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Release: Jan. 14, 2002
UI Libraries names Jean Sayre director of Health Sciences Library
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
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.