Previous Issues

Looking Forward with New MAR Advisory Group Members

Barbara Epstein

Barbara Epstein

Director’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

MAR programs are augmented by including regular feedback from diverse stakeholders throughout our region. One way we do this is through our Special Advisory Groups (SAGs) which involve professionals throughout our region, representing librarians from public, school, hospital and academic settings; health professionals from a variety of backgrounds and staff from community organizations.

New Round of Funding is now available!

Renae Barger

Renae Barger

MAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

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Last month, we announced outreach funding to support a wide range of larger (up to $15,000) projects that improve health information literacy and increase the ability of patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information; or improve health professionals’ access to, awareness of, and skills for locating high quality biomedical and health information. We were pleased to receive 21 applications! Reviewers are diligently scoring applications and we plan to announce those that will be funded in the coming week.

Member Spotlight: Anja Bouchard

Anja Bouchard

Anja Bouchard

Anja Bouchard, MLIS

Librarian, Clinton Essex Franklin Library System

Plattsburgh, NY

Although my career path has taken many different turns, there were early signs pointing toward a future in librarianship. Not only did I have a love of reading at a young age, but I always looked forward to spending time at a local public library with my mother during summer vacations. Later on, I had the good fortune of working as a student assistant at two academic libraries while earning degrees in psychology and medical laboratory technology. However, it was only after employment in the field of human services and the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years that I finally found my way back to the library.

Celebrate Go4Life

Michelle Burda

Michelle Burda

Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator

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Be part of the second annual Go4Life Month by celebrating and promoting the successful exercise and physical activity campaign designed for adults 50 and older from National Institutes for Aging (NIA). A well rounded exercise program incorporates endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility and the free materials and exercise programs created by the NIA has it all.

Back to School with NLM Resources

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

Consumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

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Backpacks, composition books, glue sticks, highlighters, notepads, pencils, pens, and three ring binders. These are some of the things that students of all ages may need during the school year. In addition to these standard school supplies remember that National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces a variety of high quality K-12 Science and Health Education resources. These free, reliable materials were created in collaboration with teachers and scientific educators to “help introduce, reinforce and supplement education programs”. The materials from NLM are great for use with students in K-12 as well as those in higher education. The topics covered include:

Oral Health

Kate Flewelling

Kate Flewelling

Out and About

Kate Flewelling, Health Professions Coordinator

Most people know that things like diet, physical activity and genetics play roles in maintaining good physical health. More and more, the public health community and others are promoting the importance of good oral health on a person’s overall physical health. However, many people do not have access to quality dental care due to lack of insurance or accessible care.

Focus on PubMed Commons

Elaina Vitale

Elaina Vitale

Academic Outreach

Elaina Vitale, Academic Coordinator

Three years ago the National Library of Medicine introduced a trial commenting system within PubMed. Intended to heighten discourse and encourage peer-to-peer criticism of research, PubMed Commons allows users to comment on all published materials within PubMed. PubMed Commons recently moved from trial to a permanent feature of PubMed—just in time to celebrate PubMed’s 20th birthday! Within the existing comments are both supportive and critical thoughts from varied scholars and researchers, and frequently, discussions between authors and commenters. Transparency and study reproducibility are at the bedrock of scientific research–and librarians can look to the comments on PubMed Commons to promote and support this moving forward.