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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services @ Your Library

Tue, 2018-07-17 09:48


On May 4, 2018, I was honored to lead a session entitled “Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services @ Your Library” for approximately 40 front line library staff members attending the annual Reaching Forward Conference sponsored by the Illinois Library Association.  In addition to demonstrating how NLM databases such as Medline Plus can provide much needed medical information for those living with dementia and their care partners, I was also able to share some of the knowledge about dementia that I learned during the decade that I cared for my late husband who had been diagnosed with a young onset dementia at age 56.  As a member of the leadership team for the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) of the American Library Association, I am also aware of many concrete examples of programs and services provided by libraries across the country directly to those living with the disease, as well as to their caregivers.   I was able to share information about programs such as:

  • the Tales & Travel Memories book and reading program which the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL brings to diagnosed persons living in over a dozen local memory care facilities,
  • the Library Memory Project of the Bridges Library System, Waukesha, WI that coordinates monthly memory cafes (informal social gatherings) shared among eight WI libraries,
  • thematic circulating kits such as those provided by the St. Charles (IL) Public Library that consist of books, CD’s and DVD’s that can stimulate memories and conversation.

Library support staff often work directly with the public, which increasingly includes those living with dementia and their caregivers.  Audience members indicated that they would appreciate more training in how to communicate and interact with this population, especially as the number of people affected by dementia is expected to grow exponentially in the future.

Although libraries are beginning to become aware of the proactive role they can play in their communities to improve the quality of life for those living with dementia, much more can be done.  I told this attentive and focused audience about a nationwide initiative called Dementia Friendly America that seeks to bring together all aspects of a community, including libraries, in an effort to increase awareness of, and provide services for, those living with dementia.  Libraries can help to truly transform the lives of those living with dementia in their communities.  I hope this discussion is just beginning…

–Guest post by Mary Beth Riedner

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SUSPECT Before You Download that Health or Wellness App

Mon, 2018-07-09 12:23

While developing content for our public library course Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community on health and wellness related apps I decided we need a clever evaluation tool similar to CRAAP for websites.  Using the criteria I came up with SUSPECT. I hope you find it helpful for all app evaluations!

Seeking – Why are you searching for an app? Does this app do something you want or need?
Usability – How is the app designed? Is it easy to use? Do the menus or icons make sense?
Security – Do you need to make an account? Does the app share your data with friends? Does the developer share your data or sell it to other third-parties? What is the security policy? Is it easy to find? Is it written in plain language?
Price – What is the upfront cost of the app? Are there in-app purchases?
Evaluation – Read the reviews for the application, don’t just look at the stars, what are other people saying about the application in their reviews.
Creator – Who developed the application? Is the developer reputable? Do they have a website?
Timeliness – When was the application developed? When was it last updated?

graphic with the SUSPECT criteria. Same as text below.

PDF version Health App Graphic


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GMR Funds Innovative Pilot Program to Teach Graduate Students Research Data Management

Tue, 2018-06-26 16:12


The GMR office is excited to announce that Tina Griffin at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been granted a Research Data Award to develop the Research Data Management Best Practice Implementation Program for Graduate Students in STEM and Health Sciences!


Today, data management practices by students are largely learned by conforming to the laboratory culture and adopting habits from the environment in which they work. There is no known national mandatory data management training for students. The recent NLM strategic plan (PDF) recognizes the importance of the role of libraries in advancing open science and data management, and many academic libraries are heeding the call by providing research data management education services.

Project Description

This project will pilot a flipped classroom model to present students with appropriate research data management practices in an eight-week intensive program. In this program, the students are expected to engage with the instructional content outside the classroom, while using the in-person classroom time to engage in activities that demonstrate competency and understanding of the content. The 8-week program will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Data management principles;
  2. Deep Dive – discipline standards, DMP draft;
  3. Project map, project narrative starts;
  4. Folder structure develops;
  5. File naming, table of contents, indexing develop;
  6. Templates develop;
  7. DMP finalized, project narrative finalized; and
  8. Ongoing practice, personal policy developed

The classroom time will be used by the students to systematically develop and holistically integrate these practices in to their research projects. This pilot project is unique in that it addresses both education about data management practices and the integration of best practices into the research workflow in a personalized manner.


The outcome of this pilot may introduce a new method to serve more students in a more effective manner with better long-term adoption of data management best practices. It also begins a longitudinal study to determine how these practices may contribute to successful dissertation/thesis completion and/or how they may prepare students for the workforce.

