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New/old faces at OHSU

There have been many changes in staff at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library in Portland, Oregon in the last few months. A summary:

  • Steve Teich retired at the end of June.
  • We have hired Jackie Wirz.  Jackie received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at OHSU, where her dissertation work focused on collagen and collagen-modifying enzymes.  She has performed research in a variety of disciplines, ranging from fish virology to transcriptional regulation.  Some highlights of her scientific career include successfully mapping out the DNA binding footprint of a repair enzyme, solving the crystal structure of a protein trimerization domain, receiving a fellowship from the National Science Foundation, presenting a demonstration on redox chemistry to 500 girl scouts and breaking a wide variety of scientific equipment.  Luckily, she has also learned how to repair scientific equipment.  Although her research work has spanned over 15 years, her interest in libraries extends to her elementary school days when she volunteered to read stories at her local library.  A devoted book nerd, Jackie reads books from a wide cross section of genres.  She also collects different editions of her favorite book, Jane Eyre.  On a professional level, Jackie is fascinated by the interdisciplinary nature of library science.  She looks forward to using her research experience to enhance the user experience at the OHSU library.  Jackie will be at the PNC meeting, so those of you attending will be able to meet her there.
  • Karen Lippert has rejoined the department after a 5+ year absence to fill a part-time, temporary position.
  • Nicole Vasilevsky accepted the position of Scientific Data Curator at the OHSU Library on the eagle-i project.  She began work on Monday, September 20.  Nicole completed a PhD in cellular and molecular biology at OHSU in 2009 and has recently completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Legacy Health Research.  She serves on the Advisory Board for the Bioscience Technology Department at Portland Community College, where she teaches the Introduction to Bioscience Technology course.  Her research interests are in the area of cancer immunotherapy.

Library people news from Portland State

Portland State Library University Librarian Helen Spalding retired in September after five and a half years at PSU and 36 years in academic libraries.

Adriene Lim is now Interim University Librarian.

We’ve also welcomed Stephanie Moss as Office Manager and Amy Hofer as Distance Education Librarian.

New hires at Portland Community College

To meet its burgeoning enrollment, Portland Community College added three one-year full time librarians this summer. Roberta Richards will be joining Pam Kessinger and Robin Shapiro at the Rock Creek Campus, Bob Kingston will join Jane Rognlie, Alan Cordle and Allie Flanary at Sylvania, and Stephanie Debner will join Torie Scott and Tony Greiner at Cascade.

All of these librarians were working regularly scheduled part-time hours before, so those part-time hours will be filled by Heather Glogowski, Becky Rose and Judy Chen, Chau Hoang and Leora Troper. We are lucky to have such a deep pool of talent to draw from.

New Collection Development Librarian at Reed College

Xan Arch has accepted the position of Collection Development Librarian in the Reed College Library, beginning August 30. Xan holds a BA in English and French Literatures and an MA in English Literature from Stanford University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She has served as Stanford’s Ordering Librarian and most recently as Electronic Resources and Technology Librarian. She publishes a column in Against the Grain.

MHCC names new library director

Big news for our library: MHCC president John Sygielski (known as Ski to all!) recently named Jeff Ring as our new Library Director! Jeff has been PCC’s manager of library technology and collection management, but starting this May he’ll be headed out to MHCC. Whoohoo! We’re all looking forward to Jeff’s first day!

OHSU head of systems heading to California

Janet Crum, Head of Administration and Systems at Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon, has accepted a position as library director for City of Hope cancer center in Duarte, CA, effective May 3. We will miss her, but wish her the best on her new endeavor!

Laura Zeigen, zeigenl@ohsu.edu
Systems & Web Development Librarian
Oregon Health & Science University Library

Joan Petit joins Portland State Library Faculty

Joan Petit recently joined the Portland State University Library faculty as Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian.