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Archive for April, 2010

MedlinePlus Wows at Health Fair

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Merle Rosenzweig
Liaison Librarian
University of Michigan
Taubman Health Sciences Library
Ann Arbor, MI

Taubman librarians Merle Rosenzweig and Agnes Thorne at Health and   Wellness Fair displayOn Wednesday, April 14, 2010, two staff of the Taubman Health Sciences Library manned a table at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Health & Wellness Fair. This is the second year that we took part in the fair. We handed out brochures on health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health as well as information about our library. We also had one of our laptop computers set up to provide live demonstrations of MedlinePlus and other relevant resources.

We did topic searches on health issues suggested by the attendees. Many of theses attendees had previously asked their doctors for more information about these conditions with little success but were able to find important information about their symptoms, i.e. Burning Mouth Syndrome and finger pain upon urination, through a quick MedlinePlus search.

Become an Official Videographer at MLA ’10!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Are you handy with a video camera? Do you like technology? When you have gone to MLA in the past, have you wished: “I wish I could have videotaped that darn conference!” This is your opportunity!

Why not apply to be a videographer for MLA ’10? This is the first time in the history of MLA that we will have official videographers at the conference. Come be a part of history and learn some new technologies at the same time.

Fill out the application:

Even if you haven’t had a LOT of experience with a videocamera, training on the use of the camera will take place on Sunday during the conference. We need at least 3 videographers for the conference.

The application will be open until April 30, 2010. Official videographers will be announced May 8, 2010.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me – max [at] uic [dot] edu.

MLA ’10 Conference Community – Get Connected Before and During the Conference!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Over the past few years, the MLA annual meeting has utilized an increasing number of online social networking tools to help participants interact with both one another and with meeting content. In the spirit of this year’s theme of “Reflect and Connect,” the annual meeting website features the Conference Community ( The primary goal of the Conference Community is to enable connections and communication among in-person and virtual attendees.


A Message from the RML Director: Spring 2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Springtime in the Midwest is always a surprise, as if winter will become permanent rather than an attention-grabbing phase of the annual cycle. The cold and the dark recede; still we cling stubbornly to our coats, scarves, and gloves, just in case.

The chilly climate continues to be an apt metaphor for the programmatic chill of current economic conditions on our libraries and home institutions. At the same time, new ideas, new partnerships, and bold decisions encourage focus and allow for growth in our priorities.

Consortial licensing of e-journals, e-books, and databases has potential to reduce subscription cost and improve purchasing efficiency for the GMR membership. The E-Licensing Working Group of the GMR Regional Advisory Council (RAC) continues to work with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (formerly the Michigan Library Consortium) on identifying group purchasing opportunities. The E-Licensing Working Group drafted a member survey that will be distributed in April to gather feedback on participation and interest in the various packages. (more…)