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New director named for Health Center library

by Jane Shaskan - October 31, 2005

Evelyn Breck Morgen has been named director of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library at the Health Center.

“This is an ideal time to be the new director of the library,” says Morgen, who replaced retired library director Ralph Arcari. “Ralph left the Health Center’s library in excellent condition. It’s been beautifully renovated, and our students, faculty, and staff are delighted with the updated environment. The new surroundings complement and encourage life-long learning, collaborative study, and the use of new technologies.”

One of her first goals is to meet with as many people as possible. “We want input and feedback from our patrons,” she says. “We want to hear what they have to say about our library’s strengths, challenges, and the services we provide in order to serve them better.”

In addition to her duties as library director, Morgen serves as an instructor in the School of Medicine.

Prior to her appointment, Morgen was the library’s associate director. In that post, she helped develop and implement programs for handheld computers for faculty and students, and helped plan the library’s first major renovation in 30 years.

Before coming to the Health Center, she served as the director of library services at Middlesex Hospital, overseeing building renovations and new technologies in library sciences.

Morgen earned her undergraduate degree in English at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and her master’s in library science at Simmons College in Boston.

She is recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, and was one of 15 librarians nationwide invited to the National Library of Medicine in Washington to discuss the design and use of PubMed, its bibliographic database.

Early in her career, she was a librarian at the Cambridge and Arlington public libraries in Massachusetts.

Currently the Stowe Library staff are working on selecting a new database to better meet the needs of library users. In addition to serving the clinical, research, and educational communities at the Health Center, the library is also an important source of health information across the state, serving public libraries and the general public.

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