Maija Anderson and Melissa Haendel to lead the OHSU Library

maija Melissa_4The OHSU Library is happy to announce that Maija Anderson, M.A., has been appointed Interim Director of Library Operations and Melissa Haendel, Ph.D., has been appointed Interim Director of Library Data Science. Together with David Robinson, Executive Vice Provost, they will co-lead the Library as OHSU takes this opportunity to reflect on the Library’s role within OHSU and the community in a dynamic and open conversation. This will help shape new Library leadership, ultimately identified through a national search.

As Director of Curatorial Services and Associate Professor in the OHSU Library, Maija Anderson leads successful programs in historical collections and archives, which promotes diverse and engaging perspectives on the history of health sciences through exhibits, events, and the OHSU Oral History Program. She is also leading the development of a digital asset management repository, which will provide OHSU communities with a flexible academic, business, and preservation solution to manage diverse digital assets. Ms. Anderson’s scholarship centers on advancing the role of special collections and archives in the health sciences. She is a leader in the Society of American Archivists, where she revitalized the Women Archivists Roundtable and chairs the host committee for the association’s national meeting which will be held in Portland July 23-29, 2017.

Melissa Haendel is Director of the Ontology Development Group and Associate Professor in the Library and the School of Medicine Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Haendel leads research in diverse areas, such as research profiling and attribution informatics, connecting human diseases to model systems, scholarly communication and data citation, and clinical education. As principal investigator of the Monarch Initiative, she leads an international effort to deeply integrate biological information using ontologies, supporting rare disease diagnosis and mechanistic discovery. She also co-leads the NCATS Data Translator, which aims to create an large scale open science platform for navigation and inference across the diverse array of biomedical knowledge resources. She is committed to open science and addressing inequities in accessing data and knowledge as well as improving sustainability, attribution, and consistency of data across biomedicine.

From digitizing archival public health data to leading open science initiatives, Maija Anderson and Melissa Haendel are ideally positioned to lead the Library in a time of transition. “It makes me very happy to leave the OHSU Library in such good hands. I look forward to seeing them do great work with a fantastic team of people, whom I will miss very much” said Chris Shaffer, outgoing University Librarian.