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Archive for August, 2009

Social Networking Tools in the GMR Lending Library

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Thanks to enhancements to our vendor, EOS, there are now ways for you to interact with the GMR Lending Library and the records in it.  The Lending Library consists of many professional development materials that are only offered to GMR members to check out.  It is a little something extra we wanted to make available to help you offer the best service possible to your patrons.   As a reminder, we also include in our collection, past MLA web sessions.  You can check these items out, review the materials and send the evaluation back  to earn MLA CE Credit.


GMR Sponsoring MLA Webcast Sites for Cut the Cord

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The GMR is offering sponsorship of webcast sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users to be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., central time.  Visit for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.


Joint Commission Wants Input from the Health Literacy Community

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Forwarded from the National Institute for Literacy Discussion List available at:

Hello —

The Joint Commission, with funding from The Commonwealth Fund, is developing proposed accreditation requirements for hospitals to advance effective communication, cultural competence, and patient-centered care. This 18-month project will explore how diversity, culture, language, and health literacy issues can be better incorporated into current Joint Commission standards or drafted into new requirements. In conjunction with the proposed requirements, The Joint Commission is developing an implementation guide that will help hospitals meet the proposed requirements and provide best practice information and educational resources and tools. Additional project information can be accessed at:


Public Health Email List Formed

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Greetings to all in our region focusing on information and health services to the Public Health community.  The GMR has created an email discussion list to help connect those who are working in this specialized field of librarianship.  Join us at:


Medical Apps for Smartphones

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Smartphones like the iPhone, the Blackberry, and the T-Mobile MyTouch are becoming ubiquitous. Thanks to advances in technology, the types and numbers of applications that are available for use on these devices has increased exponentially. Applications like Bejeweled, TomTom and even the U.S. Constitution can be installed and used on many smartphones. The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones in the market today. A list of the top 10 medical applications available in the iTunes App Store can be found in the article: “Tools of the trade for on-the-go physicians,” by Cynthia Johnson and can be found in Medicine on the Net (August 2009). Below is a summary of other applications that can be found in iTunes under the categories of Healthcare & Fitness and Medical, and are in no particular order. Not all of the applications are free and price will be listed if applicable (prices are only accurate as of the date of this blog post.)

(more…) Web Site Launched

Friday, August 21st, 2009

The US Department of Labor has redesigned and updated a federal website: Connecting the Disability Community to Information & Opportunities. (formerly known as provides easy access to comprehensive disability-related information and resources. (more…)

Free PubMed and Other NLM Database Training in Chicagoland

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

October is a beautiful time in Chicagoland, and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) , in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) and Loyola University Medical Center, is offering three free hands-on classes near the Windy City. Training will be held at the Loyola University Medical Center Health Sciences Library in Maywood, Illinois, on October 19, 20 and 21, 2009.

The following three classes will be taught by the staff of the NTCC:

PubMed® (7.5 MLA CE Hours)
Monday, October 19, 2009
8:30am to 5:00pm

NLM Gateway and (3.5 MLA CE Hours)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
1:00pm to 4:30pm

TOXNET® (6 MLA CE Hours)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
9:00am to 4:00pm


How much is that Doggie in my window?

Monday, August 10th, 2009

He’s free!  It’s Tugger our DOCLINE mascot. The folks at NLM thought it was time for you to see another more serious side of Tugger so he is available again. This time he is pictured here with the thing that really drives resource sharing in the health sciences, journals.  If you would like the opportunity to add DOCLINE wallpaper to your pc or maybe just update what you already have then use the link below to capture the side of Tugger that suits you most.

DOCLINE Wallpaper

New Additions to the GMR Lending Library

Friday, August 7th, 2009

If you have not had a chance to enjoy the benefit of the GMR’s free Lending Library, be sure to take a look at what it includes.  Our lending library includes items on topics as diverse as systems librarianship, consumer health reference, copyright liability, conflict management and more.   There are also some great resources for you to earn MLA CE Credit.

Some items that have arrived recently:

  • Tailoring Health Messages: Customizing Communication with Computer Technology, by Matthew Kreuter et al. (2000)
  • Health Informatics for Medical Librarians, by Ana D. Cleveland and Donald B. Cleveland (2009)
  • iFusions: MLA Annual Meeting 2009 2-CD Set
  • Guía de recursos sobre la parálisis, Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (2003)
  • Paralysis Resource Guide, Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (2003)
  • Blueprint for Your Library Marketing Plan, by Patricia H. Fisher and Marseille M. Pride (2006)
  • Information Literacy Assessment, by Teresa Y. Neely (2006)
  • Creating Your Library Brand, by Elisabeth Doucett (2008)
  • Is Consulting for You? A Primer for Information Professionals, by Ulla de Stricker (2008)
  • Engaging the Community in Decision Making, by Roz Diane Lasker and John A Guidry (2008)
  • Addressing Patients’ Health Literacy Needs, Joint Commission Resources (2009)
  • Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know, by Timothy Lee Wherry (2008)

If you have any suggestions of items to be included in the lending library, please email us at gmrlib [at]

PubMed Redesign Web Meeting Recording Available

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

For those of you who attended yesterday’s web session “PubMed Redesign,” by David Gillikin, thank you for your participation (and patience!). There was an overwhelming response to this web meeting. The system became overloaded and many people encountered technical problems. We apologize for all of the audio and other technical problems you may have encountered during the session. The recording of this session can be found here:

There will be other sessions offered across the country for other regions in the near future. Undoubtedly the audio quality will be better and there will be different questions asked so we will make the recording of at least one of those sessions available to you as well.