Who's Who at Calder: Staff Updates

We are pleased to announce that Biomedical Communications has a new team member – photographer Jorge Perez.  Jorge has over ten years of experience as a senior photographer with the City of Miami and has covered thousands of major events, including visits by U.S. Presidents and Senators, foreign heads of state, stars of the entertainment industry, and leaders of the University of Miami. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Biomedical Communications at 305-243-6783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request any of our services, including medical, surgical, and on-site photography, as well as photographic restoration.

Barbara Sorondo The Calder Library is pleased to announce that Barbara Sorondo has joined the staff as Manager, Library Services Interlibrary Loan department. Barbara comes to the library with a strong background in biomedical and library sciences. She completed her Master of Science in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University in August 2011, and earned a Master of Science in Psychology from Florida International University (FIU) in August 2010. For the past year, Barbara served as a medical library volunteer at Miami Children's Hospital, providing reference and technical assistance. She also served as a Research Assistant in the Infant Development Laboratory and the Neurocognitive Development Laboratory at FIU and the University of Miami, respectively. She gained teaching experience conducting lectures and review sessions for undergraduate students as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Psychology at FIU. Please join us in welcoming Barbara. We look forward to seeing how her experience and enthusiasm add to the services we are able to offer our clients.

Last month Department of Health Informatics faculty members had the opportunity to share research and projects undertaken by Calder librarians through presenting papers and posters at the annual Medical Library Association Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Attendees Brenda Linares, Vedana Vaidhyanathan, and Emily Vardell enjoyed learning from medical librarian colleagues across the United States and beyond. Hot topics of this year's conference included open access, outreach to underserved populations, and embedding services where the users are.

The faculty of the Department of Health Informatics is proud to announce JoAnn Van Schaik has joined the department as Director of Library Operations. An acknowledged expert in consortial licensing and acquisitions, Ms. Van Schaik comes to the Calder Library with 25 years of experience in the field of health information sciences. Most recently she served as the Senior Director for Technical Services for the Libraries of the Health Sciences at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition to saving her library millions of dollars through expert negotiating, as Senior Director she supervised cataloging, serials, acquisitions, license negotiations, and electronic collection development.

Ms. Van Schaik has achieved the highest rank, Distinguished Member, of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, Medical Library Association, and has been an active member in the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association, including serving on the Program Committee and as co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for annual conferences. We look forward to working with Ms. Van Schaik and learning from her expertise.



Suzy BurrowsSuzetta Burrows, Director of Library Operations, has announced her intention to retire at the end of December this year. Suzy came to the Calder Library in 1980, working for Henry Lemkau as Associate Director for Media and Regional Programs.

Nurtured by her dedication, Calder health information outreach services have flourished over the past 30 years. Suzy founded the CLASSIC program for community hospitals, clinics and corporations, which was nationally acknowledged as a model in self-sustaining healthcare information outreach. CLASSIC continues to meet the information needs of thousands to this day, and has recently been extended to international clinics and hospitals.

Suzy served as co-PI on two major Calder Library Information grants, Point-of-Care, Team-Based Information System (POINTIS) and Southeast Florida AIDS Information Network. Most recently, as co-PI on a third National Library of Medicine award, she helped launch the Calder partnership with south Florida public librarians in support of the highly successful, medical student led, DOCS health fairs.

She guided the transformation from print to online collections at the Calder Library. By stewarding university resources through the years, continued access was maintained to the wealth of resources that are the foundation of the Calder Library. Her understanding of scholarly publishing and electronic access was acknowledged when she was named co-editor this year of a column for the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.

As a member of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Suzy served as Chair of the Association, as well as chair of the Continuing Education Committee, Nominating Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and co-chair of two Convention Committees for the annual meetings in Key Biscayne (1984) and Coral Gables (2003). Her mentoring of other librarians was twice recognized by the Southern Chapter.

