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GMR Update

April 2014

GMR News

Ruth Holst to Retire

After nearly 12 years in her position as the Associate Director of the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), Ruth Holst has announced her retirement. Ruth says “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Network members in this region during my tenure in the GMR.  I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from so many talented people and will miss those interactions most of all.”  Ruth’s last day in the office will be May 30th. A search for her replacement is underway, and we hope to fill the position as soon as possible.

Best wishes, Ruth!

Second Round of Funding Opportunities Announced – May 9th Deadline

The first round of funding for the contract year beginning May 1, 2014 is in process. However, it's clear that there will be money to fund a second round of proposals. So, take a look at all the options listed on our website at our Current Funding Opportunities page: The submission deadline for most awards is May 9, 2014. We particularly want to draw your attention to two awards that are new this year: the Community College Library Award and the Hospital Library Award.

National Initiative to Reach Community College Libraries

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has selected outreach to community college libraries as one of its cross-regional initiatives for the current contract. The GMR is offering a Community College Library Award for up to $2,500 for projects that promote awareness of NLM resources among community colleges.  In addition, we have appointed a new working group to assist with this new focus in our region. The Community College Working Group will promote NN/LM membership to community college libraries and identify strategies to raise awareness and usage of NLM resources among community college students, librarians, and faculty. Irene Williams will be the GMR liaison for this group.

Historical Collections Gets Renewed Focus in GMR

The GMR has appointed a Historical Collections Working Group that will promote participation in the NLM Directory of History of Medicine Collections among libraries in the Midwest region. The group also will encourage libraries to develop finding aids connected to their existing historical collections and will assist librarians with identifying resources to help them catalog collections that remain hidden from public view.  Holly Burt will serve as the GMR liaison for this group.

Program Area Updates

Consumer Health Information:

Traveling Exhibitions in our Region:
General information:
Find an Exhibition Near You map at:

  • Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health will be sponsored by Oakland University, Rochester, MI, from July 14 - Aug. 23, 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • And There's the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors will be on display at Indiana University, South Bend, IN, from Apr. 14 - May 24, 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine will be hosted by Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, Apr. 14 - May 24, 2014; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, from Aug. 4 - Sep. 13, 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine will be sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, from Aug. 4 - Sep. 13, 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry will be hosted by University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, from May 12 - Jun. 21, 2014; Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, from Aug. 4 - Sep. 13, 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will sponsored by Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL, from Mar. 10 - Apr. 19, 2014; and Glen Ellyn Public Library, Glen Ellyn, IL, from Jun. 9 - Jul. 19, 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • Life and Limb: the Toll of the American Civil War will be hosted by Gundersen Lutheran Health System, La Crosse, WI, from Jun. 9 - Jul 19, 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper will be on display at St Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, from Mar. 8 - Apr. 19, 2014; and Melnick Medical Museum, Youngstown, OH, from Jun. 30 - Aug. 2014
    Online Exhibition:
  • Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons will be sponsored by Melnick Medical Museum, Youngstown, OH, from Sep. 1 - Oct 11, 2014.
    Online Exhibit:


The next class in the GMR Tech Talks Series will be Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM CDT. The topic will be "Keeping up with Technology." Read more about the class or view previous recordings on the Tech Talks page!

Have an idea for a topic? Email Tiffany

Education and Training Opportunities:

Upcoming GMR classes and presentations. To register for GMR webinars and online classes go to View Training Opportunities at

  • April 2014
    • Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information, IHSLA April 3-4, Fort Wayne, IN
      Presenter: Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM GMR
    • Lake Effects: NLM Resources for Community College Librarians, Part II, Online, April 17, 2014
      Presenter: Irene Williams, MSLS, Network Services Coordinator, NN/LM GMR
    • GMR Tech Talks: Keeping up with Technology, Online, April 18, 2014; (MLA CE through May 16th)
      Presenter: Tiffany Tawzer, MLIS, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM GMR
    • PubMed for Experts, Iowa Health Sciences Library Association, April 25, 2014
      Presenter: Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, AHIP, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, NN/LM GMR; (MLA CE through May 29th)
    • Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community, North Dakota Library Association Health Science Information Section, Bismarck, ND, April 25, 2014. Presenter: Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM GMR.
  • June 2014
    • GMR Tech Talks: TBD, Online, June 13, 2014; (MLA CE through July 11th)
      Presenter: Tiffany Tawzer, MLIS, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM GMR
    • Lake Effects: Resources for LGBTQ Health, Online, June 19, 2014
      Presenter: Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, RN, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM GMR; (MLA CE through July 3rd)
  • July 2014
    • Lake Effects: NLM Exhibition Program: K-12 Resources, Online, July 17, 2014
      Presenter: Samanthi Hewakapuge, MLS, MA; (MLA CE through July 31st)
  • August 2014
    • GMR Tech Talks: TBD, Online, August 8, 2014.
      Presenter: Tiffany Tawzer, MLIS, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM GMR
    • Lake Effects: TBD, Online, August 21, 2014
      Presenter: TBD; (MLA CE through May 29th)

Classes NEW to the GMR include:

New and Highlighted Resources from the NLM

  • PubMed Health ( Specializing in reviews of clinical effectiveness research
  • LiverTox ( Joint project of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and National Library of Medicine (NLM); Information liver injury attributable to medications and dietary supplements


The GMR will be exhibiting at and sponsoring exhibits at a number of upcoming events. To volunteer to help staff an exhibit, contact the State Contact Librarian.

  • Kentucky Library Association (KLA) Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) Joint Conference, Louisville, KY, September 17-20, 2014

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How to Reach Us


  • Kate Carpenter, Director
  • Ruth Holst, Associate Director
  • Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
  • Nelly Cruz, Information Service Supervisor
  • Rosalva Diaz-Medina, Business Services Specialist
  • Samanthi Hewakapuge, Consumer Health Coordinator
  • Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator
  • Tiffany Tawzer, Technology Coordinator
  • Irene Williams, Network Services Coordinator
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