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Native Voices in Southern Illinois

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

By Fran E. Kovach MLIS AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

NativeAmericansSpeak 007Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library planned to exhibit at three central Illinois pow wows beginning with the 8th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow in Taylorville, Illinois, the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak event at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, and the 20th Annual Bison Grounds Blessing and Pow Wow at Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois. Unfortunately, due to flooding near Taylorville, the Black Horse Pow Wow was not attended this year, although we have been invited to the 9th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow.WPP2014

The 4 Directions Healing Foundation, based out of Chillicothe, Illinois, is a Native American charitable and educational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization primarily of American Indian people with diverse tribal backgrounds that sponsored the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak on Aug. 24. A marker to honor Potawatomi Chief Gomo at Shore Acres Park was dedicated by the French Heritage Corridor, Illinois State Historical Society, and Dickson Mounds Museum. Traditional Native storytelling, drum/dance demonstrations, and hands-on Pimiteoui cultural activities followed the dedication ceremony.

NativeAmericansSpeak 002Native Voices: Native Peoples Concepts of Health and Illness, a free iPad app from the National Library of Medicine was shared on an iPad 3. American Indian Health Information, MedlinePlus consumer health information, and NIH Senior Health pamphlets, bookmarks, and pens were distributed from our exhibit booth.

Seven Circles Heritage Center sponsored a blessing ceremony for the bison with their co-sponsor Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois, on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10am. Two days of native American dancing drumming and singing followed the ceremony. The link below provides more details about the Pow Wow. http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/pow-wow/ Pottery and doll making skills were among the traditional activities displayed at this event. Staff from the Wildlife Prairie Park gave talks about some of the wild residents living at the park such as the bison, elk, wolves, and a bald eagle.

April 16th MLA Webcast – GMR Sponsored Sites

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 16th webcast: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication. Please support the webcast in your area.

IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago (Emily Johnson)
IL: University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences Peoria, Peoria (http://1.usa.gov/1ixdfBg)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Library, Indianapolis (http://bit.ly/OWdRG3)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest, Center for Medical Education, Gary (Corona Wiley)
IA: Des Moines University Library, Des Moines (Natalie Hutchinson)
IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City (http://bit.ly/1dnTInF)
KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library, Lexington (Susan Foster-Harper)
KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville (Vida Vaughn)
MI: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Health Sciences Library, Grand Rapids (Mary Hanson)
MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit (Wendy Wu or Toni Janik)
MN: University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis (Anne Beschnett)
ND: University of North Dakota, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, Fargo (Mary Markland)
ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks (Theresa Norton)
OH: Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, Cleveland (Gretchen Hallerberg)
OH: Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library, Columbus (Lynda Hartel)
SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls (Molly Youngkin)
WI: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee (Karen Hanus)
WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences Health Sciences, Madison (http://projects.hsl.wisc.edu/mla/2014/) (more…)

Michael E DeBakey Award Nominations due February 21

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for outstanding service to rural or underserved communities was established by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey and to honor a practicing health sciences librarian who serves such a community. The deadline for nominations is February 21. Please submit nominations by email to Ronica Lu  (ronica.lu at fnlm.org) or via fax to 301.657.1296.

Why Use MedlinePlus Connect? What Key Informants Say

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Health care is undergoing a virtual information revolution, fueled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which permits reimbursement incentives for eligible professionals and hospitals that meet criteria for becoming “meaningful users” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The current focus on the Affordable Care Act has taken away some of the thunder from MedlinePlus Connect,  a free service that supports health professionals’ ability to provide health information to their patients. See how MedlinePlus Connect may be valuable to you and your organization.

“Meaningful use” is defined, in part, as using EHRs to improve and demonstrate the quality of care, such as e-prescribing, electronic exchange of health information, and submission of quality measures to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [http://www.himss.org/meaningfuluse?navItemNumber=13303]. CMS has set standards to meaningful use that are to be met in stages. Organizations are currently working on Stage 1 implementation; Stage 2 implementation starts in 2014 [http://www.amednews.com/article/20121022/business/310229969/5/]. (more…)

New Exhibit Documents HIV/AIDS Crisis

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences invites visitors to view the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture from October 7 through November 16, 2013. The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the building and may be viewed during open hours. The library is located at 1750 W Polk, Chicago, IL 60612.

Professor Jennifer Brier, curator of the exhibit and a member of the faculties of the UIC Gender and Women’s’ Studies and History Departments will speak about the social and political history of the HIV/AIDS crisis on Monday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the reading room of the Library of Health Sciences Special Collections Department (Room 320).

An online version of the exhibit which includes numerous images and links to educational resources is available: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/survivingandthriving/.

Please RSVP to Kevin O’Brien to attend the October 21 event: kevinm@uic.edu

Encouraging Kids to Consider a Future in the Health Sciences

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

By Carmen Howard
Visiting Asst. Regional Librarian
UIC Library of the Health Sciences at Peoria

Peoria Academy of Science bookletThe University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria has a long history of outreach to local youth. So when we were asked to participate in this year’s Peoria Academy of Science’s Treasure Hunt, we immediately said yes!

The Science Treasure Hunt is a summer program with the goal of encouraging students to explore science and technology while learning more about careers in the sciences. The program is open to 1st through 8th grade students who are eligible to win prizes if they attend at least eight of the Science Sites. The Library and the College of Medicine are pleased to be one of the 21 Science Sites featured this year and the only health sciences site.

Each site designs its own fun treasure hunt experience with 3-5 questions to answer. Activities range from a hosted tour by the Air National Guard to a completely self-directed experience at the Giant Oak Park (home to a 300-year-old tree). Working with the College of Medicine, the Library designed its Science Site to highlight the Peoria campus and to provide a short lesson on the circulatory system. Our site asks kids to follow a set of instructions to find answers to four questions. The experience includes finding a book in the stacks, reading about early experiments with frogs, watching a short online cartoon, and more.

This year’s program has just begun and runs until September. We hope to report back at the end of the summer on the success of our first treasure hunt!

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 at MLA

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

MLA is coming and the GMR will be there.  Take time to link up with one of us!
Additionally,  GMR folk are participating at MLA in the following ways:

Continuing Education: Saturday, May 4 (8:00 am – Noon)
CE 100: Making a Difference in Health Care: Patient Safety, a Global Issue with National and International Solutions

Chapter Roundtables: Sunday, May 5 (12 noon – 1:30 pm)
23. Teaching Evidence Based Medicine to Students & Faculty

Poster Session 1: Sunday, May 5 (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)
Topic: 225. Organization and Outreach: Building a Microsoft Access Database to Improve Circulation Service to Our Community

For more details on these events:
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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.

A Message from the RML Director, Holidays 2012

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Greetings of the Season! The Holidays will provide us a time to reflect, restore, and re-acquaint ourselves with family and friends before we resume the fast pace of our work lives in the New Year.

That fast pace yields many benefits, including high productivity. In the fall of 2012, the GMR staff collectively attended 10 state and/or local health sciences meetings, plus all staff participated at the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference–exhibiting, presenting and teaching classes. A total of 537 participants were engaged in 20 trainings and presentations offered by the GMR staff; an additional 355 participants benefited from GMR-sponsored classes. (more…)