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Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users
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Max Anderson is the technology coordinator at the National Network of Libraries
of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR), located at the University of
IllinoisChicago. Fresh out of library school in 1999, Anderson worked
as a public access computer trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
installing granted computer technology and training librarians in rural libraries
across the country.
Emily Hurst is the instructional services librarian as the University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio. Hurst is a 2008 graduate of the University
of North CarolinaChapel Hill, where she worked for two years as a graduate
assistant at the health sciences library. Hurst has worked with a variety of
mobile and emerging technologies and supports enhancements that enable researches,
librarians, physicians, and students to connect with one another as well as
their research away from their desktop. Working in public services and instruction,
Hurst provides educational support and troubleshooting for a variety of mobile
technology users from students to staff. Hurst is active on campus technology
interest groups, for which she provides research support for the latest products
and mobile resources. She is active with a San Antoniobased social media
group for local health professionals and promotes the use of emerging technologies
Bart Ragon is the associate director for library technology services and development
at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of VirginiaCharlottesville
(UVA). In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership in identifying,
evaluating, selecting, and implementing new information technologies, including
mobile devices and applications. During the spring 2009 semester, the school
of medicine at UVA adopted the iPhone/iPod Touch as its required PDA for third
year offsite clerkships. The Health Sciences Library quickly responded by developing
an iPhone-enabled site (m.hsl.virginia.edu). He received his master's degree
in library and information science from the University of South Carolina. As
an avid hiker in the Blue Ridge Mountains, he is quite mobile and is familiar
with the latest mobile technology (walking sticks).
David Rothman is a triple threat: a nerd, a dork and a geek. Named a "Mover
and Shaker" by Library Journal in 2008, Rothman is the cocreator
of LibWorm.com, a free current awareness service for library and information
science professionals, the coauthor (with Melissa Rethlefsen) of Internet
Cool Tools for Physicians, and the author of several web technologies articles
in LIS journals. Before his son was born, he more frequently blogged at www.davidrothman.net
on topics relating to medical libraries and web geekery. When he is not writing,
consulting, playing with a computer, or blaming his toddler for his decline
in productivity, Rothman manages the medical library at Community General Hospital
of Greater Syracuse, performs data analysis tasks for the hospital's quality
department, and troubleshoots users' computer problems around the hospital.
Rothman also really enjoys futzing around with his iPod Touch.
Renée Bougard is the outreach librarian in the National Network of Libraries
of Medicine National Network Office at the National Library of Medicine (NLM),
Bethesda, MD. She provides support to NLM's Outreach Program, serves as liaison
between the Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and NLM concerning outreach to
health professionals, evaluates ongoing outreach projects to determine whether
they are making satisfactory progress, is responsible for outreach activities
coordinated by the NN/LM Network Office, and coordinates arrangements for exhibits/demonstrations
of NLM's products and services at health professional meetings.
Brian Briggman is a system architect at the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
He has been with NLM since February 2008, working on a variety of research and
operational projects, including Mobile MedlinePlus, the Bethesda Hospitals'
Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BHEPP) Patient Data Capture system, and
the Mobile Emergency Triage System for iPhone and Blackberry devices. Briggman
holds a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point,
NY. In his free time, Briggman loves upgrading his personal library from the
Dewey Decimal System to the Universal Decimal Classification system.
Paul Fontelo is a staff scientist research physician in the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication (LHNCBC), National Library of Medicine. Since his first Palm III personal digital assistant (PDA) in 2001, he has developed resources for handheld and wireless mobile devices. Fontelo's goal has always been to bring MEDLINE via the Internet through handheld devices to the point of care as a resource for clinical decision making. This was underscored in a recent presentation to the LHNCBC Board of Scientific Counselors,"Bringing the Medical Library Where Needed: at the Point of Care." Throughout the continuous evolution of operating systems and mobile devices, he has kept resources relevant by opting for open source software, platform and operating system independence, and Internet standards. Fontelo has tested all types of wireless access (Bluetooth, infrared, Wi-Fi and cell phones) and mobile devices from PDAs to the "One-Laptop per Child" computer, netbooks, and smartphones. He is a board-certified pathologist with an master's from Johns Hopkins University.
Loren Frant is head of the health information products unit at the National
Library of Medicine (NLM). The health information products unit is responsible
for the day-to-day operations of MedlinePlus and Go Local. Frant has been with
NLM since her 2004/05 Associate Fellowship. Before joining NLM, Frant honed
her technical and project management skills through positions as a technical
writer at an information technology consulting company, a trainer at a museum
software company, and a cataloger at the Shoah Foundation. Frant holds a masters
in library and information science from the University of CaliforniaLos
Angeles and a bachelors degree from Cornell University.
Eric Schnell is an associate professor and emerging technology and services
specialist at the Prior Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University. He has
published extensively and presented internationally in the area of technology
and libraries, has been involved with two projects (Prospero and HealthWeb)
that have won the MLA Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement
Award, named a Library Journal Movers and Shaker, and was
a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellow (Woods Hole). His
blog, The Medium Is the Message (www.ericschnell.blogspot.com) covers a variety
of topics relating to library technology and innovation. Outside of work, he
puts on his ice hockey gear twice a week and always has a few home projects
Megan von Isenburg
Megan von Isenburg is associate director of Information Services at Duke University
Medical Center Library. As chair of the library's technology advisory committee
and student advisory group, she is particularly interested in exploring ways
to use technology to improve students' library experience, from access to information
to usability of information and library services. Other members of the Kindle
Project are Patricia Thibodeau, AHIP, FMLA, associate dean; Karen Grigg, associate
director of collection services, and Brandi Tuttle, information and education
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Last Updated: 2009 November 23