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Funding Awarded for Opioid e-Resource Database Development and Outreach Project!

Thu, 2017-08-10 16:39

Indiana Prevention Resource Center LogoThe GMR office is excited to announce that the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) has been granted an Outreach Award for its project, Opioid e-Resource Database Development and Outreach.

Like many states across the country, Indiana has seen a significant increase in the number of opioid abusers. The state ranks 17th in the number of overdose deaths, and the number of deaths involving heroin use has increased from 7 in 2005 to 239 in 2015.

Project Description
The GMR office is funding IPRC to develop an e-resources database devoted solely to the topic of the current opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on Indiana, that will feature as subthemes from the homepage educational materials on how to judge the quality of health information resources and links to highlighted National Library of Medicine materials. IPRC will promote the database across the state via multiple paths, including social media, direct mailings, and IPRC staff working in various regions. Outreach efforts will be doubled in Indiana’s 21 medically underserved counties in order to increase visibility to health professionals and community members in these regions.

The implementation of this project aims to fulfill four main goals:

1. Raise awareness and knowledge about the current opioid epidemic in Indiana and nationally
2. Raise awareness about the rich resources available through the National Library of Medicine
3. Raise awareness and knowledge about how to judge the quality of health information to improve decision-making about health care
4. Reach health professionals and the general public, especially in underserved areas

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Get ready for your new Membership Certificate!

Fri, 2017-08-04 12:47

It seems as if it was just yesterday when the GMR office sent out notices to check your membership profile on the NNLM Membership Directory, found on the previous iteration of the NNLM website. You know, the directory that was pulled from DOCLINE? If you were a “Full” member, you could go into DOCLINE® and edit your account. If you were an “Affiliated” member, you would contact the GMR staff to update your membership. And then you would patiently wait for a new member certificate signed by Dr Lindberg so that you could hang it on the wall to show that your library is a proud NNLM member.

Fast forward to the 2016-2021 Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine! Look at what has changed: a new Drupal-based Members Directory is in effect, all members are Members (no more Full and Affiliate members–members are members!), the DOCLINE database is back to being used solely for resource sharing, GMR members as individuals can create their own Drupal user accounts and register for classes, and if you are the designated NNLM Liaison, you can edit their organization profiles by logging in through the NNLM website.

What can you do to make sure that your membership certificate finds you? There’s still time to check your organization’s profile in our Members Directory. If you note any errors in addressing, contacts, NNLM liaison, or any other issues, please let me know. Or if you are the adventurous type, log in via the box at the bottom of the GMR homepage. If you need help with your password, there is a link to help you access your account.

As of this writing, you are one of 1,120 Network Members in the Greater Midwest Region and one of 6,737 across the country. If you don’t get your new certificate by the end of August, 2017, please let the GMR office know.

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Celebrating 200 years of making A Smarter Ohio

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:21
State Library of Ohio Logo

The book and tablet depict the mission to build and manage quality collections and provide hands-on service to state government. Each page of the book changes in form and color to represent new discoveries, forward movement, responsiveness and transformation.

Congratulations to the State Library of Ohio, a Greater Midwest Region member organization. On Friday, August 4th, the library hosts an Open House to celebrate 200 years of providing excellent service to the state of Ohio: it’s government, librarians, and Buckeye residents.

Governor Thomas Worthington established the library in 1817 with a 509-book collection to be used by the state legislator. During its longevity, the library has restructured, remodeled, and reorganized several times. In early June, I had the pleasure of touring the library at its current location, 274 East First Avenue, Columbus. The historic Jeffrey Mining Manufacturing building has been transformed into an expansive, state-of-the art facility with space for rare and valuable collections, six public meeting rooms, and offices for the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Columbus Program.

For several months, the library staff has worked tirelessly preparing for the birthday party. Several exhibits of special collections and memorabilia are on display. Not to be missed is the Traveling Libraries, the first “bookmobile.” I encourage you to learn more about the State Library of Ohio and its Bicentennial Celebration and to visit.

State Library of Ohio Fist Accession Book

Thomas Harper, the first State Librarian of Ohio, created this original accession register on December 25, 1817. The register begins with the 509 books Governor Thomas Worthington purchased to establish the library.

