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Archive for August, 2013

MAR and NLM Closures

Friday, August 30th, 2013

MAR, as well as NLM, will be closed Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.

MedlinePlus and Affordable Care Act Resources

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Presenter:                        Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date:                                 September 12, 2013 / 11 am – 12:30 pm (ET)

Where:                              Online 

Brief Summary:  This session designed specifically for public library staff will provide an overview of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s premiere consumer health information resource. Additionally, attendees will be directed to Affordable Care Act resources of interest.

Announcing Our New Affordable Care Act LibGuide

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Hopefully by now you’ve seen our announcements about our ACA website:  We intend to update this website on a regular basis.

We’ve also now created an ACA LibGuide with lots more information, especially providing resources for the plans in the 4 states in our region.  So check out our new LibGuide today:

Summer Issue of The MAReport

Friday, August 30th, 2013

We are delighted to announce the Summer 2013 of our newsletter, The MAReport

Here are the highlights:

NOTE:  We encourage you to subscribe so The MAReport will be delivered to your email inbox.  To subscribe:

Affordable Care Act Update

Friday, August 30th, 2013

This Lunch with the RML session helped many people better understand the Affordable Care Act. So check it out the slides, transcript, etc.:

Wolfram Lecture at the Library of Congress

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Stephen Wolfram Gives First Innovation Talks Lecture at the Library of Congress

Dr. Stephen Wolfram has been invited by the Library of Congress|FEDLINK, to give the first lecture in the Innovation Talks Speakers Series.  Wolfram is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, the creator of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha.  He is also the author of A New Kind of Science.  He is considered to be one of the great minds in Technology.

Innovation Talks showcase an exciting cross section of innovative research.  Outstanding scholars, researchers, policy makers, and authors are invited to share their enthusiasm and knowledge on an amazing array of topics.  These free public lectures provide the opportunity to hear from a diverse selection of change leaders about issues affecting our world.

Join us for the first Innovation Talks Lecture on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 11am in the Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress.  Each hour long lecture is followed by a question and answer period.

This lecture is free and open to the general public.  However registration is required.  Please click here to register.

Data Curation Webinars

Friday, August 30th, 2013

NISO Two-Part September Webinar: Research Data Curation
Part 1: E-Science Librarianship
Date: September 11, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Event webpage:

Part 2: Libraries and Big Data
Date: September 18, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Event webpage:

NISO will be holding a two-part webinar on September 11 and 18 to discuss Research Data Curation. Part 1 will discuss the new role of E-Science Librarian. In Part 2, speakers will explore Libraries and Big Data and their role in data curation. You can register for either or both parts. There is a 25% discount to registrants of both parts.

Part 1: E-Science Librarianship – Presenters will discuss the role of the library in the academic research enterprise and provide an overview of new librarian strategies, tools, and technologies developed to support the lifecycle of scholarly production and data curation. Specific challenges that face research libraries will be described and potential responses will be explored, along with a discussion of the types of skills and services that will be required for librarians to effectively curate research output.

Topics and speakers are:

  • The Evolution of E-Science Librarianship in the New England Region and Beyond  – Elaine Martin, Editor, Journal of eScience Librarianship, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • The Digital Research Enterprise: Identifying New Roles for Libraries – Chris Shaffer, University Librarian and Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University Library
  • Seeking Our Niche: Understanding the Needs of Research Personnel to Develop E-Science Services – Megan Sapp Nelson, Associate Professor of Library Sciences, Purdue University

Part 2: Libraries and Big Data – Faculty in all disciplines are increasingly creating and/or incorporating big data into their research and institutions are creating repositories and other tools to manage it all. There are many challenges to effectively manage and curate this data-challenges that are both similar and different to managing document archives. Libraries can and are assuming a key role in making this information more useful, visible, and accessible, such as creating taxonomies, designing metadata schemes, and systematizing retrieval methods. Our panelists will talk about their experience with big data curation, best practices for research data management, and the tools used by libraries as they take on this evolving role.

