February 13, 2009

New post focuses on organizational knowledge

Nunzia Bettinsoli Giuse, M.D.
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Nunzia Giuse, M.D.

Nunzia Giuse, M.D., has been promoted to the new position of assistant vice chancellor for Knowledge Management.

Giuse will continue to serve as professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine and director of Eskind Biomedical Library.

“This promotion recognizes the role Nunzia has assumed within the Informatics Center and across the Medical Center,” said Bill Stead, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Strategy and Transformation and director of the Informatics Center.

Giuse is responsible for managing the Medical Center's organizational knowledge and developing links between that knowledge and external databases. Examples of these activities include information search and filtering, support for evidence-based order sets, and support for research queries of Vanderbilt clinical databases.

Giuse came to Vanderbilt in 1994, and as an assistant professor in Biomedical Informatics directed the institution's test bed “Active Digital Library.” With planning support from the National Library of Medicine, she developed a taxonomy of competencies for the next generation librarian and an internship-based training program.

Since 1998 she has served as director of the Eskind Biomedical Library. Along the way, she and her team cross-trained each other in the new competencies and emerged as “informationists,” responsible for search, filtering and critical appraisal of the biomedical literature.

Giuse has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Medical Library Association and as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Lister Hill Center of the National Library of Medicine.