Previous Issues

Director of the National Library of Medicine to Retire

Donald LindbergDr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced the upcoming retirement of Donald Lindberg as Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  Dr. Lindberg will be retiring at the end of March 2015.

Dr. Lindberg’s many accomplishments since he first started in 1984 were described.  He is “a pioneer in applying computer and communications technology to biomedical research, health care, and the delivery of health information wherever it is needed.”  We have appreciated Dr. Lindberg’s unwavering support of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM).

Resource Library Directors Meeting

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

MAR is fortunate to have within its borders a notable group of 30 institutions that serve as Resource Libraries.  These include academic health centers, medical schools, research centers, clinical facilities, and historical collections.  Resource libraries are selected on the basis of the quality and uniqueness of their collections and services, special expertise, and their support of regional and national programs serving health information needs in their state and/or region.

Kick Start Your Year with a Project Plan for MAR Funding!

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

MAR will soon be announcing our next round of funding opportunities.  Our funding is designed to meet the NN/LM mission by:

  • supporting projects that improve health information services
  • increasing awareness and access to biomedical information for health professionals; and
  • educating and empowering consumers to make informed decisions about their health

Our mission is also to support programs that prepare librarians to meet the needs and challenges of filing new health information roles.

Advance African Development: Improving the Quality of Lives in the U.S. and Africa

Annamore MatambanadzoMember Spotlight

Annamore Matambanadzo, PhD, MEd, BEd, STC
Founder / Executive Director
Advance African Development, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Advance African Development (AAD), a non-profit organization formed in 2012.  Our mission is to respond to issues of health disparities, social justice, and human rights issues, both locally and internationally by partnering, collaborating, and supporting the development of culturally relevant intervention programs using a multidisciplinary approach.  AAD strives to improve the quality of people’s lives and empower individuals by offering community-based participatory and evidence-driven programs through leadership development, community capacity building, research, education, training, advocacy, services, and outreach to eliminate disparities, inequalities, and promote social justice and human dignity.

MAR Celebrates National Medical Librarians Month with MAR Wants to Make You a Star Contest

Michelle Burda Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

October was National Medical Librarians Month.  To acknowledge all the good work our medical librarians do, we asked MAR members to share their accomplishments, community outreach programs, or any value-added service they offered at their organization/institution.  Entries were entered into a random drawing to receive airfare and registration for MLA 2015.  Eight of our members shared stories about their unique programming.  For example:
celebrateScott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University, hosted the NLM Harry Potter exhibit but with a slight twist.  A Jefferson employee, who has a passion for Renaissance medical history lectured on the topic, “How Magic Became Science.”  She spoke at a reception for students, faculty, and staff.  A recording of the program is available on the Jefferson Digital Commons http://jdc.jefferson.edu/harrypotter/.

New Year’s Resolutions and Healthy Solutions!

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

Halloween is behind us, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching.  Hanukkah and Christmas will be here before we know it.  So what happens at the end of the holiday season?  That’s right, the New Year begins!  Every New Year, individuals of all ages come up with New Year’s resolutions—things that they want to change or improve in their lives.


Health Observances 2015

Want to Be a PubMed Power User? NLM and MAR are Here to Help!

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

Even the most experienced PubMed user can sometimes use a refresher on searching PubMed.  For novice users, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to make the most of the database.  Fortunately, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and MAR have you covered.

National Library of Medicine Tutorials

PubMed tutorials

Academic Librarians–Lend Us an Ear!

CyberCastMissy Harvey

Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

  • Are you an academic librarian in a college/university with no medical school?
  • Are you being asked to provide support for new programs that are health science-related?
  • Are you struggling to afford subscriptions for health-science related databases to support those new programs?

Then we’re here to help you!