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Applying Appreciative Inquiry to My Project

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

By Carmen Howard
Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences Peoria

At the January 2016 GMR Outreach Librarians Webinar, I spoke about the NExT (project (phnext.uic.edu) that is being done by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Western Illinois University with the support of the GMR.  As many of you already know since I’ve written about NExT for The Cornflower before, it is a huge and frequently overwhelming project.  We’ve assembled a large, geographically-dispersed, interdisciplinary team, and we have managed to accomplish quite a lot of pretty great things for public health professionals.  But honestly, it is a lot of work too.  It seems that there is always one more thing that we really ought to do or a small adjustment that would just make the project even better.  So when I was asked to participate in an Appreciative Inquiry exercise as part of the webinar, I’ll admit that that was the first thing that ran through my mind – “ok here is one more thing to add to the to-do list”.

However, I’m happy to say that I actually got far more out of the experience than I put into it.  If you attended the webinar, you have already heard Cindy Olney’s great presentation on Appreciative Inquiry, or AI.  If you could not attend, AI is an easy exercise that focuses on three questions.  Here is what Cindy asked me:  (more…)

Success in a Learning Garden

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 Beamhttp://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.

Funding Awardees for Option Year 4

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…)

Making Connections at the AAMC Medical Education Meeting 2015

Monday, December 21st, 2015

By Emily Ginier
Informationist, Academic and Clinical Engagement
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

I attended the Association of American Medical Colleges 2015 Medical Education Meeting November 10-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. There were 1,778 attendees at the Medical Education Meeting, which followed directly after the AAMC Learn Serve Inspire conference (November 6-10) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Annual Meeting (November 4-8).

At the Opening Reception/Research and Innovation Poster Session I learned about current education-related projects and research being conducted in medical schools. As I engaged in conversations with the poster presenters, I filed away information and thoughts to share with my collaborators at the University of Michigan. For example, a project from Baylor University researched PTSD-like emotions in medical students that had recently completed rotations in developing countries; awareness of this project, and the students’ need for support, could be a good conversation starter with faculty at the School of Nursing as they continue to expand their Global Health program. (more…)

GMR Sponsored Sites for 2015 MLA Webinars

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the final  upcoming 2015 MLA webinars:

Webinar: Instructional Design for Medical Librarians
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: University of Chicago, John Crerar Library
  • IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
  • KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library
  • MI: Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • MN: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Health Sciences Libraries
  • ND: North Dakota State University, Main Library
  • WI: Medical College of Wisconsin, Libraries

Webinar: Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
  • MI: Western Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (WMHSLA)
  • MN: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Health Sciences Libraries
  • ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences

Webinar: Clinical E-Resources and EHR System Integration
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

This completes the webinars funded for the 2015 MLA Webinar series. For the first events funded, see: GMR Sponsored Sites for August MLA Webinars

Enjoy these webinars and we look forward to offering site sponsorships for the MLA Spring Webcast in 2016.

Louisville: Welcome to the Midwest-MLA

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samuel Watson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seeing that I am still in the fledgling stage of my library science education the Midwest-MLA conference in Louisville loomed large. These conference goers are my soon-to-be co-workers, colleagues, and cohorts. I did not want to make a fool of myself, and fortunately, my worries were unfounded. The librarians that make up the Midwest Chapter of the MLA are a tightly knit and congenial group. Any potential introverts do not stay so for long at a conference like this.

Here are my experiences of the people I met, the knowledge they shared, and the concepts I learned: Xiaomei Gu from Hardin Library was kind enough to take me under her wing as a mentee. Her expertise as a pharmacy school liaison closely aligns with my career aspirations. The breadth of Xiaomei’s research via her numerous posters encouraged me to get involved with publishing. One of her posters: “Introducing Embase to the college of Pharmacy through Active Learning Activities” introduced me to a pharmacy database I didn’t even know existed, Embase. I thank Xiaomei for the generosity of her time.
Amy Blevins, from Hardin Library, and Michelle Kraft, from Cleveland Clinic, offered a wealth of advice for this nearly new library science graduate. There are numerous pitfalls to avoid and any edge I can find in the job application game is greatly appreciated. Getting a job now seems much more attainable with the prolific do and don’t list I received from these librarians. (more…)

Finding Community at the 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samantha Mosby
University of Illinois

This 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference marked not only my first MLA conference, but my first ever professional librarian conference. I felt a mixture of nerves and excitement as I traveled to Louisville, but the nerves quickly dispelled. From my very first introduction to a fellow conference attendee I felt welcomed and encouraged, which I found to be the overall atmosphere of the Midwest Chapter conference. The conference affirmed my intentions to pursue a career in medical librarianship.

Professionally, I hope to work as an outreach librarian, and I paid particular attention to the posters, papers, and presentations related to this topic. They gave me a better idea of what the real-world applications of my knowledge could be like. The different perspectives they offered provided helpful insight into the challenges of health literacy outreach. I especially enjoyed “People Centered Health Care: Consumer Health Librarians on the Front Line.” The community-based approaches for health literacy and consumer health services illustrate important ways librarians can add value to healthcare. I attended the continuing education class “Emerging Technology” and I enjoyed learning about technologies that I could use personally and professionally.

I enjoyed working at the GMR exhibit booth as I met librarians who shared advice and experiences with me. The professionals were eager to meet me and learn about my interests. From the friendly faces at the conference, I learned about the many different paths possible in medical librarianship. The mentor/mentee match up helped me make new connections. My mentor, Deborah Lauseng, went out of her way to answer my questions. I appreciated meeting librarians early in their careers as well as those farther advanced. The early career librarians gave me great information about what my first job out of school may be like and those more advanced in their careers gave me something to aspire to. (more…)

Looking to the Future: Reflections on the 2015 Midwest MLA Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

By Matthew Noe
University of Kentucky

As this was my first experience with a professional conference in the field of librarianship, I came into this year’s Midwest Chapter MLA annual meeting both excited for the chance to learn and a little nervous as I was unsure what to expect. As it turned out, there was little need for the nervousness as those I met and spoke to – ranging from my mentor Jacqueline Leskovec at the National Network to the other students in attendance – were kind, open, and enthusiastic about their work and the future. I daresay the experience has left me with new relationships that will only continue to flourish as time rolls on.Midwest MLA Poster Noe

The conference also marked the first time I have presented my own work to a group of professionals via a poster session, and in this case I was presenting in both a collaborative effort with Robert Shapiro and Teresa McGinley (Information Access and State Public Health: Missed Opportunity or Miscommunication), as well as with my own work (Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries: A New Opportunity). This was a highly rewarding experience, as there was more interest in my work than I had imagined and some wonderful conversations arose during the poster sessions. Of special note to me was the work done by Mary Beth Riedner with her poster Reaching Out to Persons with Dementia through Library Resources – a perfect example of library outreach done well.

I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a Continuing Education course titled Emerging Technology for the Busy Librarian during the conference as well, taught by Gabriel Rios and Melissa De Santis. While I am myself still a student, I have had to make use of the technology available in my work at the reference desk and this course provided me with some new resources to consider in the future that I may not have known about otherwise. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that some of this technology surprised me – such as Bluetooth location technology inside the library – and gave me great pause when considering the ethical implications. (more…)

Redefining Medical Librarianship

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…)

My 2015 Midwest Chapter Experience

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.

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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…)