35th Annual Conference (May 2002)

Theme: The Young and the Rest of Us
Finding Information on Special Populations

May 6-8, Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Atlanta, GA

Short Bios of Presenters | Conference Photos

Monday, May 6, 2002

  • 9:00-12:00 – Tour of CDC’s Global Health Odyssey followed by an informal tour of APLIC member Emma Stupp’s Library at CDC.
    Visit www.cdc.gov/global/ for more information.
  • APLIC Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 7, 2002

  • Are teens at risk? (2155K PDF). Presented by Dr. Laura Kann, CDC
  • Introduction to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Electronic Information Resources (659K PDF). Presented by Onnalee Henneberry, M.S. Technical Information Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information Center
  • 2:00-3:00 – Breakout Sessions
    • Collection, Organization, and Utilization of International Population Resources (1108K PDF)
      Chengzhi Wang, Population Research Librarian, Donald E. Stokes Library of Public and International Affairs and Population Research, Princeton University.
      The presentation tackles issues of collection, organization, and utilization of international population resources by primarily using experience of Princeton’s Stokes Library. I first summarize the Stokes Library’s successful experience in collecting, organizing, and making available the information and knowledge of international population resources, particularly censuses and vital statistics of developing countries. Secondly, I discuss challenges incurred by many factors, especially collection complexities of international scope and institutional, organizational, and system changes. Thirdly, I make a general review about how to overcome challenges and create opportunities on the part of population librarians. Lastly, I discuss practical ways to make better access of international population resources. The conclusion is that, given the sometimes uncertain macro environments, librarians should be initiative and proactive, and they can help create positive changes and make international population collection more available and accessible. Presentation medium: Powerpoint
    • Searching the Development Experience Clearinghouse. Presented by Gretl Cox, Information Resource Center Manager, Family Health International AIDS Institute.
    • New Developments with POPLINE (355K PDF). Presented by Funmi Akhigbe, POPLINE Manager (Production & Services)
  • Building Gateways and Portals to Population and Reproductive Health: Development Gateway (3024K PDF) & Reproductive Health Gateway (130K PDF). Presented by Susan Pasquariella, UNFPA and Margaret D’Adamo, Co-Chair – Population and Health Materials Working Group

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Biographies of Presenters

  • Funmi Akhigbe is the production and services manager for the POPLINE bibliographic database on population, reproductive health and related health issues. Her primary duties are to coordinate and supervise the systems and staff that produce POPLINE database and disseminate its information to health professionals and researchers around the world. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Akhigbe was Assistant Project Manager of the document delivery contract at the National Agricultural Library, Beltsville MD from 1997-2001. Before relocating to the United States in 1997, Akhigbe was Deputy University librarian and director of the medical library at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, in Nigeria. In her capacity as director of the medical library, Akhigbe was instrumental in bringing the medical library to prominence to play the role of a national medical library. She coordinated the development of Nigeria’s national health information database and also developed a program to build the capacity of the country’s medical librarians. During her 18 years as an academic librarian, Akhigbe coordinated health information development and dissemination projects for non-governmental organizations, organized workshops and served as a resource person at international health information conferences in Africa, Europe and the US. Akhigbe was president of the Association for Health and Information Libraries in Africa (1994-1996). She was also the recipient of both the British Council (Nigeria) Travel fellowship (1995) and the 1990 Cunningham International Fellowship of the Medical Library Association (US). Akhigbe has an MLS and a B.Sc. (honors) in Zoology from the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria.
  • Gretl Cox is the Mananger of the Information Resource Center at the FHI AIDS INSTITUTE in Arlington VA. She supports FHI Arlington staff as well as the Field Offices. Prior to that she spent 7 years at John Snow Inc. managing their library. Her Development work started at the USAID Library in 1992, thus her knowledge of the Development Experience Clearinghouse.Her background is in Library Technical Services, specifically cataloging. She’s had some interesting jobs in the Washington area, her favorite was cataloging art books at the National Gallery of Art. There were also some more mundane positions, s.a. Head of Technical Services at the US EPA library.Gretl values the help and comraderie of APLIC greatly. The FHI/NC librarians are forever coming to the rescue when all else fails.She received her MLIS from Catholic University of America and has an advanced degree in German and English literature from Vienna, Austria, her native country.
  • Peggy D’Adamo is co-chair of the USAID Population and Health Materials Working Group (PHWMG) and manager of Reproductive Health Gateway www.rhgateway.org, an information portal for reproductive health professionals operated by the PHMWG. As Senior Librarian for the Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC), Ms. D’Adamo is responsible for providing access to M/MC resources via both web and CD-ROM. She has also worked with POPLINE to provide training in Zambia, Morocco and Senegal and with Population Communication Services to provide technical support for web projects. She is former President of APLIC, and member of the Special Libraries Association. She has her MLS from University of Maryland and will soon have her MS in Business from Hopkins.
  • Chengzhi Wang did his graduate work in Education and Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as Research Assistant with the Graduate College and Asian Library there. He also worked for practicum with the Education and Social Science Library at the university. He taught one sememster in a teaching university in Illinois. He now works as Population Research Librarian at Princeton University.


All Photos for this year’s conference courtesy of Yan Fu. Thank you Yan.