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Annual Update – Recording Available

For anyone who missed the Annual Update or would like to watch it a second time, the video can be found here:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, PhD
Acting Director,
Associate Director
NN/LM NER and the
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School

NLM In Focus: Scientists

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

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


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