Curriculum Vitae


Lois Ann Colaianni
Associate Director, Library Operations National Library of Medicine



University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Internship in Medical Librarianship, 1964-65

University of California, Los Angeles, CA. M.L.S. 1964

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. B.A. Biology 1953


Library Work experience

Associate Director, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine. 1983-to date

Deputy Associate Director, Library Operations National Library of Medicine. 1981-83

Director of Libraries, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. 1972-81

Head, Medical Information Communications Service (Regional Medical Program supporting medical library and information services covering 8 1/2 counties in California), UCLA Biomedical Library, Los Angeles, CA. 1968-72

MEDLARS Searcher, UCLA Biomedical Library, Los Angeles, CA. 1965-68


Professional activities

Medical Library Association. President, 1979-80; Board of Directors, 1974-77, 1978-81.; Member, 1970-72, Chairman, 1973, Continuing Education Committee; President, Hospital Libraries Section,1976-77; Chairman, Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship Committee, 1985-95 ; Associate Editor, Handbook of Medical Library Practice, 1982-88

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Chairman, Standing Committee, Section of Biological and Medical Sciences Libraries, 1987-89; Secretary/Treasurer, 1989-93

Chairman, International Organizing Committee, 7th International Congress on Medical Librarianship, May 1995

Library of Congress Network Advisory Committee. 1982?-

National Information Standards Organization. Board of Directors, 1989-92; Chairman, Standards Committee JJ, American National Standard for Book Numbering 1985-88

White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services. Delegate-at-large, 1979.

Federal Library and Information Center Committee, FLICC Executive Board, 1992-

Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona. President, 1969-70; Union List of Serials Committee, 1977.

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section T. Information, Computing, & Communication, Representative of Affiliates, 1982-85



Planning: Strategic and Tactical, 1983-85

Hospital Library Management, 1976-81

Human Factors in Medical Library Administration, 1970-74


Honors and Awards

Beta Phi Mu

NIH Merit Award, 1983

NIH Director’s Award, 1987

President’s Award, Medical Library Association, 1989

Janet Doe Lecturer, 1991

UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science, First Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1992

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1994

Fellow, Medical Library Association, 1994

Marcia C. Noyes Award, Medical Library Association, 1995

Award of Honour, European Association for Health Information and Libraries, 1995

Honorary Fellowship, The Library Association (U.K.), 1996


Special projects

Project officer, USAID-PHS Office of International Health, Improving Health Information Services in Egypt, 1991-93


Published works: a selected list

Colaianni LA, Ed. Symposium: Health Information for the Global Village. Bull Med Libr Assoc 1996 Jan;84(1):81-107.

Colaianni LA. Interlibrary cooperation: new technologies change practices not principles. In: Drbalek, Jiri; Pinkas, Otakar, editors. EAHIL Symposium on cooperation of medical libraries. Proceedings of the Symposium; 1995 Sep 20-1; Prague, Czech Republic: National Medical Library; 1995. p 9-19.

Colaianni LA. Peer review in journals indexed in Index Medicus. JAMA 1994 Jul 13;272(2):156-8.

Colaianni LA. Retraction, comment, and errata policies of the US National Library of Medicine. Lancet 1992 Aug;29(340): 536-7.

Colaianni LA, Kotzin S, Selinger N. Errata notices in journals indexed by the National Library of Medicine. In: Peer review in scientific publishing. Chicago: Council of Biology Editors; 1991:246-9.

Colaianni LA. The biological and medical sciences libraries section of IFLA: a brief history. Librarianship and Bibliography Abroad [Rus] 1990;125:10-9.

Colaianni LA. Handling of erratum data in publications indexed in MEDLINE and Index Medicus. CBE Views 1987; 10(1):7.

Colaianni LA. Information services for the nursing profession from the National Library of Medicine. J Prof Nurs 1987; 3(6):372-5.

Colaianni LA. Vision-led. In: Deschamps, C. Walckiers, M.editors. Medical libraries: cooperation and new technologies. North Holland: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1987:63-6.

Colaianni LA. Evaluating online catalogs: the need for data. In: Matthews, JR. The impact of online catalogs. New York: Neal- Schuman Publishers, 1986:81-7.

Colaianni LA. The international programs of the National Library of Medicine. INSPEL 1986 20(2):115-22.

Avram HR, Colaianni LA, Howard JH. National libraries’ vision of the nationwide network and their role in that network. In: Toward a common vision in library networking: Proceedings of the Library of Congress Network Advisory Committee Meeting, Dec. 9-11, 1985. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1986:35-9.

Colaianni LA. Martin M. Cummings. In: ALA Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services. 2n ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1986:235.

Colaianni LA. President’s page. Phyllis S. Mirsky, 1984/85. Bull Med Libr Assoc 1984 Jul;72(3):316-318.

Colaianni LA. Administration of personnel. In: Bradley, J., editor. Hospital library management. Chicago: Medical Library Association, 1983:229-43.

Colaianni LA. Where there is no vision the people perish. Bull Med Lib Assoc 1980 Oct;68(4):321-6.

Colaianni LA, Butler C. Journal titles held by forty health care institutions in California. Bull Med Lib Assoc 1975 Oct;63(4):411-4.

Colaianni LA. Clinical medical librarians in a private teaching- hospital setting. Bull Med Lib Assoc 1975 Oct;63(4):410-1.

Colaianni LA, Mirsky PS. Manual for librarians in small hospitals. Los Angeles: UCLA, 1969. Revisions published periodically since then.

Colaianni LA. Locating syndromes in Index Medicus. Los Angeles, 1969.