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Applying Appreciative Inquiry to My Project

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

At the January 2016 GMR Outreach Librarians Webinar, I spoke about the NExT (project (phnext.uic.edu) that is being done by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Western Illinois University with the support of the GMR.  As many of you already know since I’ve written about NExT for The Cornflower before, it is a huge and frequently overwhelming project.  We’ve assembled a large, geographically-dispersed, interdisciplinary team, and we have managed to accomplish quite a lot of pretty great things for public health professionals.  But honestly, it is a lot of work too.  It seems that there is always one more thing that we really ought to do or a small adjustment that would just make the project even better.  So when I was asked to participate in an Appreciative Inquiry exercise as part of the webinar, I’ll admit that that was the first thing that ran through my mind – “ok here is one more thing to add to the to-do list”.

However, I’m happy to say that I actually got far more out of the experience than I put into it.  If you attended the webinar, you have already heard Cindy Olney’s great presentation on Appreciative Inquiry, or AI.  If you could not attend, AI is an easy exercise that focuses on three questions.  Here is what Cindy asked me:  Read the rest of this entry »

Events & Resources of Note. 3/1/16

Includes events on precision medicine (from IOM) and lead and the public health (APHA). Highlights news and resources about journals, what librarians can do, a behavioral health resources and an index on child well-being. Read the rest of this entry »

Public Access Policy and Implementation Resources

The following resources were suggested by SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Read the rest of this entry »

Events & Resources of Note 2/23/16

The focus of this post is on fair use.

Other news…IOM is holding a workshop on health literacy and precision medicine. NPR covers the high cost of journals. SAMSHA provides data about mental health and substance abuse issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Do It Again: Great Lakes Science Boot Camp!

There is a growing national trend to provide librarians with the tools they need in a science and data based environment.  Last year the GMR was pleased to be one of the sponsors of the first Great Lakes Science Boot Camp at Wayne State University.  The University of Notre Dame has picked up the baton and will be hosting the 2016 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp in July.  If you do FaceBook, keep up to date with the Science Boot Camp page.  From the site:

Please save the date (July 13 – 15, 2016) for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians and Library Students! This immersive 2 ½ day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to faculty and graduate students.

 

Upcoming Educational Sessions

Do you need to learn more about data sciences or library instruction?

A blog post from the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, Data Sciences Learning: Online and In-Person Opportunities, lists of upcoming sessions as well as other opportunities.

There are interesting upcoming webinars on instruction and education. Read the rest of this entry »

Immigrants and Internet Cafes

Why do some immigrants use internet cafes to access the internet? A recent article entitled “The Internet Cafe is Alive in Queens” explains the reasons behind this and explains why immigrants choose these cafes over libraries.

Zika in the news and useful links

In the news

Useful links Read the rest of this entry »

Blogging to Be Read: Who better than the OERC

Do you blog? Do you read blogs? Should you blog for your institution? Do you wish your blog had more readers? Do you want to know why others blog and how they know if their blogs are read? Take a look at two recent posts from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, An OERC Resolution Realized (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/01/an-oerc-resolution-realized/) and The OERC Blog – Moving Forward (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/08/blog-moving-forward/). Cindy Olney PhD, Acting Assistant Director of the OERC, describes data that she and Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, have collected and analyzed in order to update the OERC’s online communications plan going forward.

Changes and more changes at the GMR web site

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The good news is all the useful stuff is still there, now easier to find!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has been finishing its web site migration to the Drupal platform over the past year.  The GMR site (part of the NNLM.gov domain) was migrated at the end of April, 2015.  Since then we have gradually been tweaking it to replace functionality that was lost in the migration and to make our site easier and more intuitive to use.  You may have noticed some of the bigger changes, such as the new Materials Order Form (https://nnlm.gov/gmr/outreach/exhibiting/materials-order-form) and the slide show on the front page.  We have also been doing some consolidation, shifting, and renaming.  So, for example, if you’re looking for materials for library advocacy, you’ll find them now under Member Services/Library Advocacy instead of Member Services/Promoting Your Library.  We’ve also been experimenting with the menus, adding popup tool tips on some for clarity.

One of the biggest changes this year has been in the Training and Education section of our site.  Lake Effects and Tech Talks now reside under the GMR Offerings, which replaced “GMR Classes” and has been reorganized with a more task oriented focus.  Along the same lines, the Educational Resources page has been reorganized and renamed Guides and Tutorials. Take a spin around the evolving site!  We hope you like the changes.

As always, feel free to send us feedback, through the site’s feedback form (https://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/feedback/feedback-form) or via email (gmrtech@uic.edu).