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Using Technology to Improve Consumer Health – Project Reports

Join us September 24 to hear about these exciting MAR-funded projects!

ProjectiPads to support CLIP Consumer Health Ambassador Program

Awardee:  Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ.

Description:  The Atlantic Health System (AHS) will provide iPads for the Ambassadors who visit inpatients’ bedsides.  We wish to extend our Consumer Library Information Prescription (CLIP) program to the inpatient population at the Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center campuses.  In doing so, ambassadors will use iPads to take notes and send requests for patient information directly to the librarian.  The librarian will prepare a packet of information for delivery back to the patient.

ProjectNOOKs and iPads for Healthcare Consumers

Awardee:  Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, Weill Medical College, Cornell University
New York, NY.

Description:  The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center (PRC) at the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University (WCMC) develops and implements initiatives designed to engage and educate patients of varying ages and ethnicities with a variety of health conditions in support of making healthcare decisions.  Funding will support the PRC to further its mission of providing patients with information and educational resources by using electronic tablets to expand patients’ information access.  The PRC also seeks support to purchase, format, and load digital content onto tablets including the PRC’s Health Seminar Series and educational materials related for the new “information prescription” (Info Rx) program.  These technologies will enable the PRC to deliver patient-centered resources in ways that are both effective and novel.

Project:  Redesign of East Brunswick Public Library’s Just for the Health of It Community-Wide Health Portal

Awardee:  East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick, NJ.

Description:  The East Brunswick Public Library created the Just for the Health of It community-wide health portal in 2011 (, as the cornerstone of the library’s health literacy initiative to encourage healthy living for the residents of our diverse, multicultural community.  The portal is focused on delivering trustworthy health and wellness information to our residents with a local focus.  Since launching in spring 2011, the portal has outgrown its original, custom content management system (CMS) design and would be better served by an open source platform that is dynamic, technically relevant, and responsive to how people use information today. This project will redesign the East Brunswick Public Library’s “Just for the Health of It” community-wide health portal into a flexible, open source platform that would allow librarians to easily maintain and update the site, adding content in a much more timely fashion.  In addition, an open source platform will facilitate the addition of web pages for children, teens and caretakers, and empower the site to offer mobile access to meet the expectations of today’s users.

Date / Time:  September 24th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Medical Librarians – Tell Your Story for a Chance to Win a $1500 Professional Development Award

In preparation to celebrate National Medical Librarians Month we are asking you to send us your stories highlighting any programs, partnerships, or accomplishments you would like to share with your colleagues.  (Please include photos or graphics.) Submissions may include, but are not limited to the following:

Did you:

  • develop a creative way to teach research skills to healthcare professionals?
  • develop a relationship or reach out to a stakeholder, community group or organization that may be unique to what you have done in the past?
  • participate in or develop a program or project that you are proud of and would like to share with your colleagues?
  • receive an award or special recognition for the work you do?
  • develop or participate in an unique service or program for a particular patient population (examples: cancer patients, Alzheimer’s patients, AIDS patients, support group, pet therapy, art therapy etc.)
  • support your organization in their journey to Magnet status?

This is your opportunity to share all that you do and to inspire others! We will post your stories on the MARquee News Blog throughout the month of October.

This year the winning submission will be chosen by you. We will be asking all of you to vote for your favorite entry.  Voting instructions will be posted after the submission deadline, October 23.

The winner will be eligible to receive a professional development award of $1500 that may be used for any conference or class that will further his/her professional development or nurture their interest in the field.

Submission guidelines:

  • Deadline for submissions: October 23
  • Send to: now through October 23
  • Stories should reflect anything done within the last year (Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015)
  • Word count: whatever you need
  • Multiple entries may be received from the same library or library system, but they will be voted on as separate entries. It will be up to the winning library to determine who will receive the award.
  • We reserve the right to edit submissions but we will not change content.

Stay connected & watch for your story to be featured!

Online DOCLINE Training Series Begins September 2

You are invited to join us for session 1 of our four part DOCLINE webinar series, Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m.  ET

The DOCLINE Training Series is appropriate for both new DOCLINE users and those who want a refresher.

You do not need to register and it’s FREE!  1 MLA CE is awarded to attendees.


Class Descriptions:

Beginning DOCLINE: September 2, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class covers the bare essentials of DOCLINE where participants will have an increased understanding of the basic features of DOCLINE. The instructor will give an overview of the layout of the DOCLINE window and will provide a brief description of some of the most commonly used features and their functions.

DOCLINE Routing Tables: September 9, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE Routing Tables. Participants will learn about using their Borrowing Preferences, brief explanation of copyright compliance, editing Routing Tables, M/A/N Map, setting up Lending Options, and more!

DOCLINE: Serial Holdings: September 16, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE’s Serial Holdings. Participants will be provided with an introduction to the Serial Holdings database, how to add, remove, and update Holdings, how to run reports, and where to go to get additional Serial Holdings support.  Included in this class is using the embargo feature.

DOCLINE Borrowing and Lending: September 23, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE Borrowing and Lending. Participants will learn about: using their Borrowing Preferences; the many ways to borrow; how to process request received; how to run and view reports; the different levels of requests (normal, rush, and urgent patient care) and more.

For questions or additional information contact Michelle Burda, MAR Network & Advocacy coordinator: or James Honour @

Work for MAR! Position Announcement: Academic Coordinator

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM MAR).   The Academic Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs aimed at academic institutions, with a special focus on community colleges, research universities and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health.  We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be viewed at:

Feel free to share widely with applicable candidates.

