Thursday, August 30, 2007

Correcting the record

Ah, the printed record: riddled with inaccuracies, as any experienced researcher knows. So rarely do we get an opportunity to correct it. I'll be using this post to correct some inaccurate statements made about me in a recent article.

Those of you who are employees of OHSU may have seen today's (virtual) copy of the biweekly publication, OHSU Outlook, which included a new feature: Employee Spotlight. For those who did not read that piece, here is the text as sent:

Employee spotlight: Sara Piasecki finds the rare and unusual

Sara Piasecki, History of Medicine Librarian, specializes in rare books and special collections. She has gathered material for a national exhibit on women in medicine (featuring three OHSU medical professionals); unraveled early career information about Oishi Seinosuke, an 1896 graduate and Japanese citizen who eventually was executed in his homeland for plotting to assassinate the Emperor; and helped put together a local exhibit on " The Dark Side of Medicine" with a Frankenstein twist.

Sara has managed historical collections and archives at OHSU since 2001. She responds to inquiries from private citizens, researchers, and tourists from across the state, country, and globe. Coordinating the History of Medicine Society’s Lecture Series and working with local libraries and universities throughout Oregon on historical displays are among her responsibilities. She and her one co-worker also procure items for the library and work to digitize materials.

“The most rewarding part of my job is actually helping the patrons,” Sara said with a smile. She explained that most people have lost the art of finding information. It takes expertise and patience to go to a collection and find what a patron needs. “It is a real joy to be able to do that,” she shared.

To reach Sara, please email her or call the History of Medicine Library at 8-2287 or visit room 300 on the third floor of the Old Library Building.


Below are the corrections I would have made to this article, had I been consulted or shown a draft of the piece before publication:

Employee spotlight: Sara Piasecki preserves the rare and unusual

Sara Piasecki, History of Medicine Librarian, specializes in rare books and special collections. She is currently gathering material in support of a local installation of the national exhibit on women in medicine (featuring OHSU medical graduates and faculty members); helped unravel information on the medical education of Oishi Seinosuke, an 1896 graduate and Japanese citizen who eventually was executed in his homeland for plotting to assassinate the Emperor; and helped put together a local exhibit in support of the NLM traveling exhibit, "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature."

Sara has managed historical collections and archives at OHSU since 2003. She responds to inquiries from researchers here at OHSU as well as across the state, country, and globe. Coordinating the History of Medicine Society’s Lecture Series and working with local libraries and universities throughout Oregon on historical displays are among her responsibilities. She and her one co-worker, Archivist Karen L. Peterson, also acquire items for the collections (primarily through donation) and are working to digitize materials.

“The most rewarding part of my job is actually helping the patrons,” Sara said with a smile. She explained that most people have lost the art of finding information. It takes expertise and patience to go to a collection and find what a patron needs. “It is a real joy to be able to do that,” she shared.

To reach Sara, please email her or call the History of Medicine Library at 8-2287 or visit room 300 on the third floor of the Old Library Building.

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