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Archive for August, 2010

NIMH Seeks Proposals for its Outreach Partnership Program

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applicants to submit proposals to become an NIMH Outreach Partner from the District of Columbia and the following Greater Midwestern Region states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and South Dakota. Organizations selected as an NIMH Outreach Partner will receive an annual award of $7,500 for a total of three (3) years to conduct statewide, science-based mental health outreach and education, and promote NIH/NIMH clinical research.

The NIMH Outreach Partnership Program enlists organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to facilitate and increase the use of science-based information on mental disorders in their respective states. Non-profit organizations that conduct outreach focused on mental health are invited to submit proposals. Organizations with experience in child and adolescent mental health and/or mental health disparities are encouraged to apply.

For more information, see:

WOW! Thanks! Customer Service in a Technology Driven World

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

By Barbara Knight, MA, MLS, AHIP
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

customer at counter WOW! Thanks! Customer Service in a Technology Driven World was a five-hour seminar funded through a Professional Instruction Award from NN/LM GMR.

This seminar focused on delivering health care information via telephone and email reference.  The 22 participants included librarians from the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) , Health Workforce Information (HWIC), the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences (HEFL), and the Chester Fritz Library all in Grand Forks ND; librarians from the North Dakota State Library in Fargo, ND; and one librarian from La Crosse, WI.  They received training on how to increase customers’ satisfaction with online reference and information services, with special emphasis given to information professionals who work with remotely located customers. Topics discussed included: email and voice etiquette; response time; organization of information to be delivered; matching the information retrieved to the client’s initial request; applying emotional intelligence to difficult situations; and embracing the information service profession with energy and enthusiasm. (more…)

More ARRA Funding Comes to the GMR Region (again)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I wrote about some ARRA funding that has come to our region in July. As of early August, some 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.


NLM Promotional Materials

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

If you are exhibiting or just sharing information about NLM resources, the GMR offers a variety of options.

If you have questions, your State Contact will be glad to point you in the correct direction. Thank you for spreading the word about the wonderful and FREE databases and Web-available materials from the NLM!

Hardin Library’s CTSA Community Engagement Outreach Project

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

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

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is collaborating with the University of Iowa’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science’s Community Engagement Program to provide access to consumer health information for patients and their families at four Iowa community health centers based across the state in Davenport, Waterloo, Des Moines, and Sioux City. These four communities have been the focus of clinical, educational, and research outreach activities by The University of Iowa and have substantial University infrastructure already in place. These communities were also targeted based on the number of underserved populations in the area. The library will install computers in the clinics with their own custom made consumer health websites, and train both consumers and staff on accessing quality consumer health information. This project began with a meeting between Linda Walton, Hardin’s director, Jimmy Reyes, the cite coordinator for the Community Engagement Program and myself. Originally, Jimmy had hoped that a onetime instructional training session on consumer health resources could be provided to all of the clinic’s coordinators during an annual meeting, but after some discussion, that idea quickly evolved in the current project. Immediately after the meeting, Linda wrote up a grant proposal and applied for the GMR’s $40,000 Consumer Health Subcontract ( I then attended a meeting with Jimmy and all of the coordinators on campus and gave an introductory presentation on the nature of the project. Soon afterward, we learned that the we had been awarded the subtract and could begin. We were given an 18 month timeline, starting in June 1, 2009, and ending in November 30, 2010. (more…)

NTCC in KY in OCT: FREE PubMed, TOXNET and Beyond Training

Monday, August 9th, 2010

National Library of Medicine’s Training for You Locally!
PubMed® and TOXNET® and Beyond Training in Kentucky!

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC), in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) and local universities in Kentucky is offering FREE hands-on classes!

The University of Louisville at the Health Sciences Center Campus in Louisville, KY and the University of Kentucky Health Science Learning Center in Lexingtion, KY will host these sessions. They will be taught by the staff of the NTCC: (more…)

Health Information Translations: Preparing for Disasters

Monday, August 9th, 2010

For those of you working with non-English speakers or preparing to do so, take a look at the Disaster Preparedness translations located on Health Information Translations ( in multiple languages. Included are hospital signage documents “to meet the needs of hospitals, clinics, emergency response teams and others who assist the public during emergencies and at other times.” From the website:, the information is:

  • Easy to read
  • Translated into different languages with English (dual language)
  • Available free without copyright restrictions


Meeting End-of-Life Needs

Monday, August 9th, 2010

By Suzanne Earle, MLS, AHIP
End-of-Life Library
The Hospice Institute
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Cleveland, OH

The Hospice Institute of Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, has recognized the need for access to quality educational resources related to end-of-life care and has created a specialized library to meet those needs. Its mission is to provide healthcare professionals both within and outside of our organization with the tools necessary to give quality palliative and end-of-life care and to support ongoing research into related topics. Personalized library services are free of charge to members of both the healthcare community and the public. These library materials help increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual transitions that occur at the end of life. (more…)