DOCLINE users: review your information

Many of our region’s hospitals have undergone mergers, affiliations and some closures. As a result, hospital and library names have changed, ILL has become centralized, DOCLINE accounts are not being used, and the listing of staff members may no longer be current.  If this applies to your institution, or if you know of such closures/mergers, contact Michelle Burda, NN/LM MAR Network and Advocacy Coordinator so she can reflect such changes in DOCLINE and ensure more efficient functionality of the system.
Even if the above does not apply to you, this is a good opportunity to take 2 minutes to review your DOCLINE information so that your record reflects a current review date.  Follow these quick steps: 
1.       Log in to your DOCLINE account
2.       Click “Update (LIBID)” in the top menu bar
3.       Go through the Address, People, Membership and other fields in the side menu bar and edit as needed
4.       Click ‘Save’
5.       Even if no changes need made, clicking save will update your DOCLINE record review date.
For questions or assistance, and to report closures/mergers contact:
Michelle Burda
Phone: 412-624-1589
Network and Advocacy Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region


Interprofessional Education Conference: Save the Date

From: Deborah Chiarella, University at Buffalo – Health Sciences Library

Please save the date for a half-day conference centered around interprofessional education (IPE). The goal of interprofessional education is to strengthen teamwork and communication among health professions students in order to improve patient care and safety, deliver higher quality health care, and drive better outcomes. If this topic interests you, please reserve the afternoon of Friday, October 30, 2015. Invited speakers Dr. Amy Blue and Dr. Joseph Zorek will share their IPE knowledge and expertise with us in Kapoor Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus. Dr. Blue will provide an overview of IPE from the national perspective addressing the emerging issues she sees in IPE.  Dr. Zorek will discuss his research focus on comparative IPE accreditation standards in the United States. The conference is made possible by a SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG) which was awarded to librarians and faculty from the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State. The conference is one aspect of a broader project made possible by SUNY IITG.

Registration opens August 31, 2015. Stay tuned for more details. If you would like more information before that time, please contact Amy Lyons, Interim Director of the UB Health Sciences Library, at

National Center for Health Statistics (Boost Box)

Presenters: Tara Das, PhD, MPH, MLIS, Interim Head, Social Work Library and Government Information Librarian, Lehman Social Sciences Library, Columbia University, New York, NY

Description: We will review the work of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is one of the principal statistical agencies in the United States. We will discuss NCHS data collection and data release methods and publications. Data access for researchers interested in analyzing NCHS data will also be included.

Date / Time: August 11th /Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Focus on NLM Resources:

Presenter: Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

Date / Time:  August 17, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


Ms. Simpson will provide an overview of public health information resources available from the public health web portal,, including the Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). provides access to selected online public health resources from government agencies, health science libraries, and professional and research organizations.

Position now open on USAJobs: Archivist, History of Medicine Division, NLM

From the National Library of Medicine:

HMD has posted an announcement on USAJOBS ( for an archivist to coordinate the historic audio visuals program of the Images & Archives Section in the History of Medicine Division of NLM.  Images and Archives Section desires a public-service oriented leader who is a seasoned professional archivist or librarian experienced in film and video collections. Ideal candidates should also be proactive problem solvers who work well as part of a team and thrive in dynamic, changing environments. The historic audio visuals archivist is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, arranging, describing, reproducing, preserving, and providing reference, access, and outreach services for a collection of approximately 10,000 film and video titles. The successful candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge of archives and audiovisual materials.

All US citizens may apply on USAJobs using this link:

Federal government employees and former Federal government employees who are Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) may apply on USAJobs using this link:

The announcement opened today, July 16th, and will close on Monday, July 20th.  The short time period reflects NLM’s effort to expedite the hiring of talented individuals and is not an indicator of a pre-selected candidate.

Please share the announcement with anyone you know who made be interested.  Questions about the announcement can be directed to

Lisa Stevens, Human Resources Specialist

Phone: (301)594-2239


Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML)

Join us on July 30 to learn about these exciting MAR-funded projects!

Project: Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age
Awardee: Michelle DiMeo, formerly from Philadelphia College of Physicians and now at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Description: Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia held a conference titled Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age as part of its 225th anniversary celebration. This conference helped to identify the emerging roles for medical history libraries and librarians in the digital age and helped them to strengthen their involvement within their institutions and the greater community.

Project: Archival Images Digitization: Telling the Penn State Hershey Story
Awardee: David Brennan: George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Pennsylvania State University, Penn State College of Medicine
Description: This project digitized and made accessible the collection of visual media held by the George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library. The collection consists of approximately 3,200 35mm slides and negatives and 2,900 photographic images, covering subject areas related to the history of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Penn State College of Medicine since their inception. These collections are frequently used in support of public relations and historical documentation efforts by various units of the Medical Center, the College and Penn State University, most recently for the 40th anniversary documentary Memories and Milestones. The project applied appropriate metadata to the image collection and made a resulting repository available on the University’s ContentDM platform for use by researchers and others.

Project: Bridging the Gap II: Outreach to Improve Public Awareness and Access to Health Information
Awardee: Ophelia Morey, University at Buffalo, Health Sciences Library
Description: This project informed the target population about health information available from the partnership between the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) and the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library (UB HSL), including increasing awareness about resources and services of the National Library of Medicine. Because of the lack of consumer health information programming at most B&ECPL locations this project targeted primarily B&ECPL adult library patrons including seniors who visit urban, suburban and rural library locations, in addition to health-related professionals who may serve these areas.

Date / Time:  July 30th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required