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Brian Bunnett, New Public Services Department Chair

Posted by isulib on July 18, 2013

Brian Bunnett

Brian Bunnett

On July 15, the Library welcomed Brian Bunnett, Associate Librarian, as head of the newly formed Public Services Department {merging of Reference/Instruction and Circulation}. With a BA and Masters in History, Brian turned to Librarianship, getting his degree in 1991 from UCLA. From 2008 until accepting the ISU position, Brian was the Director of Library and Education Services at the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center in Albuquerque. Previous positions include Deputy Director – and Associate Director – of Libraries, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (and a short stint as Interim Director of Libraries). Prior to that he also served the health professions with positions as Director, Automation Librarian, and Circuit Librarian for the Beck Library/Guthrie Circuit Library, Guthrie Healthcare System (Sayre, PA). While working on his library degree, he worked as a Bibliographer at the William Andrews Clark Library, where he reported on library’s holdings of 17th-century books and pamphlets to the English Short Title Catalog project at the University of California, Riverside, and at the UCLA Research Library, he contributed to an evaluation of their Slavic collection. On the ‘other side’ of libraries, Brian worked in ‘the biz’, as an  Abstractor for ABC – CLIO.

Professional recognition includes an appointment as Senior Fellow, New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement, and Science on Health Disparities (NM CARES HD), and a fellowship at Frye Leadership Institute (Atlanta), and being the first HealthLINE (Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Medical Librarians) Librarian of the Year.

Brian has been very active in the national Medical Library Association, including Chair Elect/Chair/Past Chair, International Cooperation Section; 2008 (Chicago) National Programming Committee; Task Force to Plan Recruitment of the 21st Century Workforce of Health Information Professionals; he was also active in the South Central Chapter of the MLA, including terms as President Elect/President/Past President.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Across the Table: Competing Perspectives for Managing Technology in a Library Setting, with Jason Bengtson, Journal of Library Administration, 2012, 52(8), pp. 699-715.
  • Promoting E-Science through Library Based Intra-Institutional Data Management Services: The University of New Mexico Experience, with Martha Bedard. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the MLA, Lubbock, Texas, October 16, 2012.
  • The Role of Librarians and Informationists in Disaster Response, with Laura Banks and Dick Carr. Poster presented at the Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit, Nashville, May 21-25, 2012
  • Keep This, Get Rid of That: Revivifying an Existing Liaison Program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the MLA, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 17, 2011 and at the New Mexico Technology in Education 2011 Conference, Albuquerque, November 1, 2011.
  • Enhancing Student Success with Lecture Capture at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Campus, Paper presented, with Sally Bowler-Hill and Chris Kiscaden, at the New Mexico Technology in Education 2010 Conference, Santa Fe, September 30, 2010.
  • Looking to the Future: Academic Health Care Centers and Their Libraries, with Holly Shipp Buchanan, chapter in Leaders Look Toward the Future, Camila A. Alire and G. Edward Evans (eds.), Neal-Schuman, 2010.
  • The National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program: A Year in Review, with Nancy Allee, Jo Dorsch, Gabriel Rios, and Cindy Stewart, Journal of Library Administration, 2009, 49(8), pp. 869-879.
  • Overview of Service Desk Operations at Academic Health Sciences Libraries in the South Central Region, with Herldine Radley. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Region of the MLA, Dallas, October 14, 2008.
  • HealthLINE: Evolution and Value of an Organization, with Kathy Broyles et al. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Region of the MLA, Dallas, October 13, 2008.
  • Emerging Libraries in a Petabyte World, with Craig Elam, The Majors Report, Summer/Fall 2007, pp. 1, 6-8.
  • Citation Analysis in Ute Deichmann’s Biologists under Hitler. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the MLA, College Station, TX, October 26, 2006. Paper received honorable mention, research category.
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