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Culture Keepers Institute: Sharing seeds of healing

Monday, July 6th, 2015

By Mark Holman
Library Director
Sitting Bull College Library
Fort Yates, ND

Funded by the National Library of Medicine, I attended the Great Lakes Culture Keepers gathering April 26-29, 2015, at the Mille Lacs Museum in Mille Lacs, Minnesota. I presented on garden activities at Sitting Bull College in addition to leading attendees in a visioning session to think about what shape a garden might take at their institution. In addition, I brought seeds from a traditional variety of blue flour corn to share with the group. Sitting Bull College with assistance from the National Library of Medicine has been expanding wellness and health resources related to traditional foods and medicines at the library in addition to creating spaces for the growing and research into these same plants.

My presentation coincided with a presentation by Rebecca Dallinger and Stanton West from White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension and Claudia Seymour West, Library Director at White Earth Tribal and Community College, who presented on efforts at their college to create a healing garden. They also engaged participants in hands on artistic activities that could be used to engage children with gardening.

The event was incredibly enjoyable and a valuable contribution to connecting and sharing knowledge between tribal knowledge keepers across the region.

Report on lessons learned when applying for award money

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Editor’s Note:
As Heather states, the following is a reflection of her personal experience of applying for and receiving GMR funding to attend a symposium on the Affordable Care Act; thank you, Heather! Although we appreciate her enthusiasm for the “tons” of GMR funding, for the most Current Funding available from the GMR, please see: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding.

By: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical Informationist
Summa Health System
Akron, Ohio

If you subscribe to GMRLIST, the GMR’s email announcement LIST (GMRLIST@uic.edu), you’ve seen plenty of posts come from the office on funding that’s available for members. The following brief overview is on my personal experience doing so and is written at the encouragement of the GMR office to share the lessons I learned and to potentially help prepare others for the application process. This is in reference to award PRDE301 which I received to travel to a symposium on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Libraries.

First, if award money is available, APPLY FOR IT! There is a ton of money available, and it is often left unspent. The NN/LM offices offer awards for all sorts of things from professional development to technology to just about anything else you can think of to benefit your library and support outreach. Stay in touch, be aware of what’s available, and apply for it! The application process isn’t hard at all. For me the hardest part was figuring out the budget and what my expenses would be. I’m mathematically challenged so if I can handle that part of it then anyone can. (more…)

Attending the Regional TLAM Institute: Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers, April 26-29, 2015

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

By Claudia Seymour West
Librarian
White Earth Tribal and Community College
Mahnomen, MN

Three employees of White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) traveled to Mille Lacs to provide information on the college’s healing garden. Rebecca Dallinger, the Extension Coordinator of Special Projects, along with Stanton Alexander, an aide at the WETCC Extension Department, and I, Claudia West, WETCC Librarian, presented “Connectedness: Fostering a Garden through Librarianship, Cultural Preservation and Service Learning”. Mark Holman, the Library Director at Sitting Bull College, also presented with us. He has been instrumental at building a gardening program for Sitting Bull College and the larger community at Standing Rock Reservation. Both gardens and our trips to Mille Lacs were funded with grants from National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The WETCC Medicine Garden took shape under the direction of Holly Ristau, former Library Director at WETCC. Acutely aware of the scourge of suicide on the White Earth Reservation, as well as on other reservations across the continent, Holly desired to provide a positive momentum toward wellness: a Medicine Garden in which people of different generations could come together to embrace a beautiful natural setting, and celebrate life by growing living things in a special garden. It was her hope that gardeners would feel the healing effect of nature, would build relationships with other gardeners, and have a few moments to build joy upon. Visit the garden on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wetcc.medicinegarden?fref=ts (more…)

Understanding ACA beyond the Headlines

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

By Neera Kukreja
Director, Academic Center Library
John H. stronger Hospital of Cook County
Chicago, IL

I am thankful to the NNLM GMR for providing me the opportunity to attend the symposium “Affordable Care Act: Access to Care: Libraries making a difference” hosted by NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region in Philadelphia on Friday, April 24, 2015. I went there to gain a better understanding of the Act and to network and hear of how other libraries were dealing with the complex law. It was geared toward a mix of audience from academic health science centers, hospital libraries, public libraries. The Regional Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Nancy O’Connor, gave a wonderful overview of the ACA and Health Insurance Marketplace. She pointed out the challenges and lessons learned. Libraries have helped the public in understanding the law and directed them to places and resources for the enrollment process. She was followed by the Chief Medical Officer, Region III of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Barbara J. Connors, who talked about the Health systems transformations from a physician’s point. She pointed out that CMS is using tools to motivate hospitals to Quality Improvements that are outcomes driven, sustainable and provide coordinated care. She mentioned that “medical harm is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year 100,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors in hospitals-more than auto accidents, AIDS, and breast cancer combined”. According to her “Despite pockets of success –we still see massive variation in the quality of care, and no major change in the rates of harm and preventable readmissions over the past decade”. So, a lot more needs to be done. Libraries/Librarians can step in and provide assistance to health care providers and patients so they can achieve those lofty goals. (more…)

Report from The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference Symposium

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

By Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical Informationist
Summa Health System
Akron, Ohio

On Friday, April 24, 2015, I was fortunate to attend the symposium entitled The Affordable Care Act/Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference in Philadelphia, PA. The event was sponsored by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region and had several invited speakers covering a variety of topics. I was interested in attending the event, but Philadelphia isn’t around the corner from Akron, OH, where I live. Philadelphia is a pretty expensive city, so I didn’t think I could really afford to go on my own. As luck would have it, my own region, the Greater Midwest Region, was offering Professional Development Awards to attend, and all I had to do was apply. Several awards were being offered so I was hopeful that I would receive one of them; fortunately I did.

The first speaker of the morning was Nancy O’Connor, BSN, RN, MHSA, who is the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She gave an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and of the Health Insurance Marketplace. I’ve been pretty well versed in the ACA because I am a clinical librarian. I’m fully in tune with what the physicians are doing and how the care they’re providing is being modeled on the rules of the ACA. To that extent, this session wasn’t particularly enlightening to me. That being said, I was truly shocked to learn that others who I was sitting with didn’t know that the ACA was actually a law. I’m not sure what they thought the ACA was, but that they did not know it wasn’t just a choice for people really surprised me. I think that speaks to how fortunate most librarians are that they have health insurance from their employer so they haven’t personally needed to know that the ACA requires everyone to have coverage. (more…)

Student Outreach Award CFA for 2015

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Did you the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association annual conference over the past two years? Then maybe you met one of the several graduate library school students who received GMR funding to attend the Chapter Meeting. Or maybe you were one of the recipients of the GMR’s Library Student Outreach Award. Once again the GMR is offering the opportunity for eligible students (or recent graduates) to receive funding to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the Greater Midwest Region.

Who can apply for the $1,000 stipend to attend this year’s meeting in Louisville, KY? The following Greater Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) students are eligible for the Student Outreach Award:

  • Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Science (GSLIS) located in the GMR; or currently residing in the GMR and attending a GSLIS program outside the Region
  • Recent (2015) graduates meeting the above criteria of attendance or residence
  • Current undergraduate students from tribal colleges located within the GMR who have an expressed interest in pursuing health sciences librarianship and health information outreach
  • GMR tribal college library staff who would like to learn more about health sciences librarianship as a career option

Application deadline for this award is June 19, 2015. If you have questions regarding this award, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator.  And if you want to see what the student awardees had to say about their experiences, see their blog posts, linked from the GMR website: Library Student Outreach Award Recipients.

Please note: Previous NN/LM GMR Library Student Outreach Award recipients are ineligible to apply.

GMR to Sponsor Sites for April 22nd MLA Webcast

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship to be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., central time.

Visit: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast/ for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

For this webcast, the GMR will cover the registration costs for up to three (3) sites per state in the region. 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 27, 2015.

Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions.
For more information on this webcast, visit:

Technology Improvement Award Improves Patient Care

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Rachel Sindelar
Health Sciences Librarian
Broadlawns Medical Center Library, Des Moines, IA

I manage the library at a county medical center serving 70% or more low income patients, many with low literacy levels and do not speak English. Wait times for overextended hospital translators is a challenge and so is the lack of mobile technology, plus many hospital rooms do not have computers. The hospital’s Clinical Educator had recognized a disconnect between a patient’s bedside need and access to quality health education materials appropriate for patient reading abilities and native language so I was determined to help. I began promoting library subscription and free foreign language and low literacy level patient education materials to the clinical staff. My efforts were bolstered when our institution became a lucky recipient of a 2014/2015 GMR Technology Improvement Award. (more…)

Outreach Out West

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

By Tyler Nix

Attending the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting was a rewarding and energizing experience. There were so many opportunities to learn and connect with colleagues. The weekend was ideal for engaging in self-discovery.

I was fortunate to attend Continuing Education sessions led by Jacqueline Leskovec, Dr. Diane Rein, and Mark Berendsen and Linda O’Dwyer. Each of the sessions was engaging and informative. The poster session provided a chance to build presentation experience, and the many conversations and helpful suggestions I received there were invaluable. (more…)

A Newcomer Exploring North Dakota and the Midwest Chapter of MLA

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…)