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Friday, September 25th, 2015

More than 750 electronic resources from 15 vendors are available to all medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) through the Fall 2015 Offer curated by the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI). Two factors allow participants to realize a costs savings of 15-70% off resources’ regular pricing—negotiations by the HSLANJ GLI, and the leveraging of group purchasing power since more than 120 medical and hospital librarians regularly participate.

To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MAR and SE/A, fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served. Contact Robert about scheduling a meeting or presentation about the GLI, at your next chapter, state organization or local consortium meeting.

The deadline to participate in the Spring Offer is Friday, October 30. Check the nonprofit organization’s website,, for more information and FAQs about the GLI.

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.

National Technical Reports Newsletter: Ebola Virus

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The November 2014 issue may be viewed online at

This issue features a sampling of new and historic information available from NTIS via the NTRL website  related to the topic of Ebola Virus.

The NTRL provides access to the NTIS content collection.  It contains over 3 million records with over 800K full-text reports. The NTRL is updated each week with newly acquired information, and recently digitized existing content. It is the most convenient and economical means of accessing the most comprehensive library of federally produced scientific and technical information available today.

Gregory G. Guthrie

Program Manager

National Technical Reports Library

National Technical Information Service

US Department of Commerce

Why We Trust Doctors

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The National Journal, popular in policy circles, has been running a series on the public’s distrust of institutions.  On Thursday they posted an article on “Why We Trust Doctors.”  The article reports, “At its core, medicine is a personal business.  Even as health care has become more technological (surgical robots, electronic medical records) and physicians have become more squeezed for time, nearly every medical encounter involves a face-to-face interaction between a doctor and a patient…Pollsters and scholars of medical ethics say that this personal interaction is a key to doctor-patient trust.”

The article also noted, “A doctor is rarely seen as the agent of a big institution or, like a member of Congress, as a well-liked but distant individual.  Your doctor is the person who sits in a room with you and helps to solve your problems…The structure of medicine may also account for some of the lingering trust. The insurance system places an intermediary between care and payment, which makes it harder for patients to see doctors as profiteers”:

Announcing Frameworks for Data Management Curriculum and Evaluation of User Needs for Repository Software

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Recognizing a pressing need for data management education in the sciences, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have collaborated on an IMLS National Leadership Planning Grant, “Planning a Data Management Curriculum  and Requirements for a Collaborative Repository,” to develop frameworks for a case based data management curriculum for science, health sciences, and engineering students at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to identify user needs for repository software for storing data sets.

The purpose of this grant has been to develop:

  • a flexible, case based curriculum that teaches data management best practices to students enrolled in a broad range of scientific disciplines
  • an evaluation of user requirements for open source software for storing data generated by student research projects

The libraries have worked with faculty, curriculum, evaluation, and instructional design consultants to develop Frameworks for a Data Management Curriculum, a modular case-based approach for data management instruction. Included in these frameworks are lesson plans for seven course modules, real life research cases, readings, assignments, a simplified data management plan, a prototype of developed content for one module, and assessment questions and answers.  The modular design of the curriculum allows faculty to pick specific course module(s) that are relevant to their courses.   The curriculum could be delivered by faculty or librarians in a variety of ways:  face-to-face classes, as self-paced online modules, or a hybrid format.

The Research Computing and Academic Support Group at WPI conducted testing of three open source software programs to evaluate user requirements for storing data.  A summary of the testing process and a matrix of the results of the software testing are available on the project website below the heading “Project Deliverables.”

For further information, contact Donna Kafel, Project Coordinator at

2011-2016 NNLM Membership Certificates Forthcoming

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

MAR is in the process of reviewing and updating the contents of our membership files. So we want you all to know that it may be several weeks before we’re able to send new certificates out to all our members. We thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact our Network and Advocacy Coordinator, Michelle Burda:

New NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Staff

Friday, January 20th, 2012

We are pleased to announce that MAR is now fully staffed.  We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our team.

  • Barbara A. Epstein, HSLS Director, is responsible for overall implementation of the contract, and will lead planning and implementation of the Regional Medical Library for the Middle Atlantic Region.
  • Renae Barger, Executive Director, is responsible for leadership, development, administration and evaluation of MAR programs.  Renae serves as a liaison to the National Library of Medicine, other Regional Medical Libraries and the Network members.
  • Tristan Lucchetti, Administrator, will manage the budget, as well as monitor and track expenditures for subcontracts and awards.
  • Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator, will plan Network member programs, with an emphasis on advocacy and changing roles for the information professional; coordinate outreach activities to hospital librarians; and manage the Region’s Membership and DOCLINE program.
  • Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, will have lead responsibility for developing, coordinating, and implementing consumer health information programs and providing outreach to public libraries and consumer groups, including soldiers, veterans and their families, senior citizens, caregivers, K-12 schools, and community-based and faith-based organizations.
  • Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, will develop outreach programs to health professionals, with emphasis on services to unaffiliated health professionals, minority health professionals, public health workers, and mental health professionals.
  • Melissa (Missy) Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator, will identify and evaluate technologies for MAR programs and develop a communication strategy to ensure that Network members and others in the region are informed about MAR activities, award opportunities and other initiatives.  Missy will also provide support for academic librarians within the MAR.

The Most Intriguing Medical Facts of 2011!

Friday, January 13th, 2012

American Medical News, published by the AMA, has posted their most intriguing medical facts of 2011.  They also included a link to last year’s edition:

MAR is Seeking Your Expertise as a Volunteer

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Calling on MAR members to bring their expertise to volunteer and serve on the MAR Regional Advisory Committee or a Special Advisory Group

MAR is forming its Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and four Special Advisory Groups (SAGs):

Now is your chance to help shape MAR programming and showcase your expertise.  To volunteer, complete our online application form ( by January 22, 2012.

One in-person meeting will be scheduled before April 30th to introduce members.  Virtual meetings will occur at least every quarter.

Ask a Librarian (November 2011)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

In JAAPA’s “Ask a Librarian” this month, topics that include how to evaluate the results of evidence-based literature searches, as well as use of the Evidence Pyramid for categorizing results:

Free registration is required to access JAAPA’s columns and articles, and you may choose Institution/Library as a profession.

Ask a Librarian (October 2011)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This month’s topics in JAAPA’s “Ask a Librarian” column are the differences between a systematic review and a review article.  As well as, how to differentiate between an electronic medical record and an electronic health record (including a reference to Nikki Dettmar’s class on EHRs):

Free registration is required to access JAAPA’s columns and articles, and you may choose Institution/Library as a profession.