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Archive for October, 2009

Are You developing?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

In this time of economic down turn you may have considered broadening your library services,  sharpening up  your professional skills or attending a motivating plenary. The problem is in this time of economic down turn you don’t have the funds to become cutting edge.  You can use the GMR funding opportunities to make some headway.

Amplify your ILL service –  Interlibrary Loan is a service that doesn’t have to change very much.  It still works if you don’t do anything.  This is an area that can easily be brought into the new millennium.  The first thing you can do is to STOP invoicing other libraries for the things that you borrow.  Apply for an EFTS Award. The staff at the Electronic Fund Transfer System are happy to assist you with the paper work. The GMR is supoorting funding for it.

Take a  class – You may be able to get to a meeting but, that’s it! You can’t take a class too.  Apply for the Professional Development Award to cover the cost of the class.  You might find that your local community college has a course that you can take.  Apply for the Professional Development Award to defer the cost of  registration.  Consider a meeting that you may not usually go to Internet Librarian, EDUCAUSE, ALA or maybe a health professional meeting. You need to have a project that you are working on that the class will support and the permission of your administration the award is issued through a cost reimbursement.  You can only apply for this award once.

Bring in a speaker –  Sometimes we could benefit from the opportunity to be reminded that we are a growing profession.  The skills that we have, need to be cultivated to remain viable.  Consider applying for the Professional Instruction Award to offer your group the opportunity to enjoy a speaker you may not otherwise have been able to invite.

PubMed Redesigned

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The PubMed redesign is live NOW!

The GMR will be presenting several one-hour PubMed updates for MLA CE.
Visit our GMR Calendar to sign up:
If classes fill up, additional sessions will be offered.

Information on the redesign is available at:


HHS to Create a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced plans to establish the nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. See the News Release: for more information.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature from NLM

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A timely exhibition from the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine division looks at the world from the time of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. Take a look at this intriguing story:

GMR Sponsored Webcasts Near You

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Congratulations and thank you to those who have offered their sites for
the MLA Webcast – Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users – on
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., central time.

The list of recipients for GMR Sponsored Webcasts is posted at:

Additionally, for this Webcast, registered sites across the continent – including ours – may be found at:
a page that is being updated frequently.

Enjoy a webcast near you!

Updated PubMed Trifolds

Monday, October 5th, 2009

In response to the new changes in PubMed, we at the NN/LM have worked hard to update the handouts – especially for those who will be teaching classes in PubMed. The following trifold brochures have been updated to reflect the latest changes in PubMed:
Full Text and PubMed, PubMed Basics, PubMed My NCBI, Searching PubMed with MeSH

These handouts are available on the GMR Handouts page at:

Please let us know if you have any additions corrections that should be made to these handouts and we will continue to update them if there are other changes to the interface.

Holly Burt – NN/LM GMR
Alan Carr – NN/LM PSR

Live PubMed Redesign Webcasts

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Learn about the 2009 PubMed redesign during one of four thirty minute live online demonstration and question and answer session presented by the NLM®.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009:
9:00 am – 9:30 am Eastern Time
11:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time

Wednesday, October 7, 2009:
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern Time
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time