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EHSL welcomes new hires Abby Dowd & Lydia Howes, MSI

EHSL Welcomes New Hires Abby Dowd and Lydia Howes

Abby Dowd, Training and Development Specialist for the National Training Office (NTO)

Abby Dowd

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST FOR THE NATIONAL TRAINING OFFICE (NTO)

Abby Dowd is the new Training and Development Specialist for the National Training Office (NTO) within the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), housed at the Eccles Health Science Library. She will work alongside various regions of the NNLM to support the development and revision of training classes, support the NTO in developing curriculum related processes and support the implementation of trainings through the NTO. Abby brings 10 years of experience in K – higher education, most recently working with the University of Utah PA program as the Didactic Program Manager facilitating distance education and supporting faculty and students in distance learning.

Abby graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Environmental Science, followed by an M.Ed in Learning and Technology from Western Governs University. Abby is passionate about the science of how people learn and creating effective, engaging, and inclusive learning experiences for all. She is eager to use this passion and skills to support the mission of the NNLM.

We welcome Abby to the NTO, and the Eccles Health Sciences Library!


Lydia Howes, MSI, Research & Education Librarian

Lydia Howes, MSI

Research & Education Librarian

Lydia Howes, MSI, recently joined the Eccles Health Sciences Library faculty as a Research & Education Librarian (Assistant Librarian). Lydia comes to us from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library, where she has worked as a Research and Education Librarian since April 2015. She provided reference services, taught instructional sessions on research skills and library resources, and conducted literature searches. Before her time at SIU, she also worked in libraries at the University of Michigan and Salt Lake Community College.

Lydia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Utah State University and a Master of Science in Information, specializing in Library and Information Science, from the University of Michigan. She will be joining the Eccles Health Sciences Library’s Clinical, Research, and Education team. She will provide reference support, curricular instruction, and evidence syntheses to support the health sciences community.

We welcome Lydia to the Eccles Health Sciences Library and University of Utah!