District Dispatch reports that “the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins announced the appointment of Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan as the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of NIH. Dr. Brennan comes to NLM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She will be the first woman and first nurse to lead NLM. Dr. Brennan is expected to assume her post in August.
“Dr. Brennan brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of home-bound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” said Dr. Collins.
The previous director, Dr. Donald Lindberg, led NLM from 1984 until his retirement in 2015. Among his many achievements was the founding of the National High-Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Office in 1992 and his service as its first director for three years. Establishing the HPCC Office was an important early milestone in the development, growth, and institutionalization of advanced information technology within and across federal agencies…”
OASPA has seen significant support since it was founded in 2008, growing to almost 100 members during this time, and is now firmly established in the open access landscape. In consultation with the Board of Directors, the day-to-day running of the organisation is overseen by Claire, who joined in 2012 as Membership and Communications Manager…
In line with the expansion of the organisation and increased activities, in March 2016 OASPA appointed an Events and Communications Coordinator. Reporting to Claire, Leyla Williams joins OASPA from Columbia University in New York where she was Communications and Web Consultant for the Heyman Center for the Humanities, and previously Communications Coordinator at Columbia’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship…”