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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…)

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

Call for Participation, MLA ’14 “Building Our Information Future”, May 16-21, 2014, Chicago

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Be inspired to think how you can be an architect of a health information landscape that responds to the challenges of growth and an ever-evolving environment. How will you design your blueprint for the information future? What tools will you need? What skills will be required? How will you know if what you construct is useful? The Medical Library Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting will offer you an opportunity to plan and style an information future that reflects expanding roles to reach new heights. The 2014 National Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or poster that reflects on the best ideas for the future of information practices in health sciences librarianship. To begin, review the instructions in the paper/poster FAQ at: http://mlanet.org/am/am2014/sect_prog/index.html and then log in to the online submission process. Abstracts are due November 1, 2013. (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)

The Real Treasure Was in Connecting with our Community

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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

Treasure HuntersA few months ago, I reported that The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria was participating in the Peoria Academy of the Sciences Treasure Hunt for 1st through 8th grade students. We were excited to be partnering with the College of Medicine as one of the 21 sites for the treasure hunt and the only health sciences site. I promised to provide an update at the end of the summer and unbelievably that time has already arrived!

We were pleased to have nearly 100 people from the Peoria area visit us at the library. We enjoyed meeting the families and especially the kids. Although most of our visitors came in small family groups, one of the highlights of the summer was a large group visit from day campers at the South Side Mission. These middle school students enjoyed answering the treasure hunt questions about the circulatory system and going on a library tour. The human skeleton was a big hit! Several of our medical students took the time to share information about healthy eating and play their version of Jeopardy! with the kids. (more…)

Student Funding to Attend Midwest Chapter in Peoria

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The GMR is announcing a Library Student Outreach Award to cover up to $1,000 in expenses related to attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in East Peoria IL on October 5-7, 2013. Students currently enrolled in one of the graduate programs in library or information sciences located in the Greater Midwest Region or enrolled in a program and who reside in the GMR are eligible. The purpose of the award is to introduce library school students to library outreach concepts specifically and health sciences librarianship in general. We plan to fund 5 awards.

Please share this information as quickly as possible with any library school students you know who might want to attend the Midwest Chapter meeting in October. The deadline is September 6, 2013.

Go to: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/special/lis.html

2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter-Register Now

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois invite you to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association, October 4 through October 8, 2013 in East Peoria, IL. Registration is available online at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/registration/. The early bird deadline is September 1, so register now to receive the lower rate.

Our theme for this year is Navigating a River of Information, and we hope you all are able to bring aboard new ideas to safely steer through the rough waters of our changing library environments and the shifting currents of changing technology. Through networking, discussion, and sharing ideas we can all work together to keep information flowing through our libraries and to our users. (more…)

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!

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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