Suzy also has been a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) since 1969, serving as Chair of the Communications Committee, the Ida and George Eliot Award Jury, and the Medical School Library Section. She has been a Distinguished Member of the MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1990.

Her professional expertise and service have left indelible marks on the Louis Calder Memorial Library. Although she will be enjoying a well deserved rest, Suzy has assured us that she will be available in the future to help document the contributions of others to the Miller School of Medicine through oral histories.

We hope you will join us when we will recognize Suzetta Burrows and her many accomplishments at the Spring Faculty and Friends reception at the Calder Library. Details will follow.

The Calder Library would like to congratulate library faculty member Tanya Feddern-Bekcan for graduating from the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute on July 30th.

Tanya Feddern-Bekcan

This past week several of the Calder Library faculty members attended the annual Medical Library Association Conference in Washington DC.

MLA group photo

Brenda LinaresBrenda M. Linares joined the Calder Library on August 31, 2009, as Manager, Finance and Administrative Librarian in Medical Library Administration. Ms. Linares was awarded a BS in Finance from the California State University-Northridge and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. Prior to library school, Ms. Linares worked for several years in the financial sector. Following library school, she was accepted as a Fellow in the prestigious and highly competitive National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program. The first year of this two-year fellowship is spent at NLM. Ms. Linares then selected the Calder Library to spend her second year in Medical Library Administration. In addition to her financial responsibilities, Ms. Linares will continue to participate in the Library’s outreach activities.


Emily VardellEmily J. Vardell joined the Calder Library on September 1, 2009, as Community Engagement Librarian and Collections Liaison. Ms. Vardell received a BA from Wellesley College with majors in Biological Chemistry and German Studies and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. Prior to her library degree, Ms. Vardell did graduate level coursework at the University of Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar. Following her library degree, she was accepted into the NLM Associates Fellowship Program. She spent her second year of the fellowship at the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she worked with on the university’s global health initiatives and with North Carolina public health practitioners and students. In her new position, she will be involved in the library's outreach activities and collection development.


Mary Moore is the first author of an article: Web usability with a Hispanic medically underserved population, Journal of the Medical Library Association 2009 97(2):114-21 Apr. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2670225/pdf/mlab-97-02-114.pdf

Together with L. Jared Abramson, Suzetta Burrows and Yanira Garcia-Barcena, and Dr. Moore presented a poster: Fostering Researcher Collaboration and Mentoring at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association, May 17, 2009. http://www.posterexperience.com/poster.php?id=34

Tanya Feddern-Bekcan and Joaquin E. Arriaga presented a poster: Benefits and Perquisites Attracting and Retaining Valuable Librarians at the Annual MLA Meeting, May 18, 2009. http://www.posterexperience.com/poster.php?id=96

Feddern-Bekcan published a review of Google Calendar in Journal of the Medical Library Association 2008 96(4):394-5 Oct. and published a Member Spotlight on her professional duties, activities and goals in MLA News 2009 no. 419:12-13 Apr. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2568829/pdf/mlab-96-04-394.pdf

Yanira Garcia-Barcena and Vedana Vaidhyanathan presented a poster: Filters to Support Animal Methodologies Used in Animal Research at the Annual MLA Meeting, May 17, 2009. http://www.posterexperience.com/poster.php?id=67

Brenda Linares, Yanira Garcia-Barcena, Suzetta Burrows and Mary Moore presented a poster: Fusion of Librarians and DOCS for Health at the Annual MLA Meeting, May 19, 2009. http://www.posterexperience.com/poster.php?id=122

Emily Vardell presented a poster: Selective Sampling of the National Library of Medicine’s Coverage of Disaster-related Gray Literature on the Web at the Annual MLA Meeting, May 18, 2009. http://www.posterexperience.com/poster.php?id=8

Vardell also presented a poster: Surveying the Global Health Efforts of Health Sciences Libraries at the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Meeting, October 6, 2009. http://3bythesea.pbworks.com/f/UNC+HSL+Global+Health+Survey+Poster.pdf