Alumnus Spann named south central regional Community Health Coordinator for National Network of Libraries of Medicine


Marcus Spann, LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) alumnus, has been named the new Community Health Coordinator for the five-state South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and is also the liaison for all NNLM programs in Arkansas.

Spann’s concentration is in health sciences and STEM librarianship, a program of SLIS. This specialization focuses in science, technology, engineering, medicine, or related health sciences disciplines, allowing graduates to work in many fields such as hospitals, veterinary medicine, the cosmetics industry, agriculture, energy, publishing, and insurance.

According to SLIS Associate Professor Dr. Michelynn McKnight, “As health care, health informatics, and biomedical research communities continue to grow, so does the need for specialized information professionals. Health sciences LIS specialists work in hospitals, large academic health sciences centers, research institutions, corporations, professional associations and many kinds of government agencies. In addition to serving clinicians and researchers, many provide consumer health information services through schools, public libraries, and community organizations.”

In this position, Spann will promote awareness and use of National Library of Medicine resources, particularly for unaffiliated health professionals and the public health workforce serving minority, rural, and underserved communities in the region. He will coordinate a variety of programs for community health in the five states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

While receiving his Master of Library & Information Science at LSU, Spann was named one of six recipients of the 2014 NNLM South Central Region Library Student Outreach Award for his interest and experience in health sciences librarianship. He has also worked in a Louisiana public library with outreach responsibilities and has advanced training experience in medical librarianship.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine advances the progress of medicine and improves the public health through access to health information.


About SLIS

The LSU School of Library & Information Science prepares individuals for positions of responsibility in the field of library and information service and strives to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.


About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.