HSLS Staff News

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


 Debbie Downey, library specialist, has joined the help desk staff of the Computer and Media Center. Downey’s previous position was at UPMC Shadyside Libraries.

 Michele Klein Fedyshin, reference librarian, has been awarded an Outreach to Health Professionals Contract from the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. In collaboration with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Klein Fedyshin will assess the information needs and information usage of hospice/palliative care nurses working in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

Farewell to Ahlam Saleh, reference librarian, who is leaving HSLS after seven years. Saleh has accepted a position with the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona at Tucson.


Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, published “Dissertations Recently Completed in Related Fields” in Journal of the History of Sexuality 21, no. 2 (2012): 360-1, and “Dissertations in the History of Pharmacy” in Pharmacy in History 52 no.3 (2011): 116-8.

Nancy Tannery, senior associate director, along with co-author Lauren Maggio, medical education librarian, Lane Medical Library and Knowledge Management Center, Stanford University, published “The Role of Medical Librarians in Medical Education Review Articles,” in Journal of the Medical Library Association 100 no. 2 (2012): 142-4.


 Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the American Osler Society.

 Linda Hartman, reference librarian, has been re-elected to the University of Pittsburgh Senate Community Relations Committee.

 Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, earned Senior Member status in the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals and has been appointed to the Medical Library Association’s Kronick Traveling Fellowship Jury for a one-year term. Ratajeski was also appointed to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region’s Regional Advisory Committee for a four-year term.

Patricia Weiss, reference and information technology librarian, has been named affiliated faculty, Program for Research on Media and Health in the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and has been elected to the University of Pittsburgh Senate Plant Utilization and Planning Committee.

 Fran Yarger, associate director for Digital Library Services, was elected to the University of Pittsburgh Senate Computer Usage Committee.