By Mark Holman
Sitting Bull College Library
Fort Yates, ND
Funded by the National Library of Medicine, I attended the Great Lakes Culture Keepers gathering April 26-29, 2015, at the Mille Lacs Museum in Mille Lacs, Minnesota. I presented on garden activities at Sitting Bull College in addition to leading attendees in a visioning session to think about what shape a garden might take at their institution. In addition, I brought seeds from a traditional variety of blue flour corn to share with the group. Sitting Bull College with assistance from the National Library of Medicine has been expanding wellness and health resources related to traditional foods and medicines at the library in addition to creating spaces for the growing and research into these same plants.
My presentation coincided with a presentation by Rebecca Dallinger and Stanton West from White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension and Claudia Seymour West, Library Director at White Earth Tribal and Community College, who presented on efforts at their college to create a healing garden. They also engaged participants in hands on artistic activities that could be used to engage children with gardening.
The event was incredibly enjoyable and a valuable contribution to connecting and sharing knowledge between tribal knowledge keepers across the region.
Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills? Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed.
What is PubMed for Trainers?
PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online and 1 in-person class.
When is PubMed for Trainers?
The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):
- Session One (online): September 3, 2015 10am-11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
- Session Two (online): September 10, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
- Session Three (online): September 17, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
- Session Four (in-person): September 25, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM CT
(This class will be held at the Library of the Health Sciences, Room 303; University of Illinois at Chicago).
What is the format of the class?
The series of classes consist of 3 online webinars, in-person presentations, group discussion, exercises, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.
How many MLA CE Credits will I get?
When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.
If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.
For a complete description, go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=359
To register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html?schedule_id=3455
As Heather states, the following is a reflection of her personal experience of applying for and receiving GMR funding to attend a symposium on the Affordable Care Act; thank you, Heather! Although we appreciate her enthusiasm for the “tons” of GMR funding, for the most Current Funding available from the GMR, please see: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding.
By: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Summa Health System
If you subscribe to GMRLIST, the GMR’s email announcement LIST (GMRLIST@uic.edu), you’ve seen plenty of posts come from the office on funding that’s available for members. The following brief overview is on my personal experience doing so and is written at the encouragement of the GMR office to share the lessons I learned and to potentially help prepare others for the application process. This is in reference to award PRDE301 which I received to travel to a symposium on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Libraries.
First, if award money is available, APPLY FOR IT! There is a ton of money available, and it is often left unspent. The NN/LM offices offer awards for all sorts of things from professional development to technology to just about anything else you can think of to benefit your library and support outreach. Stay in touch, be aware of what’s available, and apply for it! The application process isn’t hard at all. For me the hardest part was figuring out the budget and what my expenses would be. I’m mathematically challenged so if I can handle that part of it then anyone can. Read the rest of this entry »
By Claudia Seymour West
White Earth Tribal and Community College
Three employees of White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) traveled to Mille Lacs to provide information on the college’s healing garden. Rebecca Dallinger, the Extension Coordinator of Special Projects, along with Stanton Alexander, an aide at the WETCC Extension Department, and I, Claudia West, WETCC Librarian, presented “Connectedness: Fostering a Garden through Librarianship, Cultural Preservation and Service Learning”. Mark Holman, the Library Director at Sitting Bull College, also presented with us. He has been instrumental at building a gardening program for Sitting Bull College and the larger community at Standing Rock Reservation. Both gardens and our trips to Mille Lacs were funded with grants from National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
The WETCC Medicine Garden took shape under the direction of Holly Ristau, former Library Director at WETCC. Acutely aware of the scourge of suicide on the White Earth Reservation, as well as on other reservations across the continent, Holly desired to provide a positive momentum toward wellness: a Medicine Garden in which people of different generations could come together to embrace a beautiful natural setting, and celebrate life by growing living things in a special garden. It was her hope that gardeners would feel the healing effect of nature, would build relationships with other gardeners, and have a few moments to build joy upon. Visit the garden on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wetcc.medicinegarden?fref=ts Read the rest of this entry »
By Neera Kukreja
Director, Academic Center Library
John H. stronger Hospital of Cook County
I am thankful to the NNLM GMR for providing me the opportunity to attend the symposium “Affordable Care Act: Access to Care: Libraries making a difference” hosted by NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region in Philadelphia on Friday, April 24, 2015. I went there to gain a better understanding of the Act and to network and hear of how other libraries were dealing with the complex law. It was geared toward a mix of audience from academic health science centers, hospital libraries, public libraries. The Regional Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Nancy O’Connor, gave a wonderful overview of the ACA and Health Insurance Marketplace. She pointed out the challenges and lessons learned. Libraries have helped the public in understanding the law and directed them to places and resources for the enrollment process. She was followed by the Chief Medical Officer, Region III of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Barbara J. Connors, who talked about the Health systems transformations from a physician’s point. She pointed out that CMS is using tools to motivate hospitals to Quality Improvements that are outcomes driven, sustainable and provide coordinated care. She mentioned that “medical harm is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year 100,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors in hospitals-more than auto accidents, AIDS, and breast cancer combined”. According to her “Despite pockets of success –we still see massive variation in the quality of care, and no major change in the rates of harm and preventable readmissions over the past decade”. So, a lot more needs to be done. Libraries/Librarians can step in and provide assistance to health care providers and patients so they can achieve those lofty goals. Read the rest of this entry »
By Frank Davis
Research & Education Division
Medical Center Library
University of Kentucky
Apologies for cross-posting.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting in Louisville, KY this October.
