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GMR Sponsored Sites for 2015 MLA Webinars

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the final  upcoming 2015 MLA webinars:

Webinar: Instructional Design for Medical Librarians
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: University of Chicago, John Crerar Library
  • IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
  • KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library
  • MI: Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • MN: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Health Sciences Libraries
  • ND: North Dakota State University, Main Library
  • WI: Medical College of Wisconsin, Libraries

Webinar: Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
  • MI: Western Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (WMHSLA)
  • MN: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Health Sciences Libraries
  • ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences

Webinar: Clinical E-Resources and EHR System Integration
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

This completes the webinars funded for the 2015 MLA Webinar series. For the first events funded, see: GMR Sponsored Sites for August MLA Webinars

Enjoy these webinars and we look forward to offering site sponsorships for the MLA Spring Webcast in 2016.

Louisville: Welcome to the Midwest-MLA

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samuel Watson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seeing that I am still in the fledgling stage of my library science education the Midwest-MLA conference in Louisville loomed large. These conference goers are my soon-to-be co-workers, colleagues, and cohorts. I did not want to make a fool of myself, and fortunately, my worries were unfounded. The librarians that make up the Midwest Chapter of the MLA are a tightly knit and congenial group. Any potential introverts do not stay so for long at a conference like this.

Here are my experiences of the people I met, the knowledge they shared, and the concepts I learned: Xiaomei Gu from Hardin Library was kind enough to take me under her wing as a mentee. Her expertise as a pharmacy school liaison closely aligns with my career aspirations. The breadth of Xiaomei’s research via her numerous posters encouraged me to get involved with publishing. One of her posters: “Introducing Embase to the college of Pharmacy through Active Learning Activities” introduced me to a pharmacy database I didn’t even know existed, Embase. I thank Xiaomei for the generosity of her time.
Amy Blevins, from Hardin Library, and Michelle Kraft, from Cleveland Clinic, offered a wealth of advice for this nearly new library science graduate. There are numerous pitfalls to avoid and any edge I can find in the job application game is greatly appreciated. Getting a job now seems much more attainable with the prolific do and don’t list I received from these librarians. (more…)

Finding Community at the 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samantha Mosby
University of Illinois

This 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference marked not only my first MLA conference, but my first ever professional librarian conference. I felt a mixture of nerves and excitement as I traveled to Louisville, but the nerves quickly dispelled. From my very first introduction to a fellow conference attendee I felt welcomed and encouraged, which I found to be the overall atmosphere of the Midwest Chapter conference. The conference affirmed my intentions to pursue a career in medical librarianship.

Professionally, I hope to work as an outreach librarian, and I paid particular attention to the posters, papers, and presentations related to this topic. They gave me a better idea of what the real-world applications of my knowledge could be like. The different perspectives they offered provided helpful insight into the challenges of health literacy outreach. I especially enjoyed “People Centered Health Care: Consumer Health Librarians on the Front Line.” The community-based approaches for health literacy and consumer health services illustrate important ways librarians can add value to healthcare. I attended the continuing education class “Emerging Technology” and I enjoyed learning about technologies that I could use personally and professionally.

I enjoyed working at the GMR exhibit booth as I met librarians who shared advice and experiences with me. The professionals were eager to meet me and learn about my interests. From the friendly faces at the conference, I learned about the many different paths possible in medical librarianship. The mentor/mentee match up helped me make new connections. My mentor, Deborah Lauseng, went out of her way to answer my questions. I appreciated meeting librarians early in their careers as well as those farther advanced. The early career librarians gave me great information about what my first job out of school may be like and those more advanced in their careers gave me something to aspire to. (more…)

Looking to the Future: Reflections on the 2015 Midwest MLA Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

By Matthew Noe
University of Kentucky

As this was my first experience with a professional conference in the field of librarianship, I came into this year’s Midwest Chapter MLA annual meeting both excited for the chance to learn and a little nervous as I was unsure what to expect. As it turned out, there was little need for the nervousness as those I met and spoke to – ranging from my mentor Jacqueline Leskovec at the National Network to the other students in attendance – were kind, open, and enthusiastic about their work and the future. I daresay the experience has left me with new relationships that will only continue to flourish as time rolls on.Midwest MLA Poster Noe

The conference also marked the first time I have presented my own work to a group of professionals via a poster session, and in this case I was presenting in both a collaborative effort with Robert Shapiro and Teresa McGinley (Information Access and State Public Health: Missed Opportunity or Miscommunication), as well as with my own work (Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries: A New Opportunity). This was a highly rewarding experience, as there was more interest in my work than I had imagined and some wonderful conversations arose during the poster sessions. Of special note to me was the work done by Mary Beth Riedner with her poster Reaching Out to Persons with Dementia through Library Resources – a perfect example of library outreach done well.

I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a Continuing Education course titled Emerging Technology for the Busy Librarian during the conference as well, taught by Gabriel Rios and Melissa De Santis. While I am myself still a student, I have had to make use of the technology available in my work at the reference desk and this course provided me with some new resources to consider in the future that I may not have known about otherwise. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that some of this technology surprised me – such as Bluetooth location technology inside the library – and gave me great pause when considering the ethical implications. (more…)

Redefining Medical Librarianship

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

By Teresa McGinley
University of Kentucky

I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) provides in the Student Outreach Award. Being able to attend the 2015 Midwest Medical Library Association Meeting allowed me my first glimpse of what this profession is like beyond my internship and courses at the University of Kentucky. It was a chance to network with librarians and other professionals from all over our region – people who I had heard of in passing or those I follow on Twitter. I was even retweeted by Michelle Kraft, which for any health sciences librarian is a total squee! moment.