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GMR Funds a Womens Health Education Series at Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library

Mon, 2018-06-25 13:54
Jamie Paicely, Library Director

Jamie Paicely, Library Director

Jamie Paicely, Director of Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library in Steger, Illinois, received funding for Women’s Health Wednesdays, a series of one-hour community health sessions for women.


Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library is located in a racially diverse community: 45% White, 25% Black or African American, and 25% Hispanic or Latino. “Our library users tend to be mostly black and Hispanic.” The community also is low-income. “Our school district is 76.82% free or reduced lunch students.” Jamie wants to increase her patrons’ understanding of quality health information resources so they can make better informed health care decisions. “There is a lot of inaccurate and out dated information on the Internet, and we strive to provide up-to-date and accurate information to our patrons,” Jamie wrote in her project application.

Project Description:

Partnering with two community health organizations, the public library will host nine one-hour women’s health sessions for both younger and older adults: heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, autoimmune disease, and diabetes. Franciscan Health will teach fitness and nutrition as part of their Healthy Choices program, and Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, a federally qualified health clinic, will emphasize the importance of medical care, dental care, mental health care and addictions treatment services. The entire health education series is about wellness and prevention. Not only is the general information important, “[participants] also need to know that they can go to Aunt Martha’s, even with no insurance, and get the help they need to stay healthy.”

At the end of each session, Jamie will demonstrate MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine consumer health database. “I will show them how to search the topic of that day’s lesson… I want to also encourage them to use this platform to seek out information on other topics that may not be covered by our classes.”


The library has the capacity to host up to 60 people per session. “In the past we have had about 10 people who steadily attend our health and informational programs… We also see a number of mothers who are stay-at-home mothers who come into the library during school hours and visit or use the computers.” The library director intends to grow this number with targeted advertising and a gift incentive for attending seven or more sessions.

Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library

Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library

Participants will complete a pre and post survey for each class. “We plan to use NNLM’s ‘Process Evaluation Blank Worksheet’ after each session so we can identify issues that may need to be addressed before the next session. We want to do this each time so that we can make sure that we are learning and growing just as we hope the participants are.” Jamie’s overall objective is for participants to retain, find, and apply health information. “We want to educate them to take ownership and keep following up with themselves to be accountable for what they learned.” We want the same thing, too. Good luck, Jamie, and we look forward to your accomplishments.

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HOPE Recuperative Care Center offers exactly that – hope and care

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:17

At the end of a quiet and unassuming neighborhood street in Pontiac, Michigan, a red-brick church stands forlorn. No sign indicates whether the tired building continues to hold Sunday-morning services; however, it respectfully stands erect. It’s here that I met Misa Mi on a warm October morning last fall. As the Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, as well as the school’s health information specialist, she received a GMR grant in 2016 to fund a health literacy project for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center, a non-profit, short-term, skilled-nursing facility for patients discharged from area hospitals following illness or surgery. Launched in 2015, the HOPE Recuperative Care Center is the only place in Michigan that offers medically supervised shelter to homeless patients who, otherwise, would be recovering on the street.

One of ten beds in the refurbished church building now known as the HOPE Recuperative Center

One of five bunk-beds in the refurbished church building now known as the HOPE Recuperative Care Center

Dr. Mi kindly greeted me and then walked us to the side entrance. It took a couple minutes before the overnight janitor opened the locked door and escorted us up a dimly-lit, short flight of stairs to what was formerly the sanctuary. The church still retained its lofted beamed ceiling, organ chimes, and stainless glass windows. However, now replacing the pews were five wire-framed bunk beds neatly arranged in rows each with a curtain for semi-privacy. The choir loft stored boxes of health supplies.

Where once I imagined was a pulpit, Deborah, the facility nurse manager, received us. Standing next to a single desk with a large MAC computer and laser printer, we exchanged introductions before she launched into a description of the health literacy project.

“All of the guests have been trained on the computer,” she said looking at the modern machine sitting strangely out of place in the low-tech environment. “Misa did a wonderful job making it user friendly. The level is understandable for all of our guests. We’ve had people say, ‘I don’t even know how to turn on a computer,’ but after the training, they are able to look up health information for themselves. Then they start asking questions, ‘How do I get an email?’ It’s great to see their self-esteem grow.”

