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Archive for July, 2010

New Titles in the GMR Lending Library – Summer 2010

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Wanting a book to read at the beach? You probably wouldn’t want anything from the GMR Lending  Library.   However, if it’s professional development and enrichment that you are after, you have come to the right place.


GMR E-Licensing Group Formed

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC has reviewed the findings from the questionnaire that was sent out to GMR members in May.   Along with choosing 3 products that had high interest from members, the group also has determined some next steps.   Onward!


Gone Fishing for Health Information

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

By Kate Saylor
Outreach Librarian
University of Michigan
Taubman Health Sciences Library

On June 23rd, 2010, two members of the Taubman Health Sciences Library ( had the pleasure of attending Packard Health’s 2010 Youth Health Fair and Be Well Block Party. Colorful fish

Located in Washtenaw County, Packard Health ( is the only non-profit, private medical practice. Their mission is based on the belief that “everyone deserves friendly, first-rate, continuous health care, regardless of their economic, cultural, or social conditions, and no matter what their insurance status may be.” (more…)

Hardin’s Consumer Health LibGuide in the Limelight

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

By Chris Childs
Education & Outreach Librarian
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

After getting past the initial shock that the National Library of Medicine was terminating Go Local and that Iowa Go Local would be gone within a few months, I saw this as a great opportunity to bring the Hardin Library’s consumer health LibGuide out into the limelight. For the past two years, the LibGuide always seemed to be in Iowa GoLocal’s shadow, and I sought to bring it to a place of prominence. (more…)

More ARRA Funding Comes to the GMR Region

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

More ARRA Broadband funding has come to our region!  ARRA is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding will help to transform health care by enabling better outcomes and lowering costs.  Many rural clinics and small physician offices have to pay for Internet service that is out-dated and over-priced.  The National Broadband Plan recommends changes to broadband services to ensure access to reasonable and affordable Internet access for all.  Read more about the National Broadband Plan and how it will affect health care from the National Broadband Plan site.



Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Liaison/Disabilities Librarian
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

The University of Michigan School of Social Work offered a brand-new, first time ever, two-day, one-credit mini-workshop on the Human-Animal Bond. It was held on June 24-25th, 2010, in the School of Social Work Conference Room. There were 25 students, both graduates and undergraduates, who had eagerly enrolled (the maximum number permitted and there were many more on the waiting list.)

Photo of Paws with a Cause service dogsSince I have acquired several connections with trainers and owners of service dogs in my new position as Disabilities Librarian from the Taubman Health Sciences Library, the professor asked whether I would make a presentation on assistive dogs, which of course, I was delighted to do. Professor Kristine Siefert did an outstanding job pulling together excellent material (interesting videos, her own research, publications, etc.) on the importance of the human-animal bond.

When it was my turn, I gave little overview of my own introduction to service animals through our University of Michigan Investing in Ability Week, and then followed this with a PowerPoint presentation on the impact of service dogs. Finally, I showed a poignant documentary, a video purchased from PBS, called Through a Dog’s Eyes, which revealed how users with disabilities were matched with their Canine Assistants (name of the organization). Finally, we were visited by a team from Paws with a Cause: Diane, the Paws rep, a Paws client who uses a wheelchair, and her Paws service dog, Karson. (more…)

Year in Review: Technology Improvement Award Recipients for Year 4 Announced

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

As we begin Year 5 of this contract, I thought I would like to take a moment to point out some interesting tech projects that the GMR has funded in Year 4.  You can see all of the recipients of the Technology Improvement Awards and do not hesitate to contact them (or our office) if you have questions about funding or future project ideas.  In these times of financial  and job uncertainty, I’m so pleased to see what our members have accomplished.  It is always interesting to review applications for these awards.  You tend to get a really good idea of what our member libraries need and the projects they are working on – and this information not only helps the library applying for the award but others thinking about applying for an award.