Traveling Libraries Display

Traveling Libraries Display. Horse-drawn wagons carried latch-door wood boxes filled with books to remote regions of the state.

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Attending the July Systematic Reviews Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh

Thu, 2017-08-03 12:14

I applied and was thrilled to receive funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) office for the Greater Midwest Region’s Professional Development Award. This award enabled me to attend the 2.5-day workshop, Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Library of the Health Sciences from July 17 to 19, 2017. As a newbie in the systematic reviews (SR) world, the workshop was ideal—it clarified my confusion in distinguishing among meta-analyses, SRs, and other types of reviews (e.g. narrative review) and the role of librarians as well as the importance of PubMed. We examined several types of reviews. Despite following the same standards (e.g. Institute of Medicine and PRISMA), some SRs may be of poor quality. I am planning on incorporating the information we learned about report bias in SRs in a September workshop in my library at the University of Akron.

At the Welcome Reception, I met my librarian colleagues. The class consisted of 24 academic and hospital librarians who came as far away as California and Florida and included other non-health sciences librarians: one engineering and one instruction librarian. I enjoyed visiting the scenic Duquesne Incline and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  The host city had an extensive banquet of food choices that were in close proximity to the Falk Library. A friend from Pittsburgh told me that the city has over 700 bridges!

 It was clear to us that the SR process is not easy—it is time-consuming, complex, challenging but it can be rewarding in supporting researchers.  Not all libraries represented had a formal SR service. The first day of the class focused on theoretical concepts such as introduction to systematic reviews, study design, advice on the reference interview and communicating with the SR team. The instructors gave us examples and urged librarians to always ask for the protocol from the SR team. Clear and ongoing communication is essential. I was surprised at the number of resources, including open access resources that index SRs. On the second day, we concentrated on the heart of the librarian’s role in the SR process—-the literature search. We identified databases, namely PubMed recommended for SRs and several grey literature sources. PubMed was recommended for its comprehensiveness and currency in lieu of licensed MEDLINE databases. Another take home message for me was the importance of searching PubMed effectively—proficient use of PubMed was a must! We also worked in small groups to brainstorm, build a search string and test it using PubMed.  The instructors shared examples they had completed with SRs teams and their experiences. Overall, I am more confident and prepared to address questions pertaining to SRs than prior to the workshop. Although we don’t have a current formal Systematic Review services program in my library, the foundations for providing SRs research services are beneficial and core aspects of health sciences librarianship. Being familiar with conducting SRs and honing one’s expertise in advanced PubMed searching contribute positively as we help users with their information seeking research and interests.

Submitted on behalf of Marilia Antúnez, Assistant Professor of Bibliography and Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian at The University of Akron.

The photos below show the Systematic Review Workshop in action and Marilia and other workshop attendees in front of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh dinosaur.

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Clinical Research and Patient Wellness Training Session in Sioux City, Iowa

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:22

On July 12, Chris Childs the Education & Outreach Librarian for the University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences gave a Clinical Research & Patient Wellness Training Session to seventeen staff members of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation. The purpose of this training session is to introduce the audience to free high quality clinical, evidence-based practice and patient wellness resources that they can access either from the Internet of the State Library of Iowa after they sign up for a State Library Card.  All of these resources are listed on the Free Clinical Research & Patient Wellness Resources LibGuide.  The LibGuide’s URL is

Chris has been giving this training session for several years to different groups throughout the state of Iowa that are not affiliated with the University of Iowa. During the training session, audience members learn how to use Boolean logic and truncation to search PubMed and CINAHL, how to use the filters in PubMed and CINHAL to find free full text articles, the evidence-based practice pyramid and the importance of locating systematic reviews, open access journals, patient education resources from the National Library of Medicine and mobile apps and websites that can be downloaded for free.  Chris has given this training session at hospitals, rural clinics, public libraries and the Newton County Correctional Facility.