URL for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center Health Information website

The URL for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center Health Information website

With her National Network of Libraries of Medicine award, Dr. Mi  purchased the computer and printer. Then she aggregated easy-to-read and trustworthy MedlinePlus health information on topics such as wound care, frostbite, bug bites, diabetes, asthma, and depression: conditions and diseases that homeless people encounter all too frequently. With her customized, easy-to-access Google website, Dr. Mi dedicated her time to train staff and guests. She also employed an OUWB medical student through the school’s community service and engagement program. The student was available for continuity of onsite health information training for newly arriving guests and staff.

At the time I visited HOPE, 23 clients, both guests and staff, had been surveyed. Health literacy scores improved 75% between the pre and post training questionnaires with clients indicating that MedlinePlus was now a primary source for finding health information. Dr. Mi’s ultimate goal of the outreach project was to help reduce homeless patients’ visits to hospital emergency rooms by developing their skills in finding and using trustworthy health information from the National Library of Medicine and other health professional organizations.1 She seems well on her way to achieving this goal.

You can read Misa Mi’s HOPE Recuperative Care Center Project Report as well as learn how to apply for your own NNLM funding opportunity to improve access to health information, increase engagement with research and data, expand professional knowledge, and support outreach that promotes awareness and use of NLM resources in local communities.

$10,000 grant awarded will impact health of homeless patients at HOPE

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Funding Awarded to Teaching Health Literacy to Underserved Youth in Milwaukee County

Thu, 2018-06-21 09:33

The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the creation of a youth health literacy curriculum through the Medical College of Wisconsin via our Health Information Outreach award.


Description:  This project will Implement a sustainable youth health literacy curriculum in a health education course at Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center in Wauwatosa School District in Milwaukee County Wisconsin.  The proposed youth health literacy curriculum, which has a focus on self-efficacy and social interactions, will become a sustainable component of an existing health education course. The project will provide youth with sustainable and transferable health information seeking skills, a defined asset and necessity to become educated consumers of quality health information and services and making health decision.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) develop health literacy instruction based on “Youth Health Literacy: A Toolkit to Strengthen Health Literacy” developed at the New Mexico Department of Health Office of School and Adolescent Health, to be integrated into an existing health education course.  And to 2) empower students to independently seek quality health information using NLM resources and how to search and critically evaluate online health information; skills that have been found to be essential for making health decisions now and in the future; skills that the students can build on after leaving the facility.

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GMR Funds Community Health Engagement Partnership in Cincinnati

Wed, 2018-06-20 13:06

Tiffany Grant, PhD, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library, applied and received a GMR award for a community partnership to improve health literacy and address health disparities.

Project Background:

Racial and ethnic minorities, those in rural and/or urban areas, and those living in medically underserved areas are at high risk for health-related disparities. Low-income wages, reduced government services, and low educational attainment are a few reasons why these population groups have significant barriers overcoming food insecurity, obesity, mental health issues, as well as access to health care. Working collaboratively with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Interact for Health, and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, Tiffany, serving as the principal investigator for the award, will engage in Narrowing the Health Gap in Cincinnati.

The team’s research identified hypertension and obesity as the most common health conditions in Cincinnati which often results in heart disease, a leading cause of death in the metropolitan area. Cincinnati also experiences higher rates for diabetes and asthma compared to the rest of Ohio. African American men and women in Cincinnati have lower life expectancy rates compared to their counterparts, and the children in Cincinnati Public Schools are significantly overweight compared to the national average. Studies have shown that childhood obesity increases the risk of adult obesity and can predispose individuals to the development of other chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Tiffany’s team will address health literacy in order to improve these diseases.1

Project Description and Outcomes:

A map highlighting the Cincinnati neighborhood of West End

West End, the neighborhood targeted for Narrowing the Health Gap in Cincinnati

Tiffany’s team of health professionals will develop a website specific to the health concerns of residents living in the West End, a neighborhood identified as one of the ten poorest in Cincinnati.2 To reach the largest audience, Tiffany and her colleagues will engage with the West End Community Research Advisory Board (WE C-RAB), a 20-member group ranging in age from 12 to 73 years. The board will provide input on how to make health information easy-to-read and understand as well as access. Based on their conversations, Tiffany’s project team will develop a customized health information kiosk to be located in a strategically determined geographic location in the West End. Under consideration are Saint Vincent DePaul, the Carl H. Lindner YMCA, or the Seven Hill Neighborhood Houses. The health information kiosk will be managed remotely allowing for software updates. Google Analytic reports will assist in evaluating website usage and video views to gain insight into the information seeking behavior of the targeted population. Additionally, a self-monitoring blood pressure unit will be purchased. The machine can count the number of uses but not the number of unique users. Also, as part of engagement, a nutritionist and a culinary instructor will teach several classes to educate West End families about the role of developing better eating habits such as less salt intake, more fruits and vegetables, meal planning, and moderation of fast-foods. The goal is for obesity, diabetes, and hypertension to improve for the West End population as a result of the health literacy project.

