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Building Bridges: 2 Months and Counting!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Join UNYOC and OVHLA  October 10th – 12th, as together we Build Bridges, inspire ideas, and navigate the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario!   Come and have the opportunity to mingle, share ideas, and network with each other and with speakers Nancy Roderer, Library Director at the Johns Hopkins University Welch Library; Jim Henderson, Librarian Emeritus, McGill University; and Michelle Young, Library Director, Clarkson University.

Intrigued?  Find more at:

Crossing the border?  Plan now to make sure you have the documents you need:

BONUS:  If you stay at the NAV Centre,  the conference registration, CE charge, meals, and lodging are all bundled into one low price…reserve your spot today!

Medical Heritage Library Adds Wellcome Film as a New Content Contributor

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Wellcome Film is an online digital collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine owned and now digitized by the Wellcome Library in London.  The project chronicles the history of medicine over the last 100 years and has been freely available in Internet Archive since 2010.  The earliest footage dates from the era of founder, Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) who was an American-born pharmaceutical magnate.  Included is rare footage from Gebel (or Jebel) Moya in the Sudan, 1912-13, showing scenes of everyday life, archaeological digging, communal sports and recreation.  Later decades are represented by films featuring breakthrough medicine such as surgical techniques and drug treatments.  The films may be accessed through the Medical Heritage Library site in Internet Archive:

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a content-centered digital community supporting research, education, and dialog that enables the history of medicine to contribute to a deeper understanding of human health and society.  It serves as the point of access to a valuable body of quality-curated digital materials and to the broader digital and nondigital holdings of its members.  It was established in 2010 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation via the Open Knowledge Common to digitize 30,000 medical rare books contributed by the medical libraries of Columbia, Harvard and Yale Universities and the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.  In addition to these participants, MHL principal contributors are Johns Hopkins University, New York Academy of Medicine, the New York Public Library, and the Wellcome Library.  The MHL has since grown to include content contributors Duke University, University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library, and the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto.

The MHL is proud to announce that it has added Wellcome Film to its online content in IA and looks forward to working more with the Wellcome Library in the future.

Check Out Who from Our Region Will be Presenting at MLA

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Sunday, May 20th

Bases Loaded, Patient at Bat: Genetics clinicians, Clinical Librarian and Consumer Librarian Collaborate to Enhance Patient Care
Susan Robishaw and Patricia Ulmer

This successful, collaborative project among genetics clinicians and librarians has had a positive impact on patient care for both clinicians and patients. The clinicians need less time to prepare for a patient encounter. They maximize the time they spend with the patients. They have more information about the patient’s potential diagnoses at the time of the initial visit. Having more information allows the clinician to spend more time reviewing the diagnosis with the patient and addressing his/her concerns and to selectively order tests. Patients receive trusted, accurate and up to date health they use to better understand their condition/treatment.

Covering the Bases: Running a Library-Based Bioinformatics Service at a Health Sciences University
Carrie L. Iwema and Ansuman Chattopadhyay

iPad Lending Library for On Call/Night Float Residents: Home Run or Foul Ball?
Catherine M. Boss and Chunwei Ma

A pilot study was conducted to determine the usefulness of an iPad for independent learning and direct patient care by on-call/night float residents. An iPad with WiFi would allow for connectivity to the medical center’s patient care portal with licensed patient-based and evidence-based databases, electronic books, and journals.

iPads as a Tool to Enhance Communications and Access to Emergency Preparedness Resources
Cristina A. Pope and Donna K. Sowles

Poster Sessions

Building a Farm Team: Ten Years of Developing New Academic Health Sciences Library Directors; The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program
Carolyn E. Lipscomb, Barbara A. Epstein, Lynn Kasner Morgan, Julia F. Sollenberger and M.J. Tooey

In response to a documented need to build the next generation of leadership for academic health sciences libraries, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, with co-sponsorship from the National Library of Medicine, initiated a program to identify, encourage and develop candidates for director. The poster measures program results and identifies factors of success.

Gray Literature Searching in Health Sciences Systematic Reviews: A Survey Study
Ahlam Saleh, Melissa A. Ratajeski and Marnie Bertolet

Using Quick Response (QR) Codes to Promote E-Books
Melissa A. Ratajeski

The Value of Health Libraries and Information Services for Clinical Decision Making and Patient Safety
Joanne Marshall and Julia Sollenberger

Monday, May 21st

Enhancing PubMed EBM Search Outcomes with Customized My NCBI Filters
Tanya Shkolnikov

The customized Levels of Evidence Filters (LEF) for PubMed searches provide medical residents with a much-needed tool for retrieving EBM information in accordance with the Levels of Evidence Pyramid. LEF allow users to locate materials with higher levels of evidence in one click, and to easily access articles with lower levels of evidence, if needed.

