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Archive for July, 2014

A Message from Associate Director, Beth Layton

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

I’ve begun my orientation to RML life and the details of overseeing the programs of the Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM. What strikes me the most is the talent of librarians in the region, and the passion they bring to ensuring that consumers, health care providers, students in health care and researchers have the information they need.

BusinessDictionary.com defines communication as a “two-way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning.” The focus of the GMR Office for this contract year will be reaching a mutual understanding of network members’ needs, strengths and opportunities in light of the changing landscape of our world—changes in health care, academia, roles of librarians and libraries, and technology. We also need to understand the health information needs of the residents of the states in the Greater Midwest Region.

Listening is an important aspect of communication. Since a large part of my job is to listen and learn about network members’ environments, concerns, and successes, I’ll be attending the upcoming MLA Midwest Chapter meeting to meet people. On a similar note, I want to thank all of the people in the GMR Office for the warm welcome. Colleagues that I know and those I have yet to meet have reached out to me; I look forward to listening to you all.

Enjoy your summer.

Beth

You can reach Beth via email at: balayton@uic.edu.

Sharing Medline Plus Resources with Nutrition Educators

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

By Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University

An exhibit award allowed me to promote MedlinePlus resources to nutrition educators attending the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. Six hundred nutrition educators including registered dietitian nutritionists, extension service personnel, public health personnel and university faculty and staff attended the meeting.

Nutrition calculators and quizzes from the Health Check Tools section of MedlinePlus were highlighted including Calculate your body mass index, Exercise counts – How many calories will your activity burn, Folic acid quiz and Test your sodium smarts. Other featured resources included MedlinePlus for Health Professionals and National Library of Medicine Mobile Resources.

Particularly exciting were comments about how the nutrition educators planned to use MedlinePlus resources. Plans included incorporating MedlinePlus into extension websites and Facebook pages, inclusion of links in an upcoming edition of a consumer health nutrition book and university dietetics faculty who plan to incorporate MedlinePlus into their class assignments. One attendee even asked about having someone exhibit on MedlinePlus for their upcoming regional meeting!