By Kris Glodoski Wolf
The theme of the annual Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association (MLA) meeting, Come west and explore!, was particularly apt for me this year as I wrapped up three and a half years of library school just two months before Bismarck. I began library school with very little direction, yet ended with a dedication to understanding consumer health information in the greater context of libraries and the community. Newly graduated and six weeks into a new job – my first with the title, “Librarian” – the conference was perfectly timed as I embarked on a new chapter of my professional journey.
I will be honest and say that I was nervous to go to North Dakota; I was traveling alone and knew no one else attending the conference. While I was prepared to take in as much as I could from the speakers and sessions and learn from experts in the field, I anticipated spending evenings in my hotel room working rather than networking [translation: I was feeling preemptively shy]. Sitting in the Minneapolis terminal waiting to board the second of my two flights to Bismarck, I soon realized that I was surrounded by other traveling librarians and I had two options: 1) sit quietly disengaged with my iPhone and wait for the formal “meet and greet” or 2) say hello to those around me and begin conversations that might continue over the coming days… Thankfully, I chose that latter option. By taking a moment to introduce myself to individuals in the terminal or start a conversation with the person sitting next to me on the plane (who turned out to be another scholarship awardee), I was suddenly no longer alone. By taking a very small risk, I was actively engaged with colleagues before even stepping foot into the conference hotel lobby. Read the rest of this entry »
University of Kentucky
School of Library and Information Science
Attending the Midwest Chapter Meeting was an opportunity to “Come west and explore!” and it did not disappoint! I was able to gather new ideas, meet new people, travel to new places, explore my chosen career, and discover more about myself and future career.
Thanks to this conference I have obtained a better understanding of all the facets involved in medical librarianship. I had the opportunity to meet outreach, hospital, academic, and consumer health librarians. I attended the keynote speakers, campfire discussion on resume/CV building, poster presentations, and paper discussions. I was able to renew relationships as well as engage with new acquaintances. Don Jason, whom I met last year at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) while completing a spring break internship, presented a paper at a discussion session which I found extremely interesting. I work on outreach ventures as the Marketing and Extension Graduate Assistant for the Agricultural Library on the University of Kentucky’s campus. It was interesting to learn that issues facing outreach librarians are universal. During this paper session, I was also able to listen to how a neighboring library system, the University of Louisville, is partnering with local hospitals to provide health library services. Read the rest of this entry »
By Melvine Reierson
What a wonderful feeling it was to walk into a room filled with people who shared similar thoughts, ideas, and interests in librarianship. I could not help but think of a quote I read somewhere that says, “I’m a librarian, what’s your superpower!” It was truly a great feeling to be surrounded by an elite group of people.
What an honor it was to get to meet and visit with Betsy Humphreys, the Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2013, because of the work of our college president, Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, we were privileged to have Dr. Donald Lindberg, the Director of the National Library of Medicine, stop by to tour the Valerie Merrick Memorial Library and Cankdeska Cikana Community College here in Fort Totten, North Dakota. Our computer lab room was named and dedicated in Dr. Lindberg’s honor for his dedication and continuous support towards the development of providing community health and wellness to Spirit Lake Tribe. Meeting Betsy Humphreys, who works alongside Dr. Lindberg, was a pleasure and an honor. I would have to agree with Sally Gore when she stated that Betsy was like that of a rock star in librarians. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rachael Lebo
The Midwest Chapter MLA – 2014 Conference in Bismarck, ND was a fantastic experience. As a student, I have a general understanding of the profession in which I want to enter. As a student who attended this conference I have been energized in the possibilities of my future in this profession! Betsy Humphreys, Sally Gore, and Dr. Mark Graber all touched on a similar topic. They all spoke about how you (as an institution or as a single being) can make an impact that will change things on a larger scale. I saw this first hand at this conference.
