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Out and About in Peoria

by Carmen Howard
Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria

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Exhibiting at the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s Annual Seniors on the Go Health Fair was an excellent opportunity for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria to connect with the community and share information. The Health Fair is open to all seniors (55 years+). The Health Fair included health screenings, massages, lectures, live accordion music, and breakfast – all at no cost to the attendees! This year the Health Fair drew more than three hundred and fifty people. Well over one hundred and fifty of these people stopped by the Library’s booth to learn about MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and the services of the Library. It was very rewarding to introduce people to MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Several attendees acknowledged knowing that they needed to be careful when searching online for medical information but admitted that they were not sure where to go or how to know who to trust. Others were happy to know that they could come in or call the library for help.

You can read more about the event in this article from the Peoria Journal Star (http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140318718). When you read the article, be sure to check out the booth in the background with the red tablecloth – that’s us!

April 16th MLA Webcast – GMR Sponsored Sites

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 16th webcast: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication. Please support the webcast in your area.

IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago (Emily Johnson)
IL: University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences Peoria, Peoria (http://1.usa.gov/1ixdfBg)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Library, Indianapolis (http://bit.ly/OWdRG3)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest, Center for Medical Education, Gary (Corona Wiley)
IA: Des Moines University Library, Des Moines (Natalie Hutchinson)
IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City (http://bit.ly/1dnTInF)
KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library, Lexington (Susan Foster-Harper)
KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville (Vida Vaughn)
MI: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Health Sciences Library, Grand Rapids (Mary Hanson)
MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit (Wendy Wu or Toni Janik)
MN: University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis (Anne Beschnett)
ND: University of North Dakota, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, Fargo (Mary Markland)
ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks (Theresa Norton)
OH: Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, Cleveland (Gretchen Hallerberg)
OH: Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library, Columbus (Lynda Hartel)
SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls (Molly Youngkin)
WI: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee (Karen Hanus)
WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences Health Sciences, Madison (http://projects.hsl.wisc.edu/mla/2014/) Read the rest of this entry »

Come West and Explore as North Dakota hosts the MLA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting in Bismarck

By Sandi L. Bates
Reference and Instructional Librarian
Bismarck State College Library

North Dakota Come west and explore

Come West and Explore as North Dakota hosts the Medical Library Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting in Bismarck, October 10th-14th. Headlining the meeting will be Sally Gore, an embedded librarian and informationist, and Dr. Mark Graber, a national leader in the area of patient safety. Also joining us will be National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys. You’ve heard about the oil boom in North Dakota, now come to the conference and hear a panel of experts talk about the impact of the boom on healthcare.

The meeting will be held at the Radisson Bismarck Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of a thriving downtown including the community’s finer independent dining establishments. Sunday evening enjoy perusing the state’s history in the North Dakota Heritage Center’s newly built and renovated spaces. Read the rest of this entry »

GMR to Sponsor Sites for April 16th MLA Webcast

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication to be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT.

Visit: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast/ for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

The GMR will cover the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this webcast. Because of the limited number of sites we can sponsor, we encourage you to work with your state and local librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees.

The deadline to email/fax your registration and email supporting information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 21, 2014.

Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions.
For more information on this webcast, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/spring14/

Report from the Health Information Practice Summit

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) invites you to review the Report summarizing the content of the Health Information Practice (HIP) Summit held in East Peoria, Illinois on October 7, 2013, as a segment of the Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting. The event was planned and sponsored by LHS and attended by 67 librarians and students from the region.

Thank you all for your excellent participation in the Summit, which provided an opportunity to exchange stories about how  health sciences librarians are changing their practice models to address new challenges confronting them.

The report has been placed on the UIC Institutional Repository, known as UIC Indigo.  Here is the link. http://hdl.handle.net/10027/11154

Saying Goodbye to a Leader and Friend

ruffinAngela B. Ruffin, Ph.D. is retiring at the end of this month, marking the end of remarkable career.  Angela has been the Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) since the summer of 2000 and is the primary administrator of the contracts awarded to the eight regions of the NN/LM, including the contract to the UIC Library of the Health Sciences which funds the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office and programs.

During her 14-year tenure as the Head of NNO, Angela has been a friend and adviser to the GMR staff, calmly guiding us through the process of implementing our programs and services and making sure that we meet our contractual obligations.  We will miss her greatly.  She has provided strong leadership to the NN/LM during a period of significant change for the role of health information professionals within the health care delivery environment and the health sciences education and research arenas.

Before her appointment as NNO Head, she had 10 years of successful experience in coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. In fact, she spearheaded the first round of 30 Grateful Med outreach projects conducted by hospital libraries nationwide, including six at libraries in the Greater Midwest Region.

Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Please join us in congratulating Angela on her career and her well-deserved retirement!

GMR Announces New Funding Opportunities

The GMR has updated our awards program for the contract year beginning May 1, 2014. We have two new awards and have changed the names of three other awards. Please take a few minutes to check out all the options at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/The first deadline for application for most awards is March 14, 2014, for projects beginning May 1, 2014.

Here is a preview:

Community College Library AwardNEW – (up to $2,500) – for projects that promote the use of NLM databases and services by community college librarians, students and faculty

Community Engagement Award (up to $4,500) – for any outreach project that involves the community, especially minority and underserved populations

Exhibit & Event Award (up to $1,200) – for exhibit expenses to promote
NLM resources at professional meetings, health fairs, or any
health-related community event

Hospital Library AwardNEW – (up to $4,500) – for projects that
demonstrate emerging roles of hospital librarians or expand library
involvement in hospital-wide initiatives

Target Project Award ( up to $15,000) – for projects that address needs
identified by NLM for the current contract, such as community research,
evidence-based librarianship, e-science, health information
technologies, or minority populations

Technology Improvement Award (up to $4,500) – for projects that improve
knowledge-based information services to health professionals or
consumers through the application of technologies

Michael E DeBakey Award Nominations due February 21

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for outstanding service to rural or underserved communities was established by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey and to honor a practicing health sciences librarian who serves such a community. The deadline for nominations is February 21. Please submit nominations by email to Ronica Lu  (ronica.lu at fnlm.org) or via fax to 301.657.1296.

GMR Office Back in Service

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The GMR Office is back in service today. Please let us know how we might be able to assist you!

Alert: GMR Office Closed Today Monday January 6

NN/LM GMR is functioning under emergency conditions due to extreme weather. We expect to reopen Tuesday, January 7 for regular business hours.

Calls to 1-800-338-7657 will be redirected to the NN/LM Pacific Southwest (PSR) office. The PSR will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. central time to answer questions until GMR Services can be restored. Please watch the GMR home page regarding updates to GMR services. Additional information may be obtained via GMRLIST; the GMR Blog, The Cornflower; and our office Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/nnlmgmr.

Stay warm and safe, everyone!