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Office Candidates
Chair-Elect Amy Blevins Karen Knight
MAC Nominee to the
MLA Nominating Committee
Patricia (Pat) Thibodeau M.J. Tooey
Chapter Council Representative Jonathan Lord
Chapter Council Representative - Alternate Melissa Ratajeski

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Chair-Elect

Amy Blevins

Amy Blevins is the Education and Instructional Technology Librarian for Laupus Library at East Carolina University. She is in charge of creating online classes and help materials, organizing and teaching standing classes, chairing the education committee and coordinating in house training. She also works with the IT department to implement new web technologies as appropriate. Amy received her B.A. in biology from Saint Louis University, her M.A.L.S. from the University of Missouri -Columbia, and is currently working on a Certificate in Distance Education from East Carolina University.

Amy has been a member of MAC since 2007. In October of 2006, she had the honor of being the MAC Scholar. She is currently the chair-elect for the Membership and Recruitment Committee (which she has been a member of since 2007), and just recently she became a member of the Communications Committee. She has been a member of MLA since 2006 and has been a member of the Professional Recruitment and Retention committee since June of 2008. She is currently the chair-elect of the Educational Media and Technology Section.


Karen Knight

Karen Knight serves as Medical Education Librarian at the University of Virginia's Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. She is the Library's primary liaison to the Medical School, and has been instrumental in integrating information seeking and management skills instruction into the undergraduate and graduate curricula. Karen also works closely with other UVa health system departments such as nutrition services and speech-language pathology. She obtained her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and worked for many years with the Wake Area Health Education Center/Wake Medical Center Library in Raleigh, NC.

Since joining MAC, Karen has served as a member of the Professional Development Committee (PDC) and the Communications Committee, has participated as co-chair on two Local Arrangements Committees, and was the CE Coordinator/PDC Liaison at the 2000 MAC meeting in Roanoke, VA.


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MAC Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee

Patricia Thibodeau

Patricia (Pat) Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA, is Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives of the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. Ms. Thibodeau obtained extensive experience in health sciences libraries, working in hospital, AHEC and academic libraries before coming to Duke in 1993. Ms. Thibodeau received her MLS from the University of Rhode Island Graduate Library School, in Kingston, Rhode Island and her MBA from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Her roles within MLA have included serving as a member of the Board of Directors (1996-1999), MLA President in 2004 (term 2002-2005), and chairing and serving on numerous MLA committees and task forces. She was also active in the Hospital Libraries and Educational Media Technologies Sections. In addition, she served on the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries' Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008. Within MAC, she has served as the Local Arrangements Chair for the 1994 meeting, as Chair of the Registration Committee for 1998-1999 and as the Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee in 2000.


M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, is Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and the Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) where she has worked in various library positions since 1986. She is also the Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine's Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library under contract to the National Library of Medicine. She received her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Clarion State University (formerly Clarion State College).

Tooey served as president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) from 2005-2006 and was elected a Fellow of the Association in 2009. She has also served on MLA's Board of Directors and as the Chair of the 2004 National Program Committee for the MLA Annual Meeting held in May, 2004 in Washington, DC. In 1997 she received the MLA Estelle Brodman Award as Academic Medical Librarian of the Year. She has served as Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association and has received the chapter's Librarian of the Year Award and the Marge Abel Service Recognition Awards (prior to it being named for Abel). She has also chaired the Public Services Section of the Medical Library Association.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries where she also chairs the Charting the Future Committee. Additionally, she serves on the library advisory committees for FASEB and the New England Journal of Medicine. She is active in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Council of Library Directors. Tooey is the author or co-author of over 70 chapters, articles, presentations or posters.


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Chapter Council Representative

Jonathan Lord

Jonathan Lord has worked at the University of Virginia's Claude Moore Health Sciences Library since 1991, most recently as the Collection Development Librarian. During his 18 years as a MAC member, Jonathan has served as the Editor of MAC Messages, as MAC Chair (1999-2001), as well as serving on many MAC committees and taskforces. During his term in the mid-1990's as Chair of the Publications Committee, Jonathan oversaw the creation of the first MAC website and the MACMLA-L listserv. For the past three years, Jonathan has served as MAC's MLA Chapter Council Representative, Alternate. He is a Distinguished Member of the MLA Academy of Health Information Professionals.


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Chapter Council Representative - Alternate

Melissa Ratajeski

Melissa Ratajeski is a reference librarian at the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh where her duties include acting as the liaison to the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the UPMC Shadyside Hospital's Evidence Based Nursing Council.

Since becoming a librarian, Melissa has been active in MLA at both a national and a local level. Within the Pittsburgh Chapter, Melissa was the Chapter Council Alternate (2007-2009) and was an active member of the Pittsburgh/MAC Merger Committee. On a national level, Melissa was a member of the Chapter Council Roundtable Committee (2007-2009) and is currently a member of the Beatty Volunteer Award panel. Additionally, Melissa spearheaded the creation of the MLA Institutional Animal Care and Use Special Interest Group and serves as the group's current convener.


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