Last fall, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences here at the University of Massachusetts Medical School hired, for the first time, an Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development. Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, has been on the job since September, working hard towards her charge of establishing an overall program for career planning for the doctoral students at our university. Dr.
An excellent blog post from Sally Gore at the UMass Medical Library about the hope (and need) for librarians to branch out into new areas. I really appreciate her points about expanding CE classes and melding our skills with those of biomedical science programs. Her ideas about thinking outside the box to reach new areas and expanding our knowledge-base are much appreciated. I too hope that librarians become more excited about (rather than shy away from) these opportunities and push themselves to reach out into new areas, broaden their skill set, and spread the word to others in the field.