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National Medical Librarians Month Winner Announced!

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

National Medical Librarians Month gives information professionals an opportunity to market their services and highlight their contributions to research, education and improved patient outcomes.  MAR celebrated medical librarians by asking them to share stories of activities and events surrounding National Medical Librarians Month.

Congratulations to Schaffer Library of Health Sciences at Albany Medical College.  Their entry was randomly selected in the MAR National Medical Librarians Month contest to receive an award for registration and airfare to MLA 2013!

Upcoming Education, Training & Exhibits

Saturday, November 10th, 2012



Event:  NLM Consumer Health Resources for Caregivers (Online Boost Box session)
Presenter:  Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator
Date:  December 11, 2012
Location:  Online

Event:  New Roles for Librarians (Online Boost Box session)
Presenter:  Mark Vrabel, Information Resources Supervisor, Oncology Nursing Society
Date:  January 8, 2013
Location:  Online

Event:  MedlinePlus and More (Course)
Presenter:  Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator
Dates:  January 15 – February 5, 2013
Location:  Online

Welcome to Our Inaugural Issue!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Barbara EpsteinI am pleased to introduce this inaugural issue of The MAReport.  This newsletter will be published quarterly and will highlight MAR projects, activities and members.  In this issue, you can read about one of our award-winning members, Mary Jo Russell, and meet the MAR Executive Director, Renae Barger, and the four energetic MAR Coordinators:  Michelle Burda, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, and Missy Harvey.  You’ll learn more about MAR outreach, exhibits, and training opportunities.

Winner of the MLA Hospital Libraries Section Leadership Award

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Mary Jo RussellMember Spotlight

Mary Jo Russell, MLS, AHIP

Encouraged by my mentor-professor at Houghton College, I pursued a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Albany.  After graduating in 1989, I landed my first part-time job as a hospital librarian.  Soon thereafter I accepted a full-time position as Manager of Library Services at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.  I’ve been actively involved in our regional Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) and in the Upstate New York-Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of MLA, serving on the Executive Committee and the Conference Planning Committee.

Providing Outreach through Exhibiting

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

One of the many exciting roles of a regional medical library is exhibiting at national, regional, state and local meetings and conferences.  Exhibiting offers the opportunity to demonstrate NLM products to health professionals, consumer groups and public, school and health sciences librarians.  It is also a great way to promote membership and services of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM).

New Roles for the Health Information Professional

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Michelle BurdaSharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

As Network and Advocacy Coordinator, I plan programs with an emphasis on advocacy and changing roles for the information professional.  I serve as the liaison to hospital librarians in MAR as well as manage the region’s membership and resource sharing programs.  As a member of the NN/LM MedlinePlus Connect task force, my role is to promote the use of MedlinePlus Connect which links health IT systems, patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to relevant, authoritative patient health information from MedlinePlus.

Fruitful Beginnings in Consumer Health

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

As Consumer Health Coordinator, I have had the opportunity to travel to various places throughout our region to conduct training, exhibit at conferences, and provide presentations. These experiences have allowed me to meet talented members in our region, while gaining a better understanding of the consumer health training needs that exist.  One of our goals as a regional medical library is to foster relationships amongst member organizations with a mission to disseminate free, reputable health information to health professionals, researchers, and the general public.

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