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Hope to see you in Toronto!

Staff in our growing GMR office will be attending the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting in Toronto, beginning this Friday. If you’ll be attending, please keep an eye out for us and introduce yourself. We’re all looking forward to the opportunity to get to know our members at this event!

If you have questions about our office or feedback to share, I would be happy to speak with you at any point during the meeting. To set up a time to chat, please contact me via email at I know we’ll all be busy, but there’s always an opportunity to grab a coffee in between sessions.

Also, for those of you attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in Des Moines this fall, we do plan to hold an informal reception for our network members, as an opportunity to meet you face-to-face. We’ll be sharing more information about this event later this summer.

Safe travels everyone, and see you in Toronto!


Liz Kiscaden

Elizabeth Kiscaden
Associate Director

New GMR Office Opens Today

GMR Staff

The new National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office opens today at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. Through this office, we hope to support the mission of the Network to provide health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed health care decisions.

We plan to meet our goals through partnerships with our network members, like you, and to strengthen the network through the recruitment of new members. We’re excited about moving forward with our proposal, which includes ten primary aims for our region:

  1. Establishing a regional office
  2. Improve communications between NN/LM and National Library of Medicine (NLM) and with network members and the community
  3. Expand and manage the network to continue to meet the NN/LM’s mission through a distributed network
  4. Strengthen the Network National Emergency Preparedness Response Plan
  5. Increase the number of network members actively and effectively participating in NLM programs and services
  6. Provide a Data Management Education Center (DMEC) for network members to increase the number of network librarians skilled in supporting data management
  7. Implement outreach and education programs with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these communities
  8. Ensure that network members have the opportunity to keep current on health sciences information topics and NLM resources
  9. Increase the number of public health professionals who have skill in accessing and searching health information through online educational opportunities
  10. Improve consumer’s understanding of quality health information resources available

Throughout the first year of this cooperative agreement, we hope to assess communication and programming in order to get a sense of how to best serve the network and our region.

As we get our office established, you’ll find updates and additional information on our website, through our listserv, Facebook and Twitter accounts. You are also encouraged to contact us directly with any questions you have.

Please join us for our first webinar, to be held on Thursday, May 26th at 1pm CST for an introduction to our staff and more information on our plans and hopes for the next five years! Registration information for this event will be distributed later this month.

To contact our staff directly, please see our directory.

We’re looking forward to partnering with you and supporting you throughout the next five years!

April 26th MLA Webinar Sponsored Sites

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 2016 MLA webinars.
Please support the webinar in your area!

Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago
  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indianapolis
  • IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City
  • IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library, Des Moines
  • KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville
  • MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit
  • OH: Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron
  • WI: Gundersen Health System, Health Sciences Library, La Crosse
  • WI: Mercy Medical Center Affinity Health System, Clark Family Health Science Library, Oshkosh
  • WI: Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Care Library, Waukesha

Thank you for making this resource available to your communities.

Message from the GMR Director about RML cooperative agreements for 2016-2021

Dear GMR members:

Today, the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents announced the Regional Medical Library cooperative agreements funded for the award period 2016-2021. University of Illinois at Chicago was not among the institutions listed. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes a post is worth repeating: AI

Cindy Olney of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) posted the following regarding an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) session that she held for the GMR’s Outreach Librarians during a recent webinar. It is entitled “Inspirational Annual Reporting with Appreciative Inquiry“:

Take a look. Perhaps you, too, will be inspired to try AI for your next report.

GMR Sponsoring April Webinar Sites

The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this MLA Webinar.

  • Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Central time
  • Application Process:
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Noon

Register your site today!

A limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. For more information the webinar, visit:  The Consumer Health Library

Reproducible Science Events

Two upcoming events on reproducible science. Read the rest of this entry »

Making the case for active learning

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Recipients of the AAHSL Data Scholarships

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) recently announced the recipients of the AAHSL Data Scholarships. Read the rest of this entry »

Showing the Value of Libraries to Users

Notice how this article, Your LA library card can save you thousands of dollars, here’s how, reminds people that public libraries now may provide access to costly electronic resources. For public libraries in Los Angeles has the article shows the resources–instructional videos, digital magazines, language educational resources, digital and audiobooks, and a legal advice resource–and their costs.