Previous Issues

Preparing for 2016-2021

Barbara Epstein

Barbara Epstein

Director’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

It’s hard to believe that we will be wrapping up our five-year contract as your Regional Medical Library (RML) on April 30, 2016. Though it’s still nearly a year away, we are preparing our proposal for the new five-year award period that will begin on May 1, 2016 and continue through April 30, 2021. The MAR Executive Director and Coordinators have solicited your ideas for future programs and funding opportunities through our listserv and advisory councils.

The Affordable Care Act: Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

Renae Barger

Renae Barger

MAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

In response to feedback from Network members, Special Advisory Groups and the Regional Advisory Committee, MAR identified a need for health sciences and public librarians to navigate the challenging landscape of the Affordable Care Act and identify areas where libraries may support their community and stakeholders. In April 2015, MAR sponsored a full day symposium, “The Affordable Care Act: Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference.” The event was held in Philadelphia with 63 attendees representing an equal mix of hospital, academic and public libraries from Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as a few participants from neighboring states. MAR provided travel support for 36 Network members to attend.

Development of the Free Library of Philadelphia as a Public Health Emergency Preparedness Partner


Chad Thomas, MPH

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program

I’m the Public Health Communications Outreach Coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) Bioterrorism & Public Health Preparedness (BT) Program. I manage our emergency response planning partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. I also lead exercises and trainings with our community partners, oversee the translation and publication of the PDPH Health Bulletin, and assist the BT Program team with real-life response duties.

I didn’t know that…

Michelle Burda

Michelle Burda

Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator
I am often asked by our members how they can keep track of all the updates and newly developed NLM Resources. After trainings participants often remark, “I didn’t know that or how did I miss that?”

Health, Disaster and Heroes: Resources to Support Summer Reading 2015

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

Consumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

“The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.” The 2015 Summer Reading Slogans has an overall theme of “Heroes”. For children the theme is ‘Every Hero has a Story’, Teens is ‘Unmask’ and Adults is ‘Escape the Ordinary’. In keeping with the theme of “Heroes”, there are a few excellent resources that can be used to incorporate health and wellness, and disaster and emergency preparation into your summer reading programs for all ages.

What I Listen to while on the Road for MAR

Kate Flewelling

Kate Flewelling

Out and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

As Outreach Coordinator for MAR, I spend a lot of time on the road. One week in April, I drove 1200 miles—Pittsburgh to New York City to Long Branch, NJ, to Lake George, NY, and back to Pittsburgh. To make the long drives and flights go faster, I listen to audiobooks. Lately, I’ve been listening to several with a medical theme. Here are a few recent favorites, with links to some relevant health information resources.

Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. 2013. Narr. Kirsten Potter. Audio recording. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2013.