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Subject: Blatant self-promotion
 
Well, not entirely self-promotion; maybe the
profession will get noticed, too.
 
Some of you may remember a post I made this July about some Italian students
who were looking for information about one of the rare Jewish genetic
disorders. I ended up operating as middle-woman via the Internet and got them
hooked up with a parent/patient support group coordinated by an Internet
expert and parent of an afflicted child who is a professor at U-Wisconsin at
Madison (the parent, not the child).
 
I have been in contact with the Italian students ever since, and it turns out
that they posted a thank-you note to me on a newsgroup--which I never saw, but
which was seen by a journalist at the Washington *Post* who does a regular
column on medicine on the Internet.  The journalist ended up interviewing both
me and the Wisconsin professor and communicated with the Italians entirely by
email.
 
The whole story is going to be in the *Post* on September 19.  I hope the
journalist left in all my remarks about medical librarians and how crucial we
are to human existence.
 
 To further suppress the propagation of outdated librarian stereotypes, I made
sure that my photograph does NOT appear anywhere in the article.
 
There will also be a story in the Italian edition of *Internet News* next
month but since my Italian's a little rusty I'll give that a miss.
 
Catherine Arnott Smith
Medical Information Systems Management Specialist
Lincoln National Reinsurance Companies