Archive for the ‘From the GMR’ Category
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
A new brochure has joined the PubMed pantheon!
PubMed Journal Searching: http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/journalstri.pdf
Explore the three different ways to add journals to any PubMed search. These are: adding individual journals, applying a filter, and using a journal search created in the NLM Catalog. Share this brochure with your patrons and at exhibiting events. Enjoy!
This brochure, as are all of our NN/LM trifold brochures, is available in three formats: pdf, doc, and docx. To access a different format, simply alter the URL.
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 16th webcast: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication. Please support the webcast in your area.
IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago (Emily Johnson)
IL: University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences Peoria, Peoria (http://1.usa.gov/1ixdfBg)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Library, Indianapolis (http://bit.ly/OWdRG3)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest, Center for Medical Education, Gary (Corona Wiley)
IA: Des Moines University Library, Des Moines (Natalie Hutchinson)
IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City (http://bit.ly/1dnTInF)
KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library, Lexington (Susan Foster-Harper)
KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville (Vida Vaughn)
MI: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Health Sciences Library, Grand Rapids (Mary Hanson)
MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit (Wendy Wu or Toni Janik)
MN: University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis (Anne Beschnett)
ND: University of North Dakota, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, Fargo (Mary Markland)
ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks (Theresa Norton)
OH: Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, Cleveland (Gretchen Hallerberg)
OH: Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library, Columbus (Lynda Hartel)
SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls (Molly Youngkin)
WI: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee (Karen Hanus)
WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences Health Sciences, Madison (http://projects.hsl.wisc.edu/mla/2014/) (more…)
Friday, March 7th, 2014
The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication to be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT.
Visit: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast/ for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.
The GMR will cover the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this webcast. 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 21, 2014.
Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions.
For more information on this webcast, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/spring14/
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Angela B. Ruffin, Ph.D. is retiring at the end of this month, marking the end of remarkable career. Angela has been the Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) since the summer of 2000 and is the primary administrator of the contracts awarded to the eight regions of the NN/LM, including the contract to the UIC Library of the Health Sciences which funds the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office and programs.
During her 14-year tenure as the Head of NNO, Angela has been a friend and adviser to the GMR staff, calmly guiding us through the process of implementing our programs and services and making sure that we meet our contractual obligations. We will miss her greatly. She has provided strong leadership to the NN/LM during a period of significant change for the role of health information professionals within the health care delivery environment and the health sciences education and research arenas.
Before her appointment as NNO Head, she had 10 years of successful experience in coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. In fact, she spearheaded the first round of 30 Grateful Med outreach projects conducted by hospital libraries nationwide, including six at libraries in the Greater Midwest Region.
Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Please join us in congratulating Angela on her career and her well-deserved retirement!