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All Awards Are Live!

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Hello, members! The GMR is currently offering eight different funding opportunities and are accepting applications for all awards.

Advisory groups have started reviewing the first group of applications that were submitted by the initial September 12th deadline (Emergency Preparedness Award, Express Outreach Award, Technology Improvement Award and Professional Development Award), but the GMR will continue to review subsequent submissions until all funding has been exhausted, so it’s not too late to apply! We have been receiving applications and still have funding left to distribute.


Advisory groups will begin reviewing initial applications for the Outreach Library Award on October 7th and the Native and Tribal Health Award, Community Outreach Award, and Digital Divide Award on October 14th. If you would like to have your application to receive first consideration, please complete and submit them by these deadlines.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these awards or the application process. You can reach us via email at or give us a call at (319) 353-4479.

Thank you!

— Molly Olmstead


Where did that month go?

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Just a few weeks ago, I posted an article in the GMR blog highlighting the fact that September is National Preparedness Month. From the CDC, to the American Red Cross, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),, and your local county (Cook County, IL; Johnson County, IA), city (Fargo, ND, Louisville, KY), university (University of Minnesota Duluth), or church (The United Methodist Church), being prepared for an emergency is a priority. Ready or not, the calendar page turned to September, and National Preparedness Month got underway.

Fear not, procrastinators! The NN/LM has developed a Collaborative Webinar Series, and first up is entitled: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!


When: September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET / 2-3pm CT
To Register:

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to:

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

Four Awards Currently Open & Application Training

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The Professional Development Award and the Emergency Preparedness Award are now available. The application deadline for all four of our current awards is September 12th, 2016. The GMR is currently accepting applications for four awards and training is available to help you apply. Bobbi Newman will lead two training sessions that are specifically tailored to our current awards.


Please Register for this class by filling out this form.

Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11am CT
Thursday, September 1, 1pm CT

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Getting a Head Start on Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

DIMRCHappy New Year! Well, not exactly, but just like New Year’s, we have the opportunity to make resolutions. This one is easy to keep! Here’s an opportunity to get a head start on emergency preparedness for you library and your community. Next month is National Preparedness Month, and we have a full 31 days to plan and prepare for  sharing emergency preparedness and response resources with our patrons. Thanks to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this is an easy resolution to keep. The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is a great resource for disaster health information.

Have you thought of extending your information reach into your community? On Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 1:30 ET, DIMRC will present a Disaster Information Specialist Webinar, Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations. To tune in to this webinar, see the instructions on how to login: This is one of the monthly webinars, held generally on the second Thursday of the month, and hosted by DIMRC. The Medical Library Association (MLA) offers one hour continuing education credit for attending/viewing these webinars. See the DIMRC page for instructions on how to obtain CE.

Perhaps you need to take a closer look the characteristics of your community before coming up with a collaborative disaster plan. On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) will be presenting: Mapping Your Community’s Health, an online session hosted by our sister region, PSR. “Speakers will talk about the Community Health Maps blog for Information on low cost mapping tools for community-based organizations. Also covered will be a case study on mapping curb ramp accessibility for an assisted living facility as an example of community maps.” This webinar will he held 2-3 PM CT. To register:

Where’s the best place to find FREE quality disaster information resources? In addition to PubMed® and MedlinePlus® (see:, NLM supplements these two great databases with Disaster Lit® the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. “Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience.”

The GMR provides emergency preparedness resources on our website at the following URL: If you are interested in the MLA Disaster Information Specialization, visit For more NN/LM training opportunities, see:

Jacqueline Leskovec

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Network Librarian
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa
Skype: jacqueline.leskovec

Broadening our thinking about disasters and the library’s response

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

What is a disaster for a library community? Is it a hurricane along the gulf coast, a tornado in the plains of the Midwest, a blizzard in the north? Certainly these situations and a lot more could qualify as disasters to which libraries might respond. A recent post to the Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians email list, <>, extended that response to other horrifying events in their communities, Libraries responding to crises.

Libraries can offer community support in more than times of natural disasters. Recent tragic events, such as the killing of police officers in Dallas, can prompt libraries to act. Per Robin Taylor, Disaster Information Resource Center (DIMRC), libraries “can provide information about local events and services, create reading lists and research guides, and offer less-traditional services to their communities in the wake of tragedy.” Robin shares the following articles to stimulate thought about responses to community crises:

Follow the conversation on the Gray & Amundsen post or tweet with the hashtag #librariesrespond. Also, as Robin reminded us, DIMRC offers training through the Disaster Information Specialist program ( and through monthly webinars. To receive more information about disaster information outreach by librarians, consider subscribing to the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Discussion List, please see the following URL: You can see the full text of Robin’s post in the LIST archives.

Jacqueline Leskovec

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Network Librarian
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa
Skype: jacqueline.leskovec

Zika Information and the Flint Public Library Response

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) updated the Zika virus resource list on March 7.  DIMRC also gathered a list of free resources from publishers for medical responders.

The Flint Public Library continues to respond to the water crisis as reported in Public Libraries Online in the article, Flint Public Library: A Gateway to Critical Information.


Emergency Preparedness in the GMR

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The GMR Office coordinates the Emergency Preparedness program and monitors disasters in the region. Activities are outlined in the report below; this includes the webpage, confirming state Emergency Preparedness coordinators, training, and responses to the Flint water supply concerns and zika. (more…)

Events & Resources of Note. 3/1/16

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Includes events on precision medicine (from IOM) and lead and the public health (APHA). Highlights news and resources about journals, what librarians can do, a behavioral health resources and an index on child well-being. (more…)

Zika Virus in MeSH and on Resource Guides

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

It is predicted that the Zika virus will spread deep into the United States.  National Institutes of Heath (NIH) director included a powerful map by Kramer, et al (2015) on the NIH Director’s Blog at:

This virus has been known for a long time, but its apparent dangerous effects have only very recently come to light.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has taken two immediate steps to help address this threat. First, in a rare move, PubMed has immediately added two new terms to MeSH:

Because these terms are so new, search PubMed using zika[tw] to catch citations with the new MeSH headings, older articles on this topic, and to exclude citations by authors named Zika.

Second, an incident Web page was by the created by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus:

This resource list links to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Focused resources for pregnant women and for health care providers
  • Social media resources for situational awareness


Sharing WISER/CHEMM and REMM through Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Funding

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

By Lori Harding
Coordinator Library Services
Elkhart General Hospital Library
Beacon Health System

The Elkhart General Hospital (EGH) Medical Library, EGH Emergency Preparedness Committee, EGH Education Committee, and the Elkhart Fire Department collaborated to assess the knowledge and use of technology to access disaster management information resources. A single educational session was offered multiple times for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, first responders and other health care personnel in order to improve awareness. Over 400 participants received the training.

NLM awarded the EGH project $29,660 to improve access to these resources through the purchase of hardware and software for the hospital and fire department. Initially used for training, this equipment remains in use at the fire department mounted in the command and in fire trucks for ongoing runs, in the EGH Emergency Department (ED), Library, Pharmacy, Information Systems Department and as part of the Emergency Preparedness charging laptop/iPad cart. The cart will be housed in the ED with the other Emergency Preparedness resources, available to be wheeled outside for hazmat events, command center support, or to set up overflow areas such as the auditoriums. (more…)