Maren Niemeier, MLIS - Bio Sketch
Maren Niemeier is an information resource manager at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Maren is a librarian by training and has been with the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), a federally-funded information resource supporting rural health and human services, since 2003. She helps develop content for the Rural Health Information Hub's web site, leads usability efforts, and manages the website's information architecture. Maren also served as deputy director of the federally-funded Health Workforce Information Center from 2008 through February 2014, when the project's funding ended.
Prior to joining the CRH, Maren was the digital services librarian for the UND Chester Fritz Library, where she developed a custom content-management system for the library's website and addressed website usability issues as well as providing reference services to UND students, faculty, and staff. As network coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region from 1998-1999, Maren provided support and training for National Library of Medicine products and services to a six-state region.
Maren completed a post-masters fellowship at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as part of the NLM Associate Fellows program from 1996-1997. She earned her master of library and information science degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and her bachelor of arts degree in mathematics in 1992 from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Maren grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and has family ties to the Mayville, North Dakota, area.
Established in 1980, the CRH is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, and most important, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.