Leadership and Management Best Practices for Leveraging Community Connections to Improve Access to Health Information
Service is at the heart of community outreach and engagement. “Community” can take many different forms, from the public to non-profit organizations and others. It takes special skill and knowledge to effectively build relationships and partnership with community organizations and individuals in order to serve them. It takes additional skill and knowledge to lead teams engaged in these activities. The experience of health science librarians can serve as an example of knowledge and skills needed in serving the community through outreach and engagement. The experience of health science libraries offers insight that leaders in any organization can learn from.
Martha MeachamProject Director, Network of the National Library of Medicine
Martha Meacham is the Project Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) (https://nnlm.gov/), which is part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Previously, Martha was the Associate Director of the NNLM New England Region (NNLM NER). She has also managed two VA Medical Center libraries, worked with Association of American Medical Colleges, and was involved with patient education at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Martha is passionate about and has done research in the areas of library advocacy, marketing, and leadership development. Martha has a B.S. in psychology and was a mental health counselor before going on to earn a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in History from Simmons College. Martha is currently a PhD candidate at Simmons University.
Tess WilsonCommunity Engagement Coordinator, Network of the National Library of Medicine
Tess Wilson is a librarian who loves talking loudly about digital literacy, equitable access, and citizen science.
Tony NguyenExecutive Director, Network of the National Library of Medicine
Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, is the Executive Director at the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Tony oversees the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the overall regional medical library program, office operations, and identifies regional opportunities to support NLM priorities and NNLM initiatives.