Introduction: Lindsay Blake, AHIP, Chair, Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship Committee, and Clinical Services Librarian, UAMS Library, University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences Little Rock
Speaker: Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
Patricia Flatley Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is the first nurse and first female to serve as permanent head of the library in its 180-year history. Brennan came to NLM from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, and led the Living Environments Laboratory (wid.wisc.edu/research/lel/) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (wid.wisc.edu). Her pioneering research in the use of information technology to support patients and care givers has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others.
Brennan is a past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American Academy of Nursing, and the New York Academy of Medicine.
Brennan received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Delaware, a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctoral degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, she held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition, she spent a year at NLM in 2002 to 2003 as a visiting senior scientist at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.