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Melissa Rethlefsen announced as Interim Executive Director of the EHSL

“I am pleased to announce that Melissa L. Rethlefsen, MSLS, AHIP has been appointed as Interim Executive Director, Knowledge Management and Eccles Health Sciences Library, effective July 28, 2017. She will also assume the role of Director, MidContinental Region & National Training Office, National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Rethlefsen has been serving as the Deputy Director of the library since February 2014, and she has done an outstanding job in this role partnering with other Health Sciences entities across campus to advance education, research, and health care. Notably, she led the Research Reproducibility 2016 conference, and she continues to work across campus to improve research reproducibility. She is also the Section Director for the Center for Clinical & Translational Science’s Systematic Review Core and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

She brings a rich background in health sciences librarianship and leadership within the institution and her profession. She is currently a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Board of Directors, and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellowship. She received the Estelle Brodman Award for Academic Medical Librarian of the Year in 2015, and she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009. Her primary research interests are systematic review methodology and reporting, and bibliometrics.

Filling the roles vacated by Jean Shipman, who recently announced and celebrated her retirement, Rethlefsen will continue to build on the strong regional and national legacy Shipman left.¬†We are grateful both for Shipman’s leadership and for Rethlefsen’s willingness to serve, and I am looking forward seeing the fruits of her efforts as she continues to build upon relationships, identifies unique opportunities for library and librarian roles, and works to move forward the mission of the library to inform, connect and innovate.

Please join me in thanking Jean for her service and in welcoming Melissa to her new role.”

A. Lorris Betz, MD, PhD
Interim Executive Dean, School of Medicine
Senior Vice President, University Health Sciences
University of Utah

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