December 1, 1999
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Nancy K. Roderer, former coordinator of the Associate Fellowship Program of the National Library of Medicine, has been selected to head the Johns Hopkins University William H. Welch Medical Library, effective Jan. 1, 2000. She will also be the interim director of the Division of Biomedical Information Sciences at the library.
Over its 70-year history, the Welch Library and its directors have played a leadership role in the management and delivery of health sciences information with a particular focus on the development of innovative applications of new technologies. The 367,000-volume library subscribes to about 2,400 journals and 1,000 electronic journals.
Roderer received her B.S. degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, in 1967 and her Master of Library Science degree in information retrieval from the University of Maryland in 1973. After working in library and information sciences for several companies, Roderer became Columbia University's Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) librarian in 1986. She subsequently was appointed assistant health sciences librarian for resources and reference services.
In 1991, Roderer was named acting director of the Health Sciences Library there. During her six years at Columbia University, Roderer distinguished herself as a leading expert in the IAIMS project and also played a key role in planning for health sciences information systems and curriculum support. She also worked closely with individuals in the medical school to develop and deliver integrated information services throughout the Columbia University Medical Center.
In 1992, Roderer was named director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University. She once again played a key role as co-principal investigator of Yale's IAIMS grant while directing the operation of the Yale Medical Library. She left Yale in 1999 to join the National Library of Medicine to manage that library's postgraduate training program for medical librarians and conduct research related to the Division of Library Operations.
Roderer is founder of the Libraries on the Information Superhighway Advocacy Network and is a member of the American Library Association's Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory and Public Awareness committees. She also is a member of the American Society for Information Science, former president of the Library and Information Technology Association, and a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
She has published more than 60 articles spanning a wide range of information technology subjects.
Roderer lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, David.