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MLA Fall Webinar Series

The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for the each MLA Webinar Series. As only a limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations.

NOTE: There are FIVE webinars in the Fall 2013 MLA Webinar Series.
All applications are due by Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

To submit your request to be a sponsored site, follow the instructions at: How to Become a GMR Sponsored Webinar Site.
Please submit ONE application for EACH webinar for which you are seeking sponsorship.

Upcoming Events

Topic: Making Your Library Promotion Pop: Practical Design Principles and Tools for the Non-Designer
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sponsorship Application Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2013; Rebroadcast option: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Presenter: April Aultman Becker, Research Medical Library, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Description: Much of the work librarians do involves creating flyers, displays, handouts, websites, and other designs that look good and convey helpful information. Very few librarians have any kind of formal design training and often rely on personal aesthetic preferences along with the opinions and ideas of colleagues. The goal of this program is to empower librarians with basic principles, tools, and processes to begin to improve designs in their own libraries.
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Topic: Making the Case: Using Assessment to Show Value and Make Decisions
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sponsorship Application Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2013; Rebroadcast option: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Presenter: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University Library, University of Illinois–Urbana- Champaign
Description: As libraries are increasingly asked to demonstrate their value and the contributions they make to their institutions, library staff need efficient and effective strategies for assessment. Best practice in assessment means embedding assessment into the library's practices on a continuous basis rather than treating it as a separate and additional task. This webinar will present an integrated and systematic approach to developing and assessing library activities that includes identifying impact outcomes and aligned activities, establishing criteria, collecting and analyzing data and evidence, and using the results for improvement and telling the story of the library's impact.
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Topic: Ready, Set, Influence! Participating in the Business of Your Health Care Organization
Formerly: Understanding the Business of Your Organization
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sponsorship Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Presenter: Kristen DeSanto, AHIP, Clinical and Research Library, Children’s Hospital Colorado–Aurora
Description: This webinar will discuss developing relationships with people at all levels of the organization, understanding the business of the organization and what issues are the primary focus, effectively using data as appropriate. We will also talk about moving outside the library to work on committees and improvement teams.
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Topic: Addressing Hospital Needs and Goals in the Era of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use: What Librarians Need to Know
Formerly: The Evolving Librarian: Responding to Changes in the Workplace and Health Care
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Sponsorship Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Presenter: Michelle Kraft, AHIP, Alumni Library, Cleveland Clinic
Description: Once thought of as the keepers of knowledge, librarians roles are changing and they must either evolve and adapt or become a casualty of attrition. Disruptive technology, society and changes made by the Affordable Healthcare Act not only impact patients, doctors, and hospitals but the librarians who serve them. Librarians are faced more than ever with a shrinking budget and pressure to show their impact. Administration is demanding more than books and journals from its librarians and scrutinizing everything with an eye on its return on investment. This class will look at these changes and provide examples of how librarians can meet them head on.
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Topic: Research versus research: Sometimes the Little r Is All You Need
Formerly: Research 101: Formulating a Research Plan through Collaboration
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sponsorship Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Presenter: Heather Holmes, AHIP, Medical Library, Summa Health System
Description: This course will introduce the research process and research designs in an active learning manner. The webinar will focus on having participants develop an answerable research question, choose a study design best suited to answering their question, and determining which data collection method would be most appropriate.
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If you have any questions, please contact Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator at 1-800-338-7657 and press one (1) for the Regional Network Office or in the Chicago metro area 312-996-2464 or Email Holly

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