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Himmelfarb Headlines - November / December 2010

Meet Leah Pellegrino, Head of Collection Content Organization
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Though Leah's title may not be easily understood outside the library world, what she does at Himmelfarb Library boils down to one simple thing. Leah makes sure Himmelfarbs thousands of resources can be easily discovered by the Library's users. She's in charge of the creation, structure, and organization of records in the Library Catalog and just recently, the GWUMC Institutional Repository (IR).

The goal of the repository project is to make documents and data produced within the Medical Center available to the GW community. The Medical Center IR is part of the ALADIN Research Commons site, which will eventually include documents and data from across the University. Leah has worked closely with staff from Gelman and Burns libraries and Himmelfarb's web services librarian, Liz Hall, to get the IR off the ground. Faculty and staff who would like to submit materials should contact Leah at 4-3685 or

Leah has an MSLS from Catholic University and has served in several positions since coming to Himmelfarb from Georgetown University in 2001. This makes her a valuable contributor to the many committees and projects she leads. Beyond her primary job duties, Leah serves as a Library Faculty Tutor for Problem-Centered Learning and is a member of the Medical Center's Institutional Review Board. As head of Himmelfarb Library's Disaster Planning Committee, she has spent a lot of time this past year making sure library staff are prepared for any emergency.

Speaking of emergencies, Leah recently trained as a rescuer of birds of prey with the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. She enjoys reading and being in the outdoors, hiking or biking.


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