It's been a fairly busy month or two with a number of additions and changes to the RML staff and to the library staff of the New York Academy of Medicine.
First, the RML has a new director. Of course, Mary Mylenki is still Associate Director, but the New York Academy of Medicine has appointed Maxine L. Rockoff, Ph.D., as Director of the Division of Information Management with overall responsibility for the Academy's Library, Department of Information Systems, Historical Programs, and the Regional Medical Library.
Dr. Rockoff has a broad and varied background with extensive experience in information technology. Of particular relevance for the RML, she is particularly interested in the potential for distance learning. Dr. Rockoff has worked with settlement houses and other urban institutions, as well as on projects related to rural and inner-city health initiatives, and has published a number of papers on these subjects.
We are delighted to have her with us and hope that those of you who haven't yet will soon have the opportunity to meet her in person.
Second, we were all sorry when Erica Burnham tendered her resignation as Consumer Health Information Coordinator in order to return to Canada to become Head Librarian at the Macdonald Campus Library at McGill University. She was a good colleague and fun to work with. Erica brought a true sense of professionalism and dedication to her work, which was clearly seen in her work in Region 1 and in her work with the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CaPHIS) of the Medical Library Association. However, in nearly the same breath, we are delighted to announce that taking her place is Rhonda Allard, and we hope you will all join us in welcoming Rhonda to New York.
Before relocating to the New York metropolitan area, Rhonda was at the National Library of Medicine for several years, and some of you may remember meeting her at NLM's exhibits at MLA meetings. Rhonda has extensive experience in developing training materials and providing training in various NLM programs such as Grateful Med and PubMed. We are looking forward to working with her as the NN/LM consumer health information services continue to expand and hope you will soon have an opportunity to meet her at various sites throughout our region.
Rhonda can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com and by telephone at 212-822-7353.
Finally, perhaps tangential to the day-to-day workings of the RML but of importance to the lifeblood of the Academy, as of this summer there will be two new staff members in the library: Christian Warren, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Academy Historian as of June, and Janice Kaplan will be joining us as the Academy Librarian in August.