Have you been thinking about a project that you would like to implement at your library or other health information center and would funding to do so? If you have never applied for a grant, a subcontract, or an award, starting off with an application to the GMR may be just the ticket, and now’s the time to start getting your funding ducks in a row. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category
By Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University
An exhibit award allowed me to promote MedlinePlus resources to nutrition educators attending the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. Six hundred nutrition educators including registered dietitian nutritionists, extension service personnel, public health personnel and university faculty and staff attended the meeting.
Nutrition calculators and quizzes from the Health Check Tools section of MedlinePlus were highlighted including Calculate your body mass index, Exercise counts – How many calories will your activity burn, Folic acid quiz and Test your sodium smarts. Other featured resources included MedlinePlus for Health Professionals and National Library of Medicine Mobile Resources.
Particularly exciting were comments about how the nutrition educators planned to use MedlinePlus resources. Plans included incorporating MedlinePlus into extension websites and Facebook pages, inclusion of links in an upcoming edition of a consumer health nutrition book and university dietetics faculty who plan to incorporate MedlinePlus into their class assignments. One attendee even asked about having someone exhibit on MedlinePlus for their upcoming regional meeting!
By Fran E. Kovach MLIS AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library planned to exhibit at three central Illinois pow wows beginning with the 8th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow in Taylorville, Illinois, the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak event at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, and the 20th Annual Bison Grounds Blessing and Pow Wow at Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois. Unfortunately, due to flooding near Taylorville, the Black Horse Pow Wow was not attended this year, although we have been invited to the 9th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow.
The 4 Directions Healing Foundation, based out of Chillicothe, Illinois, is a Native American charitable and educational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization primarily of American Indian people with diverse tribal backgrounds that sponsored the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak on Aug. 24. A marker to honor Potawatomi Chief Gomo at Shore Acres Park was dedicated by the French Heritage Corridor, Illinois State Historical Society, and Dickson Mounds Museum. Traditional Native storytelling, drum/dance demonstrations, and hands-on Pimiteoui cultural activities followed the dedication ceremony.
Native Voices: Native Peoples Concepts of Health and Illness, a free iPad app from the National Library of Medicine was shared on an iPad 3. American Indian Health Information, MedlinePlus consumer health information, and NIH Senior Health pamphlets, bookmarks, and pens were distributed from our exhibit booth.
Seven Circles Heritage Center sponsored a blessing ceremony for the bison with their co-sponsor Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois, on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10am. Two days of native American dancing drumming and singing followed the ceremony. The link below provides more details about the Pow Wow. http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/pow-wow/ Pottery and doll making skills were among the traditional activities displayed at this event. Staff from the Wildlife Prairie Park gave talks about some of the wild residents living at the park such as the bison, elk, wolves, and a bald eagle.
by Carmen Howard
Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria
Exhibiting at the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s Annual Seniors on the Go Health Fair was an excellent opportunity for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria to connect with the community and share information. The Health Fair is open to all seniors (55 years+). The Health Fair included health screenings, massages, lectures, live accordion music, and breakfast – all at no cost to the attendees! This year the Health Fair drew more than three hundred and fifty people. Well over one hundred and fifty of these people stopped by the Library’s booth to learn about MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and the services of the Library. It was very rewarding to introduce people to MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Several attendees acknowledged knowing that they needed to be careful when searching online for medical information but admitted that they were not sure where to go or how to know who to trust. Others were happy to know that they could come in or call the library for help.
You can read more about the event in this article from the Peoria Journal Star (http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140318718). When you read the article, be sure to check out the booth in the background with the red tablecloth – that’s us!
The GMR has updated our awards program for the contract year beginning May 1, 2014. We have two new awards and have changed the names of three other awards. Please take a few minutes to check out all the options at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/. The first deadline for application for most awards is March 14, 2014, for projects beginning May 1, 2014.
Here is a preview:
Community College Library Award – NEW – (up to $2,500) – for projects that promote the use of NLM databases and services by community college librarians, students and faculty
Community Engagement Award (up to $4,500) – for any outreach project that involves the community, especially minority and underserved populations
Exhibit & Event Award (up to $1,200) – for exhibit expenses to promote
NLM resources at professional meetings, health fairs, or any
health-related community event
Hospital Library Award – NEW – (up to $4,500) – for projects that
demonstrate emerging roles of hospital librarians or expand library
involvement in hospital-wide initiatives
Target Project Award ( up to $15,000) – for projects that address needs
identified by NLM for the current contract, such as community research,
evidence-based librarianship, e-science, health information
technologies, or minority populations
Technology Improvement Award (up to $4,500) – for projects that improve
knowledge-based information services to health professionals or
consumers through the application of technologies
By Merete Christianson
I’m so thankful to have received the Student Outreach Award from the NN/LM GMR. Attending the Midwest MLA Conference was a terrific experience that allowed me to learn a lot and meet a number of great library professionals who were very generous sharing their time and knowledge.
