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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…)

Building Connections in Bismarck

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

By Kris Glodoski Wolf

The theme of the annual Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association (MLA) meeting, Come west and explore!, was particularly apt for me this year as I wrapped up three and a half years of library school just two months before Bismarck. I began library school with very little direction, yet ended with a dedication to understanding consumer health information in the greater context of libraries and the community. Newly graduated and six weeks into a new job – my first with the title, “Librarian” – the conference was perfectly timed as I embarked on a new chapter of my professional journey.

I will be honest and say that I was nervous to go to North Dakota; I was traveling alone and knew no one else attending the conference. While I was prepared to take in as much as I could from the speakers and sessions and learn from experts in the field, I anticipated spending evenings in my hotel room working rather than networking [translation: I was feeling preemptively shy]. Sitting in the Minneapolis terminal waiting to board the second of my two flights to Bismarck, I soon realized that I was surrounded by other traveling librarians and I had two options: 1) sit quietly disengaged with my iPhone and wait for the formal “meet and greet” or 2) say hello to those around me and begin conversations that might continue over the coming days… Thankfully, I chose that latter option. By taking a moment to introduce myself to individuals in the terminal or start a conversation with the person sitting next to me on the plane (who turned out to be another scholarship awardee), I was suddenly no longer alone. By taking a very small risk, I was actively engaged with colleagues before even stepping foot into the conference hotel lobby. (more…)

New Ideas. New People. New Places. New Explorations. New Discoveries.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Lauren Robinson
MSLS Student
University of Kentucky
School of Library and Information Science
Lexington, KY

Attending the Midwest Chapter Meeting was an opportunity to “Come west and explore!” and it did not disappoint! I was able to gather new ideas, meet new people, travel to new places, explore my chosen career, and discover more about myself and future career.

Thanks to this conference I have obtained a better understanding of all the facets involved in medical librarianship. I had the opportunity to meet outreach, hospital, academic, and consumer health librarians. I attended the keynote speakers, campfire discussion on resume/CV building, poster presentations, and paper discussions. I was able to renew relationships as well as engage with new acquaintances. Don Jason, whom I met last year at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) while completing a spring break internship, presented a paper at a discussion session which I found extremely interesting. I work on outreach ventures as the Marketing and Extension Graduate Assistant for the Agricultural Library on the University of Kentucky’s campus. It was interesting to learn that issues facing outreach librarians are universal. During this paper session, I was also able to listen to how a neighboring library system, the University of Louisville, is partnering with local hospitals to provide health library services. (more…)

Librarians Unite!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

By Melvine Reierson

What a wonderful feeling it was to walk into a room filled with people who shared similar thoughts, ideas, and interests in librarianship. I could not help but think of a quote I read somewhere that says, “I’m a librarian, what’s your superpower!” It was truly a great feeling to be surrounded by an elite group of people.

What an honor it was to get to meet and visit with Betsy Humphreys, the Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2013, because of the work of our college president, Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, we were privileged to have Dr. Donald Lindberg, the Director of the National Library of Medicine, stop by to tour the Valerie Merrick Memorial Library and Cankdeska Cikana Community College here in Fort Totten, North Dakota. Our computer lab room was named and dedicated in Dr. Lindberg’s honor for his dedication and continuous support towards the development of providing community health and wellness to Spirit Lake Tribe. Meeting Betsy Humphreys, who works alongside Dr. Lindberg, was a pleasure and an honor. I would have to agree with Sally Gore when she stated that Betsy was like that of a rock star in librarians. (more…)

The Exploration of My Future

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Rachael Lebo

The Midwest Chapter MLA – 2014 Conference in Bismarck, ND was a fantastic experience. As a student, I have a general understanding of the profession in which I want to enter. As a student who attended this conference I have been energized in the possibilities of my future in this profession! Betsy Humphreys, Sally Gore, and Dr. Mark Graber all touched on a similar topic. They all spoke about how you (as an institution or as a single being) can make an impact that will change things on a larger scale. I saw this first hand at this conference.

The speakers, vendors, paper and poster presenters, and everyone else were there as professionals, but I got the chance to meet them as individuals. I was set up with a mentor, Jacqueline Leskovec, who is the Outreach, Planning & Evaluation Coordinator at NN/LM GMR and she was a wonderful mentor! We discussed a variety of topics and she answered all of my questions, and introduced me to so many others who were in attendance. I could see a sense of passion for the profession when Jacqueline spoke. I saw this passion in everyone with whom I met. This conference gave me a glimpse into the different paths of a health science librarian: research, consumer health, hospital, academic, government, outreach, etc. Thanks to this conference I have a better understanding of the amount of resources available and how this field is constantly evolving alongside medicine and technology. (more…)

Getting Your Ducks in a Row for Funding Opps

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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…)

Sharing Medline Plus Resources with Nutrition Educators

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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!

Native Voices in Southern Illinois

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

By Fran E. Kovach MLIS AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

NativeAmericansSpeak 007Southern 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.WPP2014

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.

NativeAmericansSpeak 002Native 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.

Out and About in Peoria

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

by Carmen Howard
Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria

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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!