Topics and speakers are:

  • Academic Libraries Get Ready: Big data is here and it needs a (caring) home –  Lisa Johnston, Research Services Librarian, Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • The Library’s Role in Enabling Data Interaction for Researchers – Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management, Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University
  • Building Communities and Services to Support Data-Intensive Research – Carly Strasser, Data Curation Project Manager, UC Curation Center (UC3), California Digital Library

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on September 11 for Part 1 and September 18 for Part 2 (the days of the webinars). Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and students. NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members (
<> ) receive one free connection as part of membership and do not need to register.

You can register for either or both parts. There is a 25% discount if registering for both. Visit the event webpages to register and for more information:
Part 1 webpage:
Part 2 webpage:

Philadelphia ACA Session

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Affordable Care Act and What it Means to Your Clients

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please join us for a free information session to help you gain a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it may impact the people you serve. United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) is pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Enroll America to provide an overview of the ACA and information on resources available to your clients.

We kindly ask that you RSVP by Friday, August 30 to Sara Pagni, Program Manager of Basic Needs, at

***Seating is limited, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience!***

FDA Guidance on Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices

Friday, August 30th, 2013

ACA Town Hall Forum in October in Pennsylvania

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 represents a dramatic impact on the American health care system, the most significant and sweeping federal health care legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.  The ACA includes a series of reforms that transform the accessibility and quality of health care for millions of Americans, and the potential to radically change the delivery and cost of health care for the majority of Americans.  The Town Hall Forum is intended to provide a basic (and objective) look of the law’s function and scope, focusing particularly on how it will directly impact on the benefits, cost, and access to care for people in Pennsylvania.

Health Insurance Exchanges (now officially referred to as Market Places) are scheduled to go into effect nationally (including Pennsylvania) on October 1st of this year.  The Town Hall Forum will explore the options that will be available to consumers in Pennsylvania, and address some of the FAQ about the Health Insurance Exchanges:

  • What are Health Insurance Market Places and how do they work?
  • How will people access information about the insurance options available through the insurance market place?
  • What happens if an individual does not have health insurance and chooses not to purchasehealth insurance from an insurance market place?
  • What happens if employers do not provide health insurance for their employees?
  • Will there be subsidies to make health insurance more affordable, and what are the eligibility criteria?

In addition, the Forum will also consider the broader implications of the Affordable Care Act, in particular, how the ACA will impact and change the Medicare system.  For those individuals that rely on Medicare for their health care coverage, understanding what’s currently happening and what’s on the horizon for Medicare’s beneficiaries is imperative.

The Town Hall Forum is open to the general public  The first 90 minutes is devoted to introducing the program and the panelists, explaining the presentation format, and then providing an overview of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on accessing health care coverage in Pennsylvania.  The remaining 90 minutes will be an Open Forum, allowing members of the audience to direct their questions to the expert panel.

10/2/13 – 9 am to Noon

University of Pittsburgh, University Club – Ballroom B

123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, the APPRISE Program of Allegheny County, and the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources.  If you would like to attend, please email your RSVP to

The final APPRISE Lunch and Learn for the 2013 year (The Medicare Open Enrollment Forum) is coming up on Thursday, October 10th.   In keeping with our established tradition, this Lunch & Learn will be a review of Medicare Part C and Part D plan changes for the 2013 Annual Enrollment Period (for the 2014 plan year).  This is always our most popular Lunch & Learn event, consistently producing the largest turnout from a wide range of social service providers (as well as the entire APPRISE staff).  And once again we are inviting representatives from the insurance companies that provide Medigaps, Advantage plans (Part C plans), and Part D plans for Allegheny County, to discuss changes to the plans for 2014 and answer audience questions.  I’m hoping that you or one of your staff can be available as a panelist for this event.  If you  would like to attend, please email your RSVP by Friday August 30th to


The Lunch and Learn will be held at the Human Service Building, 1 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (located downtown at the corner of Smithfield and Fort Pitt Blvd.).


11:30 am – Noon…….Lunch / Greetings / General Announcements

Noon – 3:00 pm………Presentation of Topic(s) / Q&A


10/10/2013…………The Medicare Open Enrollment Forum