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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…)

Midwest Chapter/MLA 2015 Annual Meeting: June 30 Deadline for Papers and Posters

Monday, June 15th, 2015

By Frank Davis
Research & Education Division
Medical Center Library
University of Kentucky

Colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting in Louisville, KY this October.

This is a good opportunity to present your research and projects to peers in a friendly environment. Details below.

MIDWEST CHAPTER/MLA2015 ANNUAL MEETING (October 2-6, 2015), LOUISVILLE, KY

CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS

The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky from October 2nd-6th, 2015, at the Galt House.

The conference theme, Librarians + Evidence = Proof, lends itself to a variety of topics, and provides opportunities for presenters to show how librarians add value to the clinical and research missions of our institutions.

Contributed paper and poster topics are as unlimited as your imagination! Papers and posters may highlight practical problem-solving approaches, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services.

· For more information on how to submit, click here

We hope to see you in Louisville!

Thanks,
Frank

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…)

We have a New Website!  Please update your bookmarks!

Monday, May 11th, 2015

We are now almost two weeks into our new Drupalized web site, and we have received some nice compliments about the new cleaner look (thanks!).  On our end, we have been noticing (and fixing) some of the quirks.  One of those comes from our web stats, indicating that around 1/3 of our visitors end up at our old, legacy site.  Because almost all of the URLs have changed to be cleaner, more intuitive paths, old URLs that were bookmarked do not always go to the new site.  For example,

http://nnlm.gov/gmr/resourcesharing/consortia.html
is now
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member-services/groups-consortia

and
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member/exhibit/supportmaterials.html
is now
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/outreach/exhibiting/exhibit-support

Yes, the old site is still around, for now, since there are a few pages that still have yet to be transitioned.  But information on the old site is no longer being updated.  Eventually, all old URLs should redirect to the new site.  In the meantime, please check and update your bookmarks for pages on our site.  And please keep the feedback coming!

Michigan Outreach to Give Kids a Smile

Friday, April 17th, 2015

By Anna Schnitzer
Disability Issues and Outreach Librarian
Taubman Health Sciences Library

On the morning of March 28th, 2015, staff of the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan provided Outreach services to participants at the annual Give Kids a Smile event sponsored by and held at the School of Dentistry of the University of Michigan. This event offers free dental service to approximately 80 children, including, but not limited to, dental examination, filling cavities, and cleaning.

The staff was able to interact with 89 people and talk to them about additional free dental services in the Ann Arbor area as well as online resources for parents to refer to in regard to their own and their children’s health. This year, the dental staff had a table where kids could color pictures of Mr.Tooth and other fun figures while they waited for their turns. This kept the children entertained and their minds off dental activities. They also had a table that displayed various sugar-sweetened beverages and the amount of sugar each container had. This educational piece was not just eye-opening for the children, but also for the parents who had no ideas about how much sugar a can of pop contains. (more…)

Veterans Week Generations

Monday, December 1st, 2014

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Veterans Week this year was better than ever. In addition to the extended (3-day) Marine Birthday Run and the ceremonial flag raising, there was the Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game held at Crisler Center, full of military pomp and circumstance. On hand were an Army band, an honorary marshall, the UM Dance Team and Cheerleaders and a full array of wonderful athletes–both wheelchair users and others–as well an enthusiastic crowd. For the first time, Coach Beilein and a number of the UM basketball team players attended and played a part in inspiring the wheelchair players in the event as well. (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…)