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For Immediate Release: January 27, 2011
Contact: Gina Hebert, (508) 289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

MBLWHOI Library Appoints New Director

Holly Miller

Dr. Holly Miller, director of the MBLWHOI Library. Click for high-resolution image.

WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has appointed Dr. Holly Miller director of the MBLWHOI Library. Dr. Miller will also serve as the associate director of the MBL's newly formed Center for Library and Informatics. She replaces former library director Catherine Norton, who retired earlier this month after 30 years at the MBL. Norton will continue to serve the library as its Scholar of Library Science.

The MBLWHOI Library is internationally recognized as defining current trends and practices in marine information sciences and bioinformatics. The MBL and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) maintain a vital partnership in the day-to-day operation of the library, which continues to build one of the most unique print and electronic literature collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences.

Dr. Miller joined the MBL in 2008 and had been the scientific informatics project leader for the Ellison Medical Foundation-funded Biology of Aging Project, which focuses on computational techniques to extract information about aging-related genes and organisms by mining biomedical literature, databases, and other sources. In that position, Dr. Miller has managed the Aging Project team, as well as the entire Library informatics group and its expanded initiatives.

“I am excited to be a part of this dynamic and innovative institution,” said Dr. Miller. “The MBLWHOI Library and the new Center for Library and Informatics are on the cutting edge of scientific data and information access, archiving, and use.”

“The MBLWHOI Library has a long and illustrious history, ably led by a succession of dedicated Librarians,” added Gary Borisy, MBL Director & CEO. “We are proud of the Library's recent pioneering efforts in fostering the application of informatics to its activities and recognize the important role Dr. Miller will have in furthering this process.”

Dr. Miller received a B.S. in chemistry and biology from Bloomsburg University, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Wake Forest University. Following postdoctoral positions at Wake Forest and Stony Book University, she served as faculty in the department of pharmacological sciences at SUNY Stony Brook and as a reference and outreach librarian at the Rockefeller University. In 2009 she obtained a master of library and information science (MLIS) from Syracuse University.


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas. For more information, visit www.mbl.edu.