December 16th, 2011
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association recently named Susan Arnold, Director of the WVU Health Sciences Library, its Librarian of the Year.
Jana Liebermann, chair of the MAC awards committee, said the award reflects Arnold’s accomplishments over the past few years. Liebermann praised Arnold’s involvement with the library’s move into the new Health Sciences Learning Center in 2007, the migration from print to electronic resources, and a phenomenal increase in the use of the Libraries’ electronic resources.
“Being recognized by a group of colleagues from regional institutions means a lot to me,” Arnold said. “I am really honored and humbled.”
Arnold appreciates the recognition because it affirms her role in enhancing the academic and research environments at the University. She explained that the Health Science Library excels at serving the University community because the library’s librarians and staff work closely with the Health Sciences community to determine program needs.
“The award encourages me to keep working collaboratively with our faculty and to make every effort to develop the best research resources we can,” said Arnold.
Arnold came to the WVU Hospitals in 1988 as a clinical nutrition manager and dietetic internship director. In 2001, she joined the staff of the WVU Libraries as an information services librarian at the Health Sciences Library. Arnold was named director in March 2008, after serving as interim director since June 2004.
She earned her bachelor of science in Dietetics from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a master of science in Human Nutrition & Foods from Virginia Tech, and a master of Library & Information Science from the University of South Carolina.
Arnold has been active in MAC since 2001, serving a term as secretary for the organization and co-chairing its annual meeting in Morgantown in 2008. The Medical Library Association named her a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals in 2006.