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Release: Jan. 14, 2002

UI Libraries names Jean Sayre director of Health Sciences Library

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries has announced the appointment of Jean Williams Sayre to director of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa Libraries. Sayre, who joined the UI Library staff on Jan. 7, served most recently as associate director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, a program contracted to the University of Illinois at Chicago from the National Library of Medicine.

"We are delighted to welcome Jean," said Nancy L. Baker, university librarian. "She has a strong background in health information management and 25 years of experience working with health professionals and academic libraries. Jean will have a major impact on the future development of the Hardin Library and, more broadly, within the health information field."

As associate director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR), Sayre worked through the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences to administer outreach programs for the National Library of Medicine in a 10-state Midwest region that included Iowa. This included administration of subcontracts with universities throughout the region, and training sessions for health professionals and consumers. Because of this experience, she is already familiar with many of the issues that face health care professionals and educators in the state. Also through the NN/LM GMR, Sayre administered government grants and contracts valued as high as $6.3 million.

Prior to her work at the NN/LM GMR, Sayre was director and chief medical librarian at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine where she also held a faculty position. Other appointments include librarian at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, assistant director of Medical Library Sciences at the Mercer University School of Medicine and assistant director of the Southeast Area Health Education Center Library at the University of North Dakota. Sayre holds a master's of arts in Library Science from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She has published widely, serves on a number of professional committees and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

The University of Iowa Libraries is the largest library system in Iowa and the 30th largest academic/research library in the United States. The Libraries system is composed of a Main Library and 11 branch libraries that are located within the various departments they serve.

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences serves the combined information and research needs of the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (including related allied-health education programs), and the department of speech pathology and audiology. The mission of the Hardin Library is to disseminate health sciences information to the students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa in support of education, research, and health care, and to preserve the scholarly record for the future.