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Public Library Association Announces Initiative with NNLM

Thu, 2017-10-19 16:38

The Greater Midwest Region office is leading a partnership between the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Public Library Association on a national initiative, titled Promoting Healthy Communities. This initiative will increase public library staff knowledge and skills related to consumer health services through promoting and expanding professional development opportunities through NNLM and increasing awareness of this topic. Activities to take place during this nine-month initiative include: release of a website for the initiative, monthly email newsletters, articles published on Public Libraries Online and in Public Libraries magazine, promoting NNLM resources to public libraries, sponsorship of Consumer Health Information Specialization for public librarians, podcasts, and programming at ALA Midwinter and PLA 2018.


PLA press release

Beyond these activities, the partnership will offer NNLM a better understanding of the needs of our public library colleagues and provide us with information necessary to support our public library members. This information will be collected through an assessment of health information needs of among public library staff and input from a task force assembled for this initiative, comprised primarily of public librarians. This partnership is intended to build a foundation for future collaboration with public library organizations, and ideas for building off of this partnership will be explored at the end of the initiative.

Check out PLA’s announcement of this initiative on the American Library Association news page, available online. This project was funded by the Greater Midwest Region, and progress will be shared through our blog periodically by myself and Bobbi Newman, our Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist. Watch for updates throughout the project!

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Funding Awarded for an Outreach Award: Senior Health Outreach

Wed, 2017-10-18 11:31

photo of the St. Charles Public Library BuildingI am thrilled to announce that the Outreach Services Department of the St. Charles Public Library (consisting of David Kelsey, Dana Hintz, Lynda Spraner, and Christine Steck) has been awarded funding to partner with Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University to develop and deliver presentations on healthcare and medical topics at senior facilities in the St. Charles, Illinois community.

Members of the Library’s Outreach Services Department, visit nine senior facilities, three homecare facilities, and fifteen homebound patrons a month. Outreach Services also provides weekly, biweekly, and monthly programs at seven senior facilities, engaging over two hundred and fifty patrons per month. They have noted a new demand for us to arrange and provide healthcare programming and training sessions at three of our senior independent living facilities. Outreach Services will collaborate with Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University  to offer programming to teach seniors how to find high-quality health information on the web. With the assistance of trained library staff, seniors will be able to use laptops to explore healthcare databases and websites suggested by the Medical Library Association’s top health websites for health consumers and patients including MedlinePlus and CDC. The speakers will encourage additional engagement through hands-on-training activities, using authoritative databases and websites to locate quality health information. Our goal is for seniors to discover methods to live healthier lives and take better care of themselves as they age.

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Stand Up for Health: PLA preconference!

Tue, 2017-10-17 14:17

PLA 2018 We're Sponsoring E-mail Signature Badge

The Greater Midwest Region office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is offering a preconference workshop at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia. The preconference is titled “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community” and will be held on March 20th from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

This one-day preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services; coach participants through understanding their communities’ needs; and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

Public library staff are invited to apply for a limited number of $500 stipends for this preconference! Up to 50 stipends will be made available to support travel and registration for attendees. For information about the stipends, please Read the stipend opportunity guidelinesread the Frequently Asked Questions or start your online application.

Attendees who participate in the workshop and complete pre- and post- work will receive the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification offered by the Medical Library Association.

The preconference workshop is part of “Promoting Healthy Communities,” a nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. You’ll hear more updates about this initiative in our blog, stay tuned!

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Funding Award for Automated ILL Software and Training

Thu, 2017-10-05 15:06

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


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

Project Description

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

Project Objectives

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

Project Goals

  • Goal One: Replace the current manual research sharing workflow with an automated system.
  • Goal Two: Standardize and improve the resource sharing experience for the WMed community.
  • Goal Three: Increase resource availability and data for collection development improvement analysis.
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Public Libraries Spotlight: Susan K. McClelland, Health & Wellness Librarian, Oak Park Public Library, IL

Tue, 2017-09-19 09:10

20170904_163239Name: Susan K. McClelland

Title: Health & Wellness Librarian, Oak Park Public Library

Education: BA, Art History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; MLIS, University of Illinois, GSLIS.

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?

For a number of years I was a library associate at the American Hospital Association headquarters library in Chicago, IL and later as a medical indexer for publications at the American Medical Association library in Chicago, I became familiar with a host of medical specialties, specialty board certification rigors and consumer health organizations. I was fascinated by the scope of medical specialty training, its impact on consumer health issues, and I found the medical subject classification system intriguing, indeed.

Why is health literacy important in your community?

In Oak Park, we serve a diverse population of seniors, young families, students and a growing number of shelter and nursing house residents. The demand for reliable and accessible consumer health information is high, and I think the library does a very good job of partnering with several social service agencies to provide our neighbors with workshops, onsite pop-up clinics, health lectures, and access to health resources databases and journals.

What’s different with a health reference interview?

