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Archive for 2010

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…)

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…)