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2016 Health Literacy Hero: Rosemarie Taylor

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


NN/LM MAR is pleased to announce Rosemarie Taylor, Manager of Library Services from Wilkes–Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA as the winner of our Health Literacy Heroes Award promoting health literacy in her organization. Please congratulate Rosemarie, and as you read about her involvement in her organization you will understand why she is our Health Literacy Hero for 2016.

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital recently began a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) focusing on Health Literacy (HL) as a patient risk. Rosemarie was invited to be part of the planning committee for the FMEA and she plays a key role in the committee, not only providing resources, but is an active participant in the process. Since HL is such a large topic, the committee decided to focus on medication instruction during the discharge process since this could affect patient compliance, additional ER visits, and readmissions. It could also impact the hospital’s HCHAPS communication scores. The Library is supporting these efforts by introducing the HL topic to staff and physicians through its newsletter. Additional in-depth HL and Teach-Back education for staff and physicians will be implemented in the near future.  An in depth article about Rosemarie’s project with be featured in the next edition of the MAReport.

November Grey Lit Conference

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Grey Lit Team is proud to offer a professional development award to attend the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature at the New York Academy of Medicine November 28 -29, 2016.  The conference brings together librarians from across the globe and focuses on research and innovation in the field of grey literature.  If you are thinking about attending this event but have limited professional development options, then this is an opportunity for you.


The award will be available to anyone in the United States and will cover the cost of the conference registration fee. Registration fees will be reimbursed to you after the conference. There are a total of six awards:

  • One full conference registration
  • Two one-day passes
  • Three student full conference registrations.

If you are interested in attending this conference please fill out this form by November 1, 2016.


Awardees will be contacted by November 7th, 2016.  We look forward to your responses.


Supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System

Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance Webinar

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

From the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition:

Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance Webinar
Thursday, September 22nd from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET

Learn evidence-eased ways to improve consumers’ understanding of health insurance.

What is Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance?
A consumer education program that explains health insurance cost to consumers and communities. It’s based on an evidenced-based program, Smart Choice Health Insurance™ that was developed by the facilitators of this webinar at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware.

Why is the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition offering the webinar?
It provides a consistent and actionable way for Coalition members to talk about health insurance with the consumers in the communities they serve. Smart Choice Basic provides access to practical tools to aid consumers in selecting a plan or better understanding one they have already chosen. In addition, we feel that the rollout of the program creates a targeted project and a clear objective to assist in growing regional meetups. Our hope is that your participation in this program may help pave the way to future collaboration across the State.

Who should take part in the webinar?
This training is ideal for anyone offering community education on health or financial wellness, as well as those who assist consumers in buying or using health insurance. We recommend it to librarians, social workers, enrollment assisters, financial counselors, and anyone passionate about improving knowledge of the benefits of health insurance in their community.

What benefits does this training offer me?
As a Certified Smart Choice Basics Educator, you’ll have exclusive access to an outstanding library of resources. This includes an in-depth consumer workbook, presentation materials, and a facilitation guide with activities designed to keep your in-person workshops lively and fun. You’ll also gain the confidence of knowing that you’re using evidence-based resources to help consumers.

Details and Registration

Where to Turn Resource Fair

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Join our Education & Health Literacy Coordinator, Michelle Burda, at the Where to Turn Resource Fair on Friday, September 16! Michelle will be giving a presentation to celebrate the Go4Life initiative, promoting healthy living for older adults, and other resources from the National Institute on Aging and NLM NIH Senior Health.

The Where to Turn Resource Fair will feature speakers and exhibitors that have a stake in the growing access to our region’s community resources.

When: September 16, 8AM-12:30PM

Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

Admission is free and continuing education credits will be awarded, however registration is required. Please visit the Fair event page for more details.

New Assessment Workshop coming to WNYLRC

Friday, September 9th, 2016

From the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC):

Developing and Assessing Library Services and Resources: Making Data Work for Your Library

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:30am-4pm ET

Speaker: Lisa Janicke-Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library,University of Illinois at Urbana.

As an extended version of the MLA workshop: Engaging Assessment to Show Value and Make Decisions, this day-long workshop will building on the service design and program models to incorporate locally relevant theories of change and change management as well as using social media and other marketing channels to extend the reach of formal presentations and reports.

Registration is required.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Hermine?

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Weather reports are calling for Hurricane Hermine to possibly cause flooding and damage in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the course of the Labor Day weekend, and possibly into next week. In response to the recent severe flooding in Louisiana, the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) has updated the pertinent resource guides on hurricanes and floods. Here you will find information from all major government organizations on safety and health issues related to preparing for, and coping with, these natural disasters.