1 Cincinnati Health Department Strategic Plan 2017

2 CityLink Center

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Funding Awarded to Effingham Public Library

Wed, 2018-06-20 10:01

I’m thrilled to announce that the GMR has funded the Effingham Public Library‘s Mobility for All program!


Effingham Public Library

Description:  Effingham Public Library will partner with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to provide “Mobility for All” a monthly chair yoga training that will provide strengthening exercises that anyone can do as well. During these sessions the Library will offer instruction and free resources from the National Library of Medicine such as Exercise & Physical Activity:  Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging, Getting Fit for Life and Go 4 Life Tip Sheets

Goals and Objectives: The goals for “Mobility for All” are two-fold.  First, “Mobility for All” will address the prevalence of overweight adults in Effingham County.  Second, the project will also combat the continued increase in physical inactivity.

To meet these goals, Effingham Public Library’s “Mobility for All” will host a minimum of 150 participants in training sessions over the 12-month project.  Health resources from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health will be shared with participants at each session.


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Funding Awarded to the University of North Dakota’s Information Needs Assessment Project

Tue, 2018-06-19 16:30

The GMR office is happy to announce the funding of the Information Needs Assessment of Unaffiliated North Dakota Rural Health Professionals & Biomedical Researchers project at the University of North Dakota via our Health Information Outreach award.


Description:  This is the last phase of a multi part effort to provide North Dakota unaffiliated health professionals and biomedical researchers with access to a variety of information resources, including those not freely available.  Evidence-based workshops and train-the-trainer sessions will be implemented to meet the information needs of targeted groups.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) Provide training sessions to address the information needs identified via the data and assessment of the two earlier phases of the project.  And 2) Complete a comprehensive analysis of the information needs assessment data from the two earlier phases.

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GMR Funds Consumer Health and Community Outreach in Rockford

Mon, 2018-06-18 13:38

Cynthia Reynolds, Regional Health Sciences Librarian for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Crawford Library of the Health Sciences, applied for and received a GMR award to reinvigorate consumer health outreach in Rockford, Illinois.


UIC Rockford Crawford Library for the Health Sciences

Crawford Library for the Health Sciences  UIC-Rockford Illinois

UIC’s Crawford Library serves the UIC medical school in Rockford, Illinois. As an academic library, its primary users are pharmacy, nursing, and medicine students and faculty. However, the Crawford Library also has a mission to serve Rockford and the surrounding communities in Winnebago County with a Consumer Health Collection open to the public.

Unfortunately, the public university has faced increasing state budget cuts. With limited funding, the library has had to to focus on its primary academic mission to support the educational needs of its students and faculty. This has resulted in an aging consumer print collection and a reduction in outreach activities to the community. Additionally, the community’s health needs have been changing along with the outdated material. Sorely needed is information addressing the primary health concerns of its progressively older and racially diverse population as identified in the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 and the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps snapshot report for Winnebago County.

Project Description:

To remain relevant, the library requested funding from the GMR to revive the print collection with new, evidence-based material that is easy-to-read both in English and Spanish as well as audio, visual, and graphic materials for audiences with various accessibility and learning styles. In addition to sourcing credible publishers such as Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic, she will highlight National Library of Medicine and other National Institutes of Health free and trustworthy consumer health information such as MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, Tox Town, and

Not only will Cynthia improve the library’s consumer print and digital collection, she will raise the community’s awareness of the library resources. She intends to promote the consumer health library using the local media and will teach consumer health education programs at the public library and other community locations.


Using the National Network of Libraries of Medicine logic models for planning and implementation, Cynthia will achieve an enhanced and relevant consumer health information library widely known to the community. She also will assess collection lending and database usage looking for increased numbers and will evaluate her training sessions to ascertain learning outcomes.

We wish Cynthia success with her efforts in support of the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to improve public access to quality information so that her community can make informed decisions about their personal health and gain quality-of-life outcomes.

