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A Message from GMR Interim Associate Director, Derek Johnson

Tue, 2020-03-17 15:44

To our GMR Community Members,

As we all adjust to the changes that the coronavirus pandemic is bringing to our work and personal lives, I want to update you on some of the changes that will take place in our office.

GMR staff will be working from home. As a result, NNLM Reading and Membership kits, along with orders for other informational materials will not be filled. In addition, you may find that our response times are slightly delayed or that one of our human or fur children appear audibly or visibly on our calls or meetings.

We will continue to work with our partners across the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer a range of scheduled webinars, online courses and self-paced courses. In addition, our archive of recorded trainings are always available on YouTube.

We encourage you to follow and share the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep yourself and others informed and healthy!

Thank you,

Derek Johnson, MLIS
Interim Associate Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region

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A Guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) for Public Libraries

Thu, 2020-02-27 09:18

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) badge from the CDC“The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which used to be called the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is a new type of coronavirus. It causes respiratory illness in people. It was first identified in Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 can spread from person to person. This usually happens through respiratory droplets – when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes, and you breathe it in. Most often, you need to be close to the person (within 6 feet) for it to spread this way. It might be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. But this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. ” MedlinePlus

Online Resources


Coronavirus Infections Also called: COVID-19 from MedlinePlus

Coronavirus Testing from MedlinePlus


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) summary from The National Library of Medicine. NLM is operated by the United States federal government, is the world’s largest medical library.

Cornaviruses including COVID-19 from the National Institute on Allergies and Infectious Diseases. NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. NIAID is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH – Coronavirus The national Institutes of Health’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary page. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

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CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), national public health institute of the United States.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary The situation summary page regarding COVID-19, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC – Guidance for Employers Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus Health topic page from the World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the United Nations that focuses on world public health.


NAACHO – Directory of Local Health Departments National Association of County Health Officials

Additional Resources

A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For Coronavirus NPR LifeKit

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Maps & Visualizations Books

Library Journal Suggested Titles

American Libraries Magazine Suggested Titles

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Goodbye, friends, and a warm welcome to Derek Johnson!

Mon, 2020-02-17 13:02

I want to share with everyone that this is my final week serving as the Associate Director for our program, I am beginning a new position at Creighton University in Omaha next month. I’m excited about the new challenge, but sad to be leaving so many outstanding colleagues and friends behind – as well as letting go of the many projects that

GMR staff at MCMLA exhibit

Darlene, Jacqueline, and I with Balloon Man!

we’ve brainstormed and not yet had the chance to implement yet! This position has been a career milestone, it’s been a rare opportunity to serve in the same organization that helped me get my feet under me as a new hospital librarian long ago. By far, my favorite part of this position has been connecting with our members and hearing about your successes and challenges. Our region is proud of our member organizations, there’s nothing I enjoy more than bragging about our funded projects, which you all make successful.

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Linda & I touring the new space for the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library

In my place, our very own Health Professionals Outreach Specialist, Derek Johnson, will be stepping up to take on the Associate Director role on an interim basis. I’ve never received so much praise (unsolicited, even!) for a team member as I have for Derek, which is a testament to the collaborative work Derek has been a part of nationally. In my time working with Derek, I’ve valued his strategic thinking and deliberate process – a good contrast with my runaway enthusiasm to undertake new projects. Derek has great ideas of his own in the works and I am confident that he will elevate the success of the program and of our region. You are in good hands!

I want to thank you all for sharing your time with me and wish you all future success!

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