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Four Awards Currently Open & Application Training

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The Professional Development Award and the Emergency Preparedness Award are now available. The application deadline for all four of our current awards is September 12th, 2016. The GMR is currently accepting applications for four awards and training is available to help you apply. Bobbi Newman will lead two training sessions that are specifically tailored to our current awards.

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Please Register for this class by filling out this form.

Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11am CT
Thursday, September 1, 1pm CT

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.

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…)

Recipients of the AAHSL Data Scholarships

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) recently announced the recipients of the AAHSL Data Scholarships. (more…)

Zika Information and the Flint Public Library Response

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) updated the Zika virus resource list on March 7.  DIMRC also gathered a list of free resources from publishers for medical responders.

The Flint Public Library continues to respond to the water crisis as reported in Public Libraries Online in the article, Flint Public Library: A Gateway to Critical Information.

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Applying Appreciative Inquiry to My Project

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

By Carmen Howard
Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences Peoria

At the January 2016 GMR Outreach Librarians Webinar, I spoke about the NExT (project (phnext.uic.edu) that is being done by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Western Illinois University with the support of the GMR.  As many of you already know since I’ve written about NExT for The Cornflower before, it is a huge and frequently overwhelming project.  We’ve assembled a large, geographically-dispersed, interdisciplinary team, and we have managed to accomplish quite a lot of pretty great things for public health professionals.  But honestly, it is a lot of work too.  It seems that there is always one more thing that we really ought to do or a small adjustment that would just make the project even better.  So when I was asked to participate in an Appreciative Inquiry exercise as part of the webinar, I’ll admit that that was the first thing that ran through my mind – “ok here is one more thing to add to the to-do list”.

However, I’m happy to say that I actually got far more out of the experience than I put into it.  If you attended the webinar, you have already heard Cindy Olney’s great presentation on Appreciative Inquiry, or AI.  If you could not attend, AI is an easy exercise that focuses on three questions.  Here is what Cindy asked me:  (more…)

Let’s Do It Again: Great Lakes Science Boot Camp!

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

There is a growing national trend to provide librarians with the tools they need in a science and data based environment.  Last year the GMR was pleased to be one of the sponsors of the first Great Lakes Science Boot Camp at Wayne State University.  The University of Notre Dame has picked up the baton and will be hosting the 2016 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp in July.  If you do FaceBook, keep up to date with the Science Boot Camp page.  From the site:

Please save the date (July 13 – 15, 2016) for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians and Library Students! This immersive 2 ½ day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. 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.

 

Making Connections at the AAMC Medical Education Meeting 2015

Monday, December 21st, 2015

By Emily Ginier
Informationist, Academic and Clinical Engagement
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

I attended the Association of American Medical Colleges 2015 Medical Education Meeting November 10-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. There were 1,778 attendees at the Medical Education Meeting, which followed directly after the AAMC Learn Serve Inspire conference (November 6-10) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Annual Meeting (November 4-8).

At the Opening Reception/Research and Innovation Poster Session I learned about current education-related projects and research being conducted in medical schools. As I engaged in conversations with the poster presenters, I filed away information and thoughts to share with my collaborators at the University of Michigan. For example, a project from Baylor University researched PTSD-like emotions in medical students that had recently completed rotations in developing countries; awareness of this project, and the students’ need for support, could be a good conversation starter with faculty at the School of Nursing as they continue to expand their Global Health program. (more…)

Louisville: Welcome to the Midwest-MLA

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samuel Watson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seeing that I am still in the fledgling stage of my library science education the Midwest-MLA conference in Louisville loomed large. These conference goers are my soon-to-be co-workers, colleagues, and cohorts. I did not want to make a fool of myself, and fortunately, my worries were unfounded. The librarians that make up the Midwest Chapter of the MLA are a tightly knit and congenial group. Any potential introverts do not stay so for long at a conference like this.

