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Library Collaboration and Advocacy

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

We have just passed the midpoint of our five-year contract to lead the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region.  One of the hallmarks of our program is to encourage library collaboration and advocacy.  In the past three months, we’ve seen two projects come to fruition.

Update on NN/LM National Outreach Initiatives

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

In the 2012-2013 contract year, the eight regional medical libraries and the National Network Office identified four national outreach initiatives.  The regional medical libraries have been working collaboratively to identify best practices to focus outreach activities toward:

  1. Community College Librarians
  2. K-12 staff
  3. Adoption of MedlinePlus Connect into electronic health records and patient portals; and
  4. Promoting the use of results

Providing Advocacy and Education for the Behavioral Health Needs of Older Pennsylvanians

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Rebecca May-ColeMember Spotlight

Rebecca May-Cole
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition

We are a non-profit organization providing advocacy and education about the behavioral health needs (mental health and substance use disorder) of older Pennsylvanians.  As the only statewide organization in Pennsylvania with this focus, we bring attention to the fact that too many older adults in the Commonwealth are dealing with depression, anxiety, alcoholism, substance and medication misuse and abuse, and thoughts of suicide.  We advocate at the state and national levels with the intent of improving services, and ultimately the lives of older adults so they can live their lives in a mentally healthy way.

MAR Announces the 2013 National Medical Librarians Award

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Pinnacle BannerMAR is pleased to announce the winner of our 2013 National Medical Librarians Award–the staff of Library Services, Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, PA. The following is the submission from their Manager…


cakeWe held an Open House in our new library for National Medical Librarian’s Month.  We created a flyer which was placed on the intranet, the weekly System newsletter, and on all telescreens throughout the System located at elevators and other places where there is time to read the banners which scroll by.  We also had a National Medical Librarian’s Month banner created for the Intranet and telescreens.

Training First Responders on the Use of NLM Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Information Mobile Applications

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Michelle Burda Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely-used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders). NLM has evaluated and made accessible many other mobile apps and information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations:



Health & Wellness: Not Just @ Your Library

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

The weather has turned colder and the holiday season is upon us. As everyone switches to their winter wardrobes and begins to prepare for those gatherings with friends and family, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself.  MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides information on numerous health and wellness topics that can be helpful in this busy time of year. Everyone needs a gentle reminder to take some time out for yourself so that you can be at your best for those you care for. A Resource for Patients, Clinicians, Researchers and Librarians

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach was launched in 2000 by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  In 2008, as a result of Section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, was expanded to include basic results reporting, including adverse effects.  Due to reporting bias, results reported in may not be published anywhere else.

What is PubMed Health and Why Would I Ever Use it?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

CyberCastMissy Harvey

Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

PubMed Health is a resource from National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) announced in 2011 providing easy-to-read consumer guides of comparative effectiveness research (CER), fact sheets on diseases and conditions, information on drugs and supplements, overviews of health topics, and links to external websites.

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