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DBSA Continues Its Outreach Efforts with GMR Funding

Fri, 2018-06-15 13:08

 The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has received additional funding from the GMR to continue efforts to support youth living in medically underserved areas with a mental health condition. The How to Maximize Your Health Insurance Benefits program is designed to reach out to professional youth influencers, such as social workers, librarians and school personnel through a 4-hour workshop that provides continuing education credits. This program builds upon last year’s award, Improving Health Information Literacy and Access to Mental Health Care

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The Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute

Fri, 2018-06-15 09:56


The Division of Child and Community Health, part of the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, partnered with the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer family leadership training to parents or primary caregivers of children or youth with special health care needs between September 2017 and May 2018.  The Iowa Family Leadership Training was delivered in fall 2017 in four in-person sessions organized around the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies ( These trainees developed a cohort of 15 trainees who created Community Services Projects having impact the community or systems level.  In order to reach underserved families without access to flexible schedules and adequate childcare and transportation to attend the fall training, a two-hour version of the fall training was presented in April 2018 in Ottumwa, Dubuque, Oelwein, Fort Dodge, and Sioux City, Iowa.  In both formats, National Library of Medicine resources were presented to trainees, who reported their plans to use the resources and make them available to peers in their communities.

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Funding Awarded to Continue Workshop Series for MN’s Latino Community

Wed, 2018-06-13 11:00


The GMR office is excited to announce that Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) has been granted a Heath Information Outreach Award for the continued development and implementation of a Health and Wellbeing Workshop Series for Minnesota’s Latino community.


Last year, the GMR funded CLUES to design and pilot a health and wellbeing workshop series for Minnesota’s Latino community. The workshop series covers topics across well-being, including healthy behaviors (healthy eating, active living, tobacco cessation), communication, and dealing with difficult emotions (regulation of feelings and its expression, trauma). Based on positive outcomes and feedback from the pilot, the GMR is funding CLUES to continue their outreach and education series to low-income, first or second generation Latino individuals and families who face multiple barriers when accessing traditional health care system living in southern Minnesota.

Project Description

This project has two objectives. First, is to enhance the recently piloted curriculum to include topics that were requested by participants, such as teen and sexual health. Second, is to implement the workshop series. Each workshop will consist of six classes. Workshops will be led by CLUES Community Health Workers, who live and work in the target communities, and will include live streaming or pre-taped sessions by CLUES mental health professionals. Each workshop course will connect participants to National Library of Medicine Resources, including MedlinePlus, to provide families with access to resources for increasing their knowledge of health topics long after the workshops. All classes are developed and delivered in Spanish.


CLUES will utilize the newly developed curricula and results from the pilot sessions to conduct additional groups in the future throughout the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota. Funding from the NNLM will be leveraged to seek additional funding to continue this effort into the future. As well, CLUES hopes to continue the project long-term and offer sustainable peer-to-peer training opportunities in Year 3.

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GMR Funds the Iowa Public Health Research Center at Allen College

Mon, 2018-06-11 09:28


The GMR office is excited to announce that Allen College in Waterloo, IA has been granted a Health Information Outreach Award for its project, Iowa Public Health Research Center (IPHRC) at Allen College.


Due to the prevalence of underserved health communities, medically underserved areas, and remote rural conditions, Northeast Iowa has an especially intense need for programming that provides area health departments with research assistance and access. When we examine Northeastern Iowa as a whole, 40% or 10 of 25 corresponding counties are ranked 60+ out of 99 counties in terms of underserved health communities; 76% contain portions and/or populations that are considered medically underserved; and a substantial 72% of counties are rural. A shortage of health care providers within these areas and lack of access to services, whether because of distance or socioeconomic status, only intensifies these issues. In addition, 90% of health departments and health-focused nonprofits in these regions are not affiliated with a health organization. Subsequently, these entities overwhelmingly lack direct access to the literature, tools, and training needed to implement truly effective evidenced-based health initiatives.

Project Description

Allen College’s Barrett Library will provide 25 counties in Northeast Iowa with no-cost equal access to library materials. Allen College’s IPHRC project librarian will be available throughout the funding period to respond to item requests; locate, assess, and share resources; answer questions; produce literature reviews; and collaborate with healthcare providers to find the best solutions for their needs. In order to ensure that everyone involved knows how to best navigate federal health information resources, programming will include training sessions for interested participants and train-the-trainer initiatives for library staff.


The overall goal of this project is to enhance area institutions’ ability to educate residents about health issues and provide innovative solutions to community health problems. Data will be collected and tracked noting the number of research requests fulfilled and a robust marketing campaign will support ongoing contact with participants.

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NNLM Professional Development Awardee, Rachael Lebo attends Adapting | Transforming | Leading, the 2018 MLA Conference

Fri, 2018-06-08 05:00

The theme to this year’s MLA conference was Adapting. Transforming. Leading.  These three words make up many of the definitions of librarianship.  I saw this theme time and again throughout the conference and I took away knowledge and ideas which will guide me in adapting, transforming, and leading at my own institution.

Thanks to the support from the NNLM/GMR’s Professional Development Award, I attended the Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference for the first time this past May 18th – 23rd.  Due to this funding, I was able to attend one of the many CE courses offered at this year’s conference.

I attended CE300 Not Just Numbers: Teaching Students to Think Using Practical Curriculum Exercises.  This CE course focused on educating medical school students with engaging evidence-based medicine (EBM) exercises.  I originally signed up for this CE course, because I believed it would build on my knowledge and generate ideas that I could use for my school’s EBM case in their objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE).  However, I took away a great deal more.  The exercises and ideas taught during this CE course were geared toward all levels of learning, from first-year medical students through residents.  In fact, one of the exercises would probably be entertaining to use in faculty training as well.  The instructors of this course had us doing the exercises as if we were the medical students.  By doing this, we were able to see things as the students would – see the challenges, fun, understanding, and complications involved.  While all of the exercises were implemented and used with the medical school at the Louisiana State University Health – Shreveport, I saw how easily I can adapt these exercises to my own medical school or other health sciences departments.  I have divided many of the exercises into different groups such as, exercises I want to use for our lunch-n-learn sessions, possible small group exercises, and ideas I want to propose for the future.  Thanks to the generosity and creativity of the LSU Health – Shreveport librarians, I was able to take away a lot of ideas and possible opportunities from this CE course.

The lightening talks and poster sessions gave me a greater respect for our profession, because while we may all fall under the health sciences librarian umbrella – all of our jobs are so very different!  I took home a lot of information and a long “to-do” list of things into which I want to delve deeper or new tools I want to explore and utilize.

The Silver and Gold theme of the networking dinner was one that really hit me throughout the entire conference.  The idea of silver and gold friends comes from an old song that I learned at Girl Scout camp, Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.  I started in my current position in October 2017 after completing an internship for the past year at another institution.  I took the time to meet up with my past colleagues who have become such blessed friends and other friends whom I’ve met in various ways.  There were many times throughout the conference that I found myself surrounded by old and new friends, whether it was during educational sessions or impromptu lunches and dinners.

Everybody I met, whether I knew them previously or just met them, introduced me to somebody else.  Our job duties are growing exponentially and having this amazing network allows us to grow stronger and bolder in our careers.  We challenge each other and learn from each other.  Getting the chance to attend MLA ’18 and taking the CE300 course taught me new ideas and challenged me to become a stronger librarian.  Thanks to the GMR’s Professional Development Award, I’m ready to adapt, transform, and lead so that I can give rise to my ideas, both successes and failures, and watch our profession continue to get stronger.

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Funding Awarded to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library

Thu, 2018-06-07 09:18

We at the GMR office are happy to announce that the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library (SIUSML) has been granted a Health Information Outreach award in support of their 3D printing program.


Description – The 3D printing program will create anatomical models for physicians and surgeons in Southern Illinois University’s 9 clinical science departments in Springfield, IL.  The models can be used prior to a procedure to train residents working in the clinics, to educate current medical school students about basic anatomy or particular health conditions, and to educate patients about their condition or promote wellness.  Print files from the National Institute of Health’s 3D Print Exchange ( as well as those from SIU Physicians will be used.

Objectives – The 3D printing program aims to 1) raise awareness of the resources and expertise of the SIUSML and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 2) improve collaboration between the SIUSML staff and the School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and clinicians 3) and educate faculty, staff, students, clinicians, and patients about about basic anatomy using 3D printed models.  As they say, a picture, or in this case, an anatomical model, is worth a thousand words, especially when helping health care professionals and patients visualize anatomy and potential surgeries.  These models can be used to explain a health problem or procedure more effectively than mere words.

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Funding Awarded for Interactive Health Information Kiosks

Wed, 2018-06-06 16:39

The GMR office is excited to announce that Richland Public Health in Mansfield, Ohio has been granted a Health Information Outreach Award for its project, Interactive Health Information Kiosks in Richland County Libraries.


Richland County (RC) is comprised of an urban center surrounded by a number of rural villages and townships. Both of these areas are comprised of RC’s impoverished and underserved populations. Access to relevant and appropriate health information has been a long standing issue within RC. Many residents do not have personal access to Internet services and have low education levels. In addition, RC’s 2016 Community Health Assessment indicated that residents have higher incidences of angina, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity than the state average.

