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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

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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 ( and The OERC 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



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 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 ( 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 ( or via email (

NN/LM GMR Director’s Post, January 2016

Elegy and Exit Strategy

Health Science librarians set a high bar for continual improvement in our information practice. We celebrate innovation; we promote change; we monitor our environments; we enhance, fine tune and refine our services; we set and achieve our goals all day, every day. Whether we work in hospitals or universities, we value our contributions and nurture the values that give purpose and meaning to our service on behalf of education, clinical care, discovery, and progress in overcoming disease.

Why are we so dedicated to our mission? The reason is that our efforts are important; even institutional improvements or an individual’s ability to manage wellness or recovery in a more knowledgeable way are significant outcomes. Our efforts to inform, provide access, and educate are meaningful, both to the individuals we empower and the milieu in which they exist. What we do is worth it.

Sometimes change happens, whether we engineer it or not. At my institution, the medical school is reorganizing its regional programs, which directly affects our regional library services to the same communities. The launch of a new medical school in the state changed the formula, the environment, and the delivery of medical education, and by extension, our delivery of health sciences library services. Read the rest of this entry »

GMR Tech Talk Summary: Emerging Technology in Libraries

Last Friday, January 29, we had the first GMR Tech Talk of 2016, with presentations from three guest speakers, each charged with sharing two of their favorite new or emerging technologies. The recording, here, is also linked from the GMR Tech Talks page. MLA CE credit will be available until February 28.

Our first guest speaker, Trisha Adamus, focused on ORCID, the open source PID (Person IDentifier), and ImpactStory, a tool for exploring and sharing the impact of research. Although ImpactStory is open source, it has begun charging for membership. But Trisha offered some encouraging tips for access and use. ORCID, on the other hand, is well supported by an independent non-profit member organization, and already has successful international integration. Because it is non-proprietary, there are no issues with data availability.

Peter Murray introduced us to the world of iBeacons, part of the communication technology that mobile apps use to offer users more personalized experiences. After showing us the great side of iBeacons, Peter delved into the privacy issues related to this Bluetooth technology. Peter also spoke about the Digital Public Library of America, and the unexpected new ways it is changing the way libraries connect their content.

Our final speaker, Jenny Emmanuel Taylor, showed us RefMe and ManuscriptsApp.  RefMe is a citation management app, for Apple and Android devices, that uses of the phone’s camera to scan books to gather citation data. ManuscriptsApp is a new app available for Macintosh computers that automatically formats your manuscript for the scholarly journal you select.

We want to thank our guest speakers, Trisha Adamus, Peter Murray, and Jenny Emmanuel Taylor for their great presentations and for taking the time to share their knowledge of emerging technologies in the library world. If you didn’t have a chance to join us, be sure to watch the recorded video!