Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
By Carmen Howard
Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences Peoria
In May of 2014, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences was privileged to receive a Target Outreach Award from the Greater Midwest Region. We knew our Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence project, otherwise known as NExT, was a big undertaking, but we were excited to get started. We had a 12-member team of nurses and librarians ready to begin teaching evidence based public health and how to find high-quality, free government resources. Our idea was to divide the state into regions with a ‘local’ team in each region. After all, we had 2 universities, 4 libraries, and 5 cities with faculty that had agreed to participate. The Western Illinois University School of Nursing would be joining the UIC libraries and UIC College of Nursing in this effort. The plan was to conduct workshops at various health departments, as well as at a conference, and to translate that in-person experience to an online course for anyone that could not attend in person. Each workshop, whether in person or online, would provide 3 free continuing education credits for nurses. As you might already suspect, a project this large has had its fair share of hurdles and successes. Here are just a couple of examples:
A large team meant that we could divide the work, but it also meant that the team was affected by several different careers. So far, we have had seven of our original twelve leave the project. Reasons have included retirements, new positions, new appointments, and one member who won new unrelated project grants that needed her undivided attention. As team members have needed to leave the project, we have missed them but have benefited from the fresh perspective of new faculty. (more…)
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…)
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.
Monday, July 6th, 2015
By Mark Holman
Sitting Bull College Library
Fort Yates, ND
Funded by the National Library of Medicine, I attended the Great Lakes Culture Keepers gathering April 26-29, 2015, at the Mille Lacs Museum in Mille Lacs, Minnesota. I presented on garden activities at Sitting Bull College in addition to leading attendees in a visioning session to think about what shape a garden might take at their institution. In addition, I brought seeds from a traditional variety of blue flour corn to share with the group. Sitting Bull College with assistance from the National Library of Medicine has been expanding wellness and health resources related to traditional foods and medicines at the library in addition to creating spaces for the growing and research into these same plants.
My presentation coincided with a presentation by Rebecca Dallinger and Stanton West from White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension and Claudia Seymour West, Library Director at White Earth Tribal and Community College, who presented on efforts at their college to create a healing garden. They also engaged participants in hands on artistic activities that could be used to engage children with gardening.
The event was incredibly enjoyable and a valuable contribution to connecting and sharing knowledge between tribal knowledge keepers across the region.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
As Heather states, the following is a reflection of her personal experience of applying for and receiving GMR funding to attend a symposium on the Affordable Care Act; thank you, Heather! Although we appreciate her enthusiasm for the “tons” of GMR funding, for the most Current Funding available from the GMR, please see: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding.
By: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Summa Health System
If you subscribe to GMRLIST, the GMR’s email announcement LIST (GMRLIST@uic.edu), you’ve seen plenty of posts come from the office on funding that’s available for members. The following brief overview is on my personal experience doing so and is written at the encouragement of the GMR office to share the lessons I learned and to potentially help prepare others for the application process. This is in reference to award PRDE301 which I received to travel to a symposium on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Libraries.
First, if award money is available, APPLY FOR IT! There is a ton of money available, and it is often left unspent. The NN/LM offices offer awards for all sorts of things from professional development to technology to just about anything else you can think of to benefit your library and support outreach. Stay in touch, be aware of what’s available, and apply for it! The application process isn’t hard at all. For me the hardest part was figuring out the budget and what my expenses would be. I’m mathematically challenged so if I can handle that part of it then anyone can. (more…)