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PNR Update

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Fall is a busy season! Here’s a quick summary about what’s happening in the NN/LM PNR.

New Coordinators in the NN/LM PNR
• Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 15, 2014
• Emily Glenn, MSLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Community Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 22, 2014

Former PNR coordinators appointed to new positions at University of Washington (UW)
• Gail Kouame, MLS, Assistant Director for HEALWA (, effective August 18, 2014
• Mahria Lebow, MLIS, UW Data Repository Librarian, effective October 1, 2014

Update at Quint*Essential meeting
If you are attending the Quint Meeting in Denver, don’t miss the Quint*Essential Update of the NN/LM on Wednesday, October 15 at 8am in the Evergreen Ballroom A-D. The program will include a Conversation Cafe and also a Crowd Source session to enlist your bold ideas and suggestions for ways the NN/LM could support you. This is a chance to think creatively and “dream big.” We look forward to hearing your input! (more…)

PNR Staff News

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Mahria Lebow has accepted a new appointment at the University of Washington as Data Repository Librarian. Effective October 1, she will oversee the design and development of the UW Data Repository. This is a new initiative at UW Libraries, propelled in part by the Obama Administration memorandum on public access to the results of federally funded research and data.

Since May 2012, Mahria has served the region as the PNR Regional Technology Coordinator. She has provided numerous webinars, presentations and workshops, and staffed many exhibits at health and technology conferences to promote emerging technologies and emerging roles for librarians. Mahria also served on a planning committee for the Research Lifecycle: Partnering for Success Forum, a half-day event that was broadcast jointly via videoconference at the UW, the University of Utah and Oregon Health & Science University. She developed a study to evaluate participant experience with a distance learning tool she used to introduce and explore iPads in a closed online sharing platform. Mahria also served on a multi-library planning group that hosted the Science Boot Camp West for 92 participants in Seattle in July 2014. As part of the boot camp, Mahria co-taught a half-day workshop on Data Librarianship, which was very well received.

Please join me in congratulating Mahria and wishing her continued success in her new position!

October is National Medical Librarians Month!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

nmlm_poster_2014-1 Each October is National Medical Librarians Month. See the Medical Library Association’s web site for ideas to promote your library and download a poster:  This year’s theme is:”Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.”

To recognize Medical Librarians Month, and the  critical resources and services you provide to your institution, the NN/LM PNR is sponsoring  a contest.

The winner will receive a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas for travel costs including: flight, hotel, and per diem.

To enter the contest, write a brief article about how you, as a librarian, have made a difference by answering one or more of these questions:
1) Have you helped save a life? Have you found a solution to a problem others had searched for with no luck? Have you performed outreach and changed lives? Reached a new user population that your library had never reached before? Have you helped the family of a patient through the fear of uncertainty?
2) Have you proven your worth to an administrator or told someone how important libraries are, changing his or her behavior?
3) Have you explored new or non-traditional roles, expanding the realm of what a librarian does?

Tell us your story! We will accept entries until October 31, 2014 and all stories will be published on Dragonfly.

Please send to with the subject line, “Medical Librarians Month.” Good luck!

Hello from Emily Glenn: New Community Health Outreach Coordinator

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Hello to all in the Pacific Northwest Region! My name is Emily Glenn and I am the new Community Health Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region. In this position, I will promote awareness and use of NLM resources, particularly for unaffiliated health professionals and the public health workforce serving minority, rural, and underserved communities in our region. I will also be sharing news about factors impacting community healthcare, such as health disparities, the electronic health record, and Accountable Care Organizations. If see me at meetings, exhibits and other events, come by and introduce yourself!

Throughout my career, I have enjoyed supporting researchers, physicians, and students, particularly in the area of collaboration technologies, open access, and publication. For many years, I was a solo librarian at Seattle BioMed, where I was surrounded by research in tropical and neglected infectious diseases and got to learn a ton about sponsored research. During the past year, I led library development in a public medical college and teaching hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where I worked with many local and international partners. Before becoming a librarian, I was a technical services archivist and photographer of herbarium specimens.

I am thoroughly delighted to be a part of the RML and look forward to getting to know you (and getting back in touch with many of you). Please contact me with questions, or just to introduce yourself. Here are several ways to reach me:

Phone: 206-616-7283
Skype: Emily.glenn877

Hello from Carolyn Martin: New Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator

Friday, September 19th, 2014

martin2Hello everyone! My name is Carolyn Martin and I’m the new Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region. Way back in my early childhood years I lived in Glenwood Springs, CO and have longed to come back to the western states. I have been enjoying exploring the city, figuring out the public transportation system and learning about the University of Washington as well as my new job.

I’ve been a hospital librarian for over twenty years at two of the major hospitals in Indianapolis where I covered all aspects of librarianship: cataloging, purchasing, reference, instruction, interlibrary loan, etc. I worked with physicians, nurses and other clinicians along with other non-clinical staff and patients in their quest for health information.

Working with patients and their families continually reminded me how important health information is on all levels for all people and how often many of us are unaware of the various barriers that prevent people from access. I look forward to collaborating with you in providing access for your communities. I have a lot to learn so please be patient as I find my way and I welcome any suggestions.

I am excited to be here and I hope to meet many of you in person. Please feel free to contact me:

Phone: 206.221.3449
Skype: carolyn.martin334

Reflections From An Outreach Coordinator: Gail’s Grand Adventures

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

GailWaterI think I’m still in a bit of shock that I’ve left the NN/LM PNR after 11.5 years that I can only describe as amazing!  I have moved on to become the Assistant Director for HEALWA –  HEALWA is another contract supported program here at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library that provides access for eligible health professionals in Washington State to a suite of evidence-based information resources.   I was asked to write up a little something reflecting on my years as an Outreach Coordinator and perhaps insert a few lessons learned along the way.  So, here we go… (more…)