Here are my experiences of the people I met, the knowledge they shared, and the concepts I learned: Xiaomei Gu from Hardin Library was kind enough to take me under her wing as a mentee. Her expertise as a pharmacy school liaison closely aligns with my career aspirations. The breadth of Xiaomei’s research via her numerous posters encouraged me to get involved with publishing. One of her posters: “Introducing Embase to the college of Pharmacy through Active Learning Activities” introduced me to a pharmacy database I didn’t even know existed, Embase. I thank Xiaomei for the generosity of her time.
Amy Blevins, from Hardin Library, and Michelle Kraft, from Cleveland Clinic, offered a wealth of advice for this nearly new library science graduate. There are numerous pitfalls to avoid and any edge I can find in the job application game is greatly appreciated. Getting a job now seems much more attainable with the prolific do and don’t list I received from these librarians. (more…)

Finding Community at the 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Samantha Mosby
University of Illinois

This 2015 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference marked not only my first MLA conference, but my first ever professional librarian conference. I felt a mixture of nerves and excitement as I traveled to Louisville, but the nerves quickly dispelled. From my very first introduction to a fellow conference attendee I felt welcomed and encouraged, which I found to be the overall atmosphere of the Midwest Chapter conference. The conference affirmed my intentions to pursue a career in medical librarianship.

Professionally, I hope to work as an outreach librarian, and I paid particular attention to the posters, papers, and presentations related to this topic. They gave me a better idea of what the real-world applications of my knowledge could be like. The different perspectives they offered provided helpful insight into the challenges of health literacy outreach. I especially enjoyed “People Centered Health Care: Consumer Health Librarians on the Front Line.” The community-based approaches for health literacy and consumer health services illustrate important ways librarians can add value to healthcare. I attended the continuing education class “Emerging Technology” and I enjoyed learning about technologies that I could use personally and professionally.

I enjoyed working at the GMR exhibit booth as I met librarians who shared advice and experiences with me. The professionals were eager to meet me and learn about my interests. From the friendly faces at the conference, I learned about the many different paths possible in medical librarianship. The mentor/mentee match up helped me make new connections. My mentor, Deborah Lauseng, went out of her way to answer my questions. I appreciated meeting librarians early in their careers as well as those farther advanced. The early career librarians gave me great information about what my first job out of school may be like and those more advanced in their careers gave me something to aspire to. (more…)

Looking to the Future: Reflections on the 2015 Midwest MLA Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

By Matthew Noe
University of Kentucky

As this was my first experience with a professional conference in the field of librarianship, I came into this year’s Midwest Chapter MLA annual meeting both excited for the chance to learn and a little nervous as I was unsure what to expect. As it turned out, there was little need for the nervousness as those I met and spoke to – ranging from my mentor Jacqueline Leskovec at the National Network to the other students in attendance – were kind, open, and enthusiastic about their work and the future. I daresay the experience has left me with new relationships that will only continue to flourish as time rolls on.Midwest MLA Poster Noe

The conference also marked the first time I have presented my own work to a group of professionals via a poster session, and in this case I was presenting in both a collaborative effort with Robert Shapiro and Teresa McGinley (Information Access and State Public Health: Missed Opportunity or Miscommunication), as well as with my own work (Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries: A New Opportunity). This was a highly rewarding experience, as there was more interest in my work than I had imagined and some wonderful conversations arose during the poster sessions. Of special note to me was the work done by Mary Beth Riedner with her poster Reaching Out to Persons with Dementia through Library Resources – a perfect example of library outreach done well.

I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a Continuing Education course titled Emerging Technology for the Busy Librarian during the conference as well, taught by Gabriel Rios and Melissa De Santis. While I am myself still a student, I have had to make use of the technology available in my work at the reference desk and this course provided me with some new resources to consider in the future that I may not have known about otherwise. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that some of this technology surprised me – such as Bluetooth location technology inside the library – and gave me great pause when considering the ethical implications. (more…)