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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.


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Topic: GMR Update October 2016
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm, Central
Session number: 624 862 428
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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


GMR Update – Monday!


It’s that time again… we’ll be broadcasting our monthly update on Monday at 2:00pm CST.

I welcome your questions in advance, which our office will use to develop our presentation for Monday. (This means you, Marcia!) To submit questions in advance, please use our online form at: The last time I’ll look at this will be Monday at 10:00am CST, so if you have questions after that time, please save them for the Q&A at the end of the session.

This is our last GMR Update using Adobe Connect! I know this will cause many tears to be shed among our members. (Yes, I am being sarcastic.) Beginning at our Update in October, we’ll be using WebEx software going forward.

Connect to the GMR Update here:

Because the toll-free phone numbers have been hacked in the past, the NN/LM asks that we only display those once you’re ‘in’ the room. In other words, when you log into the web meeting using the URL, you’ll see the dial in information displayed. Make sense? If not, feel free to contact us with questions at or 319-353-4479.

– Liz Kiscaden, Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

MLA Webinar Site Sponsorship

The GMR is now accepting applications for site sponsorship for the MLA Webinar “Demystifying R” on October 5th.

To apply to serve as a registered site for this webinar, please fill out the application available on our website – we’ll be able to confirm your registration very soon after receiving this application. Please return your application via email ( by September 21st.


Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians
Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 1-2:30pm CST

Attendees will learn:

  • what the R programming language is and some of its key features
  • some key terminology and a basic understanding of how R works
  • some uses for that R may be a good solution for your data needs, including data processing and management, visualization, and statistical analysis
  • how R can be useful for working with research data, as well as with library data, including bibliometric data, library statistics, or budget data
  • where to find free resources for learning R

More information about the webinar and presenter is available here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office (, (319) 353 – 4479) if you have any questions about the application or site sponsorship.

Where did that month go?

Just a few weeks ago, I posted an article in the GMR blog highlighting the fact that September is National Preparedness Month. From the CDC, to the American Red Cross, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),, and your local county (Cook County, IL; Johnson County, IA), city (Fargo, ND, Louisville, KY), university (University of Minnesota Duluth), or church (The United Methodist Church), being prepared for an emergency is a priority. Ready or not, the calendar page turned to September, and National Preparedness Month got underway.

Fear not, procrastinators! The NN/LM has developed a Collaborative Webinar Series, and first up is entitled: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!


When: September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET / 2-3pm CT
To Register:

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to:

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

Nature Calls

Today the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as so many people have done over the past century, including the fictional Griswolds, my family of four took to the open road on a hot summer day traveling 2,000 miles from the Heartland of America to visit celestial mountains and lakes and forests out West. What did we find? Exactly that – mountains and lakes and forests. We also found so much more. As we paddled a kayak in the crystal clear Lake Crescent; hiked a 600-foot incline to view Glacier waterfalls; and strolled a misty beach hearing thunderous waves smack the Pacific coast, we discovered health – mental and physical.

However, I am reminded not to wait for a vacation to create peace of mind and strong bones and muscles. Physical activity should be incorporated into my daily life. When the Obama administration came into office, the First Lady made it her mission to fight childhood obesity. Let’s Move was Michelle Obama’s initiative to motivate children to eat well and exercise. The Get Active page has useful recommendations for the amount of beneficial activity and food intake for staying fit. The President, too, supported his wife’s program with his challenge to modify lifestyle behavior. View a list of suggested activities or take a fitness test at the President’s Challenge website.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine, too, has several resources to guide you to a healthier you. MedlinePlus – Exercise and Physical Fitness compiles facts, information and links to many useful sites such as Exercise Tips for Travelers at Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging and consumer health information for Joining a Gym from the Federal Trade Commission.

For more science-based information, look at HHS developed this website as part of the Healthy People 2020 [PDF] initiative. It provides resources for the purpose of helping users implement programs and applications to improve the Nation’s Health by 2020. Now I will stop writing so you will stop reading and we all can go for a walk.

kayakingSecond BeachCrossing a wood bridge






Darlene Kaskie is the Technology and Communications Librarian at the Greater Midwest Region for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.