Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About GMR | Contact GMR | Feedback |Site Map | Help | Bookmark and Share

Archive for the ‘News from the Region’ Category

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!

(more…)

Rural Assistance Center New Minority Population Maps

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) announced the addition of two new maps featuring data on 1) American Indian and Alaska Native Population and 2) Black or African American Population: http://www.raconline.org/news/details.php?news_id=19437. Both maps can be customized for use in grant proposals and other publications. Maps can be adapted to show county, region or state-specific information. The Interactive Mapping System also allows for customization of labels, boundaries and other features. The Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) has worked with the Rural Assistance Center to provide a collection that now includes 37 maps on topics such as:

  • Hispanic/Latino populations
  • Child care
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Disability status
  • Education levels
  • Medicare
  • Poverty levels

A Knowledge Bank Boost at APHA Conference

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

By Sandi L. Bates MLIS
Head of Reference and User Education
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
University of North Dakota

The 2012 American Public Health Conference in San Francisco had its share of excitement thanks to a more than one-inch thick scientific sessions/meetings catalog, the Giants winning the World Series (their homecoming celebration shut down most of the city for Wednesday), and Hurricane Sandy. I was also one of 12 recipients of the Medical Library Association Public Health/Health Administration section Sewell Stipend. (http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/2012/sewell-stipend-2012/) I would encourage all health sciences librarians to apply for this monetary award and to attend this conference. The significant and overwhelming amount of research shared during the conference was one big boost to my knowledge bank. (more…)

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…)

MedlinePlus Resources in Chinese

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Where can I find reliable health information available in Chinese?

 What steps can I take to control diabetes?

 How can I keep healthy?

 Do you have these questions and want to find the answers in Chinese? From our work at outreach events, such as the Annual Asian American Health Fair, we know that many people do. The place to go is MedlinePlus, a website created by the National Library of Medicine. It contains reliable, up-to-date health information that’s easy to understand, for patients and health professionals alike. The Taubman Health Sciences Library has created a new video to show you how to find health information that is available in Chinese. Library Chinese poster

Chinese translation of this post available on our blog: http://healthoutreach.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/medlineplus-resources-in-chinese/

Link to video: http://youtu.be/i-UJAV6MqDw

Embed video code:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/i-UJAV6MqDw?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

We have also created a cartoon to help advertise the video!

Cheers,
Kate Saylor
University of Michigan
Taubman Health Sciences Library

Archivists to Hold 10th Medical History Symposium

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The Chicago Area Medical Archivists, an organization of librarians, archivists, and others interested in the history of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, will hold the organization’s tenth medical history symposium on Friday, October 26, 2012. The event will take place at the Lurie Children’s Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue, 16th Floor Conference Room).

A day-long program of presentations will include a history of the University of Chicago Hospitals by Mindy Schwartz, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Coffee will be available at 9:00 a.m. The presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Those interested in attending the event should RSVP to Ron Sims (RNSMS@northwestern.edu or 312.503.1913).

Connect with Information Connections

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Marionjoy Information Connections logo

By Nalini Mahajan
Director, Medical Library
Marionjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Information Connections is a website for parents of children with developmental disabilities and chronic diseases with a special focus on Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. The informative website was developed and launched by the Marianjoy Medical Library with funding from the National Network of Library of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) and is sponsored by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. It is accessible to anyone from anywhere and it is free.

Since its initial launch in April 2011, InformationConnections.org has helped thousands of families seeking help on these topics. Website usage and feedback in our first year has been exceptional.

We would love to promote our Web site to everyone who could benefit from this wonderful resource and would appreciate any help from you. Please spread the word around; like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, feel free to blog about us, and place a link to us on your website. Our goal is to have 500 friends by the end of 2012. Once we reach the magic number of 500 friends, 3 winners be selected randomly and each will receive a $25.00 gift certificate.

Acquainting Michigan Dietitians with MedlinePlus

Monday, June 18th, 2012

by Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University

As both a Registered Dietitian and a Health Professions Librarian, I know how valuable MedlinePlus can be to health professionals. Not only is MedlinePlus the best consumer-health website for dietitians to refer their clients, but MedlinePlus also contains exceptional resources for dietetic practice.

Exhibiting at the Michigan Dietetic Association 2012 Annual Conference, April 26-27 in East Lansing was a great opportunity to share the power of MedlinePlus with my dietitian colleagues. Three hundred and twenty dietitians from throughout the state attended the conference. They work in positions involving clinical practice, foodservice, community nutrition, education, public relations and media and in settings including acute care hospitals, long-term care, universities, government, corporations and non-profit organizations.

The dietitians were eager to learn about LactMed, Daily Med and the Dietary Supplements Label Database. Resources for Your Health brochures particularly African-American Health, the Consumer Health for Seniors card and MedlinePlus bookmarks and pens were especially popular. In future dietetic meetings, the anatomy video collection would be an excellent resource to highlight as well as content aimed at seniors since many dietitians work with that population. I felt energized after having the chance to spread the word about all that MedlinePlus offers dietitians.