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NOSM Announces New Director of Northern Ontario Health Information Network

Posted on March 2, 2009

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is pleased to announce that Patricia (Patty) Fink is the successful candidate for the position of Director, Northern Health Information Network (NOHIN), effective January 1, 2009. Ms. Fink joined the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2004 as an Electronic Resources Librarian, and since September 2007 has been the Acting Director of NOHIN.

Ms. Fink’s academic qualifications are matched by a history of professional accomplishments for which she is ideally suited to the demands of the position. She sits on numerous committees where she effectively advances the interests of the library. A consummate team player, her leadership qualities are evidenced by the initiative she has shown in several start-up projects and her dedication to performance excellence, demonstrated by the ongoing improvements she has made to NOHIN. In December 2008, Ms. Fink was honoured with a NOSM Staff Award of Excellence, a peer-nominated award.

The Northern Ontario Health Information Network, with libraries at both campuses of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury, supports the learning needs of health-care professionals across Northern Ontario through various resources, including electronic books and journals, databases, and various multimedia tools.

NOHIN’s mission is to advance education, research, clinical practice, and community service and fosters evidence-based health-care practice in Northern Ontario by assuring access to biomedical knowledge, by teaching the principles and techniques of information retrieval and management, and by providing quality services that promote effective information use and study.

Ms. Fink earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and History and a Master of Arts in History degree (both from Laurentian University), as well as a Master of Library & Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario.

More information regarding the Northern Ontario Health Information Network can be found at