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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…)

GMR Sponsored Sites for August MLA Webinars

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the first two of six upcoming 2015 MLA webinars:

Webinar: Consumers and Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding the Evidence Behind the Headlines
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: GMR, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of Heath Sciences, Room 303
    • Registration:
  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
    • Registration: Jennifer Herron
  • IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library
    • Registration: Nancy O’Brian
  • OH: Trinity Health System, Health Sciences Library
    • Registration: Kathie Pasquarella
  • SD: National American University, Library
    • Registration: Pat Hamilton

Webinar: Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
    • Registration: Kacy Allgood
  • OH: Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Medical Information Center
    • Registration: Denise Cardon
  • SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center
    • Registration: Molly Youngkin

Enjoy these webinars and we look forward to offering more site sponsorships through the end of 2015.

PubMed for Trainers in Chicago in September, 2015

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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:

To register, visit:

We have a New Website!  Please update your bookmarks!

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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,
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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!

Student Outreach Award CFA for 2015

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Did you the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association annual conference over the past two years? Then maybe you met one of the several graduate library school students who received GMR funding to attend the Chapter Meeting. Or maybe you were one of the recipients of the GMR’s Library Student Outreach Award. Once again the GMR is offering the opportunity for eligible students (or recent graduates) to receive funding to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the Greater Midwest Region.

Who can apply for the $1,000 stipend to attend this year’s meeting in Louisville, KY? The following Greater Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) students are eligible for the Student Outreach Award:

  • Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Science (GSLIS) located in the GMR; or currently residing in the GMR and attending a GSLIS program outside the Region
  • Recent (2015) graduates meeting the above criteria of attendance or residence
  • Current undergraduate students from tribal colleges located within the GMR who have an expressed interest in pursuing health sciences librarianship and health information outreach
  • GMR tribal college library staff who would like to learn more about health sciences librarianship as a career option

Application deadline for this award is June 19, 2015. If you have questions regarding this award, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator.  And if you want to see what the student awardees had to say about their experiences, see their blog posts, linked from the GMR website: Library Student Outreach Award Recipients.

Please note: Previous NN/LM GMR Library Student Outreach Award recipients are ineligible to apply.

GMR to Sponsor Sites for April 22nd MLA Webcast

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship to be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., central time.

Visit: for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

For this webcast, the GMR will cover the registration costs for up to three (3) sites per state in the region. 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 supporting information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 27, 2015.

Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions.
For more information on this webcast, visit:

Mapping an Outreach Project: Online Training Opportunity

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information, End with a Plan

Cindy Olney, PhD, of the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center will present 4 1-hr online sessions with the potential for up to 8 CEs. This 4-session webinar series is designed for anyone who wants to garner support, financial or otherwise, for a new project or service. You will learn how assessment and evaluation are effective tools for project planning and proposal writing. Community assessment allows you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project. It also helps you build relationships with potential partners. Adding evaluation methods to your program plan helps you “begin with the end in mind,” making desired results the centerpiece of your project proposal. While special attention will be given to applications for NN/LM GMR awards and subcontracts, the information is relevant to many types of project proposals.

After completing this series, participants will be able to do the following:

•How people adopt new ideas. Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project. (Part 1)
•Meeting the Community through Community Assessment. Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project. (Part 2)
•Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs. Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results. (Part 3)
•Adding Evaluation to Your Plan and Next Steps: Proposal Writing. Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal. (Part 4)


A Message from the RML Director, January 2015

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Organizational Structure: What Really Works?

Happy New Year! My best wishes for a healthy, happy, prosperous year ahead for everyone; and a productive, efficient, effective year to come for your libraries.

Organizational change and its close collaborator re-organization have been on my mind lately. They are always on my mind, as change is constant, even insistent, in library work. Re-organizations happen, often quickly, with operational task refinements, policy development, staff changes, budget changes, and swift pursuit of emerging opportunities. Re-organization can also be a deliberate process, such as succession planning, or a deliberate investigation into organizational options to improve what works but could work even better.

The most basic – and most important – goal in a deliberate re-organization is to remove the obstacles that impede a workplace being productive, efficient, and effective in its entirety. What will work to encourage getting things done in a timely way? Is the current structure too hierarchical, with many steps to climb and then descend to reach a decision? Is it too centralized, with many consultations and reminders from the perimeter to the center before an action is taken? Is it too autonomous or too decentralized, both of which can create siloed units, and therefore requiring too much relationship building, negotiation, and communication to carry out the work in a timely way? Is there an organizational structure that really works? (more…)

Season’s Greetings from the GMR 2014

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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