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GMR Funding Opportunity – Data Internship Award

Thu, 2020-09-17 14:01


The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is committed to supporting access to biomedical and health information with the goal of making data discoverable, accessible, and citable. NNLM is committed to supporting NLM’s vision to increase access to biomedical and health information with the goal of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). One outcome of this initiative is the NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery website. This award looks to expand awareness of and build the professional competencies of students in the field of data science and research data management.

The purpose of the Library Data Internship Award is to build capacity in the library and information science community to support data-driven research and health. To do so, the GMR will provide funding to support health sciences libraries within the Greater Midwest Region to offer a student internship focused on data services. This internship should be designed to enable participating students to achieve basic level proficiency from one of the Performance Indicators outlined in the linked article, The Medical Library Association Data Services Competency: a framework for data science and open science skills development(link is external), and listed below:

  1. Applies principles of data literacy
  2. Establishes and advances data services
  3. Supports research data best practices across the data lifecycle
  4. Applies knowledge of research methods, research ethics and rigor, and open science practices
  5. Provides training and consultation for data-related topics

In addition, the internship should clearly identify how the work will support at least one of the Data Science Areas of Activity as outlined on the Opportunities for Building Capacity in the Library and Information Science Community to Support Data-Driven Research and Health webpage.(link is external) Applicants are encouraged to view Where OET & NNLM Can Build Capacity(link is external) to review possible project ideas.

Learn more and apply here!


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MLA 2020 – Presentations from Members of the GMR

Thu, 2020-07-16 11:26


With the 2020 MLA conference going virtual this year we wanted to create a place to list and promote presentations from members of the Greater Midwest Region.

Paper Title: Identifying Barriers to Citing Retracted Literature

  • Elizabeth Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries
  • Jennifer Deal, MA, MLIS, Advocate Aurora Health Library
  • Karen Hanus, MLIS, AHIP, Advocate Aurora Health Library
  • Barb Ruggeri, MLIS, AHIP, Todd Wehr Library, Carroll University
  • Liz Witkowski, MILS, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries

Video Session Date: Monday August 10, 2020
Video Session Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Title: Immersion Session: Focusing on Health Sciences and Public Library Collaborations for All of Us
Description: Recognizing the important role that public libraries play in the health and wellness of their communities, NNLM funding has enabled academic health sciences and public librarians across the country to make precision medicine and health literacy primary components of their institutional programming. Four librarians will share stories of collaboration with multiple community stakeholders to lead their communities to quality health information while raising awareness of All of Us. From their successes and challenges, discover tips, techniques, and resources to develop similar community engagement strategies for your health outreach endeavors.


  • Darlene Kaskie – NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa
  • Rachel Tims – NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, South Central Region, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Lynda J Hartel – Director, Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University,
  • Debra A. Werner – Director of Library Research in Medical Education, The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago
  • Mary Sue Houser – Health Educator, Albuquerque Public Library
  • Dana Wilkosz – Health Literacy Educator, New Orleans Public Library

Video Session Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Video Session Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Poster Title: Partnership for Success: Developing a Health Education Outreach Program with a Local Public Library. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2020 Authors: Swanberg SM, Look E, Jayakumar M, Shubitowski T, Yuen EW, Bulgarelli N, Wedemeyer R, Lucia V. Poster Title: Applying the Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome (PICO) Format to Research Queries of Home Birth Midwifery Students Authors: Nora Barnett, Outreach Specialist, NNLM Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa Daina Dickman, Scholarly Communications Librarian, California State University, Sacramento.

Poster Title: Preserving and Honoring the Legacy of World War II Medical Efforts

  • Gabrielle Barr – Archivist, NIH (*)
  • Corinne Miller – Clinical Informationist
  • Annie Wescott – Research Librarian
  • Mary Anne Zmaczynski – Public Services Librarian
  • Ramune Kubilius, AHIP – Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian
  • Abebi Espinoza – Special Collections Assistant
  • Katie Lattal – Special Collections Librarian
  • Karen Gutzman – Head, Research Assessment and Communications Department

All: Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
*NLM 2nd year fellow at Galter Library Sept 2018-August 2019

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Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence (NExT)

Fri, 2020-07-10 09:19


The GMR is happy to announce that a phase three iteration of Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence (NExT) has been awarded for year five of our five-year cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine. Since 2001, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences and the College of Nursing have been engaged in a series of evidence-based education programs targeted to public health nurses. One of the objectives of this project is to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for acute/ambulatory care as well as public health nurses. By providing evidence-based education programs, the NExT project assists hospitals in their quest to achieve Magnet status.

