About the GMR

The National Network

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by 1) providing equal access to biomedical information to all U.S. health professionals; and 2) improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is one of eight regions in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In collaboration with network members, each RML Office administers the program for the region. In addition to planning, promoting, and implementing services within the region, the RML Office coordinates activities with other regions and within the national program and serves as a contact point with other library and information networks or health organizations and professional associations.

Up until 01 May 2015, the program has been a federal contract competition from the U. S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)that occurs every five years. The University of Illinois at Chicago has been contracted to be the Regional Medical Library (RML) office for the GMR for May 2011 to April 2016.

Regional Medical Library

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences has been contracted by the U. S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) to be the Regional Medical Library (RML) office for the Greater Midwest Region since 1980.

GMR Staff

The staff of the GMR Office coordinates services and projects for the region. The five coordinators are also liaisons to the states in the region, providing a point of contact for all in the state. If you have a question about the services of the GMR, ask for your state liaison when you call or email the office.

Network Membership

Full Members are libraries that participate in DOCLINE, the National Library of Medicine interlibrary loan system.

Affiliate Members are libraries that provide access to health information resources and a variety of related health information services. Associations, community-based-organizations and other organizations concerned with health and health care may also be Affiliate Members.

There are over 1,100 network members in the Greater Midwest Region.

Resource Libraries

Resource Libraries are designated institutions within the Greater Midwest Region whose quality and size of collections or uniqueness of materials add significantly to the region's resources. These libraries play a primary role in regional resource sharing and serve as backup reference resources for smaller libraries in their respective states. They also assist the Regional Medical Library in planning, coordinating and implementing Network programs and by sharing their expertise. A full list of the Resource Libraries can be found on the Resource Libraries page.

Outreach Libraries

Fifteen Resource Libraries are designated as Outreach Libraries in the region. These libraries teach classes on NLM resources, provide document delivery to unaffiliated health professionals, partner with other network members on projects, and exhibit and/or present at community events or meetings of health professionals in their states.

Regional Advisory Council (RAC)

The Regional Advisory Council provides guidance in developing and evaluating programs and services that meet the needs of the region. The RAC is composed of representatives from key constituency groups within the region and includes the ten State Representatives. The remaining seats are filled by invitation from guidelines set by the contract.

State Representatives

One State Representative is selected by the Health Sciences Library Associations within each of the ten states in the region. They serve as the ambassadors for the RML and a point of contract for the GMR staff to facilitate communication with the state health sciences library groups. State Representatives also serve on the Regional Advisory Council.