Previous Issues

MAR Advisors: Incoming and Outgoing

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

Members of MAR advisory groups are an integral part of our operations. We rely on these groups – the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), and four Special Advisory Groups (SAGs) for hospital libraries, outreach to health professionals and public health workers, consumer health, and resource and academic libraries – to inform our services and programs.

NN/LM MAR: Year at a Glance

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) program is the core component of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outreach program and its efforts to reduce health disparities and improve health information literacy. As one of eight regional medical libraries in the country, we work under a five-year, federal contract with NLM to support their efforts to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information so they can make informed decisions about their health. NN/LM MAR Staff

October is National Medical Librarians Month: Celebrate with Some Money from NN/LM MAR!

MAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

Medical Librarians MonthThe Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month. What better way to celebrate than receiving some funding from NN/LM MAR to promote your services! We still have funds available for Health Information Awareness Awards. These awards allow you up to $3,000 to purchase posters, or flyers, or hold an event to showcase the amazing work that you do!

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A Health Sciences Librarian in an Academic Setting

David NolfiMember Spotlight

David Nolfi, MLS, AHIP
Health Sciences Librarian & Library Assessment Coordinator
Gumberg Library
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

David Nolfi currently serves as the Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and is a member of NN/LM MAR’s Special Advisory Group for Resource & Academic Libraries. He previously served as Chair of MLA’s Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS), Chair of the Pittsburgh Basic Health Sciences Library Consortium, and longtime editor of the Pittsburgh Pulse, the Pittsburgh Regional MLA Chapter’s newsletter. In 2013, he received the NAHRS Award for Professional Excellence.

Lending a Helping Hand: Mentoring

Michelle Burda Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” ― J. Loren Norris

70-20-10 Learning Concept “In what is known as the 70-20-10 learning concept, Robert Eichinger and Michael Lombardo, in collaboration with Morgan McCall of the Center for Creative Leadership, explain that 70% of learning and development takes place from real-life and on-the-job experiences, tasks, and problem solving; 20% of the time development comes from other people through informal or formal feedback, mentoring, or coaching; and 10% of learning and development comes from formal training.”1

Connect Middle School Students to Environmental Health Information

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

Do you work with students in grades 6-8? Are you interested in finding them reliable resources on environmental health? Then the redesigned Environmental Health Student Portal is the resource for you. Student Health Portal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently redesigned this reliable and engaging resource for use by students and teachers in grades 6-8 to learn how our health is impacted by the environment. Topics that can be explored in this interactive site are:

Rural Health

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

According to the National Rural Health Association, rural Americans tend to be poorer and have higher rates of many chronic diseases than residents of urban and suburban areas. Access to health care is limited in rural areas; there are fewer physicians and dentists per capita than in other areas.