September 06, 2005

New Role for Liz Fine

lizfine.jpgThe Bio-Medical Library is pleased to announce the hiring of our newest reference and instruction librarian, Liz Fine. Liz received her Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the College of St. Catherine/Dominican University in May of 2005. She started working as a librarian on July 1, 2005.

While Liz is new to the library as a librarian she is not new to the staff. She started working at the Bio-Medical Library in September of 2001 for the Biomedical Information Service (BIS) as a Library Assistant II. Liz had a variety of job responsibilities when working for BIS. She supervised student employees, helped keep the document delivery service running smoothly and worked on citation clarification.

Eventually she started working at the Reference Desk, worked chat reference shifts, attended an occasional Morning Report and started doing bibliographic database searches, primarily on MEDLINE, for BIS. In April of 2005 she took over sole responsibility for conducting literature searches for BIS. She has also served on the Bio-Medical Library's website design committee and the Biomed Improving Public Service (BIPS) committee.

Liz's current responsibilities include transitioning to the role of liaison to the School of Nursing, staffing the Reference Desk, teaching classes on database searching and electronic resources, and conducting Reference Consultations with clients, particularly for the School of Nursing. She also continues to maintain her responsibility for BIS literature searches.

Liz is interested in exploring electronic tools such as virtual office hours that enhance communication options for distance learning and has a general interest in the issue of scholarly communication. She's looking forward to developing new ways to liaison with the School of Nursing such as making house calls to offices and classes and having a Satellite Reference Desk near the Outside-In or the CHIP student center over the lunch hour.

Liz was born in Rhode Island and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Colby College in Maine. Liz moved to Minnesota because her now-husband Jared was attending Graduate School in Fisheries at the University of Minnesota. He is in the process of finishing up his doctoral dissertation on the sea lamprey, a parasitic exotic fish in the Great Lakes. While Liz and Jared are "east coast kids" they love living in Minnesota. Says Liz, "We even say pop instead of soda now without thinking about it, but I still love the New England Patriots." When you see how many times the Patriots have won the Super Bowl compared to how many times the Minnesota Vikings have, it is not hard to see why Liz maintains her loyalty!

--Del Reed

Posted by biomednews at September 6, 2005 12:02 PM