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New GMR Office Opens Today

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
GMR Staff

GMR Librarians

The new National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office opens today at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. Through this office, we hope to support the mission of the Network to provide health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed health care decisions.

We plan to meet our goals through partnerships with our network members, like you, and to strengthen the network through the recruitment of new members. We’re excited about moving forward with our proposal, which includes ten primary aims for our region:


  1. Establishing a regional office
  2. Improve communications between NN/LM and National Library of Medicine (NLM) and with network members and the community
  3. Expand and manage the network to continue to meet the NN/LM’s mission through a distributed network
  4. Strengthen the Network National Emergency Preparedness Response Plan
  5. Increase the number of network members actively and effectively participating in NLM programs and services
  6. Provide a Data Management Education Center (DMEC) for network members to increase the number of network librarians skilled in supporting data management
  7. Implement outreach and education programs with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these communities
  8. Ensure that network members have the opportunity to keep current on health sciences information topics and NLM resources
  9. Increase the number of public health professionals who have skill in accessing and searching health information through online educational opportunities
  10. Improve consumer’s understanding of quality health information resources available

Throughout the first year of this cooperative agreement, we hope to assess communication and programming in order to get a sense of how to best serve the network and our region.

As we get our office established, you’ll find updates and additional information on our website, through our listserv, Facebook and Twitter accounts. You are also encouraged to contact us directly with any questions you have.

Please join us for our first webinar, to be held on Thursday, May 26th at 1pm CST for an introduction to our staff and more information on our plans and hopes for the next five years! Registration information for this event will be distributed later this month.

To contact our staff directly, please see our directory.

We’re looking forward to partnering with you and supporting you throughout the next five years!

Making the case for active learning

Monday, March 14th, 2016

By Dawn Hackman, M.S., AHIP,
Research & Education Librarian
University of North Dakota Library of the Health Sciences,
Grand Forks, ND

On January 8, 2016 the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) hosted a workshop called “The Librarian and Active Learning Models,” which is available via the Medical Library Association’s Educational Clearinghouse. I worked with the SMHS’s Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning to identify a workshop on active learning that would be relevant to both librarians and faculty. We noticed that this workshop focused on three active learning methodologies that are common to medical education and might be effective at UND. (Incidentally, this workshop is being offered as CE at MLA’16 in Toronto…and I highly recommend it!) The co-instructors for the workshop are based out of the East Coast and so I knew the travel expenses would be considerable. To offset the cost to my library, I applied for (and received) a professional development grant through the GMR. This workshop wouldn’t have been possible without it.

My target audience changed between my application and the actual event. Originally I planned on inviting only medical librarians and a handful of SMHS faculty to attend. I targeted medical librarians, because the methodologies were presented in the context of medical education in the class description. However, I soon realized that all UND librarians should be invited, as we are increasingly working together to provide support to programs that have multidisciplinary connections (e.g. heath law, speech disorders, & music therapy). As far as faculty participation goes, we had 1-2 faculty representatives from each of the 9 programs that we support. I knew that faculty participation would be crucial for the success of this workshop, as they are the front line of instruction and curriculum. Case in point: after attending the workshop, the Music Therapy program chair reached out to her two subject liaisons (who also attended the workshop) and informed them that she would be reworking her entire syllabus later that evening to add active learning exercises that utilized the librarians’ presence and expertise! We’ve also had faculty attendees express interest in collaborating with librarians to present a poster or paper on this topic at relevant educational and library conferences. (more…)

Emergency Preparedness in the GMR

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The GMR Office coordinates the Emergency Preparedness program and monitors disasters in the region. Activities are outlined in the report below; this includes the webpage, confirming state Emergency Preparedness coordinators, training, and responses to the Flint water supply concerns and zika. (more…)

Events & Resources of Note. 3/1/16

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Includes events on precision medicine (from IOM) and lead and the public health (APHA). Highlights news and resources about journals, what librarians can do, a behavioral health resources and an index on child well-being. (more…)

Public Access Policy and Implementation Resources

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The following resources were suggested by SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. (more…)

Zika in the news and useful links

Monday, February 15th, 2016

In the news

Useful links (more…)

Changes and more changes at the GMR web site

Monday, February 8th, 2016



The good news is all the useful stuff is still there, now easier to find!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has been finishing its web site migration to the Drupal platform over the past year.  The GMR site (part of the domain) was migrated at the end of April, 2015.  Since then we have gradually been tweaking it to replace functionality that was lost in the migration and to make our site easier and more intuitive to use.  You may have noticed some of the bigger changes, such as the new Materials Order Form ( and the slide show on the front page.  We have also been doing some consolidation, shifting, and renaming.  So, for example, if you’re looking for materials for library advocacy, you’ll find them now under Member Services/Library Advocacy instead of Member Services/Promoting Your Library.  We’ve also been experimenting with the menus, adding popup tool tips on some for clarity.

One of the biggest changes this year has been in the Training and Education section of our site.  Lake Effects and Tech Talks now reside under the GMR Offerings, which replaced “GMR Classes” and has been reorganized with a more task oriented focus.  Along the same lines, the Educational Resources page has been reorganized and renamed Guides and Tutorials. Take a spin around the evolving site!  We hope you like the changes.

As always, feel free to send us feedback, through the site’s feedback form ( or via email (

Libraries can tackle today’s challenges!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

How can libraries play a role in transforming cities? Colleagues at the Lexington Public Library and Indiana University Northwest’s Anderson Library provided answers to this question in the form of a proposal to the Knight Cities Challenge. In its second year, the Knight Cities Challenge asks organizations to outline ways to transform communities. GMR cities in the challenge include: Akron OH, Detroit MI, Duluth MN, Ft. Wayne IN, Gary IN, Grand Forks ND, Lexington KY, and St. Paul MN. (more…)

Changes in Regional Advisory Council Membership

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
RAC members listening to the GMR update at the November 2015 meeting

RAC members listening to the GMR update at the November 2015 meeting

As many of you know, the GMR has a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) to provide guidance in developing and evaluating programs and services that meet the needs of the region. This council is made up of state representatives, five resource library directors, and members who represent a hospital/nursing college library, a non-medical academic library, and community organizations. Beginning last summer, we’ve had some changes in our RAC membership. (more…)

Season’s Greetings from the GMR 2015

Monday, December 7th, 2015

GMR Holiday Card 2015