Previous Issues

Videos and PowerPoints Now Available from Symposium on Library Spaces

Barbara Epstein

Barbara Epstein

Director’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

Did you miss our April symposium on Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The changing landscape of health sciences libraries? Or, if you were there, do you want to review your favorite presentations? If so, your worries are over: we’re pleased to announce that videotapes, PowerPoint presentations and other resources are now available for viewing at: http://nnlm.gov/mar/spacesymposium.

 

Be Involved in Informing MAR Programs

Renae Barger

Renae Barger

MAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

Last month the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the award of new, five-year cooperative agreement grants to institutions that will serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) in the eight regions of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Awards also included five National Coordinating Offices which will coordinate and support training, evaluation, web services, DOCLINE support services, and public health information access in all regions. These agreements began on May 1. MAR staff is enthusiastic to continue as the RML from the University of Pittsburgh office. Additionally, the University of Pittsburgh will be home to the National Web Services Office which develops and maintains web services and infrastructures for NN/LM public and internal needs.

Member Spotlight: Laraine Tursi

Laraine Tursi

Laraine Tursi

Laraine Tursi

Director, Harold Fink Memorial Library

Coney Island Hospital

I am Laraine Tursi and have been the librarian at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, in Brooklyn for the past 10 years and a librarian for 30+ years, which is unbelievable to me! Throughout the course of my library career, MAR has been an integral partner, training resource and support network for me and the various libraries where I have worked.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding the Issues in Numeracy Literacy

Michelle Burda

Michelle Burda

Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator

Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers.

In two recent reports, health literacy experts addressed the numeracy issue of patients and providers.1,2 As with low health literacy, poor numeracy skills affect the decision making and management of one’s health. An individual’s ability to understand and then use this information can be affected by the way the information is presented. Even people with high literacy and numeracy levels may be unsure and confused by the way risks and benefits of treatments are communicated to them.

5 Years and Counting: Reflections of a Consumer Health Coordinator

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

Consumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

This month marks the beginning of the new, 2016-2021 MAR grant cycle. I am very appreciative of the previous 5 years I’ve had as the Consumer Health Coordinator at MAR. The opportunity to work under excellent leadership and with a team of supportive colleagues has been rewarding.

Introducing Clinical eCompanion

Kate Flewelling

Kate Flewelling

Out and About

Kate Flewelling, Health Professions Coordinator

Are you a primary care clinician looking for a reliable point of care tool? Are you a health sciences librarian who gets requests from unaffiliated health professionals? NN/LM MAR is pleased to announce a new website: Clinical eCompanion.

Clinical eCompanion searches over a dozen free reliable health information resources at once and delivers high-quality relevant results.

Clinical eCompanion search

 

Summer Professional Development and Project Planning

Elaina Vitale

Elaina Vitale

Academic Outreach

Elaina Vitale, Academic Coordinator

While most academic medical librarians work throughout the summer, for many, summer is a chance to take a break from committee work, information literacy trainings and overwhelming reference hours. While classes are not in session, librarians can take advantage of quieter libraries by enrolling in classes and workshops themselves (think of it as extra credit for the looming fall semester!).