Recently, the State Library of Iowa decided not to renew its subscription to CINHAL and other EBSCOhost databases. This news hit Chris pretty hard as most of his training session are to nurses who greatly value CINAHL and appreciate the fact that they could access the State Library of Iowa’s subscription for free just by getting a State Library Card.  After making edits to the Free Clinical Research & Patient Wellness Resources LibGuide to reflect these changes, he decided to make a positive out of a negative and take the time that he would normally use to go over basic searching in CINAHL to go over subject searching techniques in PubMed and the MeSH database.  He would have tried this new version of this training session out in Sioux City, but he was only given 45 minutes instead of the usual hour, so he didn’t have the opportunity.

The map below shows all of the outreach and exhibiting activities Chris has done throughtout Iowa since 2008.



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Stepping off Campus to Provide Health Information Training for Public Librarians

Wed, 2017-07-12 15:55

Katherine Chew, the NNLM/GMR Outreach Librarian for Minnesota from the University of Minnesota spent her May providing two health information workshops for public librarians from the Ramsey County public library system.  Katherine was able to connect with the person responsible for professional development at Ramsey County and given a choice of potential workshops, the Ramsey County librarians chose to participate in workshops geared towards providing health information to foreign born populations and how to connect older adults to quality health information.  The workshops took place at the Roseville Public Library, which is located just north of Saint Paul and east of Minneapolis. It is one of two Twin Cities suburbs that are adjacent to both Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  Nine librarians were able to find time in their busy schedules to attend both of the two hour interactive workshops that included a presentation, hands-on exercises and take-away resource materials.  One of the attendees has already spoken to Katherine about potentially providing a consumer oriented health information workshop this fall.  Next up is connecting with the Hennepin County librarians.

Read more about the workshops at:

Katherine Chew



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Congratulations to Marilia Antúnez, professional development awardee!

Tue, 2017-07-11 11:03

Marilia Antúnez has been funded through our office to attend The Systematic Review Workshop: the Nuts and Bolts for Librarians , a 2.5-day hands-on, in person workshop scheduled from July 17 to July 19, 2017 held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Library of the Health Sciences. The aim is to prepare health sciences librarians “to become a systematic review team collaborator and a facilitator in the systematic review process.”

With the increased use and development of systematic reviews, Marilia feels a great sense of urgency in acquiring systematic review skills and knowledge, which lies at the core of health sciences librarianship. In her role as Life and Allied Health Sciences Librarian, she is the primary contact for the University of Akron Libraries’ efforts when it comes to providing medical research and reference public services.

Marilia’s overall goals involve augmenting her knowledge of the systematic review process and furthering her understanding of the role it can play in improving the tailored services she provide to students, faculty, researchers, as well as health professionals and the general public.



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Summer Outreach at Ebling Library

Tue, 2017-07-11 10:01


For the past several summers, Ebling Library librarians have given orientations and taught high school and undergraduate students visiting campus for three different programs. In addition to tell them about resources at Ebling Library we give them a healthy dose of information regarding NLM resources.

First, the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy hosts high school students enrolled in the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) program. This eight week program introduces the students to a variety of health science careers. The program serves as a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students.  Covering resources such as gives the students a glimpse into careers in pharmacy as well as other health occupations.


Second, UW-Madison Department of Surgery hosts a 6-week internship for high-school juniors called the Surgery Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students Program. Funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation the program offers minority students first hand opportunities to experience the rewards of an academic medical career which include providing cutting-edge patient care in an environment that promotes novel clinical investigation for the purpose of improving care. The program is designed to encourage participants to consider careers in surgery with a clinical research component. A librarian meets with the group to talk about PubMed research tips and tricks as well as cover other NLM resources.

Last, the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program is a pre-med pipeline program that has been developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in partnership with three UW System campuses (UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville and UW-Parkside); Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia; and Wisconsin’s Native American college students enrolled in any campus. The aim of RUSCH is to select and nurture students who show an interest in practicing medicine in rural and urban underserved areas of the state. Underrepresented or disadvantaged students from partner schools are encouraged to apply, as well as Native American applicants from schools in Wisconsin and surrounding states. An Ebling librarian meets with group to again show them PubMed research tips and tricks focusing on underserved population terms and how to locate other NLM resources focusing on Native Americans’ health.

  doris duke


Submitted on behalf of Heidi Marleau


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Public Library Spotlight: Angela Meyers, Coordinator of Youth and Special Needs Services, Bridges Library System

Wed, 2017-07-05 15:09

The first in our new Public Library Spotlight series!

