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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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Funding Award a for health information hub inside Woodson Regional Library

Fri, 2017-05-12 13:11

 I am pleased to announce we have awarded funding to Endeleo Institute of Chicago. It was my privilege to work with Melvin Thompson on this application for a project that will provide funding for health information hub inside The Carter G. Woodson Regional Library branch of the Chicago Public Library.

According to a City of Chicago Department of Public health assessment, Chicago neighborhood ranked the lowest in life expectancy due to economic hardships, infant mortality, infectious disease, as well as the high unemployment rate and high crime rates. This information hub will provide access to health information for the community, including NLM and NIH resources.

Mr. Thompson and the Endeleo Institute will partner with The Chicago Public Library, and retired librarian and dementia advocate Mary Beth Riedner on this project.

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Resources for the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Wed, 2017-05-10 15:00

This from the Disaster Information Management Research Center Division of Specialized Information Services. Thanks, Robin!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared opioid abuse an epidemic, calling it a serious public health issue. Two states, Florida and Maryland, have recently declared states of emergency in response to the opioid crisis.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine has an overview to help readers understand the opioid overdose epidemic, and the statistics are staggering: an estimated 1.9 million people in the US have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. In 2014 alone, more than 28,000 people died from an opioid overdose.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has collected resources about the opioid epidemic, including resources for health professionals and law enforcement.

Issues that face first responders and first receivers include appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), treatment for overdoses, and coping with stress. The National Library of Medicine provides access to resources for responders, health professionals, and the general public:

And don’t forget the Disaster Lit® database. We have guidelines for preventing occupational exposure to fentanyl and treatment of PTSD with co-occurring opioid use disorder, as well as several other opioid-related resources.

Submitted by Robin Taylor
Contractor, ICF
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Division of Specialized Information Services
National Library of Medicine
6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 440
Bethesda, MD 20892


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Funding two speakers on data management topics at MCMLA

Fri, 2017-05-05 16:54

Kudos to Merle Rosenzweig on receiving funding through our office to support two speakers at the upcoming annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association in Michigan! The topic for each presentation is related to data management, a current initiative of the National Library of Medicine. These presentations are:

  • Perspectives in Research Data Management, presented by Kevin Reed & Alisa Surkis
  • Data Management for Librarians, presented by Caitlin Bakker

I particularly appreciated the quote from Dr. Patti Brennan, the National Library of Medicine’s new director, that you included in your application, Merle! Great justification for some on-topic presentations.

These speakers were funded through our professional development award, the goal of which is to keep health sciences librarians current on health information topics. Interested in applying? Check out our website!

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Congratulations to Don Pearson, professional development awardee!

Fri, 2017-05-05 16:40

Donald Pearson has been funded through our office to attend the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association meeting in Michigan this fall. Don will be attending the continuing education courses and observing the meeting overall, as he is on the planning committee for the 2018 meeting next year. Don works at Mount Carmel Health System, which is unable to provide financial support for librarians to attend out of state meetings.

Thinking about attending the meeting yourself? I hope you can make it! Our office is sponsoring three activities at the meeting: a course on getting started with outreach, a course on advanced PubMed searching, and a forum featuring panelist who will demonstrate advanced technology related to National Library of Medicine resources.

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A day with the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA)

Fri, 2017-05-05 14:37

Tour of the libraryToday, I joined the fine members of OHSLA, the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (the abbreviation is pronounced “oh-slaw,” rhymes with “coleslaw”) for their annual spring meeting at the beautiful Columbus Metropolitan Library downtown Columbus, Ohio. The meeting featured a presentation of the class EBM/EBP: The Basics, presented by Megan von Isenberg from Duke Medical Center Library and a tour of the newly renovated Columbus Metropolitan Library.

I shared with the group the new goals of NNLM, promoted our upcoming course offerings (we have 24 hours of education already on the registration system for next year!), and encouraged members to partner with us by applying for our funding opportunities. Great timing too, as OHSLA members will be attending a grant and proposal writing course soon. For readers who are interested, the slides are available here.

This was a chance to meet some of our members from Ohio and answer questions regarding our programs and services. And, a chance to give away a few of our goofy, retro MedlinePlus screen cleaners!

This picture shows the group on a tour of the renovated library, complete with a topiary garden out back.

OHSLA Slides


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Visit to American Library Association headquarters!

Thu, 2017-05-04 21:05

GMR staff in front of ALA officesHave you ever visited the American Library Association headquarters? I hadn’t! Several weeks ago Linda Walton (our fair leader), Bobbi Newman (outreach specialist) and I made the trip to the Windy City to meet with the two Public Library Association (PLA) co-directors. This visit was part of the process of planning a partnership between NNLM’s regional medical libraries and PLA for a year long initiative, which our office is leading. This photo was taken by an enthusiastic public librarian on the steps of ALA’s headquarters downtown Chicago.

While we were in the area, we made a visit to one of our hospital library members, Lisa Jacob, at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a part of the Advocate Health Care system. Lisa introduced us to her team (and I confiscated their business cards) and gave us a tour of the library at Masonic. Like most of our hospital library members, Lisa is dealing with the challenges of changing spaces and personnel. I want to thank Lisa for her time, but especially for the delicious must-be-fried-in-lard donuts that she served Linda and I!

Stay tuned for more information on our network member visits and our budding plans for a successful partnership with PLA.

(Post authored by Liz Kiscaden on May 4, 2017)

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