Taking on the director of libraries position May 14, 2018, Dale Prince has worked in libraries since grade school but has been employed professionally since 1999. Dale is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Indiana University. His previous position as executive director of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) was located at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Grant-funded, NNLM is an outreach arm of the National Library of Medicine, one of the National Institutes of Health. The NNLM goes about its work to ensure that every person—health professional, researcher, layperson—has access to appropriate, quality health information through programs of education and funding and the maintenance of a network of libraries and other organizations that disseminate or use health information. Consequently, Dale has a background in the provision of continuing education, grant writing, and growing communities of interest.
Prior to his departure from the NNLM, Dale was involved in helping NNLM establish its new All of Us Community Engagement Network initiative, helping public libraries support the health information needs of users and empowering those libraries to provide information to users about NIH’s All of Us Research Program especially in cities without direct clinical engagement partners.
Dale’s interests include technology in libraries, leadership, and scholarly publishing. In his first 90 days, Dale is still learning about LSUHSC, but high on his priorities is to connect the libraries to their communities. Soon he will be contacting leadership in the schools and divisions to schedule brief appointments to discuss ways to ensure their success and the success of their faculty, researchers, and students. Feel free to contact Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org.