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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Move to OHSU; Comparison of OHSU and Yale; Becoming a Librarian; Technology and Libraries; Sexism in the Library Profession and at OHSU; Major Objectives and Obstacles at OHSU; Labor-Management Relations; Development of the BICC; Influence of Senator Hatfield on OHSU; Competition Between OHSU and Other Institutions; Relations with Portland State University; Leadership of Jim Morgan; Relationship Between Library and Administration; Professional Participation For Librarians; Informatics Program; OHSU and the National Library of Medicine; Grant Writing; Relationship Between OHSU and Other Hospitals; Time Management; Index


In this oral history, Joan Ash, Ph.D., recounts how she first became interested in librarianship as a career and came to work at the OHSU Library. She talks about IAIMS (integrated advanced information management systems), an initiative of the National Library of Medicine beginning in the 1980s, and about the origin and development of the BICC (Biomedical Information Communication Center) at OHSU, an NLM grant funded program. Ash also discusses her experiences at OHSU and the people she worked with. Ash was Professor of Informatics at the OHSU Library. Dr. Ash also held positions as a Reference Librarian at the Yale Medical Library, Assistant Director of Technical Services at the University of Connecticut, Associate Director of the OHSU Library, IAIMS Coordinator and NLM Fellow in Applied Informatics at OHSU, and Director of the OHSU Oral History Project.


Transcript of oral history interview with Joan Ash, Ph.D., conducted on April 18, 2001 by Charles T. Morrissey.


OHSU Oral History Project




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