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Making the case for active learning

Monday, March 14th, 2016

By Dawn Hackman, M.S., AHIP,
Research & Education Librarian
University of North Dakota Library of the Health Sciences,
Grand Forks, ND

On January 8, 2016 the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) hosted a workshop called “The Librarian and Active Learning Models,” which is available via the Medical Library Association’s Educational Clearinghouse. I worked with the SMHS’s Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning to identify a workshop on active learning that would be relevant to both librarians and faculty. We noticed that this workshop focused on three active learning methodologies that are common to medical education and might be effective at UND. (Incidentally, this workshop is being offered as CE at MLA’16 in Toronto…and I highly recommend it!) The co-instructors for the workshop are based out of the East Coast and so I knew the travel expenses would be considerable. To offset the cost to my library, I applied for (and received) a professional development grant through the GMR. This workshop wouldn’t have been possible without it.

My target audience changed between my application and the actual event. Originally I planned on inviting only medical librarians and a handful of SMHS faculty to attend. I targeted medical librarians, because the methodologies were presented in the context of medical education in the class description. However, I soon realized that all UND librarians should be invited, as we are increasingly working together to provide support to programs that have multidisciplinary connections (e.g. heath law, speech disorders, & music therapy). As far as faculty participation goes, we had 1-2 faculty representatives from each of the 9 programs that we support. I knew that faculty participation would be crucial for the success of this workshop, as they are the front line of instruction and curriculum. Case in point: after attending the workshop, the Music Therapy program chair reached out to her two subject liaisons (who also attended the workshop) and informed them that she would be reworking her entire syllabus later that evening to add active learning exercises that utilized the librarians’ presence and expertise! We’ve also had faculty attendees express interest in collaborating with librarians to present a poster or paper on this topic at relevant educational and library conferences. (more…)

Emergency Preparedness in the GMR

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The GMR Office coordinates the Emergency Preparedness program and monitors disasters in the region. Activities are outlined in the report below; this includes the webpage, confirming state Emergency Preparedness coordinators, training, and responses to the Flint water supply concerns and zika. (more…)

Events & Resources of Note. 3/1/16

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Includes events on precision medicine (from IOM) and lead and the public health (APHA). Highlights news and resources about journals, what librarians can do, a behavioral health resources and an index on child well-being. (more…)

Public Access Policy and Implementation Resources

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The following resources were suggested by SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. (more…)

Zika in the news and useful links

Monday, February 15th, 2016

In the news

Useful links (more…)

Changes and more changes at the GMR web site

Monday, February 8th, 2016



The good news is all the useful stuff is still there, now easier to find!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has been finishing its web site migration to the Drupal platform over the past year.  The GMR site (part of the domain) was migrated at the end of April, 2015.  Since then we have gradually been tweaking it to replace functionality that was lost in the migration and to make our site easier and more intuitive to use.  You may have noticed some of the bigger changes, such as the new Materials Order Form ( and the slide show on the front page.  We have also been doing some consolidation, shifting, and renaming.  So, for example, if you’re looking for materials for library advocacy, you’ll find them now under Member Services/Library Advocacy instead of Member Services/Promoting Your Library.  We’ve also been experimenting with the menus, adding popup tool tips on some for clarity.

One of the biggest changes this year has been in the Training and Education section of our site.  Lake Effects and Tech Talks now reside under the GMR Offerings, which replaced “GMR Classes” and has been reorganized with a more task oriented focus.  Along the same lines, the Educational Resources page has been reorganized and renamed Guides and Tutorials. Take a spin around the evolving site!  We hope you like the changes.

As always, feel free to send us feedback, through the site’s feedback form ( or via email (

Libraries can tackle today’s challenges!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

How can libraries play a role in transforming cities? Colleagues at the Lexington Public Library and Indiana University Northwest’s Anderson Library provided answers to this question in the form of a proposal to the Knight Cities Challenge. In its second year, the Knight Cities Challenge asks organizations to outline ways to transform communities. GMR cities in the challenge include: Akron OH, Detroit MI, Duluth MN, Ft. Wayne IN, Gary IN, Grand Forks ND, Lexington KY, and St. Paul MN. (more…)

Changes in Regional Advisory Council Membership

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
RAC members listening to the GMR update at the November 2015 meeting

RAC members listening to the GMR update at the November 2015 meeting

As many of you know, the GMR has a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) to provide guidance in developing and evaluating programs and services that meet the needs of the region. This council is made up of state representatives, five resource library directors, and members who represent a hospital/nursing college library, a non-medical academic library, and community organizations. Beginning last summer, we’ve had some changes in our RAC membership. (more…)

Season’s Greetings from the GMR 2015

Monday, December 7th, 2015

GMR Holiday Card 2015

Checklist for Applying for the GMR Technology Improvement Award

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Whether you are applying this time for a Technology Improvement Award (Reminder: deadline is October 15!), or considering applying in the future, you may find this checklist helpful.

10 Things to Keep in Mind When Applying for a TIA From the GMR

  1. Are you a member or affiliate member? Check here:

    Enter your library or institution name, leave the Membership Level and Library Type blank (so it will search “All”) and click the search button. If your institution doesn’t show up, try a new advanced search (click the link on the left side of the page) using the location (try just city and state).

    If your library/institution is listed: click on the details link and look at the URL in the browser address bar; your LIBID will be at the end of the URL

    If your library/institution is not listed: Go to the GMR Membership page ( to see how to apply. There is a link to our handy online application form at the bottom of the page.

  2. Questions 10 to 17 on the application form are the narrative section of the application.   Note that the summary statement requested in Question 10 should be an “executive summary” or “elevator speech” type of statement (a 200 word limit is recommended). Details should be provided in the rest of the questions. Also note Question 17 (“Additional Comments”) can be used for details rather than putting everything in Question 10.

  3. In question 13, provide the details of what equipment you will purchase. This should be a narrative, not a detailed list (that comes in question 18 –but make sure the details in the narrative match the details in question 18!)

    Before you answer this question, however, make sure your IT department, Institutional Purchasing department, and any other department that will be involved are all on board with your selection. It is always a good idea to include, under the “how it was chosen” section, a note about your institution’s requirements and how you are complying with them.

    If your institution’s IT or purchasing departments have issues with Apple products that you are requesting (which you would probably learn about by involving them in this process), note here how you will handle that.

  4. Question 14 is important: you will need to measure outcomes and report on them once the project is completed. Make sure measureable outcomes are part of the process from the beginning.

  5. Try to be realistic in the schedule for Question 15. Things can change, but if you have everything ready ahead of time (especially understanding any hoops you will face at your institution), you should be able to give a reasonably accurate time line. Important: projects awarded under this CFA must be finished by April 30, 2016!

  6. Note in Question 16 that resumes or CVs will be needed for all key personnel listed. Consider working directly with your IT department and listing them as key personnel as well.

  7. Question 17 is for all the details and narrative that you wanted to include in the summary (Question 10). Make use of the space here!

  8. Question 18: the equipment details. Note that “brief narrative justification” here means just that. The fuller justification should be in Question 13.

    Note subsection “b” requirements for any piece of equipment over $3000, and subsection “c” requiring documentation if your institution uses a single vendor or sole source.

  9. Check (and double check!).   Do you have:

    • A complete application, all questions filled in?
    • A reasonably accurate timeline?
    • All key personnel listed (including IT people)?
    • All required equipment listed (including extra software)?
    • Resumes or CVs?
    • Letters of support from all stakeholders?
    • Equipment pricing documentation?

  10. Submit it!