Botnick and Unno Join NNLM – Pacific Southwest Region

Two new staff members have joined the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region, based in UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. The NNLM’s mission is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individual access to information to enable informed decisions about one's health.

Learn more about Education and Outreach Librarians Julie Botnick and Zoe Unno.

Julie Botnick (MLIS '19), Education and Outreach LibrarianJulie Botnick

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as a new NNLM PSR education and outreach librarian?
I hope to raise our profile especially among public and community health organizations and health professionals, to advocate for the lesser-known resources of the National Library of medicine, such as historical and special collections resources like the NLM Traveling Exhibit program, to represent UCLA and NNLM at conferences, and to meet as many current and potential network members as possible over the course of the year. 

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?
Before entering library school, I worked in educational program development, recruitment, and campaigning. These experiences led me to be fearless about and resourceful in advocating for things I care deeply about and to build projects that reach people in ways that really speak to them. Coupled with my experiences before and during my master's in a variety of libraries and archives and my love of connecting people with resources, I feel prepared to go into the field representing UCLA and the NNLM to raise awareness of our range of incredible resources and to support the people who use them. 

What things will you be tackling first? 
I have already started what I promised to do in my interviews, what could be called a "listening tour" of current network members at public and community health organizations, as well as some of the other unique members who fall outside of our primary outreach areas such as zoos and botanical gardens, to assess people's current engagement with NNLM and how we can best support them and their peers in the future. September and October will be busy months of travel for me throughout our region exhibiting, presenting at symposiums, and doing site visits with members. And, I am lucky to have started right when my colleagues across the country decided to come together as a working group to brainstorm how to increase our reach into the public health field, so I am part of a national initiative to assess, market, and improve our public health offerings. 

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
I just finished the epic Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and am watching the absolutely hilarious Nailed It! on Netflix. I highly recommend both. 

Zoe Unno, Education and Outreach LibrarianZoe Unno

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as a new NNLM PSR education and outreach librarian?
I am looking forward to connecting with librarians and health professionals who need assistance in achieving their data management goals. I also looking forward to continuing promoting health literacy for better patient outcomes. 

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?
I started my librarian career as a medical librarian and it was during that time that I engaged with the resources that we discuss in our outreach and education work. I am excited to be in this role so that I am one of the people helping to connect others to the resources that they can use throughout their lives at no cost. 

What things will you be tackling first?
I dove right in and am working with colleagues across the regions to provide instruction in research data management, so I am looking forward to becoming accustomed to the tools that we use for instruction, such as the Moodle platform for distance education and WebEx for webinars. 

What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I am quite busy. You can find me at concerts, plays, museums, arts and classes, lectures about ocean issues, beach clean-ups, Disney parks and conventions, and generally exploring.