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GMR Update Monday, October 17 at 2:00 PM (central)

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Hello GMR members,

Please join us for our monthly GMR Update on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM (central) / 3:00 PM (eastern).

If you have any questions in advance, go ahead and submit them with this form; Associate Director Liz Kiscaden will be sure to address all your questions during the update.


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Topic: GMR Update October 2016
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm, Central
Session number: 624 862 428
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Happy Healthy Aging Month! Have some bookmarks!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Discover Wisdom for the Ages at 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 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 Update Recording from Monday, Sept. 19

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

GMR Update Logo

In case you missed our GMR Update this week, the recording is available on YouTube, with key points annotated and linked below:

Submit questions for the next GMR Update
Resource Library, NN/LM site visits3:29

New NLM Director5:30

Funding Opportunities: Awards6:52

Bobbi: Native and Tribal Health, Community Outreach, and Digital Divide Awards – 8:42

Jacqueline: Emergency Preparedness Month10:19

GMR Blog, NN/LM Website Reboot – 15:00

Upcoming Educational Opportunities17:25

  • Writing Winning Award Applications
  • Don’t Wait, Communicate about Disaster Preparedness
  • A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response
  • Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context
  • BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Series

Call for Volunteers for RSNA Annual Meeting22:20

Member Question: Unaffiliated users?23:48

Member Question: Year 2 Professional Development awards?27:18


If you have any questions about any of the content covered in this update, please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office at or (319) 353 – 4479.

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


GMR Update – Monday!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


It’s that time again… we’ll be broadcasting our monthly update on Monday at 2:00pm CST.

I welcome your questions in advance, which our office will use to develop our presentation for Monday. (This means you, Marcia!) To submit questions in advance, please use our online form at: The last time I’ll look at this will be Monday at 10:00am CST, so if you have questions after that time, please save them for the Q&A at the end of the session.

This is our last GMR Update using Adobe Connect! I know this will cause many tears to be shed among our members. (Yes, I am being sarcastic.) Beginning at our Update in October, we’ll be using WebEx software going forward.

Connect to the GMR Update here:

Because the toll-free phone numbers have been hacked in the past, the NN/LM asks that we only display those once you’re ‘in’ the room. In other words, when you log into the web meeting using the URL, you’ll see the dial in information displayed. Make sense? If not, feel free to contact us with questions at or 319-353-4479.

– Liz Kiscaden, Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

Nature Calls

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Today the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as so many people have done over the past century, including the fictional Griswolds, my family of four took to the open road on a hot summer day traveling 2,000 miles from the Heartland of America to visit celestial mountains and lakes and forests out West. What did we find? Exactly that – mountains and lakes and forests. We also found so much more. As we paddled a kayak in the crystal clear Lake Crescent; hiked a 600-foot incline to view Glacier waterfalls; and strolled a misty beach hearing thunderous waves smack the Pacific coast, we discovered health – mental and physical.

However, I am reminded not to wait for a vacation to create peace of mind and strong bones and muscles. Physical activity should be incorporated into my daily life. When the Obama administration came into office, the First Lady made it her mission to fight childhood obesity. Let’s Move was Michelle Obama’s initiative to motivate children to eat well and exercise. The Get Active page has useful recommendations for the amount of beneficial activity and food intake for staying fit. The President, too, supported his wife’s program with his challenge to modify lifestyle behavior. View a list of suggested activities or take a fitness test at the President’s Challenge website.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine, too, has several resources to guide you to a healthier you. MedlinePlus – Exercise and Physical Fitness compiles facts, information and links to many useful sites such as Exercise Tips for Travelers at Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging and consumer health information for Joining a Gym from the Federal Trade Commission.

For more science-based information, look at HHS developed this website as part of the Healthy People 2020 [PDF] initiative. It provides resources for the purpose of helping users implement programs and applications to improve the Nation’s Health by 2020. Now I will stop writing so you will stop reading and we all can go for a walk.

kayakingSecond BeachCrossing a wood bridge






Darlene Kaskie is the Technology and Communications Librarian at the Greater Midwest Region for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


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.

Visiting Resource Libraries in Minnesota

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

As a native Minnesotan, I was determined to get up north to visit our resource libraries before winter. Like my fellow Minnesotans I have an emergency kit in my trunk, complete with a candle to melt snow, a shovel, and kitty litter in case I’m stuck in a ditch. I’d rather not have to put this to the test, though… and I have a bad habit of eating my emergency snacks out of my kit. So, last week, I hit the road to visit our two resource libraries in Minnesota, at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

At Mayo in Rochester, I met with the new director Anna Beth Morgan, who started her position in March right before a 10-inch snowfall! While there, I also met with Dawn Littleton and Lisa Baethke, who are investigating the possibility of outreach to the Native American population within the state. Lisa is the program coordinator for the Native C.I.R.C.L.E., a resource center providing cancer-related materials to healthcare providers and others involved in the education, care, and treatment of Native populations. Dawn Littleton is a librarian and supervisor of Public Services at Mayo – and a colleague from long ago when I worked for the Center for Patient Oriented Research.

Heading north from Rochester to Minneapolis, I visited the University of Minnesota’s Biomedical Library in Diehl Hall, which is hidden within a plaza off of Washington Avenue. There, I met with director Janice Jaguszewski and outreach librarian and Katherine Chew, and took a tour of the facility. I had the opportunity to take a peek at new furniture they’re trying out and took pictures of the display at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine (

These visits are an opportunity to meet our library directors face-to-face and gain an understanding of both their goals and the health information needs in the region. I’m soliciting feedback regarding everything from communication to funding, to create a stronger partnership with our resource libraries. I want to thank Anna Beth, Dawn, Lisa, Janice, and Katherine for sharing their ideas with me and educating me about their institutions and their regions.

mayo   umn

-Liz Kiscaden (

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.

Upcoming Webinar: NLM Resources for K-12 Students

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Please join the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region and South Central Region for a collaborative webinar on Thursday, August 25th at 2:00pm CST. The webinar will cover NLM Resources for K-12 students.
Webinar Title: Education Connection: Connecting Health and Science in the Classroom
When?: Thursday, August 25, 2:00pm CST

To Join the Meeting:

  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.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.

Topic Summary
This one-hour webinar will provide participates with an overview of our most popular NLM K-12 resources. We offer many different platforms to engage students on topics such as genetics, environmental health, and chemistry. Most of our resources cater to middle and high school students, and consist of iOS games, animations, lesson plans, and websites.   We will provide you with a “behind the scenes” look at our processes for the development of these resources, including our partnerships with teachers, students, and subject matter experts to assure we develop meaningful products.

About the Presenter
Karen Matzkin, a contractor with ICF International, is a K-12 Outreach Specialist in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Ms. Matzkin is responsible for the product development and outreach efforts of the K-12 team, which involves development of science education materials, websites and outreach. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit
One hour of MLA CE credit is available for attendees, but no advance registration is required. Further information will be provided during the webinar.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office with questions or concerns regarding this webinar. You can email us at or call us at (319) 535-4479. We hope to see you on the 25th!

— Molly Olmstead