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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): GMR Update

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Our GMR Update on Monday August 15th was successful, thanks to all you lovely folks who submitted questions, provided input, and chatted with us. We really do appreciate your patience as we worked out the knots in our presentation strategies!

Here’s a YouTube link to the entirety of the update – there is about a minute and a half of silence at the beginning of this recording, so skip ahead to about 1:40 for the start of Liz’s presentation.

Some of the topics covered in this update include:

  • The Express Outreach Award has been approved by the national office. The application is currently available on the GMR website (link here). Additional awards will be posted here as they become available.
  • State Liaisons are now listed on the GMR Staff Directory.
  • Implementation of Advisory/Focus Groups and Work Groups, including information about how to become involved with one of these groups.
  • Resource Library visits
  • Our plans to reboot our GMR Blog
  • The GMR Office has phones! You can reach us at (319) 353 – 4479.

If you have questions about the Outreach Awards and funding opportunities for outreach, the questions section of the presentation (YouTube: 14:45-23:30) might address these.

Please let us know if you have input regarding how we can make our future GMR updates more effective.


-Molly Olmstead (

GMR Update – August 15th, 2:00 PM CST

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

GMR Update – 2:00pm this Monday!

Thanks to all of you who attended last month’s GMR Update, and our apologies for the background noise. Our staff have gotten together and come up with a plan to make future updates run smoothly, but we need your help.

First of all, I’d like to take some of your questions in advance; this will help me to tailor the information I present to meet your needs. In order to do this, we’ve put together a simple web tool to take your questions. Please submit your questions online at any time to:

But, don’t despair, fellow procrastinators! We will still have time for informal discussion at the end of our update. Our new outreach librarian, Bobbi Newman, will be monitoring requests coming in via chat during the session and will help me to address each one at the end of our time.

How do I unmute my phone? What was the dial in number? We’ve created a separate chat box for technology-related questions, and our fine network librarian, Jacqueline Leskovec, will be monitoring this chat box and answering questions on Monday.

I’ve included a screenshot of the setup for Monday’s webinar (click to enlarge it), so you know what to anticipate. Also, be aware that we’ll be muting everyone during the presentation. Although… I really felt that the barking dogs added a touch of humor to our presentation.


I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all on Monday and answering your questions!

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


Educational Opportunities for August

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

MLA Webinar: Are All Systematic Reviews Equal?
Presented by Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CST
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:

  • University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences Iowa City IA
  • University of Kentucky Medical Center Library Lexington KY
  • University of Louisville Kornhauser Health Sciences Library Louisville, KY
  • University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library Ann Arbor MI
  • University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library SE Clinical Campus Fargo ND
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee WI

If interested in becoming a GMR sponsored institutional host site for future MLA webinars, please visit our web page.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.

Class Description:

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.


For additional NLM and NN/LM regional medical library educational and training opportunities this month and next, visit View Training Opportunities.

Rename GMR blog!

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The Cornflower is tried and true, but let’s refresh – starting with a new name.

Visit to submit your best idea.

The Greater Midwest Region is many people, places, and things so be creative!

GMR Update Webcast

Monday, July 18th, 2016


GMR Update Webcast

Join the monthly webcast from the GMR office to get the latest news and information about your NLM, NN/LM, and GMR office.

Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST
To join the meeting
Participant Code: 929618

Upcoming TOXNET Training

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Your resource for searching databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Join the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for a free, online class to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

The class is taught online, over a 4 week period, in thirteen independent modules. The independent modules will cover twelve databases: TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and a short introductory module. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental science professionals interested in unlocking the information available in TOXNET.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

Visit this URL to register:

First Jointly Sponsored Webinar, Thursday, July 21st

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) present the first jointly sponsored webinar in the monthly Lake Effects and SCR CONNECTions series.

Title: “Data Research Services: University of Michigan Experience”

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm CDT

Description: This webinar session is focused on interviewing Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte, both who are involved in research data services at the University of Michigan. Join us to learn how data services support interactions between scientists and librarians, and how these interactions create new opportunities for health sciences libraries. Topics covered in this webinar include: needs assessments to inform a research data service, the importance of teaching data literacy, data management requirements from funding agencies, and the value of health sciences libraries as partners in data management.

Jake Carlson

Marisa Conte

Jake Carlson is the Research Data Services Manager for the UM Library. He oversees the development and implementation of a data services program designed to apply the practices, principles and perspectives of library science to address researchers’ needs in managing, organizing, sharing and preserving their research data. More information about Jake and the work that he has done is available on his website.

As the Translational Research and Data Informationist, Marisa Conte provides research support to clinical and basic scientists with an emphasis on translational research. Her areas of expertise include data management, biomedical informatics, collaborative technologies, and expert literature searching. Profile

To join the meeting:

  1. Go to:
  2. At the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
  3. Once the room is open, the system will provide you with a phone number to dial-in and a participant code to connect to the audio.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

Problems? Contact the SCR Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 817-735-2223.

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

As always, our webinars are free of charge and open to everyone.

Welcome to Bobbi Newman, Outreach Librarian for the GMR office!

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Bobbi NewmanOur office is pleased to announce that Bobbi Newman has accepted the position of Outreach Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region’s office. Her start date is July 18th.

Bobbi holds a Masters of Arts in information research and library science and a Masters of Arts in political science. She has received numerous awards for her service and teaching and has been involved in national library initiatives including serving on the National Information Standards Organization committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems and the Pew Internet & American Life Project research on Libraries in the Digital Age.

Bobbi also has served as an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-at-Large, a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee as well as a member of the OITP Digital Literacy Task Force.

Previously, Bobbi has worked as a Digital Branch Manager at Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and the Digital Service Librarian at Missouri River Regional Library. Bobbi is well recognized as a speaker and has presented at numerous library conferences.

On a personal note, Bobbi is an avid knitter, enjoys video games, and is a self described “geek librarian.” Please join us in making her feel welcome!

GMR Office Closed on July 4th

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The GMR office is closed Monday, July4th, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.

Update on NN/LM GMR Funding Opportunities

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Due to the change in funding mechanism at the national level, we are unable to post our funding opportunities until we receive approval from the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO). As soon as we receive clearance to proceed, we will post our opportunities and publicize them via the listserv, blog, and Facebook page.

We are sincerely sorry for the delay. I’ve received questions from a number of you. Please be patient and trust that we’ll get the information to you as soon as possible. All of the Regional Medical Libraries in the nation are experiencing the same issue. We’re not alone!

For an update on GMR activities, new staff, and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback, please consider joining us for our monthly GMR Update webinars. The next webinar will take place on Monday, July 25th at 2pm CST. Connection information will be made available one week prior to the event.


Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP
Associate Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa