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April 26th MLA Webinar Sponsored Sites

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 2016 MLA webinars.
Please support the webinar in your area!

Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago
  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indianapolis
  • IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City
  • IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library, Des Moines
  • KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville
  • MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit
  • OH: Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron
  • WI: Gundersen Health System, Health Sciences Library, La Crosse
  • WI: Mercy Medical Center Affinity Health System, Clark Family Health Science Library, Oshkosh
  • WI: Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Care Library, Waukesha

Thank you for making this resource available to your communities.

Message from the GMR Director about RML cooperative agreements for 2016-2021

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Dear GMR members:

Today, the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents announced the Regional Medical Library cooperative agreements funded for the award period 2016-2021. University of Illinois at Chicago was not among the institutions listed. (more…)

Sometimes a post is worth repeating: AI

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Cindy Olney of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) posted the following regarding an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) session that she held for the GMR’s Outreach Librarians during a recent webinar. It is entitled “Inspirational Annual Reporting with Appreciative Inquiry“: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/03/25/inspirational-annual-reporting-with-appreciative-inquiry/

Take a look. Perhaps you, too, will be inspired to try AI for your next report.

GMR Sponsoring April Webinar Sites

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this MLA Webinar.

  • Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Central time
  • Application Process: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mla-webinar
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Noon

Register your site today!

A limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. For more information the webinar, visit:  The Consumer Health Library

Blogging to Be Read: Who better than the OERC

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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.

NN/LM GMR Director’s Post, January 2016

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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…)

Simply Elegant Evaluation: Sometimes Less is More

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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/.

Success in a Learning Garden

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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 Beamhttp://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.

Changes in Regional Advisory Council Membership

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
RAC members listening to the GMR update at the November 2015 meeting

RAC members listening to the GMR update at the November 2015 meeting

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…)

Funding Awardees for Option Year 4

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

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…)