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Archive for December, 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: