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Midwest Chapter 2015 Paper and Poster Abstracts Available

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

Come see what your fellow colleagues will be presenting at the 2015 MWMLA Conference, Oct. 2-6, 2015. See the available paper and poster abstracts here:

Don’t forget to register for the conference, early bird rates end September 1, 2015

Midwest Chapter 2015 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

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

There are just a few more days to register before the early bird deadline of September 1, 2015!!! Click here to register for the 2015 MWMLA Conference for the early bird price of $275.00. After September 1, 2015 the price will change to $325.00 for members and $375.00 for non-members.

PubMed for Librarians coming soon online to a website near you!

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering PubMed® for Librarians (PML) in December 2015. Just think…it will be cold then! PML is a series of five, independent, online classes. The classes are free. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – December 7, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – December 8, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – December 9, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – December 10, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI – December 11, 2015

Questions? Email the NTC at:

GMR Sponsored Sites for August MLA Webinars

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the first two of six upcoming 2015 MLA webinars:

Webinar: Consumers and Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding the Evidence Behind the Headlines
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: GMR, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of Heath Sciences, Room 303
    • Registration:
  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
    • Registration: Jennifer Herron
  • IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library
    • Registration: Nancy O’Brian
  • OH: Trinity Health System, Health Sciences Library
    • Registration: Kathie Pasquarella
  • SD: National American University, Library
    • Registration: Pat Hamilton

Webinar: Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
    • Registration: Kacy Allgood
  • OH: Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Medical Information Center
    • Registration: Denise Cardon
  • SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center
    • Registration: Molly Youngkin

Enjoy these webinars and we look forward to offering more site sponsorships through the end of 2015.

Culture Keepers Institute: Sharing seeds of healing

By Mark Holman
Library Director
Sitting Bull College Library
Fort Yates, ND

Funded by the National Library of Medicine, I attended the Great Lakes Culture Keepers gathering April 26-29, 2015, at the Mille Lacs Museum in Mille Lacs, Minnesota. I presented on garden activities at Sitting Bull College in addition to leading attendees in a visioning session to think about what shape a garden might take at their institution. In addition, I brought seeds from a traditional variety of blue flour corn to share with the group. Sitting Bull College with assistance from the National Library of Medicine has been expanding wellness and health resources related to traditional foods and medicines at the library in addition to creating spaces for the growing and research into these same plants.

My presentation coincided with a presentation by Rebecca Dallinger and Stanton West from White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension and Claudia Seymour West, Library Director at White Earth Tribal and Community College, who presented on efforts at their college to create a healing garden. They also engaged participants in hands on artistic activities that could be used to engage children with gardening.

The event was incredibly enjoyable and a valuable contribution to connecting and sharing knowledge between tribal knowledge keepers across the region.

PubMed for Trainers in Chicago in September, 2015

Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed.

What is PubMed for Trainers?
PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online and 1 in-person class.

When is PubMed for Trainers?
The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

  • Session One (online): September 3, 2015 10am-11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
  • Session Two (online): September 10, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
  • Session Three (online): September 17, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
  • Session Four (in-person): September 25, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM CT

(This class will be held at the Library of the Health Sciences, Room 303; University of Illinois at Chicago).

What is the format of the class?
The series of classes consist of 3 online webinars, in-person presentations, group discussion, exercises, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.

How many MLA CE Credits will I get?
When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.
If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.

For a complete description, go to:

To register, visit:

Report on lessons learned when applying for award money

Editor’s Note:
As Heather states, the following is a reflection of her personal experience of applying for and receiving GMR funding to attend a symposium on the Affordable Care Act; thank you, Heather! Although we appreciate her enthusiasm for the “tons” of GMR funding, for the most Current Funding available from the GMR, please see:

By: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical Informationist
Summa Health System
Akron, Ohio

If you subscribe to GMRLIST, the GMR’s email announcement LIST (, you’ve seen plenty of posts come from the office on funding that’s available for members. The following brief overview is on my personal experience doing so and is written at the encouragement of the GMR office to share the lessons I learned and to potentially help prepare others for the application process. This is in reference to award PRDE301 which I received to travel to a symposium on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Libraries.

First, if award money is available, APPLY FOR IT! There is a ton of money available, and it is often left unspent. The NN/LM offices offer awards for all sorts of things from professional development to technology to just about anything else you can think of to benefit your library and support outreach. Stay in touch, be aware of what’s available, and apply for it! The application process isn’t hard at all. For me the hardest part was figuring out the budget and what my expenses would be. I’m mathematically challenged so if I can handle that part of it then anyone can. Read the rest of this entry »

Attending the Regional TLAM Institute: Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers, April 26-29, 2015

By Claudia Seymour West
White Earth Tribal and Community College
Mahnomen, MN

Three employees of White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) traveled to Mille Lacs to provide information on the college’s healing garden. Rebecca Dallinger, the Extension Coordinator of Special Projects, along with Stanton Alexander, an aide at the WETCC Extension Department, and I, Claudia West, WETCC Librarian, presented “Connectedness: Fostering a Garden through Librarianship, Cultural Preservation and Service Learning”. Mark Holman, the Library Director at Sitting Bull College, also presented with us. He has been instrumental at building a gardening program for Sitting Bull College and the larger community at Standing Rock Reservation. Both gardens and our trips to Mille Lacs were funded with grants from National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The WETCC Medicine Garden took shape under the direction of Holly Ristau, former Library Director at WETCC. Acutely aware of the scourge of suicide on the White Earth Reservation, as well as on other reservations across the continent, Holly desired to provide a positive momentum toward wellness: a Medicine Garden in which people of different generations could come together to embrace a beautiful natural setting, and celebrate life by growing living things in a special garden. It was her hope that gardeners would feel the healing effect of nature, would build relationships with other gardeners, and have a few moments to build joy upon. Visit the garden on Facebook: Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding ACA beyond the Headlines

By Neera Kukreja
Director, Academic Center Library
John H. stronger Hospital of Cook County
Chicago, IL

I am thankful to the NNLM GMR for providing me the opportunity to attend the symposium “Affordable Care Act: Access to Care: Libraries making a difference” hosted by NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region in Philadelphia on Friday, April 24, 2015. I went there to gain a better understanding of the Act and to network and hear of how other libraries were dealing with the complex law. It was geared toward a mix of audience from academic health science centers, hospital libraries, public libraries. The Regional Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Nancy O’Connor, gave a wonderful overview of the ACA and Health Insurance Marketplace. She pointed out the challenges and lessons learned. Libraries have helped the public in understanding the law and directed them to places and resources for the enrollment process. She was followed by the Chief Medical Officer, Region III of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Barbara J. Connors, who talked about the Health systems transformations from a physician’s point. She pointed out that CMS is using tools to motivate hospitals to Quality Improvements that are outcomes driven, sustainable and provide coordinated care. She mentioned that “medical harm is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year 100,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors in hospitals-more than auto accidents, AIDS, and breast cancer combined”. According to her “Despite pockets of success –we still see massive variation in the quality of care, and no major change in the rates of harm and preventable readmissions over the past decade”. So, a lot more needs to be done. Libraries/Librarians can step in and provide assistance to health care providers and patients so they can achieve those lofty goals. Read the rest of this entry »

Midwest Chapter/MLA 2015 Annual Meeting: June 30 Deadline for Papers and Posters

By Frank Davis
Research & Education Division
Medical Center Library
University of Kentucky


Apologies for cross-posting.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting in Louisville, KY this October.

This is a good opportunity to present your research and projects to peers in a friendly environment. Details below.



The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky from October 2nd-6th, 2015, at the Galt House.

The conference theme, Librarians + Evidence = Proof, lends itself to a variety of topics, and provides opportunities for presenters to show how librarians add value to the clinical and research missions of our institutions.

Contributed paper and poster topics are as unlimited as your imagination! Papers and posters may highlight practical problem-solving approaches, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services.

· For more information on how to submit, click here

We hope to see you in Louisville!