Retiring: Polly Beam; Welcoming: Rachel Harrison!

Goodbye to Polly Beam: The last day of 2013 is also the last day at the Levy Library for Polly Beam, the Levy Library’s outgoing Manager of Reference and Instruction.  Polly is retiring after 13 dedicated years of managing library reference and instruction services.  Polly always demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the information needs of students, faculty, residents, nurses, and staff.  Polly has been a committed champion of evidence based medicine, instructing users on complex searching techniques and concepts.  Her mastery of the biomedical literature and experience as a nurse, enabled her to make significant contributions to countless research and publication projects.  Polly also led the library’s many instructional initiatives for medical and graduate students.  We are sad to see her go, but are wishing her all the best in her retirement!!

Welcome to Rachel Harrison: While we say good-bye to Polly, we are very pleased to welcome Rachel Harrison, who will serve as the library’s new Manager of Reference and Instruction.  Rachel earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Emory University and her Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science.  Prior to joining the Levy Library, Rachel spent five years working in the field of electronic resources publishing, first at ARTstor, a non-profit, digital library of images, and next at McGraw-Hill Professional.  At McGraw-Hill, Rachel was the founding member of the User Services Team, a group devoted to supporting both librarians’ and end-users’ use of the Access online medical resources, such as AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery.

After several years working for library vendors, Rachel is thrilled to cross the threshold into working in an academic library.  She hopes to bring the lessons she learned from working with dozens of medical libraries and the cross-institutional perspective this afforded her to help serve the Mount Sinai community.  Please join us in welcoming her to the Levy Library!

 

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