First on the to-do list at the conference was the CE Class “PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe”, taught by Holly Ann Burt and Cleo Pappas. The world of evidence-based medicine is so vast and complex that it can be rather daunting at times trying to navigate it. But the course went a long way to helping clear the muddy waters. I’ve felt much more confident using PubMed since taking this course and I am eager to practice and learn more.
Kent State University
If I had to pick one word that comes to mind when reflecting on the Midwest Chapter MLA conference, that word would be “connections”. Connections are what were formed when librarians, information professionals, and graduate students all gathered together in East Peoria, IL. Connections are what these information givers seek to build with their patrons. Whether it is the theme of the presentations or the spontaneous conversations that formed in the only warm spot of the hallway, connections were sought after and created at the conference. In attending the presentations, mentor/mentee meet and greet and social functions, I feel fortunate in being a part of the connections formed.
Forming connections with patrons and colleagues was the theme of many of the presentations I attended. At the Mentor/Mentee Meet and Greet, emphasis was placed on creating connections with possible mentors and colleagues. I felt welcomed by my mentor, Janna Lawrence, and the overall attitude of the room was one of welcome and a willingness to connect with others. This attitude remained throughout the conference, whether it was in-between presentations or during vendor sessions. This willingness on the part of information professionals to connect with others is essential to our field, regardless if these connections are formed with colleagues, patrons, or community.
By Rebecca Freihaut
University of Kentucky
School of Library & Information Science
Like most graduate students, I have the desire to attend conferences and association meetings, but I don’t always have the financial means to do so. When I first read about the Midwest Chapter MLA Annual Meeting to be held in East Peoria, IL, I dismissed the idea of attending because of the expense involved. It should come as no surprise, then, that I was thrilled to receive an email about the outreach scholarships being offered this year through the GMR. I was even more thrilled to later find I had been chosen as one of this year’s recipients.
The venue for this year’s meeting, the East Peoria Conference Center, was a perfect location to hold a conference. I immediately jumped in Saturday morning by attending a continuing education class entitled, “Planning, Conducting, and Publishing Research” led by instructors Nancy Allee and Jo Dorsch. The class was a great introduction to the world of academic research and publishing and also provided opportunities for networking. Later that day I took part in the Mentor/Mentee program and was introduced to my mentor, Deborah Lauseng, who is the Assistant Director of Academic and Clinical Engagement at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. Deborah and I had a fun time chatting about our interests, and she was kind enough to introduce me to many of her colleagues during the reception and vendor exhibits time that evening. (more…)
By Darra L. Hofman
University of Kentucky
School of Library & Information Science
Professional conferences are rife with opportunities, through papers, posters, and continuing education, to understand the current breakthroughs and best practices in a field, and the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association’s annual meeting was no exception. What is more rare at a conference, however, is the experience of certainty, the sense of having found one’s community, that was my privilege at the meeting.
Conferences, unfortunately, are often cynical affairs, with presenters seeking to pad their CVs and attendees trying to make strategic connections. The Midwest Chapter meeting, on the other hand, was nothing of the sort. Instead, it was a gathering of passionate medical librarians, looking to share insights, welcome newcomers, and encourage one another for the betterment of the field. Nearly every librarian I met offered insight, guidance and mentorship, from my assigned mentor, Kacy Allgood, to the OSF Health librarians manning the registration desk to the folks I broke bread with. The conference’s intangible value was immense; this is a field peopled with passionate, dedicated, welcoming professionals who understand and want to increase their field’s value proposition. (more…)
By Emilie Vrbancic
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I had the great pleasure of participating in the Midwest Chapter Conference in East Peoria this past October which was made possible by the generous award supported by the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. This opportunity has solidified my choice to pursue health sciences librarianship after I complete my studies in May. Although I currently work as a graduate assistant at a health sciences library and am familiar with a great deal of medical library topics and issues, the Midwest Chapter Conference has broadened my horizons to the possibilities and opportunities held within the field of health sciences librarianship. Through networking, poster presentations, and the health information summit, especially, I learned valuable lessons on the varied paths health sciences librarians can take to connect various user populations with health information.
The poster and panel presentations represented a wide range of topics surrounding health sciences librarianship. I learned a great deal in the GMR Technology Forum which, this year, focused on technology in disaster planning and response. Meshing disaster preparedness, librarianship, and community outreach activities is a compelling step towards creating new and improved roles for health sciences librarians which critically engage the community in creating positive change. Kacy Allgood, better known as The Ambulance Librarian, spoke several times during the conference of her role as an embedded librarian as well as her continued efforts to provide evidence based prehospital care, even in the back of an ambulance. As an element of outreach, Allgood spoke of marketing library services to multiple stakeholders in order to maintain library relevancy in an institution as well as in the community. Learning to speak stakeholders’ language, knowing the overarching goals of the various stakeholders, and the overlapping interests of stakeholders are all critical elements when marketing library services as well as providing and connecting outreach services to various community institutions. One of the most important takeaways from the conference was the importance of thinking outside of the box, getting rid of some “sacred cows” and re-thinking the ways librarians function inside and outside the library. (more…)