Oliver Obst, Ph.D.
Library Director

Branch Medical Library
University and Regional Library Münster
University of Münster
Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Geb. A11, D-48149 Münster, Germany
Tel.: +49 251 83 58550 / Fax: +49 251 83 52583


Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, as son of Renate Obst b. Dietzler, Librarian at the Public Library Mönchengladbach 1981-1999, and great grandchild of Fritz Kerlé, President of the German Association of Catholic Booksellers [VKB/KM] 1922-1928 (so my profession was kind of predestined).


Graduation from High School (Abitur) at Cusanus Gymnasium Erkelenz


Study of Biology at the RWTH Aachen University and the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg with the main subject areas animal physiology, plant physiology, virology, and IT.


Practical studies in the lab of Prof. Hennig Stieve, Institut of Neurobiology, KFA Jülich


Practical studies in behavioural sciences and genetics at the Institut of Biology III, University Freiburg


Diploma thesis at the Institut of Biology III / Plant Physiology on the Host-Parasite-Interaction in the Wheat-Rust Fungus-Model


Civil Service at the Special School for the Physically and Mentally Handicapped, Aachen


Doctoral thesis (Dr.rer.nat.) at the Institute of Physiology of the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen on the „Pathophysiological effect of the stress hormones epinephrine und norepinephrine“. Assistant Lecturer in Cardiology.


Organisation and handling of clinical studies phase III and IV at the Center of Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases, Aachen


Traineeship in Library and Information Science at the Polytechnical University for Library Science and Documentation (FHBD) at Cologne. Thesis on the information needs of medical professionals: Medizinische Bibliotheken im elektronischen Zeitalter: Informationsbedürfnisse von „medical professionals“ und ihre Befriedigung


Subject specialist at the University and Regional Library Münster for informatics and chemistry

1994- Member, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Medizinisches Bibliothekswesen (AGMB, German Medical Libraries Association)
1994- Member, European Association for Health Information Libraries
1994- Founder and Admin, MEDIBIB-L (mailing list for German-speaking medical librarians)
1994-2001 Founder and Admin, LITI – Literaturliste Internet
1994-2008 Member, Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare
1995 Professional Visit in the USA (National Library of Medicine, Welch Library Baltimore, Taubmann Library Ann Arbor, Shiffman Library Detroit, Health Sciences Library Buffalo)
1995- Member, Medical Libraries Association (MLA) and International Cooperation Section / MLA
1995-1998 Co-Founder and Head, Working group „Medical Academic Libraries“ of the AGMB

Director of the Branch Library of Medicine of the ULB Münster. Projects in publishing, marketing, open access, express document delivery, e-books, social media, iPads in education, and the future of the library resp. emerging challenges in librarianship.
1996-2001 Founder and Admin, Homepage of the AGMB
1997-2001 Founder and Chief Editor, GMS Medizin – Bibliothek – Information (vormals AGMB aktuell bzw. medizin-bibliothek-information)
1998-2000 Member, Advisory Board of the DFG project webis
1998-2003 Deputy Chair, AGMB
1998- Senior Lecturer, Medical Faculty University of Münster
1999-2002, 2007-2014 National Delegate of Germany, Council of the European Association for Health Information Libraries
2000-2003 Project Manager, BMBF-Project LOTSE
2000-2004 Traineeship of Horseback Archery at the Lajos Kassai School, Hungary
2001-2002 Chair, International Programme Committee 8th EAHIL Conference, Cologne (Report (German))
2002-2008 Member, Advisory Board of DIMDI
2002-2012 Member, Advisory Board of the German National Library of Medicine
2004-2013 Founder and Chief Editor, medinfo weblog
2004- Founder, treasurer, resp. member of the German Horseback Archery Asscociation
2005 Honorary Award of the Foundation Education in Medicine
2007 Lectureship in Library and Information Science at the Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
2007- Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the European Association for Health and Information Libraries
2008-2012 Co-Chair, EAHIL Taskforce Web 2.0
2009 Member, Nature Publishing Group Library Committee
2010- Education in fooling at various schools, incl. Franki Anderson, Cornwall
2010 Professional Stay in Indonesia
2010-2014 Member, Library Advisory Committee of UpToDate
2012- Member, AGMB Excellence Price Jury
2014 Member, Horizon Project Expert Panel for Higher Education
2014-2018 Deputy Member, Senate of the University of Munster
2014- Member, Editorial Board PulsSchlag – Magazine of the University Clinic Münster
2015 Awarded 1st place of AGMB Lighthouse Projects
2015-2019 Member, Advisory Board of the DFG project MDM-Portal
2018-2020 Member, Library Advisory Board of Thieme Publishing, Stuttgart
2019 Honorary Award of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries
2018-2020 Training and Degree in systemic coaching, DGfC