This topic is of great interest to me. Why? Because I am a veterinarian, working with FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, and because I have built a career as a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian. In fact I am board certified by ACLAM (1996). Another term to describe Laboratory Animal Medicine is "Comparative Medicine." Veterinarians in this specialty are well trained to be "generalists." The knowledge base is described as "a mile wide and an inch deep." Second, I am very interested in new media and emerging technologies because I am nearly through a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Drexel University. You can view my "profile" at LinkedIn at this location: [URL withheld for privacy] I recently heard a lecture by two representatives from NIH - one from NIAID and one from NCI. They each described ways that social media is bringing young scientists together and creating a more efficient and vibrant research environment at NIH. One suggestion I had for them, and I have for you, is that we request that our libraries (e.g., NIH Library) to create an online directory to all the social media and other emerging digital and mobile resources that are available to each specific community. If this information was available in one place, such as on one website or one webpage or on a wiki then HHS would better engage it's staff and scientists. Librarians are specially trained to create and manage this type of resource. I know that I am trained and ready to work in this type of environment. One type of job that would attract me is "Emerging Technologies Librarian." Please let me know if I can get involved in this effort in some meaningful way! How to engage the public? That may be an important function for Communications professionals to assume. Obvious modalities include Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and probably others that I'm not thinking of at this moment. Here is one example of a more progressive "blog" produced by author and Librarian Nicole Engard: http://www.web2learning.net/ This blog provides a number of very interesting examples of emerging utilities that have a variety of uses, perhaps including improving HHS's ability to engage the public. Certainly one focus must be upon creating mobile device applications that present important information in a format that is easily read and navigated using smart phones and other mobile devices. This is especially important for accessing the many impressive databases that are publicly available across the Agency. Again, I will complete my MLIS in June, 2013, including a practicum at NIH Library. I am very interested in this kind of communication development, and I am well versed in terminology that covers animal and human medicine, zoonotic diseases, emerging diseases, pharmacology, genomics, public health, marketing, social media, emerging technologies, and other disciplines relevant to DHHS communications. It would be an honor to take part in growing this part of my professional home Department and Agency during these exciting times of information revolution!! Thank you for your consideration! [name withheld for privacy]
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