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I Am MLA: Naomi Bishop, AHIP

Submitted by Naomi Bishop, AHIP; edited by JJ Pionke

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Institution: Arizona Health Sciences Library at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix (COM-P)

Title: Health Sciences Librarian

Brief description of responsibilities

I support medical students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians. I collaborate on teaching evidence based medicine and provide research assistance for the scholarly projects curriculum at COM-P.

Why is MLA important to you?

MLA is important to me because it highlights the importance of medical libraries and scientific health information for hospitals, academic institutions, and research institutions. MLA provides a community of health care professionals and students with quality access to research tools, resources, and materials needed to do their jobs.

Why did you become a librarian?

I worked in the library as an undergrad and loved the many dimensions of libraries. I also knew that the field of librarianship needed more Native librarians, so I decided to become a librarian and bring attention to Native Americans in the twenty-first century.

What was your first library job or first professional position?

My first professional position was as librarian in residence, assistant librarian at the University of Notre Dame. I worked in the law library, in the engineering library, and with many of the science librarians in providing reference and research assistance to students, researchers, and faculty.

What is your advice to someone taking on a new role in leadership in MLA or in some other capacity?

Delegate and ask for help!

What has been the most interesting project you have worked on?

I think the most interesting projects for me were assisting with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submissions for Roche Tissue Diagnostics. I was a corporate research librarian for three years, and this job really opened my eyes to the international world of research and scientific information. Medical and scientific information is international, and Americans must see the contributions of the international community as valuable to their own work and research.

What do you consider to be the most pressing issues or trends in librarianship?

I think international cooperation is something needed in today’s world. COVID-19 has shown the medical and scientific community that librarians play an important role in the efforts to inform policy, improve public health and health literacy, and work together to share knowledge.

Bucket list

Travel Europe with my mom, tryout for Nailed It, run for elected office.

Five words to describe you

Fun, hardworking, honest, confident, and adventurous.

Is there anything about you that others might be surprised to know?

I speak German and worked at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

What are you most proud of?

My mom and my sister. My mom is a nurse, and my sister is a family medicine physician!

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