Previous Issues

Looking Ahead to the Next Contract

Barbara Epstein

Barbara Epstein

Director’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

Many on the MAR staff are thankfully enjoying some “R & R” time after submitting our renewal proposal for the 2016-2021 grant period. We look forward to the new collaborative NN/LM infrastructure that will feature regular meetings of the National Network Steering Committee, composed of the directors of the eight regions and five national offices, together with personnel from the re-named National Network Coordinating Office (formerly the National Network Office). We’ve proposed lots of new initiatives, and we are grateful for the helpful suggestions from our advisory groups and members.

Reflecting on the RML Program and a Glance in to the Future

Renae Barger

Renae Barger

MAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

How time flies! It is hard to believe we are in our fifth and final year of the Regional Medical Library (RML) contract. What a wonderful experience this has been and one that we hope to continue for the 2016-2021 cycle. In late July, we submitted our application to continue as the RML for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). As I reflect on our past four years and look toward the future, it is evident that our successes reflect the collaborative relationships we have with involved and diverse partners like you, our Network members. Your organizations play a key role in distributing biomedical and health information, particularly those produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), to health professionals and healthcare consumers.

UPSTATE Health Sciences Library, a MAR Partner


Cristina A Pope

Director, Health Sciences Library

UPSTATE Medical University

Syracuse, NY

I am the Director of the Health Sciences Library at UPSTATE Medical University. The library provides services and resources in support of University Hospital; University Hospital Community Campus; the Colleges of Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing; the Golisano Children’s Hospital and to our patients and families. We also have two Family Resources Centers: one in our Children’s Hospital, the other in our Cancer Center. My job description can be summarized in a single sentence: The Director does whatever needs to be done to support the activities of the library team and the services and resources they provide. On any given day, I might be introducing people to our librarians, library services and resources, finding more money to support library initiatives, brainstorming with colleagues to develop new services, selecting new furniture, participating in the work of a professional committee, volunteering at a Team UPSTATE event, or purchasing Pez for Well-O-Ween activities.

Kudos to Our Member Libraries

Michelle Burda

Michelle Burda

Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

We would like to acknowledge the following MAR member libraries who have received awards or are celebrating special anniversaries.

The Township of Washington Library, one of our public libraries, was awarded the American Heartsaver Award by the American Heart Association.

This award is given to organizations who have taken extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival.

What’s That You Say? MAR at ALA 2015

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

Consumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

As many of you know MAR Coordinators are often on the road throughout our 4 State region exhibiting and presenting at conferences, providing training sessions at regional meetings and conducting site visits to old, potential and new network members. However, once in a while an opportunity to present at a national conference and represent the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outside of the Middle Atlantic Region occurs.

Information Resources for LGBT health

Kate Flewelling

Kate Flewelling

Out and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

According to Healthy People 2020, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people can experience health disparities resulting from discrimination, social stigma and experiences with violence. LGBT youth are more likely to be homeless and are 2-3 times more likely to attempt suicide than others. LGBT populations have higher rates of tobacco use and substance abuse. And, transgender individuals have a high risk for mental health issues, victimization by violence and HIV and other STDs. Although the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage throughout the United States, LGBT individuals can still face discrimination in housing, employment and access to health care in many states. Even in areas where LGBT individuals do not face legal discrimination, they may not have access to health professionals experienced in providing culturally-competent care.