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Encouraging Kids to Consider a Future in the Health Sciences

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

Peoria Academy of Science bookletThe University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria has a long history of outreach to local youth. So when we were asked to participate in this year’s Peoria Academy of Science’s Treasure Hunt, we immediately said yes!

The Science Treasure Hunt is a summer program with the goal of encouraging students to explore science and technology while learning more about careers in the sciences. The program is open to 1st through 8th grade students who are eligible to win prizes if they attend at least eight of the Science Sites. The Library and the College of Medicine are pleased to be one of the 21 Science Sites featured this year and the only health sciences site.

Each site designs its own fun treasure hunt experience with 3-5 questions to answer. Activities range from a hosted tour by the Air National Guard to a completely self-directed experience at the Giant Oak Park (home to a 300-year-old tree). Working with the College of Medicine, the Library designed its Science Site to highlight the Peoria campus and to provide a short lesson on the circulatory system. Our site asks kids to follow a set of instructions to find answers to four questions. The experience includes finding a book in the stacks, reading about early experiments with frogs, watching a short online cartoon, and more.

This year’s program has just begun and runs until September. We hope to report back at the end of the summer on the success of our first treasure hunt!

Summer Fun, ding!

Although Chicago has been experiencing rather autumnal-like weather these last few weeks, the calendar confirms that it is officially meteorological summer. And in summer, we know that one of the first thoughts on Network minds is summer fun-ding!

Before you jump to the conclusion that this post is about some airline announcing discounted fares, take a look at the opportunities that sprouted up on the GMR’s Current Funding Opportunities page, http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/, where we have information about current award-level funding. The Submission Deadline for these awards is Thursday, July 3, 11, 2013*. Announced are Community Preparedness Awards (Up to $2,000); Outreach Express Awards (Up to $4,500); Planning and Assessment Awards (Up to $2,500); and Technology Improvement Awards (Up to $4,500). Take a look at each award CFA for specifics on the award.

If you have any questions about these awards or any other GMR resources or services, send an email to GMR4U (at) uic.edu or your GMR State Contact, http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/staff.html. Call us toll-free within Region at 1-800-338-7657, press one (1) for your RML.

*NB: The Submission Deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 11, 2013

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GMR at MLA

MLA is coming and the GMR will be there.  Take time to link up with one of us!
Additionally,  GMR folk are participating at MLA in the following ways:

Continuing Education: Saturday, May 4 (8:00 am – Noon)
CE 100: Making a Difference in Health Care: Patient Safety, a Global Issue with National and International Solutions

Chapter Roundtables: Sunday, May 5 (12 noon – 1:30 pm)
23. Teaching Evidence Based Medicine to Students & Faculty

Poster Session 1: Sunday, May 5 (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)
Topic: 225. Organization and Outreach: Building a Microsoft Access Database to Improve Circulation Service to Our Community

For more details on these events:
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Genetics Home Reference Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched the Genetics Home Reference (GHR) Web site on April 25, 2003 as a new consumer health information resource focused on human genetics. The creation of GHR coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome.

For more information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin article at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma13/ma13_ghr.html

NLM ILL Survey Coming Soon!

NLM will be inviting DOCLINE libraries to participate in a survey on interlibrary loan practices and needs of the health science libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and Canada.  This is your opportunity to help shape resource sharing programs of the future.

NLM initiated this survey to investigate the reasons for the declining use of DOCLINE and current practices of libraries regarding resource sharing.  The number of ILL requests entered into DOCLINE has decreased 46% since 2002 while Loansome Doc requests declined 68% in that same period.  Your response to this survey is very important and will help us to understand the resource sharing needs of librarians in the NN/LM and Canada, and how NLM can best meet those needs now and in the future.  We look forward to your participation.

The survey has 30 questions that we estimate will take about 12 minutes to complete.  

NLM will be sending the invitation email via SurveyMonkey to the address of each library’s ILL contact reported in their DOCLINE institution record.  If the listed ILL contact has previously opted out of receiving emails from SurveyMonkey, please contact DOCLINE at https://docline.gov/docline/help/contact_nlm/ask.cfm  to receive a link to the survey.

GMR Sponsors March 13th MLA Webcast Sites

Congratulations to the following sites receiving GMR funding for the
Wednesday, March, 2013, MLA Webcast:
Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track
Broadcast: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT

For information on the webcast and a list of additional sites, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/spring13/

Enjoy your webcasts and let us know how it goes!

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Rural Assistance Center New Minority Population Maps

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) announced the addition of two new maps featuring data on 1) American Indian and Alaska Native Population and 2) Black or African American Population: http://www.raconline.org/news/details.php?news_id=19437. Both maps can be customized for use in grant proposals and other publications. Maps can be adapted to show county, region or state-specific information. The Interactive Mapping System also allows for customization of labels, boundaries and other features. The Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) has worked with the Rural Assistance Center to provide a collection that now includes 37 maps on topics such as:

  • Hispanic/Latino populations
  • Child care
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Disability status
  • Education levels
  • Medicare
  • Poverty levels

Thinking about outreach?

It’s already February, the sun is rising a bit earlier, and for a lot of us, it’s still light on the commute home. Almost. Those of us who are optimists can see spring on the horizon. What better time to start planning an outreach project!

The GMR will be making announcements on GMRLIST and here in the blog regarding potential funding for outreach and other projects as we prepare for the next contract year, Option Year 2 (May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014). What should a potential outreach award applicant prepare in anticipation of the funding season? Here are a few considerations:

  • Start collecting data on your targeted population; Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (phpartners.org) has an excellent Health Data Tools and Statistics site that will help you find County, Local, State and National Health Data: http://phpartners.org/health_stats.html
  • Not sure of the types of potential funding that come through the GMR? Take a look at the variety of awards and subcontracts that have been funded over the past two years on our Funding Recipients page as well as the previous contract, Funding Recipients-2006-2011 Contract.
  • Thinking of working with another library or organization such as a CBO? The NN/LM Members Directory Advanced Search provides an easy way to find NN/LM members by institution name, person name, city, state, zip code, county or area code in addition to searching my type of services offered at the institution. Check out the Advanced Search page by clicking on the NN/LM Members Directory image below:
NN/LM Members Directory For more information about funding opportunities or other GMR services, contact your state’s GMR Coordinator: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/staff.html.

Cultural Competence in Health Sciences from our sister region SEA

NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) Outreach and Communications Coordinator, David Midyette, has penned an article on the SEA Currents blog entitled: Cultural Competence in Health Sciences. Check it out: http://nnlm.gov/sea/newsletter/2013/02/cultural-competence-in-health-sciences/ Here’s an excerpt:

The old analogy of the United States as a melting pot is being transitioned into a more modern understanding of the U.S. as more of a salad. The various ethnic and cultural backgrounds of people in the country, legal, illegal, or otherwise, present the health care community with a plethora of beliefs about health and healing. Frequently these beliefs come into direct contact/conflict with the Western style of medicine that is the predominant practice in the U.S. healthcare system. State medical and allied health licensing boards are increasingly faced with the challenges of ensuring that new practitioners are culturally competent as they begin to practice their craft, and that experienced practitioners develop skills to deal with sometimes drastically different belief systems held by their patients.

Thanks, David!

NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/index.html