HSLS Staff News

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


Rebecca Abromitis, reference librarian and liaison to the School of Dental Medicine, has been granted a secondary faculty appointment as instructor in the School of Dental Medicine, Department of Dental Public Health.

HSLS staff members contributed $200 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during the recent holiday season.


Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, published “Current Journal Articles on Disability History: Dissertations” in H-Disability: an H-Net Discussion Network, December 1, 2013; “Dissertations/Theses” in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 30(2): 245, 2013; and along with co-authors Jennifer Rhee and Susan Allender-Heagedorn, published “Bibliography: Relations of Science to Literature and the Arts, 2011,” Society for Literature, Sciences and the Arts, 2013.


Lydia Collins, consumer health coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, presented “NLM: Science Resources for Educators,” at the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association in State College, PA, on December 6, 2013.

Reference librarians Andrea Ketchum and Michele Klein-Fedyshin received 1st place in recognized posters for excellence in research, for their poster “A Renaissance of Resources Used for Clinical Searching: What’s the Impact of the NIH Public Access Policy and Open Access on Morning Report” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, in Pittsburgh, PA, on October 14, 2013.

Rob Rayshich and Mary Gail Merlina
Rob Rayshich and Mary Gail Merlina


Congratulations to these HSLS staff members who recently received University of Pittsburgh staff recognition awards. For five years of service: Rob Rayshich and for 30 years of service: Mary Gail Merlina.