Lots of times we’ll get patrons asking for detailed health info or even medical advice. While the library can’t diagnose illnesses or dispense medical advice, in each instance, we try to discern the nature of the information needed, and then provide accurate resources for the patron. So, in most cases, the health reference interview process is the same as a reference interview, while the outcome might be a referral to a health care organization, to a medical journal article or a book.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?

I hope the library’s health and wellness programming informs patrons, demystifies complicated medical subjects, like the Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare subsidies or Alzheimer’s care options and provides a discreet and concise health information option. Our patrons should feel confident that their family’s health & wellness is an important part of the city’s mandate and central to the library’s mission to turn outward to the community.

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Funding Award for Public Library: Community Conversations with Seniors!

Thu, 2017-09-14 11:03

I am excited to announce that the Westchester Public Library in Indiana was been awarded funding for Community Conversations with Seniors!

Background: the Westchester Public Library has a history of working successfully with the Alzheimer’s Association and other local health organizations to host health programs. Their Community Conversations series began when they showed the Being Mortal film and convened a panel of experts for discussion after the viewing.

Project Description: The GMR is funding the showing and discussion of His Neighbor, Phil. The discussion will include local health professionals and experts and a representative from Alzheimer’s Speaks

image of facts on Alzheimer's Disease

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Outreach Presentation – A Three for One

Wed, 2017-09-13 10:55

mortar and petle with herbs

On Thursday, October 27, University of North Dakota medical librarian Erika (Fischer) Johnson gave a presentation at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference. (List of 2016 ARSL Presentations) The presentation was entitled “Take the ‘ick’ out of Med-ick-al Reference Questions.” This presentation was one of the outreach activities made possible by the partnership between the GMR and the University of North Dakota’s health sciences library. Among the participants was the State Librarian for North Dakota. At the end of the presentation, she invited Erika to write a column for the North Dakota State Library newsletter, The Flickertail. She felt that the information from the presentation would be beneficial to librarians across the state. Erika’s article appeared in the February 2017 of the The Flickertail. Additionally, Erika received an email from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. A consultant for continuing education had browsed the presentation abstracts from the ARSL conference and also thought the content from Erika’s presentation would benefit librarians in her state. In January 2017, Erika provided an online version of the presentation for staff members from the Kentucky organization. A three for one…



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Outreach On A Stick

Tue, 2017-09-12 16:56

The Minnesota State Fair, often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” is one of the most popular late summer destinations in the region. The fair attracts nearly 2 million guests annually over the twelve days leading up to and through Labor Day.   One fun aspect about the fair is how many foods can be devised to be eaten “on a stick” (mac ‘n cheese or spaghetti & meatballs on a stick anyone?).   The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota has had a presence at the Minnesota State Fair in one form or another since the mid-2000.    For the past several years we have exhibited for a full day in the University of Minnesota building that is located on the fair grounds.   The exhibit usually features “healthy” information resources freely available from the National Library of Medicine as well as resources and services available to the public at the Bio-Medical Library.   Since 2014, we have featured an iPad flashcard app quiz where participants can try their luck at guessing the true or false of health fact statements (see MLA 2017 poster Health Fact Or Fiction: Utilizing an iPad Flashcard App to Engage and Educate Fair Attendees for more information on the iPad quiz).

Minnesota State Fair iPad Quiz

This year we were told we had an expanded area and so brainstormed what else we could do and came up with an anatomical theme – we brought some of our anatomical models and from the Wangensteen History of Medicine Library, a reproduction of page from an old anatomical atlas that utilized “flaps” to see into a woman’s body.  To complement the physical models, I created a tri-fold brochure that featured freely available anatomy information from such resources as MedlinePlus/Anatomy, or other NIH institutes such as National Cancer Institute: Anatomy and Physiology as well as available historical anatomy atlases from the National Library of Medicine.

Minnesota State Fair Flap Lady   Anatomy Resources Trifold Brochure

For six hours our team of intrepid library staff volunteers (including our director!) talked to and interacted with a whopping 521 state fair visitors this year – and later we learned a daily attendance record was broken that day with 144, 504 people passing through the gates.  State fair attendees guessed true or false to health information statements (134 quiz takers), took selfies with Flexible Fred (303 anatomical model visitors) and peered into the guts of the flap lady (84).  We were even visited by Goldy Gopher himself – who posed with Fred but passed on the taking the health quiz.

Though exhausted by the end of the day, all of the exhibit staff agreed that it was fun, that the exhibit visitors were engaged, asked lots of questions and expressed the opinion that they felt that they had learned something that day.    Now to plan for next year.



Posted on behalf of Katherine Chew
Associate Librarian
Research/Outreach Services
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota


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Funding Award for Simulation Technology in Nursing!

Wed, 2017-09-06 13:08

The GMR office is excited to announce that the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been granted a Technology Enhancement Award for its project, SIMobile for Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education!


Nurse educators are using simulation to a greater degree than ever before to prepare students for their role as nurses in complex, inter-disciplinary health care systems. Recent studies have found that simulation provides high impact educational experiences that support student nurses as they develop clinical competencies and confidence in delivering care and respond to high-risk situations in a low-risk environment.

