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Archive for February, 2014

Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is Retiring

Friday, February 28th, 2014

NN/LM MAR is saying goodbye to our friend and leader, Dr. Angela Ruffin, as she retires:

Winter Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Check out the Winter 2014 issue of our newsletter, The MAReport

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

To subscribe:

Research Data Management Symposium (Almost Full so Register Now!)

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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

When:  April 28 – 29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) is offering a 2-day symposium to help your library find its unique approach to research data management.  We have a great cast of speakers to talk about issues you may be facing in your library.

Details / Registration:

  • Register for both days, or only one day—it’s your choice.
  • If registration fills up, you’ll be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available

Announcing a New Online Webinar Series: Focus on NLM Resources

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MAR is pleased to announce our new bi-monthly series.  Learn about what we have in store for the future:

First Session:  PubMed Health

Presenter: Hilda Bastian, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM

Date / Time:  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required /

Summary:  Hilda has been the editor responsible for PubMed Health at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM since 2011. Previously, she headed the Health Information Department at the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) (2004-2011). Hilda first became involved in health as a health consumer advocate in the 1980s, serving as Chairperson of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia (1997-2001). She has been participating in and communicating the results of systematic reviews since the early 1990s, when she helped establish the Cochrane Collaboration.

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MLA congratulates the 2014 recipients of MLA awards, grants, and scholarships. All recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony / Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL, on May 19th.

MAR is delighted to announce that two of our regional members are winners!

Fellowship (MLA Fellows are members elected by the Board of Directors, for sustained and outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship and to the advancement of the purposes of MLA.)

  • Prudence W. Dalrymple, AHIP, FMLA, Institute for Healthcare Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2015 (To be delivered at MLA 2015.  The Janet Doe Lecturer is an individual chosen annually by MLA for their  unique perspective on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship. The Janet Doe Lectureship is one of the highest honors MLA has to offer.)

  • Barbara A. Epstein, AHIP, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Hospital Librarians: HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative’s Spring 2014 Offer

Friday, February 28th, 2014

PRINCETON, NJ (February 24, 2014)—Participation in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, a cost-effective consortium, is expanding beyond the MAR to include the entire SE/A Region. All hospitals and healthcare facilities in both regions are invited to participate in the Spring 2014 Offer, available beginning March 3.

“This groundbreaking expansion will allow more hospitals to afford the most current, highest-quality electronic resources, translating into the potential for better patient care,” said Project Manager Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP. “From New York to Florida, we warmly invite all medical facilities along the East Coast to contact us and order their 2014 resources by leveraging group purchasing power.”

Formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), the GLI is known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation, providing access to the latest medical electronic resources. All price negotiations are handled by the HSLANJ GLI. Participation has swelled to more than 100 MAR hospitals over the past 12 years of the GLI’s existence.

Currently, the Spring 2014 Offer features more than 450 resources from 12 vendors, at a cost savings of 15-60% off regular pricing.

To receive a copy of the offer, please contact Mackes at 570-856-5952 or The deadline for participation is April 25. For more information on the HSLANJ GLI, including FAQs and testimonials from current participants, see

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

We’re Proud of Another Network Member!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Health Literacy Day at the East Brunswick Library:

PubMed Health Systematic Reviews

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Abstract display for PubMed clinical trial citations may now include a “Cited by systematic reviews” portlet if the trial is cited in a PubMed Health systematic review:

The Power and Pitfalls of Trolling the Internet for Health Information

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A great article from one of our Network members:

Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Webinar Title: Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Toll Free Number: 888-325-0345 / Participant passcode: 813-1392

Live Meeting™ Net Conference Access Information for Participants


Conference number: PW4462938 / Audience passcode: 8131392

Participants can join the event directly at:

Objective: Co-sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Administration for Community Living (ACL), this webinar will provide information to assist family caregivers in planning for emergencies and disasters.  Family caregivers have a responsibility of caring for loved ones with health or functional needs, making it important for them to develop a personal preparedness plan as well as a plan for individuals they support.  Examples include family caregivers who are responsible for the care of children with Developmental Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders, Older Americans who are medically fragile, and persons who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Information provided in this webinar will highlight the unique needs of disaster preparedness planning for these particularly vulnerable populations and considerations for developing and maintaining an emergency plan for both the caregiver and their loved one.

A brief Introduction to Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers will be provided by Dr. Cheryl Levine, At-Risk Team Lead, Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC), ASPR and Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist/Team-Lead, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services, ACL.


Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy: Challenges of Sheltering in Place for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs including Autism, Peg Kinsell, Director of Public Policy, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, New Jersey

Supporting Older Americans who are Medically Fragile, Della Sanchez, LGSW, AL Cares Coordinator, Support for Caregivers, SARPC/Area Agency on Aging, Mobile, Alabama

Lessons Learned from 9/11, Katrina, and Sandy for Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Jed Levine, Executive Vice President, Director of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter

Facilitated discussion with the panelists will be led by Iris Terashima, developer and trainer for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center: Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens.