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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


Farewell from Director Elaine Martin

On behalf of: Elaine Martin, Director, NN/LM NER & Lamar Soutter Library

It is with mixed emotions that I depart my position as director of the Lamar Soutter Lbrary, University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), Worcester, after 18 years in the position and director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region for the past 15 years. Effective October 3rd, I will assume the position of director and chief executive officer of the Francis A.  Countway Library at the Harvard Medical School.  While it has been a great pleasure being in Worcester, I am ready for a change and looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities the future holds in Boston.

Certainly one of the highlights of my career at the UMMS was being awarded our first five-year contract to serve as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM, NER) in 2001. At that time, I had been at the library less than 3 years and it was seen perhaps as ambitious and maybe a little bit bold to compete for the contract. But with the encouragement and support from you our network members, NAHSL, the hospital librarians group and the resource library directors, we were able to convince the National Library of Medicine reviewers and site visit team that we all were prepared for this responsibility.

Others have heard me say that our RML (e.g., regional medical library as NER is also called) has passed through the various stages of development: from infancy during its first five years, through adolescence (2nd-3rd contracts) and now into adulthood. As we enter this current five-year term (2016-21), we are embarking into our fourth cycle, and at the end of it, we would have been your RML for 20 years! How exciting it has been to be part of that developmental journey.  I would like to take this opportunity to call your attention to just some of the many accomplishments we have all achieved during this time.

Our region has led the way in many new and exciting outreach initiatives. We have focused on bringing the National Library of Medicine’s resources and services to both underserved populations and librarians throughout the six New England states. Some of these projects have been through our talented RML office staff and others through you our network members via our robust subcontract and awards programming. Through our Focused Outreach program, we have developed a unique approach for developing the community partnerships and library linkages needed to effectively deliver information to those who need it, when they need it, where they need it, in the format they need it–all within a defined geographical area in order to make a difference there. In addition, network members have received funding for outreach projects that provide public libraries access to consumer health information, linking high school students to careers in the health sciences, and engaging consumers, hospital librarians, outreach workers and health professionals in collaborative programming addressing major public health topics such as opioid addition and veteran’s health. We have led the country in fostering the role of librarians in both Knowledge Management (KM) and eScience, e-research, and big data. In doing so, we have created a KM toolkit and funded pilot projects in hospital libraries throughout the region. With respect to eScience we have formed a community of health sciences, sciences and engineering librarians working together to identify the competencies needed to be able to provide library-based data services, and we offer a variety of programming designed to address the learning needs of this community. We developed a specialized digital library aimed at bringing resources to state public health workers, who normally would have no access to full-text electronic journals. This pilot project has now become a national initiative.

Most of all, what I have experienced, is that you our regional members are open to exploring new ways, new technologies and new collaborations that enhance librarian roles in the provision of health information to those who need it.  There are a remarkable number of leaders I have had the pleasure to work with over these many years. While too many to mention all,  I would like to give a shout out to just a few who have helped shaped our region over the years: Tovah Reis and Marianne Slocomb (both now retired)—for their work with the public libraries and health sciences libraries in Rhode Island; Kenny Marone (also retired)—for her consumer health initiatives in New Haven;  Marianne Burke (VT) –for her work in rural medicine; Janet Cowen (retired) and Patty Kahn—for their work with in HSLIC in Maine; Margo Colletti (MA) for her teaching us Knowledge Management and Anne Fladger (MA) for her work on the Hospital Library Advocacy Committee. It was a privilege for me to have had the opportunity to work with all of these outstanding library leaders.

Finally, I can’t leave this position, without recognizing the hard-working and dedicated librarians who have served you as the RML staff over the years.  Those early founders of this RML (Debbie Sibley, Javier Crespo, Mark Goldstein, Penny Glassman, Michelle Eberle) took an empty office space in Shrewsbrury (since there wasn’t space at the Lamar Soutter Library) and built the backbone of the program we have today. I leave the RML in great hands, under the leadership of Mary Piorun. She has served as the RML associate director and now as acting director of the library and NER.  She and the current staff are ready and able to continue delivering the exciting and innovative programs and services envisioned many years ago throughout the remainder of this grant period and beyond. I wish them and all of you much success.  And I look forward to working with you all in different collaborations in my new role at the Countway.

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