The speakers, vendors, paper and poster presenters, and everyone else were there as professionals, but I got the chance to meet them as individuals. I was set up with a mentor, Jacqueline Leskovec, who is the Outreach, Planning & Evaluation Coordinator at NN/LM GMR and she was a wonderful mentor! We discussed a variety of topics and she answered all of my questions, and introduced me to so many others who were in attendance. I could see a sense of passion for the profession when Jacqueline spoke. I saw this passion in everyone with whom I met. This conference gave me a glimpse into the different paths of a health science librarian: research, consumer health, hospital, academic, government, outreach, etc. Thanks to this conference I have a better understanding of the amount of resources available and how this field is constantly evolving alongside medicine and technology. Read the rest of this entry »
By Deborah Rhue
OSF St. Francis
The annual conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) will take place November 13-14, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Illinois (http://hsli.org/conference/index.shtml). The theme of this year’s conference is Communicate/Advocate.
This year’s featured keynote speaker is Mary Ellen Bates. Mary is the author of seven books and numerous articles on the information industry. She has a MLS from the University of California Berkley and has worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her own information services business in Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »
Applications are now being accepted! Host a webinar and become a GMR sponsored site for the MLA Fall Webinar Series.
For detailed information on how to become a sponsored site, visit:
Please Register your interest on our MLA Webinar Survey. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you been thinking about a project that you would like to implement at your library or other health information center and would funding to do so? If you have never applied for a grant, a subcontract, or an award, starting off with an application to the GMR may be just the ticket, and now’s the time to start getting your funding ducks in a row. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 30th, 2014 by Cindy Olney: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2014/08/30/new-oerc-webinar-eval-2-0/
The OERC debuted a brand new webinar for the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region’s monthly Lake Effects webinar series on August 21. The new webinar, Evaluation 2.0: Trends, New Ideas, Cool Tools, presents emerging trends in evaluation practice that emphasize stakeholder interaction and social engagement. It also covers popular tools and methods that allow you to draw others into the evaluation process and raise the visibility of your program or services. The NN/LM GMR makes recordings of Lake Effects presentations publicly available, so click here to listened to the Eval 2.0 webinar.
If you are interested in attending a live presentation of this webinar, please contact the OERC or your National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. Descriptions of other OERC webinars that can be offered upon request are listed here.
I’ve begun my orientation to RML life and the details of overseeing the programs of the Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM. What strikes me the most is the talent of librarians in the region, and the passion they bring to ensuring that consumers, health care providers, students in health care and researchers have the information they need.
BusinessDictionary.com defines communication as a “two-way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning.” The focus of the GMR Office for this contract year will be reaching a mutual understanding of network members’ needs, strengths and opportunities in light of the changing landscape of our world—changes in health care, academia, roles of librarians and libraries, and technology. We also need to understand the health information needs of the residents of the states in the Greater Midwest Region.
Listening is an important aspect of communication. Since a large part of my job is to listen and learn about network members’ environments, concerns, and successes, I’ll be attending the upcoming MLA Midwest Chapter meeting to meet people. On a similar note, I want to thank all of the people in the GMR Office for the warm welcome. Colleagues that I know and those I have yet to meet have reached out to me; I look forward to listening to you all.
Enjoy your summer.
You can reach Beth via email at: email@example.com.
By Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University
An exhibit award allowed me to promote MedlinePlus resources to nutrition educators attending the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. Six hundred nutrition educators including registered dietitian nutritionists, extension service personnel, public health personnel and university faculty and staff attended the meeting.
Nutrition calculators and quizzes from the Health Check Tools section of MedlinePlus were highlighted including Calculate your body mass index, Exercise counts – How many calories will your activity burn, Folic acid quiz and Test your sodium smarts. Other featured resources included MedlinePlus for Health Professionals and National Library of Medicine Mobile Resources.
Particularly exciting were comments about how the nutrition educators planned to use MedlinePlus resources. Plans included incorporating MedlinePlus into extension websites and Facebook pages, inclusion of links in an upcoming edition of a consumer health nutrition book and university dietetics faculty who plan to incorporate MedlinePlus into their class assignments. One attendee even asked about having someone exhibit on MedlinePlus for their upcoming regional meeting!