Archive for the ‘From the GMR’ Category
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
In 2015, the GMR sent out a Call for Applications (CFA) for a variety of awards, including the Community Engagement Award. One of the more interesting responsibilities I have as the Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator for the GMR is to review proposals as they come in to the office for potential funding. Elkhart General Hospital’s proposal for a Seed to Feed Learning Garden (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/funding-recipients/cea) is one of the more interesting–and successful!–awards that the GMR has funded.
Take a look at the most informative article that was posted in Beacon Health’s newsletter, The Beam: http://beam.beaconhealthsystem.org/eghs-learning-garden-a-huge-success/ Not only has the garden provided an opportunity for librarian Lori Harding of the Medical Library to help train clinical staff in “databases, books, journals and websites containing evidence-based resources and recipes to help educate patients on nutrition,” but 260 pounds of fresh vegetables from the garden were shared with local food pantries! Not many medical libraries can lay claim to that accomplishment.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
RAC members listening to the GMR update at the November 2015 meeting
As many of you know, the GMR has a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) to provide guidance in developing and evaluating programs and services that meet the needs of the region. This council is made up of state representatives, five resource library directors, and members who represent a hospital/nursing college library, a non-medical academic library, and community organizations. Beginning last summer, we’ve had some changes in our RAC membership. (more…)
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Congratulations to GMR funding awardees for Option Year 4, May 2015 to April 2016.
Each of these projects is unique. There are examples of collaborations where public libraries work with academic researchers, university libraries work with nursing faculty, and libraries work with other libraries toward an educational event. For two of the projects, hospital librarians work with others to connect consumers to the information they need. The environment and projects of the Technology Improvement Awards are varied with a dental school library, a university that focuses on integrative health care, a community college, and an area health education center.
We encourage you to learn more about these projects by following the links to details for each award group. (more…)
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
By Teresa McGinley
University of Kentucky
I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) provides in the Student Outreach Award. Being able to attend the 2015 Midwest Medical Library Association Meeting allowed me my first glimpse of what this profession is like beyond my internship and courses at the University of Kentucky. It was a chance to network with librarians and other professionals from all over our region – people who I had heard of in passing or those I follow on Twitter. I was even retweeted by Michelle Kraft, which for any health sciences librarian is a total squee! moment.
My mentor was Beth Layton, the Associate Director of the NN/LM GMR, and she took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me, have tea, and discuss the profession, our backgrounds, and thoughts for the future. This really demonstrated how invested the GMR is in the future of the profession. I also had a chance to present two posters, one on my own and one with two colleagues at UK. The poster session was a wonderful experience; no one was too busy to stop and talk about the posters and give or ask for ideas. Dr. Altman’s keynote echoed a call to arms against the publishing industry and was an eye-opening look from the journalism side of publishing spectrum. Spending time manning the NN/LM GMR booth was a great opportunity to see what services and outreach the NLM is doing. (more…)
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
By Pa Thao
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Attending my first Midwest Chapter/MLA annual meeting was a rewarding, exciting, and eye-opening experience. Through the mentor/mentee program, I met numerous librarians and current students with whom I could share experiences and advice. My mentor, Jennifer Deberg, was an excellent person to talk to. She made sure all my questions were answered and that I was comfortable attending the workshops and sessions.
I particularly enjoyed the poster sessions. I liked that there were a mix of professionals, and it was enlightening to hear their perspectives on some of the challenges we all encounter while working with families or individuals who are not health literate. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the annual meeting to present my very own poster. The poster session was a good opportunity to present myself and my project, make contacts, and get useful feedback. One of the things I really enjoyed about doing a poster session is that the presenter is competing for the audience’s time. This forces the presenter to capture the visitor and communicate the message quickly and succinctly. Presenting a poster was definitely challenging but yet very informative and rewarding. (more…)
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the first two of six upcoming 2015 MLA webinars:
Webinar: Consumers and Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding the Evidence Behind the Headlines
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
- IL: GMR, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of Heath Sciences, Room 303
- Registration: http://go.usa.gov/3AgzQ
- IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
- Registration: Jennifer Herron
- IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library
- Registration: Nancy O’Brian
- OH: Trinity Health System, Health Sciences Library
- Registration: Kathie Pasquarella
- SD: National American University, Library
- Registration: Pat Hamilton
Webinar: Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
- IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
- Registration: Kacy Allgood
- OH: Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Medical Information Center
- Registration: Denise Cardon
- SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center
- Registration: Molly Youngkin
Enjoy these webinars and we look forward to offering more site sponsorships through the end of 2015.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills? Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed.
What is PubMed for Trainers?
PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online and 1 in-person class.
When is PubMed for Trainers?
The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):
- Session One (online): September 3, 2015 10am-11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
- Session Two (online): September 10, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
- Session Three (online): September 17, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
- Session Four (in-person): September 25, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM CT
(This class will be held at the Library of the Health Sciences, Room 303; University of Illinois at Chicago).
What is the format of the class?
The series of classes consist of 3 online webinars, in-person presentations, group discussion, exercises, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.
How many MLA CE Credits will I get?
When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.
If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.
For a complete description, go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=359
To register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html?schedule_id=3455
Monday, May 11th, 2015
We are now almost two weeks into our new Drupalized web site, and we have received some nice compliments about the new cleaner look (thanks!). On our end, we have been noticing (and fixing) some of the quirks. One of those comes from our web stats, indicating that around 1/3 of our visitors end up at our old, legacy site. Because almost all of the URLs have changed to be cleaner, more intuitive paths, old URLs that were bookmarked do not always go to the new site. For example,
Yes, the old site is still around, for now, since there are a few pages that still have yet to be transitioned. But information on the old site is no longer being updated. Eventually, all old URLs should redirect to the new site. In the meantime, please check and update your bookmarks for pages on our site. And please keep the feedback coming!
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Did you the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association annual conference over the past two years? Then maybe you met one of the several graduate library school students who received GMR funding to attend the Chapter Meeting. Or maybe you were one of the recipients of the GMR’s Library Student Outreach Award. Once again the GMR is offering the opportunity for eligible students (or recent graduates) to receive funding to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the Greater Midwest Region.
Who can apply for the $1,000 stipend to attend this year’s meeting in Louisville, KY? The following Greater Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) students are eligible for the Student Outreach Award:
- Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Science (GSLIS) located in the GMR; or currently residing in the GMR and attending a GSLIS program outside the Region
- Recent (2015) graduates meeting the above criteria of attendance or residence
- Current undergraduate students from tribal colleges located within the GMR who have an expressed interest in pursuing health sciences librarianship and health information outreach
- GMR tribal college library staff who would like to learn more about health sciences librarianship as a career option
Application deadline for this award is June 19, 2015. If you have questions regarding this award, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator. And if you want to see what the student awardees had to say about their experiences, see their blog posts, linked from the GMR website: Library Student Outreach Award Recipients.
Please note: Previous NN/LM GMR Library Student Outreach Award recipients are ineligible to apply.