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Great Lakes Science Boot Camp: July 13-15, 2016 – Registration Open!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Science Boot Camp Logo2016 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians
July 13-15, 2016
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 

Registration is now open for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians and Library Students. This immersive 2 ½ day conference offers librarians and library students an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The areas of focus include small science, public health and disease, and the environment. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to faculty and graduate students.

Cost? $195 for overnighters. This cost includes lodging for Wednesday and Thursday nights, parking, breakfast (July 14 – 15), lunch (July 13 – 15), a dinner and mini-disc golf event, a keynote presentation and dinner, librarian lightning talks (please submit a proposal), core research facility tours, and researcher presentations on small science, public health and disease, and the
environment. Those who wish to arrive/stay overnight on Tuesday can do so for an additional $55.

The commuter fee, which includes everything above except lodging, is $145.

When will registration open?  IT IS OPEN!!!

You are required to create an account in Notre Dame’s conference registration system to complete and submit your GLSBC registration. Please make sure you complete all steps until you see the registration confirmation screen (you will also receive a registration confirmation email).

Sponsors:  National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) – Greater Midwest Region, SPIE Digital Library, Springer, Taylor & Francis Group, Annual Reviews, ACS, AIP Publishing, IOP, Elsevier.

Check the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp website  for further details!

Please join the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp Facebook group!

If you have any questions, contact Thurston Miller (

GMR PowerPoint Presentations

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Hey all –

I’m attaching slides from today’s GMR update as well as slides from the Outreach Librarians presentation from earlier this week. We’re working on getting our recordings captioned so we can upload and share those as well.

I want to thank you all for your patience. Without access to NN/LMs software (WebEx), we’ve been doing a lot of DIY to communicate and move forward on some of this. I know the IT folks at NN/LM are working to get WebEx federated for our institution as quickly as possible.

For those of you that were unable to connect today, we’ll try to get the recording out by the end of the week next week. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thanks! Liz

NN/LM: What’s Changed and Why?

Greater Midwest Region: Outreach Libraries

Announcing new GMR Network Librarian

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Jacqueline Leskovec

It is our great pleasure to announce that Jacqueline Leskovec has been hired for the role of Network Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Greater Midwest Regional Office.

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN has been with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 2005. Her roles at the former office evolved from Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator, and Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator during that time.

Prior to her work at the Greater Midwest Region, Jacqueline was on the faculty at the University of South Florida Area Health Education Center program, providing outreach services over a nine-county region. She was branch manager at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Before her foray into health sciences librarianship, Jacqueline worked for almost twenty years as a registered professional nurse.

In her new role, Jacqueline will enhance network membership by building upon current connections and creating new partnerships throughout the Greater Midwest Region and nationally.

Jacqueline will be working from her home office in Chicago and traveling to the office once monthly for staff meetings.

We are excited to have Jacqueline on board!

GMR Office Closed in honor of Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The GMR office will be closed, Monday, May 30th, in recognition of the Memorial Day Holiday.

In Outreach News

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

High school students interacting with the Anatomage TableOn the afternoon of May 20th, Taubman Health Sciences Library hosted 32 Native American teenagers from all the tribes of Michigan, some located way up north near Houghton. These students had participated in a program coordinated by the UM Center for Educational Outreach for three years and had attended a week in Camp Kinomaage every year. They had seen various areas of our campus previously, and this time they were visiting us at Taubman. They are interested in science and in attending college to study this field further.

Several staff members welcomed the students and the students clustered around the Anatomage Table while its wonders were being demonstrated. Then, the students were shown the rest of the Library, after which they walked a few blocks over to the School of Nursing to tour its Clinical Learning Center.

Toward the end of the hour, Mary Morris from Graduate Library accompanied an Associated Press photographer who wanted to take photos of transformational spaces for a news article, and the high school students interacting with the Anatomage Table evidently presented the perfect picture. (The attached photo was taken by our own student Elise Wescom–thanks, Elise!)

