Quillen librarian named among '2015 Movers and Shakers'

Nakia Woodward

JOHNSON CITY (March 25, 2015) – Nakia Woodward, senior clinical reference librarian at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine Library, has been named one of Library Journal’s “2015 Movers and Shakers.”

Woodward is among just 50 individuals and one organization to earn the honor. More than 300 nominations were received for the listing of “people shaping the future of libraries.”

According to the publication’s website, Woodward is a “grant-getting wonder” dedicated to “bringing health series to the rural Appalachians.”

Woodward is responsible for coordinating the library’s participation in the Remote Area Medical clinics in the area, providing those waiting to be seen by health professionals with books and other materials to pass the time. She also sets up a booth at each clinic where library volunteers answer participants’ medical questions.

Since joining the Quillen library staff in 2004, Woodward has also helped to garner more than $100,000 in grants to fund the library’s rural health outreach team.

“Woodward possesses a wealth of knowledge and extraordinary communication skills, along with a commitment to enhance lifelong learning,” said Sue Knoche, Quillen medical library assistant in her nomination of her colleague.

In the Library Journal profile, Woodward notes that successful outreach comes by leaving the library.

“Get out of the building. Community projects help people and they also help show them just how relevant libraries are,” she said. “It is a great opportunity to educate people on our abilities and programs.”

Woodward and the other “2015 Movers and Shakers” are profiled in the March 15 issue of Library Journal. The profiles can also be viewed online at lj.libraryjournal.com.

The Quillen Medical Library is one of just a few libraries across the country to have multiple Library Journal award winners on staff. In addition to Woodward, previous “Movers and Shakers” currently on staff there include Rick Wallace, the library’s assistant director, and Rachel Walden, associate dean of learning resources for the medical school. Knoche was awarded the Library Journal Paraprofessional of the Year in 2003.
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