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Archive for July, 2009

Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I recently exhibited for the NLM at the National Wellness Conference in Stevens Point, WI.  If you have not attended this conference before, I highly recommend it.  Some of the program offerings this year:

  • Wellness Career Paths
  • Positive Practice Environments: Mandate for the Nursing Workforce
  • Emotional Wellness for Professionals
  • eHealthy: Using Internet Resources for Optimal Well-being in Seniors

I attended a session after a fun day of exhibiting called Organizational Wellness: Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace.  The speaker discussed how psychological health has a major impact on all areas of our work life.  If the psychological health of workers and the organization itself is failing, it can have an effect on physical health, work productivity, team effort and the like.  There are costs associated with a psychologically unhealthy workplace.  Some of these include: executives expect more and more from employees without reciprocal compensation, staff overreacting to minor issues, and decisions being made about the organization but in isolation from its environment.


Spreading the Word about Accessible Technology – Thanks to an NN/LM GMR Technology Award!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Christina Wray Creech
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Center for Disability Information and Referral
2853 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Do you remember that giddy feeling you got the first time you explored the Internet, or the first time you were reading something for school and you really “got it?” It’s an AMAZING feeling that opens whole new worlds up, and accessible technology is one of the great tools that can help people with disabilities connect and communicate in the classroom and beyond.  There are a lot of different options out there, both with software and hardware, and it can be difficult for people to know where to begin in finding the right fit for themselves or their students.  Now, thanks in part to a Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region, the Center for Disability Information and Referral (CeDIR) can offer visitors the opportunity to try out a variety of different software and navigation tools at an adjustable height table to see what works best for them!


Tecumseh PowWow 8th Annual Mending the Sacred Hoop

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Celebration of Dance, Song, Unity and Health Information!

by Kate MacDougall
Outreach Librarian
University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries
Ann Arbor, MI

On June 27 and 28, 2009, the University of Michigan’s Health Sciences Libraries participated in the 8th Annual Mending the Sacred Hoop Powwow in Tecumseh, MI. The Leh-Nah-Weh Native American Organization hosted the event on the fields of the Cal Zorn Recreation Center. The Health Sciences Libraries shared information about MedlinePlus and the various Native American health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine.

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See for complete set of event photos.

Broadband Opportunities Technology Program Notice of Funds Availability

Friday, July 10th, 2009

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is offering $4.7 billion of stimulus money on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.   The goal of this program is to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, to enhance broadband capacity at public computer centers, and to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service.

“Funded at $4.7 billion, BTOP provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, to enhance broadband capacity at public computer centers, and to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. Through this support, BTOP will also advance the Recovery Act’s objectives to spur job creation and stimulate long-term economic growth and opportunity.” – From the BTOP About  Page.

Applications can be downloaded for review beginning July 7.

NTIA is encouraging the electronic submission of applications (applicants requesting more than $1 million in assistance must file electronically).  Applicants who are requesting less than $1 million in assistance may forego electronic filing if this would impose a hardship.

Application Deadline:  Electronic applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 14, 2009.   Paper submissions must be postmarked no later than August 14, 2009, or hand-delivered no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on August 14, 2009.

This funding is for round 1.  Timelines for rounds 2 and 3 have not been determined as of yet.

More details will be available on the ALA Broadband Funding page and you can review a webinar that took place on July 8 for further clarification.  For those of you in Chicago attending the ALA Annual Conference, please consider attending the Washington Office Update – which will take place 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday July 11 in McCormick Place West (MCP), Room W-474 or visit John Windhausen at the ALA Membership Booth.

GMR at ALA 2009: Welcome to Chicago!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

For those of you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago this year, please be sure to stop by the GMR’s booth. We will be exhibiting for the National Library of Medicine, booth #3651. A handout of NN/LM presentations and presence at the Conference will be available at the booth.

In addition, in conjunction with our sister NN/LM region, the MidContinental, we are presenting a poster as part of the 2009 Diversity and Outreach Fair. The Diversity and Outreach Fair will take place (more…)

Jerry Dujsik Retires from Illinois College of Optometry

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Gerald “Jerry” Dujsik retires today from his position as Director, Learning Resources, Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago. Jerry as been at the College for over 23 years. He received his MALS in 1970 from Rosary College (now Dominican University). He began his library career at the age of 19 as a student assistant while attending the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked as a hospital librarian before starting at ICO in the then-new Learning Resources Center in 1986. (more…)