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Awardee Evaluation Aids available from NEO

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Attention GMR Awardees and Awardee Hopefuls!

The NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO) has created a number of Proposal Resources for award reporting. These tools are also useful for planning your project. All NN/LM-funded projects have reporting requirements. The Outreach Projects Database (OPD) and Activity Reporting (AR) System are platforms for you to share information about your project and project participants. NN/LM funded projects are now required to provide specific information for the following four types of activities:

  • Training
  • Exhibits/Health Fairs
  • Professional Development
  • Technology Improvement

If you are applying for NN/LM funding and plan to do any of these activities, you will need to describe in your evaluation plan how and when you intend to collect the required information and any additional evaluation that you are planning to do for your project.

For resources to help with evaluation plans, NEO has an Evaluation Resources page with templates and worksheets for evaluation planning, based on the three-booklet series Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects.

MLA Webinar “Demystifying R” sponsored sites

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

MLA Webinar: “Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians”
Presented by Lisa Federer, AHIP
Wednesday, October , 1-2:30 pm (central)
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:

  • Cleveland Clinic/South Pointe Hospital — Warrensville Hts., OH
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Urbana, IL
  • University of Iowa — Iowa City, IA
  • Medical College of Wisconsin — Milwaukee, WI
  • University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of North Dakota Medical School — Grand Forks, ND
  • University of North Dakota Bismarck — Bismarck, ND

If interested in becoming a GMR sponsored institutional host site for future MLA webinars, please visit our web page. Don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office (, (319_ 353 – 4479) if you have any questions about the webinar or sponsored sites.

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


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 ( by September 21st.


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

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 (, (319) 353 – 4479) if you have any questions about the application or site sponsorship.

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

Connection Information
     1. Go to:
     2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name

     3. Call-in information will be available in the room.

More Outreach Awards (!) and Application Training

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Alright folks, the GMR Outreach Awards are rolling in – we’ll continue to post them on our website as they approved by the NNCO. The Express Outreach Award and Technology Improvement Award are both live and we’re accepting applications until September 12th. The Professional Development Award is next on our radar and will be posted soon.

If you’re looking for some guidance for how to fill out these applications, look no further. Our Community Outreach Librarian, Bobbi Newman, will lead a training session tailored specifically for our current awards.

Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11:00 AM CT
Thursday, September 1, 1:00 PM CT

Each course will last about 90 minutes, but that’s including plenty of time at the end for questions. Bobbi will explain what we’re looking for in outreach applications and give some tips to help you apply for these awards.

Please click here to register for the course and give Bobbi an idea of what you’d like to learn.

Connection Information
        1. Go to:
       2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
       3. Call-in information will be available in the room.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the current outreach awards, about Bobbi’s course, or just about live in general. Shoot us an email at or ring us at (319) 353 – 4479.

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.

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:
  • 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

Making the case for active learning

Monday, March 14th, 2016

By Dawn Hackman, M.S., AHIP,
Research & Education Librarian
University of North Dakota Library of the Health Sciences,
Grand Forks, ND

On January 8, 2016 the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) hosted a workshop called “The Librarian and Active Learning Models,” which is available via the Medical Library Association’s Educational Clearinghouse. I worked with the SMHS’s Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning to identify a workshop on active learning that would be relevant to both librarians and faculty. We noticed that this workshop focused on three active learning methodologies that are common to medical education and might be effective at UND. (Incidentally, this workshop is being offered as CE at MLA’16 in Toronto…and I highly recommend it!) The co-instructors for the workshop are based out of the East Coast and so I knew the travel expenses would be considerable. To offset the cost to my library, I applied for (and received) a professional development grant through the GMR. This workshop wouldn’t have been possible without it.

My target audience changed between my application and the actual event. Originally I planned on inviting only medical librarians and a handful of SMHS faculty to attend. I targeted medical librarians, because the methodologies were presented in the context of medical education in the class description. However, I soon realized that all UND librarians should be invited, as we are increasingly working together to provide support to programs that have multidisciplinary connections (e.g. heath law, speech disorders, & music therapy). As far as faculty participation goes, we had 1-2 faculty representatives from each of the 9 programs that we support. I knew that faculty participation would be crucial for the success of this workshop, as they are the front line of instruction and curriculum. Case in point: after attending the workshop, the Music Therapy program chair reached out to her two subject liaisons (who also attended the workshop) and informed them that she would be reworking her entire syllabus later that evening to add active learning exercises that utilized the librarians’ presence and expertise! We’ve also had faculty attendees express interest in collaborating with librarians to present a poster or paper on this topic at relevant educational and library conferences. (more…)