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NLM In Focus: Scientists

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Do you know any scientists at the National Library of Medicine?

In this week’s “Focus on NLM Scientists” NLM introduced Kim Pruitt, PhD, staff scientist at NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Dr. Pruitt shares how a subscription to Science magazine paid off, why she learned to interrupt people, and how she feels about working at NIH.


Instructional Design Webinar Series

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Save the dates!

The NNLM/NER will be hosting in person showings of the MLA Instructional Design Webinar Series (

  • October 18, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – What’s Theory Got to Do with It? Learning Theories, Instructional Design, and the Librarian
  • October 26, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – Designing Online Instruction: It’s Not Just for Distance Education Anymore
  • November 9, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – Don’t Flip Out! Exploring Team-Based Learning
  • November 22, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – Setting Yourself Up for Success with Learning Assessment

Join colleagues to participate in MLA’s four-part series on instructional design helps novice and experienced teachers and course designers be more effective in how they design, deliver and evaluate their face-to-face and online instruction. In person sessions will be held in the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Attendees will earn 1.5 CE credits for each course attended. Recordings of the webinars will be posted at a later time.

Specifics on each course and registration information will be sent out soon.
Please contact Martha Meacham, OR 508-856-1267, with any questions.


NER Staff Update: New Education and Outreach Coordinator

Friday, October 7th, 2016


Hello everyone,

Please join us in welcoming Martha Meacham, MLIS, MA to the NN/LM New England Region.
Martha will be working as an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Martha joins us from the
Veterans Administration VISN1 Knowledge Information Service. Previously, she was a Library
Fellow in the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School, and has worked as a librarian in
a variety of other medical settings including the Patient Resource Library at Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Martha received her Master of
Science in Library and Information Science, and a Master of Arts in History, with an emphasis
on medical history, from Simmons College in Boston. Prior to librarianship, Martha earned her
BS in Psychology and worked as a mental health counselor. Martha is interested in information
and health literacy, patron and librarian education, and advocacy and marketing for libraries.

Martha can be reached at | 508-856-1267.

Mary Piorun, PhD
Interim Director
NN/LM NER and the
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School
p) 508-856-2206


MLA Funds

Friday, October 7th, 2016

2017 EBSCO/MLA Annual Grant


In order to enable more librarians to attend Medical Library Association (MLA) annual meetings, EBSCO Information Services has generously donated money to the MLA Scholarship Endowment to provide stipends up to $1,000.00 each to four (4) librarians for travel and conference-related expenses, to be known as the EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant. If you need funding to attend the annual meeting, please consider applying.



  • Applicant must be a member of MLA.
  • Applicant must be currently employed as a medical librarian.
  • Applicant must have between two and five years experience as a health sciences librarian at the time of the annual meeting.
  • Applicant must complete an application form including a 200-word statement answering the question, “What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the MLA annual meeting?”
  • No more than one awardee from any given institution will be awarded the grant in a single year.
  • Visit MLANET – Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships – EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant for details and the application form.
  • Applications are due to MLA by Monday, December 1, 2016. Please email Jeanne Sadlik, Jury Chair at mailto:jsadlik@luc.eduif you have questions.


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