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Archive for 2010

Blogging: The Making of a Disabilities Librarian

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

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

One day at the reference desk about twelve years ago, I was helping a patron finish up work on her doctoral thesis on disability issues.  In between searching for information and correcting citations, we were chatting a bit, and she asked me whether I would like to attend a meeting to discuss what the library did for individuals who happened to have disabilities.  I did not have anything specific in mind, but I agreed to attend that meeting which turned out to be a gathering of members of the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns.  I had little positive news to report, but I used my imagination to describe what the medical library could and should do in the future to serve patrons with disabilities.  The variety of Council members, their expertise, lack of ego, and altruism impressed me so much that I signed on as a member myself.Anna Ercoli Schnitzer at disabilities outreach exhibit

Our medical library of a dozen years ago offered very little in accommodations to patrons with physical challenges. Truth to tell, it did not even have a low energy door for easy access for wheelchair users.  Gradually, month by month, bit by bit, as a Council member I began to learn about various disability issues. With the able and altruistic assistance of the members of that Council,  we managed to acquire the requisite automatic door openers for our library along with an Ergopod, a large, free-standing apparatus of many sections and elements that provided adaptive computer technology to users with various physical and cognitive impairments. We also obtained a magnifying reading device.  Eventually, we also presented and attended a few sessions for staff members on increasing sensitivity about such issues as assisting a person with low or no vision, using the preferred language when referring to various physical and emotional differences, and, in general, spreading the word and thus raising consciousness about disability issues. (more…)

GMR Sponsors MLA E-Book Webcast Sites

Monday, October 25th, 2010

We at the GMR are pleased to sponsor webcast sites across our region for the November 10, 2010, MLA Webcast: ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library , broadcast Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Central Time. The agenda includes: Overview of electronic books management, Selection and acquisition process, and
Management issues for e-book collections.

The complete list of recipients of the GMR sponsored webcast sites is available at:

Find more information about this webcast and additional site locations at:

Please contact the site directly if you wish to attend.

8th Medical History Symposium

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The Chicago Area Medical Archivists (CAMA) will host the Eighth Medical History Symposium in the Pritzker Auditorium of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Feinberg Pavillion. As part of Archives Week in Chicago, please join CAMA for a day of presentations, discussion and social networking on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The first presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m.


U of M Widget Translates Medical Terms

Friday, October 1st, 2010

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

The Plain Language Medical Dictionary Widget is a project of the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) as part of the Michigan Health Literacy Awareness Training Program (


Do you want to learn more about mobile apps? For free?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

By Lisa Massengale, MLIS
Assistant Information Services Librarian
Library of the Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences will host the workshop, Library in Your Pocket: Strategies for Developing Successful Mobile Services.  The event will be a four-hour interactive workshop taught by Chad Haefele, Reference Librarian for Emerging Technologies at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. (more…)

MCH Library – Mortality and Pregnancy Loss Resource Guides

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The Maternal and Child Health Library is seeking professional reviewers as well as a parent reviewer for new editions of the knowledge path and family resource brief about infant mortality and pregnancy loss. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

The knowledge path is available on the MCH Web site at and the family resource brief is online at  Please e-mail feedback to

MLA Webcast Sponsored Site Opportunity

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The GMR is again offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: “ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library” to be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., central time

for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site. (more…)

AIDSinfo Launches Mobile Site

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

AIDSinfo Launches Mobile Site!

AIDSinfo is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services project, managed by the National Library of Medicine, that offers the latest federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public. Along with housing the latest HIV medical practice guidelines, the Web site provides access to many other resources related to HIV treatment and research. Health information specialists are also available by phone, e-mail, and an online chat to assist the public with accessing this information.

AIDSinfo now offers a mobile site that allows users to access its resources and information on-the-go. The new site optimizes many of the main site’s features for phones and other mobile devices. When viewing AIDSinfo on your mobile device, you will be automatically redirected to the mobile site. JavaScript must be enabled on your device for the mobile site to function properly.  The AIDSinfo mobile site is available at (more…)

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…)