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Instructional Design Webinar Series

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


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

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.


NER Funding Extended

The NN/LM New England Region is able to accept a second round of applications for the following awards.

Please note:

  • Program work needs to be completed by April 30, 2017
  • Submissions accepted until November 10, 2016
  • Additional information is available here: —  including the link to the funding recording from August


Focused Outreach  Increase access to NLM resources in focused outreach areas via short-term outreach projects.Current Locations:

  • Providence/Pawtucket, RI
  • Southeastern and Cape Cod, MA
Community Engagement  Support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. $10,000
Exhibit  Provide members with the opportunity to promote health information resources at state and local venues. $2,000
Community Preparedness  Assist Network Members in becoming active participants in their communities’ emergency preparedness, response, and recovery planning. $7,500
Technology  Enhance technology access to and delivery of health information for Network Members, health professionals, and consumers. $14,000
Knowledge/Data Management  Support projects that stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge/data management and information/research services at the health care or research institution. $10,000
Resource Sharing  Support projects that broaden access to health information. $7,500
Member Programs  Support the development of instructional programs that improve the knowledge and skills of librarians and health information professionals. $5,000


Please contact Mary Piorun if you have any questions.



Mary Piorun, PhD

Associate Director

NN/LM NER and the

Lamar Soutter Library

UMass Medical School


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