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Archive for 2011

NLM Show Off Your Apps Contest Winners Announced

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

This year, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) had a contest that challenged people to create apps that could use NLM’s vast collection of biomedical data.  The winners have been announced!  Thank you to all of the Entrants that participated in NLM’s first software challengeHere are the winners and honorable mentions.

5 Winners Selected:

iAnatomy app

5 Honorable Mentions:

Congratulations to the winners and the honorable mentions!

Become a GMR Sponsored site for the MLA Webinar on E-Science

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webinar: Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research to be held on Friday, November 18, 2011, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CST.

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 additional information to the GMR is NOON, Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions and for more information on this webcast, visit:
http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/escience/escience_webinar.html

National Medical Librarians Month – GMR Projects Highlighted

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Each year the National Library of Medicine highlights projects from across the country on their webpage.  The web pages of featured projects for National Medical Librarians Month 2011 are available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles11/. This year the GMR included five projects from among recent subcontracts and awards.  Congratulations to these selected programs: Munson Digital Archive Project, Touch Technology Multilingual Health Information, Assessing Mental Health Information Needs of Clergy of Portage, Health-E Public: Improving Access to Health Information Resources for Public Health Professionals in Southeastern Wisconsin County, and Building the Future with Community Health Information.  Read about them at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles11/gmr.html.

For suggestions on Promoting Your Library this month, visit at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member/advocacy/.

NLM 175th

National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD
The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Archivists to Host Medical History Symposium

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

By Kevin O’Brien
UIC Library of the Health Sciences
Special Collections Department

The Chicago Area Medical Archivists (CAMA) will host the Ninth Medical History Symposium on October 28, 2011, at the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, located in the headquarters of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Park Ridge, IL.  As part of Archives Week in Chicago, please join CAMA for a day of presentations, discussion, and networking.

Registration begins at 9:00 A.M.  The program begins at 9:30. (more…)

usa.gov Reform

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

USA.gov is hosting a National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites from September 19-30. This two-week, online dialogue is your chance to submit, vote, and comment on ideas for improving various aspects of federal websites, such as: content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services. Future changes based on these ideas could directly impact the work government agencies like the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health do every day. You can join the conversation at http://bit.ly/qCJxnQ. To learn more about the overall .gov reform effort, go to http://1.usa.gov/qzfHUd.

IFTTT – If This Then That – New Way to Visualize Data

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

One of my biggest issues with the Internet is how there are still a lot of silos.  What do I mean by silo? Programs or applications that work ‘alone’ and don’t share well with other applications.  I am still a big user of RSS despite rumors of it’s demise.  I tend to star items in Google Reader so that I can read them later.  What if I also wanted to read it later and send it to Twitter – or maybe send it to Instapaper? Especially with Instapaper, I would have to go through the trouble of copying the url and then opening up Instapaper and pasting it in there so I could read it later.  It would be nice to have this kind of thing automated.  I’m not a programmer so I end up waiting and relying on much smarter and clever people to create a tool that can do this for me.

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Awards Announced to Enhance the Public Health Infrastructure

Friday, September 9th, 2011

“U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today over $40 million in grant funding, partly supported by the Affordable Care Act, to state, tribal, local and territorial health departments and several schools of public health to enhance the nation’s public health infrastructure and strengthen the public health workforce. Awarded in nearly every state, this funding will improve the delivery of necessary public health services in communities, cities and states across the country.” Read more about it here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/08/20110831a.html.

Some of the CDC/HRSA grantees are right here in our region:

State Project Grantee Amount
Illinois Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant City of Chicago $300,000
Illinois Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Illinois State Department of Public Health $500,000
Illinois Public Health Training Center Grant The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois $650,000
Indiana Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Indiana State Department of Health $400,000
Iowa Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Iowa State Department of Public Health $300,000
Iowa Public Health Training Center Grant University of Iowa $650,000
Kentucky Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Cabinet for Health and Family Services $300,000
Michigan Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Michigan State Department of Community Health $500,000
Minnesota Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Minnesota State Department of Health $993,662
Minnesota Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians $350,000
Minnesota Public Health Training Center Grant Regents of the University of Minnesota $650,000
Ohio Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Ohio State Department of Health $500,000
Wisconsin Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Wisconsin Department of Health Services $993,662

Congratulations to the organizations!

