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Archive for May, 2011

NLM Releases Digital Collection “Medicine in the Americas”

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine announces the release of “Medicine in the Americas.”   A digital resource encompassing over 300 early American printed books, Medicine in the Americas makes freely available original works demonstrating the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century.

Drawing on the collections of NLM’s History of Medicine Division and including works from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, this initial release of Medicine in the Americas encompasses monographs dating from 1610 to 1865. Additional titles, dating up to 1920 and drawing further upon NLM’s comprehensive collection of early American printed books, will be available on an ongoing basis in the future.

For more information about the collection “Medicine in the Americas” see the full  news announcement at:

Print Retention Task Force Final Report Available

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Beginning in 2009, the GMR staff held a series of small group conversations with Resource Library Directors in the region.  One of the issues that came out of these meetings was the need for a coordinated print journal retention effort within the region.  A Task Force was appointed in September 2010 to gather data about library space pressures, print journal cancellation concerns, and related collection issues.  Many of you participated in a print retention questionnaire that was sent out in March 2011.

The Task Force has completed its work and we are making the Task Force Final Report available to all Network members. The main recommendation of the Task Force is that “the National Library of Medicine should take a leadership role in convening a national group representative of all its regions to explore the issues of shared print retention for both serials and monographs.”

Print retention will be a topic of discussion for the Regional Medical Libraries at the MLA meeting in Minneapolis and we anticipate that we will be communicating more about this topic in the months and years to come.

Read the report.

Bringing Health Information to the Community Blog Goes National!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The Bringing Health Information to the Community blog (fondly referred to as the BHIC blog) was developed by the NN/LM MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) about four years ago as a way to provide information to staff at community based organizations and public health departments, clinics, and others outside of libraries that the MCR staff encountered in their outreach efforts. It was also created as a tool to be used by NN/LM MCR members to share information with people within their institutions and communities.

With the new NLM contract, the BHIC blog has moved over to become a national blog, and staff at four other RMLs (including the GMR!) will be contributing writers. The new URL is (more…)

Combating Email Overload

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Combat Boots

When I got my first email account in 1996 (I’m a late bloomer to some and and an early adopter to others), I emailed everyone I knew.  One of the first things I would ask you was “What is your email address?” I thought it was one of the most useful things that I had ever encountered.  15 years later, I’m not sure if I feel the same way.  No, I’m sure I don’t feel the same way.  Not only do I have an email account for work, but I have a personal one (actually three), I get email sent to me through Facebook Messages, through LinkedIn, through Flickr – wow.  Talk about overload. Not to mention the 60+ listservs I am subscribed to (many due to my responsibilities at the NN/LM GMR and other outside interests).  I was reading a few of the books in the GMR Lending Library and came away with some useful information.


Save the date: 2011 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

By Kacy Allgood, MLS
Reference Informationist
Indiana University
School of Medicine Library
Indianapolis, IN

Save the date!

You are invited to the 2011 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting, to be held in Indianapolis, October 8th-11th. The meeting will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The conference hotel is located near the Circle Center Mall, Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, an IMAX 3D Theater, outdoor art and canal. Nearby dining includes the Oceanaire, Shula’s Steak House, St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, and much more. (more…)

QR codes, PubMed, and MedlinePlus

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Carol Gordon, MS, AHIP
Fran Kovach, MLIS, AHIP
Reference and Education
Department of Information and Communication Sciences
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library
Springfield, IL

The Illinois Rural Health Association’s 22nd Annual Educational Conference took place in Effingham, Illinois, April 12-14, 2011. In the sixteen years of our exhibit history at the conference, we have presented a variety of technologies to healthcare professionals, ranging from Grateful Med dial-up to 21st century mobile technology.

This year the mobile version of PubMed ( and the mobile version of MedlinePlus ( were showcased at the conference. iTouch and iPhones with free Quick Response (QR) apps, such as i-nigma and RedLaser, decoded mobile barcodes to connect with PubMed and MedlinePlus mobile websites. The QR codes were distributed as bookmarks. Conveniently, the conference coincided with Illinois Snapshot Day during National Library Week. (more…)

Using Your Smartphone to Lose Weight (and other interesting things you can do with a smartphone)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Today in Chicago, it is currently 48 degrees at 10:00 am.  Not exactly beach weather.  However, it will be soon time to take off those winter jackets and replace it with t-shirts and suntan lotion.  So, did you know you can use your smartphone to help you lose weight? (Not saying you need it! You look marvelous!) Duke University researchers are using Android smartphones and wireless weight scales for a weight loss study.  It’s not just that you connect with a scale wirelessly and it adds your weight to a chart on your phone; the app on your smartphone will keep track of your weight and depending how it is trending, send you messages.  Hopefully they aren’t messages like “lay off the cookies, Max!” Because I love cookies too much.  Anyway.  This article came out a few days ago and you may find it interesting: