Archive for the ‘From the GMR’ Category
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,
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 But information on the old site is no longer being updated.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!
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.
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: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast/ 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:
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)
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…)
Friday, December 5th, 2014
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
By Juan Armijo
What an enjoyable experience! For a double novice in the field of library science and medical/health science librarianship—this was a phenomenal learning experience. Visiting a new state and meeting new people made for great memories. My interest in health science librarianship began with a health science librarianship course I took in my graduate program at the University of Kentucky. When I graduate next semester I hope to use what I have learned in the school library-and from there a possible transition. A reflective view of the conference includes: (more…)
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
By Kris Glodoski Wolf
The theme of the annual Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association (MLA) meeting, Come west and explore!, was particularly apt for me this year as I wrapped up three and a half years of library school just two months before Bismarck. I began library school with very little direction, yet ended with a dedication to understanding consumer health information in the greater context of libraries and the community. Newly graduated and six weeks into a new job – my first with the title, “Librarian” – the conference was perfectly timed as I embarked on a new chapter of my professional journey.
I will be honest and say that I was nervous to go to North Dakota; I was traveling alone and knew no one else attending the conference. While I was prepared to take in as much as I could from the speakers and sessions and learn from experts in the field, I anticipated spending evenings in my hotel room working rather than networking [translation: I was feeling preemptively shy]. Sitting in the Minneapolis terminal waiting to board the second of my two flights to Bismarck, I soon realized that I was surrounded by other traveling librarians and I had two options: 1) sit quietly disengaged with my iPhone and wait for the formal “meet and greet” or 2) say hello to those around me and begin conversations that might continue over the coming days… Thankfully, I chose that latter option. By taking a moment to introduce myself to individuals in the terminal or start a conversation with the person sitting next to me on the plane (who turned out to be another scholarship awardee), I was suddenly no longer alone. By taking a very small risk, I was actively engaged with colleagues before even stepping foot into the conference hotel lobby. (more…)
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Have you been thinking about a project that you would like to implement at your library or other health information center and would funding to do so? If you have never applied for a grant, a subcontract, or an award, starting off with an application to the GMR may be just the ticket, and now’s the time to start getting your funding ducks in a row. (more…)
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.
You can reach Beth via email at: email@example.com.