Message from the Chair – Welcome Committee Members!

Greetings MAC Members!

Much of the success of projects and programs are due to the hard work of our members within our committees. Thank you to everyone that responded to my call for volunteers. We had over 46 MAC members respond! It is my great pleasure to welcome the incoming Chairs of the MAC Committees, new committee members, and thank those that continue to serve. Please take a moment to welcome all of our new committee members!

I look forward to working with each of the Chairs over the next year and appreciate everyone’s contributions. Thanks to each of you for everything you do to continue to provide leadership and expertise to all of our endeavors.

  • Communications – Everly Brown
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Brenda Linares
  • Honors and Awards – Anna Crawford
  • Membership and Recruitment – Ryan Harris
  • Nominating – Julie Silverman
  • Professional Development – Roger Russell
  • Research and Assessment – Traci J. Mays
  • 2019 Annual Meeting – Mary Beth Schell, Lynn Eades, and Jana Schellinger

I would like to thank Brian McDonald, Brenda Linares, Nedelina Tchangalova, and Andrea Shipper who agreed to stay on an additional year in their committee and support our new committee chairs. Additionally, I would like to thank all of the outgoing Committee Members, Chairs, and Officers for all of their hard work! Continue reading


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Student Vision Scholar’s Reflection on 2018 MAC Annual Meeting

Jordan Wrigley, 2018 MAC Student Vision Scholarship Recipient

Attending the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting of the Medical Library Association was a tremendous introductory experience. Since moving to the Southeast from the Northwest U.S. I’ve experience a number of firsts including the first time seeing the Atlantic on the ground and my first work as a medical librarian. Having only started an internship at Duke University Medical Center Library and LS degree at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall, MAC was the first opportunity I had to be integrated into the regional medical and health library community.

My first impression of the MAC community was one of welcome, support, and mentorship where my newness to the field was a reason for excitement and enthusiasm. This enthusiasm ran throughout the presentations, research, and discussions at MAC whether considering the best tools to sift through mountains of literary data, who patrons are and how best librarians can serve them, or our own professional and health behaviors. Both MAC keynote speakers addressed the current challenges faced by the health information community such as the explosive growth of health data and information and the gaps in health information accessibility. Yet, in addition to enthusiasm, I also noted the adaptability and resilience among MAC medical and health librarians in the face of the rapid changes and challenges, and noted the forward-looking discussions of both the community as a whole and the chapter itself.

Overall, attending MAC MLA was an invaluable and highly encouraging experience and I look forward to MAC 2019. I would like to thank all those who welcomed me and mentored me in this professional community to which I am very excited to belong and presented this scholarship to support my attendance. I would also like to thank my mentors and supervisors at Duke Medical Library who made my attendance possible.



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Free, Online MeSH Webinars by the National Library of Medicine: 2019 Highlights and PubMed Searching in January 2019

Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office for two events in January 2019, introducing you to 2019 Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) and teaching you how to adjust to MeSH changes in your PubMed searches and alerts. Registration is required (see below).

1. NLM Webinar: 2019 MeSH Highlights
Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature:
* Addition of systematic reviews publication type
* Additional clinical trial publication types
* Subheading changes for manpower, secretion, and utilization
* Additional terminology for data, neoplasms, and other topics.
Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Friday, January 4, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST To register:

2. NNLM Webinar: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join us for “MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching” to learn:

* How does this affect your PubMed searches?
* What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
* How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
* How do you check your saved searches and alerts?
This class includes some content from the class Advanced PubMed: MeSH<>

Date and time: Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST To register:

For more information about 2019 MeSH, see MEDLINE Data Changes – 2019 and What’s New in MeSH:

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Looking Back to Look Forward: A Reflection on 2018 MAC Annual Meeting

Brittni Ballard, 2018 MAC Student Vision Scholarship Recipient

I attended the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC/MLA) 2018 Annual Meeting as a second-year University of Maryland, College Park Master of Library and Information Science student. Three semesters don’t seem very significant, and yet my formal preparation in “how to be a librarian” nears completion. Nonetheless, there is much more to learn, especially given how recently I discovered this new interest in health sciences librarianship.

As an older sister to younger brothers ages 22 and 18, with a background in secondary English education, the intersections of school, knowledge, and teenagers’ lives is a driving passion of mine that hasn’t lessened despite a new career. Health sciences librarianship presents a uniquely compelling way to pursue this mission, and so receipt of the MAC/MLA Student Vision Scholarship could not have been more opportune! Continue reading


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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 7, 2018

The latest edition of the NNLM SEA Digest is now available!


Funding Opportunities

Apply by December 11, 2018

Check out upcoming educational opportunities, news from NIH, NLM, NNLM, and more in this week’s digest! Additionally, feel free to subscribe to updates on our website as well.


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Opportunity at the NIH Library: Emerging Technologies Specialist

USAJOBS opened this position for applications today, December 6. Applications can be submitted through Monday, December 10.

For applicants who are not currently federal employees, the link to follow is:

DE Announcement Link:

And for applicants who are already federal employees, the link is:

MP Announcement Link:

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Reminder: Cultural Competence and Healthcare Webinar Wednesday December 12

Join us next Wednesday, December 12th at 10am CT / 9am MT for our final SCR CONNECTions of 2018! Our guest speaker Stephnie Farmerie will present Cultural Competence and Its Effect on Healthcare: Notes from the Field.

Full details for the session can be found below or on our website No registration is required, and the session will be eligible for 1 hour of MLA CE credit. Please feel free to pass this on to other interested parties!

Also a big thank you to everyone who attended this week’s Patient Safety webinar, Health and Nutrition Literacy: The Social Determinants of Health, Healing & Patient Safety. Guest speaker Dr. Teresa Wagner mentioned the importance of cultural competence and cultural humility in the presentation, so it was a perfect segue to our webinar next week! If you missed it, the recording is now available on our YouTube channel. You can find the link on our website or view the video directly here: Continue reading

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Reference Librarian (2), LAC Group – Bethesda, MD

LAC Group is looking for 2 Reference Librarians to support ongoing information dissemination efforts in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This is an exciting learning opportunity in the emerging field of disaster health information.


  • Updating and maintaining existing materials on health issues related to specific disaster topics or incidents;
  •  Updating and maintaining a website using a custom content management system (CMS);
  •  Testing new website and CMS features and working collaboratively with technical lead and developers to troubleshoot issues and defects;
  •  Ensuring all materials are Section 508 compliant- Selection, data entry, and writing annotations for disaster medicine and public health emergency grey literature database,;
  •  Assisting partners, collaborators, and audiences by responding to inquiries; scheduling, planning, and attending meetings; meeting minute preparation, and corresponding via phone or email;
  •  Testing and review of disaster health databases and mobile applications
  •  Assist in the updating and maintenance of existing training classes (online and in-person) and participation in disaster health information continuing education classes;
  •  Attending meetings with potential opportunities to interact with disaster medicine and public health professionals and librarians;
  • Managing administration of Listservs;
  • Monitoring of multiple RSS feeds, social media, and other resources for new material to add to a Disaster Lit;
  • Monitoring, content development, and posting on the Twitter account, GovDelivery, and other tools for promoting agencies resources.

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Institute for Research Design in Librarianship 2019

We are issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2019. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or are librarians in a research setting, in the United States to participate in the Institute. We define “novice” broadly; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, we encourage your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply.

The yearlong experience begins with a workshop held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, from June 2-8, 2019, with arrival on campus on Saturday, June 1, and departure on Sunday, June 9.

The William H. Hannon Library has received a second three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer this continuing education opportunity (this grant, IRDL-2, is from 2016-2019). Each year 20 librarians will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions; the learning experience, travel to and from Los Angeles, CA, accommodations, and food will be supplied to Scholars free of charge. Continue reading

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Data and Evaluation Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine in Baltimore, MD

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (NNLM, SEA, RML), housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), seeks a librarian to oversee the development and implementation of data science, technology, and evaluation programs to improve information access to health professionals and health consumers in the region.

The Data and Evaluation Coordinator is one of a team of five librarian-coordinators who work together facilitating resource sharing, training, and cooperative projects in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV. This position requires seasonal travel within the region to support the education and exhibits programs. For more information about NNLM SEA, visit

Reporting to the Executive Director of SEA, this is a full-time, grant funded, non-tenure, and non-permanent status track faculty position at a rank of Librarian I or II. Previous professional library experience is welcome, but not required. Continue reading

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