HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Renae Barger, formerly assistant director for Access Services, has been promoted to Executive Director of the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (see accompanying story).

Leslie Czechowski, formerly assistant director for Collections and Technical Services, will now serve as assistant director for Access Services. Her areas of responsibility include the library’s circulation and document delivery departments, as well as stacks and space management, and onsite and remote storage facilities.

Jeff Husted has been promoted to acquisitions librarian. Husted’s responsibilities include managing the acquisition’s process and budget, working with vendors and licenses, and coordinating collection development.

Samantha Seaman recently joined the Falk Library Computer and Media Center staff as a CMC specialist.  Seaman’s duties include answering questions at the CMC help desk and providing technological support to the library staff.  Seaman has previous experience working at the University of Pittsburgh’s Robert Henderson Language Media Center.

Nancy Tannery, formerly associate director for User Services, has been promoted to senior associate director. In this position, Tannery oversees user services, reference, instruction, hospital/clinical information services, liaison services to the health sciences schools, the molecular biology information service, document delivery, circulation and stacks management, and history of medicine.

Nancy Tannery is the recipient of the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) 2011 Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year.  The award recognizes “an academic medical librarian at mid-career level who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence.”  She received the award at the MLA annual meeting on May 16, 2011.

Fran Yarger, formerly assistant director for Computer Services, has been promoted to associate director for Computer and Metadata Services. In addition to management of IT support for HSLS public and staff computing, she will now oversee cataloging and technical services.


History of medicine librarian Jonathon Erlen, along with co-author Megan Conway published “Disability Studies: Disabilities Abstracts” in The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 7(1): 70-72, 2011.

Reference librarians Andrea Ketchum and Ahlam Saleh, along with co-author Kwonho Jeong published “Type of Evidence Behind Point of Care Clinical Information Products: A Bibliometric Analysis” in Journal of Medical Internet Research, (13)1, 2011.

Reference librarian Mary Lou Klem, along with co-authors Alice Blazeck, and Thomas Miller published “Building Evidenced-Based Practice into the Foundation of Practice” in Nurse Educator, 36(3):124-7, May-June 2011.


Linda Hartman, reference librarian, presented a poster “Visualizing the Telerehabilitation Literature” at the American Telemedicine Association’s 16th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Tampa, FL on May 2, 2011.

Reference librarians Melissa Ratajeski and Ahlam Saleh presented a talk “Grey Lit 102: Advanced Search Strategies for Grey Literature,” part two of a three-part AcademyHealth Web conference on April 7, 2011.

Library and Biomedical Informatics Trainee Robyn Reed, along with co-authors Heiko Spallek, J. Jiang, et al, presented a poster “Developing Focused Literature Collections: A Pilot Study from Dental Informatics” at the IADR/AADR (International Association for Dental Research & American Association for Dental Research) annual meeting, San Diego, CA, March 18, 2011 and along with co-author Michelle Burda, reference librarian, presented a poster “The Effects of eBooks on Consumer Health Collection Development” at the Special Libraries Association meeting, Philadelphia, PA on June 14, 2011.