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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, <>, 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 ( 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: 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
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 meeting
Participant Code: 929618

Upcoming TOXNET Training


Your resource for searching databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Join the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for a free, online class to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

The class is taught online, over a 4 week period, in thirteen independent modules. The independent modules will cover twelve databases: TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and a short introductory module. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental science professionals interested in unlocking the information available in TOXNET.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

Visit this URL to register:

First Jointly Sponsored Webinar, Thursday, July 21st

The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) present the first jointly sponsored webinar in the monthly Lake Effects and SCR CONNECTions series.

Title: “Data Research Services: University of Michigan Experience”

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm CDT

Description: This webinar session is focused on interviewing Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte, both who are involved in research data services at the University of Michigan. Join us to learn how data services support interactions between scientists and librarians, and how these interactions create new opportunities for health sciences libraries. Topics covered in this webinar include: needs assessments to inform a research data service, the importance of teaching data literacy, data management requirements from funding agencies, and the value of health sciences libraries as partners in data management.

Jake Carlson

Marisa Conte

Jake Carlson is the Research Data Services Manager for the UM Library. He oversees the development and implementation of a data services program designed to apply the practices, principles and perspectives of library science to address researchers’ needs in managing, organizing, sharing and preserving their research data. More information about Jake and the work that he has done is available on his website.

As the Translational Research and Data Informationist, Marisa Conte provides research support to clinical and basic scientists with an emphasis on translational research. Her areas of expertise include data management, biomedical informatics, collaborative technologies, and expert literature searching. Profile

To join the meeting:

  1. Go to:
  2. At the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
  3. Once the room is open, the system will provide you with a phone number to dial-in and a participant code to connect to the audio.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

Problems? Contact the SCR Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 817-735-2223.

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

As always, our webinars are free of charge and open to everyone.

Welcome to Bobbi Newman, Outreach Librarian for the GMR office!

Bobbi NewmanOur office is pleased to announce that Bobbi Newman has accepted the position of Outreach Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region’s office. Her start date is July 18th.

Bobbi holds a Masters of Arts in information research and library science and a Masters of Arts in political science. She has received numerous awards for her service and teaching and has been involved in national library initiatives including serving on the National Information Standards Organization committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems and the Pew Internet & American Life Project research on Libraries in the Digital Age.

Bobbi also has served as an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-at-Large, a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee as well as a member of the OITP Digital Literacy Task Force.

Previously, Bobbi has worked as a Digital Branch Manager at Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and the Digital Service Librarian at Missouri River Regional Library. Bobbi is well recognized as a speaker and has presented at numerous library conferences.

On a personal note, Bobbi is an avid knitter, enjoys video games, and is a self described “geek librarian.” Please join us in making her feel welcome!

GMR Office Closed on July 4th

The GMR office is closed Monday, July4th, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.

Update on NN/LM GMR Funding Opportunities

Due to the change in funding mechanism at the national level, we are unable to post our funding opportunities until we receive approval from the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO). As soon as we receive clearance to proceed, we will post our opportunities and publicize them via the listserv, blog, and Facebook page.

We are sincerely sorry for the delay. I’ve received questions from a number of you. Please be patient and trust that we’ll get the information to you as soon as possible. All of the Regional Medical Libraries in the nation are experiencing the same issue. We’re not alone!

For an update on GMR activities, new staff, and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback, please consider joining us for our monthly GMR Update webinars. The next webinar will take place on Monday, July 25th at 2pm CST. Connection information will be made available one week prior to the event.


Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP
Associate Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

GMR Office Continues to Grow

Molly OlmsteadOur office is pleased to announce that Molly Olmstead has accepted the position of Administrative Services Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region. Molly joins us on July 1st, 2016.

Molly has been employed as the Administration & Human Resources Secretary for the University Libraries’ since August 2015. During her time in that role, Molly processed HRIS transactions, time records, maintained employee information, tracked expenses, and coordinated the student employment program. Prior to this, Molly was employed as a Project Coordinator at Pearson supporting ongoing operational assessment.

In her new role with the GMR office, Molly will be processing travel transactions, registering for and maintaining a schedule of exhibiting, serving as a first point of contact for the GMR office phone number and email address, processing sub-awards and updating awardees on funding progress, handling NLM brochure mailings to members, assisting with communications, and assisting with maintaining entries in the NN/LM exhibit database.

Molly holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Journalism and is a passionate fan of Faulkner.

Greetings from Your Network Librarian

Greetings from your Network Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR), a new or should I say revised position for the new location of the Regional Medical Library (RML). As you may already know, on May 1, 2016, the RML moved from the University of Illinois at Chicago to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, and I moved along with it–well, virtually at least. I am still in Chicago, telecommuting to the new RML office but will be heading out to Hardin once a month or so for staff meetings. My duties as Network Librarian include regional member services, DOCLINE®, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and MedPrint, among others. I also will be one of the office leads for the Portal, the online reporting database for contract and activity reports.

To understand what the 2016-2021 grant will mean to you, a good place to start is the GMR Proposal for the 2016-2021 grant. The proposal is linked from the About GMR tab on the top navigation bar of the GMR website, The proposal lists ten aims that the GMR has outlined for the five-year grant. Several of these aims involve network membership directly. These aims are summarized here:

AIM 1: Partnerships with regional network members
AIM 3: Expand and manage the GMR network
AIM 4: Strengthen the Network National Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
AIM 5: Increase the number of network members actively and effectively participating in NLM programs and services within the GMR

As Network Librarian, I hope to enhance network membership by building upon current connections and creating new partnerships throughout the GMR and nationally. Several types of organizations are part of the GMR, not only “libraries of medicine”. NN/LM has expanded to include different types of libraries as well as other information centers who have health information access as part of their mission. Public libraries, community college libraries, community based organizations (CBOs), and faith-based organizations (FBOs), and even departments of public health are Network Members. How can you be sure that your organization is an engaged member of NN/LM? Start by checking your member profile. The easiest way to do this is through the Network Members Directory, If you see that your contact information is out-of-date and you have access to DOCLINE, you can login to update. If you are not a DOCLINE user, send me an email with the correct information, and I will update it for you. I may be reached at jacqueline-leskovec at

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
Skype: jacqueline.leskovec