ATG Star of the Week: Maria E. Collins, Technical Information Specialist, Public Services Division National Library of Medicine

Title: Technical Information Specialist, Public Services Division

Organization: National Library of Medicine

Address: 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD  20894

Phone:  (301) 496-5511

Email: <maria.collins@nih.gov>

Professional career and activities:  Worked in the UCLA library system, at VTLS, and KPMG.  At NLM, I am the team lead for DOCLINE and the Emergency Access Initiative.

Philosophy:  “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” Aristotle;  “Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart.” Mencius;  “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci;  and “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Philo

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  Increasing move to electronic only publishing and use of electronic resources.  The electronic environment provides great advantages, but also will pose increasing difficulty in resource sharing due to publisher license restrictions, elimination of print collections, and tightened collections budget.  Overall, reduced budgets will result in additional library consolidations and prioritizing of services, and innovation to meet user needs.

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