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Archive for 2009

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:

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