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Lessons on Library Leadership in the Land of Lincoln

Monday, October 21st, 2013

By Diane Giebink-Skoglind
MLIS Student
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

As I drove through Illinois on my way to the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association annual meeting, I saw numerous signs calling attention to Illinois’ state slogan—Land of Lincoln As I am a Lincoln fan and have read numerous books on his Presidency, I wondered what his take on these times of tremendous technological change would have been.

Lincoln embraced the new technology of his time and utilized the newfangled telegraph to great effect during the Civil War. He used this new medium of electronic communication in an extraordinary way, to transform the nature of national leadership at a time when the new invention was under-appreciated and under-utilized. In fact, when he moved into the White House, there wasn’t a telegraph line to the executive mansion, nor was there one to the War Department. Lincoln soon remedied that situation and the telegraph became a tool that helped determine the outcome of the Civil War.

To another point, Lincoln had been a voracious reader. Indeed, what would the man who had said, “My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read,” have thought about the changes in the library world today? I believe he would have embraced those changes and the current new information technologies, and utilized them to great benefit. And, I believe, this is the message that the annual meeting addressed as well.

The Confluence of Libraries, Technology and Change

At the meeting–from the continuing education sessions (CEs), updates, exhibits, papers and the presentations of the two featured speakers, Michelle Kraft, author of “The Krafty Librarian,” and Sarah Houghton, author of “The Librarian in Black”–the oft repeated words and recurring themes related to technology, advocacy and change within libraries.

Much like Lincoln’s practice to get out of the office and circulate among the troops, librarians are getting out from behind the desk and circulating in remarkable ways. From riding in ambulances to rounding with physicians, librarians are bringing their message and the library to patrons. For example, Kacy Allgood spoke of her work, which includes being part of emergency services as an imbedded librarian within Indianapolis’ EMT system. Amy Donahue described the medical librarians’ role in disaster planning and response, through the use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, etc., in sharing medical information and knowledge. Melinda Orebaugh explained how she and her team at Gundersen Health System work directly with patients, physicians and providers to form a cohesive healthcare team to better address complex case management with multiple morbidity patients.

Initiatives like these provide for the active participation that is essential for team engagement to better address the government’s Triple Aim of optimizing health system performance. These goals: 1) improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), 2) improving the health of populations, and 3) reducing the per capita cost of healthcare, are possible with dedicated teams of health professionals, that include librarians and their expertise with technology and information.

Heretical Thinking and Paradox
Still the question recurs ‘can we do better?’ The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.

–Abraham Lincoln, December 1, 1862
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Midwest Chapter Meeting Reflection: Increasing Knowledge

Monday, October 21st, 2013

By Lauren Goode
SLIS Student
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

The Midwest Chapter Meeting was an engaging and informative experience which reaffirmed that I have made the correct decision in my career path. My goal for attending the meeting was to learn more about medical librarianship and expand my knowledge about librarianship as a whole. Currently, I am a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, in Richmond, KY. I work with the Reference and Instruction team to increase information literacy across the campus community. Though I do not currently work in health sciences or medical librarianship, I do work with nursing students on a somewhat regular basis. I tailored my experience to come back better able to serve the health sciences students in my community. At the meeting I found many inspirations for applying the experience to my everyday life.

I attended two Continuing Education programs. The first, “Planning, Conducting and Publishing Research” taught by Nancy Allee and Jo Dorsch, was a four hour immersion into the research cycle as it applies to medical libraries/librarians. By the end of the session I had developed a brain typhoon for a new research project which I am currently writing up to propose to my team. I plan to use survey methodologies to determine the information needs of biology faculty at EKU and use that information to develop instructional programs for the department. The second CE course I attended, “Emerging Technologies” taught by Gabe Rios ad Melissa DeSantis was fun and highlighted ways to incorporate technology into a librarian’s daily work flow. Technology was a high note for the entire conference as it is transforming the way our patrons seek, find and process information. Since attending the meeting I have explored several apps geared toward the medical profession and helped students use the Ebsco app on their devices. (more…)

Midwest Chapter Reflection: Disruptive

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

By Natalie Reynolds
MLIS Student
St. Catherine University
St. Paul, MN

Disruptive. Usually this word brings negative connotations and assumptions. At the Midwest Chapter Meeting, however, it was repeatedly used in in the context of disruptive innovations. Wikipedia defines a disruptive innovation as an act that “improve[s] a product or service in ways that the market does not expect.” Librarians, in the spirit of helping that is so integral to our profession, have turned disruption into a positive force. For example, Melinda Orebaugh and her team at Gundersen Health System are implementing an interactive patient care system that requires patients to participate in their own health care. The four pillars of this disruptive program advocate for thoughtful and careful participation by educating, empowering, entertaining, and engaging the patient. The team had the foresight to develop separate interfaces according to age group, allowing for seamless integration.

The word was used again by Michelle Kraft when describing the role of technology in libraries. She pointed out that technology has brought changes to libraries, and those changes are here to stay. Innovations such as computers, e-books, and mobile devices have disrupted traditional workflows in libraries; therefore, traditional aspects of libraries (like catalogers!) may no longer be necessary. As information innovators, librarians should use these disruptive technologies as opportunities to re-think traditional practices and allow for new ideas. (more…)

GMR Announces LIS Outreach Awardees

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The GMR is pleased to announce the nine awardees of the Library Student Outreach Award. They will attend the 2013 Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association Annual Meeting to be held in East Peoria, IL, October 5-7, 2013. Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Sciences located in the Greater Midwest Region or who reside in the GMR were eligible to apply.

Students will attend the conference for at least two days and partake as much of the program as possible. They will be in attendance at the Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet and help to staff the GMR exhibit booth. Be sure to help us welcome these future librarians.

Here is the list of awardees:

Merete Christianson (ND)
Rebecca Freihaut (KY)
Diane Giebink-Skoglind (WI)
Lauren Goode (KY)
Darra Hofman (KY)
Elizabeth Mady (OH)
Allyson Mackay (MI)
Natalie Reynolds (MN)
Emilie Vrbancic (IL)

NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has posted a Request for Proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course.  For more information, please see Professional Services in Support of NLM’s Outreach & Training Efforts in Biomedical Informatics, Solicitation Number: NIHLM2013877. Response Date: Oct 09, 2013 1:00 pm Eastern.

MLA Webinar Site Sponsorships

Friday, September 6th, 2013

NOTE: the upcoming webinar is the first in a series of five of the Fall 2013 MLA Webinar Series.

The GMR is offering to sponsor webinar sites. However, the GMR is only able to fund  two webinars per state for the entire Webinar Series. Please use the following Survey link to identify the events for which your institution will be requesting funding: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mlawebinar

Upcoming Webinar: Making Your Library Promotion Pop! Practical Design Principles and Tools for the Non-Designer
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT (plus course work)
URL: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/design/

For detailed information on how to become a sponsored site, visit:
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast/

SHORT TURN AROUND TIME: The deadline to submit your registration and supplemental information to the GMR is NOON, Monday, September 16, 2013. Announcements will be made to all applicants on Tuesday, September 17th. (more…)

Summer Fun, ding!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Although Chicago has been experiencing rather autumnal-like weather these last few weeks, the calendar confirms that it is officially meteorological summer. And in summer, we know that one of the first thoughts on Network minds is summer fun-ding!

Before you jump to the conclusion that this post is about some airline announcing discounted fares, take a look at the opportunities that sprouted up on the GMR’s Current Funding Opportunities page, http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/, where we have information about current award-level funding. The Submission Deadline for these awards is Thursday, July 3, 11, 2013*. Announced are Community Preparedness Awards (Up to $2,000); Outreach Express Awards (Up to $4,500); Planning and Assessment Awards (Up to $2,500); and Technology Improvement Awards (Up to $4,500). Take a look at each award CFA for specifics on the award.

If you have any questions about these awards or any other GMR resources or services, send an email to GMR4U (at) uic.edu or your GMR State Contact, http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/staff.html. Call us toll-free within Region at 1-800-338-7657, press one (1) for your RML.

*NB: The Submission Deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 11, 2013

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GMR Sponsors March 13th MLA Webcast Sites

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Congratulations to the following sites receiving GMR funding for the
Wednesday, March, 2013, MLA Webcast:
Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track
Broadcast: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT

For information on the webcast and a list of additional sites, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/spring13/

Enjoy your webcasts and let us know how it goes!

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Thinking about outreach?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

It’s already February, the sun is rising a bit earlier, and for a lot of us, it’s still light on the commute home. Almost. Those of us who are optimists can see spring on the horizon. What better time to start planning an outreach project!

The GMR will be making announcements on GMRLIST and here in the blog regarding potential funding for outreach and other projects as we prepare for the next contract year, Option Year 2 (May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014). What should a potential outreach award applicant prepare in anticipation of the funding season? Here are a few considerations:

  • Start collecting data on your targeted population; Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (phpartners.org) has an excellent Health Data Tools and Statistics site that will help you find County, Local, State and National Health Data: http://phpartners.org/health_stats.html
  • Not sure of the types of potential funding that come through the GMR? Take a look at the variety of awards and subcontracts that have been funded over the past two years on our Funding Recipients page as well as the previous contract, Funding Recipients-2006-2011 Contract.
  • Thinking of working with another library or organization such as a CBO? The NN/LM Members Directory Advanced Search provides an easy way to find NN/LM members by institution name, person name, city, state, zip code, county or area code in addition to searching my type of services offered at the institution. Check out the Advanced Search page by clicking on the NN/LM Members Directory image below:
NN/LM Members Directory For more information about funding opportunities or other GMR services, contact your state’s GMR Coordinator: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/staff.html.

GMR will Sponsor Sites for March 13th MLA Educational Webcast

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track to be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 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, February 15, 2013.  Note: Michigan librarians will send their applications to Barbara Platts.

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/