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Himmelfarb Headlines - September / October 2012

Meet Anne Linton, Director, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
Anne Linton and Family Picture

In recognition of the library's Healthy Lifestyle campaign that will kick off in October, Anne Linton was selected for this issue's staff profile. Many of Himmelfarb's librarians and other staff members take health and wellness seriously and incorporate exercise into their weekly routine. But given the demands of Anne's job as Himmelfarb Library's director, and all of the responsibilities that she juggles, her efforts to incorporate fitness and healthy activities make her particularly noteworthy.

Anne first joined the Himmelfarb Library and GW in 1984, making her one of the longest serving employees. She started on the front lines as a reference librarian which acquainted her with many of the faculty and staff she continues to work closely with today as Director. Her focus has always been on education, outreach, and making vital resources available and accessible to the library's users. Outside of Himmelfarb, Anne is active in many professional activities, including serving as a lecturer in the School of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America, and in many leadership positions with the Medical Library Association (MLA), Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA, and the Special Library Association.

In addition to a very busy professional life, Anne is also a wife and mother of two. Her daughter Elizabeth recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and son, Michael just began his freshman year at GW. Anne says the push to exercise comes from her "exercise fanatic" husband who does cardio exercise daily and is an avid cyclist. Exercise is part of the family culture. Her son plays soccer and her daughter dances. They often make trips to the gym together and hiking is a favorite activity for family vacations. "Recently, we hiked a beautiful tropical rainforest trail just north of Key West."

Anne tries to go to the Lerner Center at least two times a week where she says she frequently sees and is joined by many students and faculty that she knows. On the weekends she goes to the local YMCA where she just recently took up yoga. "I find that exercise is a great stress reliever and sometimes when I am biking, I even get a few minutes to read that book I have been meaning to finish!"

As students, faculty, and staff settle into the demands of the fall semester, exercise and healthy eating can often slip to the bottom of the list of daily priorities. Himmelfarb staff members want to help keep it in focus with a Healthy Lifestyles campaign, starting in October. Three featured themes will be stress reduction, physical fitness, and nutrition and diet. Healthy Living kits with yoga blocks, jump ropes, and weights will soon be available for checkout from Himmelfarb's Circulation Desk and items are being added to Himmelfarb's DVD and book collections to support health and wellness.

Kicking off stress reduction, a yoga stretching session is scheduled for Oct. 17th at 4:30 pm and a yoga nidra/meditation session on Nov. 5th at 6:45 pm. Sessions on Zumba and injury prevention are also planned, so stay tuned to the Library's blog for announcements, and next time you're at the Lerner Center look for Anne!

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