My mentor was Beth Layton, the Associate Director of the NN/LM GMR, and she took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me, have tea, and discuss the profession, our backgrounds, and thoughts for the future. This really demonstrated how invested the GMR is in the future of the profession. I also had a chance to present two posters, one on my own and one with two colleagues at UK. The poster session was a wonderful experience; no one was too busy to stop and talk about the posters and give or ask for ideas. Dr. Altman’s keynote echoed a call to arms against the publishing industry and was an eye-opening look from the journalism side of publishing spectrum. Spending time manning the NN/LM GMR booth was a great opportunity to see what services and outreach the NLM is doing. (more…)

My 2015 Midwest Chapter Experience

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

By Pa Thao
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Attending my first Midwest Chapter/MLA annual meeting was a rewarding, exciting, and eye-opening experience. Through the mentor/mentee program, I met numerous librarians and current students with whom I could share experiences and advice. My mentor, Jennifer Deberg, was an excellent person to talk to. She made sure all my questions were answered and that I was comfortable attending the workshops and sessions.

I particularly enjoyed the poster sessions. I liked that there were a mix of professionals, and it was enlightening to hear their perspectives on some of the challenges we all encounter while working with families or individuals who are not health literate. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the annual meeting to present my very own poster. The poster session was a good opportunity to present myself and my project, make contacts, and get useful feedback. One of the things I really enjoyed about doing a poster session is that the presenter is competing for the audience’s time. This forces the presenter to capture the visitor and communicate the message quickly and succinctly. Presenting a poster was definitely challenging but yet very informative and rewarding. (more…)

Report from Midwest Chapter: Technology Forum 2015

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

First, a huge thank you to our panelists, Ann Farrell, Stevo Roksandic, and Billie Ann Gebb.  They graciously shared their experiences with Technology Improvement Awards, especially highlighting some of their “things I wish I’d known beforehand” reflections.

The good news is we were able to record the session, and it is now available at:

The bad news is the powerpoint did not show up in the recording, so it is available here as a download: 2015 Tech Forum.  Since the important information is in the recording, however, feel free to skip the download, and just listen to the recording!

A few of the highlights from the session include:

  • Problems encountered with an institution’s IT support or IT purchasing procedures, especially with Apple products
  • The recommendation to give short, informative answers to the questions on the application
  • The feedback process, which may involve refining the application, is very helpful
  • Understanding the evaluation and reporting requirements help with writing the proposal

One excellent suggestion (from Ann Farrell) was for the GMR to include information on the CFA about the potential pitfalls of working within the requirements of one’s institutional IT department, especially when purchasing equipment.  We will be working on sharing helpful tips about common pitfalls in the process; in the meantime, please listen to the recording of this year’s Technology Forum.

Another important question that came up was about the timing of the awards.  Since this is the last year of our contract, we cannot offer any predictions about the future.  Beth Layton, however, had excellent advice for being ready to take advantage of CFA’s:  Keep a “wish” list of potential projects you could implement if there were funding.  Funding opportunities come from many sources, sometimes from within your own institution.  Having projects (more or less) ready to act on when a funding opportunity comes up reduces the time needed to prepare a proposal.

Thanks to all who showed up and participated (it was a large audience, probably over 50).  We appreciate all of the feedback we received!

Taubman Shines in Outreach

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Informationist–Disability Issues and Outreach
Taubman Health Sciences Library

The University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library had excellent representation at the Health Professions Education Day held in the Rogel Ballroom of the Michigan Union on the morning of September 16, 2015. In addition to a number of accepted posters by our informationists, the Library (represented by Jingyi Wang, our previous student who is now a School of Public Health graduate, and myself) staffed a table demonstrating activities that Taubman presents for GMR Outreach in collaboration with other University of Michigan units: (Give Kids a Smile, Asian-American Health Fair, Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Diabetes Conference, etc).

Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis was an outstanding keynote speaker on “Patient Care and Professionalism.” reminding the audience of physicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, kinesiologists, all their students, and other professionals (not health care “providers”–a term she objects to) that the primary focus of their attention should be the patient. She also pointed out that medical care is being adversely affected by marketing and pharmaceutical big business, as well as concomitant legal ramifications. (more…)

A Cool Time in Louisville for Midwest Chapter 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Heath Sciences Library
University of Louisville

This time tomorrow many of you will be arriving in the city of Louisville for the 2015 MWMLA Meeting. This is just a reminder as you’re packing for your trip, it looks like a cool and rainy weekend is in store for us so please keep that in mind.  We look forward to seeing you, have a safe trip!


Counting Down to Midwest Chapter MLA Louisville!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville

We are just a few days away from the 2015 MWMLA Conference in Louisville, KY. Are you ready? Here are a few things you may want to check off your to-do list before Friday.

  • Double check your conference registration
  • Have you made transportation arrangements?
  • Have you made hotel reservations?
  • Do you still need a roommate?

Here are a few tips to remember about Louisville.

We are in early fall, our lows are about 50 degrees with the high usually in the low 80s
The Galt House is in downtown Louisville, and there is a lot of bridge construction-related traffic in the area. Visit this page to help you navigate the area: http://midwest
Looking for something to do or somewhere to eat near the Galt House? Follow this link for more information

Finally, we want to thank all those who responded to the call for live bloggers. Want to keep up with the conference on social media? Use the hashtag #MidwestMLA15 on Facebook and Twitter!

See you soon!