NIH News Release
National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Contact: Robert Mehnert
Kathy Cravedi
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Director of Computer Operations Named by Library
Background combines practical experience, academic achievement

Bethesda, Md. — National Library of Medicine Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., has announced the appointment of Simon Y. Liu, Ph.D., as Director of Information Systems. Dr. Liu comes to NLM from the Department of Justice, where he served most recently as Acting Director of the Information Management and Security Staff.

"We are fortunate to get someone with Dr. Liu's background in computers, communications, and management," NLM Director Lindberg observed. "He brings to the position an unusual combination of practical experience and high-level academic achievement."

In his position as Director of Information Systems, he directs the programs of the Office of Computer and Communications Systems and its staff of 60 who provide the NLM backbone computer networking facilities and support other NLM components in local area networking. OCCS also provides professional programming services and computational and data processing facilities to meet NLM program needs. This division of NLM operates and maintains the NLM Computer Center, designs and develops software, and provides extensive customer support, training courses and seminars, and documentation for computer and network users.

Dr. Liu holds a doctorate in computer science from George Washington University, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Indiana University. Dr. Liu completed his undergraduate work in mathematics at Chung Yuan University in Taiwan.

In addition to his work with the Federal government, Dr. Liu serves as an adjunct professor of computer science at the Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, and as an adjunct professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is the editor of IT Professional Magazine, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

The National Library of Medicine, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, is the world's largest medical library. In addition to a diverse collection of online information resources, its holdings include 5.8 million books, journals, audiovisuals and artworks from the 11th century to the present.

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