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 (https://hsl.lib.umn.edu/wangensteen).
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.
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: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/NewAwards16 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us at (319) 353 – 4479.
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
At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
Call-in information will be available in the room.
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 email@example.com or call us at (319) 535-4479. We hope to see you on the 25th!
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.
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: http://tinyurl.com/gmrupdate
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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