.

Prior to this, Wetzel was a distance education librarian at The George Washington University's Gelman Library System. While there, she developed and directed a library services program for the university's distance education community. Previously, she worked with the National Association of Federal Credit Unions as associate director of education and with the Association of Research Libraries where she managed its distance learning initiative.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) announced that Mary L. Ryan is its president-elect.

Currently, Ryan works at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Library in Little Rock. This is her second time serving on the MLA board of directors, having previously been Section Council chair. She is a member of MLA's Scholarly Publishing Task Force, the Joint MLA/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Legislative Task Force, and the South Central Chapter's Katrina Relief Task Force, among others. Ryan has been involved in developing ARhealthLINK, which is a consumer Web site for the state of Arkansas.

Two new members have also been elected to the MLA board of directors. Gary A. Freiburger from the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona-Tucson and Laurie L. Thompson from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas. They will each serve 3-year terms. Paula Raimondo has been chosen as Chapter Council liaison and will also serve a 3-year term.

MLA announced that it has been awarded an $80,000 grant from Elsevier to train librarians on the African, Asian, and Latin American continents. This is a joint program co-sponsored by Librarians Without Borders, a global initiative of MLA and Elsevier. The grant is for 2007 HINARI/AGORA/OARE (HOA)-related training workshops. It will fund eight on-site workshops, one distance education course, and the development of new training modules and will be based on Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) training materials.

Mary Baykan, director of the Washington County (Md.) Free Library, is the recipient of Library Journal's 2007 Librarian of the Year award. This award honors a professional librarian for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the goals of the library profession.

Baykan has been the director for the past 12 years. During that time, she was instrumental in getting new libraries built, renovating others, and developing an active Friends group that supports many library programs. She has been a member of the Greater Hagerstown Urban Renewal Program and has worked to demonstrate the vital role that the library plays in its economic plan. As a volunteer legislative officer for the Maryland Library Association, she helped get a bill written and passed in the legislature that created a grant program for library renovation and construction.

Previously, she held several positions at the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Public Library System, including director of the Central Library at West Palm Beach. She has also held positions at the University of Houston library and the Texas Medical Center at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center's Graduate School of Public Health.

Baykan holds a B. …

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