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The 2017 MAC Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that a fantastic slate of candidates has been established for this year’s MAC offices. We are excited that the candidates are a mixture of people new to the profession and those a bit more seasoned. A ballot will be sent via E-mail to all current members of MAC eligible to vote and will include a link to the candidate bios and statements, also posted below. Please take some time to review each candidate’s information and be sure to vote when you receive your ballot.






Chair-Elect Alex Carroll

Tony Nguyen
Secretary Jamie Conklin

Jahala Simuel
MAC Nominee To The MLA Nominating Committee

David Nolfi

Roger Russell





Chair-Elect

Alex Carroll

Statement of Interest:

I am honored to be nominated for the Chair-Elect position, and if elected would appreciate the opportunity to give back to a chapter that has given so much to me. As an early career librarian, MAC has offered me a supportive network of colleagues and community within the profession. Moreover, MAC has provided a sense of belonging by allowing me to meet research collaborators and mentors, learn from experts within the field, and share my work and research with colleagues from across the region. If given the opportunity to serve the membership in this role, I pledge that MAC will continue to advocate on behalf of current health information professionals. If elected, I will also lead MAC forward in two strategic areas: recruiting new members and creating data intensive continuing education opportunities. As Chair-Elect, I would be well positioned to succeed in these initiatives. Not only do I bring expertise in mentoring new and emerging professionals, but I also have experience providing data services to students and researchers. I would look forward to developing collaborative solutions to these challenges so that we can grow our membership while also expanding our current members’ skill sets to meet the needs of the students, researchers, and clinicians we serve across our diverse institutions. Within these initiatives and others, I will prioritize preserving MAC’s culture of inclusivity so that health science librarians from across the region can feel at home within the organization. Thank you for your consideration. It is an honor to have been nominated and I appreciate your vote.

Experience:

Alex Carroll is the Research Librarian for Engineering and Biotechnology at the North Carolina State University Libraries, where he facilitates research and creates curriculum-integrated information literacy programs for faculty and students that use engineering approaches to improve human and animal health. Previously, Alex was the Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland, where he co-founded the UMD Libraries' Research & Teaching Fellowship, a three semester training program that prepares MLIS graduate students to become academic librarians.

Alex has been an active member of MAC since joining the organization in 2014. He currently serves as the Chair of the Research and Assessment Committee and as the Exhibits Committee Chair for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Staunton, VA. In 2014, Alex was the principal investigator for a project that was awarded the MAC Research and Assessment Grant; in 2016, he received the MAC Award for Professional Excellence by a New Health Sciences Librarian. Alex is also an active member of MLA, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant Jury for 2017-2018.

Alex Carroll
Tony Nguyen

Statement of Interest:
MAC does a fantastic job promoting excellence in health sciences librarianship. I’m honored to be nominated for the Chair-Elect position. Since joining in 2014, I have had the pleasure of working with MAC members and the MAC board. If selected, I would consider it a great opportunity to work with a diverse group of passionate health sciences librarians and build upon MAC’s record of success. I would love the opportunity to serve the needs of current MAC members and seek opportunities to recruit new members from diverse backgrounds and stages of librarianship. I will encourage current MAC members to engage in Chapter activities. I appreciate the benefits of face-to-face meetings and, if selected, would like to promote formal network opportunities at the annual conference and programming that supports the educational, research, and technology interests of the membership.

Experience:
Tony is the Technology and Communications Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic Region at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He provides training throughout the Region including online classes on various topics related to data and technology. He has worked at NNLM for the past 3 years. Previously, he worked as a health sciences librarian at the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library where he liaised with the continuing and graduate medical education programs. Tony served as Chair of the MAC Honors and Awards Committee and Co-chaired the Papers Committee for the MLA Tri-Chapter Conference in 2016 and is active with the MAC Diversity Task Force. Tony is currently serving as Technology Editor of MLA News and Secretary-Treasurer of the MLA Research Section. Tony is a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Tony Nguyen

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Secretary

Jamie Conklin

Statement of Interest:
I had the privilege of attending my first MAC meeting in Asheville in 2015 where I learned from many of you and found an energetic and supportive environment. I look forward to developing relationships with MAC colleagues and to the possibility of serving the organization as Secretary. If elected, I would listen attentively to colleagues during MAC meetings and record detailed notes so others could benefit from the conversations and continue the dialogue.