Project Description

The Interactive Health Information Kiosks in Richland County Libraries project will consist of four phases in order to establish and sustain the installment of interactive health information kiosks at Richland County’s local libraries, as well as educating the public on identifying relevant, accurate, and appropriate health research. The first phase of this project will be to obtain and install health information education kiosks at all 9 Richland County libraries. The second phase will consist of outreach to local health care settings, including primary care physicians and pharmacies, to educate and inform practices about the kiosks and programming at the libraries. Phase three will be completed by educating the target audience of residents who live in rural areas. A series of workshops on health information and the kiosks will emphasize the importance of health information, personalized medicine, improve health literacy, and how to do health research on their own by utilizing NLM resources. Finally, Phase 4 will consist of ongoing promotion and marketing for sustainability.


Funding for this project will assist in achieving four overarching goals:

  1. Create and provide access to health information tools and resources.
  2. Complete outreach to health professionals and members of the rural community about the resources.
  3. Empower community members to have an active role in their health.
  4. Ensure sustainability after completion of the funding award.
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NNLM Participates in All of Us Research Program National Launch

Mon, 2018-06-04 12:00

The All of Us Research Program, a nationwide research initiative from the National Institutes of Health, launched nationally on May 6, 2018! The program’s goal is to speed up health research breakthroughs by asking one million people to share health information. In the future, researchers can use this to conduct thousands of health studies.

Several All of Us partners, including the National Library of Medicine, hosted launch parties at seven different cities across the United States and the staff from the NNLM All of Us National Program exhibited at each location! The National Library of Medicine cosponsored a family friendly community health literacy event in Kansas City, Missouri at Union Station in collaboration with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. Learn more about the National Launch in Kansas City here. 

Each location held community education fairs, hosted local speakers and activities and local artists created one of a kind community art pieces. National speakers, including Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eric Dishman, Director of All of Us, and Dara Richardson-Heron, Chief Engagement Officer of All of Us, were broadcast live at each location and online. The goal of the launch was to educate, raise awareness, evoke trust, and encourage participation in the research program. Check out some of the highlights from each location at

Last fall, the All of Us Research program and the National Library of Medicine teamed up to raise awareness about the program through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)! The goals of the NNLM All of Us National Program are to help public libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users, support community engagement through public libraries for All of Us and to operate the All of Us Training & Education Center, the home for training and resources about and related to the program for consumers, health professionals, librarians, and researchers.

Here’s how you can be a part of the program!

For more information about how the NNLM is partnering with All of Us to support community engagement or to contact your region’s All of Us point of contact, go to our Community Engagement Website and follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Check out the All of Us Research Program website or more information on the All of Us Research Program.

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UMN Now Accepting Applications for Data Management Training Session

Wed, 2018-05-30 16:50


Data Management for Librarians CE Course

Monday, August 6, 2018

Health science librarians from states represented by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are invited to participate in a data management for health sciences librarians CE course, hosted by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries in Minneapolis, MN.

The overall objective of this session is to introduce librarians to research data management and allow them to develop practical strategies for incorporating data into their existing roles.

Course Components

This 4-hour workshop will introduce participants to key elements of research data management in the health sciences, including best practices for documentation, metadata, backup, storage, and preservation. We will also explore advanced areas of research data management such as de-identification and intellectual property. The session will incorporate several activities to enable participants to apply best practices of data management when creating their own data management plans and critiquing existing data management plans (DMP). Beyond understanding the basics of research data management and applying those in the creation and assessment of DMPs, this session will also give participants an opportunity to consider the ways in which research data services can be incorporated into existing roles and responsibilities, including highlighting searching for research data for secondary analysis and integrating research data services into instruction and reference activities.

Data Management Skills Community of Practice (CoP)

Participants in the CE course may also participate in an online data management skills community of practice (CoP). The CoP will meet quarterly to take a deeper dive into a data management topic that could include federal funding compliance, data preservation & sharing, and open science. Topics are TBD and will be developed based on cohort needs.

CE Credits

Participants who complete the course will receive 4 MLA CE credits.

Instructor & CoP Facilitator:

Caitlin Bakker, MLIS: Caitlin Bakker is a health sciences librarian specializing in research support services, including data management, scholarly publishing, and citation tracking and analysis. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University in 2011 and is a Senior Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Caitlin is interested in meta-research, and her projects have focused on publication models, systematic reviews, research ethics, and research impact.

Who can apply?

