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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.


Upcoming Educational Sessions

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Do you need to learn more about data sciences or library instruction?

A blog post from the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, Data Sciences Learning: Online and In-Person Opportunities, lists of upcoming sessions as well as other opportunities.

There are interesting upcoming webinars on instruction and education. (more…)

Immigrants and Internet Cafes

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Why do some immigrants use internet cafes to access the internet? A recent article entitled “The Internet Cafe is Alive in Queens” explains the reasons behind this and explains why immigrants choose these cafes over libraries.

GMR Tech Talk Summary: Emerging Technology in Libraries

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Last Friday, January 29, we had the first GMR Tech Talk of 2016, with presentations from three guest speakers, each charged with sharing two of their favorite new or emerging technologies. The recording, here, is also linked from the GMR Tech Talks page. MLA CE credit will be available until February 28.

Our first guest speaker, Trisha Adamus, focused on ORCID, the open source PID (Person IDentifier), and ImpactStory, a tool for exploring and sharing the impact of research. Although ImpactStory is open source, it has begun charging for membership. But Trisha offered some encouraging tips for access and use. ORCID, on the other hand, is well supported by an independent non-profit member organization, and already has successful international integration. Because it is non-proprietary, there are no issues with data availability.

Peter Murray introduced us to the world of iBeacons, part of the communication technology that mobile apps use to offer users more personalized experiences. After showing us the great side of iBeacons, Peter delved into the privacy issues related to this Bluetooth technology. Peter also spoke about the Digital Public Library of America, and the unexpected new ways it is changing the way libraries connect their content.

Our final speaker, Jenny Emmanuel Taylor, showed us RefMe and ManuscriptsApp.  RefMe is a citation management app, for Apple and Android devices, that uses of the phone’s camera to scan books to gather citation data. ManuscriptsApp is a new app available for Macintosh computers that automatically formats your manuscript for the scholarly journal you select.

We want to thank our guest speakers, Trisha Adamus, Peter Murray, and Jenny Emmanuel Taylor for their great presentations and for taking the time to share their knowledge of emerging technologies in the library world. If you didn’t have a chance to join us, be sure to watch the recorded video!

Funding Awardees for Option Year 4

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Congratulations to GMR funding awardees for Option Year 4, May 2015 to April 2016.

Each of these projects is unique. There are examples of collaborations where public libraries work with academic researchers, university libraries work with nursing faculty, and libraries work with other libraries toward an educational event. For two of the projects, hospital librarians work with others to connect consumers to the information they need. The environment and projects of the Technology Improvement Awards are varied with a dental school library, a university that focuses on integrative health care, a community college, and an area health education center.

We encourage you to learn more about these projects by following the links to details for each award group. (more…)

Updated MedlinePlus Connect Documentation

Monday, November 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect recently updated the documentation for its users. Revised pages are the overview, technical information and the users page. New pages include How MedlinePlus Connect Works and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). With these pages, commonly asked questions are answered, and a few new graphics are added.

If you experience problems with ICD-10-CM queries to MedlinePlus Connect, please check that your query is correct and includes this string: mainSearchCriteria.v.cs=2.16.840.1.113883.6.90

Report from Midwest Chapter: Technology Forum 2015

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

First, a huge thank you to our panelists, Ann Farrell, Stevo Roksandic, and Billie Ann Gebb.  They graciously shared their experiences with Technology Improvement Awards, especially highlighting some of their “things I wish I’d known beforehand” reflections.

The good news is we were able to record the session, and it is now available at: recording does not include the slides.  The recording is also available as a video on YouTube, with the slides included.

A few of the highlights from the session include:

  • Problems encountered with an institution’s IT support or IT purchasing procedures, especially with Apple products
  • The recommendation to give short, informative answers to the questions on the application
  • The feedback process, which may involve refining the application, is very helpful
  • Understanding the evaluation and reporting requirements help with writing the proposal

One excellent suggestion (from Ann Farrell) was for the GMR to include information on the CFA about the potential pitfalls of working within the requirements of one’s institutional IT department, especially when purchasing equipment.  We will be working on sharing helpful tips about common pitfalls in the process; in the meantime, please listen to the recording of this year’s Technology Forum.

Another important question that came up was about the timing of the awards.  Since this is the last year of our contract, we cannot offer any predictions about the future.  Beth Layton, however, had excellent advice for being ready to take advantage of CFA’s:  Keep a “wish” list of potential projects you could implement if there were funding.  Funding opportunities come from many sources, sometimes from within your own institution.  Having projects (more or less) ready to act on when a funding opportunity comes up reduces the time needed to prepare a proposal.

Thanks to all who showed up and participated (it was a large audience, probably over 50).  We appreciate all of the feedback we received!

What is Technology Improvement?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The GMR sent out a call for Technology Improvement Award applications last week. To support network members in applying for these awards, we developed a mini-series of events.  The first was part of the GMR Tech Talks series, with the recent session held Friday, September 11.  Guest speaker Rachel Sindelar explained how she developed the idea for her library’s Technology Improvement Award, Interdisciplinary Point-of-care Patient Health Education Initiative, and how she leveraged partnerships within the hospital to ensure success.  The recording is available and highly recommended!  See the Tech Talks page on the GMR website for details.

The next event will be at the Midwest Chapter meeting, where the Tech Forum will feature a discussion of the ins and outs of applying for and administering Technology Improvement Awards.  Ann Ferrell, Billie Anne Gebb, and Stevo Roksandic, who have all recently been through the process, will discuss their experiences.  We will also discuss ways to make the process smoother, from application to reporting.  Participation in this session is highly recommended as well!

Technology is always changing and can always be improved.  Think about how you can improve your library’s use of technology and perhaps use technology to increase your library’s visibility in your institution.  Remember: What constitutes Improvement depends on where you currently are!

We have a New Website!  Please update your bookmarks!

Monday, May 11th, 2015

We are now almost two weeks into our new Drupalized web site, and we have received some nice compliments about the new cleaner look (thanks!).  On our end, we have been noticing (and fixing) some of the quirks.  One of those comes from our web stats, indicating that around 1/3 of our visitors end up at our old, legacy site.  Because almost all of the URLs have changed to be cleaner, more intuitive paths, old URLs that were bookmarked do not always go to the new site.  For example,
is now

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Yes, the old site is still around, for now, since there are a few pages that still have yet to be transitioned.  But information on the old site is no longer being updated.  Eventually, all old URLs should redirect to the new site.  In the meantime, please check and update your bookmarks for pages on our site.  And please keep the feedback coming!

Technology Improvement Award Improves Patient Care

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Rachel Sindelar
Health Sciences Librarian
Broadlawns Medical Center Library, Des Moines, IA

I manage the library at a county medical center serving 70% or more low income patients, many with low literacy levels and do not speak English. Wait times for overextended hospital translators is a challenge and so is the lack of mobile technology, plus many hospital rooms do not have computers. The hospital’s Clinical Educator had recognized a disconnect between a patient’s bedside need and access to quality health education materials appropriate for patient reading abilities and native language so I was determined to help. I began promoting library subscription and free foreign language and low literacy level patient education materials to the clinical staff. My efforts were bolstered when our institution became a lucky recipient of a 2014/2015 GMR Technology Improvement Award. (more…)