Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, FACMI

Year Elected: 
1989
Georgetown University Medical Center

Currently: Library, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Biography and photograph when elected: 

Naomi C. Broering is Director of the Biomedical Information Resources Center and Medical Center Librarian at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Dahlgren Memorial Library. She received her MLS degree from the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she received an NLM/NIH Postgraduate Fellowship, after completing all coursework toward a doctorate in History and earning a MA in History and BA in Social Science.

Her work in medical informatics emphasizes online access to medical literature. Currently she is concentrating on the integration of information for medical education, patient care and research through scholar's workstations and network systems. In 1981, she led the team effort to create the Georgetown University Library Information System (LIS), an integrated library system, and the miniMEDLINE SYSTEM, a self service bibliographic system based on the NLM MEDLINE file. In 1983, as Principal Investigator of the Georgetown IAIMS projects, she was responsible for developing the institution's IAIMS strategic plan followed by a model project in 1985. Under her leadership, in 1989, Georgetown began IAIMS implementation by creating a Biotechnology and Biomedical Knowledge Network, accessible to users from home, office and the campus.

She presented numerous papers at the annual conferences of AAMSI and SCAMC (Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care) on her work at Georgetown to integrate literature systems to health care delivery, and to develop student clinical workstations with access to multiple resources of information. She says the "trick is a user friendly system." She served on SCAMC program committees, planning panels and clinical informatics committees. She is recipient of the 1987 Special Libraries Association Professional Award, Medical Library Association, Frank B. Rogers Information Advancement Award, and the Georgetown University Vicennial Award for Distinguished Service. She is Associate Editor of Update: Computers in Medicine. She recently served on the NLM Planning Panel on Outreach Programs chaired by Michael DeBakey Jan to May 1989. A prolific author of 3 books and many articles, she continues to write scholarly articles and looks forward to contributing to the newly emerged AMIA.