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Happy Healthy Aging Month! Have some NIHSeniorHealth.gov bookmarks!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Discover Wisdom for the Ages at NIHSeniorHealth.gov

NIHSeniorHealth.gov might look like a simple website to the more internet-savvy of us, but it’s the simplicity of this resource that helps older individuals navigate the site to find the quality health information in the unfamiliar digital age.

The homepage features categories frequently accessed by seniors, including bones and joints, memory and mental health, and vision and hearing. Videos are prominently featured on topics ranging from knee replacements to COPD. The highly customizable website – you can change text size and contrast – makes information not only easy to find, but easy to see with aging sight.

NIH Senior Health even offers training toolkits to help librarians and caretakers teach older adults learn to use the Internet and search for answers online.

The GMR has an abundance of NIHSeniorHealth.gov brochures squirreled away in our storage room, and since it’s National Healthy Aging Month, we thought we’d encourage our members to think about promoting this great resource to the elderly in your community. Please let us know if you’d like some “Wisdom for the Ages” brochures and we’ll be sure to send some along. You can email us at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu.

MLA Webinar Site Sponsorship

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The GMR is now accepting applications for site sponsorship for the MLA Webinar “Demystifying R” on October 5th.

To apply to serve as a registered site for this webinar, please fill out the application available on our website – we’ll be able to confirm your registration very soon after receiving this application. Please return your application via email (gmr-lib@uiowa.edu) by September 21st.

Webinar

Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians
Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 1-2:30pm CST

Objectives
Attendees will learn:

  • what the R programming language is and some of its key features
  • some key terminology and a basic understanding of how R works
  • some uses for that R may be a good solution for your data needs, including data processing and management, visualization, and statistical analysis
  • how R can be useful for working with research data, as well as with library data, including bibliometric data, library statistics, or budget data
  • where to find free resources for learning R

More information about the webinar and presenter is available here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office (gmr-lib@uiowa.edu, (319) 353 – 4479) if you have any questions about the application or site sponsorship.

Educational Opportunities for August

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

MLA Webinar: Are All Systematic Reviews Equal?
Presented by Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CST
This class has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit by the Medical Library Association.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest Regional (GMR) sponsors up to (2) sites per state to host the MLA Webinars. If interested in viewing this upcoming webinar, please contact one of the following institutions:

  • University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences Iowa City IA
  • University of Kentucky Medical Center Library Lexington KY
  • University of Louisville Kornhauser Health Sciences Library Louisville, KY
  • University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library Ann Arbor MI
  • University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library SE Clinical Campus Fargo ND
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee WI

If interested in becoming a GMR sponsored institutional host site for future MLA webinars, please visit our web page.


From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.

Class Description:

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.

Registration


For additional NLM and NN/LM regional medical library educational and training opportunities this month and next, visit View Training Opportunities.

April 26th MLA Webinar Sponsored Sites

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 2016 MLA webinars.
Please support the webinar in your area!

Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago
  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indianapolis
  • IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City
  • IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library, Des Moines
  • KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville
  • MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit
  • OH: Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron
  • WI: Gundersen Health System, Health Sciences Library, La Crosse
  • WI: Mercy Medical Center Affinity Health System, Clark Family Health Science Library, Oshkosh
  • WI: Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Care Library, Waukesha

Thank you for making this resource available to your communities.

Message from the GMR Director about RML cooperative agreements for 2016-2021

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Dear GMR members:

Today, the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents announced the Regional Medical Library cooperative agreements funded for the award period 2016-2021. University of Illinois at Chicago was not among the institutions listed. (more…)

Sometimes a post is worth repeating: AI

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Cindy Olney of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) posted the following regarding an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) session that she held for the GMR’s Outreach Librarians during a recent webinar. It is entitled “Inspirational Annual Reporting with Appreciative Inquiry“: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/03/25/inspirational-annual-reporting-with-appreciative-inquiry/

Take a look. Perhaps you, too, will be inspired to try AI for your next report.

GMR Sponsoring April Webinar Sites

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this MLA Webinar.

  • Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Central time
  • Application Process: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mla-webinar
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Noon

Register your site today!

A limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. For more information the webinar, visit:  The Consumer Health Library

Blogging to Be Read: Who better than the OERC

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Do you blog? Do you read blogs? Should you blog for your institution? Do you wish your blog had more readers? Do you want to know why others blog and how they know if their blogs are read? Take a look at two recent posts from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, An OERC Resolution Realized (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/01/an-oerc-resolution-realized/) and The OERC Blog – Moving Forward (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/08/blog-moving-forward/). Cindy Olney PhD, Acting Assistant Director of the OERC, describes data that she and Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, have collected and analyzed in order to update the OERC’s online communications plan going forward.

NN/LM GMR Director’s Post, January 2016

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Elegy and Exit Strategy

Health Science librarians set a high bar for continual improvement in our information practice. We celebrate innovation; we promote change; we monitor our environments; we enhance, fine tune and refine our services; we set and achieve our goals all day, every day. Whether we work in hospitals or universities, we value our contributions and nurture the values that give purpose and meaning to our service on behalf of education, clinical care, discovery, and progress in overcoming disease.

Why are we so dedicated to our mission? The reason is that our efforts are important; even institutional improvements or an individual’s ability to manage wellness or recovery in a more knowledgeable way are significant outcomes. Our efforts to inform, provide access, and educate are meaningful, both to the individuals we empower and the milieu in which they exist. What we do is worth it.

Sometimes change happens, whether we engineer it or not. At my institution, the medical school is reorganizing its regional programs, which directly affects our regional library services to the same communities. The launch of a new medical school in the state changed the formula, the environment, and the delivery of medical education, and by extension, our delivery of health sciences library services. (more…)

Simply Elegant Evaluation: Sometimes Less is More

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Exhibiting at conferences has been a mainstay of outreach for the staffs of the eight regional offices for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). You may have seen GMR staff at your state or health sciences library conference or the Midwest Chapter Medical Library association annual fall conference. If you were at the 2015 Chapter meeting in Louisville, KY, perhaps you answered a few questions about why you stopped at the GMR booth.

The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), who helped develop the point-of-contact questionnaire used at the booth, has posted a blog article on the development of and results from the Quick Tap Survey administered at the GMR booth. Follow this link to find out what we learned: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/15/simply-elegant-evaluation-gmrs-pilot-assessment-of-a-chapter-exhibit/.