Primary investigator for the project is Krista Jones, DNP, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, Director, UIC Nursing-Urbana Campus, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Science, Urbana Campus. Project partners include University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing (UICCON) at Urbana; UIC, Library of the Health Sciences (LHS); Western Illinois University, School of Nursing; Carle Foundation Hospital; UI Health Hospital; Graham Hospital; Champaign-Urbana Public Health District; and the Vermilion County Health Department.

Learn more about this exciting project at the UIC University Library Subject and Course Guides for Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence – Public Health: https://researchguides.uic.edu/NExT.

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Empowering High Schoolers to Pursue Public Health Research in Mansfield, Ohio

Thu, 2020-07-02 09:46

How does a community improve the public health and empower students? The Richland Public Health proposal, Empowering High Schoolers to Pursue Public Health Research in Mansfield, Ohio, has recently been funded to do just that.

This program “has the potential to increase public health awareness in both the student and general population, as well as increasing college preparedness and community buy-in among participants”. Student participants will learn how to research a current local public health issue through a series of four training workshops. At the end of the academic year, students will  share their knowledge with a poster and oral presentation to various community stakeholders, including county commissioners, local health and social service agencies, and community organizers.

Programs of this type have been shown to increase college preparedness and motivate the students to return after college to work on local public health concerns. Minority Health and Wellness Project, Mansfield, Ohio, is a named partner. Dr. Julie Chaya (MA, MEd, PhD) who is the director of Community Health & Prevention Sciences at Richland Public Health, is the project lead.

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Welcome Nora Barnett, New GMR Outreach Coordinator!

Fri, 2020-06-26 15:00

Nora headshot


On behalf of the GMR, I’m happy to introduce Nora Barnett, MSLIS, AHIP as our new Outreach Coordinator! Nora is joining the GMR remotely from Portland, OR where she will work for the full performance period (don’t forget her Pacific Time Zone!). In Portland, Nora has most recently served as the head librarian at the Birthingway College of Midwifery, where she taught courses on Information Literacy and NLM resources, including LactMed, ToxNet, and PubMed.

In addition to her MSLIS from Florida State University, Nora has completed coursework in public health from Boston University’s School for Public Health. Nora will focus most of her efforts working to engage the public health workforce. Nora can be reached at: nora-barnett@uiowa.edu. Please join me in welcoming her to NNLM!

Derek Johnson, MLIS
Interim Associate Director
Network of the National Library of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

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Lyme Disease: A Community-Based Citizen Education Project

Tue, 2020-06-23 12:54

We at the GMR office are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been granted a Health Information Outreach award to support their research into Lyme disease:

Description – This project is a concerted effort to tackle the emerging epidemic of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest. Dr. Ben Clarke and his team at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will be promoting awareness of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through educational outreach activities, a citizen-science program, and an undergraduate research experience. The primary component of this research project comes in the form of distributed tick-kits. These kits contain: information cards on tick/Lyme disease identification, a tick removal ‘key’, collection tubes, and mailing envelopes. Volunteer residents and visitors of Minnesota’s northeast Arrowhead region will utilize these kits to capture ticks, record attendant information, and mail them back to the research team for analysis.

Objectives – This project aims to empower the community to help with research to 1) Raise public awareness to Ixodes (ticks). 2) Educate Arrowhead Region residents about Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases.  3) Educate the public about countermeasures to tick-borne disease exposure. 4) Engage public in health-related citizen science. 5) Provide biomedical research opportunities for college students. 6) Create Lyme disease risk maps of the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota.

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African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources

Tue, 2020-06-16 10:14


This posting has been adapted from the original blog post written by Nisha Mody, MLIS, MA, CCC-SLP, at NNLM PSR.

In light of the historical injustices and recent events that have taken place across the country, including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at NNLM GMR stand with the African American community. In this article, you will find resources related to African American mental health, anti-racist reading materials, cultural competency and humility, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health.

Please note that APHA’s upcoming Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series began on June 9, 2020.

We support the statements from the African American Medical Library Alliance and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.


Statement from the African American Medical Library Alliance

We are hurting, frustrated and our emotions are raw.

The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting. We are tired of not being seen, heard, included, or appreciated for the value that our unique voices, experiences and perspectives bring to the narrative.

We appreciate the sentiments of our fellow caucuses and colleagues throughout the Medical Library Association. Collectively, we share community with other marginalized members who live in dread that the color of their skin, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, language, culture, nationality, age, ability status, and religion make them targets of violence and possibly death.

