HSLS Staff News

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

Names in bold are HSLS-affiliated


Julia Dahm, Coordinator for Technology Integration Services, has been appointed as a faculty representative to the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Pitt Board of Trustees.


M.S. Buckley, P.L. Smithburger, A. Wong, G.L. Fraser, M.C. Reade, M. Klein-Fedyshin, Research and Clinical Instruction Librarian, et al., published “Dexmedetomidine for Facilitating Mechanical Ventilation Extubation in Difficult-to-Wean ICU Patients: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials” in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, July 6, 2020.

K.H. Chu, S.J. Matheny, C.G. Escobar-Viera, C. Wessel, Head of Research Initiatives (emeritus), et al., published “Smartphone Health Apps for Tobacco Cessation: A Systematic Review” in Addictive Behaviors, volume 112, January 2021.

A. Singhvi, R. Abromitis, Research and Instruction Librarian (emeritus), et al., published “Coexistence of Alcohol-Related Pancreatitis and Alcohol-Related Liver Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” in Pancreatology, July 30, 2020.

Poster Presentation

A.K. Ettinger, L. Risser, S. Rahman, D. Rigas, R. Abromitis, Research and Instruction Librarian (emeritus), et al., created “Defining and Measuring Child Thriving: A Scoping Review.” Poster accepted for the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, May 1-5, 2020. (Meeting cancelled)


Michelle Burda, NNLM Middle Atlantic Region Education and Health Literacy Coordinator, recently retired from the University. For a retrospective look at her career, please see “Michelle Burda, NNLM Middle Atlantic Region Librarian, Has Retired,” in this issue.

The following HSLS staff members retired in the past months.  We will miss their dedication and friendship, and we wish each of them much happiness, good health and relaxation in their retirement years.

Kathy Enrietto, Document Delivery Assistant, began her career at HSLS in November 1999. Her job duties included filling thousands of interlibrary requests from other institutions. Kathy was very good at her job and was highly thought of among her peers in the library community. Over the years, her strong work ethic and bubbly personality made a positive impact on her colleagues. Janet Ramsey-Cover, Circulation Specialist, has been an employee of Falk Library’s Main Desk for twenty-nine years. Janet was an outstanding detective: if a book went missing and Janet could not find it, then it was truly gone. When she started working at the library, material was manually checked out and the library looked much different than it does today. Through the years, she played an important role in many library projects, both big and small, and library visitors appreciated her pleasant personality and helpful demeanor. Mike Yaklich, Acquisitions Specialist, retired at the end of September after 31 years of service at Pitt, all of which he spent at HSLS. Over the years, Mike held various positions in circulation and technical services. One of Mike’s earliest job duties was a daily trip to HSLS’s former offsite storage space in a South Side warehouse, to retrieve books and photocopy articles for patrons. More recently, Mike’s role expanded beyond acquisitions to include curating content for HSLS’s Streaming Media web page. Mike also had a brief stint playing a zombie for HSLS’s “Undead PubMed” class. Outside of HSLS, Mike is a musician and film buff, so we hope his retirement allows more time for these pursuits.