Angela meyers

Name: Angela Meyers

Title: Coordinator of Youth and Special Needs Services, Bridges Library System


  • Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Information Studies (2008).
  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee College of Letters and Science. Major: Sociology, Minor: Communications (2002).

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?: My professional interest in health and wellness began when I worked at Mental Health America of Wisconsin after I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UW-Milwaukee. As a part of the information and assistance team, I answered phone calls from individuals looking for services like support groups, individual therapy, or advocacy. Looking back, I realize this was the primer to my career today, helping others find the resources they need to be successful.

Why is health literacy important in your community?: Health literacy is important to public libraries because people focus so much of our time on family and work that they often forget about nourishing their own minds and bodies. Oftentimes, people find themselves seeking health-related information once they have received a diagnosis or find themselves in the position of being a caregiver to someone with a health concern. Public libraries try to be proactive as well, not just reactive, like offering programs such as a walking club or memory screenings, as well as having robust collections. When the community needs information, programs, or services related to health literacy, they can rest assured that the public library has them covered.

What’s different with a health reference interview?: The difference with a health reference interview is that you could be helping someone who recently received some very distressing news. A few things to consider:

  • Provide a welcoming, neutral environment so that the individual feels comfortable asking for information.
  • The person may already have scoured the Internet and is feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information related to their search. Do your best to provide relevant, timely information but be aware of information overload.
  • Be a good listener but do not offer your own experiences or advice.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?: Part of my position is acting as the coordinator for the Library Memory Project, which is a collaboration among libraries in our area to offer memory cafes on a rotating basis. Memory cafes are social engagement opportunities for those who are experiencing early stage dementia, memory loss or cognitive impairment, and their care partners. The libraries also strive to offer educational programs for the public on brain health and wellness. The impact I hope to make in my community is for individuals to know that the library is a safe, judgment-free zone to visit even after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. We have always been here and will continue to be here for individuals in our community regardless of what life throws their way.

Angela will be providing a one-hour webinar for us on Memory Cafes and Libraries Aug 22, 10:00AM – 11:00AM CT, sign up today!



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New Feature – Public Libraries Spotlight

Wed, 2017-07-05 14:58

To highlight the amazing work of the public libraries in our region related to health reference, outreach, and programming we are a launching a new blog series. Each post will feature someone working in a public library in the GMR area and the health and wellness work they do. I have provided the interviewees with some form questions about themselves and their work that will hopefully inform and inspire our readers!

public libraries


If you would like to be featured, or know someone who should be featured, please email Bobbi Newman

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Upcoming course: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

Wed, 2017-06-21 15:57

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. This course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

Dates: July 24 – September 24, 2017

Register: To register for this class, please visit:

The class size for this course is limited to 25 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Course instructors for the summer session are John Bramble, Mid-Continental Region, Derek Johnson, Greater Midwest Region, Elaina Vitale, Mid-Atlantic Region, and Tony Nguyen, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Please contact John or Tony with questions.

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare:  Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

Participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the instructor from each section of the course content either through WebEx discussions or Moodle Discussions within each Module. These submissions can be used to help support the student’s views expressed in the final essay assignment.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

NOTE: Participants will articulate their views on why health sciences librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field. Participants are encouraged to allow their views to be published on a NNLM online blog/newsletter as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic. Your course instructors will reach out to you following the completion of the course.

On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there are completion deadlines). While offered primarily asynchronously, your course instructors plan to offer opportunities in which participants can join a WebEx discussion to discuss some of the content.

Course Expectations: To complete this course for nine hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend 1-2 hours completed the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Coordinate with a course instructor to publish your observations/final assignments on a NNLM blog/newsletter
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form

Grading: Grades for this course is simply a pass/fail grading system. When your submission meets the assignment’s expectations, you will receive full credit for the contact hours for that Module. For submissions that are unclear or incomplete, you may be requested for more information until your instructor approves.

