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Report from Midwest Chapter: Technology Forum 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!

Taubman Shines in Outreach

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Informationist–Disability Issues and Outreach
Taubman Health Sciences Library

The University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library had excellent representation at the Health Professions Education Day held in the Rogel Ballroom of the Michigan Union on the morning of September 16, 2015. In addition to a number of accepted posters by our informationists, the Library (represented by Jingyi Wang, our previous student who is now a School of Public Health graduate, and myself) staffed a table demonstrating activities that Taubman presents for GMR Outreach in collaboration with other University of Michigan units: (Give Kids a Smile, Asian-American Health Fair, Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Diabetes Conference, etc).

Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis was an outstanding keynote speaker on “Patient Care and Professionalism.” reminding the audience of physicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, kinesiologists, all their students, and other professionals (not health care “providers”–a term she objects to) that the primary focus of their attention should be the patient. She also pointed out that medical care is being adversely affected by marketing and pharmaceutical big business, as well as concomitant legal ramifications. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cool Time in Louisville for Midwest Chapter 2015

Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Heath Sciences Library
University of Louisville

This time tomorrow many of you will be arriving in the city of Louisville for the 2015 MWMLA Meeting. This is just a reminder as you’re packing for your trip, it looks like a cool and rainy weekend is in store for us so please keep that in mind.  We look forward to seeing you, have a safe trip!


Counting Down to Midwest Chapter MLA Louisville!

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville

We are just a few days away from the 2015 MWMLA Conference in Louisville, KY. Are you ready? Here are a few things you may want to check off your to-do list before Friday.

  • Double check your conference registration
  • Have you made transportation arrangements?
  • Have you made hotel reservations?
  • Do you still need a roommate?

Here are a few tips to remember about Louisville.

We are in early fall, our lows are about 50 degrees with the high usually in the low 80s
The Galt House is in downtown Louisville, and there is a lot of bridge construction-related traffic in the area. Visit this page to help you navigate the area: http://midwest
Looking for something to do or somewhere to eat near the Galt House? Follow this link for more information

Finally, we want to thank all those who responded to the call for live bloggers. Want to keep up with the conference on social media? Use the hashtag #MidwestMLA15 on Facebook and Twitter!

See you soon!

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned
and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive
collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert
information specialists and librarians.
Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The
website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop
computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user
feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new
AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related
information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website
are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:

What is Technology Improvement?

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!

Midwest Chapter Call for Bloggers and Photographers

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville

We’re less than a month away from the Midwest MLA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky! Lots of folks have taken advantage of early bird registration and will be heading down to our chapter’s southernmost state. Please join us and consider sharing the sights, sounds and events of the Louisville conference through a blog or photo stream.

This is our call for Bloggers and Photographers

  • 3 AHIP points available for completing 3 short blog posts about the conference.
  • 1-3 AHIP points also available for photography (Dependent on quality and quantity—25 photos minimum).
  • No experience necessary!
  • Great way to network.

See examples from past conferences:

Please contact Vida Vaughn at if you are interested or would like further information. We look forward to seeing you and your blog/photo contributions at the Midwest MLA Conference 2014!”

Still haven’t registered for the conference yet? Curious about what there is to do in the city? Take a few minutes and watch this short video, all you need to know about Louisville in 4 minutes or less!

There’s more room at the Midwest Chapter inn!

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville

Hurry, this offer won’t last long! Five more rooms have been added to our sold-out block of rooms reserved at the Galt House Hotel for the 2015 meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. So if you are still in need of a room, make your reservation NOW:

Sharing WISER/CHEMM and REMM through Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Funding

By Lori Harding
Coordinator Library Services
Elkhart General Hospital Library
Beacon Health System

The Elkhart General Hospital (EGH) Medical Library, EGH Emergency Preparedness Committee, EGH Education Committee, and the Elkhart Fire Department collaborated to assess the knowledge and use of technology to access disaster management information resources. A single educational session was offered multiple times for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, first responders and other health care personnel in order to improve awareness. Over 400 participants received the training.

NLM awarded the EGH project $29,660 to improve access to these resources through the purchase of hardware and software for the hospital and fire department. Initially used for training, this equipment remains in use at the fire department mounted in the command and in fire trucks for ongoing runs, in the EGH Emergency Department (ED), Library, Pharmacy, Information Systems Department and as part of the Emergency Preparedness charging laptop/iPad cart. The cart will be housed in the ED with the other Emergency Preparedness resources, available to be wheeled outside for hazmat events, command center support, or to set up overflow areas such as the auditoriums. Read the rest of this entry »

Midwest Chapter 2015 Early Bird Rate Extended

By Tiffney A. Gipson, MHA
Clinical Library Intern, Outreach Coordinator
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville


Good news! The early bird registration fee for the 2015 MW/MLA Conference has been extended until midnight, September 8. If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time to get the discounted rate of $275 for Midwest Chapter of Kentucky Medical Library Association members. Visit: to register today!

Louisville is a great city with lots of fun activities and local restaurants, most within walking distance of the Galt House Hotel. Visit to learn more about some of the exciting things to do in Louisville.