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February GMR Update: Annotated links

A recording of the February GMR Update is now available on YouTube. Below is an annotated list of the topics discussed with links to each talking point in the video.

The next GMR Update will be Monday, March 20 at 3pm Eastern / 2pm Central.

Topics Covered:

1:14 — Dr. Patti Brennan’s Blog “Musings from the Mezzanine”
1:38 — Updates to PubMed and interfaces
2:53 — New NLM Board of Regents members
3:50 — GMR Awards: Over $80,000 this year!
5:23 — Medically underserved areas (MUA) map project, March 1, 2017
8:06 — Kernel of Knowledge, April, Health Reach
8:49 — Upcoming courses from GMR and NNLM
10:20 — Quick Links on GMR main webpage, request for feedback
11:15 — Partner with the GMR! New funding to be announced March 1, 2017
12:43 — Award writing courses and assistance
13:42 — “Finding Grey Lit” MLA Webinar, 9 sites funded through GMR
15:12 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) packages available & training sessions

Additionally, here are all the URLs provided during the presentation:


NLM Musings from the Mezzanine
NNLM Training Schedule
GMR Homepage
GMR Funding Page
MCLS Training “Focus on Your Users”
MCLS Training “Writing for the Web”


December GMR Update: Annotated Links

A recording of the December GMR Update (recorded Monday, Dec. 19) is now available on YouTube. Below is an annotated list of the topics discussed with links to each talking point in the video.


Topics Covered:
2:30 — New NNLM director
3:29 — Digital storytelling competition for Native American Heritage Month
4:21 — NIH Request for Information on data management strategies
5:02 — NLM seeks input on strategic plan
7:00 — New NNLM website
7:47 — New website: members database and user accounts
11:03 — New website: Give us your input!
12:27 — Education needs assessment, communication report
15:42 — Professional development on the new website
17:58 — Upcoming training opportunities
18:38 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
20:42 — Coming soon: new courses, new blog, webinar series, journal club
23:25 — Professional development awards

Additionally, here are all the urls provided during the presentation:

Native American Digital Storytelling Competition
NIH Request for Information: Data Management
NLM seeks input on strategic plan
MCLS: Fix your stats, stat!
MCLS: Focus on your users
MCLS: Writing for the web

Don’t hesitate to contact the GMR office if you have any questions about the content covered in this presentation. Thank you for watching!

November GMR Update: Annotated Links

Below is an annotated list of topics covered in the November GMR Update, recorded on November 21, 2016. The links will take you to the specific points in the YouTube video where each topic is covered.

2:35 — Introducing Derek Johnson
5:15 — MedPrint
9:17 — Medically Underserved Areas report
11:22 — MUAs: GMR Aim 7
11:50 — MUAs: What is an underserved area?
12:44 — MUAs: What can the GMR do to help?
13:13 — MUAs: Identifying at risk communities
16:30 — MUAs: Prototype to help find community partnerships
19:55 — Educational Needs Assessment
21:51 — Sample responses: Preferred communication methods
24:10 — Educational opportunities
28:00 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
30:13 — Where you’ll find us
31:42 — Funding opportunities and funded projects
33:55 — Advisory groups and working groups

Lake Effects Recording: Disaster Preparedness and Planning

The GMR Lake Effects Webinar “Disaster Preparedness and Planning” was recorded on Oct. 31 and is now available on YouTube.

University of Iowa Head of Preservation & Conservation Nancy Kraft spoke about how to formulate an emergency preparedness plan for any library, large or small. Below is an annotated list of Nancy’s talking points that link to the YouTube video.

2:03 — What is a disaster preparedness?
3:03 — Reasons for assessing risk
3:25 — Conducting a site survey/walkthrough
4:22 — Potential Hazards or threats
8:22 — Identifying key players
13:54 — Prioritizing your collection
15:20 — Collection environment/protecting
17:48 — Getting started with your plan
22:33 — Authority and Delegation
24:01 — Field Guide to Emergency Response, Salvage wheel
26:22 — Council of State Archivists Toolkit
27:21 —
28:29 — Trunk tool kits / React Pak
31:03 — Packing, air drying, and cleaning supplies
35:34 — Staff training and prep
37:50 — Packing wet books
39:38 — Funding sources and resources
45:36 — Generic public library collections?

GMR Update Monday, October 17 at 2:00 PM (central)

Hello GMR members,

Please join us for our monthly GMR Update on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM (central) / 3:00 PM (eastern).

If you have any questions in advance, go ahead and submit them with this form; Associate Director Liz Kiscaden will be sure to address all your questions during the update.


Connection information

Topic: GMR Update October 2016
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm, Central
Session number: 624 862 428
Session password: GMRUpdate
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Awardee Evaluation Aids available from NEO

Attention GMR Awardees and Awardee Hopefuls!

The NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO) has created a number of Proposal Resources for award reporting. These tools are also useful for planning your project. All NN/LM-funded projects have reporting requirements. The Outreach Projects Database (OPD) and Activity Reporting (AR) System are platforms for you to share information about your project and project participants. NN/LM funded projects are now required to provide specific information for the following four types of activities:

  • Training
  • Exhibits/Health Fairs
  • Professional Development
  • Technology Improvement

If you are applying for NN/LM funding and plan to do any of these activities, you will need to describe in your evaluation plan how and when you intend to collect the required information and any additional evaluation that you are planning to do for your project.

For resources to help with evaluation plans, NEO has an Evaluation Resources page with templates and worksheets for evaluation planning, based on the three-booklet series Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects.

MLA Webinar “Demystifying R” sponsored sites

MLA Webinar: “Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians”
Presented by Lisa Federer, AHIP
Wednesday, October , 1-2:30 pm (central)
This class has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit by the Medical Library Association.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest Regional (GMR) sponsors up to (2) sites per state to host the MLA Webinars. If interested in viewing this upcoming webinar, please contact one of the following institutions:

  • Cleveland Clinic/South Pointe Hospital — Warrensville Hts., OH
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Urbana, IL
  • University of Iowa — Iowa City, IA
  • Medical College of Wisconsin — Milwaukee, WI
  • University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of North Dakota Medical School — Grand Forks, ND
  • University of North Dakota Bismarck — Bismarck, ND

If interested in becoming a GMR sponsored institutional host site for future MLA webinars, please visit our web page. Don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office (, (319_ 353 – 4479) if you have any questions about the webinar or sponsored sites.

Happy Healthy Aging Month! Have some bookmarks!

Discover Wisdom for the Ages at might look like a simple website to the more internet-savvy of us, but it’s the simplicity of this resource that helps older individuals navigate the site to find the quality health information in the unfamiliar digital age.

The homepage features categories frequently accessed by seniors, including bones and joints, memory and mental health, and vision and hearing. Videos are prominently featured on topics ranging from knee replacements to COPD. The highly customizable website – you can change text size and contrast – makes information not only easy to find, but easy to see with aging sight.

NIH Senior Health even offers training toolkits to help librarians and caretakers teach older adults learn to use the Internet and search for answers online.

The GMR has an abundance of brochures squirreled away in our storage room, and since it’s National Healthy Aging Month, we thought we’d encourage our members to think about promoting this great resource to the elderly in your community. Please let us know if you’d like some “Wisdom for the Ages” brochures and we’ll be sure to send some along. You can email us at

GMR Update Recording from Monday, Sept. 19

GMR Update Logo

In case you missed our GMR Update this week, the recording is available on YouTube, with key points annotated and linked below:

Submit questions for the next GMR Update
Resource Library, NN/LM site visits3:29

New NLM Director5:30

Funding Opportunities: Awards6:52

Bobbi: Native and Tribal Health, Community Outreach, and Digital Divide Awards – 8:42

Jacqueline: Emergency Preparedness Month10:19

GMR Blog, NN/LM Website Reboot – 15:00

Upcoming Educational Opportunities17:25

  • Writing Winning Award Applications
  • Don’t Wait, Communicate about Disaster Preparedness
  • A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response
  • Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context
  • BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Series

Call for Volunteers for RSNA Annual Meeting22:20

Member Question: Unaffiliated users?23:48

Member Question: Year 2 Professional Development awards?27:18


If you have any questions about any of the content covered in this update, please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office at or (319) 353 – 4479.

All Awards Are Live!

Hello, members! The GMR is currently offering eight different funding opportunities and are accepting applications for all awards.

Advisory groups have started reviewing the first group of applications that were submitted by the initial September 12th deadline (Emergency Preparedness Award, Express Outreach Award, Technology Improvement Award and Professional Development Award), but the GMR will continue to review subsequent submissions until all funding has been exhausted, so it’s not too late to apply! We have been receiving applications and still have funding left to distribute.


Advisory groups will begin reviewing initial applications for the Outreach Library Award on October 7th and the Native and Tribal Health Award, Community Outreach Award, and Digital Divide Award on October 14th. If you would like to have your application to receive first consideration, please complete and submit them by these deadlines.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these awards or the application process. You can reach us via email at or give us a call at (319) 353-4479.

Thank you!

— Molly Olmstead