Chief, Public Services Division
National Library of Medicine
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Professional career and activities: Masters in Library Science, University of Maryland; started at U.S. Department of Interior; worked at U.S. National Library of Medicine since 1976; serials acquisitions, DOCLINE and Loansome Doc development, PubMed Central back file digitization project, MedlinePlus, print retention.
Philosophy: Don’t look back unless you have to. Planning for the future is the most positive action we can take for our personal and professional lives. One of the reasons the National Library of Medicine has been so successful at what it does is because we look forward and have made changes to our guiding principles as the world changes around us.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: Innovations we don’t yet know about will enhance access to digital collections and improve the capturing techniques. More libraries will move all electronic, and those with access to digitized backfiles or original print will be in greater demand by historians and serious researchers.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.