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New Space, New Look for MAR

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

As you know, in May 2011 MAR moved to the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh.  By January 2012, we were fully staffed by four energetic coordinators, an administrator, and an Executive Director.  But, alas, we had very little extra office space.  So MAR staff were housed in a variety of makeshift offices on the upper floor of Falk Library of the Health Sciences, our flagship library.

Last summer, the library’s upper floor was renovated.  We closed our Computer and Media Center (CMC), and relocated all our public computers out into the library’s open seating and study space, instead of confining technology behind walls and doors.  MAR staff members were once again displaced during construction.  But when the banging and hammering finally subsided, MAR staff moved into their permanent quarters in the former CMC space.

MAR's October Open House with Sue Burke, Administrative Specialist

MAR’s October Open House with Sue Burke, Administrative Specialist

They are pleased to be housed in one area, so they can exchange ideas and news about member activities more easily.  The new MAR office suite is very comfortable, including a conference room with technology for webcasting, other distance education, and meetings.  A computer classroom with 22 seats is next door.  We’ve included photos below from our Open House in October.

If you find yourself in Pittsburgh, please stop by and visit!

L-R: Kathy Enrietto, Document Delivery Assistant; Kate Flewelling, MAR Outreach Coordinator; and Barbra Epstein, MAR Director

L-R: Kathy Enrietto, Document Delivery Assistant; Kate Flewelling, MAR Outreach Coordinator; Barbra Epstein, MAR Director; and Rhoda Ludin, Document Delivery Assistant

L-R: Melissa Ratajeski, Reference Librarian; Deborah Downey, Library Specialist; and Michelle Burda, MAR Netowkr & Advocacy Coordinator

L-R: Melissa Ratajeski, Reference Librarian; Deborah Downey, Library Specialist; and Michelle Burda, MAR Network & Advocacy Coordinator

L-R: Renae Barger, MAR Executive Director: Mary Lou Klem, Reference Librarian; and Rebecca Abromitis, Reference Librarian

L-R: Renae Barger, MAR Executive Director; Mary Lou Klem, Reference Librarian; and Rebecca Abromitis, Reference Librarian

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