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Archive for 2009

Greetings of the Season to the GMR Membership!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

khc_18_med_snowflakeUrban or rural, the Midwest sparkles during the winter months.  The twinkle of holiday lights in the city or the wink of stars over a chill landscape, both are a source of well-being and delight at this time of year.

A positive view of winter is good preparation for a positive outlook on the current economic state of affairs affecting health sciences and hospital libraries in GMR.

Economic conditions and their impact continue to be a focus for the GMR membership.  At the GMR Town Hall meeting at the MC/MLA Conference in October 2009, our members were eager to participate in the development of a region-wide licensing consortium that the E-licensing Working Group of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) is pursuing.  The Michigan Library Consortium may be able to provide a template as well as serve as an agent for consortial licensing by hospital and smaller academic libraries. (more…)

Season’s Greetings from the GMR

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Season's Greetings from the GMR

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MyHealtheVet and MedlinePlus Magazine: A Natural in North Dakota

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

by Diane Nordeng
Medical Librarian
VA Medical Center
Fargo, ND

MyHealtheVet ( is an award-winning website that was developed for the veterans in the Fall of 2003. It is an online Personal Health Record and offers veterans access to Veterans Administration (VA) health care any time through the internet. MyHealtheVet is the gateway to web-based tools that empower veterans to become better partners in their health care. The site is constantly adding new features and the latest is the capability of the veteran to order prescriptions online by seeing the names of the drugs–not just numbers. Future features will include access to lab results, appointments and secure messaging to the provider.

At the Fargo North Dakota VA Medical Center, the Library and Education staff work together to assist veterans with MyHealtheVet registration, In-Person-Authentication and general orientation to the website. One of the Medical Library links on this website is a link to Medlineplus®, and it seemed like a natural fit to have copies of the NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine available to give to the veterans in connection with registering for this website and also an excellent opportunity to advertise this great magazine. They can take a copy home and if they like it, sign up for a free subscription with the card included.

It’s a win-win situation for the veterans and NLM!

Top Digital Trends for 2010 (and other tech news)

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, we start hearing and reading stories that recap “the year that was” and others that focus on the year ahead.    There are also the inevitable Top 10 lists for the year, like:


World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

December 1, 2009, has been designated World AIDS Day in order to bring attention to the increasing prevalence of HIV and AIDS. Organizations around the world will be joining together to promote awareness and education of HIV/AIDS through a variety of events.

The Specialized Information Services division of the National Library of Medicine provides information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research for the public, researchers/scientists, health professionals and students/educators at:

For more information on HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day, please see: or These sites contain personal stories, links to awareness and promotional materials, common myths, and a wealth of information on HIV/AIDS including print resources and new media tools such as podcasts, blogs, ecards, Twitter, widgets and more.

Exciting New Titles in the GMR Lending Library!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Just cataloged in the GMR Lending Library and available for checkout:

  • Staff Development Strategies That Work, edited by Georgie L. Donovan and Miguel A. Figueroa
  • Answers to the Health Questions People Ask in Libraries, by Laura Townsend Kane, et al.
  • Going Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching, by Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider
  • Internet Cool Tools for Physicians, by Melissa L. Rethlefsen, David L. Rothman and Daniel S. Mojon.

As always, GMR members can check out items from our lending library free of charge.  You will need to obtain a login and password if you do not have one already.  Just send an email to gmrlib [at] uic [dot] edu.   Remember, there are materials in our lending library for which you can obtain MLA CE credit.  To find these specific items, like past MLA webcasts, choose MLA CE from the Collection drop down box in Power Search.  You can put an asterisk in the search term box to pull up everything we have for which you can earn CE.

As soon as the MLA webcast from this week is made available, it will be included in our collection and ready for checkout.

HITECH Act to Tear Down e-Health Barriers

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Many of our readers were in the listening audience yesterday for the MLA webcast, “Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users.”  In the webcast, I discussed some funding opportunities, including those in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  A part of ARRA, is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.


Health Literacy Events at U of M

Friday, November 13th, 2009

GMR BlueBy Kate Saylor
Outreach Librarian
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

In recognition of October as Health Literacy Month, the UM HSL Health LiteracyUniversity of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries organized a two-day forum with the aim of building a community network to improve health communication. This event closed our health literacy project that was funded with a GMR Health Disparities Subcontract. Another portion of this project included creating an online toolkit for improving health literacy that can be viewed here:

On the evening of Thursday, October 22nd 2009, the Health Science Libraries (HSL) hosted a panel discussion of literacy statistics and local programs aimed at improving health literacy and health communication. A poster session followed, featuring 18 posters that covered a wide array of health literacy issues, research and tools. (more…)

University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Brings in the Dogs

Friday, November 13th, 2009

GMR BlueAnna Ercoli Schnitzer
InfoPoint Librarian
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

On the morning of November 4th, the staff of the Health Sciences Libraries, plus about a dozen visitors from the Health System, were treated to a demonstration by representatives from Paws with a Cause–of how a trained service dog can help a client who happens to be paralyzed or otherwise physically challenged. Dart: Photo by Patricia F. Anderson

Becky and her black lab Dart (short for D’Artagnan) worked together to illustrate how the dog can pick up fallen objects–some as small as a dime, pull off clothing (gloves, jacket, shoes) and even help an individual to rise from a sitting or supine position. We met another dog, a golden retriever puppy, who was being socialized by Diane, another Paws representative before being put through its training, a regimen that costs about $20,000 for each dog. Paws with a Cause pays for everything except the annual maintenance (vet’s fees, food) for the working dogs when they are placed.


Sitting Bull College Library Dedicated

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Network and GMR Regional Advisory Council member Mark Homan and the Sitting Bull College Library were recently featured on the front page of the North Dakota State Library newsletter, Flickertale. Mark is the director of the Sitting Bull College Library. The library, located in Fort Yates, North Dakota, has been the recipient of NLM funding for Native American Outreach through the GMR.

Congratulations to Mark on the dedication of the new library at Sitting Bull College.