  • For discussion posts, your activity will be marked as complete after you’ve submitted a discussion AND your instructor assigns a point to mark as complete
  • If you participate in WebEx Journal Club Discussions (when available), your instructor will assign points in the Discussions for that module.
  • Students have the option to accept fewer contact hours. However, you will need to inform your course instructors ahead of time.
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A Community Program on Domestic Violence

Mon, 2017-06-12 11:10

Confronting Violence Improving Women's Lives BannerWayne State’s Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library recently hosted the National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives. The six-panel exhibition highlights NLM resources in recounting the resilience of nurses who advocated for the medical profession to recognize violence toward women as a major health issue. Shiffman Library’s Outreach Advisory Council and select university librarians organized the half-day event Improving Women’s Lives: Confronting Abuse to accompany the exhibit. Similar to planning past community events, significant consideration was given to disseminating relevant content, ensuring engaging presentations, as well as tending to the emotional and physical well-being of attendees.

Synthesizing previous participants interest in the subject matter with local health data help structure the program content and format, ultimately bringing together experts in forensic nursing, social work, counseling, legal, law enforcement, and librarianship. Individuals attended information sessions on recognizing patterns of abusive relationships, proper procedures and preparation for a sexual assault examination, support services for survivors, the physical and psychological impact on survivors health, creating and executing escape plans, legal rights and options, rape aggression defense training (RAD), and accessing health information on The event culminated with Wayne State Police leading a discussion on violence against women and offering several complimentary, six-week RAD training sessions to select community members.


Select comments from participant evaluations include:NLM Traveling Exhibit Banners

  • “I really enjoyed the breakout sessions + learned about services available in the community”
  • “Great program”
  • “Overall, all the presentations were good and very informative”
  • “I’m glad WSU makes these types of events to empower women and address issues that are not easy to speak openly to our relatives and circle.”
  • “I’m a medical student at WSUSOM; I think it would be really helpful to have a seminar for medical students about recognizing the signs of DV, resources, etc. to help us in our training.”
  • “The domestic violence website [MedlinePlus] had lots of useful info.”

Shiffman Medical Library looks forward to continuing its relationship with the Greater Midwest Region as an Outreach Library in supporting its mission to expand consumer access and use of key NLM resources to guide healthcare decision-making and improve outcomes.  To learn more about Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library outreach programs and community engagement visit our website at

For inquires contact
LaVentra E. Danquah, MLIS, MIS
Coordinator for Library Instruction, Liaison, & Outreach Services
Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
Wayne State University

Presenter discussing rape aggression defense prevention Conference attendees in front of screen saying Confronting Violence Improving Women's Lives Conference presenter at podium discussing neurobiology of trauma

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Ohio Resource Libraries: Tour Day 3

Thu, 2017-06-08 16:52

Visit to Wright StateAfter a questionable stay at our roadside motel, Linda and I woke up not-quite-as-early (remember, this is eastern time, so everything feels early to us!) and hit the local McDonalds for a surprisingly good cup o’ joe and egg sandwiches, then it was off to Wright State University to meet with Sheila Shellabarger and our own Bette Sydelko. We had a discussion of the challenges of opioid addiction in the Toledo area and the potential of partnering with researchers at Wright State on an outreach project with the library. We took a peek around their lofty library facility and compared it to our own brutalist library facility, Hardin Library. Did you know that Wright State Library has a Starbucks on the main floor?!?

From Toledo we drove to Cincinnati, for our final visit at the excellent Donald C. Harrison Library at the University of Cinncinnati. A complete renovation of the library was completed in 2008, and Linda and I salivated over the beautiful glass and hobbit-home study spacess, while director Leslie Schick shared the story of the painful five years during renovation which displaced the library. We had a chance to meet with both Leslie and assistant director, Lori Harris, to learn about the support their staff of experienced informationists offer to researchers on campus. Leslie and Lori shared a recent event supporting data services on campus, called UC DATA Day, which featured Mike Huerta from the NIH and the National Library of Medicine as a keynote speaker. A tour of the facility included a stop at the Winkler Center, a medical history center located within the building. Not only was this the location of a successful lecture and exhibit on African American Physicians in Cincinnati (rock on Jennie Porter!), but it is home to an amazing set of medieval medicinal containers that was created for the world’s fair.Visit to the University of Cincinnati

During the tour, we had the opportunity to meet with Tiffany Grant, who was successful in utilizing the NLM administrative supplement for informationist services to add her support to a grant funded project on campus. We’ll be working with Tiffany to present about her experience at one of our Kernel of Knowledge expert speaker sessions later this summer.

This was the end of our visit to Ohio, and I want to extend a sincere thank-you to all six of the resource libraries that we visited this week in Ohio. Thank you for sharing your successes as well as challenges within your institutions – and thank you for allowing us to present opportunities for partnering with the Greater Midwest Region office and to solicit feedback. Jolene…. we’ll catch you in October!

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Ohio Resource Libraries: Tour Day 2

Thu, 2017-06-08 16:00

I’ll bet you wondered what happened to the posts for the second and third day of our journey! Well, the charger for my laptop was mislaid at the airport (likely O’Hare) and my laptop became an expensive paperweight for the remainder of the trip. My plans to use the computer at the hotel were dashed when we stayed at a decidedly dodgy Hawthorn Inn and Suites near Toledo, which didn’t have such luxuries.

Photo at NeomedOn the second day of our journey across Ohio, we got up at the crack of dawn (not Linda’s favorite time of day) to visit Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. There, we met with Tom Klinger, the new health sciences library director, and his enthusiastic staff in their beautifully remodeled library. Here, we shared ideas about potential outreach projects with the Family & Community Medicine department at Neomed (as the Northeast Ohio is nicknamed) as well as potential projects utilizing K-12 resources developed by the National Library of Medicine.

Did you know that Neomed’s mascot is Ned the Walking Whale? I didn’t, and I think it’s hilarious! Tom stopped us off at the gift store on our way out, Stacks at Neomedand I am now the proud owner of a Ned the Walking Whale t-shirt.

Linda and I drove from Rootstown to Columbus, Ohio, stopping for what now ranks as one of the best slices of cherry pie I’ve ever eaten. In Columbus, we met with Pam Bradigan, Lynda Hartel and their staff at their spacious Health Sciences Library on the Ohio State University campus. One of these was our very own partner outreach librarian, Judy Wiener, who give us some background on the work she’s been involved with. Just last fall, Judy was featured on WOSU Public Media, for her work presenting the National Library of Medicine exhibit on African American Physicians during the Civil War at the Ohio State Medical Heritage Center, located in the library. Linda and I brainstormed potential outreach projects with staff, some of who grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Ohio.

Visit to Ohio StateThis visit also allowed me the opportunity to commiserate with my pal Stephanie Schulte, who serves as the secretary for the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. I’m serving as the treasurer of the same organization, so Stephanie do a lot of back and forth via email.

After a lovely dinner with Pam, Lynda and Julie (what a delicious salad! let’s all take note that I ate something healthy on this trip), Linda and I said our goodbyes and impulsively decided to drive to Dayton to spend the night. We had originally planned to spend the night in Columbus and get up early to get to our meeting at Wright State, but remember, Linda is not a morning person. And who knew that all of the hotels in Dayton would be booked up on a Tuesday night? We were fortunate to locate a motel in Huber Heights, just on the outskirts of town.

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Greater Midwest Members at #mlanet17

Wed, 2017-06-07 09:21

MLA17_logoScores of NNLM GMR members were front and center at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Seattle last month. Here are just a few who dreamed, dared, and did via posters and presentations:

Patricia Anderson, Anne Beschnett, Peg Burnette, Katherine Chew, Sandy DeGroote, Susan Fowler, Marcia Francis, Lynne Frederickson, Billie Anne Gebb, Emily Ginier, Karen Gutzman, Dawn Hackman, Jennifer Herron,  Kristi Holmes, Carmen Howard, Lydia Howes, Shanda Hunt, Emily Johnson, Kellie Kaneshiro, Misa Mi, Jolene Miller, Tyler Nix, Jonna Peterson, Jessica Petrey, JJ Pionke, Barb Platts, CeCe Railey, Gabe Rios, Merle Rosenzweig, Kate Saylor, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Pamela Shaw, Jim Shedlock, Dorothy Sinha, Nicole Theis-Mahon, Kelly Thormodson, Vida Vaughn, Deb Werner, Beth Whipple, Mary Wittenbreer, Wendy Wu.

