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Vivien Ludwin (retired) was educated in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, taking degrees in librarianship and education. Arriving in Canada in 1975, Ludwin worked in the Bracken Health Sciences Library at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was director from 1986 to 2004. Currently, she is a health information consultant.
Ludwin’s areas of expertise are virtual library services, information resource sharing and information literacy. She has chaired national and provincial advisory boards and committees, including the National Research Council Advisory Board for the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) Subcommittee on Health Sciences Information, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Library Committee, and the Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries. She served as chair of the Ontario Hospital e-Health Council Working Group on the E-Library, which examined the feasibility of virtual health information for all healthcare professionals in Ontario. She served on the National Research Council Advisory Board for CISTI, as well on other provincial and university committees.
As director of the Bracken Health Sciences Library at Queen’s, Ludwin formed partnerships with healthcare institutions in Southeastern Ontario. These partnerships provided community health professionals, clinicians, administrators, and students with access to health information from their desktops. The objective of the partnerships is to make available point-of-need information and to provide the highest quality of evidence-based information for patient care, teaching and research.