Register Now: MEDLI Spring 2021 Meeting

The Healthy Libraries Program (HeLP)


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

9:15 AM- 10:30 AM

Register By Friday May 28th:

Zoom Meeting (Hosted by LILRC) (Instructions will be sent to you when you register.)

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

An inter-professional team addressing the health needs of public library patrons. The Stony Brook Medicine Healthy Libraries Program (HeLP) is an interdisciplinary team of nursing, social work, public health, and library science students whose aim is to provide evidence-based health information, screening, and case management to a diverse community of patrons in a public library setting. Students refer patrons to appropriate local health and social services programs as needed, with the goals of improving overall health and wellness to decrease health disparities.
The program has been in effect since the spring of 2020, and there are currently five partnering libraries in Suffolk County, with many more libraries currently requesting the services of the HeLP team.


HeLP Program Coordinator, Gabriella Pandolfelli will be presenting, along with HeLP interns Meave Gallagher (LIS student), Nicole Malley(LIS) student and Winnie De Los Santos (MPH student).

Sign on starts at 9:15 AM.
Speaker 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
MEDLI Meeting to follow 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

The presentation portion of the program is free and open to all. MEDLI Business Meeting follows the presentation and open to MEDLI Members. To join MEDLI or renew your membership click here.

Please contact us in advance if you will need an accommodation that will make the event accessible to you.

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The Scientific Record on COVID-19: Does Speed Kill?
December 03, 2020
9:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoom Meeting (Hosted by LILRC)

Rapid publication of results — particularly on preprint servers — has grown dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has forced researchers, health care professionals, journalists — and yes, librarians — to grapple with the concept of reliable and actionable information. The pandemic has given rise to more than 30 retractions at the time of this writing. Is that cause for concern?

Presenter: Ivan Oransky, MD, is vice president of editorial at Medscape, co-founder of Retraction Watch, and distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. His lens for this talk will be ten years of experience reporting on retractions for Retraction Watch, including creating the world’s most comprehensive database of retractions, with more than 22,000 and counting.
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Sign on starts at 9:15 AM.
Speaker 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
MEDLI Meeting to follow 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Free for MEDLI members, $15 for nonmembers (MEDLI membership will be included in the cost for nonmembers). To submit payment to MEDLI via check or electronic payment, please contact treasurer Theresa Rienzo for details at

Please contact Laurel Scheinfeld at if you are experiencing financial hardship but would like to attend.

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

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For many, the library is a safe, non-judgmental space where a patron can explore and acquire new knowledge.  Patrons who are grappling with immediate mental health challenges who visit our libraries may find themselves in need of assistance.  This will be especially true when our libraries reopen and our patrons return.  We may also need to recognize mental health crises being experienced by our colleagues and ourselves as we begin our “new normal.” This program will introduce you to resources and trainings to not only support these patrons in need, but to support you and your library staff so that they can respond appropriately with compassion and care for the patron and themselves. This is a must attend for managers, directors, and librarians working in medical, scientific, or public libraries.

Program Speakers:

  • Denise Driscoll, RN-BC, CARN, PMHCNS-BC, NPP, Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health at Mather Hospital
  • Debra Engelhardt, MLS, Director of Comsewogue Public Library & Adjunct Professor at Palmer School of Library and Information Science
    • Driscoll and Ms. Engelhardt will be presenting their research project entitled To Boldly Go: Operation Mental Health in the Public Library
  • Alexis Rodgers, LMSW, Coordinator for Mental Health Education at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW)
    • Rodgers will discuss the workshops, trainings and support services the MHAW offers to libraries across Long Island.

DATE: Monday, June 8th, 2020

LOCATION: On LILRC Zoom ~ Instructions will be sent to you when you register

TIME: Sign on starts at 9:15 AM

  • Speakers Program from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM ~ 1.5 Professional Development Hours earned by all attendees
  •  MEDLI Meeting to follow 11:00 AM to Noon

We will open up the meeting to allow discussion among the attendees about their own mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and their concerns and ideas about our future reopening experiences.



           Thanks to the generosity of our outstanding co-sponsors, the Long Island Library Resource Council (LILRC) and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, this program is free to all attendees! Please let us know in advance if you will need an accommodation that will make the event accessible to you. We encourage everyone who attends to become MEDLI members for the low annual membership fee of $15.00.  Learn more about MEDLI here:

Register Now: 2019 MEDLI Fall Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2019 MEDLI Fall Meeting!  Don’t wait, register today!

Back To Our Beginnings: Fall Networking Event

Medical and Scientific Libraries of Long Island (MEDLI) was founded in 1960. Although its stated purpose was to be a lending consortium, it developed into a group of members who collaborate, celebrate, and at times, commiserate with one another. This fall, we’re revisiting our origins to learn from one another. Join us for this special event to meet new and established medical and scientific librarians and public librarians who provide health information educational programming. Come away with a new idea and a new friend!

Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 2019

Gathering at Fireplace
~ 9 AM to 10 AM
Networking Roundtable
~ 10 AM to 11 AM
Business Meeting
~ 11 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: West Islip Library, 3 Higbie Lane West Islip, NY 11795


Register Now for the 2019 MEDLI Spring Meeting!

Registration is now open for the 2019 MEDLI Spring Meeting!  Don’t wait, register today!

The Evidence About Vaccination: Information & Knowledge for the Librarian

Interested in learning more about the evidence concerning vaccinations and how to assist your library users who are looking for reliable information on this topic? This is the presentation for you! Topics to be covered include:
 An overview of the spectrum of vaccines in both pediatric and adult medicine
 An evidence-based discussion of the validity of vaccine safety
 Valid and reliable resources for clinicians and for the public
 A short business meeting will follow.

: Dr. Janice T. John is a pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. John co-directs clinical skills, teaches communication and physical diagnosis and serves as a facilitator for PEARLS (Patient-Centered Explorations in Active Reasoning, Learning, and Synthesis). Prior to joining the Zucker faculty, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor and the director of the Keeping Families Healthy program at Stony Brook. Dr. John’s research and publications focus on patient safety and public health interventions that support families.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, N.Y.

Speaker: Dr. Janice T. John, DO, MS, MPH of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell


Register Now: 2018 MEDLI Fall Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 MEDLI Fall Meeting!  Don’t wait, register today!

Copyright Skills as Risk Management Tools: The Librarian’s Role
There are many misunderstandings about the complexities of copyright in the digital age and many opportunities to self-publish, use social media, employ multimedia resources, exploit licensed resources, etc. This course will explore the vital role librarians with basic copyright skills can play in minimizing the organization’s exposure to liability.

: Barbara C. Ingrassia, MLS, AHIP, CCM, Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker and Trainer, President of Manage Copyright
Date/Time: Friday, December 7, 2018 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Merrick Library, 227 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566

Earn 3 MLA CEU’s, MEDLI business meeting to follow