Tuesday, May 22nd

Partnering to Encourage Health Information Seeking at an Urban Minority Health Center: A Case Study
Prudence Dalrymple, Lenore Hardy, Lisl Zach, Michelle Rogers, Patricia Gerrity, Mary Green and Kathleen Turner

A multidisciplinary partnership of librarians, health professionals, and LIS faculty collaborated to encourage health information seeking by medically underserved patients at an urban health center. The objectives of the program were to 1) gain greater insight into the information behaviors of these patients and 2) test the effectiveness of sending tailored text messages to participants in a group prenatal class.

154 Results of the Value of Health Library and Information Services Study
Joanne Marshall and Julia Sollenberger

MAR Presenters at MLA

Friday, May 11th, 2012

If any of you are planning to join us at MLA, we’d like to alert you that there will be 2 paper presentations and 1 poster presentation resulting from MAR funding.

Sunday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Section Programs 1
WSCC, Room 612, Level Six

The Value of Health Libraries and Information Services for Clinical Decision Making and Patient Safety
Joanne Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, and Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA

Poster Session 3 │ Tuesday, May 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
WSCC, 4A/B, Level Four

154 Results of the Value of Health Library and Information Services Study
Joanne Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, and Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA

Sunday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Section Programs 1
WSCC, Room 608/609, Level Six

iPads as a Tool to Enhance Communications and Access to Emergency Preparedness Resources
Cristina A. Pope, AHIP, and Donna K. Sowles

Are You Presenting at MLA?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

MAR would like to know if anyone else within our region may be presenting at MLA.  After MLA, we would like to highlight and share details about what you’re doing.  If you are doing a paper presentation or a poster, please provide answers to the questions listed below to: by Thursday, May 24th.

  1. Title of the Presentation/Poster
  2. Date of the Presentation/Poster
  3. Names of the Presenters
  4. Description/Abstract of the Presentation/Poster

MLA 2013 Abstracts Due May 1st

Friday, April 20th, 2012

MLA ’13, will take place on May 3–8, 2013, in Boston, and will incorporate the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML), the 7th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS), and the 6th International Clinical Librarians Conference.  Submission of papers and posters (using the MLA submission system) will begin earlier than usual because of the lead times needed for international participants.  The 2013 contributed papers and posters submission deadline is May 1, 2012.  Final findings and results may be added to the accepted papers and posters up to 1st February 2013, so you don’t have to have completed research to submit a paper or abstract.  The same system will be used for submissions to all four parts of the incorporated meeting – MLA, ICML, ICAHIS and ICLC.

The 2013 meeting theme is “One World: Information in an Interdependent World,” which emphasizes global interdependencies in all health-related areas.  “One Health” is meant to encompass not only human and animal health, but also public health, environmental health, climate change, food safety and production, and international health policy.

For access to the online submission process, instructions, and a list of section program themes, see

What are the MAR Coordinators Up to This Week?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

We encourage you to always check out our MAR website ( to see our latest activities.  Here’s what on our front door this week:

What’s Happening with MAR These Days?

  • April 13: We’re teaching the course The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner at the Central NY Library Resources Council (CNYLRC)
  • April 17: We’re hosting the Director of the NLM Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC), Michael Boer, for a visit to MAR
  • April 18: We’re hosting the webcast Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries at MAR

Join Us at PLA 2012!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

MAR will be exhibiting at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia on March 13th – 17th.  We hope you’ll drop by to visit us at Booth #1038.

MAR Funding Available for 2012-2013

Monday, February 20th, 2012

We are pleased to announce NN/LM MAR funding has been posted for the 2012-2013 contract year.  This funding is for projects beginning May 1, 2012.  Application deadline is April 1, 2012.

Receiving funding is a great way to provide outreach, create new or expand existing services, and get recognized within your institution or community.  We encourage all Network members to review these opportunities and consider applying!

Details are available at:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Middle Atlantic Region

Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
200 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Advancing the progress of medicine and improving the public health
through access to health information:

Congratulations to MAR Award Recipients

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAR is pleased to announce recipients from our first round of funding.  The decision-making process was a difficult one, with many worthwhile projects and organizations vying for a limited amount of dollars.  We are pleased with the projects that were funded and look forward to the outcomes.  As final reports of these projects are available, they will be posted to our Website.

The following awards are still available as funding permits: