Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About GMR | Contact GMR | Feedback |Site Map | Help | Bookmark and Share

Archive for the ‘From the GMR’ Category

Knowledge Management in Hospitals – February Workshop

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Knowledge Management in Hospitals:
Developing a team to test and ensure success.

This 1.5 day workshop (February 7-8 in Chicago) will explore how corporate knowledge management techniques and processes are applied in a hospital/health system. Multidisciplinary participants will work together to craft a strategy to adopt an expanded role for librarians in hospital/health system. This expanded role will establish a foundation for librarians to support the clinical environment by providing excellent knowledge management techniques and processes. (more…)

Joan Zivich named to MLA’s Hospital Libraries Section Scroll of Exemplary Service

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Congratulations are due to Joan Zivich as she was named to the Medical Library Association’s Hospital Libraries Section Scroll of Exemplary Service.

Members selected for this award are acknowledged to have made a difference in advancing the cause of hospital librarianship during the past year.  Activities that reflect exemplary service include leadership, publishing, service and/or management of special projects/events.

From the article in the Munster Community News:
“Zivich has been the medical librarian at Community Hospital in Munster since 1987. In December, 2011 she was appointed to the Project Advisory Committee for the National Library of Medicine  and American Academy of Pediatrics. The special advisory committee was formed to improve access of public health information and use of medicine during a national crisis to better meet the needs of children.”

Read more here:  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/munster/hospital-librarian-added-to-honor-scroll-for-service-to-profession/article_5f1ef8c0-3cfe-534e-91e4-0f479b3e9370.html.

Congratulations, Joan!

A Message from the RML Director, Spring 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Kate CarpenterIs it my imagination, or is March actually the busiest month of the year?  What other month offers budget requests, mid-term exams, spring break, theater and ballet subscription renewals, preparation of income taxes, and even “March Madness” in addition to all other routine tasks and strategic priorities that we work at?

It is tempting, with all these to-dos on an ever-growing list, to just go with the flow and take care of tasks as they pass by.  Unfortunately, that approach, while practical, expeditious, and less stressful, also reduces the return on investment of our leadership role, administrative decisions, and work productivity.

Instead of working on the surface level of moment-by-moment news, daily listerv postings, weekly meeting agendas, monthly report-outs, or annual data gathering, we must put our strategic priorities first. Those other duties provide us with useful content, yield foundational decisions, and assure that our units are responsible organizational citizens, all good outcomes to achieve. But they don’t always help us to collaborate, integrate, and innovate, each of which is essential to the future viability of our organizations.

(more…)

GMR to Sponsor Sites for April 18th MLA Webcast

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries to be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 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 23, 2012.

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/techtrends/

Season’s Greetings from the GMR

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Holiday Card 2011

Inspired by Daniel Burnham’s Plan for Chicago, Municipal Pier No. 2, as Navy Pier was originally known, was built beginning in 1914 and opened to the public in 1916. It was designed to serve as a huge freight terminal to encourage lake shipping and as a gathering place for the people of Chicago, with an auditorium and an open-air promenade where citizens could attend carnivals or even free lectures given by the City’s Health Department. Lake shipping never took off as the city had hoped, and in 1927, to honor those who served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, Chicago changed the name of Municipal Pier No. 2 to Navy Pier.

In 1941, just months before America entered the war, the U.S. Navy transformed the Pier into a Naval Training School where about 60,000 men were trained. Pilots would fly from Glenview Naval Air Station and practice landing on air craft carriers by the Pier. Among them was future president, George H. W. Bush. In1946, the Navy turned control of the Pier over to the City of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

In 1944 Congress passed the “Servicemen’s Readjustment Act,” better known as the G.I. Bill, which offered subsidies for home purchases, business startup costs, hospitalization, and education. To meet the demand for education in Illinois, a new branch campus of the University of Illinois opened on Navy Pier on  October 21, 1946. The Chicago Undergraduate Division (or CUD) was born.

A permanent campus was created at Harrison and Halsted, named the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (UICC) and opened in February 1965. In 1982, the Medical Center and Circle Campus consolidated to form what we know today as the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

For more information about the history of the University of Illinois at Chicago, please see History of the University of Illinois at Chicago: http://www.uic.edu/depts/uichistory/index.html.

Photo Credit: Chuckman’s Collecction (Chicago Postcards) Volume 4: Navy Pier MID-1960s http://chuckmancollectionvolume4.blogspot.com/2011/11/postcard-chicago-navy-pier-as.html

 

Adding Value: A Call to Action

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Join us for a very exciting Lake Effects on Thursday, December 15, 2011, from 1-2 pm CT. Hospital librarians Denise Rumschlag, Melinda Orebaugh, and Barbara Platts will be sharing how librarians can become advocates for change in their institutions. We will examine ways of reducing waste and the cost of care, addressing services lines, and increasing the visibility of the library. Learn about collaborating to create tools for advocacy and participating in business performance reviews and LEAN projects. Hear about successful activities revealing that library expertise can have a powerful impact on the larger organization. Discover how you can add value to your library and library services. This is one webinar you won’t want to miss. Register today as space is limited.

Free webcast: Biomedical Publishing 101

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Greater Midwest Region (GMR) invite you to join a free 90 minute webcast, Biomedical Publishing 101, to be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 beginning at 9:30 am Pacific/11:30 am Central/12:30 pm Eastern time. It was created by the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors. (more…)

Announcing GMR Sponsored Webinar Sites

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to the following sites who have received GMR funding for
the Friday, November 18, 2011, MLA Webcast:
Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research
For information on the webcast and a list of additional sites, visit:
http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/escience/escience_webinar.html
Note:  there will be no DVD available for this webinar. (more…)

GMR RAC Members Announced

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The GMR is pleased to announce the 20 members of the 2011-2016 Regional Advisory Council (RAC). Members include the 10 representatives chosen by their state’s health sciences library group (indicated by state) and additional members selected for their varieties of expertise. Welcome new RAC members!

  • Mary Blackwelder, Medical College of Wisconsin Todd Wehr Library, Milwaukee, WI
  • Jane Blumenthal, University of Michigan Taubman Medical Library,Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pam Bradigan, Ohio State University Prior Health Sciences Library, Columbus, OH
  • Arlis Dittmer, Blessing Health System, Blessing Health Professions Library, Quincy, IL
  • Liz Fine (MN), University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries, Minneapolis, MN
  • Martha Hardy, Metropolitan State University Library Services, St. Paul, MN
  • Heather Holmes, Summa Health System Medical Library, Akron, OH
  • Matt Hoy (WI), Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire Library and AV Services, Eau Claire, WI
  • Rhona S. Kelley (IL), Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library, Springfield, IL
  • Joyce Lindstrom (IA), Des Moines University Medical Library, Des Moines, IA
  • Mike McGraw (OH), Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Health Sciences Library, Cleveland, OH
  • Cody McSellers-McCray, Westside Health Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Barbara Platts (MI), Munson Healthcare Library Services, Traverse City, MI
  • Elizabeth Rowan (KY), Shriners Hospital for Children Library/Learning Resource Center, Lexington, KY
  • Travis Schultz (ND), Medcenter One Health Library, Bismarck, ND
  • James Shedlock, Northwestern University Galter Health Sciences Library, Chicago, IL
  • Elaine Skopelja (IN), Indiana University School of Medicine Library, Indianapolis, IN
  • Corey B. Smith PhD, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center, Rapid City, SD
  • Janet Stith,University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Library, Lexington, KY
  • Molly Youngkin (SD), Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Outreach Program Summary Online

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The Greater Midwest Region’s Outreach Program Summary May 1, 2011-April 30, 2012 is now available online, linked from the GMR home page under News & Announcements or directly at the following URL: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/01outreachsum.html. You will find information about NLM targeted outreach populations and the following three new priorities the GMR has defined for the 2011-2016 contract:

  • To place greater emphasis on engaging hospital librarians in the work of the Network, including assistance with professional development and capacity building;
  • To develop programs that assist health professionals with integrating health information technologies into their clinical practice and research endeavors;
  • To increase the health literacy of the public by developing programs for librarians, health professionals, and community health advocates that enhance public access to trusted health information resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.