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Epstein, Barbara A.

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • President-Elect, 2016–2017
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, member, 2016–2019
  • Joint MLA/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Legislative Task Force, member, 2008–2012, 2012–2016
  • Scholarly Communications Committee, chair, 2012–2013
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication, chair, 2011–2012
  • Leadership and Management Section: chair, 2007–2008; treasurer, 1999–2000
  • Continuing Education Committee, chair, 1995–1996
  • Mental Health Librarians Section: chair, 1978-1979, treasurer, 1986–1988
  • Pittsburgh Chapter: chair, 1988–1989

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 2016
  • Janet Doe Lectureship, 2015
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member, 1990–present
  • Ida and George Eliot Prize, 1981
  • Certified Medical Librarian, 1976–1990
Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)
  • National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program, mentor, 2010–2011
  • Health Sciences Librarianship Training Program with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare/National Institutes of Health, scholarship and stipend, Case Western Reserve University, 1972–1973
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Board of Directors, member, 2012–2015
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, Group on Information Resources Steering Committee, member, 2008–2011
  • Association of Mental Health Librarians, president, 1986–1987

Publications (5 representative)

Professional Positions

  • Director, 2004–present; Interim Director, 2003–2004; Associate Director, 1995–2003; Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Director, Middle Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Library of Medicine, 2011–present
  • Core Faculty, 1998–present; Affiliated Faculty, 1996–1998; Medical Informatics Training Program, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Director, 1985–1995; Associate Director, 1984–1985; Reference Librarian (Librarian III), 1978–1984; Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) Library, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cataloging/Reference Librarian (Librarian II) 1975–1978; Indexer, WPIC Research Department, 1974–1975; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Instructor/Developer, School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1979–1982
  • Assistant Librarian, Carrick High School, Pittsburgh Board of Education, Pittsburgh, PA, 1973–1974

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • MSLS, School of Library Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1973
  • BA, magna cum laude, French and political science, University of Pittsburgh, PA, 1972


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