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More Outreach Awards (!) and Application Training

Alright folks, the GMR Outreach Awards are rolling in – we’ll continue to post them on our website as they approved by the NNCO. The Express Outreach Award and Technology Improvement Award are both live and we’re accepting applications until September 12th. The Professional Development Award is next on our radar and will be posted soon.

If you’re looking for some guidance for how to fill out these applications, look no further. Our Community Outreach Librarian, Bobbi Newman, will lead a training session tailored specifically for our current awards.

Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11:00 AM CT
Thursday, September 1, 1:00 PM CT

Each course will last about 90 minutes, but that’s including plenty of time at the end for questions. Bobbi will explain what we’re looking for in outreach applications and give some tips to help you apply for these awards.

Please click here to register for the course and give Bobbi an idea of what you’d like to learn.

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.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the current outreach awards, about Bobbi’s course, or just about live in general. Shoot us an email at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu or ring us at (319) 353 – 4479.

Upcoming Webinar: NLM Resources for K-12 Students

Please join the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region and South Central Region for a collaborative webinar on Thursday, August 25th at 2:00pm CST. The webinar will cover NLM Resources for K-12 students.
Webinar Title: Education Connection: Connecting Health and Science in the Classroom
When?: Thursday, August 25, 2:00pm CST

To Join the Meeting:

  1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/JointWebinarAug
  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.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.

Topic Summary
This one-hour webinar will provide participates with an overview of our most popular NLM K-12 resources. We offer many different platforms to engage students on topics such as genetics, environmental health, and chemistry. Most of our resources cater to middle and high school students, and consist of iOS games, animations, lesson plans, and websites.   We will provide you with a “behind the scenes” look at our processes for the development of these resources, including our partnerships with teachers, students, and subject matter experts to assure we develop meaningful products.

About the Presenter
Karen Matzkin, a contractor with ICF International, is a K-12 Outreach Specialist in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Ms. Matzkin is responsible for the product development and outreach efforts of the K-12 team, which involves development of science education materials, websites and outreach. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit
One hour of MLA CE credit is available for attendees, but no advance registration is required. Further information will be provided during the webinar.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office with questions or concerns regarding this webinar. You can email us at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu or call us at (319) 535-4479. We hope to see you on the 25th!

— Molly Olmstead

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): GMR Update

Our GMR Update on Monday August 15th was successful, thanks to all you lovely folks who submitted questions, provided input, and chatted with us. We really do appreciate your patience as we worked out the knots in our presentation strategies!

Here’s a YouTube link to the entirety of the update – there is about a minute and a half of silence at the beginning of this recording, so skip ahead to about 1:40 for the start of Liz’s presentation.

Some of the topics covered in this update include:

  • The Express Outreach Award has been approved by the national office. The application is currently available on the GMR website (link here). Additional awards will be posted here as they become available.
  • State Liaisons are now listed on the GMR Staff Directory.
  • Implementation of Advisory/Focus Groups and Work Groups, including information about how to become involved with one of these groups.
  • Resource Library visits
  • Our plans to reboot our GMR Blog
  • The GMR Office has phones! You can reach us at (319) 353 – 4479.

If you have questions about the Outreach Awards and funding opportunities for outreach, the questions section of the presentation (YouTube: 14:45-23:30) might address these.

Please let us know if you have input regarding how we can make our future GMR updates more effective.

Thanks!

-Molly Olmstead (molly-olmstead@uiowa.edu)

GMR Update – August 15th, 2:00 PM CST

GMR Update – 2:00pm this Monday!

Thanks to all of you who attended last month’s GMR Update, and our apologies for the background noise. Our staff have gotten together and come up with a plan to make future updates run smoothly, but we need your help.

First of all, I’d like to take some of your questions in advance; this will help me to tailor the information I present to meet your needs. In order to do this, we’ve put together a simple web tool to take your questions. Please submit your questions online at any time to: http://tinyurl.com/gmrupdate

But, don’t despair, fellow procrastinators! We will still have time for informal discussion at the end of our update. Our new outreach librarian, Bobbi Newman, will be monitoring requests coming in via chat during the session and will help me to address each one at the end of our time.

How do I unmute my phone? What was the dial in number? We’ve created a separate chat box for technology-related questions, and our fine network librarian, Jacqueline Leskovec, will be monitoring this chat box and answering questions on Monday.

I’ve included a screenshot of the setup for Monday’s webinar (click to enlarge it), so you know what to anticipate. Also, be aware that we’ll be muting everyone during the presentation. Although… I really felt that the barking dogs added a touch of humor to our presentation.

GMRUpdateBlog

I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all on Monday and answering your questions!

– Liz Kiscaden
Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

 

NN/LM and Health Professional Shortage Areas

I’d guess that many of our members are familiar with the term “underserved areas” in relation to a health professional shortage area (HPSA, the federal government loves acronyms). This term is used to describe a geographic area or population group that meets the criteria for having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers.

But, it’s not just for communities out in the middle of nowhere! You may be surprised by how many HPSAs are in urban areas.

Why do these areas matter to the GMR office? I’m sure most of you have the mission of the NN/LM memorized – but for those who don’t, remember that the mission of the program is to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information. Like many federal programs, there is an emphasis on services to underserved and underrepresented populations.

