Archive for the ‘From the GMR’ Category
Friday, July 15th, 2011
The GMR Update for July 2011 is now available online at the following URL:
Check the contract updates, new communication technologies and information about upcoming exhibits and training opportunities.
Monday, June 20th, 2011
By Emily Schearer
Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries
The Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries recently wrapped up its Health-E Public project with the Citizens and Organizations Active in Disaster and Medical Reserve Corps of Southeastern Wisconsin. The project was funded by a Public Health award from the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region.
The award allowed us to provide hands-on workshops and both formal and informal presentations for audiences working and volunteering in public health related fields. In addition to providing training on the use of PubMed, MedlinePlus, Toxnet and other resources, we were also able to advertise the availability of LoansomeDoc services to a number of people that had limited or no access to full-text articles.
Throughout the project, we found that many people who wished to attend workshops or presentations were often called out of the office for last-minute flu vaccine clinics or other duties in the community. For this reason, it became necessary to provide a great deal of information via email and electronic formats. Overall, the project allowed us to connect and solidify relationships with community organizations that we had little contact wither previously. We gained a better understanding of the information needs of public health professionals and volunteers, and are better equipped to serve them as they continue their work in Milwaukee and surrounding counties.
Friday, April 1st, 2011
The GMR is sponsoring nineteen sites for the April 20, 2011, MLA Webcast: Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon: Finding Our Way in New Biomedical Research and Health Care Environments.
Congratulations to all and have an excellent and informative event.
For a list of the GMR sponsored and other sites around the country, and how to register for this powerful event, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/skills/states11.html.
For a complete list of the recipients of GMR sponsored site funding, visit: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/webcastrecipients.html
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Have you wondered what happened to the Journals Database and how to create a Table of Contents (TOC) in the updated NLM Catalog? Check out the new article: Creating PubMed TOC Searches OR Where did the Journals Database Go?
available at: http://tinyurl.com/4ka95k8
This is the first in a series of NLM E-Minute articles published in the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago’s new online newsletter, the E-ppendix: Online Newsletter of the UIC Library of the Health Sciences.
The article covers all the tips and tricks necessary to complete these three steps in developing and saving TOC search:
1) Identify and select the desired journals in the NLM Catalog and send them to PubMed
2) Create a single PubMed search of the journals using PubMed’s Advanced Search “Search History”
3) Save the search either in My NCBI or as an RSS feed
Friday, February 25th, 2011
The GMR is again offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon: Finding Our Way in New Biomedical Research and Healthcare Environments to be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CST.
Visit: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast.html 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 additional information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 25, 2011.
Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions and for more information on this webcast, visit:
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
The GMR Office and the UIC Library of the Health Sciences are both back open for business as of 9:30 a.m. this morning.
We sincerely hope that the winter storm did not create too much disruption to the flow of health information over the past few days.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
The UIC Library of the Health Sciences, including the office of the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region, will close at 6 pm today. We are uncertain at this time about when the Library will reopen.
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Blizzard Warning in effect from 3:00 pm today, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, to 3 pm Wednesday, February 2nd. Snow accumulations in excess of a foot are expected over much of our Greater Midwest Region. Northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph with stronger gusts will result in blizzard and white-out conditions.
We are aware that similar conditions are forecast throughout the Midwest region. We will keep you posted as best we can through GMRLIST, our blog, the GMR Facebook page, and the GMR homepage: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/.
We have alerted our sister region, the Pacific Southwest Region, headquartered at UCLA, about our weather situation. If necessary, they will be assisting us with DOCLINE changes and other backup support.
Stay safe everyone.
Monday, January 31st, 2011
National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) classes are coming to Chicago April 13-15, 2011. Attend these FREE hands-on classes on PubMed® (April 13), TOXNET® (April 14) and Gateway (April 15) offered through the National Library of Medicine. The University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences will host these sessions taught by the staff of the NTCC. They will be held in Room 303 of the Library of the Health Sciences at 1750 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL. Register here or read on for details. (more…)
Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
The holiday preparations look especially bright and appealing this year, perhaps in contrast to the blanketing of snow that we have enjoyed so far this winter. Economic reports for retail are improving, with expenditures five percent above what they were at this time last year.
The positive trend for holiday shopping is good news for consumers and the businesses that cater to their wants and needs. Unfortunately, such a positive view cannot be transferred to the current economic state of affairs affecting health sciences and hospital libraries in the GMR, especially in our publicly funded institutions. Revenue shortfalls at the state and local level are having a significant impact on staffing and accessibility of information resources at our member organizations.
In addition to position elimination, ongoing hiring freezes, and non–renewal of licenses and subscriptions, institutions are showing the strain by reorganizing and combining libraries and their constituent units and by repurposing space for non-library, revenue-producing functions. Such strategies reduce the accessibility of information resources. For example, when the ILL unit is combined with its general university counterpart, the importance of using DOCLINE for transacting ILL and of keeping SERHOLD records up-to-date to facilitate DOCLINE may diminish. When library stacks are repurposed for patient or student functions, legacy print collections may be the first to go to free up space for these new functions.
The GMR is attempting to take a proactive stance to soften the long-term impact of reduced budgets on our membership. The E-licensing Working Group of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC), in collaboration with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services serving as agent for consortial licensing by hospital and smaller academic libraries, identified two candidates for selection in 2010. The GMR convened an ILL task force to review trends, issues, and factors that affect ILL services and to make recommendations on ways to improve this essential function. The task force met with NLM representatives to convey their suggestions for DOCLINE enhancements. (more…)
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
By Ruth Holst
Both university and health sciences libraries (HSLs) are feeling pressure with regard to their collection space, with other campus units pressing them to remove print materials and release the space those collections occupy for other uses. Many HSLs have already begun to withdraw print materials that they have available in electronic format. Large resource libraries (RLs) that have not yet taken this step are concerned that they will become the preserver of print collections by default. Hospital libraries are concerned that they will lose access to needed materials within the region. NLM is concerned with similar issues as they apply to the medical literature in general and to health sciences libraries nationally. (more…)