This is a good opportunity to present your research and projects to peers in a friendly environment. Details below.
MIDWEST CHAPTER/MLA2015 ANNUAL MEETING (October 2-6, 2015), LOUISVILLE, KY
CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS
The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky from October 2nd-6th, 2015, at the Galt House.
The conference theme, Librarians + Evidence = Proof, lends itself to a variety of topics, and provides opportunities for presenters to show how librarians add value to the clinical and research missions of our institutions.
Contributed paper and poster topics are as unlimited as your imagination! Papers and posters may highlight practical problem-solving approaches, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services.
· For more information on how to submit, click here
We hope to see you in Louisville!
By Pa Thao
Health Programs Manager
Hmong American Center
First of all, many thanks goes to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/ Greater Midwest Region (NNLM/GMR) for providing the Professional Development Award. With this award I was able to attend the WI Health Literacy Summit on April 14 – 15, 2015 as an attendee and a poster presenter to present our work. The overall experience was very rewarding. Conferences like this are good for networking (meeting new professionals and also those whom you already know). And conferences like this are also good for getting new ideas and understanding what is becoming ‘hot’ on your topic. Sometimes it’s also good for confirming things that you already know. Take for example, I attended the “Understanding Adults as Learners: Implications for Fostering Health Literacy” workshop and data from the workshop also supported what we’ve learned from very own project. The data said, “people are more likely to listen to the people they put the most credibility on”. Therefore understanding where people obtain information that is most credible to them can inform planning and development of any health-related programs. In another workshop, the data that was provided also confirmed our findings that “the lower the literacy level, the more likely the person will have poor health”.
Not only was it rewarding to attend workshops, but having an opportunity to present my work was also a very rewarding experience. What really gets me excited about poster presentations is that I get to share my knowledge with other professionals who are just as excited about health literacy as I am. This was my first poster presentation ever, so I can say that it wasn’t as scary as I thought. Presenting a poster is not nearly as nerve-wracking as an oral presentation. Most interactions are with a few people at a time and it’s more conversational in style than when you are standing before a group presenting.
This event was definitely a great experience for me. I saw several different ways in which researchers can organize and present their research. There were many interesting presentations of work and research going on about health literacy. And of course, I benefited from learning how to present my poster and handle sometimes-difficult questions and make connections with future potential project partners.
By Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Summa Health System
On Friday, April 24, 2015, I was fortunate to attend the symposium entitled The Affordable Care Act/Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference in Philadelphia, PA. The event was sponsored by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region and had several invited speakers covering a variety of topics. I was interested in attending the event, but Philadelphia isn’t around the corner from Akron, OH, where I live. Philadelphia is a pretty expensive city, so I didn’t think I could really afford to go on my own. As luck would have it, my own region, the Greater Midwest Region, was offering Professional Development Awards to attend, and all I had to do was apply. Several awards were being offered so I was hopeful that I would receive one of them; fortunately I did.
The first speaker of the morning was Nancy O’Connor, BSN, RN, MHSA, who is the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She gave an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and of the Health Insurance Marketplace. I’ve been pretty well versed in the ACA because I am a clinical librarian. I’m fully in tune with what the physicians are doing and how the care they’re providing is being modeled on the rules of the ACA. To that extent, this session wasn’t particularly enlightening to me. That being said, I was truly shocked to learn that others who I was sitting with didn’t know that the ACA was actually a law. I’m not sure what they thought the ACA was, but that they did not know it wasn’t just a choice for people really surprised me. I think that speaks to how fortunate most librarians are that they have health insurance from their employer so they haven’t personally needed to know that the ACA requires everyone to have coverage. Read the rest of this entry »
We are now almost two weeks into our new Drupalized web site, and we have received some nice compliments about the new cleaner look (thanks!). On our end, we have been noticing (and fixing) some of the quirks. One of those comes from our web stats, indicating that around 1/3 of our visitors end up at our old, legacy site. Because almost all of the URLs have changed to be cleaner, more intuitive paths, old URLs that were bookmarked do not always go to the new site. For example,
Yes, the old site is still around, for now, since there are a few pages that still have yet to be transitioned. But information on the old site is no longer being updated. Eventually, all old URLs should redirect to the new site. In the meantime, please check and update your bookmarks for pages on our site. And please keep the feedback coming!
By Anna Schnitzer
Disability Issues and Outreach Librarian
Taubman Health Sciences Library
On the morning of March 28th, 2015, staff of the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan provided Outreach services to participants at the annual Give Kids a Smile event sponsored by and held at the School of Dentistry of the University of Michigan. This event offers free dental service to approximately 80 children, including, but not limited to, dental examination, filling cavities, and cleaning.
The staff was able to interact with 89 people and talk to them about additional free dental services in the Ann Arbor area as well as online resources for parents to refer to in regard to their own and their children’s health. This year, the dental staff had a table where kids could color pictures of Mr.Tooth and other fun figures while they waited for their turns. This kept the children entertained and their minds off dental activities. They also had a table that displayed various sugar-sweetened beverages and the amount of sugar each container had. This educational piece was not just eye-opening for the children, but also for the parents who had no ideas about how much sugar a can of pop contains. Read the rest of this entry »