Health Data Tools and Statistics from PHPartners

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Health Data Tools and Statistics page, on the PHPartners.org website has been reorganized to make public health data and statistics easier to find and use.

New Public Health Data Tools and Statistics Categories:

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners) is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health science libraries. The mission of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health.

PHPartners.org welcomes suggestions of public health online information resources. Submit new link suggestions at http://phpartners.org/suggestlink.html.

Questions, comments, and feedback about PHPartners.org can be submitted at http://phpartners.org/about.html#Contact%20Us.

To keep up-to-date with public health news and online information resources, subscribe to a weekly email announcement of What’s New at http://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=phpartners_link&A=1 or to the PHPartners RSS feed at http://phpartners.org/rss_phpartners.xml.

2011 Zar Symposium Recordings Now Available

Friday, August 26th, 2011

By Deb Werner
Biomedical Reference Librarian
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

The videos for all recorded presentations from the 2011 Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “We’re Teaching, But How Do We Know If They’re Learning?” Assessment of Library Instruction Activities, are now available. Links on the main symposium webpage http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/zar/ lead to YouTube, iTunes, and the UChicago News site. Slides and handouts from the Symposium are also available on the Program page. See the Program Schedule for links to slides.

Feel free to pass this information on to colleagues who may have an interest in the topic of assessment of library instruction activities. You should also feel free to post this on any appropriate discussion lists.

If you have any questions or comments about the symposium or the recordings, please contact Andrea Twiss-Brooks at atbrooks@uchicago.edu. If you have suggestions on topics for future symposia, we’re always looking for good ideas! Thanks, and enjoy.

GMR RAC Members Announced

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The GMR is pleased to announce the 20 members of the 2011-2016 Regional Advisory Council (RAC). Members include the 10 representatives chosen by their state’s health sciences library group (indicated by state) and additional members selected for their varieties of expertise. Welcome new RAC members!

  • Mary Blackwelder, Medical College of Wisconsin Todd Wehr Library, Milwaukee, WI
  • Jane Blumenthal, University of Michigan Taubman Medical Library,Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pam Bradigan, Ohio State University Prior Health Sciences Library, Columbus, OH
  • Arlis Dittmer, Blessing Health System, Blessing Health Professions Library, Quincy, IL
  • Liz Fine (MN), University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries, Minneapolis, MN
  • Martha Hardy, Metropolitan State University Library Services, St. Paul, MN
  • Heather Holmes, Summa Health System Medical Library, Akron, OH
  • Matt Hoy (WI), Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire Library and AV Services, Eau Claire, WI
  • Rhona S. Kelley (IL), Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library, Springfield, IL
  • Joyce Lindstrom (IA), Des Moines University Medical Library, Des Moines, IA
  • Mike McGraw (OH), Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Health Sciences Library, Cleveland, OH
  • Cody McSellers-McCray, Westside Health Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Barbara Platts (MI), Munson Healthcare Library Services, Traverse City, MI
  • Elizabeth Rowan (KY), Shriners Hospital for Children Library/Learning Resource Center, Lexington, KY
  • Travis Schultz (ND), Medcenter One Health Library, Bismarck, ND
  • James Shedlock, Northwestern University Galter Health Sciences Library, Chicago, IL
  • Elaine Skopelja (IN), Indiana University School of Medicine Library, Indianapolis, IN
  • Corey B. Smith PhD, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center, Rapid City, SD
  • Janet Stith,University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Library, Lexington, KY
  • Molly Youngkin (SD), Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls, SD