We are committed to using our collective voices in bringing about change in the profession and the Association.

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelsa Bartley, Chair
Michael S. Fitts, Chair-Elect
Shenita Peterson, Immediate Past Chair
Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, National Program Committee, Co-Chair 2021
Shannon Jones, AHIP, Caucus Mentor
Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, MLA Past President
Tamara Nelson, AHIP, MLA Information Services Domain Hub Chair
Aidy Weeks, AHIP, Virtual Engagement Committee


Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color from the Black Caucus of The American Library Association

[NEW YORK, NY, May 28, 2020]–The Black Caucus of The American Library Association has a history of not only opposing racist acts against Black people, but condemning such acts. BCALA roundly condemns the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers within the Minneapolis Police Department.

Since George Floyd is the latest in a long line of recent and historical violence against Black people in the United States, the BCALA takes this moment to encourage BCALA members to take proactive and preventative measures in the fight against racism. To take action against injustice, BCALA encourages its members to use both the methods employed by our predecessors and those unique to the 21st century:

  • Calling politicians in the Minnesota area.
  • Participating in active, but peaceful protests on the streets.
  • Using vlogs, blogs and other social media platforms.
  • Initiating letter writing campaigns.
  • Creating podcasts.
  • Voting (both locally and nationwide).
  • Attending policy making meetings in your area to make your opinions known.
  • Running for office to be a voice for historically disenfranchised groups and librarians.

BCALA stands firm in its condemnation of the systematic social injustices of Black people and People of Color. It is necessary for the membership to be proactive not only when someone in our community is harmed, but preventative in anticipating historically sanctioned violence by participating in local efforts to counter racism and violence against Black men and women. The systemic machinery of racism does not sleep and neither should we in our efforts to counter it.

Respectfully submitted,

The Officers and Members of The Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

BCALA Officers:
Richard E. Ashby, Jr., President (F.O.R. Sto-Rox Public Library, McKees Rock, Pennsylvania.
Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Vice President (The New York Public Library, New York, New York).
Brenda Johnson Perkins, Executive Secretary (Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, Maryland).
Brandy McNeil, Treasurer (The New York Public Library, New York, New York).
Denyvetta Davis (Immediate Past President – Retired).

EDI Ad Hoc Committee:
Conrad Pegeus, Chair (University of Tennessee at Martin).


African American Mental Health Resources
  1. Mental Health America: Black & African American Communities And Mental Health
  2. HHS Office of Minority Health: Mental and Behavioral Health – African Americans
  3. HHS Office of Minority Health: Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – July
Anti-Racist Reading Lists from our Members (books available electronically)
  1. Chicago Public Library: Black Lives Matter: Antiracist eBook Reads
  2. Des Moines Public Library: Racial Justice and Antiracism: A Book List
  3. Evanston Public Library: Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages
  4. Hennepin County Public Library: Race, Power and Activism in America: Resources for Children & Teens
Cultural Competency and Humility
  1. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competency for the Information Professional
  2. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competencies and the Strategic Prevention Framework
  3. NNLM Webinar: Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice
  4. NNLM Self-Paced Course: Serving Diverse Communities
  5. HHS: Think Cultural Health – Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
NLM Resources on African American and Race History
  1. Leonidas H. Berry and the Fight to Desegregate Medicine
  2. For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform
  3. Circulating Now from NLM – African American History
Scientific Resources on Racism
  1. COVID-19 and Health Inequities
  2. NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race, and Power in Science
  3. APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series
  4. Medical Education: Race and Racism in Healthcare
PubMed Central Articles
  1. Alang S, McAlpine D, McCreedy E, Hardeman R. Police Brutality and Black Health: Setting the Agenda for Public Health Scholars. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(5):662‐665. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303691
  2. Bowleg L, Maria Del Río-González A, Mbaba M, Boone CA, Holt SL. Negative Police Encounters and Police Avoidance as Pathways to Depressive Symptoms Among US Black Men, 2015-2016. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(S1):S160‐S166. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305460
  3. Edwards F, Lee H, Esposito M. Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sexProc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(34):16793‐16798. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821204116
  4. Hall JM, Fields B. “It’s Killing Us!” Narratives of Black Adults About Microaggression Experiences and Related Health Stress. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2015;2:2333393615591569. Published 2015 Jul 9. doi:10.1177/2333393615591569
  5. Schneider JA, Lancki N, Schumm P. At the intersection of criminal justice involvement and sexual orientation: Dynamic networks and health among a population-based sample of young Black men who have sex with men. Soc Networks. 2017;51:73‐87. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2017.04.001


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