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NN/LM Request for Information

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

In preparation for a revised Statement of Work for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library (RML) program, the National Library of Medicine is soliciting feedback from our Network members regarding effective approaches on how NN/LM programs can achieve the mission of providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Here is the URL detailing this Request for Information (RFI):

The closing date to submit your feedback is June 26 at 3 pm (ET). Health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, are encouraged to submit information and recommendations.

Please consider offering your input, as well as forwarding this opportunity broadly to interested parties.


Renae Barger, Executive Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)


Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

200 Scaife Hall

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Candidates Sought

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The Health Sciences Libraries Consortium is seeking new members for its Board of Directors, which has oversight responsibilities for the organization and its mission to support and promote libraries across Pennsylvania. The Board of Directors meets monthly, alternating between in-person and conference call meetings. One planning retreat is held in the fall, and lasts two days. In-person meetings are currently held in Ephrata, PA, and the planning retreat is held in State College, PA. Board members serve for 3-year terms. For more information about HSLC, please visit


Librarians interested in being considered for the board are encouraged to forward a letter of interest that includes the following information: • Your name and contact information, including an email address • Your Pennsylvania library name and type (school, public, academic, special) • Reason for your interest in HSLC • Confirmation that your organization permits you to attend monthly meetings of the board • Special skills or professional relationships you would bring to the board (strategic planning, marketing, financial, member of other library profession boards, etc. Please address your letter of interest, or questions to: Joni Melnick HSLC Board of Directors 724-459-4648

Award Recipients from Our Region

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The 2014 Award recipients for NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects include members of our region:

Froemke, Robert
Synaptic Basis of Perceptual Learning in Primary Auditory Cortex
New York University School of Medicine
Informationists: Theodora Bakker and Catherine Larson, NYU Health Sciences Library. They will create a process to add new data to supplement figures in new and existing publications; develop online interface for researcher communication and access to data; develop an online system to link and download data from published figures; and foster a consortium of researchers.

Galvin, James
Multicultural Community Dementia Screening.
New York University
Informationists: Alice Graff and Joseph Nicolson, NYU Health Sciences Libraries. They will build a web-based input tool for data capture at point of collection; establish a generalizable data model and data dictionary to facilitate searching, sharing and expansion over time; and develop a web-based approach for sharing anonymized datasets to foster further research.

Osten, Pavel
Cell Adhesion Molecules in Autism: A Whole-brain Study of Genetic Mouse Models
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Informationist: Matthew Covey, CSHL Library. He will implement a solution to automated organization/management retrieval and archiving of serial two-photon  (STP) data; assist with management and integration of previously collected STP data; assist with identifying relevant resources; and develop a comprehensive reference management protocol for the team.

Our Network Members Continue to Make Us Proud

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Mark Vrabel received the SLA Pittsburgh Chapter 2013 Publication-Author Award shown at for the article he wrote on pages 11-12 at  Don’t forget that Mark offered one of our Boost Box sessions New Roles for Librarians at

We Like to Share the News about Your Achievements

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
  • Have you published an article recently?
  • Have you received an award?
  • Are you presenting at MLA?

We’d love to hear what you’re doing.  Then we’ll share your news in our MAR weekly postings.  Send your announcements to

Robin Siegel: HSLANJ Librarian of the Year

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Congratulations to Robin Siegel, CentraState Medical Center, for being honored as the 2014 HSLANJ Librarian of the Year.  For more information, please click here to read the blog posting on the HSLANJ website.

If that link is inoperable, please try this link:

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

If any of our network members have special announcements they’d like to share, let us know!  We’d love to brag about any awards received, publications, MLA-related news, or whatever.  Simply send your announcement to Missy Harvey at and we’ll be happy to share your news with ALL of our network members.

Network Members as Published Authors

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Colleen Kenefick, Rachel Boykan, and Maribeth Chitkara. Partnering with residents for evidence-based practice. Medical Reference Services Quarterly 2013; 32(4):385-395, available from:

  • Rachel Boykan, Maribeth Chitkara, Colleen Kenefick, and Catherine Messina. An integrated practical evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum for pediatric residents: Two small group sessions to teach PICO question formation and searching strategies. MedEdPORTAL June 17, 2013, available from:

Passing of Former AAHSL Director

Friday, March 14th, 2014

It is with a sad heart that I notify you of the loss of a former colleague, Spencer Marsh, on March 10 in Calverton, NY.  Spencer was the Director of the Health Sciences Library at Stony Brook University from 1996 until his retirement in 2008.  During his time at Stony Brook, Spencer helped to shape the Library’s physical footprint, expand its technological capabilities, and transition its journal collection to digital formats.

Prior to arriving at Stony Brook, he served as the Director of the Biomedical Library at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, and the Assistant Director at the UT Southwestern Medical Library in Dallas.

His dry wit, appreciation of music, and love of sharing a gourmet meal and a good glass of red wine will be truly missed.  He loved all things Italian and Italy was his country of choice to visit having made more than 50 trips with friends in tow!

No plans have been announced at this time.  A memorial will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Jerry Marsh (brother) at:

Andrew White, PhD

Associate CIO, Health Sciences

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-8430

Utilizing Resources at Point of Care: One Aspect of Information Mastery

Friday, March 14th, 2014



Friday, April 4

Penn State Hershey Medical Center

  (HG305 – HOSPITAL, Junker Auditorium – ANTEROOM)

10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Utilizing Resources at Point of Care: One Aspect of Information Mastery

 Jay Zimmermann, MD

Bond Society Faculty

Assistant Professor
Family and Community Medicine
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Zimmermann recently spoke at PinnacleHealth.  He is an engaging speaker; we hope his  presentation provides some interesting discussion points for the group.

Please RSVP by March 28 to Helen Houpt



Registration:  10:00 – 10:30 AM

Business Meeting: 10:30 – noon

Lunch:  noon – 1:00 PM (lunch on your own in the HMC cafeteria)

Presentation and discussion: 1:00 – 2:30 PM