Some reported on projects which received funding from the GMR.

Many contributed but were not in attendance. If we missed seeing you or adding you to our list here, please share in the comments below. Congratulations!


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Ohio Resource Libraries: Tour Day 1

Mon, 2017-06-05 22:53

Linda Walton and I are visiting our Resource Library partners across Ohio this week! As we work our way from Cleveland to Cincinnati, we make stops only for the occasional pastry and micro brew…. and to visit our partners, of course.

Our first stop was Case Western Reserve University, where we met with interim director Kathleen Blazar and her team at the beautiful Allen Memorial Medical Library. The Allen Library was built by the Cleveland Medical Library Association in 1925 and it is a librarian’s dream of a library. Pink marble steps lead to solid bronze doors, and within are classic reading rooms, murals, fireplaces, and – of course – books! Allen is also home to the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, where we took a quick browse of the displays.

After meeting and presenting to staff at Allen, Kathleen took us over to the the main health sciences library facility, the Health Center Library, a classic energy-crisis building similar to our own Hardin Library, which houses the bulk of the collection. Kathleen gave us a tour of the space and walked us through recent changes to the facility. Of particular interest were the new “pods,” tiny individual banquettes for library users.

Following our visit to Case, we drove less than five miles away to visit Cleveland Clinic’s Alumni Library, where we met with director Michelle Kraft and her team. The Alumni Library is a beautiful, light filled space on the 3rd floor of the clinic, and was full of library users (always a good sign!).

An extra perk, Michelle joined us for dinner at the Greenhouse Tavern, where this photo was taken.

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GMR Update May 2017: Annotated links

Fri, 2017-05-19 16:03

A recording of the May 2917 GMR Update is now available on YouTube. Below is an annotated list of the topics discussed with links to each talking point in the YouTube video. If you have any feedback  or ideas about how we can make GMR Updates more valuable to you, please let us know by filling out this quick survey.

The next GMR Update will be Monday, August 21 at 3pm (Eastern) / 2pm (Central).

Topics covered:
2:43 — Awards and funding
3:48 — Funded project: Merle Rosenzweig, Michigan Health Sciences Library Association (MI)
4:42 — Funded project: Don Pearson, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library (OH)
5:22 — Funded project: Melvin Thompson, Endeleo Institute (IL)
6:18 — Funded project: Phyllis Foxworth, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (IL)
7:49 — New GMR blog (also, check out our funding announcements there!)
10:42 — Partner Outreach Libraries, new change in outreach library model (Note that we’re still looking for partner libraries in Indiana and Kentucky!)
15:49 — Health Sciences Librarians Focus Group
16:51 — Course offerings
19:27 — Upcoming course: Engaging Underserved Communities
20:40 — Upcoming course: Health Services Research & Public Health Information
22:08 — Members needed for Medically Underserved Areas Work Group, Health Professionals Focus Group, and Community Outreach Focus Group
23:35 — Ordering educational materials
24:53 — New look for AIDSinfo
27:44 — Turning the Pages resource
31:22 — Question and Answer about Partner Outreach Libraries

Additionally, here are all the URLs provided during the presentation:

GMR Funding Opportunities
Midwest Matters, the new GMR blog
Partner Outreach Libraries
Advisory Groups (Focus groups and work groups)
Course: Strategies for Engaging Underserved Communities
Course: Health Services Research & Public Health Information
Course: PubMed for Librarians (series)
Materials order form
Turning the Pages
Survey for feedback about GMR Updates

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Funding Awarded for Unaffiliated Health Professionals and Tribal Colleges and Universities Outreach!

Thu, 2017-05-18 09:41

University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library LogoThe GMR office is excited to announce that the University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library (UND) has been granted an Outreach Award for its project, Information Needs Assessment of Unaffiliated North Dakota Rural Health Professionals and Biomedical Researchers, Phase II.


In early 2017, UND administered an information needs assessment to unaffiliated North Dakota health care professionals. The results indicated that many respondents are unaware that resources from the National Library Medicine, such as PubMed Health, NLM Drug Information Portal, and MedlinePlus are free to access and available to meet their information needs. Additional responses indicated that further follow-up through in-person conversations would generate valuable insight into additional information needs.

North Dakota is also home to five tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), four of which reside in rural areas where resources and services are limited.

Project Description:

The GMR office is funding the University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library to conduct interviews and/or focus groups with unaffiliated health care professionals and health professional organizations across the state to complete Phase II of the information needs assessment. UND librarians will also use funding from the GMR to expand relationships with TCU research groups and librarians.


The funding award will help UND fulfill two main goals:

  1. Complete its information needs assessment of unaffiliated health care professional, which will inform future outreach activities and training to address unmet needs
  2. Expand relationships with TCU research groups and librarians and begin developing a plan to provide health science librarian consultation services to American Indian biomedical researchers.
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Opioid Addiction Resources from the National Library of Medicine and Connected Sites

Tue, 2017-05-16 12:08

Drug and Addiction Information and Tools for Patrons and Healthcare Providers

Opioid Abuse and Addiction – Contains links to the following Current News, Diagnosis and Tests, Prevention and Risk Factors, Treatments and Therapies, Clinical Trials, Journal Articles, Find an Expert, Statistics, and Research, NIH MedlinePlus Magazines

MedlinePlus links to health information from the National Institutes of Health and other federal government agencies. MedlinePlus also links to health information from non-government Web sites. See disclaimer and quality guidelines

National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal. Enables user to search for information by audience and by class of drug

Toxicology Data Network –

DailyMed – Website contains95092 drug listings as submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At the present time, this Web site does not contain a complete listing of labels for approved prescription drugs.

Pillbox – Handy tool for identifying a pill that is found.

National Institute on Drug Abuse – Easy to read drug facts, for example, types of drugs people use, what is addiction, effects of drugs, recovery, and treatment, how to prevent drug use. Videos are available and site available in Spanish.

CDC page on drug overdose – Basic information for patients and providers about opioids, data, CDC Guidelines for prescribing Opioids for chronic pain

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA)

Gallery of Mobile apps, for example, AIDs Info Drug, TOXNET

Addiction Information Geared Toward Teens

Above the Influence. This site and many of the Above the Influence ads that you see were originally created as a part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Above the Influence has since transitioned away from federal oversight (as of March 2014), and is now a program of the non-profitPartnership for Drug-Free Kids. The campaign was, and continues to be inspired by what teens have told us about their lives, and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions.

The Cool Spot – Created by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. A young teens place for information alcohol and resisting peer pressure.

Pick Your Poison – Exhibition from The National Library of Medicine that explores the history of intoxicating pleasures and medical prescriptions

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Principals of Drug Addiction Treatment – Resource for where family members can go for information on treatment options

Presentations Appropriate for Teens and Adults

National Institute on Drug Abuse Presentation, The Science of Addiction (pdf)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Leading the Search for Scientific Solutions

Presentations and Information for Educators

National Institute on Drug Abuse Guide to Preventing Substance Abuse (pdf) to be used by Early Childhood Educators

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Why is Adolescence a Critical Time for Preventing Drug Addiction

National Institute on Drug Abuse Infographic about Abuse of Prescription Pain Medications and Use of Heroin Risks (pdf)

National Institute on Drug Abuse, What Can Be Done for a Heroin Overdose?



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Funding awarded to target health information access for youth with mental health conditions

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:15

We have awarded funding to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). The project, led by Phyllis Foxworth will include training for DBSA on MedlinePlus resources, converting existing DBSA material that is in MedlinePlus to Spanish and upload the Spanish language version into HealthReach, webinars and more.

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