This week a dear friend of mine passed away suddenly. Jeanne Gittings ran the library at Trinity Regional Health System. Jeanne and I worked together from 1995 to 2000. A fraction of her career in the Trinity – she started in 1969 after receiving her degree from Augustana that same year.
Jeanne was dedicated to her role as a medical librarian. It seemed more like a calling than a career. She was selfless and constantly adopting with the times. I got to work with Jeanne during the Internet revolution. During that time I saw the library go from periodicals and books to PubMed and the web.
Jeanne and I taught a series of community classes on how to search for reliable medical information on the Internet. She convinced me that I should be demonstrating Google searches (at the time I was an Alta Vista user).
After leaving Trinity I found that all medical librarians seem to demonstrate the traits of service and adaptability. At Affinity I found that Michele Matucheski and Mary Bayorgeon were from that same mold.
Appreciate your medical librarians. I can’t think of a better way to honor Jeanne’s memory.