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Archive for 2013

Upcoming Education, Training & Exhibits

Monday, November 18th, 2013


Event:  Geeks Bearing Gifts:  Unwrapping New Technology Trends (Course)
Presenter:  Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator
Date:  November 1, 8, and 15, 2013
Location:  Online

Event:  Science Teachers of New York State Conference (Exhibitor and Presenter)
Presenter:  Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator
Date:  November 3-4, 2013
Location:  Rochester, NY

Year Two by the Numbers

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through our five-year contract. It’s been a whirlwind journey of learning about our region and building programs. You may be interested in a summary of our activities in Year 2 (May 2012 – April 2013).

The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Carrie BanksMember Spotlight

Carrie Banks
Supervising Librarian
The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs
Brooklyn Public Library

When I was a branch librarian at NYPL’s smallest branch, a young boy came in looking for a book for school.  We went through every book I thought appropriate and didn’t find one, both of us becoming frustrated in the process.  Finally he said, “It’s not your fault.  I’m stupid.  I have learning disabilities.”  I replied that I have learning disabilities (LD) too.  We soon found a book.  He returned with his mother just before closing and told her, “See, she’s the one, she has learning disabilities and she’s not stupid.”  Not long afterwards I moved to Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and took over the Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs.

Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

No doubt, many public and hospital libraries are beginning to see an influx of questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance options.  Libraries are known to provide unbiased access to information, making them a logical choice for consumers to turn to for ACA information.  As a regional medical library, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) is dedicated to providing updates to library staff on available information resources to assist with understanding the ACA and supporting the general public in making informed decisions.

Business Class for Hospital Librarians

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Michelle Burda Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

Members of MAR’s Hospital Libraries Special Advisory Group (SAG) recognized the need for hospital librarians to develop a strategic sense of business in the changing environment of medical libraries.  Hospital librarians provide a valuable service to their institutions. Therefore, to continue delivering support for clinical care, research and education, it is essential that the library is managed like a business unit.  With this business model in mind, our talented SAG members developed a course outline, recruited instructors, and created original content, bringing the class to fruition.

Explore, Discover, Enjoy: NLM Resources for K-12 Populations

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

It’s back to school time and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, produces a variety of web-based resources for K-12 health and science educators, school librarians, public librarians, and academic librarians supporting education majors. So it’s time to remind everyone about the numerous K-12 resources that are freely available. These web-based materials, some in Spanish, are designed to engage students’ interest in and foster analysis of a variety of health and science-related topics using:

Getting Started with Program Evaluation

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

As great ideas compete for limited resources (time, staffing, money), more and more emphasis has been placed on program evaluation.  How do you know what works? How do you know that stakeholders’ goals are being met?

We all recognize the need to evaluate what we do, but too often evaluation is left to the end of a program.  The most valuable evaluation is closely tied to a program’s goals and is integrated into the project planning from the beginning.

Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

Friday, August 23rd, 2013


Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

In response to network member requests, in June 2013 I offered our quarterly TechTime webinar on the topic of privacy and security on the web.  The webinar was a great success and attendees asked excellent questions.  But one hour was not enough time to cover all the resources to help our members.  So I’m providing additional helpful websites and tips to help you.


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