Previous Issues

New Directions at NLM

Barbara Epstein

Barbara Epstein

Director’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

The past several months have been a time of new directions and fresh initiatives at the National Library of Medicine.

Small Technology can have a Big Impact: Get Yours with a Health Information Awareness Award!

Renae Barger

Renae Barger

MAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

Have you been wanting to upgrade your organization’s technology, or try something new such as an interactive kiosk or an interactive flat screen? Maybe you sponsor health fairs and would benefit from a mobile workstation to demonstrate online health information? Or, perhaps you provide services to individuals with disabilities who would benefit from adaptive technologies to access health information?

NN/LM MAR Celebrated National Librarians Month with the Health Literacy Hero Award

Michelle Burda

Michelle Burda

Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator

This year MAR celebrated National Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month by awarding a Health Literacy Hero with a professional development award of $1,500.00. We asked our MAR members from hospital or academic medical libraries to send us their stories highlighting programs, partnerships or accomplishments that demonstrate how they are a Health Literacy Hero!

Helping Move PA Forward: As Libraries Reach for the Stars

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

Consumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a coordinator at NN/LM MAR is the opportunity to work with the amazing library staff in our region. During annual state library conferences, MAR staff exhibit and often offer workshops or conference presentations. This gives us a chance to meet many of those who have attended our online classes/webinars. We also get to reconnect with library staff whom we have worked with on MAR funded projects, as well as recruit new libraries to the MAR network.

Training from the National Library of Medicine

Kate Flewelling

Kate Flewelling

Out and About

Kate Flewelling, Health Professions Coordinator

I have often mentioned to colleagues and others that I owe my career to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Not only do I work for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in a position fully funded by NLM, but I began my career as an Associate Fellow at NLM and continue to benefit from training provided by or funded by NLM.

Systematic reviews & Academic Librarians

Elaina Vitale

Elaina Vitale

Academic Outreach

Elaina Vitale, Academic Coordinator

Academic and medical librarians are increasingly involved in systematic reviews at their institutions. Rooted in evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews are thorough, rigorous literature reviews in which research bias is addressed and removed (and after all, who is better at rigorous research than librarians!). Librarians have made huge inroads into representation on systematic review teams and as a result of this, it is now becoming commonplace for health science libraries to publish systematic review resource guides, establish their own systematic review teams, and produce grounded policies and procedures for participating.

Meet MAR’s Technology Liaison

Hannah Sinemus

Hannah Sinemus

Behind the Scenes

Hannah Sinemus, Technology Liaison

When I joined the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) in early May of this year, I was a little unsure of what to expect. I had been working at the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) for almost two years, primarily at the Technology Help Desk where I assisted patrons with their technology needs, answering questions, checking out study rooms and equipment, and other basic, public service tasks. In my off-desk hours I was researching and making recommendations for other projects in our department, hiring and training student employees, and trying to make connections in my field.