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Archive for November, 2009

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.

3rd Low Vision Fair Sponsored in Suburban Chicago

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Thanks to Nancy Brothers, Coordinator of Programming and Public Relations at the Morton Grove Public Library for sharing this report:

The third annual Low Vision Fair was held September 26, 2009, at the Niles Senior Center, Niles, Illinois. The Fair, sponsored by eight north suburban Chicago public libraries, featured speakers, supportive service providers, and vendors of equipment and assistive devices. The intent of the Fair was to provide practical and useful information about new developments in eye care, retina and glaucoma screenings, and products and services available to help persons with limited vision.Low Vision Fair

An Exhibit Award from the GMR made it possible for the librarians to expand promotional efforts and to provide an honorarium for each of the speakers. The NN/LM briefcase exhibit and a variety of NLM brochures were positioned in the main meeting room, where two speakers gave presentations on diagnosis and treatment of retina disorders and current advances in eye and vision research. Everyone who attended the speakers’ sessions or who picked up refreshments passed by the display and had an opportunity to talk with the librarians and to pick up brochures. (more…)

2009 Latino Health Fair in Oregon, WI

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

GMR Blue By Ulrike Dieterle
Distance & Outreach Coordinator
Ebling Library
Madison, WI

On August 15th, Ebling librarians, Sandy Phelps and Ulrike Dieterle, made their way to Oregon, WI, where they staffed  the library exhibit table at the 11th Annual Latino Health Fair. This year the Fair’s health theme was Healthy Life, Healthy Weight.11th Latino Health Fair

The Fair, which draws hundreds of visitors, is organized by the Latino Health Council of Dane County and supported by over 40 organizations and agencies committed to providing quality health-related information and services to the Latino community. This year over 120 visitors received health screenings. Hundreds more stopped by to pick up health information, enjoy refreshments, listen to live music and more.

The library exhibit highlighted NLM and BadgerLink resources with Spanish-language brochures, bookmarks, pens, MedlinePlus magazines and handouts from the USDA website focusing on healthy food choices and active lifestyles. (more…)

Kudos to Karen in the Minot Daily News

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

NN/LM GMR network member Karen Anderson was recently featured in an article in the Minot Daily News, entitled Faster access: More resources make medical information readily available. Karen is director of the Angus Cameron Medical Library at Trinity Health in Minot, North Dakota, and is the University of North Dakota Northwest Clinic Campus Librarian.

Karen discusses the new technologies that bring health information faster to consumers. Check out the article online: