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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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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).