Project Description

The GMR office is funding the purchase of new iPads and accessories to enable the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, College of Nursing and Health Sciences to implement the Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education (ARISE) Project. ARISE relies on the use of iPads and QR codes which are attached to various locations on a manikin to retrieve and access high quality audio, video and patient and biomedical information before, during and after clinical simulation scenarios. iPads will also include appropriate National Library of Medicine apps for easy access to reliable health information.


The objectives of this project include:

  1. Increase learner access to mobile devices in the Learning Resource Center and Simulation Center.
  2. Increase the integration of augmented reality and gaming into simulation activities.
  3. Increase access to applications (apps) that support learner success in a simulation environment.
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Hurricane Preparedness for South Central Region

Fri, 2017-08-25 10:53

Although the GMR is more likely to face a tornado or a blizzard, our sister region, South Central (SCR), is preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey. NLM Disaster Information Research Center (DIMRC) offers the following information and resources:

Hurricane Harvey is expected to be Category 3 when it hits land off the Gulf of Mexico, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the Texas and Louisiana coast. To help you prepare and respond with authoritative health information, below are links to our information guides for Hurricanes and Floods. You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own website, by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

Information Guide:
Embed Syndicated Content:
Tweet: #Harvey is getting stronger as it moves toward US; are you ready?

Information Guide:
Embed Syndicated Content:
Tweet: The #floods from #Harvey bring health related issues. Get ready:

Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
Information Guide:

Lost Person Finder Harvey Event
Tweet: Tropical Storm #Harvey strengthening in Gulf; expected to become Cat 3 #hurricane as it approaches TX. Search/Report

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Public Library Spotlight: Monique Mason, Manager, Science & Technology Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Ohio

Wed, 2017-08-23 13:24

photo of the , Akron-Summit County Public Library Main branch

Name: Monique Mason

Title: Manager, Science & Technology Division, Akron (Ohio)-Summit County Public Library

Education: Master of Library Science (yes, just that, it was a long time ago), 1990, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?

Quite by accident!  When I started working in the Science & Technology Division as a librarian in 2008, there were already several librarians who were involved in creating our consumer health collection and programming for that area.  It wasn’t until 2012 when I became head of the division and noticed all those knowledgeable and dedicated librarians had retired that I realized I needed to get involved with this subject.  I have made it a goal for all public service staff in our division to become Consumer Health Information Specialists within one year of being hired. We regularly attend NLM training to keep our skills sharpened, we actively engage with our local public health department to broaden our reach and are out in our community promoting our Health Information Center on a regular basis.

Why is health literacy important in your community?

We are each our own best advocates for our health and well-being.  Being able to critically examine health news and information, decide what is valid and what is not will allow each of us to make the best lifestyle choices and to get the best health care possible.

What’s challenging about providing health information in the public library?

Public library staff answer so many different sorts of questions all day. The ability to slow down and offer the thoughtful, compassionate, and detailed reference service required by a patron who may be distressed by a diagnosis can be difficult among all the competing demands to troubleshoot a printer/find a recipe/look up a barcode/download an ebook/find the torque specs for someone’s car tires …  That, and medical lingo is like a foreign language.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?

To foster a sense of responsibility for our own health. To help the citizens of Akron, Ohio, realize they can take charge of their healthcare, can learn about the conditions and illnesses they face, discover the best course of treatment, and work to implement that care in tandem with their health care provider; and to discover the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and to realize they can make choices which will impact their health for the rest of their lives.

What is your favorite health related program or outreach that you’ve done? 

Hmmm.. this is tough.  We do a lot of programming at my library.  Here’s two:

  1. We started a seed sharing library in 2013. This allows us to have both informal conversations and more structured programming about the importance of healthy food choices and the health benefits of gardening and other physical activity.
  2. Each summer for the past few years we have hosted a weekly lunchtime Tai Chi class in front of our Main Library. It is so fun to see thirty or so people from all walks of life doing Tai Chi on the sidewalk on Main Street in Akron, Ohio.  And, perhaps most amazingly for rain-prone northeast Ohio, we have never had to bring this program indoors because of weather.

We are hosting a webinar from Monique in September, “I’m a Librarian, Not a Doctor! Providing Health Information to Public Library Customers” register today!

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We are pleased to acknowledge our NNLM members

Wed, 2017-08-23 12:20

Megan preparing certificates for mailingHave you received your membership certificate yet? If not, expect it before the end of the month. University of Iowa Hardin Library staff and students have been carefully tagging envelopes and inserting the corresponding certificates so that you will receive your new NNLM membership certificate, proudly proclaiming that your institution is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

When you get your certificate, please check your organization name for accuracy and also check to see if the NNLM Liaison is correct. Then:

Look up your Member profile online.
Note your NNLM ID number.
Use your Drupal user account to update your record as needed.
Let us know if you need help!

Is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine,
Is dedicated to providing high quality information services and to improving the public’s access to health information, and
Is accorded the benefits of Network membership.

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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.

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Submitted on behalf of Heidi Marleau


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