Do you blog? Do you read blogs? Should you blog for your institution? Do you wish your blog had more readers? Do you want to know why others blog and how they know if their blogs are read? Take a look at two recent posts from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, An OERC Resolution Realized (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/01/an-oerc-resolution-realized/) and The OERC Blog – Moving Forward (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/08/blog-moving-forward/). Cindy Olney PhD, Acting Assistant Director of the OERC, describes data that she and Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, have collected and analyzed in order to update the OERC’s online communications plan going forward.
Archive for the ‘From the GMR’ Category
Elegy and Exit Strategy
Health Science librarians set a high bar for continual improvement in our information practice. We celebrate innovation; we promote change; we monitor our environments; we enhance, fine tune and refine our services; we set and achieve our goals all day, every day. Whether we work in hospitals or universities, we value our contributions and nurture the values that give purpose and meaning to our service on behalf of education, clinical care, discovery, and progress in overcoming disease.
Why are we so dedicated to our mission? The reason is that our efforts are important; even institutional improvements or an individual’s ability to manage wellness or recovery in a more knowledgeable way are significant outcomes. Our efforts to inform, provide access, and educate are meaningful, both to the individuals we empower and the milieu in which they exist. What we do is worth it.
Sometimes change happens, whether we engineer it or not. At my institution, the medical school is reorganizing its regional programs, which directly affects our regional library services to the same communities. The launch of a new medical school in the state changed the formula, the environment, and the delivery of medical education, and by extension, our delivery of health sciences library services. (more…)
Exhibiting at conferences has been a mainstay of outreach for the staffs of the eight regional offices for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). You may have seen GMR staff at your state or health sciences library conference or the Midwest Chapter Medical Library association annual fall conference. If you were at the 2015 Chapter meeting in Louisville, KY, perhaps you answered a few questions about why you stopped at the GMR booth.
The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), who helped develop the point-of-contact questionnaire used at the booth, has posted a blog article on the development of and results from the Quick Tap Survey administered at the GMR booth. Follow this link to find out what we learned: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/15/simply-elegant-evaluation-gmrs-pilot-assessment-of-a-chapter-exhibit/.
In 2015, the GMR sent out a Call for Applications (CFA) for a variety of awards, including the Community Engagement Award. One of the more interesting responsibilities I have as the Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator for the GMR is to review proposals as they come in to the office for potential funding. Elkhart General Hospital’s proposal for a Seed to Feed Learning Garden (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/funding-recipients/cea) is one of the more interesting–and successful!–awards that the GMR has funded.
Take a look at the most informative article that was posted in Beacon Health’s newsletter, The Beam: http://beam.beaconhealthsystem.org/eghs-learning-garden-a-huge-success/ Not only has the garden provided an opportunity for librarian Lori Harding of the Medical Library to help train clinical staff in “databases, books, journals and websites containing evidence-based resources and recipes to help educate patients on nutrition,” but 260 pounds of fresh vegetables from the garden were shared with local food pantries! Not many medical libraries can lay claim to that accomplishment.
As many of you know, the GMR has a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) to provide guidance in developing and evaluating programs and services that meet the needs of the region. This council is made up of state representatives, five resource library directors, and members who represent a hospital/nursing college library, a non-medical academic library, and community organizations. Beginning last summer, we’ve had some changes in our RAC membership. (more…)
Congratulations to GMR funding awardees for Option Year 4, May 2015 to April 2016.
Each of these projects is unique. There are examples of collaborations where public libraries work with academic researchers, university libraries work with nursing faculty, and libraries work with other libraries toward an educational event. For two of the projects, hospital librarians work with others to connect consumers to the information they need. The environment and projects of the Technology Improvement Awards are varied with a dental school library, a university that focuses on integrative health care, a community college, and an area health education center.
We encourage you to learn more about these projects by following the links to details for each award group. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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
- IL: GMR, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of Heath Sciences, Room 303
- Registration: http://go.usa.gov/3AgzQ
- 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
- 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.