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What is Technology Improvement?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The GMR sent out a call for Technology Improvement Award applications last week. To support network members in applying for these awards, we developed a mini-series of events.  The first was part of the GMR Tech Talks series, with the recent session held Friday, September 11.  Guest speaker Rachel Sindelar explained how she developed the idea for her library’s Technology Improvement Award, Interdisciplinary Point-of-care Patient Health Education Initiative, and how she leveraged partnerships within the hospital to ensure success.  The recording is available and highly recommended!  See the Tech Talks page on the GMR website for details.

The next event will be at the Midwest Chapter meeting, where the Tech Forum will feature a discussion of the ins and outs of applying for and administering Technology Improvement Awards.  Ann Ferrell, Billie Anne Gebb, and Stevo Roksandic, who have all recently been through the process, will discuss their experiences.  We will also discuss ways to make the process smoother, from application to reporting.  Participation in this session is highly recommended as well!

Technology is always changing and can always be improved.  Think about how you can improve your library’s use of technology and perhaps use technology to increase your library’s visibility in your institution.  Remember: What constitutes Improvement depends on where you currently are!

Midwest Chapter Call for Bloggers and Photographers

Monday, September 14th, 2015

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

We’re less than a month away from the Midwest MLA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky! Lots of folks have taken advantage of early bird registration and will be heading down to our chapter’s southernmost state. Please join us and consider sharing the sights, sounds and events of the Louisville conference through a blog or photo stream.

This is our call for Bloggers and Photographers

  • 3 AHIP points available for completing 3 short blog posts about the conference.
  • 1-3 AHIP points also available for photography (Dependent on quality and quantity—25 photos minimum).
  • No experience necessary!
  • Great way to network.

See examples from past conferences:

Please contact Vida Vaughn at if you are interested or would like further information. We look forward to seeing you and your blog/photo contributions at the Midwest MLA Conference 2014!”

Still haven’t registered for the conference yet? Curious about what there is to do in the city? Take a few minutes and watch this short video, all you need to know about Louisville in 4 minutes or less!

There’s more room at the Midwest Chapter inn!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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

Hurry, this offer won’t last long! Five more rooms have been added to our sold-out block of rooms reserved at the Galt House Hotel for the 2015 meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. So if you are still in need of a room, make your reservation NOW:

Midwest Chapter 2015 Early Bird Rate Extended

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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


Good news! The early bird registration fee for the 2015 MW/MLA Conference has been extended until midnight, September 8. If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time to get the discounted rate of $275 for Midwest Chapter of Kentucky Medical Library Association members. Visit: to register today!

Louisville is a great city with lots of fun activities and local restaurants, most within walking distance of the Galt House Hotel. Visit to learn more about some of the exciting things to do in Louisville.

Midwest Chapter 2015 Paper and Poster Abstracts Available

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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

Come see what your fellow colleagues will be presenting at the 2015 MWMLA Conference, Oct. 2-6, 2015. See the available paper and poster abstracts here:

Don’t forget to register for the conference, early bird rates end September 1, 2015

Midwest Chapter 2015 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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

There are just a few more days to register before the early bird deadline of September 1, 2015!!! Click here to register for the 2015 MWMLA Conference for the early bird price of $275.00. After September 1, 2015 the price will change to $325.00 for members and $375.00 for non-members.

Culture Keepers Institute: Sharing seeds of healing

Monday, July 6th, 2015

By Mark Holman
Library Director
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.

Report on lessons learned when applying for award money

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Editor’s Note:
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:

By: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical Informationist
Summa Health System
Akron, Ohio

If you subscribe to GMRLIST, the GMR’s email announcement LIST (, 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. (more…)

Attending the Regional TLAM Institute: Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers, April 26-29, 2015

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

By Claudia Seymour West
White Earth Tribal and Community College
Mahnomen, MN

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: (more…)

Understanding ACA beyond the Headlines

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

By Neera Kukreja
Director, Academic Center Library
John H. stronger Hospital of Cook County
Chicago, IL

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. (more…)