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Academic Librarians: We Have Lots of Resources for You!

Posted by on February 28th, 2014 Posted in: The MAReport

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:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_cc/.  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

In 2014, we are beginning a new initiative to enhance outreach to academic librarians in colleges and universities without medical schools.  We want to continue our efforts to increase awareness of NLM resources to help you help your faculty and students with their research.

Teaching at WNYLRC, Buffalo, NY

Outreach Plans

There are a variety of ways we’re hoping to reach academic librarians.  Our goals include:

  • Posting to social media and listservs of interest to academic librarians in our region
  • Exhibiting, presenting, and training at state library association meetings
  • Hosting online training webinars focused on the academic audience
  • Conducting site visits to college / university libraries

Targeted Class for Academic Librarians


We are developing a new class specifically for academic librarians to help you learn more about how your faculty and students can research the health, chemical, and environmental literature; find consumer health information; and learn about mobile apps and social media to find what they need.  The class will include introductions to PubMed, MedlinePlus, Drug Information Portal, Tox Town, PubChem, Genetics Home Reference, as well as other freely available NLM databases.  We will tailor the class content to highlight resources tied to the strengths of the curriculum for your particular institutions.

For those unfamiliar with the wide range of NLM databases, they provide resources to support programs in such fields as:


Biology Ethics / Bioethics
Biomedical Engineering/Sciences Genetics
Biotechnology Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering Neuroscience
Chemistry Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health
Environmental Engineering Toxicology
Environmental Health Veterinary Sciences


Join Us in New Jersey

We will be offering our first class for the New Jersey VALE group:

Navigating Health Information for Academic Librarians

When:  Friday, April 25, 2014 / 10 am – Noon
Rutgers University
Scholarly Communications Center Auditorium
Alexander Library, 3rd floor
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Details / Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=707

MAR Needs Your Help

  • Email our academic liaison if you have ideas or suggestion how we can reach academic librarians:  Missy Harvey, mjharvey@pitt.edu
  • If you know of any social media tools in your area frequented by academic librarians, pass the details along to Missy
  • In the next few months, MAR will be exhibiting at SUNYLA, NJLA, PaLA, and NYLA—encourage any academic librarians you know to stop by our exhibit booth
  • Tell your colleagues about MAR classes—we’ll touch base with them as they register and encourage them to consider the free membership in our NN/LM network
  • If you would like Missy to visit your college/university, send her an email—she’d love to meet with you when she’s in your neighborhood


Image of the author ABOUT Hannah Sinemus
Hannah Sinemus is the Web Experience Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR). Although she updates the MAR web pages, blog, newsletter and social media, Hannah is not the sole author of this content. If you have questions about a MARquee or MAReport posting, please contact the Middle Atlantic Region directly at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

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