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 The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ)

and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter – MLA

invite you to…


For a joint annual meeting!

Announcing the Keynote Speaker:


Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine & Population Health
New York University Langone Medical Center
“Two Doctors, Two Generations: Medical Ethics Then and Now”

Continuing Education Course 1:


Martina Darragh, MLS
Deputy Director of Reference
Kennedy Institute of Ethics
“Bioethics and Library Resources” 

Course Description: Imagine that you have been appointed as a nonscientist to a local Institutional Review Board (IRB). What would you do to prepare for your new role? This class provides a history of bioethics information in NLM databases; tips on the utilization of current resources such as PubMed’s bioethics subset and NIH web sites; and reviews of international bioethics databases such as UNESCO’s Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs) and the Bioethics Literature Database (BELIT), a cooperative database of 5 ethics centers in Germany, France, and the United States. Participants will devise search strategies for bioethics literature on such topics as health literacy, “big data,” emergency preparedness, and health status disparities, and develop a consent form for a clinical research project. At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to access bioethics information on a wide variety of topics quickly and easily.  (Approved for 4 MLA Continuing Education Credits)

Continuing Education Course 2:


Michelle Kraft, MLS, AHIP
Senior Medical Librarian, Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
President Elect, Medical Library Association
“The Evolving Librarian” 

Course Description: Once thought of as the keepers of knowledge, librarians roles are changing and they must either evolve and adapt or become a casualty of attrition. Disruptive technology, society and changes made by the Affordable Healthcare Act not only impact patients, doctors, and hospitals but the librarians who serve them. Librarians are faced more than ever with a shrinking budget and pressure to show their impact. Administration is demanding more than books and journals from its librarians and scrutinizing everything with an eye on its return on investment. This class will look at these changes and provide examples of how librarians can meet them head on.  (Approved for 4 MLA Continuing Education Credits)

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8 AM to 5 PM

Where: New Jersey Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ – an easy drive with plenty of parking and accessible via public transit


HSLANJ & Philadelphia Regional Chapter Members: $65
Students/Retirees/Between Jobs: $40
Non-Members: $100

Register today by visiting the Philadelphia Regional Chapter site at

HSLANJ and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter wish to thank the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region for their generous financial support of this joint meeting.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.