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Student Outreach Award CFA for 2015

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Did you the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association annual conference over the past two years? Then maybe you met one of the several graduate library school students who received GMR funding to attend the Chapter Meeting. Or maybe you were one of the recipients of the GMR’s Library Student Outreach Award. Once again the GMR is offering the opportunity for eligible students (or recent graduates) to receive funding to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the Greater Midwest Region.

Who can apply for the $1,000 stipend to attend this year’s meeting in Louisville, KY? The following Greater Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) students are eligible for the Student Outreach Award:

  • Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Science (GSLIS) located in the GMR; or currently residing in the GMR and attending a GSLIS program outside the Region
  • Recent (2015) graduates meeting the above criteria of attendance or residence
  • Current undergraduate students from tribal colleges located within the GMR who have an expressed interest in pursuing health sciences librarianship and health information outreach
  • GMR tribal college library staff who would like to learn more about health sciences librarianship as a career option

Application deadline for this award is June 19, 2015. If you have questions regarding this award, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator.  And if you want to see what the student awardees had to say about their experiences, see their blog posts, linked from the GMR website: Library Student Outreach Award Recipients.

Please note: Previous NN/LM GMR Library Student Outreach Award recipients are ineligible to apply.

Mapping an Outreach Project: Online Training Opportunity

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information, End with a Plan

Cindy Olney, PhD, of the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center will present 4 1-hr online sessions with the potential for up to 8 CEs. This 4-session webinar series is designed for anyone who wants to garner support, financial or otherwise, for a new project or service. You will learn how assessment and evaluation are effective tools for project planning and proposal writing. Community assessment allows you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project. It also helps you build relationships with potential partners. Adding evaluation methods to your program plan helps you “begin with the end in mind,” making desired results the centerpiece of your project proposal. While special attention will be given to applications for NN/LM GMR awards and subcontracts, the information is relevant to many types of project proposals.

After completing this series, participants will be able to do the following:

•How people adopt new ideas. Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project. (Part 1)
•Meeting the Community through Community Assessment. Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project. (Part 2)
•Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs. Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results. (Part 3)
•Adding Evaluation to Your Plan and Next Steps: Proposal Writing. Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal. (Part 4)


Veterans Week Generations

Monday, December 1st, 2014

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Veterans Week this year was better than ever. In addition to the extended (3-day) Marine Birthday Run and the ceremonial flag raising, there was the Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game held at Crisler Center, full of military pomp and circumstance. On hand were an Army band, an honorary marshall, the UM Dance Team and Cheerleaders and a full array of wonderful athletes–both wheelchair users and others–as well an enthusiastic crowd. For the first time, Coach Beilein and a number of the UM basketball team players attended and played a part in inspiring the wheelchair players in the event as well. (more…)

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…)