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Midwest Chapter Reflection: Disruptive

By Natalie Reynolds
MLIS Student
St. Catherine University
St. Paul, MN

Disruptive. Usually this word brings negative connotations and assumptions. At the Midwest Chapter Meeting, however, it was repeatedly used in in the context of disruptive innovations. Wikipedia defines a disruptive innovation as an act that “improve[s] a product or service in ways that the market does not expect.” Librarians, in the spirit of helping that is so integral to our profession, have turned disruption into a positive force. For example, Melinda Orebaugh and her team at Gundersen Health System are implementing an interactive patient care system that requires patients to participate in their own health care. The four pillars of this disruptive program advocate for thoughtful and careful participation by educating, empowering, entertaining, and engaging the patient. The team had the foresight to develop separate interfaces according to age group, allowing for seamless integration.

The word was used again by Michelle Kraft when describing the role of technology in libraries. She pointed out that technology has brought changes to libraries, and those changes are here to stay. Innovations such as computers, e-books, and mobile devices have disrupted traditional workflows in libraries; therefore, traditional aspects of libraries (like catalogers!) may no longer be necessary. As information innovators, librarians should use these disruptive technologies as opportunities to re-think traditional practices and allow for new ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

New Exhibit Documents HIV/AIDS Crisis

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences invites visitors to view the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture from October 7 through November 16, 2013. The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the building and may be viewed during open hours. The library is located at 1750 W Polk, Chicago, IL 60612.

Professor Jennifer Brier, curator of the exhibit and a member of the faculties of the UIC Gender and Women’s’ Studies and History Departments will speak about the social and political history of the HIV/AIDS crisis on Monday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the reading room of the Library of Health Sciences Special Collections Department (Room 320).

An online version of the exhibit which includes numerous images and links to educational resources is available: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/survivingandthriving/.

Please RSVP to Kevin O’Brien to attend the October 21 event: kevinm@uic.edu

Call for Participation, MLA ’14 “Building Our Information Future”, May 16-21, 2014, Chicago

Be inspired to think how you can be an architect of a health information landscape that responds to the challenges of growth and an ever-evolving environment. How will you design your blueprint for the information future? What tools will you need? What skills will be required? How will you know if what you construct is useful? The Medical Library Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting will offer you an opportunity to plan and style an information future that reflects expanding roles to reach new heights. The 2014 National Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or poster that reflects on the best ideas for the future of information practices in health sciences librarianship. To begin, review the instructions in the paper/poster FAQ at: http://mlanet.org/am/am2014/sect_prog/index.html and then log in to the online submission process. Abstracts are due November 1, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

GMR Announces LIS Outreach Awardees

The GMR is pleased to announce the nine awardees of the Library Student Outreach Award. They will attend the 2013 Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association Annual Meeting to be held in East Peoria, IL, October 5-7, 2013. Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Sciences located in the Greater Midwest Region or who reside in the GMR were eligible to apply.

Students will attend the conference for at least two days and partake as much of the program as possible. They will be in attendance at the Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet and help to staff the GMR exhibit booth. Be sure to help us welcome these future librarians.

Here is the list of awardees:

Merete Christianson (ND)
Rebecca Freihaut (KY)
Diane Giebink-Skoglind (WI)
Lauren Goode (KY)
Darra Hofman (KY)
Elizabeth Mady (OH)
Allyson Mackay (MI)
Natalie Reynolds (MN)
Emilie Vrbancic (IL)

The Real Treasure Was in Connecting with our Community

By Carmen Howard
Visiting Asst. Regional Librarian
UIC Library of the Health Sciences at Peoria

Treasure HuntersA few months ago, I reported that The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria was participating in the Peoria Academy of the Sciences Treasure Hunt for 1st through 8th grade students. We were excited to be partnering with the College of Medicine as one of the 21 sites for the treasure hunt and the only health sciences site. I promised to provide an update at the end of the summer and unbelievably that time has already arrived!

We were pleased to have nearly 100 people from the Peoria area visit us at the library. We enjoyed meeting the families and especially the kids. Although most of our visitors came in small family groups, one of the highlights of the summer was a large group visit from day campers at the South Side Mission. These middle school students enjoyed answering the treasure hunt questions about the circulatory system and going on a library tour. The human skeleton was a big hit! Several of our medical students took the time to share information about healthy eating and play their version of Jeopardy! with the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has posted a Request for Proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course.  For more information, please see Professional Services in Support of NLM’s Outreach & Training Efforts in Biomedical Informatics, Solicitation Number: NIHLM2013877. Response Date: Oct 09, 2013 1:00 pm Eastern.

MLA Webinar Site Sponsorships

NOTE: the upcoming webinar is the first in a series of five of the Fall 2013 MLA Webinar Series.

The GMR is offering to sponsor webinar sites. However, the GMR is only able to fund  two webinars per state for the entire Webinar Series. Please use the following Survey link to identify the events for which your institution will be requesting funding: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mlawebinar

Upcoming Webinar: Making Your Library Promotion Pop! Practical Design Principles and Tools for the Non-Designer
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT (plus course work)
URL: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/design/

For detailed information on how to become a sponsored site, visit:
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast/

SHORT TURN AROUND TIME: The deadline to submit your registration and supplemental information to the GMR is NOON, Monday, September 16, 2013. Announcements will be made to all applicants on Tuesday, September 17th. Read the rest of this entry »

Student Funding to Attend Midwest Chapter in Peoria

The GMR is announcing a Library Student Outreach Award to cover up to $1,000 in expenses related to attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in East Peoria IL on October 5-7, 2013. Students currently enrolled in one of the graduate programs in library or information sciences located in the Greater Midwest Region or enrolled in a program and who reside in the GMR are eligible. The purpose of the award is to introduce library school students to library outreach concepts specifically and health sciences librarianship in general. We plan to fund 5 awards.

Please share this information as quickly as possible with any library school students you know who might want to attend the Midwest Chapter meeting in October. The deadline is September 6, 2013.

Go to: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/special/lis.html

2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter-Register Now

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois invite you to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association, October 4 through October 8, 2013 in East Peoria, IL. Registration is available online at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/registration/. The early bird deadline is September 1, so register now to receive the lower rate.

Our theme for this year is Navigating a River of Information, and we hope you all are able to bring aboard new ideas to safely steer through the rough waters of our changing library environments and the shifting currents of changing technology. Through networking, discussion, and sharing ideas we can all work together to keep information flowing through our libraries and to our users. Read the rest of this entry »

The ACA Count Down

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Health Information Marketplace, formerly referred to as the “Health Insurance Exchange”, begins October 1, 2013. But did you know that you and your patrons can start collecting information now? According to the HealthCare.gov Marketplace Application Checklist, the following items will be needed for those planning to apply for coverage:

  • Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  • Employee and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2
    forms—Wage and Tax Statements)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering
    members of your household
  • A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for.

You can see the checklist as well as the complete Employer Coverage online at the following URL: https://www.healthcare.gov/downloads/MarketplaceApp_Checklist_Generic.pdf

To find out more about the Marketplace, see https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/. Librarians and other professionals can find marketplace outreach information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) site: http://marketplace.cms.gov/