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My 2015 Midwest Chapter Experience

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

By Pa Thao
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Attending my first Midwest Chapter/MLA annual meeting was a rewarding, exciting, and eye-opening experience. Through the mentor/mentee program, I met numerous librarians and current students with whom I could share experiences and advice. My mentor, Jennifer Deberg, was an excellent person to talk to. She made sure all my questions were answered and that I was comfortable attending the workshops and sessions.

I particularly enjoyed the poster sessions. I liked that there were a mix of professionals, and it was enlightening to hear their perspectives on some of the challenges we all encounter while working with families or individuals who are not health literate. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the annual meeting to present my very own poster. The poster session was a good opportunity to present myself and my project, make contacts, and get useful feedback. One of the things I really enjoyed about doing a poster session is that the presenter is competing for the audience’s time. This forces the presenter to capture the visitor and communicate the message quickly and succinctly. Presenting a poster was definitely challenging but yet very informative and rewarding. (more…)

The NExT Project: Phase 1 Finally Complete – Well Almost!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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

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In May of 2014, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences was privileged to receive a Target Outreach Award from the Greater Midwest Region. We knew our Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence project, otherwise known as NExT, was a big undertaking, but we were excited to get started. We had a 12-member team of nurses and librarians ready to begin teaching evidence based public health and how to find high-quality, free government resources. Our idea was to divide the state into regions with a ‘local’ team in each region. After all, we had 2 universities, 4 libraries, and 5 cities with faculty that had agreed to participate. The Western Illinois University School of Nursing would be joining the UIC libraries and UIC College of Nursing in this effort. The plan was to conduct workshops at various health departments, as well as at a conference, and to translate that in-person experience to an online course for anyone that could not attend in person. Each workshop, whether in person or online, would provide 3 free continuing education credits for nurses. As you might already suspect, a project this large has had its fair share of hurdles and successes. Here are just a couple of examples:

A large team meant that we could divide the work, but it also meant that the team was affected by several different careers. So far, we have had seven of our original twelve leave the project. Reasons have included retirements, new positions, new appointments, and one member who won new unrelated project grants that needed her undivided attention. As team members have needed to leave the project, we have missed them but have benefited from the fresh perspective of new faculty. (more…)

Taubman Shines in Outreach

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Informationist–Disability Issues and Outreach
Taubman Health Sciences Library

The University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library had excellent representation at the Health Professions Education Day held in the Rogel Ballroom of the Michigan Union on the morning of September 16, 2015. In addition to a number of accepted posters by our informationists, the Library (represented by Jingyi Wang, our previous student who is now a School of Public Health graduate, and myself) staffed a table demonstrating activities that Taubman presents for GMR Outreach in collaboration with other University of Michigan units: (Give Kids a Smile, Asian-American Health Fair, Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Diabetes Conference, etc).

Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis was an outstanding keynote speaker on “Patient Care and Professionalism.” reminding the audience of physicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, kinesiologists, all their students, and other professionals (not health care “providers”–a term she objects to) that the primary focus of their attention should be the patient. She also pointed out that medical care is being adversely affected by marketing and pharmaceutical big business, as well as concomitant legal ramifications. (more…)

GMR Sponsored Sites for August MLA Webinars

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the first two of six upcoming 2015 MLA webinars:

Webinar: Consumers and Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding the Evidence Behind the Headlines
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: GMR, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of Heath Sciences, Room 303
    • Registration:
  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
    • Registration: Jennifer Herron
  • IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library
    • Registration: Nancy O’Brian
  • OH: Trinity Health System, Health Sciences Library
    • Registration: Kathie Pasquarella
  • SD: National American University, Library
    • Registration: Pat Hamilton

Webinar: Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
    • Registration: Kacy Allgood
  • OH: Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Medical Information Center
    • Registration: Denise Cardon
  • SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center
    • Registration: Molly Youngkin

Enjoy these webinars and we look forward to offering more site sponsorships through the end of 2015.

Michigan Outreach to Give Kids a Smile

Friday, April 17th, 2015

By Anna Schnitzer
Disability Issues and Outreach Librarian
Taubman Health Sciences Library

On the morning of March 28th, 2015, staff of the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan provided Outreach services to participants at the annual Give Kids a Smile event sponsored by and held at the School of Dentistry of the University of Michigan. This event offers free dental service to approximately 80 children, including, but not limited to, dental examination, filling cavities, and cleaning.

The staff was able to interact with 89 people and talk to them about additional free dental services in the Ann Arbor area as well as online resources for parents to refer to in regard to their own and their children’s health. This year, the dental staff had a table where kids could color pictures of Mr.Tooth and other fun figures while they waited for their turns. This kept the children entertained and their minds off dental activities. They also had a table that displayed various sugar-sweetened beverages and the amount of sugar each container had. This educational piece was not just eye-opening for the children, but also for the parents who had no ideas about how much sugar a can of pop contains. (more…)

Student Outreach Award CFA for 2015

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Did you the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association annual conference over the past two years? Then maybe you met one of the several graduate library school students who received GMR funding to attend the Chapter Meeting. Or maybe you were one of the recipients of the GMR’s Library Student Outreach Award. Once again the GMR is offering the opportunity for eligible students (or recent graduates) to receive funding to participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the Greater Midwest Region.

Who can apply for the $1,000 stipend to attend this year’s meeting in Louisville, KY? The following Greater Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) students are eligible for the Student Outreach Award:

  • Library students currently attending a graduate program in Library or Information Science (GSLIS) located in the GMR; or currently residing in the GMR and attending a GSLIS program outside the Region
  • Recent (2015) graduates meeting the above criteria of attendance or residence
  • Current undergraduate students from tribal colleges located within the GMR who have an expressed interest in pursuing health sciences librarianship and health information outreach
  • GMR tribal college library staff who would like to learn more about health sciences librarianship as a career option

Application deadline for this award is June 19, 2015. If you have questions regarding this award, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator.  And if you want to see what the student awardees had to say about their experiences, see their blog posts, linked from the GMR website: Library Student Outreach Award Recipients.

Please note: Previous NN/LM GMR Library Student Outreach Award recipients are ineligible to apply.

Mapping an Outreach Project: Online Training Opportunity

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information, End with a Plan

Cindy Olney, PhD, of the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center will present 4 1-hr online sessions with the potential for up to 8 CEs. This 4-session webinar series is designed for anyone who wants to garner support, financial or otherwise, for a new project or service. You will learn how assessment and evaluation are effective tools for project planning and proposal writing. Community assessment allows you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project. It also helps you build relationships with potential partners. Adding evaluation methods to your program plan helps you “begin with the end in mind,” making desired results the centerpiece of your project proposal. While special attention will be given to applications for NN/LM GMR awards and subcontracts, the information is relevant to many types of project proposals.

After completing this series, participants will be able to do the following:

•How people adopt new ideas. Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project. (Part 1)
•Meeting the Community through Community Assessment. Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project. (Part 2)
•Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs. Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results. (Part 3)
•Adding Evaluation to Your Plan and Next Steps: Proposal Writing. Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal. (Part 4)


Veterans Week Generations

Monday, December 1st, 2014

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Veterans Week this year was better than ever. In addition to the extended (3-day) Marine Birthday Run and the ceremonial flag raising, there was the Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game held at Crisler Center, full of military pomp and circumstance. On hand were an Army band, an honorary marshall, the UM Dance Team and Cheerleaders and a full array of wonderful athletes–both wheelchair users and others–as well an enthusiastic crowd. For the first time, Coach Beilein and a number of the UM basketball team players attended and played a part in inspiring the wheelchair players in the event as well. (more…)

Outreach Out West

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

By Tyler Nix

Attending the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting was a rewarding and energizing experience. There were so many opportunities to learn and connect with colleagues. The weekend was ideal for engaging in self-discovery.

I was fortunate to attend Continuing Education sessions led by Jacqueline Leskovec, Dr. Diane Rein, and Mark Berendsen and Linda O’Dwyer. Each of the sessions was engaging and informative. The poster session provided a chance to build presentation experience, and the many conversations and helpful suggestions I received there were invaluable. (more…)

A Newcomer Exploring North Dakota and the Midwest Chapter of MLA

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

By Juan Armijo

What an enjoyable experience! For a double novice in the field of library science and medical/health science librarianship—this was a phenomenal learning experience. Visiting a new state and meeting new people made for great memories. My interest in health science librarianship began with a health science librarianship course I took in my graduate program at the University of Kentucky. When I graduate next semester I hope to use what I have learned in the school library-and from there a possible transition. A reflective view of the conference includes: (more…)