Will Olmstadt

Will Olmstadt

What is your current role in the workplace?

I am the executive director of the health sciences library at LSU Health Shreveport. I oversee an academic health sciences library with a staff of 13, occasional interns, and student workers. Our campus is one of the freestanding health science centers in the LSU system, and we offer almost exclusively graduate and professional degrees.

Why did you become a librarian/info pro?

My first job was in a university engineering library, as a night-time student worker. Even doing that work, I realized that I enjoyed connecting people to information.

Tell us a little about your history with LMD and why you took a role on the Board.

I have long contributed to professional associations for health sciences librarianship, but I am looking to expand my professional contacts and roles through this engagement with LMD.

What do you see as a key professional or organizational challenge that you hope to address in 2019?

Recruiting and retaining a high-quality, diverse staff.

Do you have any plans or initiatives for LMD in 2019 you'd like to tell us about?

My intention as Secretary for LMD is to record accurately meeting minutes and decisions, and do so in a consistent format.  

And, finally, what's a little-known fact about you?

I (very briefly) proofread an independent art magazine in the past.