Thank you to everyone who assisted in welcoming these students to a tour of Taubman Health Sciences Library.

Anna Ercoli SchnitzerAnna Ercoli Schnitzer has worked at University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library first as a medical reference librarian, later as an outreach librarian, and, most recently, as a disability issues librarian. She obtained her AMLS degree from the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Science. In 2012, Anna was the recipient of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award which recognizes outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities by a practicing health sciences librarian.

Attend the GMR Update Webcast

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Webinar image from Can Stock

The new GMR office is hosting its first webinar. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time

Meet your new GMR staff and learn about the plans and hopes for the next five years.
Questions are welcome.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You also can dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 619-179-509

Big Data to Knowledge Updates

Monday, May 9th, 2016

BD2K Updates 05/06/2016

Distributed to The NN/LM All Staff listserv featuring links to learning opportunities and related “big” data articles.

Data Science Opportunities

 Data Science Events

  • The Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics invites you to attend a two-day workshop on the challenges of applying scientific inference to big data. For more information, including the preliminary program, check out the workshop website. June 8-9, 2016, Keck Center, Room 100, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. This workshop will be professionally webcast. If you intend to join us in person or online, please register by Monday, June 6th. For questions about the workshop, please contact Michelle Schwalbe.

 Data Science Articles and Blog posts

  • The new White House Big Data & Civil Rights report is now live with a post on the White House blog by co-authors DJ Patil, Megan Smith, and Cecilia Muñoz!

Big Risks, Big Opportunities: the Intersection of Big Data and Civil Rights:

Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights:

Hope to see you in Toronto!

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Staff in our growing GMR office will be attending the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting in Toronto, beginning this Friday. If you’ll be attending, please keep an eye out for us and introduce yourself. We’re all looking forward to the opportunity to get to know our members at this event!

If you have questions about our office or feedback to share, I would be happy to speak with you at any point during the meeting. To set up a time to chat, please contact me via email at I know we’ll all be busy, but there’s always an opportunity to grab a coffee in between sessions.

Also, for those of you attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in Des Moines this fall, we do plan to hold an informal reception for our network members, as an opportunity to meet you face-to-face. We’ll be sharing more information about this event later this summer.

Safe travels everyone, and see you in Toronto!


Liz Kiscaden

Elizabeth Kiscaden
Associate Director

New GMR Office Opens Today

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

GMR Staff

The new National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office opens today at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. Through this office, we hope to support the mission of the Network to provide health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed health care decisions.

We plan to meet our goals through partnerships with our network members, like you, and to strengthen the network through the recruitment of new members. We’re excited about moving forward with our proposal, which includes ten primary aims for our region:

  1. Establishing a regional office
  2. Improve communications between NN/LM and National Library of Medicine (NLM) and with network members and the community
  3. Expand and manage the network to continue to meet the NN/LM’s mission through a distributed network
  4. Strengthen the Network National Emergency Preparedness Response Plan
  5. Increase the number of network members actively and effectively participating in NLM programs and services
  6. Provide a Data Management Education Center (DMEC) for network members to increase the number of network librarians skilled in supporting data management
  7. Implement outreach and education programs with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these communities
  8. Ensure that network members have the opportunity to keep current on health sciences information topics and NLM resources
  9. Increase the number of public health professionals who have skill in accessing and searching health information through online educational opportunities
  10. Improve consumer’s understanding of quality health information resources available

Throughout the first year of this cooperative agreement, we hope to assess communication and programming in order to get a sense of how to best serve the network and our region.

As we get our office established, you’ll find updates and additional information on our website, through our listserv, Facebook and Twitter accounts. You are also encouraged to contact us directly with any questions you have.

Please join us for our first webinar, to be held on Thursday, May 26th at 1pm CST for an introduction to our staff and more information on our plans and hopes for the next five years! Registration information for this event will be distributed later this month.

To contact our staff directly, please see our directory.

We’re looking forward to partnering with you and supporting you throughout the next five years!

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…)