Experience:
Jamie is a Research and Education Librarian at the Duke Medical Center Library and the Liaison to the School of Nursing. She teaches evidence-based practice and information literacy topics to nursing students, partners with faculty on systematic reviews and research projects, and provides reference services to the Duke Health community. Jamie has been in this position since 2015 when she also joined MAC and began serving on the MAC Professional Development Committee. As a member of MLA, Jamie has served on jury committees, reviewed abstracts for the annual meeting, and will be co-chairing the Papers Subcommittee of the 2019 National Program Committee.
Jamie Conklin
Jahala Simuel

Statement of Interest:
As a new Health Sciences Librarian, I attended my first MAC conference last year in Philadelphia. I am delighted to run for the MAC secretary position. I have previous experience as the secretary for my daughter’s school PTA and secretary for my undergraduate college alumni association. If elected I will work hard to be effective in this position.

Experience:
Jahala is the Medical Librarian at Howard University, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library. She started this position July 2016. She is currently a MAC and MLA member. She serves on the MAC membership committee and she is part of the NAHRS committee for MLA. Prior to joining Howard University she served as Reference Librarian/Adjunct Professor (CIS) at Shaw University. After working in an academic library for over 11 years she decided to branch out into the health sciences library field.
Jahala Simuel

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MAC Nominee To The MLA Nominating Committee

David Nolfi

Statement of Interest:
I have been an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter since it merged with the Pittsburgh Chapter in 2008. I believe that MAC’s active members, vibrant annual meetings, and excellent libraries demonstrate that it is one of MLA’s most vital chapters. I would be honored to serve as MAC’s Candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee and believe my combined experiences in MLA leadership, higher education, and librarianship have prepared me well for this role. If elected to the Nominating Committee, I would work to ensure MLA chooses candidates who recognize the needs of librarians in diverse practice settings and represent the diversity of MLA’s membership.

Mini-Biography:
David Nolfi is the Health Sciences Librarian & Library Assessment Coordinator at Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library. He leads instructional, collection development, and research assistance efforts for the allied health, nursing, and pharmacy schools and the library’s assessment committee. He also chairs the university’s faculty grievance committee and serves as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and previously served as co-chair of the university learning outcomes assessment committee. Prior to joining Duquesne’s faculty, David worked as a medical librarian with additional responsibilities for planning and marketing continuing medical education activities at The Washington Hospital in Pennsylvania.

David currently serves the profession at several levels, including Co-Chair of the 2018 MLA National Program Committee, Chair of the MAC Honors and Awards Committee, Chair of the NNLM Middle Atlantic Region’s Academic Special Advisory Group, and is a member of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) Newsletter Committee.

He previously served MAC in a number of roles including, Chapter Chair, Annual Meeting Co-Chair, and as a member of the Membership and Conference Scholarship Selection Committee. He also served for many years as the editor of the Pittsburgh Pulse, the official newsletter of the Pittsburgh Regional Chapter. In 2014, MAC honored him with the Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award.

David served NAHRS in a number of leadership positions including Section Chair, Membership Chair, and Interim Program Chair. He also served as the Section Council Liaison to the MLA membership committee and as a member of the core MLA Membership Committee. In 2013, NAHRS honored David with its Award for Professional Excellence.

A longtime proponent of librarians’ participation in institutional leadership, David has presented on related topics at a number of meetings including MLA, ACRL, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Library Assessment Conference, Pennsylvania Library Association, and the Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference. His research interests include nurse scholars’ use of ETDs, elderly persons’ use of the internet, LibQUAL, and electronic collection assessment.
David Nolfi
Roger Russell

Statement of Interest:
Representing MAC on the MLA Nominating Committee would be an honor. I can think of few more important service roles in our profession than selecting the future leaders of MLA. If selected, I will welcome the opportunity to serve MLA by working diligently to identify new leaders for the organization.

Experience:
Roger began working in libraries as a graduate student, and later as a library technician in Interlibrary Loan and Circulation at Laupus Health Sciences Library in 1998. After receiving his MLS from North Carolina Central University in 2000, he became the Nursing Liaison for Laupus Library. He has also worked as the Outreach/Eastern AHEC Librarian, and as Head of Reference. In his current role, Roger is Assistant Director for User Services and supervises operations of Access Services and Information Services at Laupus Library. Roger is an active member of MLA and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and has served on the MLA National Planning Committee. He is currently a member of the Leadership and Management Section of MLA. He is also currently the Treasurer for the Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries.
Roger Russell



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