Also, a particular aim (Aim 7, for those of you who are counting) of our office is to:

“…implement outreach and education programs that reach health professionals in the Region with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these medically challenging communities so that easy access to NLM resources can be obtained.”

We’ll be counting on creating partnerships with your communities to make this happen! The Health Resources and Services Administration (another acronym, HRSA) provides a great tool for identifying HPSAs in your local area. Give it a try and use this as a tool for generating some ideas for outreach in your communities: http://www.hrsa.gov/shortage/find.html

-Liz Kiscaden
Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

 

 

Getting a Head Start on Emergency Preparedness

DIMRCHappy New Year! Well, not exactly, but just like New Year’s, we have the opportunity to make resolutions. This one is easy to keep! Here’s an opportunity to get a head start on emergency preparedness for you library and your community. Next month is National Preparedness Month, and we have a full 31 days to plan and prepare for  sharing emergency preparedness and response resources with our patrons. Thanks to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this is an easy resolution to keep. The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is a great resource for disaster health information.

Have you thought of extending your information reach into your community? On Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 1:30 ET, DIMRC will present a Disaster Information Specialist Webinar, Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations. To tune in to this webinar, see the instructions on how to login: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#login. This is one of the monthly webinars, held generally on the second Thursday of the month, and hosted by DIMRC. The Medical Library Association (MLA) offers one hour continuing education credit for attending/viewing these webinars. See the DIMRC page for instructions on how to obtain CE.

Perhaps you need to take a closer look the characteristics of your community before coming up with a collaborative disaster plan. On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) will be presenting: Mapping Your Community’s Health, an online session hosted by our sister region, PSR. “Speakers will talk about the Community Health Maps blog for Information on low cost mapping tools for community-based organizations. Also covered will be a case study on mapping curb ramp accessibility for an assisted living facility as an example of community maps.” This webinar will he held 2-3 PM CT. To register: http://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=227.

Where’s the best place to find FREE quality disaster information resources? In addition to PubMed® and MedlinePlus® (see: https://medlineplus.gov/disasterpreparationandrecovery.html), NLM supplements these two great databases with Disaster Lit® the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. “Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience.”

The GMR provides emergency preparedness resources on our website at the following URL: https://nnlm.gov/gmr/membership/epap. If you are interested in the MLA Disaster Information Specialization, visit http://mlanet.org/education/dis/. For more NN/LM training opportunities, see: https://nnlm.gov/training-schedule.


Jacqueline Leskovec

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Network Librarian
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa
Web: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/
Skype: jacqueline.leskovec

Educational Opportunities for August

MLA Webinar: Are All Systematic Reviews Equal?
Presented by Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CST
This class has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit by the Medical Library Association.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest Regional (GMR) sponsors up to (2) sites per state to host the MLA Webinars. If interested in viewing this upcoming webinar, please contact one of the following institutions:

  • University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences Iowa City IA
  • University of Kentucky Medical Center Library Lexington KY
  • University of Louisville Kornhauser Health Sciences Library Louisville, KY
  • University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library Ann Arbor MI
  • University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library SE Clinical Campus Fargo ND
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee WI

If interested in becoming a GMR sponsored institutional host site for future MLA webinars, please visit our web page.


From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.

Class Description:

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.

Registration


For additional NLM and NN/LM regional medical library educational and training opportunities this month and next, visit View Training Opportunities.

Rename GMR blog!

The Cornflower is tried and true, but let’s refresh – starting with a new name.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/renameblog to submit your best idea.

The Greater Midwest Region is many people, places, and things so be creative!

Broadening our thinking about disasters and the library’s response

What is a disaster for a library community? Is it a hurricane along the gulf coast, a tornado in the plains of the Midwest, a blizzard in the north? Certainly these situations and a lot more could qualify as disasters to which libraries might respond. A recent post to the Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians email list, <DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB@list.nih.gov>, extended that response to other horrifying events in their communities, Libraries responding to crises.

Libraries can offer community support in more than times of natural disasters. Recent tragic events, such as the killing of police officers in Dallas, can prompt libraries to act. Per Robin Taylor, Disaster Information Resource Center (DIMRC), libraries “can provide information about local events and services, create reading lists and research guides, and offer less-traditional services to their communities in the wake of tragedy.” Robin shares the following articles to stimulate thought about responses to community crises:

Follow the conversation on the Gray & Amundsen post or tweet with the hashtag #librariesrespond. Also, as Robin reminded us, DIMRC offers training through the Disaster Information Specialist program (https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialist.html) and through monthly webinars. To receive more information about disaster information outreach by librarians, consider subscribing to the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Discussion List, please see the following URL: https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dimrclistserv.html. You can see the full text of Robin’s post in the LIST archives.


Jacqueline Leskovec

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Network Librarian
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa
Web: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/
Skype: jacqueline.leskovec

GMR Update Webcast

 

GMR Update Webcast

Join the monthly webcast from the GMR office to get the latest news and information about your NLM, NN/LM, and GMR office.

Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST
To join the meetinghttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/gmrupdate
Participant Code: 929618