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Funding Award for Akron-Summit Public Library Fitness Tracker Cohorts

Wed, 2018-01-03 09:45

I’m pleased to announce that the Akron-Summit County Public Library (Ohio) Science & Technology Division lead by Monique Mason has been awarded funding for a great community physical fitness project!


Background: Twenty-nine percent of Summit County residents are obese, slightly lower than the state-wide average of 30% 1. The obesity rate in the City of Akron averages 34.2%, with some census tracts as high as 44%. 2 All of these rates are higher than the national rate of 28.7%.

Summit County residents are poorer than the US average with a poverty rate of 14.8% compared to 12.7% national average. The City of Akron’s poverty rate is 26.5%, more than double the national average.3

Description: The Science & Technology Division of the Akron (Ohio)-Summit County Public Library plans to create a multi-week program of loaning wearable fitness trackers to groups of people for the purpose of encouraging a regular and sustained increase in physical activity.   We will select groups of people from pre-existing community groups or groups selected for this purpose and treat them as a cohort – having them all at an initial program for instruction both on using the device and locating quality health information in support of increasing their activity levels as well as an initial “weigh-in” provided by students in the University of Akron’s Department of Sport Science & Wellness Education. We will encourage participants to return midway through the program to check their weight, discover some more resources, and provide fellowship, all in order to continue the momentum developed in the initial presentation and increase motivation.  We will have a final session to weigh, encourage continued activity, and collect the trackers.  We will encourage users to continue their healthy exercise habits and to connect with library staff on a regular basis after the project concludes. We will offer this program to several groups through 2018.


  1. County Health RankingsAccessed 11/28/17.
  2. CDC. Accessed 11/30/17.
  3. 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates accessed 11/30/2017



Professional Develop Award Funds Two Courses on Data Management

Tue, 2017-12-12 15:49

The Joint 2017 Midwest Medical Library Association and Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Conference received the Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region to offer two continuing education courses focused on data management. We selected this topic based on the vision of the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, who said “I believe the future of health and health care rests on data—genomic data, environmental sensor-generated data, electronic health records data, patient-generated data, research collected data. The data originating from research projects is becoming as important as the answers those research projects are providing.”

Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis

Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis, Photo by Don Pearson

The “Perspectives in Research Data Management” CE course was presented by Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis from the New York University School of Medicine1. The 2017 Joint Conference was privileged to be the last venue to offer this course. You can view the content of this course at The second CE offering, “Data Management for Librarians: What Librarians Need to Know,” was designed specifically for our conference by Caitlin Bakker2of University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

 What Librarians Need to Know”

Caitlin Baker presenting “Data Management for Librarians: What Librarians Need to Know” Photo by Don Pearson


These Professional Development Award-funded courses reached a total of thirty attendees, including both academic and hospital librarians.


Written by guest authors, Merle Rosenzweig & Emily Ginier, posted by Helen Spielbauer.





Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2017 at Michigan State University

Mon, 2017-10-30 11:19

In late July 2017, 66 science librarians gathered together from across the United States at Michigan State University for a 2.5-day science boot camp. Organized around session themes of Sports Research & Kinesiology, Biogeochemistry & Ecology, and Agriculture and Natural Resources the Boot Camp featured MSU faculty members discussing their research in engaging and understandable terms. Boot Camps are designed to keep costs low by utilizing existing campus facilities such as dining and residence halls help science librarians develop their understanding of current scientific research and provide a low cost learning and networking opportunity.

The Boot Camp kicked off with a series of optional pre-camp facility tours. Attendees were able to select two tours from five options: The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center, the School of Packaging Laboratory, and the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden. The tours not only allowed participants to see and explore the MSU campus, but also highlighted some of our nationally top ranked programs, such as packaging and nuclear physics.

The heart of the Boot Camp experience, however, were the session presentations. Spread over the course of the entire Boot Camp, the sessions featured cutting edge research that not only advance scholarship, but also help to provide solutions to real world problems. Whether it is helping stroke sufferers regain their mobility, developing a method to detect concussions, restoring a river ecosystem after an oil spill, or compiling a data set for inland lakes our speakers have conducted research with useful and practical applications. This is especially true of Dr. Susan Masten’s (College of Engineering) keynote address “Flint Water Crisis: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions.” Dr. Masten’s address, which was generously supported by a GMR Express Outreach Award, was a sobering dispelling of some of the common misconceptions of the ongoing humanitarian crisis affecting the people of Flint.

Another highlight was the daylong trip to the MSU Kellogg Biological Station. Our group participated in several tours including the Bird Sanctuary, the dairy center, and the Long-Term Ecological Research site where MSU has been conducting agricultural research since 1987. The dairy center was especially popular with its robotic milking station and automated cow milking, complete with electronic udder mapping with lasers!

The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians continues to successfully provide science librarians with a low cost opportunity to improve scientific understanding while also developing a peer network of science librarians. Boot Camp attendance has increased substantially since starting in 2015, with attendees traveling from across the country to participate. The 2018 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians will be July 24-27, 2018 at Purdue University.

United States Map

Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2017 attendance by state.

Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary

Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary. Photo credit: Barb Sisolak

Automated milking station

Automated milking station. Photo credit: Alison Ricker


Posted by Helen Spielbauer on behalf of Eric Tans.

Funding Award for Automated ILL Software and Training

Thu, 2017-10-05 15:06

The GMR is pleased to announce that Western Michigan University has received funding in the amount of $4,642 in the form of an NNLM Technology Enhancement Award to implement resource sharing management software at the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) Library. Congratulations to WMed and applicant Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, EdM, MLS, Founding Library Director on the successful proposal.


The WMed Medical Library is described as a born digital library, serving one of the newest medical schools in the United States. Document delivery and resource sharing requests have increased steadily since the school’s inception (August 2014). Although other Western Michigan libraries operate with automated software, the WMed Medical Library is administered separately. With no dedicated resource sharing department, faculty librarians were monitoring and responding to user requests manually.

Project Description

The GMR will fund the purchase and implementation of ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database), an electronic system to facilitate resource sharing.

Project Objectives

  • Objective One: Implement ILLiad at WMed by coordinating software and technology requirements of satellite instance of ILLiad;
  • Objective Two: Train library faculty to use ILLiad;
  • Objective Three: Provide outreach to WMed community.

Project Goals

  • Goal One: Replace the current manual research sharing workflow with an automated system.
  • Goal Two: Standardize and improve the resource sharing experience for the WMed community.
  • Goal Three: Increase resource availability and data for collection development improvement analysis.