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Updated MedlinePlus Connect Documentation

Monday, November 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect recently updated the documentation for its users. Revised pages are the overview, technical information and the users page. New pages include How MedlinePlus Connect Works and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). With these pages, commonly asked questions are answered, and a few new graphics are added.

If you experience problems with ICD-10-CM queries to MedlinePlus Connect, please check that your query is correct and includes this string: mainSearchCriteria.v.cs=2.16.840.1.113883.6.90

Report from Midwest Chapter: Technology Forum 2015

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

First, a huge thank you to our panelists, Ann Farrell, Stevo Roksandic, and Billie Ann Gebb.  They graciously shared their experiences with Technology Improvement Awards, especially highlighting some of their “things I wish I’d known beforehand” reflections.

The good news is we were able to record the session, and it is now available at:

The bad news is the powerpoint did not show up in the recording, so it is available here as a download: 2015 Tech Forum.  Since the important information is in the recording, however, feel free to skip the download, and just listen to the recording!

A few of the highlights from the session include:

  • Problems encountered with an institution’s IT support or IT purchasing procedures, especially with Apple products
  • The recommendation to give short, informative answers to the questions on the application
  • The feedback process, which may involve refining the application, is very helpful
  • Understanding the evaluation and reporting requirements help with writing the proposal

One excellent suggestion (from Ann Farrell) was for the GMR to include information on the CFA about the potential pitfalls of working within the requirements of one’s institutional IT department, especially when purchasing equipment.  We will be working on sharing helpful tips about common pitfalls in the process; in the meantime, please listen to the recording of this year’s Technology Forum.

Another important question that came up was about the timing of the awards.  Since this is the last year of our contract, we cannot offer any predictions about the future.  Beth Layton, however, had excellent advice for being ready to take advantage of CFA’s:  Keep a “wish” list of potential projects you could implement if there were funding.  Funding opportunities come from many sources, sometimes from within your own institution.  Having projects (more or less) ready to act on when a funding opportunity comes up reduces the time needed to prepare a proposal.

Thanks to all who showed up and participated (it was a large audience, probably over 50).  We appreciate all of the feedback we received!

What is Technology Improvement?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The GMR sent out a call for Technology Improvement Award applications last week. To support network members in applying for these awards, we developed a mini-series of events.  The first was part of the GMR Tech Talks series, with the recent session held Friday, September 11.  Guest speaker Rachel Sindelar explained how she developed the idea for her library’s Technology Improvement Award, Interdisciplinary Point-of-care Patient Health Education Initiative, and how she leveraged partnerships within the hospital to ensure success.  The recording is available and highly recommended!  See the Tech Talks page on the GMR website for details.

The next event will be at the Midwest Chapter meeting, where the Tech Forum will feature a discussion of the ins and outs of applying for and administering Technology Improvement Awards.  Ann Ferrell, Billie Anne Gebb, and Stevo Roksandic, who have all recently been through the process, will discuss their experiences.  We will also discuss ways to make the process smoother, from application to reporting.  Participation in this session is highly recommended as well!

Technology is always changing and can always be improved.  Think about how you can improve your library’s use of technology and perhaps use technology to increase your library’s visibility in your institution.  Remember: What constitutes Improvement depends on where you currently are!

We have a New Website!  Please update your bookmarks!

Monday, May 11th, 2015

We are now almost two weeks into our new Drupalized web site, and we have received some nice compliments about the new cleaner look (thanks!).  On our end, we have been noticing (and fixing) some of the quirks.  One of those comes from our web stats, indicating that around 1/3 of our visitors end up at our old, legacy site.  Because almost all of the URLs have changed to be cleaner, more intuitive paths, old URLs that were bookmarked do not always go to the new site.  For example,
is now

is now

Yes, the old site is still around, for now, since there are a few pages that still have yet to be transitioned.  But information on the old site is no longer being updated.  Eventually, all old URLs should redirect to the new site.  In the meantime, please check and update your bookmarks for pages on our site.  And please keep the feedback coming!

Technology Improvement Award Improves Patient Care

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Rachel Sindelar
Health Sciences Librarian
Broadlawns Medical Center Library, Des Moines, IA

I manage the library at a county medical center serving 70% or more low income patients, many with low literacy levels and do not speak English. Wait times for overextended hospital translators is a challenge and so is the lack of mobile technology, plus many hospital rooms do not have computers. The hospital’s Clinical Educator had recognized a disconnect between a patient’s bedside need and access to quality health education materials appropriate for patient reading abilities and native language so I was determined to help. I began promoting library subscription and free foreign language and low literacy level patient education materials to the clinical staff. My efforts were bolstered when our institution became a lucky recipient of a 2014/2015 GMR Technology Improvement Award. (more…)

NLM Tools for EHR Certification and Meaningful Use

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine provides free access to vocabulary standards, applications, and related tools that can be used to meet US EHR certification criteria and to achieve Meaningful Use of EHRs? Resources either created by or supported by NLM can be used for providing patient-specific education materials, e-prescribing, and creating, exchanging, and interpreting standardized lists of problems, medications, and test results. Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), RxNorm, SNOMED CT® – Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terminology®, and
LOINC® – Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes are all linked from the URL:

GMR Announces New Funding Opportunities

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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: first deadline for application for most awards is March 14, 2014, for projects beginning May 1, 2014.

Here is a preview:

Community College Library AwardNEW – (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 AwardNEW – (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

Summer Fun, ding!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Although Chicago has been experiencing rather autumnal-like weather these last few weeks, the calendar confirms that it is officially meteorological summer. And in summer, we know that one of the first thoughts on Network minds is summer fun-ding!

Before you jump to the conclusion that this post is about some airline announcing discounted fares, take a look at the opportunities that sprouted up on the GMR’s Current Funding Opportunities page,, where we have information about current award-level funding. The Submission Deadline for these awards is Thursday, July 3, 11, 2013*. Announced are Community Preparedness Awards (Up to $2,000); Outreach Express Awards (Up to $4,500); Planning and Assessment Awards (Up to $2,500); and Technology Improvement Awards (Up to $4,500). Take a look at each award CFA for specifics on the award.

If you have any questions about these awards or any other GMR resources or services, send an email to GMR4U (at) or your GMR State Contact, Call us toll-free within Region at 1-800-338-7657, press one (1) for your RML.

*NB: The Submission Deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 11, 2013


NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps:

GMR will Sponsor Sites for March 13th MLA Educational Webcast

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track to be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT.

Visit: for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

The GMR will cover the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this webcast. Because of the limited number of sites we can sponsor, we encourage you to work with your state and local librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees.

The deadline to email/fax your registration and email supporting information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, February 15, 2013.  Note: Michigan librarians will send their applications to Barbara Platts.

Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions.
For more information on this webcast, visit: