Previous Issues

Spreading the Word about NLM Resources in Kazakhstan!

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

We are pleased to announce that the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has a partnership with the Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana, Kazakhstan to advise on establishment of a new medical school.

As the press release from 2013 stated:


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine experts will advise NU officials on how to design and develop teaching facilities for a medical school curriculum; recruit and train school leadership and faculty; plan organizational and administrative structures, policies and procedures; and develop courses, syllabi and clinical experiences.

Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) provides assistance to our members in preparing for and responding to disasters or localized emergencies.  MAR staff are available to assist with emergency preparedness and response activities, from risk assessment, training, and developing a disaster plan.

Healthful Help for the Homebound during Disasters

Valli HoskiMember Spotlight

Valli Hoski, MSLS
Branch Manager
Littlestown Library
Littlestown, PA

My journey and passion for library service began with my beloved parents’ strong commitment to reading and education.  Literacy and reading skills transform lives, uplift the spirits, and allow individuals to grow to their full potential.

My professional journey is as diverse as my academic degrees, in library and information science (University of North Texas) and instructional design (Specialist in Education, Indiana University) disciplines.   These two perspectives enable my unique, integrated view of how information serve, inform, educate, and illuminate the lives of today’s diverse populations.

Patient Safety Begins with You

Michelle Burda Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

Hospital librarians interested in patient safety, as well as those who provide healthcare information to the public, are often unsure of where to begin.  If you look at the topics on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Patient Safety Primer site, you will find that your stakeholders come from many disciplines, professions, and departments within your health care system or community.

What Matters Most to Seniors?

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical advances in the 20th century working toward promoting health and wellness amongst older adults has increased the quality of life and assisted this population with adjusting their lifestyles.  “The wave of aging Baby Boomers will reshape the health care system forever.  There will be more people enjoying their later years, but they’ll be managing more chronic conditions and therefore utilizing more health care services.  More than 37 million people in this group (60%) will manage more than one chronic condition by 2030” (American Hospital Association).

Evidence-Based Practice Training for Rural Hospitals

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

A 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine entitled The Future of Nursing argued for increased training for nurses in a number of competencies including research and evidence-based practice.  For health professionals who do not have access to a medical library and for those in rural areas, accessing such training and finding reliable health information to support their practice can be a challenge.  NN/LM MAR assists health professionals by providing training on free online tools to support evidence-based practice.

MakerSpaces Could Be in Your Library’s Future

CyberCastMissy Harvey

Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

The concept of a MakerSpace has caught the attention of libraries in recent years. MakerSpaces are places where people can gather to create, invent, and learn new skills.  People can explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop projects on almost any topic.  The emphasis is usually on promoting partnership, collaboration, and creation.  The goal is to provide access to equipment, community, and education, and each MakerSpace may be designed to fit the purposes of a particular community.