In addition, you can embed the content from these pages on your own website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. This will ensure that any updates made to DIMRC pages will carry through to your website as well.

Hurricane Information Resource Guide / Embed

Flood Information Resource Guide / Embed

Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

For more information on evacuation procedures and emergency health concerns in your area, contact your local state or federal emergency management agencies.


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Summer ’16 issue of the MAReport is now available!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Closing out the summer, NN/LM MAR is proud to share the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, the MAReport! In this edition:

Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale shares her thoughts about the exciting features of the PubMed commenting system in her Academic Outreach article, Focus on PubMed Commons.

Health Professions Coordinator Kate Flewelling discusses resources and initiatives for quality dental care in her Out and About article, Oral Health.

Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins discusses K-12 resource trainings and guides from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in her Consumer Connections article, Back to School with NLM Resources.

Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda highlights some extensive National Institute on Aging (NIA) resources for Go4Life Month in her Sharing & Caring article, Celebrate Go4Life.

Anja Bouchard shares her experiences as a Librarian with the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in our featured  Member Spotlight.

Executive Director Renae Barger gives a brief overview of new NN/LM MAR funding opportunities in her MAR Highlights article, New Round of Funding is now available!

MAR Director Barbara Epstein shares her thoughts on the impact of special advisory groups in her Director’s Musings article, Looking Forward with New MAR Advisory Group Members.

To read the entire Summer 2016 newsletter or find articles from a previous edition, please visit:

Announcing Exciting Plans at the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Exciting plans are underway, to enhance the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative and make your experience as a librarian easier, more streamlined, and better focused on your needs.

We have been meeting, working, and negotiating with vendors this summer, many of whom would like to talk directly with you. Thanks to greater participation among the HSLANJ GLI, and our collective group purchasing power, we are commanding the attention of vendors like never before!

Over the next several weeks, you will likely be receiving numerous emails inviting you to participate in surveys by vendors such as Ovid, BMJ, McGraw Hill, Springer, SAGE and others.

We understand how busy you are as a librarian, but we also encourage you to take time for each of these surveys. They are vital. Your answers will help shape future vendor offers through the HSLANJ GLI. Please answer all of the surveys that are sent your way if possible, regardless of how many times you have or haven’t participated in the GLI. All opinions are needed!

A little food-for-thought…

Questions to consider as a preview to the surveys:

  • How can participation in the GLI be enhanced for your benefit?
  • Do you have content needs that are not being met through the GLI?

Thank you—we greatly appreciate your time and insights! And we look forward to sharing more exciting plans about the GLI very soon!


Robb Mackes

Executive Director, HSLANJ

Project Manager, GLI


The HSLANJ GLI is endorsed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), MAR and SE/A, as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources. 

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  


Interprofessional Education Conference: Save the Date

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

From: Deborah Chiarella, University at Buffalo – Health Sciences Library

Please save the date for a half-day conference centered around interprofessional education (IPE). The goal of interprofessional education is to strengthen teamwork and communication among health professions students in order to improve patient care and safety, deliver higher quality health care, and drive better outcomes. If this topic interests you, please reserve the afternoon of Friday, October 30, 2015. Invited speakers Dr. Amy Blue and Dr. Joseph Zorek will share their IPE knowledge and expertise with us in Kapoor Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus. Dr. Blue will provide an overview of IPE from the national perspective addressing the emerging issues she sees in IPE.  Dr. Zorek will discuss his research focus on comparative IPE accreditation standards in the United States. The conference is made possible by a SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG) which was awarded to librarians and faculty from the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State. The conference is one aspect of a broader project made possible by SUNY IITG.

Registration opens August 31, 2015. Stay tuned for more details. If you would like more information before that time, please contact Amy Lyons, Interim Director of the UB Health Sciences Library, at

MAR and SE/A Medical Librarians Invited to Participate in Spring 2015 Group Licensing Offer

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

PRINCETON, NJ (MARCH 13, 2015)—All medical librarians in the MAR and SE/A Regions are invited to participate in the Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), through their Spring 2015 Offer.  Nearly 500 resources from 11 vendors will be available through the Offer, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power.

The Spring Offer is now available.  To receive a copy of the Offer, please contact Robert Mackes at (570) 856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases.  More than 120 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (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.

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.  Feel  free to 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, April 24.  Check the HSLANJ Facebook page for links to blog articles, previewing vendors’ new resources available through the Spring Offer:

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.