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Saying Goodbye to a Leader and Friend

ruffinAngela B. Ruffin, Ph.D. is retiring at the end of this month, marking the end of remarkable career.  Angela has been the Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) since the summer of 2000 and is the primary administrator of the contracts awarded to the eight regions of the NN/LM, including the contract to the UIC Library of the Health Sciences which funds the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office and programs.

During her 14-year tenure as the Head of NNO, Angela has been a friend and adviser to the GMR staff, calmly guiding us through the process of implementing our programs and services and making sure that we meet our contractual obligations.  We will miss her greatly.  She has provided strong leadership to the NN/LM during a period of significant change for the role of health information professionals within the health care delivery environment and the health sciences education and research arenas.

Before her appointment as NNO Head, she had 10 years of successful experience in coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. In fact, she spearheaded the first round of 30 Grateful Med outreach projects conducted by hospital libraries nationwide, including six at libraries in the Greater Midwest Region.

Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Please join us in congratulating Angela on her career and her well-deserved retirement!

GMR Announces New Funding Opportunities

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 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

Michael E DeBakey Award Nominations due February 21

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for outstanding service to rural or underserved communities was established by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey and to honor a practicing health sciences librarian who serves such a community. The deadline for nominations is February 21. Please submit nominations by email to Ronica Lu  (ronica.lu at fnlm.org) or via fax to 301.657.1296.

GMR Office Back in Service

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The GMR Office is back in service today. Please let us know how we might be able to assist you!

Alert: GMR Office Closed Today Monday January 6

NN/LM GMR is functioning under emergency conditions due to extreme weather. We expect to reopen Tuesday, January 7 for regular business hours.

Calls to 1-800-338-7657 will be redirected to the NN/LM Pacific Southwest (PSR) office. The PSR will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. central time to answer questions until GMR Services can be restored. Please watch the GMR home page regarding updates to GMR services. Additional information may be obtained via GMRLIST; the GMR Blog, The Cornflower; and our office Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/nnlmgmr.

Stay warm and safe, everyone!

Why Use MedlinePlus Connect? What Key Informants Say

Health care is undergoing a virtual information revolution, fueled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which permits reimbursement incentives for eligible professionals and hospitals that meet criteria for becoming “meaningful users” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The current focus on the Affordable Care Act has taken away some of the thunder from MedlinePlus Connect,  a free service that supports health professionals’ ability to provide health information to their patients. See how MedlinePlus Connect may be valuable to you and your organization.

“Meaningful use” is defined, in part, as using EHRs to improve and demonstrate the quality of care, such as e-prescribing, electronic exchange of health information, and submission of quality measures to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [http://www.himss.org/meaningfuluse?navItemNumber=13303]. CMS has set standards to meaningful use that are to be met in stages. Organizations are currently working on Stage 1 implementation; Stage 2 implementation starts in 2014 [http://www.amednews.com/article/20121022/business/310229969/5/]. Read the rest of this entry »

Season’s Greetings from the GMR 2013

Season's Greetings from the GMR 2013

Midwest Chapter: Sharing time and knowledge

By Merete Christianson
Bismarck, ND

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.

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Midwest Chapter: Connections

Liz Mady
MLIS Student
Kent State University
Columbus, OH

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.

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Midwest Chapter: Truly a community

By Rebecca Freihaut
University of Kentucky
School of Library & Information Science
Louisville, KY

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. Read the rest of this entry »