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Doing It Your Way: Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

The need for better management of research data, and opportunities to promote new roles for librarians, were identified by the MAR Academic Libraries Special Advisory Group as a priority.  In April 2013, MAR sponsored a training workshop at the University of Pennsylvania for one or two representatives from each of our Resource Libraries.  The response was so positive that our Advisory Group encouraged us to plan a more expansive program as a follow-up.

MAR Springs into Action

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

Spring was a busy season for MAR. As I reflect over the past three months, I’d like to share some highlights of MAR activities.

As many of you know, exhibiting at national, regional, state and local meetings and conferences is a terrific opportunity for MAR staff to meet constituents in our region, who provide, or are in need of, health information.   Exhibiting offers the opportunity to introduce National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources to health professionals, educators, community-based organizations, consumer groups, as well as public, school, and health sciences librarians.

East Brunswick Public Library Carves Niche in Health Literacy

Karen ParryMember Spotlight

Karen T. Parry
Manager of Information Services
East Brunswick Public Library
East Brunswick, NJ

Running Your Hospital Library Like a Business: Class Evaluation Summary

Michelle Burda Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

To continue delivering support for clinical care, research and education, a hospital library must be run like a business. The members of the MAR Hospital Special Advisory Group (SAG) recognized the need for hospital librarians to develop a strategic sense of business in the changing environment of medical libraries. A course was designed to be an introduction to business concepts, with the idea that some sections could be expanded and offered as a separate class in the future, depending upon interest.

Get Ready to Play Online, New K-12 Class from NN/LM

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

As many of you know, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces a variety of amazing resources that are geared for use by educators, librarians, and community- and faith-based organizations who work with K-12 populations. The resources cover a range of topics around health and science such as, biology, environmental health, and genetics. Some even include resources available in Spanish.

Phpartners.Org: A One-Stop Resource for Public Health Professionals

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

Looking for local, state, national and global health data? Funding opportunities? Resources for evidence-based practice?

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PhPartners.org) is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. Partners include the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The mission of the site is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health.

Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies

CyberCastMissy Harvey

Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

Having just returned from the 2014 Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference in Chicago, I was reminded how important it is for our profession to keep informed of emerging technologies. Some of the topics discussed in the MLA Technology Trends section included Infographics, 3D printing, Sharepoint, VIVO, etc. New tools and resources are continually being developed—some are great and have a lot of potential. But some may still need a bit of work before we find ways to incorporate them into our workplace.