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A Message from the RML Director, Holidays 2012

Greetings of the Season! The Holidays will provide us a time to reflect, restore, and re-acquaint ourselves with family and friends before we resume the fast pace of our work lives in the New Year.

That fast pace yields many benefits, including high productivity. In the fall of 2012, the GMR staff collectively attended 10 state and/or local health sciences meetings, plus all staff participated at the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference–exhibiting, presenting and teaching classes. A total of 537 participants were engaged in 20 trainings and presentations offered by the GMR staff; an additional 355 participants benefited from GMR-sponsored classes. We exhibited at or supported two dozen exhibits and performed a total of 10 site visits. Kudos to the attendees who took the initiative to learn about new ideas and resources in health sciences library practice and to the GMR staff for facilitating their learning!

We also hosted a meeting of the GMR Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in the fall. The RAC members gave substantive input and advice on how to best develop the three programmatic emphases in the current RML contract period: E-science, Electronic Health Records, and supporting Hospital Librarians.  In addition, the GMR hosted a symposium open to all on “Research for Better Patient Outcomes: What Librarians Should Know” as a part of the RAC meeting. RAC member Corey B. Smith, director of science and applied informatics with the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board, addressed the topic of community-based participatory research illustrated with examples from research with tribal communities in the Northern Plains. Rienne Johnson, reference librarian at Northeast Ohio Medical University, described her work with a local practice-based research network.  Glenn Schumock, Director of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research and Professor in the UIC College of Pharmacy, gave an overview of comparative effectiveness research and Ruth Holst, associate director of the GMR, reviewed the NLM resources that support community research.  It was an amazing session and we appreciate the preparation and expertise of our speakers as well as the insightful observations and questions of the participants.

In the coming months, the GMR will host two workshops in conjunction with the Midcontinental Region. They are Knowledge Management in Hospitals: Developing a Team to Test and Ensure Success on February 7-8, 2013, and Disaster Communications Summit on March 7-8, 2013.  For more information, see the GMR calendar or view the Training and Education Opportunities page at:

My best wishes to all for a prosperous – and productive – new year in 2013!

Kate Carpenter
Director, Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

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