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Saying Goodbye as Angela Ruffin Retires

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Barbara EpsteinDirector’s Musings

Barbara Epstein, Director

The MAR and all NN/LM members are saying goodbye to Dr. Angela Ruffin, who has headed the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) for almost 14 years.  Angela has announced her retirement effective February 28, 2014.  We at MAR will especially miss Angela’s calm and nurturing guidance that facilitated our development as a new regional medical library – just the right mix of advice, oversight, and freedom to experiment.

Public Libraries and NN/LM MAR: A Natural Partnership

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Renae BargerMAR Highlights

Renae Barger, Executive Director

As a regional medical library, NN/LM MAR supports the efforts of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to improve the public’s access to health information so they can make informed decisions about their health.  Public libraries are also known to provide unbiased access to information, making them a logical choice for consumers to turn for health information.

A Happy Accident Working as a Special Collections Librarian

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Annie BroganMember Spotlight

Annie Brogan
Historical Medical Library
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

My association with health sciences libraries did not happen by design, but I now consider it a happy accident. I have always loved history. I knew from the moment I started library school at the University of Pittsburgh, I wanted to be a special collections librarian. Getting my hands on old books and being able to talk about history all day sounded like a dream come true.

Data Visualization: A Graph or Table is Worth 1,000 Words

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Michelle Burda Sharing & Caring

Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator

“By 2015, Americans are expected to consume media for more than 1.7 trillion hours, or an average 15.5 hours per person per day, again not counting workplace time. The amount of media delivered will exceed 8.75 zettabytes annually, or 74 gigabytes, which is equal to approximately nine DVDs worth of data sent to the average consumer on a typical day.”

National Health Observances and Multicultural Health Information Resources

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Lydia CollinsConsumer Connections

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

February is Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month. Let’s take some time to celebrate these two annual observances by highlighting multicultural health information resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Focus on NLM Resources: A New Webinar Series from MAR

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

From AIDSInfo to Women’s Health Resources, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a lot of resources—nearly 300 of them!  As NLM continues to create and aggregate reliable health information, it can be difficult to keep track.  That’s where MAR comes in!

Academic Librarians: We Have Lots of Resources for You!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

CyberCastMissy Harvey

Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

In 2013, we announced an initiative to enhance outreach to community college libraries.  Our goal was to increase awareness of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources to support programs in nursing and the allied health professions:  So far we have offered classes online and face-to-face, reaching more than 250 librarians.  We have been delighted by the interest and feedback we’ve received.

Outreach to Academic Libraries

Upcoming Education, Training, & Exhibits

Friday, February 28th, 2014


Event:  MedlinePlus and More (Course)
Presenter:  Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator
Date:  February 3 – 28, 2014
Location:  Online

Event:  Northeast Center for Risk Management Education (Class)
Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator
Date:  February 4, 2014
Location:  Online

Event:  Proposal Writing for Outreach Projects for Public Libraries (Course)
Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator
Date:  February 5, 2014
Location:  Online

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