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February GMR Update: Annotated links

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A recording of the February GMR Update is now available on YouTube. Below is an annotated list of the topics discussed with links to each talking point in the video.

The next GMR Update will be Monday, March 20 at 3pm Eastern / 2pm Central.

Topics Covered:

1:14 — Dr. Patti Brennan’s Blog “Musings from the Mezzanine”
1:38 — Updates to PubMed and interfaces
2:53 — New NLM Board of Regents members
3:50 — GMR Awards: Over $80,000 this year!
5:23 — Medically underserved areas (MUA) map project, March 1, 2017
8:06 — Kernel of Knowledge, April, Health Reach
8:49 — Upcoming courses from GMR and NNLM
10:20 — Quick Links on GMR main webpage, request for feedback
11:15 — Partner with the GMR! New funding to be announced March 1, 2017
12:43 — Award writing courses and assistance
13:42 — “Finding Grey Lit” MLA Webinar, 9 sites funded through GMR
15:12 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) packages available & training sessions

Additionally, here are all the URLs provided during the presentation:


NLM Musings from the Mezzanine
NNLM Training Schedule
GMR Homepage
GMR Funding Page
MCLS Training “Focus on Your Users”
MCLS Training “Writing for the Web”


December GMR Update: Annotated Links

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

A recording of the December GMR Update (recorded Monday, Dec. 19) is now available on YouTube. Below is an annotated list of the topics discussed with links to each talking point in the video.


Topics Covered:
2:30 — New NNLM director
3:29 — Digital storytelling competition for Native American Heritage Month
4:21 — NIH Request for Information on data management strategies
5:02 — NLM seeks input on strategic plan
7:00 — New NNLM website
7:47 — New website: members database and user accounts
11:03 — New website: Give us your input!
12:27 — Education needs assessment, communication report
15:42 — Professional development on the new website
17:58 — Upcoming training opportunities
18:38 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
20:42 — Coming soon: new courses, new blog, webinar series, journal club
23:25 — Professional development awards

Additionally, here are all the urls provided during the presentation:

Native American Digital Storytelling Competition
NIH Request for Information: Data Management
NLM seeks input on strategic plan
MCLS: Fix your stats, stat!
MCLS: Focus on your users
MCLS: Writing for the web

Don’t hesitate to contact the GMR office if you have any questions about the content covered in this presentation. Thank you for watching!

November GMR Update: Annotated Links

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Below is an annotated list of topics covered in the November GMR Update, recorded on November 21, 2016. The links will take you to the specific points in the YouTube video where each topic is covered.

2:35 — Introducing Derek Johnson
5:15 — MedPrint
9:17 — Medically Underserved Areas report
11:22 — MUAs: GMR Aim 7
11:50 — MUAs: What is an underserved area?
12:44 — MUAs: What can the GMR do to help?
13:13 — MUAs: Identifying at risk communities
16:30 — MUAs: Prototype to help find community partnerships
19:55 — Educational Needs Assessment
21:51 — Sample responses: Preferred communication methods
24:10 — Educational opportunities
28:00 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
30:13 — Where you’ll find us
31:42 — Funding opportunities and funded projects
33:55 — Advisory groups and working groups

Lake Effects Recording: Disaster Preparedness and Planning

Friday, November 11th, 2016

The GMR Lake Effects Webinar “Disaster Preparedness and Planning” was recorded on Oct. 31 and is now available on YouTube.

University of Iowa Head of Preservation & Conservation Nancy Kraft spoke about how to formulate an emergency preparedness plan for any library, large or small. Below is an annotated list of Nancy’s talking points that link to the YouTube video.

2:03 — What is a disaster preparedness?
3:03 — Reasons for assessing risk
3:25 — Conducting a site survey/walkthrough
4:22 — Potential Hazards or threats
8:22 — Identifying key players
13:54 — Prioritizing your collection
15:20 — Collection environment/protecting
17:48 — Getting started with your plan
22:33 — Authority and Delegation
24:01 — Field Guide to Emergency Response, Salvage wheel
26:22 — Council of State Archivists Toolkit
27:21 —
28:29 — Trunk tool kits / React Pak
31:03 — Packing, air drying, and cleaning supplies
35:34 — Staff training and prep
37:50 — Packing wet books
39:38 — Funding sources and resources
45:36 — Generic public library collections?

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.


Connection information

Topic: GMR Update October 2016
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm, Central
Session number: 624 862 428
Session password: GMRUpdate
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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.