Janet Pease, head of collections and research services at Syracuse University Libraries, has been named to the Academic Special Advisory Group (SAG) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). One of eight regions in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NN/LM MAR includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The Advisory Group was formed to focus on librarians, faculty, students, and staff working in university health centers, community colleges, and other 2- and 4-year colleges and universities supporting health sciences programs, library science, emergency management, and environmental health. The group will:
- Advise on ways to improve awareness of and access to biomedical and health information resources;
- Assist in assessing health information needs by monitoring activities in their state, regional area, and profession;
- Identify partner organizations, training, and funding opportunities to promote NLM resources;
- Serve as ambassadors in furthering the goals of and encouraging participation in NN/LM and NLM programs;
- Assist with review of applications for NN/LM MAR awards.
NN/LM’s overarching purpose is to equalize and enhance access to health information throughout the United States. The network is vital in the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM’s web-based information resources, coordinate basic Network services that support access to biomedical and health information, and work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries. The goal is to provide access to accurate and up-to-date health information to health professionals, patients, families, and the general public, irrespective of their geographic location in an evolving information landscape.