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Epstein, Helen-Ann Brown

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Nominating Committee, member, 2016, 2003, 1987
  • MLA Rising Star mentor, 2013–2015
  • Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grant Jury, member, 1999–2000, 2006–2007, 2015–2017; chair, 2016–2017
  • Fellows and Honorary Members Jury, member, 2012–2013
  • Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award Jury, member, 2010–2011
  • Janet Doe Lectureship Jury, member, 2008–2009
  • T. Mark Hodges International Service Award Jury, member, 2007–2008
  • 2005 National Program Committee, section programming coordinator
  • David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship Jury, member, 2002–2004
  • Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award Jury, member, 2000–2001
  • EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants Jury, member, 1998–1999
  • 1997 National Program Committee, manager of posters, 1996–1997
  • Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year Jury, member, 1995–1996
  • Continuing Education Committee, Subcommittee on Quality Review, chair, 1996–1997
  • Hospital Libraries Section: chair-elect/program chair, past chair, 2012–2014; Section Council representative, 2014; VALUES2 Initiative Task Force, coordinator, 2013–; Strategic Planning Committee, chair, 1988–1989, 2010–present
  • Leadership and Management Section: strategic planning coordinator, 2001–2014; Section Council representative, 2003-2006; program chair, 2002–2003
  • Medical Library Education Section: nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee, 2014
  • New York–New Jersey (NY-NJ) Chapter/MLA: Executive Board, member, 2009–2011; Annual Meeting Program Committee, member, 2009–2010, 1998–1999; nominee to MLA Nominating Committee, 2004; chair, 1998–1999; Strategic Planning Committee, member, 1998–1999; Community Relations Committee, chair, 1997–1998
  • Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA: Continuing Education Committee, chair, 1988–1999

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 2016
  • Ida and George Eliot Prize, 2015: Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson EM, Allee NJ, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Mullenbach JM, Brown Epstein HA, Weiss A. Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review. J Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov–Dec; 21(6):1118–24.
  • Hospital Libraries Section, Research Award, 2002, 2015
  • New York-New Jersey Chapter/MLA, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
  • Research Section, Research Award, 2nd Place Poster, 2014: Richardson JE, Bouquin, DR, Epstein Brown HA, Delgado D, Tmanova IL, Wright D, Merlo, L. Surveying information and informatics literacy of first year medical students (Poster #183). Presented at: MLA ’14, Chicago, IL; May 16–21, 2014
  • Hospital Libraries Section, Scroll of Exemplary Service, 2008
Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)
  • MLA annual meeting blogger, 2009–2015
  • Continuing education instructor: Comparative Effectiveness Research, MLA ’15, Austin, TX, May 2015; No Fear Molecular Biology: Concepts and Searching, MLA ’09, Honolulu, HI, May 2009; Critical Appraisal, MLA ’09, San Antonio, TX, May 2005
  • Journal of Hospital Librarianship, associate editor, 2013–present
  • InfoSkills, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, New York, NY, teaching ensemble member and coordinator, 2005–2013
  • Pratt Institute School of Information, New York, NY, visiting assistant professor, 2000–2010

Publications (5 representative)

  • Mir D, Gupta A, Dunning A, Puchi L, Robinson CL, Epstein HAB, Sanelli PC. CT perfusion for detection of delayed cerebral ischemia in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a systematic review and meta-analysis. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Dec;35(5):866–71.
  • Joseph CB, Epstein HAB. Proving your worth/adding to your value. J Hosp Libr. 2014 Jan–Mar;14(1):69–79.
  • Finkel ML, Brown HA, Gerber LM, Supino PG.Teaching evidence-based medicine to medical students. Med Teach. 2013 Mar;25(2):202–4.
  • Brown HA. Clinical medical librarian to clinical informationist. Ref Serv Rev. 2004;32(1):45–9.
  • Sienkiewicz D, Buckwalter M, Brown HA. Sam Starr mystery: building a computerized tour for the library. In: Wood MS, ed. User education in health sciences libraries: a reader. New York, NY: Haworth Press; 1995.

Professional Positions

  • Informationist, Health Sciences Library, Virtua Health System, Center for Learning, Mt Laurel, NJ, 2015–present
  • Physical Therapy Reference Librarian, Mercer Community College, West Windsor, NJ, 2015–2016
  • Implementation Specialist, Project ECS@ESC, New York City Department of Education Environmental Study, Brooklyn, NY, 2015–2016
  • Reference/Instruction Librarian, Sidney Silverman Library, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ, 2014–2015
  • Librarian, Weill Cornell Medical Library, New York, NY, 1991–2014
  • Primary Trainer and Marketing Representative, BRS Information Technologies, 1988–1991
  • Online Coordinator, MidContinental Regional Medical Library Program, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical College–Omaha, 1984–1988
  • Director, Gerald Tucker Memorial Medical Library, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO, 1979–1984
  • Clinical Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library, Medical College of Virginia–Richmond, 1977–1979
  • Librarian/Clinical Librarian, Medical Library, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1973–1976

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • Certificate, biomedical informatics, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 2011
  • MS, dynamics of organization, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • MLS, library science, University of Maryland, 1973
  • BS, physical education, Ithaca College, 1970


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