Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSLMC) is under the HealthOne system, as is Swedish, RMHC – Rocky Mountain Health Care, Rose, Aurora, Sky Ridge and North Suburban. PSLMC ‘s Dorsey Medical Library has three MLS librarians: Nancy Peterson, Sharon Martin and Diane Tobin. A brief history of the Dorsey Medical Library:
The Denver Medical Society started the Denver Medical Library in 1893. It eventually became housed in the Presbyterian/St. Lukes’ Medical Center under a contract that ended in 2012. The library’s name was recently changed to Dorsey Medical Library when it became a hospital department. The library no longer serves the public and our computers are only for hospital staff.
Nancy Peterson has been a CCML member since the 1990’s. She was the one-person librarian/office manager/administrative assistant at the Whedon Cancer Foundation in Sheridan, WY for twenty-one years before she came to P/SL. Nancy enjoys helping people find the information and articles they need. “Every day is different, and changes in duties and technology keep me learning new things!”
Nancy has worked at P/SL almost twelve years, and was originally hired as the Family Health librarian. She now primarily works with interlibrary loans and clinical searches. Her spare time is split between family activities and attending Global Information Network events. She has five children and three grandchildren. Her husband is a semi-retired veterinarian who travels between Wyoming and Colorado helping family and animals with whatever they need. One of her great honors as a librarian was when she received the Amy McDowell Award in 2000 for services rendered to the Wyoming library community. She enjoys being part of the MLA Consumer Health Information section and earning her CHIS certifications. The resources she learned to use have helped her to be a better information specialist for the public.
Nancy appreciates networking with the members and CCML over the years and enjoys the programs and committee work. “I cannot think of a better group with whom to be associated in the local medical library community. CCML has been a blessing to anyone working in our field!”
Sharon Martin has been a CCML member since early 1990’s. She moved to Denver from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) which is where she started her medical library career. Sharon’s first position in Denver was at TMC of Aurora in 1989. Later she moved to Denver Medical Library which was transferred to P/SL.
Sharon’s favorite part of work is the people she works with! Her hobbies include going on cruises with her sister. The Panama Canal has been her favorite cruise – so much so that we have done it twice and is ready to go again. Driving to work always includes a book on tape – makes it shorter! Her favorite contribution as a librarian was when she was at KUMC and “… we did a beta test of a new CD-ROM product for medicine. This was my one time to have a professionally published article.”
Diane Tobin holds an undergraduate degree in the sciences and was looking for a way to stay tuned with science. She is a generalist, and had no desire to commit her life to the study of a single protein. She graduated from the University of Denver with an MLIS in 2008 and accepted a position at the Dorsey Medical Library. “I love it!”
Diane’s life as Clinical Reference Librarian is hectic. She liaises with Colorado Health Foundation’s Residency program, digs thorough the literature for patient care, and strives to push new medical ideas to all hospital staff. She loves being able to follow her own interests while satisfying her desires to be helpful and stay current, while satisfying her desires to stay current and be helpful.
— Submitted by Deb Taylor