  • Applications are open to health science librarians in the Greater Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
  • Twelve librarians from the GMR will be awarded a stipend to have their travel costs to/from Minneapolis reimbursed up to $1000. Applications for the stipend must include a personal statement, cv and letter of support from their supervisor (see Application Instructions below).
  • Enrollment is limited to 35 participants

What does it cost?

  • There is no charge for the CE course
  • Twelve participants from the GMR will receive a reimbursement up to $1000 for travel costs.
  • Individuals who are not selected to receive the reimbursement but still wish to take the course are responsible for their own travel costs

How can I get there?

  • All stipend award attendees who elect to fly to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport must book their air travel on a U.S. air carrier per our grant award. MSP is served by all the major US carriers including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.

Where can I stay?

  • There is a block of 12 rooms being held at the Graduate Hotel, which is conveniently located on the Minneapolis East Bank campus. These 12 rooms are reservable at the discounted event rate ($160/night) on a first-come, first-served basis. Other hotels in walking-distance to campus include the Courtyard by Marriott, DoubleTree by Hilton, and the Hampton Inn and Suites. Each of these hotels is connected to campus via the Green Line light rail system. The closest light rail station to Bruininks Hall is the East Bank station.

Session Agenda:

  • Lunch and networking 12-1:00pm
  • CE course 1-5:00pm
  • Complete session evaluations 5:00-5:15pm

Important Dates


  • Stipend application deadline: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Non-stipend application deadline: open until filled
  • Notifications: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Course Date: Monday, August 6, 2018


Application Details

  • Name and Contact Information
  • Current Role/Title
  • Place of Employment

If Applying for Travel Stipend, please include:

  • Personal statement (1-2 paragraphs) describing your individual goals, why the training is needed and how you will apply the training in practice
  • CV
  • Letter of Support from your supervisor describing why you should attend and how your participation in the workshop and the quarterly online data management skills CoP will impact the organization moving forward

Application Instructions

Please fill out the online Application Form. If applying for the travel stipend, please upload a PDF of your current CV, your personal statement and your letter of support from your supervisor.


Contact Lisa McGuire at:

This activity is supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number 1UG4LM012346. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Back from the Medical Library Association ’18 in Atlanta with stories to share!

Fri, 2018-05-25 09:43

Photo of conference presentersStaff from the office participated in the Medical Library Association (MLA) 2018 meeting in Atlanta this past week, where we met many of our Network members attending, presenting – and dining on Southern specialties such as chicken and waffles and cheesy grits in downtown restaurants. GMR Outreach Specialist, Derek Johnson, presented a poster titled “Transforming Library Education Opportunities to Reach New Audiences on Third-Party Platforms,” which outlined developing training for public health professional learning platforms, such as TRAIN. In the poster hall, we saw a familiar face from one of our designated Partner Outreach Libraries, Katherine Chew, presenting “A Year in the Life of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Sponsored Outreach Librarian,” among posters that represented many of our regional Network members. I attended as many sessions from our regional Network members as possible this year, whenever I could elbow my way into the packed conference rooms where you were presenting!

At this annual meeting, our office sponsored the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium, held throughout the final day and a half of the conference. The Symposium was a joint effort between the Medical Library Association, Public Library Association, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (led by the GMR) and attracted nearly 150 public librarians from across the country. The Symposium kicked off after breakfast – an early 7:00 am start – during which Dr. Patricia Brennan (NLM), Scott Allen (PLA), Amanda Wilson (NNLM), and Barbara Epstein (MLA) presented a welcome. Post-breakfast, attendees participated in a speed networking (later dubbed speed dating) session during which public librarians and health sciences librarians were asked to connect for three-minute discussions. Thanks to all of those Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) members who participated in the speed dating session, I hope you made some lasting love connections!

Program speakers included Scott Allen, Dr. Colleen Campbell, Dr. Rema Afifi, LaVentra Danquah, myself and NNLM staff from locations such as the South Central Region, Pacific Southwest Region, Southeastern Atlantic Region, and Middle Atlantic Region. Keynote speakers featured during the second day of programming included Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, the chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program and Dr. David Satcher, a former surgeon general of the United States. You can view the entire program details online, and for another perspective on the Symposium, you may want to read Dr. Brennan’s blog post!

Thanks to everyone who participated and who served on the program committee for the event. I facilitated one of the debrief sessions with public library staff from the Southeastern Atlantic Region, one attendee there described the symposium to me as not only a positive experience, but a “powerful” one. Let’s trust that was true for others also, I’m confident we made some lasting partnerships!

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