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Visiting Librarians: Robin Featherstone

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ROBIN FEATHERSTONE

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, September 2007 - September 2008


Robin Featherstone, a medical librarian from Canada, spent the second year of her National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship at the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library.

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year placement. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research.

Robin Featherstone completed the first year of the post-graduate fellowship at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. During that time, she completed projects involving disaster response, radio frequency identification technology, and consumer health website development.

The second year of Robin’s fellowship had three components: medical library immersion, public health library immersion, and personal education. At the Medical Library, Robin was exposed to all aspects of library operations while working closely with the departments of Collection Development & Management, and Curriculum & Research Support. Robin had a keen interest in international health and worked on initiatives concerning GIS technology and public health during her time with the Public Health Library. Finally, as part of her personal education, she continued an investigation of disaster response roles for librarians that she began at NLM.

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Robin completed her undergraduate work was at McGill University, where she studied English Literature and Anthropological Archaeology. She obtained her MLIS in 2006 from the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, where she also worked as an intern for the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library.