"Looking Inside Ourselves: A Culture of Kindness"
Introduction: M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library; and Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland–Baltimore
Speaker: Julia F. Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, and Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Julia F. Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, is associate vice president and director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, and associate professor, Public Health Sciences, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. She has worked at the University of Rochester since 1980 in successively more responsible positions but began her career at the National Library of Medicine as an Associate Fellow.
Sollenberger has a notable record of publications, having authored numerous articles, book chapters, presentations, and posters. She has held leadership positions in a variety of professional associations, at local, regional, and national levels, including president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and member of the MLA Board of Directors. Sollenberger has received several awards, including the MLA Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year and the National Institutes of Health Award of Merit. In 2005, she became an MLA Fellow.
Sollenberger participated in the original 1992 Rochester Study on the value of hospital libraries, and she served as chair of the Planning Team for the multisite study of the value of information in patient care (the Value Study). Results of this study were published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, and the article received MLA’s 2014 Ida and George Eliot Prize. Sollenberger has also been involved in leadership training for more than a decade, twice participating as a mentor in the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows program and serving as chair of the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee.